Pegasus II is high altitude mission to near space providing a global real-time experience to users from the upper atmosphere using Microsoft Azure and experimental technology in partnership with MS Research.
Windows and Android apps available in app/play stores for Pegasus II’s mission to near space. iOS app submitted last night and hopefully will be available by flight time Oct 5 ~10AM MDT from Cheyenne, WY, USA
Search “Pegasus Mission” to find the mobile apps.
Warning: This mission has no guarantee of success. The mission team is working in a remote and hostile environment with high sensitive equipment nearly 20 miles above the surface of the earth. However, attempting to try what has never been done before is courageous and noble effort itself in an effort to learn and provide a unique experience to others.
High Altitude Science Firsts
Real-time video transmission from a HAB
Coordinated global broadcast of real-time telemetry and mapping through Web and mobile apps
Global user communications direct to HAB inflight
Craft notifications via SMS to users
Widely available HAS mission that is publicly and globally consumable
Real-time communications to/from HAB
Low latency, high throughput, linearly scalable and bidirectional communications
One of the incredible things about the Cloud is that innovation can happen so very fast. Today I wake up and discover I have a new feature and functionality and power injection for Outlook.
It is called "Clutter:
"It works like this: The email server looks at the messages you receive and learns what you ignore and what you don't. As new messages come in, it takes the messages you're most likely to ignore and puts them in a separate folder. Clutter isn't perfect. But the more you use it, the better it gets. Clutter helps you focus on what's important by learning what kinds of messages you actually read."
No Update, No Upgrade, No Requirement gathering ... it is just there.
Everyday I use Microsoft Lync. In fact Microsoft Lync is so incorporated into my daily use of technology that I can't remember what I did without it. Lync offers me instant conference calls, instant messaging, video, screen sharing, presence awareness and more.
As a consultant, working with people from around the world, this instant access is so powerful, so useful and so "did I really only have IM before" that I was motiviated to write about it today.
The world of technology continues to change, but the change seems to be speeding up. When once major upgrades were released every two years now it seems like these need to be released every six months and if released every six months who has time to keep up?
Still people do keep up! They change and learn and read and jump for joy when something they wished worked differently actually gets changed to work differently and they also grit their teeth and learn when faced with new that is challenging.
Learning is not always easy and with it sometimes frustration.
Recently I have been trying a new application called Trap!T and I must admit I am hooked. Everyday a new window opens for me into the wide, wide world of the internet and I get to define the subject matter.
Today I followed a suggestion that started with "if you happen to be near the Grand Canyon" and what a cool little find. There is one of the natural wonders of the world just a short distance away.
Ok, so I don't live near the Grand Canyon, but I was literally just talking about it and thinking it is some place that I really want to visit. Needless to say when this window opened this morning, I dove right in! I see an adventure in my future and potentially some incredible new photographs burned into the back of my brain cells.
Bad news today, one of my close friends from High School, Lily Ordway, passed away. She had struggled painfully for the last two years so perhaps now she is resting in peace, running through the fields, enjoying great green mountains, painting the other worlds many different colors with her artistic touch and sharing her great passions and intensities with those who passed before her.
Rest in Peach Lily, Rest in Peace.
Lover of Volleyball
Lover of Art
Lover of History
Resident and Explorer of New York, Los Angeles and the cities of the world. A true artist with a gift for drawing who blossomed in her college years.
Sometimes we all need a little inspiration. It is so easy to get stuck in our own small whirlpool of information coming in, information needing to go out and the general tackling of the To-Do Tasklists at home and at the office.
One of the ways that I try to push myself out of this swirl is by listening to some of the incredible TED Talks. TED "Ideas Worth Sharing" and their motto summarizes it well. The ideas shared via TED are vast, wide and cutting edge. They are also mixed with some great common sense and vision.
Sad news was shared today, first through my former associates and then through friends. One of the young men I worked with has passed away. He was so young (44), so full of life, so devoted to his goals and his young family. It was all unexpected and not even predictable. David Collier rest in peace.Final words
It was not long before that similar news came my way. News of another young man and this case a the news was a bit expected, but not any less shocking or painful. A young man who had devoted his life to the small business server community, and to the IT professionals that supported small businesses. He helped make the world a better place, he made a difference. His last year he had to fight liver cancer and yet his positive energy and spirit continues to this day. Eriq Neale rest in peace.
To these young men and to the others, whom I have known and who have graced this earth and have departed before me, I have planted a memorial garden in my yard. Each soul that has passed has a plant and a small symbol to recognize their spirit. May you all rest in peace and perhaps if your spirit is traveling through Vermont, you will find a place to rest along the way.
Towards the end of this video I am interviewed and despite being totally non-photogenic it was pretty cool to watch and not too embarrassing.
