Morning Tech Bits

Michael points to phpMyInventory, an opensource inventory package. From the description it seem good, I’ll be interesting to see how it works out for him. We really need to impliment something like that around here. I keep up with PC’s by serial number but thats it, not monitors or printers or other misc stuff that should really be tracked.

Pete has the W3C’s Validator running on OSX. I should really add that to my todo list for home computing as well.

HP Deskjet 5650 & NT 4.0

I don’t care what the HP site says but I have failed to get the HP Deskjet 5650 to work properly with NT 4.0. Sure 4.0 is old and I don’t care if they don’t support it, they should just not list it. This happened on more than 1 PC some I’m sure its a driver issue. It works fine on 2K up. Personally I think we should upgrade the few remaining NT4 workstations to 2K or XP anyway. Just a little help for the other IT guys out there.

Good Advice from Kevin

I”m sure that we know most of this, we just forget we know it.

“Along the way, I was re-aquainted with a few things. 1) ALWAYS do a full backup at least 48 hours BEFORE a migration is to occur. This commits all of the transaction logs and removes the worry of running out of disk space on your log drive. 2) Do ALL migrations locally — do not try to push data over a T1 connection with a conversion/migration utility. Lotus Notes handles replication extremely well, let it push the data if needed. 3) Make sure that if you’re working within a team environment, that EVERYONE has a complete understanding of the environment that you’re working in, and that there is a full-fledged project plan in place. Too many people retained knowledge about this project in their heads only and didn’t share until the shit hit the fan. 4) Communicate, communicate, communicate. With each other, management, and especially the Users.” [ more at Kevin’s Stuff]

Thoughts on the Look of Wiki’s

“When I am on a Wiki, the way it looks really doesn’t concern me as much as trying imagine and understand all of the context that is captured in the web of pages linking to and from the page.” Joi Ito’s Web: Does McLuhan explain why some people think Wiki’s are beautiful and some people think they’re ugly?

I agree, while I do like a pretty wiki, not like mine, I don’t mind an ugly one at all. I’m there for the content.

I know the Feeling

“After two months of lost weekends and long hours, the project I’ve been working on has finally launched. When you’re constantly swamped and perpetually stressed, you often lose focus of what the big picture really is; for forget what it is you’re really working on.”
Brilliant Corners

Its such a good feeling to finish a project. So many get canned before they even get underway. That’s a mighty interesting project i might add.