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July 2004 Entries

The Task Today I was given the wonderful job of security analyst for a friend of the family. Basically to put it simply I had to go fix their computer or else I would have been crapped on by the powers that be (my father). The computer would restart every time it got on the internet, so I had to burn a CD of programs I would take and/or use. Not thinking clearly I didn't make a multi-session disc and that would come back to bite me later as I'll explain. I go over to their house and have one look ......

The turn-around for technology in this information age is something like 3-5 years. If you have a product like say cell phones, or something new like “mega bad-assed high speed wireless internet on your glasses” the time it takes from conception to a product, including “adequate” human testing is 3-5 years. In the past to get something integrated into our society it took something like 10-30 years from conception to implementation. In the past there was an awful lot of time ......

I had a couple of major bugs creep up on me. Some of them were due to neglegance or my rush in getting things done. I'll be implementing the fixes this weekend as well as finalize the sync service, my maintenance routines running outside of the lame scheduler, and finally make it so the Admin user doesn't have to be logged in for the server to function normally. I could have had this mended in 5.2 but my limited knowledge of the sync service didn't make me confident enough. One of the bugs is in ......

Today marked the end of an incredibly long SalesLogix upgrade from 5.2 to 6.1. There were a few bugs in my implementation but none that were too serious. I get to spend the rest of the week hammering them out, taking the time tonight to focus on a pretty big logic blunder. SalesLogix is slowly becoming a decent CRM application. It is one of the best now but it's starting to become something our company can really use and maximize. 6.1 is tons easier to use and maintain than any previous version which ......