I need to get some voiceover on this – but this is a live screen cam of the installation of ZENworks Pulsar. It takes about 5 minutes on a fast server.
Tomorrow morning I’m heading off early for a week in Beijing, China. It’s the first time for me; and to be honest the first time I’ve travelled anywhere where I really don’t have any ability to speak some basic local language and read my way around.
Hopefully internet won’t be too shoddy during the week – I’ll be there with Laurence so I’ll make sure we post some pics.
This site gets a mix of visitors; but most are technical people.
Right now IE7/XP and Firefox2/XP are neck and neck.
What is interesting is that IE7/Vista is just over 3% of traffic already.
Data from Google Analytics
I spend a few days catching up on posting video to my family and home blog instead 😉 No posts for a week or two.
I’ve blogged about LinkedIn many times in the past couple of years.
One thing that never fails is using LinkedIn to track the internal barometer of an organisation. It can even be used to track an individuals thoughts about a place.
A simple example.
Let’s say that you see a connection who has been somewhat dormant in the past few months suddenly start adding connections like crazy and writing and getting recommendations.
Maybe they got organised and started working on their LinkedIn profile; just as likely is they are fishing around for a new role and want to polish up the profile.
I’ve noticed about a 70-80% correlation on this in the last year; profile gets refreshed and updated; a few months later people move on.
Let me know your views.
ZENworks and other systems management tools do a great job of managing software and updates on corporate machines. Have you ever stopped to think about updating software in the most hostile of environments?
Continue reading “Software updates – when it needs to work”
Get up at 0400 Friday; final glance at email, get ready, check out and head to Changi Airport in Singapore.
Check in, security and a spot of shopping. Ready to board and depart ontime at 0655 local time.
Fly from Singapore to Hong Kong.
More security, more shopping, spend some time in the United Airlines Lounge. Board and depart ontime for 1240 departure local time.
Fly from Hong Hong to San Francisco. About four hours into the flight we cross the International Date Line.
Arrive in a foggy San Francisco an hour early – at around 0730 – Friday morning. Miss the early flight to SLC.
More security. No shopping. Collapse in the United Lounge. Get on my flight for Salt Lake City ontime at 1100.
Arrive home at just after 1300. Still Friday.
Another sidebar to the release of ZENworks Pulsar.
The management console is moving from the tree-based heirarchical view of directory objects to becoming a much flatter, much more filtered task-centric view of objects.
A lot of discussion took place in the last couple of years internally to get the metaphors and behaviour just right.
The aside – take a look at Visual Complexity. Hundreds of examples of mapping and modelling then displaying very complex data.
It has everything from transport mapping to systems management:
A colleague asked about converting WAV audio (from a voice recorder) to MP3.
Here is a how-to for Audacity on Windows. The same general approach is appropriate for Linux too.
Continue reading “Converting WAV to MP3 using Audacity”