5 Signs You’ve Lost Control of Your Cloud App

Those of us who have been in the business for a while have seen this pendulum swing back and forth through the years.  What’s never been true in previous cycles is the business’s ability to engage truly enterprise level IT services with a credit card.  It’s a powerful, liberating circumstance for business executives who are looking to drive their business with pace.  It’s a buyer’s market and IT executives need to embrace the reality.  Fixing the problems resulting from these independent decisions is too late – get in front of these business decisions and avoid the problem.

Adalene’s Priorities

This past weekend I drove down to Danville to spend time with Mother, Tom, Carol, Jeff, and Marcy.  I had a great time.  Most importantly, I caught up with Mother and the photo collection she’s going through.  My Grandmother passed away last year and as part of that transition, passed along her possessions to her children.  My Mother’s portion of the memorabilia includes photos, postcards, and letters between my Grandmother and grandfather while they were courting.

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It’s a treasure trove of memories.  My Grandmother managed to hang on to large volumes of photos while moving to progressively smaller spaces in Toledo Ohio, Portland Oregon and Danville Kentucky.  In Portland and Danville she lived in very small spaces. She chose to retain this volume of memories because it was a priority. The material filled three moderate sized bins which Mother has now pared down to one large and one small bin.

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Tweets Still Must Flow?

It’s really very hard to understand why Twitter thinks it’s necessary to enable technology which provides selective censorship.  Now, when a local country objects to a tweet, the company has the ability to selectively remove a specific post.  I suppose if it provides a tool for something they were doing manually – and thus saves labor expense.

And finally – how perverse is the post title:  “Tweets still must flow”?

Volkswagon disables off hours e-mails

I live my life in e-mail. One of the best ways for me to write my own performance review is to go back through my e-mail for the year – and since I keep every e-mail I’m basically journaling via Outlook. That’s sad. What’s even sadder is that I’m not alone. In fact it’s so bad companies are finding ways to rein in the practice.

Matt’s Leg

2012/01/02 Update:  A follow-up visit with Dr. Fowler at Cardinal Group’s Hilliard Office on Thursday 12/22 went well.  The flexibility in his knee was considered good.  The swelling in his ankle suggests that he’s not been diligent enough with the physical therapy exercises for that joint.  X-Rays of his leg were taken and (along with the x-rays of his leg taken on 12/9) I’ve posted them in the Flickr photo set for the event.

In response to several requests, I’ve put this summary together describing the circumstances around Matt’s broken leg.  A few people didn’t care for the pictures on the original Facebook post so I’ve not included any direct photos here – but be advised that all the links to Flickr come with an advisory.

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Camry Again

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The result of a teenager while driving his family’s pickup truck not noticing that the stop light at the intersection had turned red.

I posted earlier that we had to accept the salvage value for the Camry after someone pulled in front of Becky as she drove east on Main Street towards downtown.  I had forgotten about our first incident with the car.  Barely a month after purchasing (lease) of the vehicle I was hit from behind by a teen driver at  Patterson and Stewart in Dayton.  I had taken some employees out for a Christmas luncheon.  While waiting for the light to change to green, the driver of a small pickup hit us from behind.  He did not realize until too late that the stoplight was not in fact green.  The medics took one passenger to the hospital as a precaution, but generally, we all did ok.  The police officer that took my statement speculated that the car was likely totaled.  He was wrong.  Cheney’s body shop did a great job restoring the trunk, back and rear quarter panel of the vehicle.   I believe it was significant surgery, but fortunately, the small pickup jumped over the frame and simply buckled the side panels.

Becky found our insurance photo recently and I thought it àpropos to bookend this event with my earlier (but later in time) post.