A Hard Life

A well pitched tentLast week CNN reported that the last 10 years has been really hard on Charles “Chick” Lennon.

Lennon could no longer hug people, ride a bike, swim or wear bathing trunks due to a faulty penile implant which left him with more wood than a PGA golfer.

Charles “Chick” Lennon, 68, received the steel and plastic implant in 1996, about two years before Viagra went on the market. The Dura-II is designed to allow impotent men to position the penis upward for sex, then lower it.

But Lennon could not position his penis downward.

The good news is that Lennon has been awarded $400,000 for his suffering. Unfortunately, due to heart problems Lennon cannot have the implant removed.

Thanks to Donald Burleson for sending this on to me.

erection, sexual aid, penis implant, malpractice

Oracle Webcasts

Donald Burleson has compiled a rather large list of his webcasts. The topics range from deep technical Oracle topics to some good tricks for improving Google search results.

The webcasts are on different services and in different formats but they are all fairly short. Some of the topics are best suited to advanced audiences, but there’s plenty there for everyone.

Donald Burleson’s Oracle Webcasts

webcasts, oracle, oracle database, rdbms

What’s in a Blog

The group I work and socialize with frequently talk about how our blogs reflect our professional experience. Judging by this recent post from Rod Boothby we’re clearly not the only ones thinking about this:

Career 2.0 is probably going to be much the same as Career 1.0; except, now, the bar is higher. Running your own blog, and making a public name for yourself is part of achieving those new heights.

Rod refers to Career 2.0 while I’ve been referring to Resume 2.0, but the ideas are the same. Your blog (if you have one) is part of your professional image. If you write about important topics in your field, share your experience and resources, and perhaps a bit about your personality you will be more appealing to employers than those who just have a two page paper resume.

Think about it. If you haven’t been on a hiring committee, get on one. It’s a good experience. You’ll notice that everyone wants to know more about the candidates: What are their interests? How deep is their experience? How do they communicate? The more of these questions you can answer before the interview process the better.

resume, resume 2.0, career, blog, hiring

Synergy – Cross Platform Mouse and Keyboard Sharing

SynergyTim Haroutunian recently discovered the open-source, cross-platform utility Synergy which allows you to seamlessly share a keyboard and mouse with several computers of varying platforms.

The behavior of Synergy is similar to having multiple monitors on a single computer with the added advantage that you’re controlling multiple systems. Since I have both a Mac OSX desktop and a Windows laptop on my desk it was nice to reduce myself to one keyboard and mouse! Even clipboard data is shared between the systems.

Setup was a little less than intuitive but well worth it. Out of the box, security is fairly weak, however the Synergy project page does have instructions on how to tunnel Synergy traffic through SSH. Mac, Windows and Linux binaries are available along with the source code for those DIYers.

kvm, cross-platform, software, systems administration, linux, OSX