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Apr 20, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

LPI Course Project - Alive and Well

Contributed by: Tim Inkpen The LPI Course Project is Alive and well. This is project is will put free on-line courses for the LPI Levels 1 & 2 exams for ovSAGE members at http://www.businessincubator.ca/education/. After several false starts, I have decided review the entire LPI exam requirements in depth before building the course. Anyone interested in assisting with this project is welcome to contact me at tinkpen at sympatico.ca, Phone: (613) 241-7394 or Skype (ID: tinkpen).

Apr 19, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

Looks like we may have a basic meeting tonight

The original speaker has fallen through, not a large enough audience, and we don’t have the capacity for a very large one, so I guess it’s all good. There is a possibility for a speaker from Novell to show up tonight, but I don’t have confirmation on that either. I am going to bring along a short video I saw years ago that may be new to most people. Hopefully the VGA adapter I picked up for my mac works with the projector.

Apr 11, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

Great little comment I heard last night

There I was at the local HTCIA meeting and the presenter was nattering about HCI and passed this comment: There are only two industries where the customer base is calles users: Computer science, support and design Drug Trafficking It struck me as worth repeating. For the acronymically challenged… HTCIA - High Tech Crime Investigation Association HCI - Human Computer Interaction

Apr 8, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

Module installation can be a real pain.

I was so happy with a recent book purchase that I decided to install the book review module. It installed with no issues, and appeared as a content option as expected. Then the trouble started… It appears that there is some incompatability with the module. It says it is installed, I can fill out the forms, but when I save it, nothing. After wasting a day on changes, attempted fixes, and browsing the database (of course I had opened the wrong one so nothing appeared to be working properly), I decided to uninstall it.

Apr 1, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

Barcamp 3 - impressions

I was dragged to Barcamp 3 yesterday. It seems Carleton U has been granted some provincial money to “foster open source” so one of their contributions was to host Barcamp. Barcamp seems to be a once-in-a-while (every month-and-a half? every two months?) event. I think the Ottawa event was started by some vulture/venture capitalists who wanted to meet techies to slave, I mean work in their startups. But, this time they seem to have attracted some actual techies.

Mar 31, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

Coffee Shop Computing - Not just for Novelists.

I have to admit, I’ve never sat in a coffee shop and worked on anything with a laptop before today. It’s a pretty great thing. Fresh coffee, semi-fresh food, good access (not the cheapest), etc. I’ve been working on a side contract and this was a convenient spot to meet with the other person working on the project, have some face time and get started on the project tasks list and timelines.

Mar 30, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

Cable Management Tip

A friend of mine sent this around. From: Arnold XXXXXXXXX arnold.xxxxxxx@xxx To: Engineering Staff engineeringstaff@xxx Subject: cable management Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 08:55:11 -0400 Hi All, Thought I would share a tip I just thought of… In pursuing the contract here at yyy, I got a mitt full of fibre yesterday..lots of pretty single and multi-mode 6’-10’ cables. Annoyingly, I realised these would end up a tangled mess as there are no twisties to be had (the metal wires in the “garbagebag” variety are not something you want around exposed circuit boards, obviously!

Mar 29, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

Advertising: Why do we do it?

Well, I guess the better question is what’s in it for me? In my case, I get a book from O’Reilly for each of their banners. Most of their conferences and their magazines have this deal. So, having a banner for an event of magazine on the web page for a couple of months in return for one of their books is very nice. The other items I may place on the site from time to time are local events or conferences.