Tagged: work

Overview of Lync Server 2010 setup

Recently I volunteered to set up Microsoft Lync Server 2010 as a simple instant messaging system to replace Novell Messenger. Now, Lync and its earlier iterations of Office Communicator Server (OCS) can be a...

Walk This Way

After reading over the infographic below, I am SO glad that I live so close to my office that I can walk there everyday. After three years of commuting-by-foot I never want to give...

Office Work

Recently I took a fresh-looking notepad off the top of the stack in the office supplies cabinet near my desk. Today as I was using it, I noticed there seemed to be a page out of alignment, sticking out a little bit from one side. I flipped to that page to try to straighten it and found that it was actually a full-page crossword puzzle that someone had completed—presumably they kept it hidden in the notepad for those boring meetings…?

Irony

This is irony: There’s a huge Nor’easter storm outside right now with over a foot of snow and high winds… Three hours ago I walked a mile through through the storm to get to my office, where the A/C unit in the data center has failed… and I’m sitting here toasting (along with the servers, I’m sure) in 100 degree heat.

It’s 85 degrees cooler outside right now, and I think that’s where I’d rather be–since it would mean I was on my way home, instead of sitting here waiting for the HVAC guys to call back.

Those who don’t remember history…

…are apparently condemned to a life in politics.

Lately I’ve been on an NPR kick, listening to the news and such on the way to and from work. Normally I can’t take this too long; after a few days, I tend to think I may just have Considered All Things, and want to go back to ignoring most of them.

But anyway, the news lately has been Treasury Secretary Paulson’s proposed “bailout” of the financial industry to the tune of $700 billion dollars. Wow. One NPR correspondent made the understatement about how this “demonstrates a certain lack of understanding how we came to be in this predicament in the first place.” Indeed! Why should the American taxpayers borrow this incredible amount just to pay off banks who went overboard trying to get people to borrow money beyond their means? Does anyone remember the Black Monday stock market crash that started the Great Depression? My history book always told me that it was due to too many loans and bad borrowers. And furthermore, why should we be taking this advice from the former CEO of Goldman-Sachs? Seems to me that the bailout really only helps his old buddies in the big financial firms.

In local news, today is my last day at BEK Inc.. On Monday morning I will start at Atlantic Fund Administration in downtown Portland. What a strange time to be joining the ranks of the financial industry!

back in the u.s.s.r.

as the beatles sang, “you don’t know how lucky you are, boy!” well, admittedly, i’m not back in the area-formerly-known-as-the-soviet-union, but back is the u-s-of-a. and, moreso, i’ve been back for a while now…...

congratulations

i’m so worn out… spent the day in the sun and water for the “nsme infrastructure summer gathering 2002”, which was conveniently scheduled so that ains & i could go before we left. totally...

dragging hooks

12 work days (after today); approximately 3 weeks until we’re africa-bound. i still haven’t been able to speak with my landlord about vacating the apartment before i leave, and i still haven’t packed a...

let’s spin

i’m getting no small amount of amusement in the fact that our office area’s cinco de mayo party is on may 7th. sometimes it’s the little things that get me… (and, coincidentally, no one...

one of these days

productivity-consultant david allen suggests that it is the many “open loops” in our lives—that is, those tasks and decisions that we are storing in our heads and subconsciously worrying about all the time—that significantly...