Sunday, January 15, 2006

The Mandatory "Optional" Meeting

I was young at the time. My manager had called an optional meeting for later that morning. Since it was optional, I had planned to stay in my cubicle and bang away on the keyboard; I had bugs to solve and code to write. Later, a colleague came by to fetch me. "Didn't you know we had a meeting?"

"Yes," I replied. "It was optional."

She had an exasperated look on her face, as if I should have known better. Off I went; I wasn't rebellious, just naive.

The good news was that the manager never called a mandatory "optional" meeting again. The bad news was that I would continue to encounter similar goofiness throughout my ongoing career in software.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Ring out the Old, Ring in the New?

While I look forward to the three new Treo models due out this year, I have no intention to ring out my old T3. I like to take care of my stuff.

After 14 months of use, my T3 lost two of the four screws along its sides. I found replacements -- four for $4.95 -- at InfosystemsPro. It's probably cheaper from a local hardware store, but the right size screws are hard to find.

I am testing my T3 as a USB drive (a T5 capability) with Softick's Card Export II. I haven't decided to register the software yet, but for $14.95, it lets you drag and drop files between your T3's SD card and your desktop (Windows, Mac, or Linux).

And don't forget, you can rotate your T3's screen with a touch of a button (like the LifeDrive). It's available for $5.95 from yours truly.

Happy New Year!