Friday, December 21, 2007

Anger Management needed . . .

Check out this video (after the break). Some people need to go on vacation once in a while.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

A tail of woe

I am an idiot. I have been trying to fix up an old iPod I received from a coworker. I got the parts in and put it together. I then started the restore process. The process requires and external power supply. Well I don't have one of those for a 4G+ ipod. So I tried to build one by customizing a cable and using my 2G ipod's adapter. After plugging in the rebuilt one with no success I tried my 5G ipod. Nothing happened. So, I connected it to my computer. My iMac then did a kernel panic and my iPod shut off.

Now when I connect my 5G ipod to my computer it immediately shuts off. SUCK! I think it is dead jim. Look for a 60 GB ipod HD on ebay soon.

Doug

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

You Decide . . .

We made 3 designs for Christmas "email" cards. Take a look at the images after the break and comment on your favorite.

Updated 11/30/2012

The cards were removed as part of the Blog conversion . . .


A funny Christmas joke . . .

Enjoy!


Updated 11/30/2012

Link was removed as part of the Blog conversion . . .

Putting the Odd In Todd: American Fez Monkeys in London

If you haven't read my best friend's Todd Blog - this is a must see. If you don't get it - check out his archives for the history of the Fez Monkeys. Catch the link after the break.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Updated Pictures

Check out the pictures to the right. If you click on them it will take to the picasa hosted web page. Enjoy!

Monday, December 17, 2007

My world is being rocked

In the last episode I raved about why the Mac platform is better.  While I still believe that I have to say that the Windows Live suite is very impressive.  I writing this the writer application and actually find it useful.  Anyway, maybe I'll blog more with this thing.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

DAB Episode 3 - Three is the Charm

Episode 3 is here - I started recording in October. Sorry that I'm just now getting it posted. On to the show notes:

1.) Why Doug Likes Macs Part 2
2.) Learning from Teens
3.) Daddy took me to the March Band show!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Official 3rd Party Apps Coming to iPhone and iPod Touch!

Apple - Hot News

Yipee! In Feburary I was lementing the fact that the iPhone wasn't going to do everything I wanted to be able to do with a smart phone. Today Apple announced

TWIT has it wrong

I am a huge TWIT network fan. However, Leo and his friends have some "ideas" wrong about the technology user community and how companies should operate.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

DAB: Episode 2 - Oh no! He did it again!

Episode 2 of DAB is up!



In this episode:
1.) Tech Thoughts - Why Doug uses a Mac, Part 1
2.) Life - Good but not safe
3.) Family - Stine Family Vacation 2007
4.) Elin - Oh Baby Love you way. . . .

I hope you enjoy.

Doug

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Friday, August 31, 2007

Sorry for no updates

The new job is really great but really busy. I haven't been in the office much - I have been out and about fixing issues.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Updated Episode 1 File

I have updated the Episode 1 file. I leveled out the volume and made a more compact file without sacrificing quality. I hope you all enjoy the show.

DAB Episode 1

It is finally here.


Episode 1 of DAB.
Show notes:
1.) An interview with Doug about the podcast and what it will be.
2.) Tech - What is the Foleo and a Plea to Palm, Inc.
3.) Life - What is Doug's Statement of faith.
4.) Family - Dad you forgot Mom!

I hope you enjoy the show.

Just a reminder: I need to get better at this - so it has some rough edges.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Friday, July 27, 2007

Off for a week!

I started the new job today and did sucha good job I'm taking a week off. No updates next week. I'll see you all August 5th!


Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 23, 2007

New Content Coming

My Blog is getting some organization and some new tools. I have added

Sunday, May 6, 2007

David Returns

My Brother-in-law has been serving in Iraq. He came home today. I was asked to video the event so that it can be shared with family who couldn't be there. David - thanks for serving, we love you and are glad you are home! Enjoy the video. The quality is pretty high (size is small) it will take several minutes to load completely, and requires quicktime 7 to play.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

So I guess no one reads this. . .

Or no-one cares. I guess I hope that no one cares, I think.

I know I'm weird. Do I really think God cares what cell phone I use or what plan I have? I think He cares how I use the resources He has granted me "dominion over."

Honestly, I'm not poor and realize that "more of anything" won't solve my consternation over how to use God's resources.

I have been in prayer about asking God to redeem my time and energy. This also extends to my use of my possessions. I know I'll struggle with this my entire life and it will grow, change and morph into different implementations. I guess the key or goal is that with each iteration I become more "Christ like."

So do I start with selling my cell phone? If Jesus lived today would he have a cell phone, and if so what kind would he have? Would he have a home? Or would he just have a big tour bus that He and the disciples lived and traveled in? Um, wow did this get really deep really fast. Who would have thought that a cell phone would have inspired such thoughts.

For now I'm trading phones with my wife. I'll go back to the Treo 650. It was a good steady phone. It did most of what I need it to, it will be fine, it will be fine . . . .

Monday, February 5, 2007

Of cell phones and money . . .

Anybody that knows me knows I’m a technologist. I love gadgets and gizmos and unfortunately have bought into the lie that they make one’s life easier (admission is the first step to recovery, right?) In the course of changing jobs, moving and monitoring the upcoming cell phone landscape, I have gotten myself into a cell phone quandary. Before I state the quandary, let me tell you what I want.


I want the iPhone. Apple has built a platform that is an amazing piece of hardware, but the software is the question. If the iPhone is a “iPod like” eco-system, then Apple will control the software loaded on the device very stringently. All software that could be loaded onto the iPhone will have to go through Apple (and probably AT&T) first. I don’t like closed nature of that system. I want the iPhone to be as open as GarnetOS (formerly PalmOS) and Windows Mobile 5 devcies. The power of these devices is the ability for the owner to add and subtract software to the device to make the functionality better suit their needs.



