Saturday, December 20, 2008

Android Developer G1

Yesterday, Google handed out Developer unlocked G1's to all full time employees as a Holiday Bonus. I have been collecting some links and am dropping them here for easy future reference.

Software Related

Platform Related

Monday, February 11, 2008

Don't drop out... Listen In...

I was surprised to learn of this article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution where Bill, the "technobuddy column" writes about short wave listening. Take a read and if it interests you at all, you should investigate taking it one step further and take a look at amateur radio.

In particular I am most interested in activating DXCC entities. You can follow the latest news about DXCC entities via my DX-IS news blog.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The various stages of life....

While surfing the net and doing some general photography research I winded my way down the fiber to an article that brought me back to what I had learned earlier in life.

If you have ever listened to Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in one of his works talks about the various stages of life, without stealing his thunder, one of the stages is the statesman, in this stage, you have reached the maturity to be comfortable with who you are and the wisdom to learn from your own and others past mistakes as well as the awareness of helping others.

This photography article about How to make the most of a mentor, is what brought me back to thinking about the stage of the "statesman". While the article speaks about being an inquisitive student, I urge you to think about the opposite side, becoming a good mentor. I have had the pleasure of mentoring many people through the course of my career and cherish each of those relationships.

If you have the opportunity to mentor someone, whether personally or professionally I suggest you make the most of the opportunity, both you and the student will grow. If you have not listened to Dr. Dyer, I suggest that you go listen to his podcasts!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

What you don't want to hear from the pilot....

"Is there a doctor or emergency medical technician onboard?"

This was the second clue of the day that my flight was going to be slightly out of the ordinary. I was enroute to SFO and after closing the doors to United 351, they re-opened them. Apparently due to a printer malfunction, they did not put enough fuel on the plane.... That cost us 30 minutes, no big deal.

Then we are airborne for maybe 25 minutes and the pilots asks for a doctor, seeing nobody jump up, he powers back the engines and starts our descent into Birhimgham, Alabama. Then the fun (not really) begins.

Apparently someone in first class had some heart issues, so we landed and what should have been a normal 15 minute delay to offload the passenger to an ambulance, turned into a 2 hour fiasco, because the passenger did not want to disembark !

Now, I don't want anyone to be denied medical treatment and I am not heartless, but for quite some time this person refused to get off the plane and apparently was forced to sign some disclosure papers basically saying "if you die up here, it is not our fault" as we tried to get you off the plane.

So, what should have been a nice 5 hour flight took approximately 8 hours. With many folks missing meetings and connecting flights.