In Our World

Marissa Mayer and Working Remotely

The uproar this week is that recently appointed savior of Yahoo Marissa Mayer may have just caused herself irreparable damage by issuing a decree that requires everyone to work from the office rather than from home.

Even well-regarded titan of all things Richard Branson weighed in on the subject.

But what is really the issue here?

Surely Sir Richard would agree that not everyone can work from home all the time, can he?

Pieces of the business puzzle may be complimented by remote workers, or even replaced outright, such as a kiosk that provides check-ins to a flight or prints boarding passes, and a plane can assist in the flying through automated systems, there are simply times when a physical body needs to be present.

This isn’t much different.

Movable Type

What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

Nearly ten years ago – seriously! – I heard about this blogging thing and decided I would figure out what it was all about. So I installed Movable Type on a hosting account I had sitting around collecting dust. At the time, it was running on version 2.64. At least, I think it was 2.64 – it’s been ten years, so cut me some slack here.

Then I upgraded the installation. A few times. I created a business. I added a few additional categories. Then they became so big – by volume, not necessarily traffic – I moved these categories to their own blogs. Using Movable Type, that was fairly easy. Eventually I even moved a couple of these blogs to WordPress, just because that’s what all the cool kids were doing.

Diversions In Our World

Are movies going to undergo a fundamental change?

Our youngest has said for years that he wants to make movies. Unfortunately, he doesn’t actually do so, but that is a story for another time. This does, however, lead to another discussion – the movie industry. We want to try and get him to think about what it may mean for his future.

Namely, with all things technological changing as fast as they do, it’s important to understand that “making movies” may not be just what he thinks it is – and though he doesn’t even make movies now, knowing that the opportunities that are presented in the future may be different from those know is equally important.


Move Thunderbird Signature for Identity

One difficulty in current versions of Thunderbird is that even if you have set the preference to move the signature line related to the quote, it will not be saved correctly.

Luckily there is a way to move this manually. The only problem is that it is a bit of a pain to do so, and if it reverts, you have to make the change manually again. Fortunately it is not hard, just a nuisance.

In Our World

Back-to-Back Bombs in Baghdad

Way back in 2001, just after the second plane hit the second World Trade Center tower, before anyone in the US really thought much about terrorism, I turned to my girlfriend (who would later become my wife) and told her that it made sense that the second plane would wait a short while. It means that they get more media coverage. And it would not surprise me in the least if we would see something else a short while later (which we did). And so on.

As it turned out, there wasn’t a whole lot more after the Pentagon plane hit, but there certainly could have been more. A whole lot more.


VC8 Library was not Installed Correctly

Another week, another software problem. But this one isn’t coming from Microsoft. No, this time it is Logitech who is causing issues.

Though I waffle between keyboards from time to time, my mouse is almost always Logitech, because they are just so comfortable. These days it is really difficult for me to use anything else. And that means that I am almost always using – or installing – their SetPoint software.

In Our World

Boy Killed While Trick-or-Treating

A man in Sumter, South Carolina, saw masked people outside his house and opened fire. With an AK-47 assault rifle. Shots struck a 12-year-old boy. Thirteen times. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly thereafter.

With all the hubbub about whether or not teenagers should be trick-or-treating (and there are even municipalities enacting laws to enforce such a ban), perhaps the larger issue to ask is: Why in the world would someone have an AK-47 loaded and ready to fire, on Halloween of all nights?

In Our World

Bailout Money Madness

Way back in December of last year, rumblings were heard about a deal for freezing rates for homeowners having trouble with their mortgages. Yesterday, it was announced that the government may have the plan ready to use about $50 billion from the financial bailout in order to guarantee $500 billion in mortgages.

This must be new math, because I have no idea how $50 billion can guarantee $500 billion. Regardless, I want some of that action. I really don’t get how the people who pay their mortgages and their car loans and credit card bills and every other debt they incur don’t get any relief, while those who don’t pay their bills get to take a free ride. It makes you wonder why you should bother being responsible.

Movable Type

Cannot Redeclare Class 'MT' in mt.php

While the dynamic publishing model of Movable Type is not heavily used, it is actually a very useful feature. Probably not as a complete CMS – mostly because it is not full-featured – but certainly to provide some nice functionality on the side as it were.

Unfortunately the dynamic publishing functions are not documented much, if at all, so when you run into some issues, it can be difficult to troubleshoot. One of the more common problems you may find is an error message such as this one – when you cannot redeclare the ‘MT’ class, it will prevent the entire dynamic publishing subsystem from starting up, and you will be dead in the water!

We the People

North Carolina Ballots Strike Again

About a year ago, some strange ballot wording opened the door to victory – or at least continued existence – to the Mecklenburg County Transit Tax. It seems that such wording may actually be handed down from the state.

You see, in most places, if you were to go into a polling place and vote a straight ticket, you would expect that your vote would include casting your lot for the president on that party. Not so in The Old North State.