I Made The Google!

Last spring, while sitting in my office looking out the window, I noticed the Google Streets car coming down the street (its hard to miss). I couldn't resist the urge to run outside and wave at it. They cut off the image of me waving, but I still made the Google!

You can view the actual image on Google Maps. Click on the following link and go to street view.

Using Folders (Directories)

Recently I was called to investigate the report of a slow computer. After doing a few test, I found the system to be rather snappy and seemed normal. However, they had me open their My Documents folder. Then, it happened, the eternal waving flashlight of death. My customer responded "there, see look how slow that is". It literally took several minutes for the for the My Documents folder to load.

Sage eMedware Scheduler Off Screen

There are good ways to build software, and there are bad ways to build software. The practice management software eMedware from Sage Healthcare software is a good example of how not to build software.

They have left out basic provisions such as scroll bars to allow you to catch a window that may have strayed outside your work-space by an accidental mouse movement.

Keeping Your License Key Safe

When you buy a new computer, unless it has a free operating system such as Linux, there is usually a Windows license key sticker attached. For most desktop computers, the sticker is located on the outside of the case. However on laptops, the sticker is usually on the bottom. This can cause a problem if the computer is used as a "lap top" computer. The friction on the bottom of the laptop can rub off the information on the license key sticker.

Asterisk Fun with Linux Kernel Update

I love open source software. There are sometimes though when it will drive me crazy.

One of those crazy days was today! While doing what seemed to be an innocent aptitude update on an Ubuntu server running Asterisk, upon reboot I realized that the linux kernel was updated (which usually isn't too big of a deal). However when Asterisk started, I noticed Dahdi was not loading, and that's bad! The Asterisk server can run without it but there are some parts that break without Dahdi, such as MeetMe conferences, hardware TDM cards, etc.

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