Why paper books don’t matter

There is no question that the publishing industry is under assault.   They are outgunned and outnumbered, and their foe has far better tech.   They are trying to fight back by joining forces.   This may help slow their demise, but they won’t survive. A little backstory.   In the 90’s independent bookstores had a new and seemingly unstoppable enemy…. Read more →

Review: A Moveable Feast

FIRST, some background.   Sarah and I were in Paris a few years ago, for the second time in our lives together.   We were walking along the Seine when we came across this little bookstore called Shakespeare & Company. It was known back in “the day” (and by “the day” I refer to what some see as the golden… Read more →

Import GoToMeeting recordings into Camtasia

Anyone who has used GoToMeeting to record a webinar will quickly find that the default GoToMeeting format is not a true WMV file (even though the extension is .wmv).  Instead, GTM uses a custom format, most likely because it’s more efficient to record in this format while you are conducting a web meeting.  Whatever the case, this is a real… Read more →

How to Install SQL Management Studio Express 2008

Tricky tricky! A few ways to do it … If full SQL installed Use if full SQL is installed, or if you installed SQL 2008 with Visual Studio. Install Windows Powershell if you do not have it. Download the setup file of “SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools” or “SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services.” SQL Server 2008 Express… Read more →

Urgent vs. Important & Time Management

There are whole books devoted to time management.  There’s even a methodology for time management which almost approaches a religion.Software programs are built just for this one task; Outlook, for example, may be a communication (email) tool but arguably it is really designed for time management.  It’s no accident that all the new items come into your “inbox”.  From there,… Read more →

ScrewTurn Wiki part 2

Unfortunately, my initial foray into using ScrewTurn wiki did not turn out so well. After I deployed it, it failed to function properly in production — among other things it would timeout on a regular basis and refuse to commit changes. It could have been issues with the production server or the configuration, but at this point I’ve given up…. Read more →

The product manager challenge

I read the On Product Management blog and recently Saeed posted an article titled Product Managers need time to breathe… He states: I’m going to make an assertion here, and please correct me if I’m wrong. I believe that the vast majority of software product managers are running full tilt in their jobs, caught between the short term tactical cross-functional… Read more →

You know you’re multitasking too much when …

… suddenly you can’t open any more Windows in Windows XP! There appears to be a limit of about 30 or 40 open windows (including tabs in Firefox / IE7) in Windows XP, which can get pretty irritating if you have two monitors like I do, and often have many tasks going on at the same time (or many webpages… Read more →