“Useful men, who do useful things, don’t mind being treated as useless. But the useless always judge themselves as being important and hide all their incompetence behind authority.”
This year I decided to head down to Orlando and catch the Enterprise Connect show. Usually, the VoIP shows I attend deal with open source products and target Developers (as well as users, purchasers, etc). Enterprise Connect mostly highlights non-open source telephony offerings from such companies as Cisco, Slack, Microsoft, Avaya, etc.
After a few days here in beautiful Orlando, I still am not sure who Enterprise Connect had in mind for a target audience. Did they want those with technical skills? Not sure– none of the talks really went into anything technical. Decision makers? Influencers? No idea.
TL/DR; — Even older, even fatter, longer goatee.
Last year, Yeni and I crossed some items off her bucket list; most importantly visiting Castle Neuschwanstein and making it to Europe. I was able to attend a Kamailio World which exceeded all of by greatest expectations (I’ve already blocked out 2018).
Welcomed 2017 with a new profile pic, posted here in it’s OMG did you need a profile shot that big glory:
It’s nice to go through and see the changes… maybe not so much the increasing size and grey… but nice nonetheless.
TL/DR; — I’m older, fatter, and even more bald (if possible).
In January, Yeni and I did something crazy… we finally took a honeymoon. Sure, some people do this right after getting married. Some might even take a honeymoon during their first year. We decided to wait 6 years and it was worth the wait.
You probably already guessed that we took a Disney cruise. You’d be right. We headed out on the Disney Dream for a 4 day cruise of the Caribbean and we cannot wait to go again. We loved every minute and started the year on an incredible high.
When we hit land, normal life greeted our arrival and it was back to work— Yeni headed to the bakery and I headed to ITEXPO.
Fair warning: this is one of those tech type posts.
Recently, I updated my system from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The upgrade was flawless, with one exception:
I was unable to print to my Canon printer using Ubuntu.
Printing worked perfectly from the 12.04 systems (that weren’t upgraded to 14.04)… and with my 14.04 system I received the following error:
... Idle - src = libcanon_pdlwrapper.c, line = 514 ...
At one point I had also received a Waiting to Finish error… but that’s another story.
Despite reinstalling all drivers from Canon, no luck. Until, I gave it one more shot and followed a suggestion posted to “Ask Ubuntu” with 0 votes.
The same problem for Canon 4800 series (Canon i-Sensys 4890dw) and ubuntu 14.04 64bit.
- download “UFRII/UFRII LT Printer Driver for Linux v2.80” from canon website.
- try to install 32-bit deb files: “cndrvcups-common_2.80-1_i386.deb” and “cndrvcups-ufr2-uk_2.80-1_i386.deb”
- Ubuntu package manager try to install them, and download some dependencies, but finally quit installation process without installing them.
- try to install 64-bit deb files: “cndrvcups-common_2.80-1_amd64.deb”
- ubuntu warn about repairing package.
- click “repair” button.
- try to install “cndrvcups-ufr2-uk_2.80-1_amd64.deb”
- now add printer.
I hope this work for you.MK Aftab
FYI: I’m using 2.90 vs 2.80.
For me, everything prints perfectly after following the above steps.
The bottom line here… don’t rule out the unpopular answers. In tech, as in life, the right thing to do isn’t always a popularity contest.
I subscribe to Seth Godin’s email where each day my inbox receives his latest blog post. The man writes often. Every day. So each day, by noon, I’ve read one of his posts.
Some I quickly skim. Others I read, think about how it may apply to me… and digest it. Others just click.
Take for example three marketing lessons from Broadway.
… activating people who already like you is far more productive and profitable than it is to spend time and money yelling at people who are ignoring you.Seth Godin, Three marketing lessons from Broadway
It’s a great read.
I loathe drama. If there’s a simple way to do something, it’s generally also the best way to handle a task.
Ah, the wisdom we can learn from imgur. 😉
To sum up the photo:
Why Complicate Life?
- Miss someone? Call them
- Want to spend time with someone? Invite them
- Want to be understood? Explain
- Have questions? Ask them
- Don’t like something? Say something
- Like something? Say something
- Want something? Ask for it
Life is better when we keep it simple.
This week, I spent a day in Seattle. Since I live 3,000 miles from Seattle, that single day cost me 3 (one day there, one day to fly there, and one day to fly back).
I’m an East Coast guy.
I’m not saying this as a negative to Seattle — I’m just saying that there are major differences in the way East Coast and West Coast people go about their lives.
I’m also certainly not throwing a “we’re better than you” gauntlet down. Hell, I live in Florida. My state (or even Florida Man) does something “interesting” on a daily basis.
It’s not better. Not worse. It’s just different.
Seattle was one the cleanest cities I have ever seen. Also… so many beards.
I enjoyed my time there. I had a cup of “slow coffee” with Flowroute (their place is amazing by the way). Slow coffee. On the West Coast, it’s something you order. On the East Coast, it’s bad service. 😉
Enjoyed the day. It’s great to look at things from a few thousand miles away.
So, working the phones over at the bakery today while coding some dialplans… when a call comes in from a South Florida area code…
I’m calling to get a custom cake for a 70th birthday party.
Normally, these types of events are planned with some good lead time. It’s a significant birthday, one that generally has family coordination, etc. I generally love these calls. Unlike most of the tech work I do, bakery clients are always celebrating.
I work into the conversation how honored we are to be considered and ask for the date of the celebration… which ends up being Saturday. This Saturday. 🙁
Sometimes we can work on a shortened, fast schedule. Most times, Yeni needs at least two weeks notice to start planning, etc. The biggest issue, especially come Spring, is availability. For example, we’re booked this week. Solid. No space for more cakes.
I say “I’m very sorry, unfortunately we are unable to take on an additional cake this week—”
Thanks for nothing. [click]
Ouch. I hadn’t even finished the sentence… I didn’t get a chance to recommend another bakery. Thanks for nothing. Click.
The hard part is knowing that this person, who never has purchased from us… somehow feels we dis-serviced her in some way. It’s tough to get those calls and remain chipper. Hell, it sucks to say no.
I definitely would love if the bakery could sell more cakes. (So would my accountant)
How would you handle it when you’re told… Thanks for nothing.