Just a test. Nothing to see here.
My old site had acquired too many errors, too many spam comments, etc. I’ve moved it away and aside, and setup a brand new installation of WordPress. I’ll restart this some time – the website is primarily for my own purposes rather than public presentation at the moment…
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Stack of Cards
A stack of index cards, curated from the raw pile of cards here.
This is the notebook collection for my main blog. Cards po …
"There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them." — George Eliot. …
Why Handwriting Is History
Today’s idea: Handwriting is dying because it’s a slow and inefficient way of getting our thoughts out — a hindrance to thinking, given the alternati …
Backup Your Online Accounts For Free
by Rob on December 16, 2009
Storage is cheap and getting cheaper all of the time. Customer acquisition costs can be high. It turns to b …
This blog is effectively “closed”, but I leave it up to allow access to some of the more useful stuff posted in the past. I know the “comments” bit is broken – I’m doing some work on the site in the background for other purposes.
No, you may NOT have a copy of my drivers license for a $1200 transaction to my credit card. Run the card – it’ll be approved. And when we speak, and you agree that you’ll go talk to your account department, and come back to me by the end of the day and let me know what’s going on, I DON’T expect to check my online status and find my order cancelled…
That was my first time dealing with CDW. It’ll also be my last. Costco.com got my order.
Here endeth today’s rant…
As noted in the previous post, I was offered a copy of “Blackberry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange Installation and Administration” for review. This is the one published by Packt Publishing, written by Mitesh Desai and Dan Renfroe. I readily accepted the offer.
I was pre-disposed to like this book – I really was. I’ve worked with BlackBerry’s, and the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), for quite some time; have written about them, and am a big fan of the devices, technology and platform.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Right off the bat, just looking at the book made me blink. It has a list price $44.99, and is currently available on Amazon.com for $41.03, yet it is only 166 pages of content, plus a couple of pages for the index, with an overall print quality – just flicking through the pages will tell you this – that looks like a systems administrator put this together one afternoon and printed it out on the office laser printer. And not a good, current laser printer either. The screenshots show this particularly well (and this is a “fully released” book, not an advance copy, in case you’re wondering).
Look, I know technical books “cost more”, but let’s keep things reasonable and in perspective, shall we?
So, on to actual content. The co-author and reviewer of this book are the same, and his biography is printed twice at the start of the book – sorry, but that’s sloppy reviewing and editing, and doesn’t really inspire me with confidence as to the rest of the book. And sure enough, now I’m at the table of contents, merely at page “ii”, and there’s a spacing error on one of the chapter titles. Petty? Trivial? Sure, on one level. But again – it’s an indication of the level of detail that has (not) been paid to this work.
Alrighty then, on to the real, actual content. No, I’m sorry – one more. Is it “BlackBerry”, or “Blackberry”? Yes, I know the correct answer, but it appears the folks behind this book don’t. At that point of discovery, I was tempted and inclined to stop reading the book, but I did feel obligated to continue.
So, in brief – there’s nothing in the meat of the content that isn’t already in the published RIM documentation, but there’s something to be said for having it bound together. Better quality screenshots would’ve been nice too. The text assumes you know nothing going in to this task – documenting, step-by-step, for instance, the creation of the service account and mailbox. I may have “big-company” fixation here, but I’d expect – or at least prefer – that my BES administrator already had that level of knowledge.
Look, bottom-line – if you’ve absolutely no experience with the BES, and have little to no knowledge with the underlying operating system, this probably would get you up and running – this is an “installation and administration” book, so don’t look too hard for anything in the troubleshooting area, which is a shame, because you definitely need that as well.
I wouldn’t purchase this book, and I don’t and won’t recommend it. Other opinions may vary, but this is mine. Sorry Packt.
Edited to fix typo – thanks Chris.
I’ve been asked to review a book – Blackberry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange, from Packt Publishing. I’ve done a fair bit with Blackberry systems, and my personal interpretation of the GTD methodology using a Blackberry is one of the most downloaded items I have on this site. So – having been asked, I’ll be interested to see the book when it gets here.
As it goes, I happen to know that a former colleague of mine is also reviewing this book – we?re not going to compare notes or anything during the process, so it’ll be interesting to see how our opinions of it stack up.
I had occasion last week to be in Salt Lake City on business, and with a couple of hours to spare at the end of one of the days, I took a drive up in to the mountains. This is a shot from the set, of Echo Reservoir – if you click on it, you’ll see the rest of the shots, and you’ll also notice that this is one low on water reservoir!
Great drive up and back down the mountains though.
Subtitle: "What I Did Last Week"
So, last Tuesday I traveled to San Antonio, for the Manager Tools Conference. If you’re not listening to the (free!) weekly podcasts from Mark Horstman and Mike Auzenne – you don’t know what you’re missing. In fact, if you’re not – go check out their "Basics" post here to get ready access to their core casts. Did I mention they were free?
Two days doesn’t sound like much, does it? And yet, that was quite possibly the most useful, focused and well-presented training – in anything, let alone management – that I have ever been to. And I’ve attended a lot of presentations, seminars and training over the years. Here’s the rundown of the conference content:
- Introductions (2 hours, 100+ attendees, outstanding process & technique)
- One on One’s
- Effective Performance Management
- Time Management
- "The Effective Manager’s Week"
… and Q&A. Lots and Lots of Q&A, to the extent that poor Mark had almost lost his voice by the end of Thursday! Seriously – the benefits that those sessions brought to the conference cannot be understated, and the availability of Mark & Mike (not to mention the able assistance of Mike S, Steve and Kate) until late in the day was very much appreciated.
Mark & Mike have six of these conferences planned for next year – across the US, in Europe, and in Australia. I cannot encourage you strongly enough to check out their (award-winning) podcast, their website, and their discussion forums for more information.
(I got to play tourist as well…):