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Exchange 2007 Book Give Away!!

January 25, 2008

Yeah!! More giveaways!! I have a couple copies of my friend Joel Stidley’s Windows PowerShell for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 that arrived today…. I did the technical edit on the book and had a lot of fun using my powershell skills for some good. I haven’t seen too many reviews, but Shay Israel has a small review on $cript Fanatic. Of course I don’t need all the books and know there are still plenty of Exchange readers on my blog.

So I’ve got two of these books to giveaway!!

Since I am lacking creativity tonight, how about I am going to take suggestions on how to give these things away. I previously partnered with Manning press to do the powershell script contest which was fun, but what else would be interesting for a giveaway? Post your ideas in the comments or send them to me separately – if there is enough interest I’ll give both away on the blog, if there isn’t enough I’ll give one away here and one away in person….

The Adventure Continues

October 24, 2007

You all knew the time would come that I would be moving on from my post at EMC Corporation. I certainly enjoyed working with everyone at EMC and Microsoft over the years. It was great having an impact on EMC’s work with Microsoft on all things Exchange…. The opportunity to become an author for EMC’s Tech Books (look for the Exchange versions coming soon), co-author a MSPress book, speak at numerous events, develop & deliver Microsoft Certified Architect “Exchange Ranger” training, and generally influence how all of EMCs customers use the symmetrix in their implementations……not to mention being the first blogger at EMC – nice to see that they finally caught on!! I sure hope Chuck, Len, & ‘Zilla can lead them out to where they need to be in the blogosphere!! Of course I’ll be watching :)

Where am I off to, competitor? Microsoft? Well, there are lots of other things I want to accomplish in my lifetime, so now that I’ve been at EMC, played with storage and messaging – learned A LOT – it’s time to move on to some of the other things I want to experience!!

Life is short – Unless an experience is something to cherish forever – Use a double-declining depreciation method to value them…. that way you’ll have more leverage to enjoy and learn from the experiences to come…

Of course to be passionate about what your doing you have to find what your doing remotely interesting. I’m sure you’ve all picked up on the fact that Storage and Messaging are not my only interests… and there are a lot of things in the other interests category, but I’m not ready to make all my money in them… so web technologies it is then. This time I’ll have a go with another fascinating concept – Money. Always an interesting thing to work with, for, and in spite of :)

Btw, the blog won’t be removed, the content will change a little (naturally)…. but I’m still looking for free lunches, interesting technologies, and messaging/collaboration will always be a passion of mine.

Sociological Imagination

January 7, 2007

The sociological imagination is the ability to look beyond one’s own everyday life as a cause for daily successes and failures and see the entire society in which one lives as potential cause for these things. It is described by C. Wright Mills in 1959 as a enabling “its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals”. Mills goes on to describe people as being “Seldom aware of the intricate connection between the patterns of their own lives and the course of world history, ordinary people do not usually know what this connection means for the kinds of people they are becoming and for the kinds of history-making in which they might take part. They do not possess the quality of mind essential to grasp the interplay of individuals and society, of biography and history, of self and world.”

Having sociological imagination is critical for individual people and societies at large to understand. It is important that people are able to relate the situations in which they live their daily lives to the local, national, and global societal issues that affect them. Without the ability to make these relations, people are unable to see societal issues that affect them and are unable to determine if these issues require change to better their everyday lives.

Throughout history different societies and nations have obtained different levels of social imagination. Some societies have never had it, others have obtained and lost it, while others have obtained it and thrived on it. The societies that have not obtained it or that have lost it are usually within nations that have suffered ongoing persecution, poverty, and social injustice. The societies that have obtained it and thrived on it are usually within the nations with the most freedoms and with the most advanced cultures. This theme is discussed in Linda Schneider and Arnold Silverman’s book Global Sociology: Introducing Five Contemporary Societies Fourth Edition.

