Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cleaning your workspace

When I worked in an office, I used to like taking the time to clean my workspace on the company dime.  Get the cleaning spray, wipe down the desk, chair, mouse and laptop. Then reorganize the space on the desk, getting rid of the nonsense accumulation that adds up over time.

Now that I work from home, it's normal house duty rather than a break while on the clock. Usually happens after hours or on the weekend.

My advice, or point? Take a break if you are in an office and enjoy cleaning your space.

I guess there is actually an official day for this as well: CLEAN OFF YOUR DESK DAY

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tis' the season for kids and tablets

Not sure why, but I think this holiday season is going to bring some changes to the tablet market. I keep hearing who is getting a table for themselves or for their kids. I don't (and won't) have the data, but I expect we see some break through numbers with browsing and access to the web via tablets in an age bracket we've never seen before.

I am realizing it's no longer a joke for kids to have devices, it's a real thing that won't be stopped. I tell stories like, "at that age I was swinging sticks in the yard", while today kids are online.

The landscape has officially change. While I cheap out and hang onto my generation one iPod and iPad, kids at age 5 will have faster and lighter experiences then me. All touch interfaces. Geolocation. Cameras for pictures and video.

All with terrible parental controls. All with terrible examples of usage by parents pouring information onto the web that they'll one day want to take back, but can't.

It will be interesting, and I am not even talking phones, just wireless connectivity. Voice communication is really irrelevant in my opinion. There is more to worry about with photos, video and texting getting online verses phone to phone.

Happy Black Friday.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Morning orange juice and meetings

I've been cutting it close for morning calls lately. Eight AM is early when you work from home. It's my natural wake up time. But when I have calls at 8 AM, that means I need to get out of bet earlier to hit the shower and make the call on time.

So, I've been getting up at about 7:45 and then get on the phone by 8:02 (usually still late). Since it's still wake up time, I've been taking my calls at the kitchen table without the laptop. I pour my orange juice, sit, listen and look out the window.

My listening abilities while in front of a screen (tv, ipad, laptop, phone, etc) diminish greatly. I only ever focus when something odd is said or my name comes up. So being at the table with more focus has been nice.

With the change, I've also not rushed into the day walking right to the laptop. I complete the orange juice intake, and then make coffee while all on the call. Speaker phone of course. End the call, then move upstairs into my office.

Taking calls in the car is similar (no screen) however I usually am focused on not killing myself and other drives while participating.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

db2 load Over JDBC Connection

Yesterday I needed to run the db2 load over a JDBC connection. Given the "connection", I was not local to the server. With the help of a colleague, I found this page:

LOAD command using the ADMIN_CMD procedure

The resulting call in ANT is:

Note that the load file needs to be on the remote server, verses being called locally. So you'll need a step to move your load file to the remote machine.

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