More "Shield of Trinity" images

More "Shield of Trinity" images.

Work issues:

  1. Engineers have Active X issue resolved.
  2. Today meeting with the business.
  3. Another round of testing will be required.


Tragedy at work

A co-worker of mine experienced a terrible tragedy last Thursday. Her brother barged into her home and held her hostage. The woman's husband came home and was shot dead by the woman's brother.

She's in my prayers.


The Wild One

For the one who would like to witness how much society has changed in 50 years check out the 1953 movie The Wild One.

We're watching this on cable tonight ... it was shocking 50 years ago ... now just pure black and white stupid!

I understand this movie was banned in Britain until 1968!

Today's PG movies are much more racy ... with double entendres.

The Christian community largely completely was opposed to movies then ... today not.

Great cinema:

The Maltese Falcon

The Third Man



Lazy Saturday

Today's tasks:

  1. Mow my yard and Mrs. Finke's (last time I mowed her yard was July 4th)
  2. Finances / sort mail / clean up den
  3. Grocery store with Kathee

We finished Mark last night ... starting Luke tonight. Roger will be here for dinner.


End of Week

K. and I have tomorrow off so today is our Friday

  1. Worked until 6. Cleaned out in box (0 emails in my in box when I left!)
  2. Dropped Impala off for service ... sticky sun roof
  3. Out to Big Bowl with the kids
  4. Car done at 8:30 when we finished up at restaurant. Home at 9

Status at work

  1. Still having Active X problems on some images
  2. Again billed from help desk ... reduced to $ 49,000! Boss's boss fixed by just "saying no"
  3. New acquistion in Milwaukee to get 1200 of our desktop images
  4. More website work assigned ... Monday's tasks
  5. New logo created by graphics
  6. Two "tent card" concepts produced by graphics ... meeting on Wednesday to select


Victory at Sea

Brother by tonight after dinner ... always a fun time. We played pool and he beat me 4 games to 3. He also brought by the 26 hour series Victory at Sea (1952). Roger (son), Brother and I watched an hour of it.

Busy at work. More progress on my Release Management policy. I have regular meetings set up to write the process. At the rate I am going, it will be at least the end of August before it is complete.

Bible time tonight: Mark 13 & 14.

Very saddened by situation with Dr Dave Jaspers & MBBC. Am praying.


Monday ... hectic hot day

Issues at work:

  1. Install job turns off ActiveX controls for some machines. I had two meetings with engineers today and we isolated to dispex.dll but only on some older images. Resolution by end of day was to bypass those machines for now and continue with fresher images to bring to current image
  2. Our Citrix client is missing a component and a major business unit will not install until it is included. This unit has 8400 desktops so I need to get going on this. I wrote a problem ticket, engineer will correct the package, write a change to have it included move forward from there.
  3. Diskeeper UAT set to begin on 8/2. I prepared communications today and will send out tomorrow as soon as signed off on. UAT will be for 2 weeks. Modified 1 week UAT for one week if we need it ... then enterprise wide (well over 100,000 systems) beginning September 6th.
  4. A man I talked to today had sad news - his ex-fiance committed suicide.

Kathee and I ready for Bible time ... Mark 9 & 10


Who is Jesus?

Mark 8:27 Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” 28 So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

He is Savior ... He is Lord ... He is my Savior ... He is my Lord!

LUA Bugs

Good Microsoft blog Aaron Margosis Blog on the topic of "The Non-Admin blog - running with least privilege on the desktop"

Aaron was in Des Moines this week and I was in his presentation on LUA = "Least User Access".

Tip ... do not log on to your Windows PC with "administrative" privilege!

Aaron said that a user logged onto to Windows with admin privilege AND an anti-virus program running has greater exposure to malware than one logged on with limited access and no anti-virus! Think about that! This is the way my LINUX desktop works!

Today on my 3-year old Dell laptop, I created a separate ADMIN user ... and demoted my regular logon "JAMES" to limited.

Only need to logon as ADMIN if you want to add / delete programs.

Aaron's blog many more great tips!

Almost 100 degrees

We are having quite a hot spell. Looks to be hot all week.

Today mowed before lunch. Mrs. Finke's yard is so dry that it has hardly grown since last mow on July 4th (and was very dry then). We irrigate and our yard looks ok except a strip on the N side.

I had an iced coffee at Caribou while Kathy shopped at Lunds.

Am having issues with my primary personal email service, bluebottle.com. Or I should say they are having problems. I use bluebottle for personal email, and gmail for commerce. I cannot access gmail from the office (blocked) and over the last two days could not access bluebottle from the office either ... but because of bluebottle server issues.

Today I signed up for fastmail. One time cost of $ 15.00. Looks like it can work for me. Also can send mail from fastmail with an alias ... like from bluebottle.

Bluebottle SMTP and POP still working well from my LINUX desktop.


Friday exhaustion

This week in Des Moines for three days. Left home at 6:30 a.m. Monday and got back at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Rest of the week has been catch up and crisis management. Distribution of our latest release had a hitch where Active X controls disabled in Internet Explorer. Hosted a meeting today with engineers to ascertain why this happened. More work with them on Monday. Also hosted my tent card meeting. We want to have PC/Lan installers leave a tent card at every workstation that they touch. We finalized the text today and turned it over to graphics. Graphics promised to get back to us on July 25th with two "concepts". The cost of just the art will be $ 1500. This does not include printing. We expect to use 13,000 per year. Question is "will the installers actually distribute them?".