The societies that have lacked sociological imagination have experienced ruling regimes as the norm and individuals live within the same humble confines that have plagued them for centuries. These societies have lagged behind what we think of as modern cultures. Industrialization, freedom, and equality are all things that the individuals in these societies lack or are just beginning to obtain. An example of this theme from Global Sociology is found in a discussion of Mexico in the second chapter of the book, the people of Mexico have lived under ever changing regime’s for centuries. From the Mayan and Aztec rulers, to the Spanish rulers, to the corrupt government of today, the people of Mexico have lived under autocratic rulers as poor slaves. The only attempt at social imagination was through a small revolution to gain independence from foreign rule, only to succumb to local government treating the people in the same manner.

This kind of example is echoed through many countries across the world. Egypt suffers from this same lack of social imagination as discussed in chapter four. Their culture, religion, and world view has changed through every religious hand over the last several centuries, again culminating in a revolution that has placed them under their own leader taking advantage of them in the same way as all the previous rulers. The Bushmen of Namibia suffered through numerous outside rulers replacing each other, first Germany, then Great Britain, and finally their own internally corrupt government not leaving the natural resources to the native inhabitants of the country. This is another example discussed in Chapter three of Schneider and Silverman’s book.

Throughout time this has been a common theme and in nations where social imagination has been recognized, individuals have found the root of their problems in the lack of change and governance that they live through every day. In nations where sociological imagination is prevalent such as Japan and the United States of America, social imagination has inspired momentous changes to the culture and to way of life.

This contrasting view is apparent in everyday life in the United States. Men and Women have equal rights, Slavery does not exist, religious freedom is a reality, and the ability for poor people to change their outlook is a reality. This is primarily due to the people of the United States embracing sociological imagination after the countries revolution and recognizing the affects of external forces, such as government, economic models, and global trade.

This opposing theme of sociological imagination is again exampled in Schneider and Silverman’s book in the discussion of Japan during the first chapter. Japan was in a unique position to control its interactions with outside nations through most of its history. This lead to Japan’s ability to consume the cultures, economic models, and political models that it desired from other nations and transform its own culture to thrive with western views.

This is certainly not to say that societies without sociological imagination are bad or will never obtain it. It is to say that there are obvious advantages of understanding the causes of one’s position in the world and what can be done to change that position past personal adjustment.

Works CitedMills, C. Wright The Sociological Imagination, 1959

Schneider, Linda & Silverman, Arnold Global Sociology: Introducing Five Contemporary Societies 4 e. New York: McGraw Hill, 2006

Nintendo Wii

November 24, 2006

Anyone know where I can get a Wii in the Seattle area? I have been super lame and not been keeping up with how fast these were going tp sell out!!! Then of course Andru got Nintendo to bring a Wii to MindCamp 3.0 where I got to play it for a while and see that my kids can play games without sitting on the couch for hours….and my wife might play some of the games with us….so now I am all stoked to replace the GameCube with a Wii this Christmas, but no one seems to have one available (and no I’m not paying more then $250, the kids will get a snow globe to share before that happens)

On a side note, does this really increase sales? I understand building the desirability up and how availability plays into it, but does the amount of people who decide they want one because they are hard to get offset the amount of people who don’t buy one because they are hard to get? Of course I looked around for a bit and couldn’t find any studies on the topic….anyone out there do any studies on this?? I am curious because it pisses me off that I can’t get one right now :)

Update 12/13/2006:

The kids are not getting a Wii this christmas….I may be getting old, but this is a pain in the butt to get one and I have more important things to do……maybe we’ll get one when they are available.

Let me explain

November 15, 2006

I should have known better….There is no way that I could remove my innovation post along with ALL of the other EMC content without getting a lot of questions. So I will briefly explain….

I have removed ALL emc related content (which unfortunately bumped into some of my other interesting posts on innovation and Exchange 2007). I know that a lot you are readers because of the EMC content and others are readers because of the messaging content. I apologize if you are an EMC content reader, I hope that I will find a way to share with you in the future.

For now, I plan on keeping my bills paid……hopefully I can do that while keeping the meager content that remains on this site. If I figure out a way to pay my bills and still talk about other things like EMC, I’ll do that too.

If you are interested in EMC related content, I highly suggest you check out Mark Lewis’s Blog, Chuck Hollis’s blog, Storagezilla’s blog, the RSA blog, or the VMWare blogs. They are all fantastic blogs done by fantastic people….


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