Thursday, April 01, 2004

I’ve Changed My Mind About Outsourcing

Outsourcing is actually be good for our country after all. The real danger is an overreaction from our politicians during an election year.

The Heritage Foundation has done some research and presents the Ten Myths about Jobs and Outsourcing helps sets the record straight.

From the article, “The number of jobs coming from other countries to the U.S. (jobs ?insourced?) is growing at a faster rate than jobs lost overseas.”

Their Conclusion, “America’s workers deserve a more informative, less partisan debate on outsourcing. The negative impact of outsourcing on the economy and American employment has been greatly exaggerated, and the benefits of outsourcing almost entirely ignored” is well stated.


Posted by Stevereno on 04/01 at 01:52 PM
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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Talk To Your Browser

Opera is developing a internet browser that you can talk to.

Posted by Stevereno on 03/23 at 09:32 PM
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Where Are The High Performance “Slate” Tablet PCs?

I am wondering, where are the high performance Slate Tablet PCs? There are plenty of Convertible and Hybrid Tablet PCs but try to find a Slate Tablet PC. The best you can do is a Electrovaya with a Intel Centrino processor at 1.2 GHz.

Hey, I don’t want to carry around a keyboard! I want to do speech to text or handwriting to text and have a light weight tablet instead of the 4 pounds plus convertible or hybrid tablet. How are you going to embrace the technology if you are still depending on a keyboard?  Tablet PCs should have you thinking outside the box and not depending on old technology like a keyboard.  Give me a Bluetooth headset and let me talk to my Tablet PC.

Gateway comes out with a new 1.6GHz convertible Tablet PC but their Slate Model is still at 1.0GHz. How am I expected to embrace the technology when I can buy a laptop with higher performance at a cheaper price than a Tablet PC.

HP comes out with a new “rugged” Tablet PC  and it’s a Pentium III at 900 MHz!

Give me a break!

It’s more than $3,500.00!


Sure, its Mil Spec and maybe good for EMT’s, Insurance Adjusters and whoever else is going to be hard on their PC but where is the justification for low performance and high price?

In my opinion a Tablet PC should be a Slate, it should be high performance, have a long battery life, be lightweight and the price ought to be in line with laptop pricing. I haven’t found one that meets my requirements yet.

I’m still looking.

What are you looking for in your Tablet PC?

Posted by Stevereno on 03/23 at 09:22 PM
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Friday, March 19, 2004

UFO streaks through Martian sky

The remote rover on Mars  spots a UFO streaking across the sky.  It may be one of ours. 

Posted by Stevereno on 03/19 at 03:24 PM
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Sunday, March 14, 2004

Mysterious Object Orbiting the Sun

A mysterious object has been detected orbiting the far reaches of our solar system.  NASA will tell the world in a briefing on Monday. Check the link , NASA promises information by 1:00PM Monday on their web site wiith data.

Posted by Stevereno on 03/14 at 07:47 PM
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Robert Scoble is an Educator

Oh sure, Scoble is prolific in his bogging effort and writes about a lot of stuff. On any given day there is always something in his blog that is interesting and useful. A lot of times it leads you to someone else’s blog that provides information you would not find elsewhere. You learn something new and that new knowledge becomes part of your education. 

Today Robert has a link to Maxim Karpov’s blog where Maxim explains what Sharepoint is and the difference between Sharepoint Services and the Sharepoint Portal Server. This is good stuff.

Karpov also has XML links to 6 other blogs with development tips and other Sharepoint information.

I want our organization to leverage Sharepoint services for our team. Thanks to Scoble’s link to Karpov’s blog I have found more ammunition to make my case to management. The educational value that is gained here is what makes blogs so great.

I use a RSS aggregator web part on my Server’s Sharepoint service to wade through the blogosphere faster and more efficiently. Karpov placed XML links right in his article which was a nice touch. This saved time finding the XML on the individual sites.


Posted by Stevereno on 03/14 at 11:36 AM
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Saturday, March 06, 2004

Mr. President, Don?t Stop Reminding Us About 9/11

On September 14, 2001 George W. Bush arrived at Ground Zero and visited with the rescue workers. It was a defining moment of his presidency. Amid cheers from the firefighters and rescue workers President Bush climbed on top of a heavily damaged fire truck, megaphone in hand he addressed the crowd. ?I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. The people who knocked down this building will hear all of us soon.? The chants of USA, USA, USA, from the workers drowned out the President.

It’s now an election year and the Democrats are whining about George W. Bush’s use of 9/11 images in his political advertisements. On Friday, the morning news shows presented several 9/11 victim’s families. They were expressing their outrage that George W. Bush had the nerve to include 9/11 images in his advertisements. It was interesting to me that, where ever these families appeared, the “talking points” coming from them and the media echo chamber were, word for word, the same. In each appearance, it was apparent that they had been prepared and coached for the exact moment that George W. Bush used 9/11 as a focal point of his campaign. It was no coincidence. 

I expect the President to include 9/11 images in his advertisements. It is important for us as a Nation to never forget what happened that day. In this time of peril it appears the Democrats are working hard to undermine the President’s effort to go after those who would do us harm.

Thomas Jefferson said, “A nation, while it holds together, is strong against its enemies, but, breaking into parts, it is easily destroyed.” 

Is it the goal of the Democrats to allow our Nation to be destroyed?

Thomas Jefferson also said, “Should foreign nations… deceived by [an] appearance of division and weakness, render it necessary to vindicate by arms the injuries to our country, I believe… that the spirit of the revolution is un-extinguished, and that the cultivators of peace will again, as on that occasion, be transformed at once into a nation of warriors who will leave us nothing to fear for the natural and national rights of our country.”