There is a longer story .. and here it is
About a month ago I was at the local farmer’s market and I started talking to Lisa. I know how hard it is to run a local business having worked triple time running two to support the family so when she asked about helping out with a short little 3 minute video I said yes. This week I was at the Farmer’s market and Lisa came right up to me. She totally recognized me and was very appreciative of my contribution. I was surprised and warmed.
The company is owned and run by Lisa Johnson if anyone wants to reach out to her directly and network or if you want to get your free sweet potato recipe book or if you just want to pick up some great little tips for great grassroots marketing! or if you want to Join the Sweet Potato Revolution on Facebook • Twitter or YES you can also order online from their website and experience the product for yourself.
One of my hobbies is to explore new applications and technologies. My current research has been focused on Pinterest. At first I found it a bit confusing in terms of why I wanted to add another tool to my long reading list, but I must admit I find the format refreshing. Additionally it is adding value to my life. I keep the tools around if they fit a niche not yet being met.
There are no words. You browse pictures that others have posted or have liked or have found and shared. You can share your own pictures.
To date I have invested very little time, but yet I already have a whole new set of ideas I want to dive into. This includes changes to my garden, places to grow herbs that I would never have thought of AND ways to generally take care of my house more efficiently.
When it comes to my working world. I now have pictures of the conference I just went to that I didn't get a chance to take and yet that I really wanted. I also have these pictures organized and always being added to as others post to the album.
When it comes to marketing techniques and customer satisfaction I have to send a kudo to Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Chairman of LinkedIn.
LinkedIn meeets a particular niche need of mine. The need to keep up with all my contacts ever changing world. People switch companies, get new certifications, become famous or infamous and LinkedIn helps me keep track.
On top of this great need met I get e-mails like the below from Reid Hoffman offering a little extra value.
As a thank you for being one of our first million members, I want to share an exclusive mini-chapter from my new book, The Start-Up of You.
The book gives you practical advice for how to use your network to access the information, advice, and resources that enhance your career trajectory.
In addition to the mini-chapter, please visit www.linkedin.com/startupofyou to read our blog, watch related videos, and learn more about strategies to create breakout career opportunities.
Thanks again for being a member from the start.
Cofounder & Chairman
And although the letter is a bit "too much marketing", I still enjoy the extra. So Thank you Reid for adding value to my world.
My laptop is running Windows 7 which makes for a smooth transition from the machines I use at work and the machine I use at home, I drag a window and pop it clicks in no matter what the machine. (I love this new feature)
I am slowly using my laptop less and less because of the iPad. I have had the iPad 1 for over a year and at first it was just fun and I used it all the time for fun, but now I am starting to depend on it more and more for the mudane needs I might have. Checking the weather, reading the newspaper, looking up an unrecognized bird, flower or word, reading the latest favorite book.
BUT this isn't quite where the trouble starts to occur. I can handle two different operating systems and their full application suite differences, the iPad Apple OS and Apps and the laptop(s) and desktop Microsoft Windows 7 OS and "apps". If I couldn't handle two I wouldn't be in the field that I am in (technology)
The difficulty starts when I start introducing even more. For instance I now have the Windows Mobile 7 Phone and it's marketplace. Now you would think that it is Microsoft so pretty good fit with the Windows 7 laptop and desktop, and to a certain extent it is. I can get Office on my phone and it looks and feels pretty much like my office applications on my desktop. Still it is different. There are applications in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile that are empowering and yet not available to me on my laptop or desktop. So the Windows Phone makes my third daily use operating system.
Now the challenging part : The Family network tripped me up this weekend an age old question of multiple devices and operating systems with a need to be on the same network!
Over the last six months my family has pretty much migrated to the iPhone. In fact of the five of us I am the only one without one and we are all starting to talk about Video Calls. Carl mentioned over the weekend that he uses FaceTime all the time with his friends.
So I went on a search this weekend in the Windows Marketplace for a video phone call app for the Windows Mobile 7 phone and I failed :( I also realized that even if I find a video phone call app the hope that it would be compatible with iPhone's facetime is pretty slim.
Now it would make sense if it WAS! but alas we have a competitive motivator to make sure it is not.
So although I like a LOT of things about my Windows Phone 7 this weekend I was sort of wishing I had an iPhone.
Lastly .. don't even get me started with Android. Everyone at work was scratching their head when I didn't upgrade to Google's offering, but my reasoning was clear to me. Why introduce a totally new vendor into the mix?
Now just watch - I am going to find a video conferencing app in Google's Android store :( that is compatible with iPhone's facetime.
Shoot maybe I should just get one of each and setup a control panel at home where I can drop each into it's respective seat. I could even repurpose the retired blackberry from my home inventory.
