Putting out fires

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
For the past several days, we've had monsoon-type weather here in the mountains. The other day, the golf course looked like it was covered with snow. It was hail - for about 10 minute we had marble-size hail stones everywhere. The thunder and lightning were spectacular, too.  Where there's lightning and dry forest, there's often more than one fire...
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Each one of those triangles represents a major wildfire incident. We have a not-so-small (> 2,000 acres) forest fire nearby that's been growing for the past 4 days.
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Milestones in project planning

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
For the past 2 weeks, I've been in seclusion, working on my Organizational Management Capstone Project. It's time to share my project plan, as I wrote it a few weeks ago.

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As far as I can tell, I appear to be right on target. I'll find out for sure, tomorrow.

It's been a terrific learning experience and an exciting opportunity to apply myself to a new project. I'll resurface next week.
How do you keep your audience awake and attentive? Here's an extreme approach that one of my professors used to keep his students alert.
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Do you have specs of dust under the screen of your Tablet PC? Blog reader, Marcus, posted these steps on my blog, today. Note that I do not recommend or condone these steps as they will surely violate your warranty. Still, I think it is a shame that a Tablet PC experience should be marred by a few specs of dust under the screen. Hopefully, Tablet PC vendors will find ways to ensure that no dust can enter the gap between the screen protector and the screen. (What about a gasket?)

In any case, here are the steps that Marcus submitted:

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Toshiba earns an F for customer service

Saturday, July 1st, 2006
I wonder how Heather Hillewaert and Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. feel about receiving an "F" score from the Better Business Bureau - the lowest possible ranking a company can earn. Ouch!

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Many readers of my blog continue to send me links and problem reports about Toshiba service. I wish I could do something to help them, but I'm just  a small-time YABHTU and corporate influencer. Oh, and I'm a blogger.
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