All that being said: 1. The iPhone isn’t available today, and 2. If I can’t add software on it to meet my needs, then I don’t want it. 3. I’m a Sprint customer (the iPhone will only be available on the AT&T network).



So, I have decided that I want a Windows Mobile Device (I would go GarnetOS, but none of them have or support built-in WiFi.) Te PPC-6700 from Sprint is a good device and the reviews are favorable. It has a similar feature set to the iPhone, just without the Apple nuances.



Now of the money . . . I have the money to buy the device saved from Christmas gifts and my Birthday. My parents who have helped us out very generously with our move are telling me to spend the money o something for me. However, the amount of money I have saved could be used to get some things for our future home. I feel so torn. I want to be faithful with the gifts the Lord has given me and I don’t know that getting this phone is the best use.



God: being poor stinks! I want the money to do what I want to do with it and not feel guilty about spending it in a way that may not be the best (although after saying that I realize that having more money will not help with that.) God, I want a cell phone that will help me do my job, save me some time and keep me connected to those I love. I want something that will actually help me help you. Will the PPC-6700 do that? I’m really confused. Help me out. Amen.



I know God can speak through others. If any of you have some God given wisdom to share send me an email.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Further Musings

Yesterday I let go of some stuff. While writing that I came across something else that I thought was revolutionary. Most people live, for lack of a better term, “separated lives.” They have many different personas, for example a work persona, a home persona, a church persona and an online persona. Who they are in one persona isn’t who they are in another. It creates a very confusing and complicated life.


Looking back at 2005 I realized that I was lucky enough to not have to live like that. My work, home, church and “extra-curricular activities” were all environments in which could be and wanted to be was the same person. In 2006 my environments changed so much and rapidly it was hard to maintain that consistency. My co-workers didn’t overlap into my personal world and my personal world was separate from other aspects of life. I got tired and felt that I wasn’t genuine with the greater world. I’m not sure that I was the best example of Christ I could be either.



I know that it will be a long road, but I hope that in a year I can look at 2007 and say that I got back on the trail to living genuinely in all aspects of life. I pray that I’m transparent about home at work and that I’m transparent about work at home and online.



God – help me to begin to build relationships in this new area. Send my family to the Church that you need us to attend. May that body of believers challenge us to live authentically in all aspects of life for your glory! May I be an open and responsible co-worker and employee. For the glory of Jesus, Amen!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Reflections caused by anniversaries and birthdays.

2006 was a year of change for me and my family.  Arguably 2005 was the best year of my life.  Marriage was great and we learned our family was expanding, work was rewarding and fun, and I finally had great friendssupport group around me.  2006 changed the whole shebang.  As I turn another year older I’m reflecting on the amazing transformation a year makes.  A year ago this week, I had a 2 week old daughter, was preparing to leave a company I loved, and was celebrating a birthday.  This year, I have a one year old (big surprise there) and am at my second “new job” in a year and have moved to another state.  Wow.


Why am I so reflective 4 weeks after the New Year holiday?  Today is my Birthday and in my mind it is now tied to the anniversary of my departure from CTI.



The loss that came from leaving CTI is the biggest thing that will stick with me from 2006. Elin’s birth was wonderfully huge and needing to provide for her and Emily made the decision to leave easy. However I need to put words to some of my thoughts over the past year.



Heading into 2005 I had grown a lot professionally and had completed some major improvements at work.  I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do them and do them well.  I thought I was all that and a bag chips and felt like the company should reward me as such.  However, I now realize that I was a fool.  When I was first hired in 2002, I was an immature and (at times) unprofessional young man.  I said some things that were dumb.  I didn’t realize how dumb they were at the time, nor did I even remember those things in 2005.  Only lately have some of theses dumb things come to mind.  I have become embarrassed of these circumstances and now understand how those instances made it hard for the company to look at me in 2005 and not see 2002 or 2003.  My arrogance coupled with my history led to me being stagnated and stifled professionally in the later half of 2005.  Better professionalism and humility would have served better and probably made further growth at the organization more likely.  My apologies to those that may read this that I put in difficult positions: I expected more than I earned, and I guess I earned what I got.



Those words may be the hardest thing I have ever had to type.  It has taken me a full year to come to that conclusion.  I loved my job, my coworkers and the purpose of the organization.



Working at a place where you believe in the mission is a special blessing.  I was passionate about the company’s goals and it was very easy to get behind them.  You don’t realize it when you are living it, but it is a big thing to work for a company in which you share a passion.  It makes going to work all the more exciting and meaningful.  It almost makes it worth actually going to work.  Unfortunately you can’t put a monetary value on that.  It is a benefit without quantification.  When you have it you don’t realize it until it is gone.



I miss that single purpose feeling I once had.  I feel that this posting this is part of the recovery process from mourning that loss.  I have named my loss and can now ask God to redirect my life to a new purpose in a new location.



To end this story: I left the company on very good terms – and my best friends in the world are still there.  I miss them as co-workers and now miss them as neighbors.  They called to wish me Happy Birthday last night.  I missed their call, which makes me sad.  I love them all and felt so blessed to receive their call.  Thanks guys it meant a lot.



God – be with my friends – they are great people - and be with CTI.  Bless their ministry and all who work there.  May your favor shine on them all and may their efforts grow your kingdom.  Be with my family as we move closer to my work.  Help us find the Church that you are calling us too, and send us people to bless in your name.  In the name of Jesus, Amen