Sunday, June 24, 2007


I was googling a random song lyric and came across this blog post, which led me to this.

He that knows not,
    and knows not that he knows not
        is a fool.
            Shun him

He that knows not,
    and knows  that he knows not
        is a pupil.
            Teach him.

He that knows,
    and knows not that he knows
        is asleep
            Wake him.

He that knows,
    and knows that he knows
        is a teacher.
            Follow him.

            (Arabic proverb)

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Solved! Syncing OneNote Mobile

I repaired my Office 2007 installation, rebooted, deleted the partnership on the PC, plugged in my device and it was an option from the get-go. Yay! I can type a shopping list on my PC and take it to the store with me again :)

OneNote Mobile

See the original problem post.

Vista Elevated Command Prompt

Registry hack to let you right click on any directory and open an administrator command prompt. Pretty cool trick. I added /T:4f to the command line to give it a nice, clear administrator designation (red background). My reg file looks like this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="Administrator Command Prompt here"

@="cmd.exe /T:4f /k \"pushd %L && title Command Prompt\""

@="Administrator Command Prompt here"

@="cmd.exe /T:4f /k \"pushd %L && title Command Prompt\""

Does anyone know a command line to elevate me? I mean...if I start a regular non-admin cmd.exe and I want to elevate at some point, is there an easy way?

Monday, June 18, 2007


Sometimes people seem to prefer feeling powerless and believing that there is nothing they can do to affect a situation. That belief helps them avoid feeling responsible or guilty about inaction. It also avoids the cost of trying to change the situation—making an effort and risking failure, which might cause the person embarrassment. But while this feeling is understandable, it does not affect the reality of what the person might accomplish by effective negotiation. It is a self-defeating and self-fulfilling attitude.

-Getting to Yes, Second Edition, pp178-179.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Help! Syncing OneNote Mobile

No OneNote Mobile

Ever since installing Vista, I haven't had any luck syncing OneNote Mobile 2007 on my WM6 Dash with my Vista x64 installation. Any ideas, anyone? I've tried the usual steps of recreating the partnership and un- and re-installing OneNote Mobile on the Dash. OneNote Mobile works on the device just fine, it just isn't an option to sync.


Monday, June 11, 2007

No hot water

Yeah, not fun. Apparently a plumber came out yesterday and wasn't going to be able to get the part he needed until today. So this morning I got up with the first alarm (normally I snooze for a while), filled up a stockpot with water and put it on the stove...and then I snoozed while it heated. It's amazing how thorough of a shower I had with maybe two gallons of water, stingily wetting myself with a washcloth and rinsing with a few cup-fulls of water. It made me wonder how much water I use during my normal routine, and how wasteful that is by comparison.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Tom Hollander article

Tom Hollander has a good post on the success of software projects.

Each project is governed by the "iron triangle" of scope, schedule and resources. ... The thing I am trying to understand is why we (meaning both the development teams and the business groups) insist on playing this game by pretending it can all be done. ... The business can blame the development teams for failing to meet the agreed deadlines or requirements. The development teams can blame the business that the initial requirements were not detailed or accurate enough. Everyone walks away vindicated that it wasn't their fault that the project failed.