Archive for June, 2007

Episode 7 – Get Organized

Career, Podcast, Vendors June 25th, 2007

Recorded: June 22, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier
Show Length: 1:39:05

Rich and I discuss IT Organization structures and the trend toward the ‘hybrid’ model to align IT goals with the business. News items on Motorola acquisitions, RFID umbrella tracking privacy concerns, Safari Browser on Windows, and Spam Spikes. Rich talks about his battle with Internet connectivity problems during a big event and I relate my email and hard drive failure problems. We finish off with a couple of website picks.

As usual, we hope you enjoy.

Links mentioned in this podcast:

Full Show Notes

Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: WhoCalled
Keith’s Second Pick: Feed The Pig

Rich’s Pick: PhysOrg
Rich’s Second Pick: Webcast Index

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Show Us You’re Listening

Feedback, Podcast June 20th, 2007

Rich and I have been examining the web site statistics over the past couple weeks and are excited to see the number of listeners we have (and hope to keep). Since the web site statistics don’t tell it all, I set up a Frappr map and hope you will take a minute to drop a pin so we know where you are.

Thanks again for listening.


Work-Life Balance

Career, General Interest June 20th, 2007

I know; Rich and I discussed this on an earlier podcast.  Rather than bring this up on another show, I’ll just refer you to the article. 

I think this is an issue that most IT professionals have to address and I had my own struggles as well.  If you are experiencing this in your career, I’d advise you to pay particular attention to tip #1 – Ask yourself hard questions.

Do this after you’ve run through the rest of the tips since the results from those will affect your ability to answer those questions.  For me, I found that maintaining boundaries, delegation and strict scheduling wouldn’t and couldn’t work in the work environment I was in.

Take a few minutes to read the full article.

CIO Magazine: Five Sensible Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance

Motorola Recycles Cell Phones for Free

General Interest June 14th, 2007

I am curious about Motorola’s purchase of Netopia and Symbol. But I am even more excited about their initiative to recycle cell phones. It also can be used as a fund raiser for your school. So check it out and let me know how it goes. I know I have a few old cell phones around my house.


Episode 6 – Extreme Jobs

Feedback, Geek Stuff, Podcast, Rants, Security, Vendors June 8th, 2007

Recorded: June 7, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier
Show Length: 1:28:00

Rich and I discuss an article on extreme jobs and how IT workers fall into this category. We discuss a couple recent news items related to Wi-Fi and security as well as Dell’s recent legal troubles. Rich experiments with his Blackberry as a tethered modem while I rant about email etiquette. A couple of utilities and our website picks rounds out the episode.

As usual, we hope you enjoy.

Links mentioned in this podcast:

Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: My Best FM

Rich’s Pick: Trunk Monkey

Rich’s Makeup Pick: E-How

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