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OK.. OK.. sounds like I am being an alarmist..
It started several weeks ago when Stargazer (my Windows 7 laptop pc) had some (Windows) updates and it asked me if I wanted to get a FREE upgrade to Windows 10 when it is released. Of course I registered for it (can you really refuse??)? Now I have a “NAG” sitting on my system reminding me.. “.. it’s coming ..” (so is winter).
I was aware Microsquish was going to do this because of general info flying around the net for some time. It looked “good” to me.. a FREE upgrade – yea right… There had to be a catch somewhere and now (thanks to Gordon Kelley – contributor to Forbes) we ALL know just what it is.. and it’s really nasty “rat hole”.
Once you upgrade they will have their hooks in solid.. and the “free” will turn into a cash stream for them.. from your pocket to theirs.
The sky is NOT falling – all that happened was Swiftpage sold Saleslogix to Infor – one of the LARGEST Private digital products companies in the world ($3billion/year).
Short story – (TRUE) – A customer of mine told me they had received a call from a former Saleslogix bp (who does Salesforce) and (in so many words) told him the sky was falling and suggest they should consider switching to SF from Saleslogix. Well.. my customer DID NOT SWALLOW THAT STUPID LINE!
A friendly message/warning to ALL Saleslogix customers – The “Vultures are circling”. This ALWAYS happens when a company is bought/sold. It’s a big “marketing ploy” – DON”T FALL FOR IT! If you have questions, then call your BP asap.. or call the team at Saleslogix in AZ.
A few points:
A – Yes.. Saleslogix’ CRM will become Infor CRMTM
A – Existing Saleslogix BP’s will become Infor (crm) BPs
B – Infor (ERP) BP’s are not going to be selling/servicing Infor CRMTM – NOTE: remember the big mess Sage caused by allowing the ERP/Accounting BP’s to get into the Saleslogix crm business.. total failure!
C – An immediate DOUBLING of the R&D budget to speed up the (Saleslogix) Road Map implementation
D – The Windows/LAN fat client is still part of the product
E – SData is and will remain the integration (access) point for Saleslogix
F – The R&D budget is being DOUBLED asap to speed up the road-map installation
G – The sale will be finalized in a couple of weeks (probably Sept 1st because it starts a new quarter).
H – The Nov Customer & Partner Conference will still happen in Scottsdale. IMHO the “Swifties” will probably not be there and the Infor team will be.
The internet is full of garbage postings about how we should “… work smarter – not harder..”
Here’s the REAL Secret: Smart people are HARD Workers!
Mike Rowe (host of “Dirty Jobs”) has a great blog/post that debunks the “Work Smarter – Not Harder” myth.
The definition of work is:
Work equals Force times distance time the cosine of “theta” – where theta is the angle between the force and displacement vector(s). SO when theta is zero degrees the Force and displacement are in the same direction and you get the biggest bang for your effort! The more Force (the “harder” you work) you put into it the more you get out of it. Force is the Agent Of Change.
For you “DIY” folks out there.. here’s a great example of why Work Smarter – Not Harder falls apart:
House full of squeaky (door) hinges. How do you fix them?
Plan A: Oil them – Not Hard – but NOT Smart! You end up with mess and a quiet hinge for a very short time.
Plan B: “WD-40” (Remember it stands for “Water Displacement formula number 40 😉 – It’s not “oil” – but it’s messy and does not last long either! Another Not Hard – but NOT Smart!
Plan C: Use Vaseline – Definitely Smart and Hard! You have to:
1 – remove each hinge pin (one at a time) – can be hard but a small hammer, a pin punch and a flat blade screwdriver really help)
2 – clean the pin (maybe use “409” to really get it clean)
3 – wipe the pin with Vaseline ad put a “dob” on the hole on the top of the hinge where the pin goes
4 – put the pin back and tap it down (hard/flush)
5 – Repeat steps 1 thru 4 for the remaining 2 (or 3) hinges on that door
6 – clean up any mess (paper towels and 409 helps here
7 – repeat steps 1 thru 6 for each door in your home
This will take you some time to do (the “hard”/Force in the Work equation). However, when you are done you have nice quiet door hinges and it lasts for a quite a while. (Good) Work has a satisfaction factor to it that you do not see in the basic (physics) formula. There is something about doing something and doing it right which makes us feel really good (and ready for a nice cool beer – or two 😉
So if we are just trying to be “Smart” and not putting any FORCE into our Work.. we are just going nowhere 😉
Most of us own a smartphone (w/camera) and/or a tablet (w/camera). So HOW do you transfer all those pictures to your laptop/desktop?
A – use a “cloud service” (like dropbox)?
B – Use a memory card?
C – a usb cable
D – ????
I just found a BETTER WAY – WiFi File Transfer by smarterDroid (yep – this is an Android tool 😉 It comes in two “versions”: A FREE one and a paid for one ($1.40 – yes a dollar forty) the free one is limited to 5mb files.
To use it, just download from the play store (look for wifi file) to your droid device(s).. fire it up.. open a browser to the ip address:port specified and have at it.
NOTE: The app is really a web server and you are connectling directly – NOT thru a “cloud service” so your data is protected.
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Only time will tell.
On Monday, October 8, 2012 there was an announcement by W3C on the alpha release of Web Platform Docs. The purpose of this is to establish a single point/place where we all can go for “All Things Web Development”.
Her’s a blog posting by Jean Paoli (President – Microsoft Open Technologies) on the announcement:
Bear in mind this site is only a few days old but it has names like Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, Opera that are stewards of the project. If they pull this off it will save all of us TONS of time (translate $$$) in development/research as related to web efforts.
Let us wish them the best and contribute to the effort for the common good! So jump over and take a look NOW!
For those who do not know – March 30 was(is) National Pencil Day…. and stats indicate sales are UP this past year on WOOD pencils and associated accessories (sharpeners, erasers, etc.).
Remember that Number 2 yellow pencil? You first learned to write with one and probably left a few teeth marks on a few as well. ..and NO you do not have “lead poisoning” because “lead pencils” were NEVER made of lead. They were always (and still are) made of graphite.
In my early engineering days we were encouraged to keep a daily journal/notebook. Always writing down little (and large) items during our day. We did this with a (yellow) number 2 pencil. I still keep a spiral bound notebook to the right of my keyboard and jot things down (in pencil ;-). Every morning the first thing that is typically done is to draw a horizontal line.. make note of the day and date.. and to make a time entry with something like “.. Read Email & NG’s..” When I answer the phone I also make a note. At lunch time there is a blocked out time slot noted for lunch. If you were to take a look at my (office) supply/storage closet you would see a pile of 8.5 x 11 spiral bound notebooks filled with data/notes going back YEARS.
The pencil (and paper) is where I start when designing anything. It could be a program to solve a customer’s problem, a bookshelf that I plan to build, even a remodel of a kitchen. The best part is NO BATTERIES REQUIRED.. NO POWER CORD.. all the power required is ME! PLUS it is Mobile 😉
We tend to rely way too much on technology but I believe our best ideas come from just simply putting a Number 2 Yellow Pencil in our hand.. take a piece of paper.. and dream.
Oh yes, my favorite Yellow Number 2 is made by the largest wood pencil maker in the world – Dixon Ticonderoga – over 1.5 BILLION made every year!