The ?Ford versus Chevy? of Software Discussions…

I was reading my comments on my “Why I love Microsoft” Post and was directed to a discussion board where an interesting question was raised:


“One of us, after posting some negative quotes about Microsoft, asked: So I have one question. Why keep buying their products?

To which I replied: Let me answer your question, with a question:

You have an organization of tens, hundreds, or even more individuals.

You need to provide them with (at the least) a spreadsheet, a word-processing, an email, a personal information manager, and a presentation program – along with the “environment” to run them.

These programs must all be able to interact with each other easily (your non-techie employees will be “doing” the bulk of the interacting).

And, in order to be cost effective (the organization is a vocation, not an avocation) these programs need to meet certain standard – they must:

– All must be recognized industry standards;

– All produce data files that can be easily exchanged internally and externally with both individuals known to you, and new to you;

– Have a large enough installed basis so you and your employees can easily obtain help, both on an incident basis and for IT employees to hire;

– And, since much of your employee’s training will be on-the-job, there must be enough books available on all the products to satisfy all levels of technological needs.
You also decide to use no MS products.

With the above as background I then asked: You would then buy what products? ”


This is Funny!!

Shane just sent me this. I am still laughing!!


Do you keep falling asleep in meetings and seminars? Here’s a way to
change all that.

1. Before your next meeting, seminar, or conference call, prepare
yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5″x 5″ is a good size.
Divide the card into columns – five across and five down. That will
give you 25 one-inch blocks.

2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:
* synergy
* strategic fit
* core competencies
* best practice
* bottom line
* revisit
* take that off-line
* 24/7
* out of the loop
* benchmark
* value-added
* proactive
* win-win
* think outside the box
* fast track
* result-driven
* empower (or empowerment)
* knowledge base
* at the end of the day
* touch base
* mind set
* incentive
* realign
* game plan
* leverage

3. With your square neatly prepared, get ready to play “BULLSHIT BINGO”.

Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases

spoken by the speaker.

4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally,
stand up and shout…”BULLSHIT!”

OPML Files

I thought I had lost my latest opml file. I was doing some power cleaning on my main desktop after doing a fresh install. When I went to import the file I couldn’t find it so I started to panic thinking of all the shift-del combos I had just done. But alas all is well, I saved it in the root of one of my storage drives for easy access. Apparently I was expecting myself to be a bonehead.

It got me to thinking though that more people should share their lists. It would certainly help the blogging community grow if these files were floating around more freely.

Imagine having Bill Gate’s opml file?

Powerpoint Presentations

Wired 11.09: PowerPoint Is Evil

I read this article after being directed to it via Scoble’s blog. It bought back many terrible memories of Powerpoint presentations that lurked in my past. My University days alone were enough to haunt thy esthetic soul.

Perhaps I too was amazed at how cool it was to watch text zoom across the screen the first time I learned to use the animations and text effects. But once any self-respecting speaker has sat through 20 consecutive presentations on the same subject where the only thing that changed was the direction and colour of poorly formatted text, they would vow to never do that to their audience as long as they lived.

The problem isn’t any particular piece of software. Think of the millions of websites that still exist to this day with “under construction” animated gifs, MIDIs and marquee tags. It?s not the fault of the language surely.

Even in the non-technical world there are many demonstrations of people who have completely different tastes than the rest of us. Maybe it?s the house on the corner with so many lawn ornaments that you can’t see any grass. Or the Dodge Shadow down the street painted at least 30 different colours…on purpose. Different strokes for different folks right.

I respect people for having their own unique tastes even if I don’t get it. The problem is that you need to keep your own flare and style separate from the needs of your audience.

What does your audience need? Surely it depends on the situation. But more than likely they are looking for relevant information, clarity and way to keep from dosing off too often in the middle of your presentation. And at least if they do fall asleep, give them some kind of quick aid when they wake up to tell them where you are.


They just finished showing one of my favorite commercials on TV. Got me thinking to what my fave current commercials are:

Top 5 Favorite Commercials:

1. Any VW Ad but in particular the one where the guy licks the door handle.
2. The Bud Light one where the guy gets attacked by a crab.
3. Most Mitsubish ads – gotta like the tunes
4. The pager commerical where the girl gets in car before her boyfriend, and lets something go before realizing there are people in the back.
5. The Bud commercial where the guy dresses as a mascott

Some others include Apple commercials, The I AM Canadian Series, Xbox, and some of the new Coors Light commericals.

I miss the Adcritic, I used to go there all the time but its not the same now.

Aaron Did It!!

Well after 6 weeks of long and brutal training, my brother aaron earned his wings. He has done 5 jumps in past couple of days. One was yesterday morning at 2am with complete combats, gear and a rifle. A little nerve wrecking for us at home but we had a good support system going.

We are all extremely proud of him. He has been training for the past 12 months and has really worked his butt off. Now he is Mr. Airborne. I can’t wait to see him on Sunday when he gets home.

Next weekend, will be the first annual Murphy (and 1 Perran) campout. A good chance for us all to catch up and have a bit of fun.