Our nation under the leadership of our President, George W. Bush has reacted exactly as Jefferson expected. 9/11 is a defining moment for our nation. We should be united, everyone of us!

How is it that the Democrats want to divide our nation for political gain? To me their behavior borders on sedition and at worse, treason.

This is the time that we need to put aside political differences and unite behind our Commander in Chief. Our nation’s survival depends on it.


Posted by Stevereno on 03/06 at 10:51 PM
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Sunday, February 29, 2004

What Functionality Changes Does Windows XP Service Pack 2 Bring?

This is a December 2003 TechNet document, Changes to Functionality in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Windows XP SP2 is out in Beta now. You might want to take a look at the features so you will be prepared for the release. Security is going to be a big part of the release. The firewall is turned on by default. That could break some things that require specific port access to the internet. Shouldn?t be hard to fix, I think they have a wizard for setting up the firewall.


Posted by Stevereno on 02/29 at 12:48 AM
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US Senate Proposing the Spyblock Act - Anti Spyware legislation

I have removed more Spyware from systems lately than I ever have. This is a huge problem even for locked down XP systems where the user does not have write access to install programs. The US Senate is proposing new regulation for spyware according to an article in PC World; Anti-Spyware Law Proposed.

The real irony of the PC World article is that it has two advertisements that have ad trackers on the page. To me this is a form of spyware in itself


Posted by Stevereno on 02/29 at 12:47 AM
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Thursday, February 26, 2004

SteverenoDotNet Gets a Banner

I?m getting rusty on my ability to do web page creation.

I wanted to add a banner to my web log and include an ?about? link to open a small window that has disclaimer information. I fired up Macromedia Fireworks and created my banner, exported it to a gif and I had my banner ready to go. 

In my ?about? window I didn?t want the address bar, toolbar, scrollbar to show and wanted the window that opens to be 400 pixels by 200 pixels.  I thought I would look in Microsoft FrontPage 2003 and find the tools I needed to make this happen but they weren?t there. I did a search in help and couldn?t find what I needed.  I have been using FrontPage before Microsoft bought it and it has evolved into a decent authoring tool but it does have its limit.

Anyway, I couldn?t remember how to do what I wanted but I did remember has a lot of scripts I could use for the task. Found a script to open the window in the size I wanted and found another script to use a button to close the ?about? window.

Went to FrontPage and created the pages I needed with my scripts in the right places. So far so good.

Since my web log runs on PHP, once I had saved my pages in HTML format I was able to rename the pages with a .php extension and they worked fine. Sure glad FrontPage recognizes PHP.

Unfortunately FrontPage gives you a code viewer only for PHP pages and no WYSIWYG but we?re not talking about complicated pages so it worked out.

Mission accomplished.

Posted by Stevereno on 02/26 at 12:07 AM
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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Outlook?s Spam Filter is Awesome

I have been using Outlook 2003 for the past 3 months. There are a couple of features in Outlook I really like.

The SPAM filter works great. I spent about 2 weeks marking junk mail as junk when it came in my inbox. After that time I seldom receive any e-mail that I don?t want to receive.

Outlook also has a feature that doesn?t show graphic images unless you ask it to.  Messages open fast and I am sure that by not connecting to the images, you are not announcing your presence to spammers who may be tracking messages that are opened by the number of views they get.  I kind of consider this to be a security feature.

All in all I am pleased with the new version of Outlook.


Posted by Stevereno on 02/25 at 10:48 PM
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Clear Channel Dumps Howard Stearns

I never did care for Howard Stern. Consequently I never listened to his show. Clear Channel has a new standard for responsible broadcasting and Howard didn?t make the cut. Here?s the latest from Yahoo, Howard Stern Show Taken Off Clear Channel Stations.

Posted by Stevereno on 02/25 at 10:30 PM
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Windows XP SP2 may be an completely new OS

Looks like Windows XP Service Pack 2 adds so many features that its a new OS, this article from the Microsoft Watch website, Microsoft Adds More Features to XP Service Pack 2

Posted by Stevereno on 02/25 at 04:54 PM
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Microsoft Campus Tour

Dylan Greene has a great tour of the Microsoft Campus at Redmond

He even has a peek into the office of that preeminent Microsoft Bolger, Robert Scoble

Posted by Stevereno on 02/25 at 04:05 PM
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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

John Kerry can’t tell the truth.

Over the weekend John Kerry was on one of the Sunday news talk shows. He was talking about how he voted for all major defense bills. Unfortunately, that is not the truth.

If John Kerry had his way we would not have been able to fight the war on terror. He voted against the following defense systems.

The B-1 bomber.
The B-2 bomber.
The F-15 Eagle tactical fighter
The F-14D Tomcat fighter
The AH-64 Apache Helicopter
The AV-8B Harrier “jump” jet
The Patriot Missile
The Aegis air-defense system
The Trident missile

Kerry also voted to cut funding for the following:

The M1 Abrams tank
The Bradley Fighting Vehicle
The Tomahawk cruise missile
The F-16 Falcon fighter/attack jet

Perhaps you have forgotten why we need to have a strong military.  In case you have go here for a lesson in reality.

Bill Clinton and his administration was viewed as weak by the Arab world. Al-Qaida thought they could do anything thay wanted to America and we would just take it. They were wrong.  They just didn’t get it.

Ronald Regan said, “Peace through strength is an idea that never goes out of style.”  Regan understood the nature of the world. He got it!

Unfortunately, for John Kerry, he just doesn’t get it. 

Fortunately for America, George W Bush does.

Posted by Stevereno on 02/24 at 05:18 PM
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