Saturday, September 18, 2010

Really? Is that what it means?

So, the Geico commercial keeps popping into my head. Bird in the Hand Geico Commercial. It gets me wondering, where the heck did that phrase come from.  Apparently, the meaning to the phrase is; It's better to have a small real advantage than the possibility of a greater one.

I love learning new things each and every day. Don't you?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Resident expert...

I want to preface my post by saying that I harbor NO hard feelings towards anyone nor am I really complaining here.  I'm just wondering out loud.

With that said, I ponder out loud how many of my IT Bretheren finds themselves in the same predicament that I find myself in often?

I've got a multitude of close friends.  I've got a whole truck load of what I would call close acquantinces.  These are the people you generally don't hang out with, or call, but when you do see them, or happen to get together with them you have a thoroughly good time.

So, don't call these people, and those close friends... really don't talk to them on a regular basis.  Work, family, living, day to day grind, new jobs, tight deadlines, upcoming milestones, etc. etc. etc. all tend to get in the way.  Of course it goes the other way too.  Don't hear from anyone very often either, and really, that's fine.  I understand.

But I'll be damned, when they have a computer problem, the phone call goes something like this...

"Mike!!! How the hell are ya?  Long time.  How've ya been?  How's your daughter, and your girlfriend?  Listen, don't want to take up too much of your time, I know you're busy, but I've got this computer problem..."

From there it goes one of a couple of ways.

1)  You walk them through rebooting, refreshing, powering down and back up again...

2)  You tell them to drop their system off, and you'll look over it as soon as you can.

Oh yeah... the third scenario... almost always with either family or the realy close friends...

3) When's a good time for you, I'll stop and take a look at for you.

Why can't my friends or relatives be tax preparers, or home remodelers?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

OK... Now it's been 4 months since I've posted anything...

So, it's another new job.  I was made manager of a development group back in October of 2009, and just last week I was "reorganized" and made manager of IT related training for the company.

This move certainly "feels" better to me than my last move.  I had never managed software developers before, and while managing people is sort of a universal skill, it does take a bit of technical experience to manage programmers. 

This current position fits much nicer and neater into my wheelhouse.  I have a pretty extensive background in training, and I actually came out of a training position back in 1996 when I made my serious move into computers, networks, and technology in general.  Being able to merge my technology experience with my passion for training and learning really feels like a dream job to me.

I'll not make any promises regarding posting more often, although I think I'd like to do that as I create this new position that I've been given.  Check back, I may just surprise you.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Holy Crap! It's been three months since I've posted anything....

Sitting around the house waiting to leave for a Super Bowl party, when I stumbled upon my Blog for the first time since November. Needless to say that I'm not entirely motivated to bore the hell out of anyone with my general rantings. I keep telling myself I want to do this. I believe I have things to say that someone might be interested in... But then again...