Archive | September, 2002

Post dated 2002-09-29 00:00:00

Sunday, September 29, 2002

Sunday morning was spent presenting “Introduction to Visual FoxPro?,” a four-part, four-hour brain dump of everything I’ve learned in fifteen years of developing with Fox products. Pretty challenging session.

Spent the afternoon catching up with friends, beach-combing, and body surfing the really nice surf. Not a bad day.

Post dated 2002-09-28 00:00:00

Saturday, September 28, 2002

Spent the day travelling to Fort Lauderdale for the conference. While the travelling wasn’t too bad, there was a very frustrating moment. I spent an hour-and-a-half in the Delta check-in lines, and was then told I could not check my luggage. As a result, I was forced to surrender a precious pocket knife, a 20-year-old Navy souvenir, at the security checkpoint. I was, and still am, pretty angry.

Post dated 2002-09-27 00:00:00

Friday, September 27, 2002

Microsoft opened up their “Office of the Future” exhibit and got this less than enthusiastic review in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
“One concept not addressed is the bugs, unnecessary or hidden features and overly complicated products Microsoft has already introduced into the market.”

Post dated 2002-09-26 00:00:00

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Fun meeting last night. A great exchange of opinions and views.

Fortune magazine is coming to the conclusion that “ It turns out that the Linux doubters were wrong.” Interesting to read in a mainline publication. And in the same issue, a second columnist concludes “Sure, corporations could save millions by replacing all their Microsoft desktop licenses, but it’s doubtful the cost savings merit the hassle factor.” Wow. I wonder how it will all turn out.

Post dated 2002-09-25 00:00:00

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Wednesday. The FoxPro? group in Boston meets tonight, and I will be on a panel with former fellow employees Chad Gronbach and Andy Kelly. Should be fun.

Post dated 2002-09-21 00:00:00

Saturday, September 21, 2002

Back home. Good to be home.

It’s the 38th week of the year, and Microsoft issues security bulletins numbered Fifty-One and Fifty-Two. It seems like Terminal Services is insecure, unless you own all the wires between terminal and server. So much for remote control of web servers over the Internet! And the Java VM has a little problem, too. Time to patch!

I left my machine on while I was away from home, as it is now serving some shared files as servers are moved around. I came home to a blue screen and the “your machine isn’t fully ACPI compliant” message I’ve seen before. Must be a recent patch or new software – ZoneAlarm? and McAfee? come to mind. Hope it’s not time to reformat.

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