So, I spent a lot of time trying to set up a simple thing: remote desktop to a Windows Server 2008. What a pain. First, you have to install both the service and the licensing server, and then configure the service to see the local license server. This is silly when you get 2 local [...]
I spent eight years making digital signage systems that didn’t do this. VeriFone seems to have a lot of reports of dead screens. Makes me wonder who is doing the Engineering.
I mentor a group of kids aged 11-13 in Lego Robotics for the First Lego League (FLL). They are competing tomorrow in a ‘regional’ competition since they did well enough in the San Francisco competition to move on. A huge part of the competition is that they have to invent something that solves a problem [...]
All of December seems to be a blur for me – too much business travel, a lingering sinus infection, the holidays… can it really be 2013 already? Indeed.
It’s a big year, it feels. Huge issues sitting atop tiny balance points – which way will they go? In the news: government spending and taxes, North [...]
So I pulled the trigger on a new Mac Book Pro. I really agonized on what model to buy but my good friends and former colleagues really helped put it all in perspective. My instincts were still pre-cloud: get as much RAM as possible, lots of disk and a decent CPU so that I could [...]
Well, the Giants have won the World Series and the parade is over… Ben’s wedding is past… the floors are refinished and we’re mostly moved back in… and a chunk of travel is done for my employer Rackspace. What’s a guy to do, aside from some projects for side customers, raising kids, spending time with [...]
The San Francisco Giants overcame a 3-1 game deficit to win the National League Pennant last night. This clearly made my whole day – cut me and I bleed Giants Orange. But I cannot help but deeply think about karma.
In game 2 Matt Holliday slid past the bag at second and went hard into [...]
The Space Shuttle will do a flyover of the Bay Area tomorrow morning. I remember being in 9th grade and going on field trip to Albuquerque NM (I lived in Las Vegas NM at the time) to the NASA Symposium and NM State Science Fair. It was an overnight trip. We stayed in barracks at [...]
My son is 11 and I finally relented and got him MineCraft for the XBox. He loves it on the iPad, and wanted the ‘better features’ available on the XBox (which are probably mythical anyway). What a disaster.
We bought the download code at GameStop after I refused at least a dozen M games (whose [...]