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Random Musings for March 2010

So, we’ve made it through the first quarter of 2010. 

What, exactly, do we have to show for it?  Lots – depending on your point of view, of course.

 
Automobile Adventures…

It’s been an interesting year for sure!  Just this month, my car spent several days stranded at a Park & Ride in Wayne, NJ because of flooding.  Thankfully, the flood didn’t make it to the car – it just prevented access to where the car was parked.

 
Novice & Inattentive Drivers…

I’m beginning to suspect that people who never rode a bicycle are worse drivers than people who did.  And I can guess who they are.  For one thing, they can’t manage to keep their vehicle straight whenever they turn their eyes to look at something to the side.  That’s something you learn very early with bike riding, and the punishment (crashing into things) for such negligence only impacts you.

 
Motorola Droid…

After using a blackberry for work or personal use for over 10 years, I finally changed to an Android-based phone, and I am quite pleased.  It was a little heavier than anticipated, but I’ve quite gotten used to that, and I am very pleased with 99.8% of the functionality.  I’ve even gotten comfortable with the on-screen keyboard.

There are *only* two things that are annoying. The first is that the pull-out keyboard is not good enough to match the Blackberry Curve.  (The keys are not sufficiently raised, and the top row of the keyboard doesn’t have enough space for me to use my thumbs when typing.) 

The second issue is that the Motorola Droid does not currently support voice activation directly from the Bluetooth headset.  Yes, I did find this out beforehand while researching the phone, but it’s still somewhat annoying.  I’m hoping this gets fixed when the next update of Android (v2.1) is released in a week or so.

In the past two weeks that I’ve had the Droid, I’ve gotten used to dealing with it, but it is still not as easy to backup the entire device as was possible with the blackberry.  But, I’m sure that there’s an app for that… :)

(Actually, I just stopped to search the Android Market, and found 3 backup tools, including “Android Backup Tool” and “MyBackup Pro” which I intend to keep.)

 
Even More Space on DropBox…

The good folks at DropBox have increased there free storage again!  If you already have an account, then be sure to use your referral link to get more people onboard, and they’ll give you an extra 250MB per person who joins – up to a total storage allocation of 10GB for free accounts.

If you don’t already have a DropBox account, then sign up for one using my referral link, and start enjoying 2GB+ of online storage.  https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTEyNjMwMDk

 
More on Leadership…

Finally, I’m learning more and more about leadership – good and bad – and intend to post several articles in April addressing some of these lessons.  I’ve also learned some really cool lessons about personality types.  It’s good to know who you are, and how you work.  It will save yourself a great deal of trouble in the long-run.  Trust me.

Finally, I’ve met great friends, conducted some excellent business, and starting putting some really cool technology-based business solutions in place.  2010 is going to be great.

Please stay tuned!!

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Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 11:39 PM by Logik!
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About Logik!

Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.