NAVIGATING DIFFICULTY

NAVIGATING DIFFICULTY

Showing determination in the face of fear makes us extraordinary....

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STARTING FROM SCRATCH

STARTING FROM SCRATCH

In case you were wondering, yes; ever since I was a school boy, I’ve loved to wear button-up shirts, vests, ties, and...

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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE CAMPAIGN

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE CAMPAIGN

Did you know, the first message in a bottle was sent in 310 B.C. by the Greek philosopher...

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Having worked in the IT field for over 10 years, I resonated with Moira Alexander, of Chief Information Officer (CIO.com), a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), in her article titled Project management guide: Tips, strategies, best practices , when she listed the following as reasons IT projects fail: Misalignment between project goals and business strategy Unrealistic project scope or scope that is not closely controlled Vague business goals or requirements The remaining items Alexander listed in her article may have relevance to others but for me, these jumped out at me. Misalignment has occurred with me when management is afraid to set boundaries with clients. In software development you wireframe out all aspects of development but when managers meet with clients and let too much input enter the development process it mucks up the waters. Often times, it is because clients do not understand what all goes into programming software yet want to reserve the right to randomly add in a feature that may take months or even years to produce. Features included in software must be very specific, realistic, and useful or you have a bad end product. When someone doesn’t understand what goes into software they begin listing off features they’ve seen in movies or heard about in a tech magazine. The truth is, when you imagine something “cool” (like unnecessary window slide-in transition in RMS software) in the middle of production you effectively cancel the working contract, as well as the previous production schedule, and must reenter into the negotiation stage so you may rework the entire contract to include the given “cool” add-on. Clients become endlessly offended and have the “Why can’t you just add in anti-gravity while you’re at it?” attitude when it’s simply not a possible feature you can include and satisfy the terms of the contract (budget, time, etc.). However, when you have a manager that fails to relay this information to the client you immediately have unrealistic project scope. Vague business goals (or requirements) has happened with me when the client was given too much opportunity to change their mind about features offered. When contracts are signed for software they stand as the diecast from which all production will come from. If at any point the model (or cast) is changed, the entire contract must be rewritten to establish a new diecast from which software may be generated. In short, I completely agree with the items listed in this article. I have personally experienced setbacks and they did specifically include these three (3) items listed.

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Reading Time: 1 minute After reading stories about how the latest hacks are holding people ransom, I’m forced to ask, are we relying on our computers too much? Think about how smoothly your life would run if you suddenly lost all access to your computer.

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Reading Time: 1 minute I’m always coding and programming random things in various languages. However, one of the main languages I’ve ended up using is HTML, eh-hem, HTML5. For fun, I’ve programmed an HTML editor on this page so you can play around with the language. I encourage you to practice with the language by typing code in the above window as you watch the display window (below) update live:

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Reading Time: 1 minute Background This project began because of a few factors. One of the big factors was that I have two small boys at the house. My wife mentioned to me that I should keep my office door locked so the boys don’t get in the office and get hurt on something in there. So, my goal was to come up with a techy way to lock the office and keep things consistant with my nerdy inventor theme. When I was about 10 I remember Star Trek The Next Generation (TNG) was one of my favorite shows and my fondness was actually kick started again by a fellow co-worker of mine. He would bring his Star Trek DVD’s to work and on some nights he would come to work dressed in his full Star Trek uniform! At first that seems really funny but he was very intelligent and I never minded having a conversation with him. As time went on I thought it would be a kick to skin my security touch-pad door system using the TNG look, style and feel. My research for artistic insight got me watching the show again and I had a lot of fun revisiting some childhood moments. I was able to capture the TNG skin for my door panel and so I know have a TNG door touch-pad locking the office!   Summary of Downloads & Extra Links   Helpful links Adge’s Star Trek LCARS Terminal Page LCARS DesktopX Theme LCARS X32

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Getting anything done for free these days takes a bit of working. Lets follow some steps to see if what worked for me can work for you as well. Step 1. Power your phone up and act like you are going to make a call. Type in *#06# your IMEI number will appear on the screen. Copy that down somewhere.   Step 2. You need to retrieve your BlackBerry device’s MEP code. To do this you need to open up your “OS Engineering Screen”. On the main menu screen of your BlackBerry press down ATL+Shift+H (for help) at the same time.   Step 3. Go to OS Engineering Screens > Device Info.   Step 4. Scroll down under the SW Parts List and you will find your MEP. In my case it was MEP-04104-007. Take this number down. You will need it.   Step 5. Download this BlackBerry MEP generator and fire it up. You simply select from the drop down menu which MEP you have (such as mine above MEP-04104-007 from steps 2 – 4) then you type in your IMEI number in the appropriate textbox and click on “Calculate”.   Step 6. Back to your BlackBerry’s main menu screen go to Options > Device > Advanced System Settings > SIM Card.   Step 7. Type in MEPD. No typing will appear on the screen as you do this. Once that is typed your screen list will expand and you will be able to see the following (or similar): Personalization: SIM Network Network Subset Service Provider Corporate Each of these settings in the phone represent a Mobile Equipment Personalization (MEP). Each of these can be locked and if that’s the case you will have to select each one and unlock them. Your unlock code will be between 10 and 16 numbers long. For better clarification, the above is what you will see along with whether it is active or disabled. Like so: Personalization: SIMDisabled NetworkActive Network SubsetDisabled Service ProviderDisabled CorporateDisabled The “Active” and “Disabled” are not bolded on your phone as they are all smooshed into the other word. You will understand once you see it on your screen. Please note, each of the five personalizations are a different MEP. For instance, Personalization: MEP1 = SIMDisabled MEP2 = NetworkActive MEP3 = Network SubsetDisabled MEP4 = Service ProviderDisabled MEP5 = CorporateDisabled Each phone has 5 MEP’s that can be locked. In my case, T-Mobile only locked MEP2 and so I only needed to input the 1 code which unlocked the phone.   Step 8. Now from your MEP generator you can select one of the MEP codes that match what is Actively locked. For instance, the following codes is what will be presented in your generator screen: IMEI: 353039043459297 MEP: MEP_04104_007 ————————– MEP Codes: MEP1 :4486467426976036 MEP2 :7603376453602214 MEP3 :1577369485260306 MEP4 :8051453218862502 MEP5 :7845777045561355 ————————– Codes Successfully Done. So if MEP2 = NetworkActive is what is locked or showing active on your phone, you would select MEP2 :7603376453602214 from the generator as your code to enter.   CAUTION: BlackBerry only allows you to try a MEP code up to 10 times and then it will permanently lock on you and you will not be able to unlock that phone. Please make sure you type things in correctly. Step 9. To input your code scroll over the MEP you wish to unlock and type in MEP2 or the letters M E P and then the number 2 (alt+e). This will bring up the screen for you to place your MEP code. It should display that the code was accepted and you’re go to go! Enjoy your unlocked phone.

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