Switchers you won’t see on TV

More and more PC users are learning how easy it is to switch from Windoze to Macintosh, and OS X is a big reason. For Shoshana Berger of Business 2.0, the new PowerBook G4/1 GHz proved to be a big selling point in her move to Mac, helped along by Detto Technologies’ Move2Mac software.
Command-line developer Tom Yager made a voluntary switch as part of his research for an article in InfoWorld, shelving his ThinkPad for a PowerBook G4/800. After a two-week business trip with only the PowerBook, he’s realized that he switched without even really thinking about it, since most of the work he did under Linux or BSD can be accomplished under OS X.
Infoworld also has an interview with C.J. Rayhill, Chief Operating Office and Excecutive Vice-President of Technology for O’Reilly & Associates, wherein she reveals: “I will share with you that we’re currently in talks with Apple to possibly do a corporate switching program.” C.J. cites that many of O’Reilly’s “heavy technical folks” have moved from having two systems on their desks–some sort of Unix box plus a Windows PC for productivity apps–to using an iBook or PowerBook as their only system. (Anyone notice a trend here with regard to the popularity of the portable Mac?)

work sucks

Today has been so mind-numbingly boring. I am working on a task that your average 3d-grader could accomplish. We have this online archive of tips and tricks, that field support personnel could consult, that “has” to be cataloged for review, so persons higher-up the decision chain than I can decide what to delete, what to update, etc. There is no easy way to catalog all of this stuff, since I basically have to read each item to summarize it in the Excel spreadsheet it’s all going in. So far, everything is so woefully out of date, it’s a virtual given that the whole thing will be trashed. So why are they bothering? Because my bosses like to torture me? Because they haven’t given me any other project that’s actually worth my time, skillls, or knowledge?
I know, I know. Be thankful I have a job and get paid for the mind-numbingly boring work anyway. It would still be nice to get a project that’s actually challenging in some way and doesn’t have me getting up every fifteen minutes just to stay awake. . .

Daily bread

I love this:
“The LORD reigns; let the earth be glad; let the distance shores rejoice!
Clouds and thick darkness surround Him: righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
Fire goes before Him, and consumes His foes on every side.
His lightning lights up the world: the earth sees, and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD; before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim His righteousness, and all peoples will see His glory!”
–Psalms 97:1-6

Thank you for your service

And on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Great War ended with an armistice. November 11th was officially honored as Armistice Day from 1926 to 1954 in the United States. In 1954, the holiday was changed to Veterans Day, and we honor all of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who have served and sacrificed.
A special thank-you to my dad and my uncle for their service in the Navy and Army, respectively, during the Vietnam Conflict. Thankfully, neither had to serve in the Southeast Asia theater of operations.
So if you live next door to, work with, go to church with, or simply just know of, a veteran, take a moment today to shake their hand and thank them for serving their country.

“Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends.” –John 15:13

New Mac portables

I can’t believe I forgot to make mention of the new PowerBooks and iBooks that Apple released last week. The new PowerBooks go up to 1 GHz and contain a SuperDrive! Not to mention that with the 60 GB hard drive, it’s actually cheaper than the TiBook/500 I use when that machine was brand new.
And Apple has broken the one-grand barrier with a new entry-level iBook at $999.

National Military Appreciation Month

“To be prepared for war, is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” –George Washington, First Annual Address, January 8, 1790
Veterans Day is Monday, November 11th, and this is National Military Appreciation Month. The Department of Defense has set up a web site where you can go and digitally sign a big thank-you to our men and women in uniform. The message, with names, will be distributed at the end of the month. These soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are at the forefront of preserving our national security and defending our liberty. Let them know you appreciate it. (Thanks, Dad!)