I hope I get this sold, so I can move onto my new life

For the last few months, my wife and I have been getting our house ready for sale and am shocked at how a little hard work at the beginning means a hell of alot easier experience at the end.

My house, while it looks nice, needed some things to make it look great, and after we were done, and the stager was done, this is what the final product turned out to look like;


Now I’m asking top dollar for my place, and I might be impartial, but I beleive I should be able to get close to my asking price without any issues.

Now that we’re looking at purchasing a new home, I’m seeing how little effort many put into the sale of their most valuable asset, and frankly I want to just move into a new home that fits fairly quickly, I don’t want to have to redo the kitchen, bathrooms, or anything else you haven’t done already, especially if your asking top dollar for your house.

My agent, who I beleive to be one of, if not the best in the city wouldn’t let me put my house on the market until I had done the work, so he could guarantee my greatest return on investment.

While I think the home owners are partially to blame, its the “Used Car Salesmen” in the industry that are to blame. Why let a client put a house up that isn’t going to get the best money it can possibly get. It works out in your favor to get 10K more. Trust me, I don’t want to have to pull up your dingy carpet because you don’t want to. I will, but I’ll knock off $5k from my asking price.

When feature creep invades my WordPress

So I just opened WordPress to post an article and was suprised at how much visual clutter I have by default. Mind you I was able to shift things around and get it to look usable, but why include features when I’ve never used the Excerpt, Writing Helper, or Slug ever.

I turn to the below image to see what I mean;

Are we becoming de-sensitized to visual clutter for the sake of convenience?

Is Overlap a Good Thing?

For the last few months I’ve been trying my best to study for the next Microsoft exam in my quest for Certification Supremacy, but with work, family and other commitments, its been harder then I would have liked to get to the point where I’m almost ready to write an exam.

So I’m at the point finally where I’m ready to write the  70-685 (Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician) exam and have noticed that there seems to be more then a bit of overlap with the 70-680 (Windows 7, Configuring) exam material.

The last three chapters in this book are covered in the last exam I wrote, and it has to be some of the driest stuff I’ve ever read, and trust me, I’ve read War and Peace, Jane Eyre and the like. I know that reading about methods AppLocker uses to restrict of permit the use of an application is necessary, but does it have to be a better sleep aide then Ambien.

I’ve been skimming over these chapters as its material I’ve already read, and while I think its a good idea to cover a topic to commit something to memory, but there must be a better way of going about it.

Why Certifications and Standards matter

Hello All,

For the last six months, I’ve been embarking on
a little project for work to update my skill sets through studying
and writing Certification exams. During that time I’ve been
successful in passing two exams, while preparing for a third. So,
you must be wondering what this will give me when I’m done.
Currently, it means I have completed “ITIL v3 – Foundation”, passed
an MCP exam, and am studying for a second. What are the short term
goals? To complete the “MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support
Technician 7” certification with a long term goal of achieving the
“MCITP: Enterprise Administrator” certification as well. Now, this
might seem like a lot of work and effort on my part, but the
benefits to my career far out way any short term discomfort they
might bring while also helping in solidifying my place in the
organization that I’m a part of. The reason why this is important
is that certifications make adoption of Standards much easier,
because as more people in your organization achieve the same
certification, then the stronger the voice you all have. One thing
the ITIL certification taught me was that it benefits everyone if
process’, procedures, and services all operate in a similar
fashion. It leads to faster deployments, quicker adoption by your
users, and smoother transitions from the old to the new. ITIL
teaches that flexibility is an integral part of any Standard, and
that each organization must take from the standard what works best
for it. This sounds foreign, but a standard method widely adopted
by the health care industry, might not be the most efficient method
of operation for say a technology firm. But what the Standard does
is give you access to the tools that will help you determine which
one is right for you and your organisation. So what do
Certifications and Standards have to do with each other? Well for
one, certifications gives you practitioners who will then
evangelize a method or system of operation. Don’t believe me, look
at each organization that adhere’s to ISO 9001, or ITIL v3. They
each do things slightly different, but are tailored to suite each
organizations needs, while still sharing the same end

Does it pay to do a good job?

At my place of employment I show up 10 minutes early to make sure I’m in the office before my work day starts. I, like most of my co-workers do this, and it gives us time to get ready for the day ahead. I’m sure that most other people, at most other people do the same thing. But have you ever wondered why?

There are exceptions to that rule, and it makes me wonder how and why someone can do this, and I can only come up with one thing, and thats a lack of respect for their job, and their boss. Case in point, at my job, there are maybe two or three people who routinely, and by routinely I mean ever day come into work 5 to 10, sometimes 20 minutes late. Now, I don’t think its right for these people to come in late, and still get paid as if they were there on time, but I’m convinced its happening, and it also shows a complete lack of respect for the people I work for, and the schedule they’ve set in place.

And what really pisses me off is the fact that they don’t seem to think that they have to do a part of their job, leaving me to feel guilty, and I end up doing twice as much work as they do. I, and others I work with have brought this up to our managers, and they’ve been told to pick it up, but alas the work still doesn’t get done.

You know what, I probably wouldn’t care about this if they came to work, did their jobs, worked as hard as the rest, and went home on time. But this isn’t whats happening. It’s more like, they come to work late, work the bare minimum, leave the rest to be done by others, and get paid the same as everyone else. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

So, it makes me think, do I slack off, socialize and get paid the same, or do I continue to do my job, get paid the same, and feel better, knowing that I do a better job. I’ll stick with the latter, thank you very much.

Mr. Greenthumb ??

This summer has brought something out of me that I never saw coming.

If you look at the “What I’m Reading” section you’ll notice some themes on what my interests are, and as the summer goes on I find myself with some new persuits, namely, balcony gardening, and living.

A couple of weeks ago I got inspired to grow an herb garden on my balcony, and now find myself itching to go look for some vegetables to grow back there.

I’m wondering if these changes in attitudes and behavior has anything to do with the new addition Adrienne and I introduced in our home recently, and Finn’s positive affect on my motivation levels.

Do you have a garden? On a Balcony? Interested even? Let me know what you think, and if you have any suggestions.

No decent Twitter apps for WinMo?

So I bit the bullet and signed up for data on my cell phone. With this came dreams of staying in contact with twitter, linkedin and facebook.

To my suprise, none of them have a decent client when compared to the iPhone and Blackberry. Will someone prove me wrong?