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Mind Mapping Software

Does anyone have experience working with mind mapping software? What I’d really like to see is a product that runs on the desktop as a floating object – a la Adobe Air apps, or as they can be. The idea is that I don’t want to have to run an…Continue Reading

A Week in Las Vegas

I’ve just recently returned from the Microsoft Management Summit 2009 in Las Vegas. It was my first time to this convention and my second trip to Vegas. I also stayed in the same hotel as for the VMWorld 2008 convention back in September, the Venetian. I had a good time,…Continue Reading

My Company Just Reinvented Itself

For those of you who don’t know, and that’s probably most of you, my employer just made it a lot eassier for me to explain where I work. My company reinvented itself, and has established a new brand-awareness campaign to get that ball rolling. Welcome to the New Fiserv New…Continue Reading

VMworld 2007 – San Francisco

VMworld is a technical conference virtualization-vendor VMware puts on every year. Last year, we did this trip in Los Angeles. The conference was really good this year and took place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. At the VMworld Party event, convention goers were given first-class treatment on…Continue Reading

The Drudgery of Process

I’m in the kind of job where, according to best practices, I need finite processes defined for everything I do. Skipping past acquisition, in order to get a server ready to install an operating system, I have to request a place for the server to go, ask someone to install…Continue Reading

Combining Cultures

This past week, Fiserv announced that it is acquiring CheckFree Corporation, the company I have worked for over the last few years. The news came as quite a shock to everyone I spoke to, though that doesn’t necessarily mean people fear the worst. It’s split pretty evenly between pessimists and…Continue Reading

ASCII Art

From Missy comes an inspiring message over IM at work today: …………………//) ……………….,/../ ………………/…./ ………….//’…’/` ………./’/…/…./……./\ ……..(‘(………. ~/’…’) ………\……………..’…../ ……….\………………./ …………\…………..( …………..\………….\….

Chewbacca 2007 Calendars for Sale

My wife’s wookie calendars are on sale through eBay just in time for the holidays (and the new year). I played the wookie, so I can recommend them for their charismatic character. If you’re a Star Wars fan (or a fan of 6′ 6″ red heads in wookie costumes), you…Continue Reading

VMware Ends Global Warming

Diane Green, president and co-founder of VMware, told 7,000 attendees at VMworld 2006 in L.A., California that VMware is doing its part to end global warming. All jokes aside, Green backed her words up by having Roland Risser from GP&E give a talk about exactly what that means to a…Continue Reading

VMWorld 2006

I attended VMWorld 2006 for the first time. The show was held in Los Angeles, California. This worked out well because I have family in Pasadena that I could go and see while I was in the neighborhood. It’s been a while since I was in L.A. In fact, the…Continue Reading