SLES 11

Just installed SLES 11 x64 on top of my Windows 2008 R2 hyper-v test box.

Best installation of SLES yet – clean, fast – no major problems.

Microsoft Web Platform

Take a look at this: http://www.microsoft.com/web/gallery/

Single click install and deployment for IIS and the associated components.

I’m going to kick the tyres a little – but both Gallery and WordPress seem to be supported – and it looks like using MS SQL server too.

http://www.microsoft.com/web/gallery/WordPress.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/web/gallery/Gallery.aspx

Maybe time to retire the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and move to Windows 2008 ..

Hugin 0.8 beta

I’ve been using hugin for a long while – since Nat tipped me off.

Good to see progress since the release of 0.7 last autumn; some of the Google Summer of Code projects are starting to get aggregated.

Hugin 0.8 beta is available; there’s a pretty decent Windows version at Allard Katans site.

One year on

A year ago I wrote a blog post – “So long – and thanks for all the fish” – it announced that I was leaving Novell.

It’s been a strange year with much change. Not only have I changed jobs; but also moved from Utah to Washington and sold and bought a house.

I’m still in touch with many ex-colleagues from Novell; it is strange that technologies such as twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, skype and even email have made communication so much easier than ever before. During the year I’ve seen a lot of good friends move on from Novell too. 2008 seems to have been a year of change for many.

Kano model – an example

During ITIL v2 Managers Certificate training and during my ITIL v3 Expert bridge there was a lot of discussion of using Kano models to evaluate real vs. perceived needs.

I mentioned airline surveys usually included such examples to really only factor in results from ‘those that read the questions’ – too many times you see people tick ‘satisfied’ for everything.

Here’s an example from United – notice how there are pairs of similar questions that drive to a common result.

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