Tue Nov 7 19:04:02 EST 2006
LINKS Maybe you didn't catch the global rich list  or John Gatto  the last couple times?  http://www.globalrichlist.com/  http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/index.htm PATRICK vs HEALEY Sunday we went to hear Duval Patrick speak at Lowell High. The two take-aways were: The experts said he didn't have a chance to break in. We ignored them and that was good. Now they say he'll win by a landslide, it would be wise to ignore them and come out and vote. At a debate, all the candidates were asked to say something nice about each other. Kerry Healey said: "Patrick speaks well, but those are just words." Patrick quoted some words from other people: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal..." "I have a dream that one day..." "Ask not what your country can do for you." "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." This morning the Patrick signs and waving at cars, Laura & I got more thumbs up than thumbs down but if you haven't voted yet, you've got an hour... THANKS BOOMER GRANT Big thanks to Tim O'Connor Felicia Sullivan David Kronberg of Gregg Croteau Jane Benfey ...for writing very kind letters of support for the boomer grant.  The grant was written  in Open Office (a quick free download for windoze and GNU/LINUX)  but that shouldn't be a big deal as soon Open Doc  will be the official format of Massachusetts   http://www.mass-service.org/funding_opportunities.shtml#boomers  http://thecsl.org/sys/bids-grants.d/mass-service.org.d/boomer_2006/  http://www.openoffice.org/  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenDocument http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=itdterminal&L=3&L0=Home&L1=Open+Initiatives&L2=OpenDocument&sid=Aitd&b=terminalcontent&f=policies_standards_opendocformfaqs&csid=Aitd The Mass Service Alliance required a fiscal sponsor since we had been a 501c3 for less than a year. More thanks to Gregg for agreeing to do this for a very, very reasonable fee (zero). Special thanks to Jeff Blakely for hunting Gregg down to sign things. Most special thanks to my roommate for a complete last minute review. MICROSOFT TO SUPPORT LINUX Not everything you read on slashdot is true, but apparently Microsoft is going to support  Novell's version of GNU/LINUX I dunno, maybe the Ubuntu people can close bug #1  http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB116249026689311557-helTbrheLKgbaJ5iO5z40ZFCiOs_20061109.html?mod=blogs  https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+bug/1 MEETING WITH GLCF Chris Shannon and I met with David Kronberg. I was hoping for: "Dan, I'd like you to meet my friend Bob, he's got some spare money is looking for a worthy cause." We wound up with: "Here's what you do, when you find somebody that wants to put money in an endowment for mvhub" I guess since I asked for a meeting about endowments, I got what I asked for. Ah well, at least we picked up a bit of wisdom from David. The last lengthy conversation, Paul Hansen and I had with him after the GLFC rejected my first over-earnest grant application, turned out well eventually. Better still, I got more wisdom walking back to the car with Chris ("Don't go for tech grants, go for grants to solve problems with tech") MEETING WITH YAR John Miller & I met with Kirsten Doherty and Jim Ryan. The meeting with the Essex county Youth At Risk  and Northeast Center for Healthy Communities  We agreed to work together to share data and code between the YAR directory and mvhub.   http://www.essexcountyyouth.org/resourcedirectory9.html  http://www.nc4hc.org/  http://mvhub.com Jim started saying he didn't have money to spend, but ended by agreeing to chip in $200 for pizza. Me the slick sales guy? Jim giving what he can? UTEC October was a relatively good month for getting stuff done for UTEC and for us for billing. (30 hours @ $10/hour woo-hoo!) Delivery problems to hotmail made me create a script to remove bad emails from the teen database. Now exported teen emails don't don't keep getting re-added to the teen listserv each night. I communicated openly and honestly with Gregg on the possibility that there are at least a billion people in Asia who have no interest in being on his mailing list. Gregg communicated openly and honestly with me about the possibility that board members and major supporters might not be giving time and money one day and tagging his messages as SPAM the next Jeff Blakely is coming over W-F to work w/ me on UTEC stuff beyond fixing problems. KUBUNTU UPGRADE The new ubuntu  is out, and like a moth to the flame or a bird to wedding rice, I immediately upgraded Laura's laptop and my dayjob machine. Ubuntu is not Debian. It was a crappy experience. I wound up reformatting and starting from scratch. (backups and networks are nifty)  http://www.ubuntu.com/  http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/birdrice.asp  http://debian.org The next time somebody says we should do more marketing, I'll say something like: "Yeah, that's right Ubuntu is better than Debian because they do more marketing and their home page is all slick and happy." And yes, I'm ok cursing the darkness. I lit candles here  and here.  http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/232050.html  https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/koffice/+bug/58399  https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/ldaptor/+bug/68518 CHECKS FROM ED McMAHON Whenever I feel that I might skip checking the mail, I always remember that there might be a check from Ed McMahon  and the prize patrol  waiting.  http://www.militarymuseum.org/McMahon.html  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Family_Publishing In the past couple weeks, we got a $100 check from http://artsommerville.org and a $60 check http://lowellwaterfestival.org in response to the optional invoices we submitted in September of 2005 Our hosting is no cost, but last year the board wisely decided that we should ask for a donation once a year. (which I need to do for this year) REFERENCE CHECKS For some reason, I've had a lot of calls checking CSL Alumni references. The one question that every asks is a variation of: "Did he show up on time?" Sometimes, I think of lying, but then I remember my obligations to the managerial class.  (really)  http://www.cjr.org/issues/2003/6/ehren-sherman.asp GOOD GOSSIP Fred Martin got a swanky grant.  Stephane Alnet started a business  and Felicia Sullivan is still the new ED of OC.  http://www.uml.edu/Media/eNews/martin%20career%20award.html  http://carrierclass.net/  http://organizerscollaborative.org/ GODADDY CUSTOMER SERVICE For a personal project, I registered a domain with GoDaddy. It didn't suck. For $11, I didn't really expect tech support to explain DNS to me and they didn't. However a day or so later somebody called me to follow up and see how I was doing. As it turned out I was too dense to change IP# on their DNS server from their parking pages server to the box at home on the DSL. (duh!) I guess we should get in the habit of calling new/old customers to see how they are doing. SLEEP To correct the last update, Kamala is not satisfied with her sleep, more often than she would like she finds it difficult to put aside her worries and rest. My bad, I'd assumed that because she shows up every day, on time, alert and ready to work sleep was all good for her.