2009-01-28

The Speech...

WESTMORELAND
O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

KING HENRY V
What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin:
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires:
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England:
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more, methinks, would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made
And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

2009-01-23

From this day forward, 1:37PM will be known as...

'Leet O'Clock

Since 1:37PM is in 24-hour time 1337.

Posting from the Windows Gadget "Blogger Buddy"

This could be a good thing. I might be more apt to post more. Might be less good, too. More posting might mean more crap :)

2009-01-22

Another good resume revision

Add "responsible for..." to the scrap heap:

James A. Stagg Jr (Jim)
180 Carriage Circle | Stockbridge GA 30281 | 770-474-3499 | jstagg@gmail.com

Sept. 2006 to present: Project Manager/Application Administrator, S.P. Richards Co., Smyrna GA
Manage projects as required by the Director of Development; manage day-to-day operations of the ERP system for a $130M subsidiary company.
+ Lead $1M subsidiary ERP system integration project
+ Consulting on other projects & issues as needed

Jan. 2001 to Aug. 2006: Senior Systems Administrator, S.P. Richards Co., Smyrna GA
Designed, implemented & supported Windows solutions; assisted in departmental & project budgeting; mentoring junior team members
+ Led $1M legacy system replacement project
+ Led $250k subsidiary network & hardware migration project
+ Led $50k Canadian subsidiary network migration project
+ Designed, implemented and supported Windows disaster recovery strategies
+ Implemented library-based backup system for Windows servers

Sept. 2000 to December 2000: Systems Administrator, Dealergain.com, Norcross GA
Designed, implemented & supported Windows solutions
+ Implemented patch management strategy for Windows systems
+ Researched potential of open source platforms in support of core company functions
(Company dissolved in early 2001)

April 1998 to Aug. 2000: Systems Administrator/Web Designer, Expo.net/Websitesfast.com, Norcross GA
Designed, implemented & supported FreeBSD, Linux & Windows solutions; creating customer web solutions
+ Designed, implemented and supported several web solutions for large and small customers
+ Worked directly with potential and existing customers on requirements

Oct. 1996 to April 1998: Systems Analyst, Sportime International, Norcross GA
Supported Windows, Apple Macintosh, Novell & AS/400 solutions
+ Created first company web sites for each catalog brand
+ Installed company's first IP-related services (DHCP & DNS)
+ Learned and implemented fundamentals of directory services

Aug. 1994 to Sep. 1996: Graphic Designer, Sportime International, Norcross GA
Produced catalogs, special projects and advertising
+ Managed technical piece of $150k catalog publishing system implementation project
+ Managed pre-press process of all catalog production for a resulting cost savings of $90k annually
+ Supported Apple Macintosh catalog publishing systems

Sept. 1993 to Aug. 1994: Art Director, Fulton County Daily Report, Atlanta GA
Managed art department team of 5 on daily newspaper production and special projects deadlines. Worked with editorial staff to lay out daily front page
+ Designed and produced annual "Georgia Bench Book" in house for the first time
+ Mentored and trained a Press Assistant into becoming a key Art Assistant

May 1992 to Aug. 1993: Assistant Art Director, Fulton County Daily Report, Atlanta GA
Created & managed special projects (books, special supplements, magazines) and daily newspaper deadlines
+ Managed art department team for 6 months during Art Director search
+ Supported Apple Macintosh newspaper publishing systems

Sept. 1990 to May 1992: Art Assistant, Fulton County Daily Report, Atlanta GA
Produced daily legal notices section and designed print advertisements
+ Assisted in implementing newspaper publishing system


2009-01-20

Dang: Fire Destroys Trackside Tavern

Sad. If they rebuild, I'll be back:

I mean, I'll still throw an awful game of 501... always ending up with a 7 or 11 and one dart left.

This Is America...




And I'm proud to be a part of it.

2009-01-19

Synaptics TouchPad + Windows 7 Business

I'm running Windows 7 Business on an HP NC6400, and it's pretty sweet. Out of the box, the only pieces that don't work are the SD Card reader and the fingerprint scanner.

I also have a super-sweet (to me, anyway) IBM Ultranav portable USB keyboard that has a Synaptics TouchPad (and TouchStick, which I don't really use) built in. It's nice not needing a traditional mouse on my desk.

Funny thing is that the TouchPad on the NC6400 works fine. But the TouchPad on the Ultranav doesn't. I tried the one from Lenovo (since IBM handed that off a couple of years ago). Turns out all I needed to do was to go to the Synaptics driver site and install the Vista driver.

Works like a champ.

2009-01-16

Project Freakout, Part 5

The plane landed. Most of us walked away. Of course, there's still foam on the runway and some cleanup.

Yay!

And we might have to build a new plane. But that's the breaks. One day when time allows, I'll do a more detailed wrap up.

Excel Pivot Tables Are Good

No, I don't really have a tutorial here. I've never been one to swoon over Excel. I mean, it's a nice little tool, and I use it a good bit.

Many moons ago, I'd started an article (yes, I didn't even finish it) that said "if you're not using pivot tables in Excel, you're missing the point of Excel." It's like a lot of pseudoprogramming tasks. I didn't need it, so I didn't try it.

And then I did need it. And, hoo boy, is it helpful:

I had a list like this:
Custid, Warehouse, Ship To, Sales
0001, DC01, Dealer, $100.00
0001, DC01, End User, $500.00
0001, DC02, Dealer, $200.00
0001, DC02, End User, $900.00
(you get the idea)

...and that just doesn't look nice in Excel. What I really wanted was to show the custid on the X axis, the warehouse on the Y axis and subtotal the ship to under each warehouse.

The pivot table is perfect for that sort of formatting. The idea is that we'd save money and provide better service moving the "Dealer" types to a different delivery type. But that's a story for another day.

Sorted! Windows 7 and Office 2003 Color Scheme

Running Windows 7 and Office 2003? Not a big fan of baby blue?

One suggestion was to run the Office apps in Windows 2000 compatibility mode, which switches the color scheme to 2000's old default gray. But Outlook isn't real happy in that mode on Windows 7 (as in it won't start).

You can get the same (or for my money, better) results by checking the Disable Visual Styles button on the Compatibility tab for the exe. Simple, and the app runs as it should.

Now if I could just find that Office 2007 install DVD...