"Terms like ‘knowledge worker’ trace back to Drucker more than anyone else. Warning organizations to be more enlightened about supporting lifetime learning? That was Drucker. While all of the quants were sucking money from the marrow of the worker to turn over to hedge funds and shareholders, Drucker was focused on how an ethical relationship of the enterprise with the employee, and an ethical relationship between customer and enterprise would set a course of success."
I love two key concepts in this little section.
The first is a corporate culture of lifetime learning. In this world of fast paced change and new technologies how can one not keep learning?
The second is the whole concept of an ethical relationship within the world of business. As we move to a more and more transparent model continuing to work towards mutual respect and win/win is something worth being reminded of.
Come bring your energy and passion for Databases to the Southern New England SQL User Group!
When: March 09, 2011 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Where: Hall of Fame Room at New England Tech
Speaker: John Miner
Topic: "Leveraging Transaction SQL 2008 to solve business problems (Part I)"
This presentation will review how to build a database solution from the ground up using SQL commands. What if you were a SQL Server developer at a local consulting company tasked with creating a database for a local Boy Scout of America (BSA) Troop, where would you begin? The following topics will be reviewed to make sure you have a successful data storage solution.
Defining the Database:
Defining file groups for the database, Creating schemas to separate tables by functionality, Creating normalized tables to hold the BSA data, Adding data integrity to the design with constraints/triggers, Adding referential integrity to the design with primary/foreign keys, Adding logins/users and granting rights
Loading initial Data:
Loading data into staging area with BULK INSERT, OPENROWSET or BCP, Quick review of TSQL statements for TRANSACTIONS, CONTROL FLOW, and ERROR HANDLING, Writing Stored Procedures to move staging data to production, Schedule Procedures using SQL Server Agent
Giving Developers Access:
Using stored procedures to lock down CRUD (create, read, update, and delete) operations, Using functions and views to look at the data differently.
In my next presentation, I will be going over advance topics such as PARTITIONING – for keeping track of all those Christmas Trees they sell each year, FILESTREAM – for showing images of the merit badges they might earn, SPATIAL – for keeping track of GPS latitude and longitude coordinates when hiking, and XML for interacting with other systems via messages.
John Miner has twenty years of data processing and proven project management experience, specializing in the banking, health care, and government areas. His architecture expertise encompasses all phases of the project life cycle, including design, development, implementation, and maintenance.
His credentials include a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island with concentrations in database technologies and programming languages. He has Microsoft Certificates for Database Administration (MCDBA) and System Administration (MCSA).
We lose touch
Was it really so long ago?
When we spent every day together,
When we broke new records for # of hours on the phone?
When we knew each others dreams
And shared so many hopes?
When tears were shared as often as laughs,
When deep pain was not part of our world?
Today I learned that a very dear friend from high school's son died. I met him as a toddler and in the blink of an eye he is a teenager and gone. I am so sorry to have missed the chance at getting to know him. His mom is incredibly special and I know our world is a better place because he lived and loved and dreamed.
I am thankful for the health of my family members and the joy and health that so many of them experience.
I am thankful for the people I work with, who all bring to my life extra insight, and perspectives that force me to think, learn, and flex. Sometimes with joy, sometimes with frustration and sometimes with pure misunderstanding.
I am thankful for being able to prepare, enjoy and share the meal that my husband and I just shared. Timed so that all was hot, rich and steamy and for the dish washer that made the dishes so easy to get done! (as well as the washing machine that is taking care of that big gravy stain)
I am thankful for all my contacts who might not know me as well as my family, but who have shared with me the passion of technology meeting people's needs and who continue to believe in the possibilities.
I am thankful for all of my friends on facebook who have tolerated my happy posts and understood my sad ones.
I am thankful for the social media tools that allow me to mix and mingle in a wide variety of audiences. Offering me the ability to stay connected in worlds that I don't get a chance to currently physically participate in. Providing me with answers when I am stuck on tough questions and offering me perspective and smiles from all corners of the earth.
and there is so much more I can be thankful for. Sometimes I have to wonder why I ever get in a bad mood, why I am ever unhappy, why I ever get angry or disappointed. For each frustration, there is a balancing joy - for each grief a shread of light.
May all that read this be blessed with the vision to see the positives as well as the strength to cope with the negatives on the road of life.
It is that time of year when one of my favorite associations is finalizing their annual meeting for members and non-members. Mark your calendar for Nov 7-9th.
This association focuses on a set of three audiences. Each comprised of an elite group.
Large ERP Value added Resellers and Vendors with the ITA Consultants and Reseller track.
