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Amazing Grace is more than a movie, it’s a call to action! January 25, 2007

Posted by Matsu in News, News and politics, Random, Web.

Amazing Grace movie posterIn less than a month a new movie called “Amazing Grace” is being released by Bristol Bay Productions, who also produced “Ray” (and are part of Walden Media, the people who brought us the Chronicles of Narnia).

Amazing Grace tells the true story of William Wilberforce, the English politician who fought a long and arduous battle to have slavery abolished in England during the 19th century. If you want to see a preview of the movie, you can watch the Amazing Grace trailer here.

Not only is the movie a powerful story of a man who stands up for the human rights of a whole population of enslaved people in the 1700’s and 1800’s, it is also meant to bring attention to modern day slavery. Yes, even today there are millions of people who are enslaved in lands across the globe. In fact, according to The Amazing Change, an organization created to fight slavery, there are move people enslaved right now than there were back in the day of William Wilberforce. A sobering thought and one that should call us into action.

The Amazing Grace movie will be released on February 23, 2007. I encourage you to see it when it comes to your corner of the world.


Time and energy are in very short supply January 24, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Random, Weblog.
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I really enjoy writing. Every day I come across things or have thoughts and ideas I would like to blog about. But, the time and energy needed to post a message every day are in very short supply. There are just too many things I must get done at work or at home (or somewhere in between) and so I don’t make it over here to share my thoughts and ideas nearly as often as I would like.

Yes, part of it is discipline. As in, a professional writer or blogger would force himself or herself to sit and write. Well, I am not a professional writer or blogger, so it’s really not that high a priority for me. At least, not for now. Maybe in the future I’ll feel differently and then I’ll post more often.

Before I collapse into my bed for the night (it’s midnight now), let me say that with a little help from some friends (Bert, Don, and Rich), I was able to get some much-needed exercise playing racquetball this evening. I know that tomorrow my body will remind me of my age and the soreness will attest to the fact that I do not exercise regularly. But, for now, it feels good (I’m mostly numb). In a few days, I’ll need to play again and next week, again. Eventually, I will not be as exhausted or as sore. That will be a good day. Hey, I might even win a game!

Vintage Windows 386 Marketing Video January 15, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Fun, Humor, Information Technology, Microsoft, Software, Technology, Windows/Microsoft.
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If you did not see this on Boing Boing this past weekend, and you are old enough to remember there was software before Windows 95, then you might find this video advertisement amusing. It is done like a Mission Impossible episode. Only, it gets really strange (cheesy) at around the 7 minute mark.

According to the video information, “Microsoft sent this tape to retailers to explain the benefits of Windows 386. Boring until the 7 minute mark when the production is taken over by crack-smoking monkeys.”

If you have trouble watching the embedded video, you can find the orginal file at Google video here.

Cisco blogs about iPhone lawsuit January 11, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Apple, Information Technology, News, Technology, Web, Weblog.
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Yes, you read that right, Cisco is taking a very legal action, some say an American right, and blogging about it. You can see it here.

I can’t help but wonder what the legal counsel at Cisco thinks about this practice. Are comments posted to a corporate blog admissible in court?

According to some people, the lawsuit was not a surprise for Apple as they should have expected it. What is likely is that Cisco simply wanted to keep Apple on their toes and under pressure to conclude negotiations for the right to use the Cisco-owned trademark, iPhone.

Interesting, if not a little bit crazy.

Leadership should include mentorship January 10, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Education, Information Technology, Management, Uncategorized.

I am where I am today partly because my former supervisor understood the importance of mentoring new (young) people. She pushed me and encouraged me and helped me to believe I could do more than I realized. And, most of all, she coached me on how to be a technology manager then provided me with opportunities to play that role. It was because of her training and assistance that I was able to grow professionally and become the manager I am, today.

For many years I have recognized the importance of being a mentor for people on my staff and for those in the larger I.T. community where I live and work. But, that sense of responsibility to do everything I can to help young I.T. staff members grow and reach their full potential has really increased in the past year. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I recently received an e-mail from Shawn, a young person who was on my staff back in the mid 1990’s when he was a college student.

Now, about ten years later, he decided one day to see if he could find me on the Internet, and he did. His e-mail was quite an encouragement as he expressed how much he learned working with me. And, while I fear it is an exaggeration, he even suggested that what he learned at work back then has served him better than the college course content he studied during that same period. Since I work at a college I must say I find that hard to believe <wink, wink>

I must admit that I feel a sense of pride that Shawn has been successful in his career and says that I had a part in helping him become the professional he is, today.

In future posts to this blog I will be sharing more thoughts on the importance of I.T. managers mentoring other technology staff to help them grow into their profession and develop them as leaders. There is much more thinking I would like to share about this, but it will have to be another night.

Apple, Inc. – the exact opposite of terrorism January 9, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Apple, Humor, Information Technology, Mac.
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Today’s quote:

Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc., just kinda makes life more fun. It’s like the exact opposite of terrorism. It’s amazing.

John Mayer
MacWorld Keynote Address
January 9, 2007

Yup, he really said it. You can see the video here. He is near the end of the recording (01:52:09). So, to summarize… (write this down, kids) Apple is fun, terrorism is not fun.