10 Things I’ve Learned

2 01 2010

In a recent article titled “10 Things I’ve Learned”, Thomas Chicca reveals some interesting and helpful tips after retiring from an engineering consulting firm after 35 years. Thomas’ tips are very useful and are likely very applicable to many of us… enjoy. Things Tom has learned and some words of wisdom:

  1. Family & health care first, work and career second
  2. Other people are not like me
  3. Managing people is different than managing projects
  4. There’s more than one way to get things done
  5. Most people want to be successful and to do the right thing
  6. Sooner or later you’ll come across someone who is simply a “horses ass”
  7. Fundamentally I’m a geek and Learn as much about yourself as you can
  8. The biggest obstacle to your future may be your past success
  9. When you have a clear and strong belief, it may be wrong
  10. You can never communicate too much

To read in detail Thomas’ comments see this article from the Winter 2009 American Surveyor Magazine

Don’t be in a hurry to install XP SP3

29 05 2008

Check out all these links before jumping in.

I have upgraded one of my AMD PC’s with little problem, except some intermitent problems with IE6. Pre install, I removed IE7 as suggested in the IE Blog (see below). This machine doesn’t have Norton Antivirus, and uses Trend IS 2008 without problems.

IE and Windows XP Service Pack 3
IE Blog

Norton software conflicts with Windows XP SP3
XP SP3 triggers false positives in security apps
HP recommends against installing Windows XP SP3
Don’t be in a hurry to install XP SP3
What you need to know before you install XP SP3

Jesper’s Blog:
Does your AMD-based computer boot after installing XP SP3?

Vista Tip: Windows Help (.hlp) Files

26 04 2008

If you are using Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, you no doubt have learned that you cannot open Window Help (*.hlp) files. This is because Microsoft made the decision to no longer include WinHlp32.exe (which is required to launch WinHelp files) as a component of the Windows operating system.

2 FMS tips discuss the problem and its implications in detail on deploying Help Files to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
#1 Microsoft Patch for Opening Windows Help (.hlp) Files
#2 Deploying Help Files to Vista and WS2008

FMS is a leading developer of products for Microsoft Access developers, and a top vendor of products for the SQL Server, Visual Studio .NET, and Visual Basic communities. They have a very useful Free Resources page.