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November, 2006

Saturdays
  • November 18, 2006

I love Saturdays. Saturdays are my time to take a step back and realize what really is important in life. Saturday is the day Courtney heads to work, and I have all three kids from 8 am to 6 pm. Yes, ten hours of (usually) no “work” work. This is my personal private time with the children besides “Little Gym” time.

Today was one of those great Saturdays. Avery and Gabe played hard and had minimal television time. They did take a break to watch The Land Before Time despite Gabe having jammed peanut butter crackers in the VCR.

What about Owen? Well, his first tooth came in last night. It’s hard to believe that we will be celebrating his 6-month birthday on Monday.

iTunes: Pre-Ordering Albums
  • November 11, 2006

I just pre-ordered the new Jay-Z album “Kingdom Come” from iTunes. When I completed the pre-order, it allowed me to download the released single “Show Me What You Got” at no charge. I am not sure if this is new or not, but I love the fact that I do not feel as if I am wasting money when purchasing a pre-release single. Yet, it still serves the primary reason for the pre-release – stirring album sales.

As I typed this, CNet posted a rumor about Apple getting creative with their iTunes pricing. The rumor states that buyers will get credited for previously purchased singles when they buy the album.

Gotta love the digital world.

Obituary – Bye Bye Powerbook G4
  • November 5, 2006
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Obituary:

After over 3 years with the machine, my Powerbook G4 has come to the end of its life. Arriving it January 2003, the machine served it’s purpose well and did it with all the vigor one could expect of the PPC platform. The tragedy was not cause by obsolescence, but by the unforgiving force known as gravity. On October 21, 2006, the light above the island my kitchen fell and struck the victim on its LCD display. Full memorial of the final stages are in the gallery.

Thankfully, three days later, Apple graced the world with the new MacBook Pros with Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs. As of this Wednesday, I am the proud owner of a new MBP with 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3 GB RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive.

Back to Blogging – Why? and Why Now?
  • November 5, 2006

I have decided to start blogging again. There are two primary reasons for this – personal and professional/industry.

The first and foremost is that I want to keep a record of things that have been happening in my personal life. Time seems to be accelerating. My three children are growing up so fast. I want a record of these events and life milestones. The odd thing is that I think back more upon the minor events more than the milestones. It’s important for me to record these. One day, I hope to look back and smile at the person I am today and these memories with my family.

Professionally, the IT industry is changing. Open source is one of those major factors. Our company, Contegix, is experiencing phenomenal growth and owes a good amount of the growth to open source – the code and the community. I want some place to talk about this and these changes. Finally, in the end, owning a business and being able to impact lives and the world is as much personal as it is business.

So what led to this decision? Perhaps, a little bit more free time in my life. Perhaps, a major milestone approaching in less than 24 hours. Honestly, I am not sure why this was the point I wanted to start again. Yet, here I am with my first post of hopefully many.