January
23
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2008-01-23

I was out of the office yesterday, visiting one of our branch/remote offices. When I got back this morning I had a nice sized envelope from Verizon Wireless claiming a free gift inside. I always like things like this, and hoping to find an awesome deal on a Samsung SCH-i760 inside, I hurried to open it. Imagine my dismay when I saw this:

Verizon Calendar - Outside

So it’s not a coupon for a free i760, but instead, a calendar. Pretty disappointing, but hey, it’s a calendar and I could hang it on my wall. Then I open it up to find this:

Verizon Calendar - Inside

Gee, thanks Verizon! A year-long, one-half-page calendar with advertising on the upper-half of the page that will no doubt, be WAY outdated before December ever rolls around.

Now, if you’re a little nerdy and really want a good laugh, click on that second photo to view it on Flickr, and then click the "different sizes" link so that you can see the highest resolution available. Zoom in on the Treo (Fourth phone from the left for those who are not Treo-aware) and see if you notice anything strange. First one to post a comment identifying it, wins 1,000 Bonus Points. (OK, I really don’t have the authority to issue those, but hey, I can try, right?)

Guess I can keep dreaming of an i760, which, by-the-way, is far and away the greatest smartphone they have, and it’s not even pictured!

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January
16
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2008-01-16

Here’s the photo set from the training last week. Thanks to Trace for the link to PictoBrowser.

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January
16
Filed Under (CITRT, Geekspeak, Work) by Justin on 2008-01-16

The folks at SpiceWorks are hosting a webinar on Friday, January 25 at 11:00 AM EST (10:00 Central) to introduce folks to their FREE product. There will be a demo of the new SpiceWorks 2.0, some tips and tricks on how to best take advantage of the features of SpiceWorks in your environment, and some Q&A time at the end.

If you’re working in the IT field and aren’t using some sort of monitoring, inventory/asset management, and/or help desk, you really should carve this hour out of your schedule and check out SpiceWorks. I’ve only begun to look at it, and I’m very impressed so far.

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January
12
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2008-01-12
  • Back home safely from Peoria. American Airlines still rocks! #

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January
10
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2008-01-10

There are probably a ton of these out around the internet already, but I figured I would write another to help out all the new folks we’ve been seeing lately in the Church IT RoundTable IRC channel. If you’ll check out that previous post, you’ll see how to get signed on to IRC and join our channel. What follows are what I’d consider to be the next steps necessary for a more pleasant and enjoyable IRC experience.

  1. Pick a unique nickname or "nick" as I’ll call it from now on. Just type /nick <somenickname> in your chat window until you find one you like that’s not in use. You’ll get a message in your ChanServ window if that name is already in use. Continue to change it until you find one that is unique.
  2. Register your newly found nick. Type the following in to your chat window: /msg nickserv register <yourpassword>
  3. Set your startup actions.  Most IRC clients have a setting in their options to allow the client to automatically run some commands on startup. This is really helpful! You can let it auto connect to Freenode, authenticate your nick with NickServ, and then join the #citrt channel. This is what my startup commands look like:

/connect irc.freenode.net

/msg nickserv identify gcl43

/join #citrt

Doing these things will make your life a little easier. One of the big advantages or registering your nick and authenticating is the abilitiy to kick off any "ghost" sessions of your nick. Just use the command /msg nickserv ghost <yournickname> <yourpassword> to terminate those ghost sessions and then you can change back your initial nick (and you’ll have to re-identify with NickServ as well). By using a registered and authenticated nick, you’ll also gain the ability to send private messages to other users.

I’ve got one more post coming in a few days about IRC – specifically, about our bot that we have in the channel and what he’s capable of doing.

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January
09
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2008-01-09

The SharePoint training is going pretty well. The first day was enough to cause me to want to go ahead and fly on home, but it’s improved a lot since then. The hands-on labs and seeing how things work on the front-end has made the back-end concepts a lot easier to grasp on to.

As you can see from these pics, the after-hours items have been a load of fun also. Several of us went back to Jason Lee’s house tonight to watch Seinfield’s “I’m Telling You for the Last Time” DVD and wow – did we ever laugh. I’d seen bits a pieces before, but never seen most of it. Good times. As you can see, we were all equipped with our laptops again. I guess it was too taboo to talk during the movie, so we chatted on IRC instead.

I just finished uploading another 90 or so photos to the SharePoint Training set I created on Flickr. Some were taken yesterday, but the majority were taken during our tour of the Northwoods facilities this afternoon. I’ve got a bunch that I took inside their new data center also, but I have to wait to post them. Trust me, it’s worth the wait.

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January
07
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2008-01-07
  • About to crash for the night. My baggage was waiting on my at the hotel when I got back from dinner. AmericanAirlines++ #

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January
07
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2008-01-07
Training Day 1 AM

Training Day 1 AM,
originally uploaded by wantmoore.

No, I’m not talking about this Thinker, but Dave appears to be deep in thought just after our lunch break today. Truth be told, i think he was just screwing around on #citrt.

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