After the recent personal events it is only today that I return to a somewhat normal life. Incredible ammounts of emails to reply to. Tons of things to do.
I want to write stuff. I have several things on the queue, now it is only a matter of finiding the time to do so.
Keep tuned-in. This ought to be fun.
It is rather seldomly that I become speechless. When it happens it is because something too good or too bad happens.
Fortunately it is something good that has caused it.
I was not going to talk about it, yet it has become public and this I think I need to address it.
Today I was granted the "Prometheus Award"; the top-notch Lenovo Marketing recognition. The best part of it is that it is given by peers, not by management.
The sheer fact that the people I work with everyday consider me worth being awarded is mind-blowing. I don't think I have enough words to thank the awesome people I find myself working with on a daily basis.
Although David (da Boss for those readers outside of the lenovo entrails) says he had nothing to do about this I know differently. If it weren't for him (and Jim) making a leap into the void and getting me into their team this would of never been possible.
The fact that a guy who has managed to inspire and challenge me in so many ways writes this about me makes me feel almost too good about myself.
Enough self-promotion for the day. I only have "thank you" left to say.
I am seriously time constrained this days. I promise a good post later today or tomorrow (read that: tomorrow).
In the time being the infamous unordered list of random thoughts with no connection with reality whatsoever.
- Being having musings about crisis and leadership lately. Discussed some of that with "da Boss". Food for post. Not right now, but expect it soon.
- I have hosed my system. Rendered it unusable. IT was of no help, so I did what any nerd would do. Grabbed a copy of windows 7 beta and installed it. Corporate IT should be pissed if they find out. But let's just keep it a secret for the time being. (more first impressions on Windows 7 after the end of the list)
- I am very distracted. The fact that I might become a parent any time now might have a lot to do with that. Lots of doctor appointments and stuff like that.
- Starting to feel excitement and inspiration in relation with work again. I have one person to thank. He knows who he is. He thinks he is no good at motivation. I say BS.
- I have written 5 drafts in the past 2 days. Lots of good "starting ideas", but I'm procrastinating on giving those posts the tie and attention they require.
So... what has this linux-evangelist-wannabe have to say about with Windows 7?
I'll be doomed, but I like what I see. It is still not there (it is a beta after all), but it is a good improvement from Vista and from XP. I have encountered some bugs and quircks and there are some behaviours that one should get the choice to remove alltogether (for instance all the confirmations you get when installing software!). But the OS behaves quite well, quite stable and fairly nice.
I have also noticed some stuff which might be inspired on things I've seen on Linux for a long time (look and feel, placement of user profiles, application data).
Finally I also got rid of Lotus Notes 7 and installed 8.5 beta. That is also a fairly good improvement that will make my life easier.
The only memory hog left on my system is TweetDeck. 250MB on Ram for a program that retrieves images and texts from the web is unacceptable.