CIOs/CTOs in industry particularly those people managing the technology decisions at the largest consulting firms in the world with their Internal Technology Leaders - ITL Track.
Managed Service Providers and Information Services, Information Technology specialists with the ITA Infrastructure and Managed Services Providers track
This year the conference is in Salt Lake City and I would love to be there, but alas I am now in a different audience. Still my time with ITA over the last 10 years has been invaluable so I am sharing the secret. The small group automosphere and the shared information from some of the best, most profitable minds in the business is priceless.
You know you can count on getting a great deal of valuable insight (and help) from your peers during all the network time you’ll have at the meeting, but we also have sessions that should provide immediate take home value as well:
For Consultants and Resellers – 2 full CR tracks.
The Cloud and How To Make It Work For You. This multi-session “deep dive” will give you a strategic overview of the dynamics of SaaS and Cloud based Computing, insight from a panel of SaaS vendor members, and the benefit of the real world experiences of a panel of members with SaaS based practices.
Reenergizing Yourself, Your Business, and Your Top People
Business Changes around Taxes, Health Care, and SBA Incentives
Emerging Opportunities – with emphasis on adding more services to your existing client base and changing clients perceptions of your value and role in their world.
Social Media - Member Survey Results
For Infrastructure and Managed Services Providers – 1 complete ITC track
Legal and Licenses Complexities with MSP and Hosting Services
2010 SharePoint and Internal Use Portals
Security Issues Surrounding Apple and Droid based Devices
New Technologies and Ways to Improve The Practice – a panel discussion of ideas and tools that are making a difference.
For Internal Technology Leaders – 2 ITL tracks.
The Firm of the Future – two sessions, one reflecting Gartner’s view on how Professional Services firms will work in the future, and a second on the ways that the roles within IT will change as a result.
A 6 Sigma look at the CPA Practice – a case study look at the work being done at McGladrey
Integrating Apple and Droid Devices – a panel on the different policies and practices members are adopting.
CCH and Thomson Roadmap updates
HTML5 vs SilverLight vs Flash
Windows 7 – Lessons Learned To date
Portals and Client Stickiness Initiatives
Email and Document Retention – a panel look at different policies and practices.
Enterprise Data Management – what the mergers might mean to you.
Plus, two great Keynote Sessions – one that will humor and energize you, and the other that will teach you essential success readiness skills. And of course, the famous Monday night dinnerparty, which we think will be especially fun and entertaining this year!
The Fall Collaborative meeting is ITA’s signature event - Don’t miss it!
In addition to the details in the attached “brochure”, we will be sending emails over the next 2-3 weeks introducing you to our newest ITA members, and the speakers who will provide great added value to the ITA community. We encourage you to learn more about them before the meeting, and then to meet with them at the Vendor Reception Party on Sunday night the 7th.
To Quote: "Several studies have indicated that stress resulting from ongoing white noise can induce the release of cortisol, a hormone that helps to restore homeostasis in the body after a bad experience. Excess cortisol impairs function in the prefrontal cortex-an emotional learning center that helps to regulate "executive" functions such as planning, reasoning and impulse control. Some recent evidence indicates that the prefrontal cortex also stores short-term memories. Changes to this region, therefore, may disrupt a person's capacity to think clearly and to retain information."
and here I thought some of my senior moments were really "senior moments" now I can just blame them on noise. Oh and excess cortisol is also involved in weight gain so reducing stress has more than just health benefits, it can also help you control those pounds that keep just creeping on.
Seems to me that we can easily push this number over the 100,000 mark. What can I blog about that will be of particular interest and value?
Some of my Favorite Tips
1) Free Conference Calls! www.freeconferencecalls.com Most people now have an IP Phone, a mobile phone or unlimited service and as such a long distance number isn't a big deal. This service really is cool for those who want a professional, organized, reminders included, FREE Conference calling option.
2) Quick, Easy, Small batch and Professional Business Cards and Brochures! Vista Print www.vistaprint.com The spam gets to be a bit much, but the ability to upload your own graphics or pick from some great canned ones and quickly make a handful of business cards is awesome. Tie them to Microsoft Tag and look out!
3) The Microsoft Action Pack: Are you out there running a small IT Professional business? Helping small businesses leverage Microsoft technology? You need the Microsoft Action Pack so that your business can use all the great software you sell every day! Price? One very low subscription price. You also need to know about Eric Ligman and his MS Small Biz blog!!
Technology general tools, features, functionalities - I have those on my laptop and they are easier to use on my laptop then perhaps an iPad. The eReader now that is something that on a laptop just doesn't do it for me and on a phone well forget it and as it's own device, why have one more device?
Combine some of the features of the laptop, an eReader and perhaps one or two other nice to half utilities and we are talking about a motivating device.