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Saturday, September 25, 2004

Career-Op Audio - from the Archives

Here is my second "PodCast" of Career-Op Columns. This column is from September 2003. -- Douglas

Career-Op:Freelancing Now
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

It is almost impossible to work in a high-tech career today without being deeply involved with Microsoft Windows. Whether you are a developer, a user or a consultant to other users, there a several things you need to do to keep everything working smoothly. Doing so, and maintaining it regularly, is a sure way to improve you own high-tech life, that of your clients and your own high-tech career. For those of you just starting out, here are a few hints to insure that you and your clients are getting the most from your computer everyday.

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Friday, September 24, 2004

What is PodCasting???

Do you have no idea what PodCasting is and why I would want to start doing it? Do you have an iPod, or iTunes, or other audio player?

Check out this description of PodCasting from Trade Secrets Radio

Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon

For whatever reason, the photographer of The Acorn, a small, regional paper for the Thousand Oaks/Simi Valley area, finds Joseph quite photogenic. This is the second time we have appeared in the paper. By the way, I am not asleep in the picture, but concentrating on the sketch I was drawing. (SMILE)

Click for a short story from the paper and links to a larger image!

LA Insight: Leaving LA

1. When you can only get out of LA for a weekend, where do you like to go?

Idyllwild, in the San Jacinto/San Gorgonio Mountains

2. Where do you stay when you go there? (lodging and/or region)

On the cheap, the Atipahato Lodge. Small, cute place, near town. Some units have kitchenettes. Longer term/more money, a rental "cabin", like this one.

3. Where do you go on vacation to get as far out of the LA lifestyle?

I really like northern Arizona, especially Sedona (which can be a little LA-ish) and nearby, Jerome, an old mining town that is as far from LA as you could hope to get. This is NOT counting, of course, our trips to Sicily to visit my wife's relatives. That is truly far, far, away from LA.

4. For longer vacations, 1-2 weeks, where have you been that you would go back to?

I would like to return to England again, and spend more time out of London and in the smaller villages. The same goes for rural France.

5. Where do you dream of going, but haven't been?

I have always wanted to visit Yellowstone, but have not yet made it. It is definitely on my list of Top 10 Places to Visit, though.

6. Where have you been on vacation where you thought "I could settle here"?

Boston and environs, (Concord, Lexington, Salem, etc.) has always seemed like a place we could live. Charlottesville, Virginia made quite an impact, too. Nice college town nestled in the rolling hills. Monticello on the hill and all that.

7. What place in Los Angeles makes you feel like you're already on vacation?

The Getty Center always gives me a feeling of being on vacation, even though I live only a few miles away. Pasadena can do the same. And, of course, anywhere up in the mountains, especially when you can';t see the LA skyline.

8. Where in Los Angeles would you warn tourists to stay away from, even though a lot of them end up there?

I would guess most people would tell them to avoid Hollywood. I would probably say Disneyland. I think too many tourists end up in the manufactured "Hollywood" of Universal Studios and Citywalk, and now, Hollywood Blvd. itself, post-Hollywood and Highland.

Career-Op: School Time -- now with MP3 audio "PodCasting"

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Starting this week, I am going to release each column in MP3 format so you can listen to it on your way to work, in the car or on your bike. You can use iPodderX (and other tools) to automatically download each weeks selection directly to iTunes and ready for import into your iPod. See iPodder.org for more info on PodCasting and more tools.

Look for a new posting each week and (hopefully) one from the Career-Op archives, as well. Subscribe to the RSS feed above to be notified automatically when new columns are available. --Douglas

Career-Op: School Time
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

Once I graduated from college, it was an easy decision to not return. Since I wasn’t programming-inclined, there wasn’t much to be gained from getting a Masters or Doctorate in Computer Science. Instead, I went off and joined the big world of business and have arrived at where I am today. This is not to say, though, that I have stopped learning. Instead I have spent my years learning about topics that interested me, developing my own personalized advanced degree. While it may not hold the cache of a MA or Ph.D, it certainly has helped to develop a decent career and an interesting life.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Everything you wanted to know about digital photography...

Whether you are an experienced digital photographer, or just beginning to search for your first camera, this book should be on your bookshelf. Shooting Digital takes you through shopping for a new camera, lenses and accessories, discusses the difference between digital and film and much more.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Web: Ten lies to protect the status quo - Seth Godin

Seth Godin, on his blog, has listed ten "Lies that seek to protect the status quo".

Sometimes you need reinforcement from someone else so that you can go through your day with a small sense that you are NOT crazy. Too often, statements like this, and many more, are bandied about like the truth without any investigation as to why we believe them or what they do to us as a culture.

Here's a toast to asking more questions...and the more difficult, the better!

Lies to protect the status quo
1. Canadian pharmaceuticals are dangerous
2. Piracy is killing the ongoing creation of music and movies (notice I didn't say anything about the movie and music businesses)
3. Dental work lasts forever
4. A bottle of Evian is dangerous to airline security and must be surrendered
5. The Microsoft monopoly pays dividends to all users (like IE, for example)
6. You can’t start a business without venture money or a big bank loan
7. Working hard for your boss and following instructions is the best way to get ahead
8. We need to spend taxpayer money on support for traditional factory farming
9. It’s impossible to make a fuel efficient automobile Americans will accept
10. Who you know is more important than what you do

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Amazon offers small discount to users of A9.com search engine

This evening, when browsing Amazon.com, I noticed an odd logo on their pages.

Clicking the link brought me to this page.

For those of you who may not be able to see that page, here is the first paragraph.

Douglas E. Welch, since you've been using A9.com recently, virtually everything at Amazon.com is automatically an additional π/2% (1.57%) off for you. Collecting this discount is zero effort on your part. It will be applied automatically at checkout (it will happen whether you use the shopping cart or our 1-Click Shopping®). You don't need to do anything to get this discount except keep using A9.com as your regular search engine

It is a small discount, but I will take it just for occasionally using the A9 search engine.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Latest WelchWrite Note - Spyware

I just posted my latest WelchWrite Note, a quick introduction to Spyware and some additional problems with this software turning computers into zombies.

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