What an excellent article. Years ago, I competed on the most successful college track team in US history. In three years we won three triple crowns. Not one of those was anywhere near achievable without the best effort of *every* individual. If one person fell down usually someone unexpected stood up and bridged the gap for us.  My greatest passion in life and work is seeing people understand this aspect of success. There may be occasional moments where one is so strong and so competent as to field a team of one, but it’s always so fleeting you barely notice when you’ve stumbled again.Read More →

Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac – Get it before the rest!. I’m not one to shamelessly plug a product. Well okay maybe I’m shameless. I personally find Parallels on MacOS X a great product with fantastic hardware emulation options. I’m a heavy user of VM products, having tried Xen, VirtualBox, Virtual PC, VMWare Fusion, VMWare desktop, etc… I find the Parallels desktop product and excellent confluence of performance and features. I’ll update this post with details once I’ve given Parallels Desktop 7 a test run. Key reason I’m updating? You can now legally run MacOS X 10.7 Desktop and Server VMs on MacOSX! Stay tuned, or goRead More →

After 8 years with Bell ADSL Internet, covering two street addresses, I’ve moved on to Teksavvy cable. So far the cable installation was very quick, and the new modem is excellent. Before my Bell line goes dark in January I wanted to test the side by side speeds in case I had any doubts about the changeover. Ovwr the years I have found Bell to be less and less reliable on uptime, access to customer service, and request for explanation about outages or service issues. It’s one thing to find your service dead or degraded, but yet another to have no answer – ever. IfRead More →

I sometimes advise business on the nature of Social Media (as I call it, S&M), and what kinds of risks and benefits there are to engaging customers through social means. It’s often we see the infinite benefits pointed out. What about the downside? I saw an excellent example via The Toronto Star’s “My Name is URL” segment that appears every sunday in the print and online versions. I find this segment one of my favourite items to read. I think it’s funny to say I get my random internet news from the paper. It’s the last item: “And in case you missed it…” My NameRead More →