Naming your computer

If you would have asked someone a couple of years ago the name of their computer they might have looked at you funny. Today we have more and more home users that have home networks with multiple computers. The moment you want to share files between them the fun of finding out what the computer name begins.

For most people this is an easy task, they don’t even have to look, the list auto populates for them letting them know what the computer is, but what if the computer is named XP993809 and the are 3 others like that. The person that is not computer savvy might have to call some kind of tech support. Finding the name is actually not that difficult in most operating systems. The questions is, what should we name them?

In a corporate environment I have seen almost everything. From Simpsons characters to Godzilla adversaries, I have seen some colorful names. I think this is the wrong way to name servers unless you have less than 10 or you are the only one that needs to know like Mike @ gaucho soft. He recently implemented some new servers for his weather solution Seasonality with names that mean something to him.

I believe that is the approach that everyone should take at home. Make the computer names something that is easy to remember and means something to you. If everyone in your family has a laptop, then name them accordingly. If you only have a couple of computers and many people use them, use the location of the computer or a physical characteristic.

In the end this seems like a very trivial thing, however, like always remembering to back up and changing your password, it will not seem trivial once you actually need it and it might save you some time.

Seven Years Later

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

I have written about 9-11 before, and actually started a series of comments with some of the usual suspects. I wish that Solid would visit more often. I know another attack of that magnitude has not happened again, but my simple point about that day is that it should not have happened in the first place.

I am not pretending that we ever forget what happened, that for our generation would be impossible, but rather to take the positive that come out of that horrible day and continue with it. We came together as a nation to support each other, we showed solidarity and true feelings.

The U.S. helps the world in many ways, and like the quote above the most effective are the humanitarian efforts, however even with those we are not recognized or loved by the world as we should be. I sometimes wonder if all of those efforts should be concentrated in here, with our people or even our close neighbours and we should let others step up around the world.

To quote my mother in law, “You will gather more bees with a drop of honey than with a bucket of vinegar.” Simple acts of kindness make a difference and make our days better. So today, to remember this day shake the hand of someone you see every day but don’t talk to besides pleasantries, ask them about their lives, ask them where were they the day this country lost its innocence. United We Stand.

What is the right direction?

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction”
-Winston Churchill

I huge percentage of my friends are republican. The responses to my last post were just as expected. People are very polarized by the current state of things, some people think that everything is fine while others think that this is shaping out to be the worse of times. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but even the most studied political analyst does not have the full picture. I doubt if anyone has the full picture.

Vision is a word that is often used when talking in the corporate world. Visionaries are always respected people that have a clear view of the road ahead. What happens when that visionary is looking down the wrong road?

I would argue that when it comes to driving I have never been lost, just learning new roads. I know Chicago probably a lot better than people that have lived there all of their lives, I am getting to know know Kansas city little by little. When I do go somewhere I am not afraid of using my GPS to get there. I am also not beyond stopping and asking for directions when I am not getting to where I need to go.

The first time I went back to Colombia as an adult I grew up a lot more. I got to see what I left behind and how some decisions affects more than one life. I think what impacted me the most is how we see things so differently when we are older. I always thought growing up that I knew everything and then getting older and wiser was something very gradual. That trip taught me that single situations can change the course of your life or change your view on things. One second can change a life.

Change is a good thing, but it is even better when it is done when everyone affected by that change are taken into account. As the politics of this country keep on moving forward to the upcoming election we have to see who is promising change, and if that is the direction that we want to go.

The Republican Lies

I used to consider myself a republican, I used to even defend Bush when my then Canadian Compatriot, now my wife, used to blast Bush.

I was a republican because I believe in personal responsibility and accountability. I don’t believe in hand outs, big government or even affirmative action. I believe in opportunity.

In the past eight years I have seen our country fall economically and felt it first hand. Credit card companies and banking institutions started to suck people dry with carrot deals that many fell pray to. I don’t know how people can ignore the term predatory loans or Credit Card companies APR that doubled and tripled, not because of a missed payment to them, but a whole list of reasons that even when inaccurate cannot be reversed.

As a country we attacked the middle class and made it harder and harder for them to exist. The country of opportunities did not look like it anymore. With the republicans in power the size and reach of the government grew and grew and most of my fellow republicans started to justify all of the moves that contradicted the basic ideologies of the party.

When Katrina happened I was deeply saddened. I even mentioned Obama back then as someone that was speaking the truth very clearly. The land where I used to think there was no absolute poverty showed its ugly face.

During my professional career I have worked for a lot of Health Care institutions, sometimes in the technical realm and also as a translator and interpreter. I had the opportunity to learn not just about how the hospitals work, but also about the insurance companies. I also know what the percentage of what is done there has to do with money vs actual patient well being.

I am deeply sadden when I know that one of the big battle flags against illegal immigration is that “they” are “sucking” our health system dry, when the reality is that every uninsured American is a huge burden to those institution’s bottom line. Health care is not just about going to a place to die like it used to be 50 years ago, it is about preventative care and a better standard of living. However, as a society we are failing to a large percentage of the population, to the point that aide groups that used to go to third world countries to provide free health care are now doing it here.

Hearing all of the speeches against Obama have made me ask myself, “Why aren’t these people proposing solutions but rather trying to attack what the other candidate is proposing?” The one that irks me the most is about taxing the rich, which to me is people that make over $250K a year, but to MacCain is anyone that makes 5mil or more. I hear the excuses to support not taxing the rich and laugh, especially the line that someone says that they will take their money elsewhere. Last time I checked, most companies had been shipping jobs overseas more and more in the last eight years than ever before, and their money is also long gone.

If you are a republican, please listen carefully to the candidates and make your own conclusions without the spin. Give Obama and what he is proposing a good look. Vote for our future and not for a party.

Kansas City World Famous?

At least today. I tune into my morning news source, the BBC World Service, and I hear not just Kansas City being mentioned, but even Funkhouser’s grave digger’s voice. Take a listen to the piece centered around the Mayor’s plan to make the city more bicycle friendly. The whole time I was wondering if one of the people along for the ride was a blogger…