Tuesday, November 18, 2014
On November 10th I received a phone call from someone at HP saying that the ship date was now November 17th.
November 17th has come and gone. No further word from HP. Looking online, the order has still not shipped.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Woody was born on August 7th, 1921 in New York City -- the second child of Johnston Livingston Redmond and Katharine Sargeant Haven. He attended The Buckley School in New York, and then spent five years at St. Paul’s School, graduating in the class of 1940.
He attended Harvard College for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in August, 1942. After flight training, he was assigned to the 15th Air Force as a B-17 pilot. From bases in North Africa and Italy, he flew 50 combat missions, and then served, until the end of the war in Europe, as pilot for Major General Nathan Twining, Commander of the 15th Air Force.
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters. He was discharged from the Army in early 1946 at the rank of Captain, and in December 1946 he married Elizabeth "Liberty" Aldrich in New York City.
After a brief venture in magazine publishing, Woody was hired by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation as budget administrator for the Atomic Power Division in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which, at the time, was building the reactor for the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus. Woody played semi-professional ice hockey during his five years in Pittsburgh, and his life-long passion for golf also began there.
As the Nautilus reactor project neared completion, Woody began exploring other professional opportunities, and in late 1953, he joined the investment banking firm of Goldwyn & Olds in Washington, D.C. Goldwyn & Olds merged with Mackall & Coe in 1956 and Redmond served as general partner until 1958. From 1958 to 1960, he was manager of the Washington office of deVegh & Company.
In 1960, he founded J.W. Redmond & Company, an investment counseling firm in Washington, D.C.
In 1990, Fiduciary Trust Company bought J.W. Redmond and Company, and Woody joined Fiduciary as a consultant and Senior Portfolio Manager, until 2004.
Woody served on the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution from 1964 and was elected an honorary trustee in 1989, and served as such until 2008.
Woody was a member of the Metropolitan Club, the Chevy Chase Club, and the Burning Tree Club, along with the United States Seniors' Golf Association, the River Club in New York and the Tarratine Club in Islesboro, Maine. He was an avid golfer and continued to play the game into his nineties.
He is survived by his wife, Liberty, his sons, Roland, of Missoula, Montana, Winthrop, of Potomac, Maryland and John, of Bethesda, Maryland, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Where is the commitment of time required?
- Planning. There is work to identify the various constituencies that will be affected. What are the use cases for each constituency today and what will they be after the switch to VOIP? A use case is a scenario that describes one interaction with the phone or VOIP system. It is better to enumerate all the use cases and see that they are handled than to get to implementation and find yourself saying, "I didn't think of that!" and having to fix a problem for angry/frustrated users.
- Systems design, integration and implementation.
- Training and support. You know what a challenge it can be to get people to change ingrained habits.
- An Asterisk virtual machine hosted for us in the cloud.
- A SIP trunking service which routes calls between the legacy telephone and cell phone networks and our Asterisk server.
- VOIP handsets.
- SIP client apps on our smartphones which work wherever our smartphones are on Wi-Fi.
Let Keystone set up a VOIP system for you with open-source software and commodity service providers. We'll charge you for the up-front time we spend, and you'll get all the savings going forward. They payback period on the up-front costs will be fast, because the ongoing savings will be substantial.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
But there is one other risk, and it is perhaps the biggest risk of all. It is correlated with Windows XP, but not caused by Windows XP. Any machine still running Windows XP is probably 8 - 10 years old now. Your PC is mortal and near(er) to death.
Microsoft wants you to purchase a new PC running Windows 8 and Office 365. Office 365 is a subscription-based Office software plus cloud services.
I am an old dog, and I resent having to learn new tricks. Maybe if there were some treats to be had from Windows 8, but there aren’t any for me. Touch screen? OK on a tablet or smartphone, but not on a laptop or desktop PC.