Saturday, September 23, 2006

Some super cool Vista features

I've been using Vista for a while now on my laptop and second desktop at work.  I don't actually use those machines very often, which is why I haven't mentioned my experiences with Vista up to now.

At the company meeting Thursday, they highlighted some features that I think are absolutely amazing.

When you click the Vista Ball to pick a program, you can just start typing the name of your program. So, for instance, to open Live Writer (which I'm using to write this post), I hit the little button, then typed 'writer'. When the Windows Live Writer shortcut was highlighted, I hit enter. Live Writer opened up, and I started typing. This doesn't seem important until you get a bajillion items in your start menu (Mike). You can do a full 'contains' search on your entire program menu.

The second feature that amazes me is the Reliability Monitor. This is an amazing feature for network admins. I am shocked that MSFT hasn't pushed this feature more in the news and in marketing messages. We are getting beat up in the press all the time, but we don't talk about these little features that our customers are going to love. The reliability monitor keeps track of all types of system failures and such.  That's not too amazing, the great part is that it also keeps track of all installations. So, when your mom (or father-in-law) calls you and tells you that her computer suddenly got slow for no reason, and started crashing, you can go back and see exactly what she installed that caused the problem. I think this feature is going to blow the socks off of all the network admins in the smaller companies around the world; I certainly could have used it while I was doing that job.

Exceedingly good movie

Courtney and I just finished watching Running Scared. I expected this movie to be the standard Paul Walker action flick; light on acting ability, heavy on fun and explosions.

The movie was shockingly good. There were twists and turns right until the end.  The kid from Ultraviolet was in the movie, and he had the worst possible 24 hours. The movie was really well done, and Courtney and I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Some amazing artwork

I got a link sent to me at work today.  There's a Marine Warrant Officer who has done some amazing artwork, which will be featured in the new Marine Corps Museum.

Check it out.  It's really poignant.


On November 10th, 2007, I will be making a pilgrimage.  Where, you ask?  Here:

If any of you other prior service Marines want to join me and my family, drop me a line, and we'll organize bit of a reunion.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Send a message of thanks

Courtney found a super-cool site on the net. Xerox is sponsoring a program to send a free postcard to our troops overseas. All you have to do is pick the postcard you want (all were originally drawn by kids), put in your name and hometown, and pick a message. Let's all do this.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Well, duh

This post is in the spirit of Courtney's series of posted IM conversations.


Courtney says:

I'm brining Shawn home

will you please tell him?

Cullen says:

are you bringing me home?

Courtney says:

no, you rode the motorcycle

Cullen says:

oh yeah. forgot that


Sometimes, I shock myself with my own stupidity.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Gulping the drink

Ever since Courtney's post on Gulping the Drink, I've realized something.

When I drink water, I always gulp the drink. Good thing I rarely pour Mike a drink, huh?