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Dear Teacher,

May I help you answer the following and similar questions.

  1. Will my current machine support Jaguar?
  2. Should I upgrade or replace my current machine?
  3. How hard is it to switch to Jaguar?
  4. Where can I learn more about Jaguar and this transition?

Sincerely,
Don W Strickland

[dws.]

Humor: 3 SmilesThree dead bodies turn up at the mortuary, all with very big smiles ontheir faces. The coroner calls the police to tell them what hashappened.”First body: Frenchman, 60, died of heart failure whilst making loveto his mistress. Hence the enormous smile, Inspector”, says theCoroner.”Second body: “Scotsman, 25, won a thousand pounds on the lottery,spent it all on whisky. Died of alcohol poisoning, hence the smile.”The Inspector asked, “What of the third body?””Ah,” says the coroner, “this is the most unusual one. Billy-Bob theredneck from Kentucky, 30, struck by lightning.””Why is he smiling then?” inquires the Inspector.”Thought he was having his picture taken.”

Focus

This is crunch time. There is a lot of work to be done. Client projects have been dragging on and I'm almost done with them. Exciting ideas and activities for “Sprysoft” are coming along. The tax man cometh. So many things to do. Only so much time is given in each day.

I'm doing my best to try to maintain a healthy work/life balance. It's so very easy for me to get sucked into work. Some days, things just need to be done. Other days, I just juggle the clubs as they are tossed my way.

I remember a year ago being totally clueless about what 2002 would bring. In retrospect, what it brought was an education. So many lessons learned. So much opportunity to experiment and test. So many trials and pain. So much joy.

The lesson I'm learning these days is focus. When there are more activities going on than you can simultaneously deal with, you must learn to spend time focused on each one without distractions, but the key is knowing when to move to the next — and which task should be next in line. It is a tough lesson to learn, but I'd like to think I'm getting better.

What I have learned so far:

  • Remove distractions like Email, Phone, Pagers, IM's, etc. If you have to, choose a new venue. Pick a new place where you're not likely to be found.
  • Set goals. When time is short, don't think you can finish an entire project in a single sitting. Set a milestone that is realistic, but challenging. One that will put you just ahead of schedule.
  • Don't lose the groove. It's so hard to get into the zone. When you're there, the smallest mental distraction can take you down a 2 hour rabbit hole. Get into the groove and stay there until you reach that milestone.
  • Give yourself a break. When you've worked a hard day, tune out for a while. You're never wasting time unless you let it be wasted. It is important to recharge and refuel.
  • Celebrate. Have you achieved a personal milestone? Finished a project? Overcome an obstacle? Take time out to party — even for a few minutes. Enjoy the sunshine. Take a walk. Go to a movie. Relax.

    Remember: Life is a marathon. Run it like one.

  • The Human Clock

    Beginning last Monday, the wife volunteered for the early shift at work. (7:30 – 4:30) To many, this wouldn't be that big of a deal, but her previous shift was 9-6. Her old shift usually meant that by the time I realized she was awake, it was around 7:30. Piece of cake – even for a nightowl like me.

    The new schedule means that my wife rolls out of bed around 5:00 a.m. and begins her day. In my attempt at being a supportive husband, I try to trudge along right behind her (in a dazed, zombie-like stupor), crank on some tunes, and start whipping up some breakfast.

    As the week wore on, it was a bit more difficult. By Thursday night, we were in bed, asleep, by 9:00.

    Reflecting back on the events of the past week, I realized that in many ways, it had been a VERY productive week. While I had been working roughly the same number of hours each day (12+) I began to see a pattern emerging that was a bit exciting to my productivity meter. On most days, by 6:00 am, I had eaten my breakfast, read the news, and had begun my daily work routine. On my old schedule, this might have been 9 or 9:30. By the time noon came around, I had already packed in nearly a whole day. In addition, around 3 o'clock, I continued to get my second wind and zip through my afternoon activities.

    I have never been an early-morning person, but I've always wanted to be. We'll see how week 2 goes and if I'm able to get just as much done. In the meantime, I'm tired! I can hardly wait until 9 tonight.

    Powerful WordsWhen you are a small business owner and your profitability revolves around the amount of time you have available, your day, and wallet, can be quickly interrupted with the onslaught of tele-marketers vying (begging) for your business.I used to just hang up on then, not answer the phone, etc., but GEEZ, they are persistent folks. Finally, I figured I would just deal with them, one by one. The decent ones (if I can say that out loud) actually abide by one simple law that has recently given me just a hint of power – the “do not call” list.When you're done listening to their speech or when you realize what they are calling about and you're ready to end the conversation, simple say these magic words….

    “Please add me to your Do Not Call list.”

    Done. Finito. Gone. Fini. End of story. The End.

    Humor: Good TradeA saleswoman is driving toward home in Northern Arizona whenshe sees a Navajo woman hitchhiking. Because the trip hasbeen long and quiet, she stops the car and the Navajo womanclimbs in.During their small talk, the Navajo woman glances surreptitiouslyat a brown bag on the front seat between them.  ”If you arewondering what's in the bag,” offers the saleswoman, “It'sa bottle of wine. I got it for my husband.”The Navajo woman is silent for a while, nods several times and says……..”GOOD TRADE.”

    Goodbye Radio CommentsThe constant delay in loading my weblog front page was driving me crazy. So many times (especially recently) either my page would refuse to load, it would load without the comments, or it would hang for 30-60 seconds until it was able to load the comment code.Enough!!Now, if you click on my comment link, you'll be taken to the Radio email form. I'd like to build my own comment system, but these days, time is priceless.

    Personal Contact Managers – Feedback RequestedI have been struggling with this dilemma for almost two years. I am looking for the ultimate Mac contact management setup. I use Apple Mail because it has decent filters and mainly because I prefer it's layout to Eudora. (if Eudora had a 3-paned display and a half-decent address book, I'd switch tomorrow)For contacts, I use Apple's Address Book simply because it integrates with Mail. The biggest issue is my calendar. I have tried iCal, but honestly, it's too darn slow and the adding/editing interface is crap. Palm Desktop is nice, but there is zero integration with other apps and I'm sure Palm won't be adding any new features anytime soon. Now-Up-To-Date and Now-Contact both seem solid, but again, no integration with Mail. I have also toyed with Daylite from Marketcircle. Being a version 1 program, it is AWESOME as a total CRM solution, but the calendar doesn't sync with the Palm and the address book syncing is done by first syncing with Apple's Address Book and then syncing with the palm. (too many steps guys, write a conduit)Sooooo – this leads me to my question. If you're a Mac user and rely on an accurate and sync'd palm-like device, what programs do you use and why?