Archive for May, 2006
Just wanted to share this piece of good news with everyone – MindJet is finally releasing the MindManager Pro v6 for the Mac OSX. I originally bought a copy for the PC last year after seeing Hobie demo it at Gnomedex and I have been beta testing the Mac version for the past several weeks. (gosh it was hard to keep quiet about it, but I did) Tonight they are having a release event at the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco that I am going to… where I will also be picking up my laptop which just came in this afternoon!
So stoked on so many fronts. This also means that my iBook G4 now has a new logic board, a new hard drive, a new CD Burner and a new keyboard. If you know of anyone interested in buying it, please contact me since I am trying to buy a new MacBook.
The best news though is that I get to use Mind Manager openly on my Mac. I have been doing quite a bit more work with it over the last few weeks and it is definitely the way I work best. In fact, I did my entire NetSquared presentation in it first, then exported to PPT and worked on the design and some last minute editing. It will help me deal with all the projects we have going on much better now. MindManager for Mac brings me one step closer to getting rid of my PC – I have been waiting so long for this, but the wait was worth it completely. Now my productivity will soar along with the great ideas that keep popping up…
Given that I will be mostly offline for a couple of days while traveling to New York for my friend’s wedding, I don’t know why I really started this process now. Well, I guess I do really – I promoted a couple of URL’s for projects that don’t have Web sites yet and wanted to give it some grounding to start if anyone looks for them in the meantime.
So that said, you might be interested in the presentation I gave on tagging yesterday at the NetSquared Conference. (Download the PPT or visit the panel session description) I am really bummed I could not make it there today for the ‘working sessions’, particularly since one of the ideas I proposed to them around the rent an expert theme is being used and I wanted to experience it first hand to see how it turns out. Anyway, I was not invited to offer my expertise as it is, and frankly I am not sure what expertise I would offer if I was.
Ultimately I am going to follow Tom Foremski’s advice and at least give each of my ideas that have domain names behind them a post here and a category so I can add more to those ideas over time. That will take a while to get done really, but hopefully I will be able to finish migrating the Chris Heuer site over to here within a week or so and get this Blog configured and cleaned up properly and resolving to my name so I can just direct people to ChrisHeuer.com for accessing the work I am doing.
So in the meantime, please pardon my dust as I get my new online home in order…
So we were able to recover the data off my hard drive and back it up to my iPod this morning at the Apple store in Kendall. Poor gramps was bored stiff as we waited over an hour, but it was worth it because I got to show him a bunch of photos on Flickr. Now I need to get a new laptop because it seems the logic board is bad. Perhaps I can get them to give me a credit on a new MacBook Pro instead.
I can hardly believe it. 2 east coast trips in less than 6 weeks and once again, as was the case with Boston, my laptop has died while on the road.
This time, it is extremely hard to deal with. Last time there was not really much of a loss, other than a few emails and a bunch of photos, which I was able to recover later. This time however, I lost a presentation I was working on for NetSquared conference that is due Tuesday, a ton of important emails, about 100 photos from the Beyond Blogging event, 100+ photos of my big brother and his family, a requirements document I was working on for one of my startups, 2 blog posts I wrote on the plane, the podcasts I recorded at the event and a couple of other important documents I worked on while flying east on the way out here.
Really big bummer and it really hurts this time because so much was lost and will need to be recreated. Worse still, now I am really behind an already overloaded schedule and I have to borrow access on my friend’s PC. Now I will need to take it in to the Apple store tomorrow and get them to look at it and/or perhaps pay one of the data recovery companies a few hundred dollars to retrieve the data.
It would not be so bad if this had not just happened about 5 weeks ago. I thought I was supposed to have a new hard drive after the last one failed under warranty, but perhaps they replaced it with a refurbished one? Regardless, there is not much I can do other than deal with it, defer all the deadlines and pray that the Genius Bar can get the drive up long enough to burn the stuff over to DVD.
The weird bit is how it happened. I was working on the blog posts on the plane, when I went to save them as Word docs and the spinning color wheel came up, only to freeze in place. When trying to restart, it just went from the bright white screen to a grey one. After landing, it restarted in the car miraculously, but then froze. It started a couple more times after that, but would not shut down when I closed the laptop. So on the way home tonight I picked up some CDR’s with the intention of recovering whatever I could get off of it – after many failed attempts, I have finally given up and just hope it might come alive tomorrow.
I am more of a spiritual, not religious sort of guy, but please do pray for something good to happen from this for me. Apple did such a great job in fixing the laptop last time, going really above and beyond. It would suck to know that they gave me a crappy refurb hard drive that died just a few short weeks later causing me all this anguish and loss…
This is the final session from our small, but powerful mixup of New Orleans natives and people who care and time did not forget. Photos to be posted shortly to Flickr.
On Thursday May 4, 2006 I sat down with Earthlink Blogger Dave Coustan to talk about his experiences as a corporate Blogger. This follows up on the Blog post entitled "Reflections on Blogging for Someone Else." There are some really interesting insights from his experience working at Earthlink as well as some more simple details on certain aspects of the work. You can reach Dave through his Earthling Blog.