Archive for March, 2007

Upcoming podcast

Posted in Daily Entries on March 26th, 2007 by Mike Taber – Be the first to comment

I’ve never been much into podcasting, nor do I currently have plans to do it into the future. That could change at any time, but the speaking engagement I presented for last week was videotaped and RTC is planning on making it into a podcast. Once I get the details, I’ll link to it and those of you interested in watching a podcast on “The Basics of Blogging” can check it out.

Also presenting were Bill Bither, President of Atalasoft who presented something of a case study of how Atalasoft blogs and why. Also presenting was Marwan Zubi, a senior attorney at Nicolai Law Group, P.C. who talked about some of the often overlooked legal issues involved with corporate blogging.


Blatant job posting for a friend

Posted in Daily Entries on March 18th, 2007 by Mike Taber – Be the first to comment

A good friend of mine named Andrew Welch owns Ambrosia Software and they’re looking for a UNIX system administrator. If you’re into the Mac and Mac games, Ambrosia is the place to be. Below is the job listing he asked me to post.

Ambrosia Software, Inc. is seeking an energetic UNIX system administrator to work on-site at its Rochester, NY headquarters. This position offers an exciting opportunity for any UNIX admin who possesses experience in UNIX systems administration, and would be interested in managing the IT infrastructure of a vibrant software company.

Duties will include maintaining internal and co-located datacenters w/ RAID storage arrays, configuring and maintaining http/https/dns/ file servers, coordinating internal and external networks, setting IT policy and standards for the company, deciding IT equipment purchases, with some custom shell/php scripting work.

The position offers flexible working hours, excellent benefits with a 401K plan w/company matching, medical & dental covered 100% by Ambrosia, and a casual but challenging working environment.  If you are a self-starter with comprehensive UNIX experience, a passion for excellence, and are comfortable with managing both the higher-level decision making and the intricate implementation details, you will excel in this position.

- BS degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent work experience in the field.
- In-depth knowledge of UNIX, networking, and shell scripting.
- Knowledge of security tools and best practices
- Solid network fundamentals, including TCP/IP routing, interface management, service configuration, etc.
- Strong problem resolution skills and a proven ability to learn new technical environments.
- Work within the following shell environments: bash, csh, tsch.
- Intimately familiar with Apache administration and configuration.
- Knowledge of Perl and PHP scripting.
- Experience with ssh, ftp, sftp, http, https, Sendmail, snmp, and dns.
- Experience with MacOS X (client and server) a plus.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as oral and written skills.
- Ability to acquire and maintain trusted employee status.

If interested, please forward your resume to Andrew Welch at


Product Manager opening

Posted in Daily Entries on March 14th, 2007 by Mike Taber – Be the first to comment

SourceGear has an opening for a Product Manager.

This is one of those times that I sort of wish that I was a few years younger, not married, and could just pack everything I owned into my hatchback to drive half-way across the country and take a job. Alas, it is not to be. I’m too old, have one too many kids (that’s one, for those of you keeping track), one too many wives (again, that’s just one), and one too many mortgages (guess how many? I dare ya!).

Perhaps if this position were open back when I had just finished grad school classes, I would have taken a shot at it. No sense dwelling on the past though. Gotta look to the future. I’ve got a product launch I’m trying to finish up, customers I’m juggling, customers I’m trying to land, and two businesses I’m trying to run. Film at 11.


The Bag Kicker Strikes Back!

Posted in Daily Entries on March 6th, 2007 by Mike Taber – Be the first to comment

This morning, as I was getting ready to leave for my client, the band on my watch broke. I know it was the Bag Kicker but as always, I have absolutely no proof.


New position at the airlines

Posted in Daily Entries on March 5th, 2007 by Mike Taber – 1 Comment

I think I’ve got this software thing all wrong. Sure there’s good money to be made doing it. Sure there are a lot of challenges associated with writing the software, designing complicated systems and deploying them in odd configurations. But is there something better out there?

It’s my firm belief that there is an unadvertised position in the airline industry of ‘Bag Kicker’. For all two of you who actually know what a bale kicker is, let me set the record straight and inform you that this isn’t a machine or a person who tosses your bags up into the plane.

No, the ‘Bag Kicker’ is a highly trained and certified individual whose sole task is to kick your bag. And if it has a destination sticker on it, he’s free to open it up, analyze the contents to determine where a well placed kick would do the most damage, and then do so. Do all of our bags have destination stickers? Hmmm. That’s suspicious if you ask me.

Anywho, during my last trip, the ‘Bag Kicker’ determined that my bag needed two solid kicks. One on one of the two main zippers, and one square in the center of the front. The quasi-metal zipper handle itself broke so there’s nothing there to actually grab onto anymore to move the zipper. As for the kick to the gut of my bag, let’s just say that the plastic bottle of Scope that I was carrying barfed all over my clothes. Wonderful, eh?

Today, I flew to another one of my clients and the Bag Kicker struck again. This time, the larger of the two pouches on the front of my bag was ripped open. Literally, it was ripped open. The zipper stayed put, but the pouch ripped away from the lining of the bag itself. The zipper on the pouch still opens and closes, but nothing really stays inside.

Maybe if this whole software thing doesn’t work out I’ll apply to be a ‘Bag Kicker’ at TF Green in Providence or at Logan in Boston.

Oh, and to top it all off, the car rental agency smacked me with a 25% surcharge. Apparently 10% goes to the state, the other 15% goes to the airport. And they double charged me for both the daily airport fee and for some ridiculous ‘concession recovery fee’… and then they taxed those as well.

*sigh* I knew I shouldn’t have left the house this morning.