Nearly a month after iLounge reported the settlement schedule for the iPod battery claims there is now a schedule posted on the official settlement website.

The dates are a bit different than originally reported, but it’s good to have official notification. Here are the highlights:

March 24, begin fulfillment of generation 1 and 2 claims which requested $25 cash settlement.

April 7, begin fulfillment of generation 3 battery replacements in the order claims were received.
Begin mailing discount codes for store credit settlements.

Those eligible for a claim under AppleCare should have already received their $25 check.

So I look forward to having a functional iPod again, but I can’t help but feel cheated for the year I’ve been battery-less. Oh well.

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It’s hard to believe Mother Teresa didn’t have tech work in mind when she coined this wholly applicable quote.

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.

Thanks to Jon Graton for getting this stuck in my head quite a while ago.

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Innovation Creators posted an article earlier this week Start blogging…. or you’re FIRED!. Rod Boothby, the author of Innovation Creators has some similar reading on encouraging enterprise blogging by playing to your employee’s egos and Web Office technology in general but in this article he points out an excellent adoption strategy for social software in enterprise.

In her article An adoption strategy for social software in enterprise consultant Suw Charman outlines a clear strategy for fostering, rather than dictating adoption of social software (specifically blogs and wikis) in enterprise. Many of these techniques are familiar, especially in higher-ed, but this strategy puts all the aspects together.

The strategy is very bottom-up, grassroots, user, and use driven, just like the software which it is meant to be applied to; but what makes this strategy complete is it also outlines what leaders and managers should do to support the user-driven efforts.

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Last week Warren left a comment on my story Converting Time Zones in Oracle asking how he could output dates with time zone like: “17-Mar-2006 14:30:00 EST”.

Well, after a bit of digging it turns out the answer is not as simple as it sounds. The traditional Oracle DATE and TIMESTAMP datatypes don’t store time zone information. A workaround might be to store time zone information in a separate column in the table, but that seems like it could cause some confusion.

Well, it looks like in version 9i Oracle has added a new datatype to handle exactly this. The TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE datatype allows a time zone to be stored with a date and time either in offset from UTC or by abbreviation.

The TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE datatype can be declared in the table definition anywhere you would have used DATE or TIMESTAMP. To store a date/time/time zone into a row Oracle has also added the function TO_TIMESTAMP_TZ which acts much like the familiar TO_DATE function, however will recognize TZH, TZM, TZR, and TZD for time zone hour, minute, region, and abbreviation respectively.

To retrieve time zone information you can apply the same new abbreviations to the familiar to_char function when selecting a column of type TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE.

Rather than go into any more detail here, check out this article from Oracle Magazine. It covers the topic very well including example code.

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Armeno Kopi LuwakAfter trying the excellent luwak coffee from AnimalCoffee.com I decided I had to try Armeno Coffee Roasters offering of this rarest of coffees.

Armeno is my preferred coffee roaster from which I drink several pounds of coffee each month. Their Kopi Luwak has gone through the same unusual process as the Luwak Coffee from animalcoffee.com, and while their coffee left nothing to be desired it will still be nice to have something to compare it to.

The packaging (shown in the image above) is a stark contrast to AnimalCoffee.com’s gift box however is sufficient to protect its contents. One of the things Armeno offers over other roasters is freshness. They ship only coffee roasted the day of shipping, and since Armeno is located in western Massachusetts their coffee reaches me overnight. If you’re not convinced freshness makes a difference, give Armeno a try. I think you’ll be surprised.

Now for the tasting… Cup one is with cream and sugar. The coffee is medium bodied with excellent flavor and a pleasant bouquet. There is a slight nuttiness to the coffee and no hint of bitterness. The finish is clean, with no acid or bitterness. There is a bit of fruit to the aftertaste and perhaps a little smoke.

Even black the coffee holds its balance extraordinarily well. Those who feel they need cream or sugar to combat the bitterness of coffee will likely find they don’t need it in this coffee.

Final Thoughts

Overall the coffee is very well balanced, a little mild for my taste, but I like strong coffees. In comparison to the Luwak from animalcoffee.com I have to say the flavor of the Armeno offering is a bit more refined, however, this smoothness comes at the price of some of its uniqueness and complexity.

This definitely ranks in the best coffees I’ve ever had. Armeno fetches $120/lb for this treat, but thankfully they offer a 4 ounces portion for a mere $30. Not a bad price for bragging rites on trying the rarest coffee in the world, but if you’re looking for a nice presentation and the full experience, I’d recommend a gift box from AnimalCoffee.com.

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