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~ Friday, November 21, 2003
 

Book of the Week

David Allen's followup to one of my favorite books, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

 

See anything besides "Cat in the Hat"

After seeing the trailers and being inundated with the 100's of advertising tie-ins for this movie, I had no intention of going to see it anyway. Still, it is heartening to learn that some of the most prominant movie critics (who DID see it) have agreed with my assessment. While I find the book wonderful as it is, sometimes a movie can add a new dimension. Unfortunately, it seems the producers, directors and actors have decided to take the title and almost nothing else.

The Boston Globe's Ty Burr sums it up like this, "If the producers had dug up Ted Geisel's body and hung it from a tree, they couldn't have desecrated the man more."

LA Times Manohla Dargis sums up his/her feelings in verse, "Why oh why did they make it like that, oh why did they ruin "The Cat in the Hat"?"

More reviews and discussion can be found in this thread on Metafilter.com.

I would highly advise all parents to read these reviews, and more, before taking their children, or even their teenagers. We, the movie audience are often blamed for the poor quality of movies with the saying, "if the audience didn't watch it, we wouldn't make it." Let's make the message clear this time and go see something else.

 

Career Column

Career-Op: Education -- Focus
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

As you continue in your high-tech career, you will naturally find that there are some tasks, some systems, some software that you prefer. This is natural and is an important guide in choosing the future direction of your career. Continually having to perform undesirable tasks and work with systems you donít like is a sure road to job, and perhaps, career, burnout. That said, it is also important to continue developing your generalized knowledge so that you are not left at the mercy of any one, obsolete technology.

~ Wednesday, November 19, 2003
 

Apple Security Update 2003-11-19

It looks like us lowly Jaguar (OS X 10.2.x) users have finally got the security update issued weeks ago for Panther. (OS X 10.3) in Security Update 2003-11-19

Update information from Apple...

Security Update 2003-11-19 includes the following updated components:

gm4, groff, Mail w/CRAM-MD5 authentication, OpenSSL, Personal File Sharing, QuickTime for Java ,zlib "gzprintf()" function

Additionally, there is also a Quicktime for Java update.

Both of these updates are available via the Software Update system preference on your Mac.

~ Tuesday, November 18, 2003
 

Here is my latest article for TechRepublic.com...

Manage and restore Palm PDA backups with these tips

Having to restore a user's Palm PDA from backup files can stem from a number of problems. For instance, a program error can leave the PDA in such a state of confusion that only a hard reset will bring it back. Or, data can be lost if the batteries on the device are allowed to go completely flat for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, a hard reset also deletes all of the device's data and programs, leaving the PDA in its factory default state. Finally, if a user's PDA is lost or destroyed, you'll need to move your user's data to a new device.

 

World's Smallest Flying Robot

Josh Rubin has a picture and some links to Sieko Epson's announcement of their tiny, Bluetooth-controlled, helicopter.

Way Cool!

~ Sunday, November 16, 2003
 

The Wal-Marting of America?

Fast Company magazine has a very thoughtful article about the pros and cons of Wal-Mart's power in the economy of America.

The Wal-Mart You Don't Know

While the company attempts to do good on some levels, there is the constant danger of the company using its tremendous power to destroy individual manufacturers and even entire classes of manufacturers.

Is there a point where companies become too big and wield too much influence over the economy and even public policy?

Food for thought.

 

Christmas Shopping?

Just a gentle reminder, if you are shopping for holiday presents through Amazon.com, you can use the WelchWrite Bookstore. Simply click on the link below to start your shopping and WelchWrite receives a small portion (around 5%) of each sale.


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You can also see some of my recommendations for books, hardware and software by visiting my Douglas Recommends... page.


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