All That Jazz

February 28, 2006

Damn You, Jobs…

Filed under: Uncategorized — zimbo @ 8:41 pm

So I’m a fairly recent Mac convert. I owned a PowerBook a couple
years back, and always liked it, but couldn’t really fit it into my
Windows-based life. So, I sold it to my mother-in-law (@ 50% markup).

Anyway, I recently talked my employer into buying a Mini so we could
do some more testing for Macs (and he bought it — the Mini and the
excuse). I’ve spent a lot of time on the Mini recently, and have
really made it my primary email, web browsing, calendar, etc.
system. I really dig it. It’s not the most spritely system around,
but it does the job.

So, 3 weeks after I buy the G4 Mini, Apple releases the Intel CoreDuo
Mini today. Crap.


Living Office-less

Filed under: Uncategorized — zimbo @ 11:45 am

About two years ago, I had the chance to ditch my 9-5 and start doing some independent consulting. That dried up about 6 months ago, and I took a full-time job with one of my clients. At the same time, I moved 400 miles away from that client.

To make a short story long, I work completely officeless. Yes, I have an office set up in my house, but I find I can only work there a day or two a week. I go completely batty if I don’t get out, which is weird, because I am pretty antisocial.

So, I haunt coffee shops, and particularly coffee shops with free WiFi (although this is being written from $tarbuck$ at the moment because I got a free month on T-mobile).

I’m going to do a series on the coffeeshop-as-workplace. There’s a crapload of etiquette, technical, and productivity lessons I’ve learned over the last few years that I’d like to share with some of my officemates, who no doubt will not be reading this, but it’ll make me feel better.

Jumping on the bandwagon…

Filed under: Uncategorized — zimbo @ 10:23 am

I’ll just go ahead and start with an apology a disclaimer… I’m doing this as an outlet for the little rants and ideas I’ve got going on in my head all day long. If I don’t get these out of my head, I’ll go ape-shit.

So don’t expect any focus… There’ll be a post about the guy sitting next to me in Borders who has actually set up a full scale office and holds meetings and takes phone calls and gets pissed if someone takes his table. There’ll be posts about music, movies, technology, family, work.

Don’t expect any thematic continuity… This is for me.

Create a free website or blog at