Back to Bible time with Kathee and Roger tonight - Mark 5 & 6.

Had lunch with Mike M ... a Cold Fusion master ... today at 4th floor ING cafeteria.

Hot here today and will be this weekend.


Back home and at office

Came back to a crisis at the office today as no one (including me) notified technology helpdesk about the big release beginning next week.

It really was the function of the project manager to do this, but I took the fall and met with this group to discuss. I added them to the release documentation and to involvement at three steps: planning, piloting, and distribution.

They sent my boss a bill for $ 69,000 for the additional support they will need to provide with the distribution. Not sure how this will shake out.

My name was "in lights" but unfortunately not in a positive way as emails went up as far as my boss's, boss's boss Ann K. Hopefully dust has settled and it will pass.

I imaged my old (2 year old Dell Latitude 600) laptop and handed it off to Barbara on the old team. I still have: flat panel monitor, docking station, monitor stand, mouse, keyboard, and some cables. Hopefully will get Tony to ship them for me, otherwise will have to haul home and to a postal store to have boxed and shipped. My boss does not want to pay for this.


Des Moines - Day 3

This week:

  1. Windows Vista meetings
  2. Release Managemeng meetings
  3. Meetings with folk who are in my peer organization

I have names swimming around in my head. Will I ever remember all of this?

Ate at a nice restaurant last night Bravo Italian but service was very slow.

This morning I slept in until 7:35 .. I had to be in the lobby to meet team members at 8 so I really had to move fast! I just made it.

We hope to leave Des Moines for Minneapolis at 4 or 5. Hope to be home by 10 p.m.


Des Moines this week

Left the house at 6:30 ... met my boss and a co-worker at 7:30. Left for Des Moines in a rented Kia Amanti at about 8.

Nice ride down. Lunch at Olive Garden. Now at the office.

Good message last night at 4th:

Adam and Eve (Genesis 3):

- They concealed
- They fled
- The blamed

God's response:

- He sought
- He lovingly questioned
- He provided

I don't think these were his exact points ... but close

Got my truepath website back up.


I let the hosting service expire!

My bad (mea culpa) ... for one of my websites. Hosting service renews every six months and is charged to my Discover card. Card expiration date had changed ... so billing was rejected. And my bad # 2 ... my profile had an old expired email account. Talk about embarrassing!

Pastor's message today from Genesis 3:6, So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Note: She saw ... took ... ate ... gave.

Pastor's point today ... the root of coveteousness is in this verse: "pleasant ... desirable"


Friday July 7th

  1. Company published a policy on blogging:

    1. No blogging at work ... makes sense
    2. Cannot mention company negatively ... OK (I am proud of my company no issues here!)
    3. Best not to mention company at all ... makes sense

  2. Status a work

    1. Release Management policy about 40% complete
    2. Major distribuiton on track to begin 7/14
    3. Diskeeper UAT participants indentified ... Nearly 80!
    4. Ready to start Diskeeper UAT
    5. Des Moines trip next Monday through Thursday

  3. Went to Jerry's viewing

Mark 1:14-15 Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Comment: Still a need to "repent and believe the gospel"!


My neighbor died

Gerald W. "Jerry" Clark


Clark, Gerald W. "Jerry" age 64, of Plymouth. Funeral 11 AM Sat., July 8, at Messiah United Methodist Church, 17805 Cty. Rd. 6, Plymouth. Visitation 5-8 PM Fri., July 7, at Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel, 37th & Vicksburg, and 1 hr. before service at church. Full notice Friday. Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411

Jerry was a good man and a good neighbor. Last I knew he was working at the parent company for Perkins in purchasing. I think he had been retired for less than a year.

He enjoyed grilling out, his children, mowing his lawn on his Sear's tractor (that's generally when I saw him).

He leaves his widow Shirley. I will miss him.

Matthew 28:18-20, "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen


4th of July

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

Declaration of Independence

John 8:31-36 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

What freedom means to me:

  1. Freedom of Worship is to me the most important freedom. To have a Bible ... to be able to assemble with other Christians, to worship in accordance with my convictions
  2. Freedom of expression, freedom from government oppression.

I dedicate today to Ian Klone who is serving in Iraq with the USMC.

Today's plans:

  1. Cookout with Brother and his wife at 5:00
  2. Hope to play some pool


Worship / Church picnic / Steak

Pastor's message on Genesis 3 ... I think the title was "Freedom from Defiance".

Afterwards church wide cook out.

Pretty relaxing this afternoon. Kathee grilled steak.

Tonight's Bible study: Matthew 21 & 22

Special prayer need: Pastor Levy's wife's brother (DooLittle) has brain cancer. Has had surgery but looks like cancer has spread. Pastor and Glorianne are in Michigan.

Back to work tomorrow.


One Month into New Job

Matthew 17:5 This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!


  1. Have meet with scores of team members, managers, etc.
  2. New website up and running
  3. Release ready to deploy to major business partner beginning July 14th
  4. Four major communications

    1. XMLSpy licensing issue
    2. 2.22 retirement
    3. Replication issue
    4. End User Experience

Undone but in process

  1. 2.24 planning
  2. Vista planning
  3. Diskeeper UAT
  4. Release policy

    1. Major process "boxes" defined
    2. Chapters defined

Ed out of the hospital
Mom's car fixed