A bit slow, but an interesting on-line mapping application by the EPA.
MPUG (Microsoft Project Users Group) changed their identity last month to MPA - The Official Industry Association of Microsoft Office Project. I'm not sure exactly why they changed the name, but MPA does roll off the tongue better. They say:
"The MPUG team is delighted to announce that we have been working hard over the past several months to enhance membership benefits and position the MPUG brand to better reflect our identity as a professional association."
Regardless of the latter item, it IS a good place to visit and if you are not too proud to join any club that would accept you, you might want to consider membership.
Here is how:
Seems like with fame and fortune come the need to deal with forces trying to take you down.
Junko Yoshida has an article in EETimes covering vertical vs. horizontal integration. It is a question of control vs. economy of scale and proponents of the vertical approach claim that vertical integration allows them to be more responsive to customer requirements and allows them to differentiate their products. In parallel with these discussions and prognostications, Intel continues with its new "Platform" strategy which, in my opinion, tries to turn what has been a horizontal business for many years into one which almost walks upright.
There are some interesting parallels for Project Management where a PMO is a horizontal model and embedded Project/Program/Platform management is the vertical model. How do PM tools and processes support these different models? Lots to think about...
For those reading my entries on TOC and wondering what it is I am talking about, here is one of the more useful references on the Theory of Constraints. I think it does a great job of laying out the principles, thoughts and history behind it. The author does at times get carried away with jargon and uses phrases like "verbalizing intuition" for example. But if you like hot talk like:
The reductionist/local optima approach is well represented; firstly by the family of material requirements planning (mrp), manufacturing resource planning (MRP II) and enterprise-wide planning (EPR). Secondly, it is represented by “reversions” from more systemic but nevertheless transitional approaches. The reversions are World Class Manufacturing and Lean Production.
The transitional class is composed of the Ford Production System and the Toyota Production System. Both methodologies are mass production systems and while both are paced or synchronized to the slowest step in the line, safety is distributed evenly throughout the system. The advancement of the Toyota system over the Ford system is that although safety is spread throughout both, the Toyota system seeks to substantially reduce it by increased quality throughout the process.
I keep losing track of these things so I'm going to just put all the links here:
I used to have a link to the code for the "Export Timescaled Data to Excel" add-in, but I can't find it right now.
[Update: Here it is Download Timescaled Data Source Code]
Any of these links lead you to the MSDN documentation. I suggest you browse around the other topics while you are there.
I like comics the way I like chocolate. They should be dark, rich and a little bitter. Shannon Wheeler's Too Much Coffee Man fits the description (alternative is to access through Slate here - without commentary though). I have completely lost touch with him, but I know Shannon from when he was just starting out. I can recall sitting with Shannon and Alex one morning at Cafe Roma in Berkeley and sketching out a comic, the punchline of which only made sense to architecture students who had not slept in days. It is good to see that he has made it work for him. I notice that his new book has just appeared on Amazon too! Buy it through this link and he gets $0.40.
(Note to Shannon: Your website is excruciatingly slow! But your May 6 George Lucas Rant made it all worthwhile.)
but I just bumped into Mike Walsh's Sharepoint Blog from Finland. If you are interested in Sharepoint it is definitely worth a look. Personally I like the folboat story better than the Sharepoint stuff, but that is just me.
That fish story reminded me that I tried putting one of these on in my living room. I nearly died trying to take it back off. I got stuck at this point:
To save people the trouble (and to remind myself to try this technique out next time) here is a great step-by-step guide for removing a zip-less wetsuit from Eliossub.
There are a number of autonomous vehicles entered in DARPA's "Grand Challenge" race:
"The 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge will be held on October 8, 2005 in the desert Southwest. The team that develops an autonomous ground vehicle that finishes the designated route most quickly within 10 hours will receive $2 million. The route will be no more than 175 miles over desert terrain featuring natural and man-made obstacles. The exact route will not be revealed until two hours before the event begins."
But the one which interests me most is not some overgrown hummer, it is this little guy. By using a motorcycle rather than a 4 wheel platform it gives up inherent stability in exchange for a narrow profile. You can see more about the project here.
you can look at this (slightly wierd) interactive diagram to see how things relate to each other in a Centrino notebook. The architecture is similar for a desktop pc. Centrino merely indicates that a specific set of processor, chipset (including ICH) and wireless network are present and certified to work together. Note that in real computers there are not red and blue pipes (veins and arteries?) connecting things together.
Donald Wynes new (well since Mid-August) blog is called 48ideas and is worth a look for his thoughts on Project management and related topics. I think he is selling himself short about the 48 ideas though. From what I can see it will be impossible to put the cork back in the bottle. Keep at it Donald.
"You will get thoughts on using the Microsoft Office Project platform, updates on news and upcoming events and the occasional restaurant recommendation."
Bill Raymond of PCubed has gotten back in the saddle with a new site after letting his old blog go dormant (search this site for "Everyone Loves Raymond" for a link to it) and it is good to see him back. Bill starts out with a video covering some of the features of Project 2007. I have a few articles about the new Project 2007 features here, but never dreamed of video.
Great to see you writing again Bill!
The Yahoo Pipes site is flush with geeks trying to check it out, and is currently closed "Our Pipes are clogged! We've called the plumbers!" says the site with an oblique reference to the bloglines plumber. however, being closed has never been a barrier to speculation, so here goes.