Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Random Thoughts

First I would like to say that Paul Graham has one of the best sites going. As a matter of fact, I would venture to say that Paul's essays have felt like a college course for me. If you need to read something non-work related and really want to learn, check his site out and send some love by getting a copy of his book Hackers & Painters.

Second, I would recommend Mark Cubin's blog, Blog Maverick. It never hurts to read about what's bouncing around the head of a millionare.

In closing, I know everyone including myself seems to be worked up over Terry Schiavo's life. I understand it and I can't believe that we are letting her starve to death. But also keep something in mind. This is a bigger issue than one life. If the Federal government is allow to over turn a state ruling without due process, we open a whole can of worms over states rights. If you read your history, that is really what the Civil War was all about.

Friday, March 18, 2005

It's for the childern...

I, like everyone who is interested in sports, sat yesterday in a little bit of disbelief at the Congressional hearings on steroids in baseball. Big Mac committed PR suicide and everyone else read from their prepared statements. So, what did I take from all of this?

I already knew that drugs where bad. Mr Macky taught me that. Ok

But what I learned is that we need to do everything for the kids. What if you child finds out that a hero did something wrong or bad? What does that mean for the kids. It means that someone should tell them that people make mistakes.

The congressman or senators or whatever where outraged that MLB players union gave someone 5 chances to clean up before they where thrown out of baseball. They shouldn't be. If you work for a medium to large company, look at their drug policy. As long as your not stealing from the company to pay for your drugs more than likely they will try to put you in some type of treatment center to help you. But back to baseball. There is one ex-met player who repeatedly had problems with cocain. Did they kick him out after the first problem? No so why should steroids be treated any differently? The last time I check cocain was illegal.

Why don't we ask a congressman or senator this: Should someone who holds public office be thrown out the first time they do something illegal?

Lets say that baseball changes the policy and bans someone after the first offence. Then that player commits suicide because of that. What now? How many people would say "They should have helped this person."?

MLB and the players union are in a no win situation. Why? Because they put themselves there.

I feel congress should be working to continue to help Iraq get back on it's feet again not beat MLB over the head.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Hey Martha Stewart doesn't like the bracelet

So Martha finds the electronic bracelet she has to wear on her ankle "uncomfortable". Well tough!!! I read this article and the thing that really got me was the fact that Martha found prison restful.

Monday, March 14, 2005

The best technology is also the worst...

The best technology requires the least amount of configuration, care and feeding. The worst technology requires the least amount of configuration, care and maintenance.

The idea that something is easy to deploy and "set it and forget" lures you into a false sense of security. The day that device starts causing a problem, either through it's fault or some other change elsewhere is when the stuff hits the fan.

While the payoff may be in the time saved when deploying something, the knowledge gained during that learning curve pays off later.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Wifi WPA and You

I've been working on a WiFi deployment for the last month and it's getting close to a rollout. But just let me say one thing. WPA is a bitch. Not that it's a bitch to setup or even get working, but it's a bitch in the sense that what is considered a success or failure depends on the workstation. And let me tell you, if you've done IT stuff for any lenght of time you know that workstations/laptops are a lot like used cars. It may look nice on the outside, but you don't really know how the vehicles been treated until you start wrenching on the thing yourself.