Monday, November 30, 2009
It was really fun to watch the competition between the brothers - both in the need for speed and on technique. As we progressed in our learning adventure, the first teen would 'get it' and start showing off for the others! All in good fun. Overall, a very good start to the ski season!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
For those that don't know about history ... Here is a condensed version:
Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.
The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:
1. Liberals, and
Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.
Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement.
Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.
Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as girlie-men. Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the breeding wolfs into small yapping dogs, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.
Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass.
Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat.
Conservatives drink domestic beer, mostly Bud. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the military, airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.
Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America . They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.
Here ends today's lesson in world history:
It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it.
A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to tick them off.
And there you have it. Let your next action reveal your true self.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Having Fun in the Sun!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The Senate is set to vote to saddle me, my children and yet unborn grandchildren with over $1 trillion in debt for a Porkulus bill that will not work. Is it "timely?" Not according to the CBO which estimates that less than 50% of bills spending provisions will take effect before the
end of fiscal year 2010. Is it "targeted?" Not unless the targets are the National Endowment for the Arts, Acorn, studying Climate Change and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Is it "temporary?" It creates nearly 36 new government programs and as President Reagan said, "The closest thing to eternal life is a government program."
The wasteful spending and government programs in this bill will become the new "baseline." Any future attempt to cut or even freeze this current level of spending will be heralded by Democrats and their Greek chorus in the Main Stream Media as "devastating cuts" that will "gut these vital programs" and "hurt most the people who can afford it least."
Why are the Democrats racing to pass this bill? Does anyone think that a week of debate and deliberation will unalterably destroy our economy? No. The Democrats know that if Senators and members of Congress and more importantly, the American people get to read this bill, the more support will erode.
What will work?
Tax cuts for people who pay taxes.
Reduce the corporate tax rate and the capital gains tax rate.
Increased unemployment and health benefits for those people who have lost their jobs.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Another beautiful day on the slopes. I have many many pictures but it has been a crazy busy week at my other gig, so I am only including two pictures of the group clowning around. I Will try and get the sideshow put together soon.
During this stage in our skiing adventure, we starting adding some flexing and extending moves to our technique. We want to extend, or get TALL at the start of our turns, and flex, or get a little smaller in the bottom of the turn to absorb the pressure. The amount of our movement will depend on speed and terrain.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Utilizing the Steps in this doc: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C8FA2FD1-72F6-4F19-A1B0-F689DAE14BE6&displaylang=en
1. Installed the sofware requirements
1.a. MS IIS 6.0 (Already installed)
1.b. Update for Background intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) (Already installed)
1.c. MS .NET Framework Version 2.0 (Already installed)
1.d. MS Report View Redistributable (Already installed)
1.c. MS Management Console 3.0 for Windows Server 2003 (KB907265) (Already installed)
2. Install Windows Server update Services 3.0 SP1 Setup
2.a. Mode: Full server installation including Admin Console
2.b. website address http://SERVERNAME:8530 #the installation detected SharePoint already and did not even give me an option to use the default website of port 80
3. Run Windows Server update Services Configuration Wizard.
4. Create and apply the group policy in AD. Makes sure to address the update server with the correct port.
Life is good! The client computers are showing up in the WSUS console. I am grouping 'em by department and creating one group as FIRSTINSTALL. I place one computer from each department in this group and apply the updates there, first. IF no issues I will roll out the updates to the entire enterprise.
Now, I need to spend some time customizing the SharePoint Helpdesk application.
More to come...
1. Expand the ApplicationTemplateCore.exe files to the hard drive. Open a command prompt to that location.
2. Run stsadm -o addsolution -filename ApplicationTemplateCore.wsp
3. Run stsadm -o deploysolution -name ApplicationTemplateCore.wsp -allowgacdeployment -local
4. Run stsadm -o copyappbincontent
5. Expand the HelpDesk.exe files to the hard drive. Open a command prompt to that locaiton.
6. Run stsadm -o addsolution - filename HelpDesk.wsp
7. Run stsadm -o deploysolution -name HelpDesk.wsp -allowgacdeployment -local
8. Using the Admin Configuration Site, Navigate to Team Site > Create > New SharePoint Site. Give it a unique name and select the Help Desk application template.
The new helpdesk site is up! No documentation comes with the template itself so I will continue making notes and post links as I find 'em.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
1. The server has some junk on it so I removed as much as possible including IIS and the application server role. The Machine is fully patched.
2. Added the Application Server Role which includes IIS. Be sure and select ASP.NET on the Application Server Options page.
3. Installed MS .NET Framework 3.5 Redistributable Package (35MB)
4. Installed MS .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Package (52MB)
5. Went to Microsoft Updates and the installed the following: KB951847
6. Using IIS Manager, verified ASP.NET v2.0.50727 is marked allowed.
7. Installed SharePoint Services 3.0 as a stand alone server.
8. Ran the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard.
9. Verfied the localhost site (http://servername) is added to the trusted sites list in IE 7
10. Verfied the Windows SharePoint Services Web Application service is running
11. Installed the SMTP service on IIS
12. Configured the SMTP service
13. Configure Incoming and Outgoing mail service.
So far so good; I have the basic site up and running. Next up: Apply the helpdesk template.
Monday, January 26, 2009
We had the pleasure of observing the Breck Ski Patrol Avalanche dogs in action:
More fun in the Snow:
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
1. Excellence. Get on with doing the business you have and see it through brilliantly. Stick to the basics. Keep it simple! the devil is always in the details.
2. Opportunism. There may be a lot of room for it - will pay off through speed off the mark and excellence in execution.
3. Visibility. March toward the sound of the guns. MBWA. People have to see who they are working for and who they are dealing with.
4. Transparency. Be absolutely straight with people, especially those at the front line. People who play the blame game in any way, shape, or form are straight out of here!
5. Demeanor. Banish "gloomy" from your persona, even if it kills you! But remember, "sunny" is pretty stupid, too. Who do you think you are kidding?
6. Paradox. Have a Positive Mental Attitude AND be ready for the worst (this recession might easily go on for 24 months).
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
How truly blessed I am to live and experience sights such as this. I spent the morning skiing the T-Bar to Snow Alley to Imperial Chair to Whale's Tail to Peak 7 Y chutes loop.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Overall - a FUN day!
Monday, January 12, 2009
I must say the OS is very speedy; fast boot up time, fast program start, etc.
I joined the laptop to my work domain and then experienced some interesting quirks with the UAC - the User Access Control. It asks for the Domain Administrator account and password, not my local administrator account and password. Luckily I have it, but that would not be the case with most business users. To install certain programs I have had to log on as the domain administrator to run the setup program (for Office 2007, and Mozilla Firefox, for example). Google Chrome installed just fine; didn't even ASK for elevated privileges. I tried to 'run as administrator".. no joy. Also turned off UAC as well as confirmed that my regular account is a member of the administrators group.
Still no luck.
Oh, really love the Beta fish wallpaper with gradient blue background (water?) very pretty.
More to come!