Started New Project

I just started a new project this morning and had to bid the DC area farewell as of last Friday.
Some of the really nice changes I enjoy are being able to sleep at home every night, dropping off my son at school on my way to work and Westchester/White Plains commuter traffic.


WordPress to replace Microsoft Live Spaces blogging – The H Open Source: News and Features

WordPress to replace Microsoft Live Spaces blogging – The H Open Source: News and Features.

I don’t normally blog about non Lotus related items, but this one is interesting. This blog is hosted on and I really like the service. I don’t have as much freedom as if I were to host WordPress myself (or via another hosting partner) but this way I also do not have to worry about anything – a far cry from when I was hosting my blog via my own Domino template based network … this is so much easier.

Even if you don’t opt for you should seriously look into for the technology ans host on one of their partner hosting companies … the technology is mature, easy to understand and just . plain . works.

I feel; bad for all those Microsoft Live Spaces clients – I decided to give MS the boot once they shut down Microsoft Money (my main accounting package for many years) without much a notification – I did not know until I had to re-install because of a PC failure and then was left high and dry for a while. so much for staying in touch with your registered – and paying – clients.

My LUG Wish List

Every website now supports some kind of wish list: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, … you name it, they have a list in their databases that captured all those things I would like to buy but either have no money for or that my wife would take exception to … such as a new set of golf clubs, a full edition of the Encyclopedia Brittanica, that blue Porsche I like (which list was that on again??)
… well you get it.

Now, just having been at yesterday’s DCLug I was wondering if I shouldn’t create a LUG Wish List for myself. And since we are in the era of social media and exchanging information – I am going to post it for all you to read. Here my top LUG wishes:

Speak at Hawaiian LUG

If that single Hawaii blog reader I have sends me a post card with an invite – I am there, brother!

Present at Rio de Janeiro LUG

I have not been to Rio in years, but I know I have so much to offer. Also, I think Brazilian coffee is among the best in the world and everybody knows daddy likes his coffee – it also helps me speak even faster than normal and I could present more content in the same amount of time. A clear win-win situation for all involved.

South African LUG: Co-present on how Lotus Products can ensure world peace with Nelson Mandela
Me and Nelson, we could seriously tear it up there. No more needs to be said.

Australia LUG Extravaganza

Present at (a? the?) Australia LUG that is scheduled to coincide with a Rugby Game between Australia and New Zealand. Incorporate Rugby sports and philosophy into the presentation of effective end user administration. End presentation with several pints of Fosters and maybe a Koala or two dancing on the screen. Clearly, I am the first to come up with that idea and it should be explored further.

Czeck LUG Experience

Be invited to present at the Czeck LUG that will be held at Czesky Budejovice. . My topic would probably be how to improve Lotus Connections deployments with the help of Budvar – a sure winner in my mind.  Anything  and everything works better when consuming some of the world’s best beer and it helps take the pain away from dealing with CA’s SiteMinder product. SSO at it’s worst . . . . .

And last but no least –

Be the Featured presenter at the All-France LUG in Moissac

This one is easy – my paternal grandmother was from Moissac and supposedly there is a handbag of hers still somewhere there int he municipal lost-and-found center that I could lick up. Also, it is some of the most beautiful country in France and has good food and nice people (after all, Grandma was from there) – we could then make part two of the LUG happen at Toulouse … just an idea.

Well, here you have it – my top LUG wishes. Now all we need is the power of social media and Santa Claus to make these wishes come true.

My Favorite Comfort Food

japanese miso soup

Aaahh – my favorite comfort food. that is a hard one, isn’t it? But it does make your mind wander and brings back great memories all connected to one thing: food.

Well, I would have to say – Tonjiru …

For all those who don’t know what that is – it’s Japanese and in the literal translation means “Port Soup”. It is made with pork, vegetables and miso paste as the base.

I remember being dead sick while living in Japan once and being home from work for a week. I had little food in the apartment and was just not well enough to go out to the grocery store. The wife of a good friend took pity and with her two little daughters came by to bring me some food and one of the things she brought me was a big ol’ pot of Tonjiru ….. I ate that and some rice for the ext 3 days while I was getting better. Still brings back memories of warm comfort.

I still eat it from time to time now, it is my version of Chicken Soup for the soul.

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The Travel Weekend from hell – but good news in the end?

I don’t normally blog about this kind of stuff, but this weekend was not fun. 1600 miles in airplanes, multiple stop-overs and miles over miles in rental cars …. just to be delayed again by weather, forced stay-over where I had to pay my own hotel (because it was a storm, not the airline’s fault) and then hours in the car to make it to my apartment in the DC are just to arrive and see that the same storm that killed my travel plans also caused major power outages and I have no power …. so now I am in a hotel (AGAIN!!!!) for tonight and am finally gogin through my e-mail and find this:

Dear Victor:
Our records indicate that you purchased EarlyBird Check-in as part of a recent trip (Confirmation Number xxxxx) and your flight was cancelled. Since you were unable to take advantage of the benefits of EarlyBird Check-in due to a cancelled flight by Southwest Airlines, we are refunding your EarlyBird Check-in purchase to the original form of payment within the next seven to ten business days.
We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you onboard again soon.

Thank you again for flying with us!

-Your friends at Southwest Airlines

This is actually from three weeks ago – I was canceled and had to stay in Chicago over the 4th of July and was going to cal sometime to have my early-bird check-in refunded …. and then I find out that Southwest actually tracks this stuff and returns money by themself .. that is a nice surprise.

I also need to mention that I was flying Southwest this weekend and that the ladies who deal with tired travelers trying to got another flight are awesome and little ladies half my size wade through luggage carousels and fully packed luggage carts in the back to pull out my bags for me and my family so I can get to the hotel and rest so we can catch the first flight next morning – I guess Southwest has created another fan here …

My Favorite Quotes of All Time

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies"

"No man goes before his time – unless the boss leaves early"

"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made"

All by Groucho Marx

… do I have to explain why I like Groucho?

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