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Surf Watch From Timex

I noticed in an ad that Timex E-Instruments ETide & Temp can provide tidal trends and air/water temperature.  This would seem to be ideal for surfers and salt-water shore fishmen.

The details on how this information is kept accurate based on your geographic location isn't specifically called out on the Timex site, and a quick search on Google didn't turn up much information either.

Anyone have any information or clues?


BTW, Amazon has a version of the watch for $95.

Open Source Rapid Prototyping - PDF, Nagios, & VMWARE

The combo of open source and virtual machines is really providing some powerful options for rapid evaluation and prototyping. 

Here is an example ... "Want to do some network management?" ... then download the $10 PDF of "Network Monitoring with Nagios", then get the VMWARE Player, and then check out the Nagios appliance deployment for VMWARE. 

In a couple of clicks, your up and running and ready to do some network management.  If you like what you see, a couple of file transfers, and some more clicks, and you can be in production mode. Nice.

Thanks to a recent podcast for getting my thoughts moving in this direction.

Trip Summary - "You got 45 minutes"

So I travel on Monday feeling under the weather.  I think I get about 10 hours of sleep on Monday night, and wake up on Tuesday feeling about the same first way as I did on Monday.  A cup of coffee, a series of nose blows, and a really hot shower, get me into an operational mode and cruise through PowerPoint until I have to get to the offices for the program review.

When I walk in, its been changed from 1400-1600 to 1430-1530.  By 1430, it has been changed to 1445-1530, and the main decision makers all have to leave at exactly 1530 to make another meeting in a different location by 1600.  And we have been moved from the conference room with working A/V equipment into an executive office with no working A/V.  So it is just my little Toshiba M400 screen, and quickly printed (ink still wet) handouts.

Then as I start my presentation, I learn that the 1530 exit time also requires the decision makers get interrupted about every 8-10 minutes for 1 or 2 minutes to review some documents that they need to take with them at 1530.  Now that was probably the biggest challenge of all that I have faced so far in the day, because having to rewind/recap before moving on is not something I've really experienced a lot of in the past.

But hey, that is the job, and I got through it in time for questions and decisions.  I'm not even remotely bothered by this type of chaos, but I could  tell others in the room were.  Things like this usually work themselves out in the end.

Bottom-line, the focused feedback when the decision makers were engaged was positive, the financial numbers were not ideal but are all workable, the workload is doable, and all-in-all its probably a great program review because no one is yelling and screaming. Smiles all around the room.  Take it when you can!

I head back to the hotel and fall asleep for 12 hours, and wake up basically feeling the same way as Monday and Tuesday.  The good news is that Wednesday had no hard deliverables or meetings, just a plane trip home in the evening  Which goes pretty well, but I land with a major headache that was cured by a Starbuck's Cafe Mocha and some aspirin.

It is now Thursday morning, and I woke up feeling much better than the other three days that if it was any other week would have been rarely used sick days.  Happy trails are now again on the horizon ... now back to work ...

Request Permission For Podcast Context Switch

I'd like to point out a new site I've created to be more of a focal point for my content related to 'podcasting' and 'new media' in a bigger sense. 

It is

I am going to be moving nearly all of my blog discussions related to podcasting over to that site for a more focused reflection of my thoughts and ideas related to this medium.

I hope you'll accept my request for a context switch on your part as a reader of to if you are interested in following that discussion topic.

Regular programming minus the above will continue on for the indefinite future.

Forced Travel - Taking One For The Team

I woke up this morning feeling absolutely terrible.  But as time moved on in the day, I got to a point where I figured I could make my scheduled trip (1300 PST flight) to Washington DC for my program review with my sponsor.

Program reviews ... especially when they include details and decisions on Fiscal Year 2007 ... is not something a IT project manager really wants to miss.  But boy did I consider it after I woke up.

The trip turned out to be fine. But I am exhausted and headed for bed.  The good news is that the meeting isn't until 1400 EST so I can sleep in and work on slides from the hotel until around 1100.

Techno Music Recommendation - Techno Squirrels

I signed up for IODA at the recent podcast expo.  Not sure why ... I pretty much know where my Jersey Boys Podcast related music is going to be coming from (thank you Rhino), but the service seemed interesting for music distribution and it is very podcast friendly.

One of the bands that recently contacted me for some 'air time' on the podcast circuit was Techno Squirrels.

After giving them a listen, I have to recommend checking them out if you are a techno fan, good stuff.