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Web Development, Visual Design, Accessibility, User Experience, Technology Evangelism, Leadership, Cooking, Geek Culture, Being Awesome. And Ninjas.

linkHive (May 22nd from 16:32 to 16:32)

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  • Document Management Made Simple | Document Management Software | Open Source Document Management System – Document Management Made Simple
    KnowledgeTree® is open source document management software that connects people, processes, and ideas. Collaborate, securely store all your critical documents, address compliance challenges, and focus on providing a simple solution that works for your business.
  • The Printable CEO™ Series – The Printable CEO™ (PCEO) was born from a desire to focus my time more productively. For me, that means things that make my freelance practice sustainable and fun. The Printable CEO name comes from the idea that a good CEO should focus primarily on those things that move the company forward; since I can't afford to hire my own CEO, being able to print one out seemed like the next best thing! :-)

linkHive (May 14th from 09:25 to 10:09)

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  • Easy Post-It / sticky note mosaics using free software. – I work at a non-profit facility with kids and have been looking for projects to work on with them that won't cost a fortune. One thing that caught my eye was the Post-It mosaic of Elvis that made the online rounds a little while back. That looked to be a perfect project that the kids could work on over time, and would certainly brighten up some unused wall space.
  • What Is Web 2.0 | O’Reilly Media – In the year and a half since, the term "Web 2.0" has clearly taken hold, with more than 9.5 million citations in Google. But there's still a huge amount of disagreement about just what Web 2.0 means, with some people decrying it as a meaningless marketing buzzword, and others accepting it as the new conventional wisdom.

    This article is an attempt to clarify just what we mean by Web 2.0.

linkHive (May 13th from 09:02 to 09:02)

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  • Jungle Disk – Reliable online storage powered by Amazon S3 and Rackspace – JungleDisk – Jungle Disk Desktop Edition lets you store files and automatically backup all of your data easily and securely to Rackspace Cloud Files and Amazon S3.

    Store an unlimited amount of data for only 15¢ per GB

    Pay only for what you use, no commitment

    Your data is fully encrypted at all times

    Multiple datacenters to ensure high availability

    Automatically backup important files quickly and easily

linkHive (March 25th from 11:07 to 11:07)

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  • Thingamablog – Thingamablog is a cross-platform, standalone blogging application that makes authoring and publishing your weblogs almost effortless. Unlike most blogging solutions, Thingamablog does NOT require a third-party blogging host, a cgi/php enabled web host, or a MySQL database. In fact, all you need to setup, and manage, a blog with Thingamablog is FTP, SFTP, or network access to a web server.

linkHive (March 24th from 13:25 to 13:25)

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  • Varnish – Varnish is a state-of-the-art, high-performance HTTP accelerator. It uses the advanced features in Linux 2.6, FreeBSD 6/7 and Solaris 10 to achieve its high performance.

    Some of the features include

    * A modern design
    * VCL – a very flexible configuration language
    * Load balancing with health checking of backends
    * Partial support for ESI
    * URL rewriting
    * Graceful handling of "dead" backends

On Footing and Dignity

I am back at work and back online after a week of convalescing after breaking a rib.  It is a sad tale, although not what one would call a hero’s journey.  It is the story of the Fall of Man…or at least a fall of a man.

I was rushing into Toronto, with my father, to get our travel visas for Indonesia.  Much to our surprise the Indonesian consulate, located at Jarvis and Richmond, closes at 12:30pm.  After some coaxing on my part, my father agreed to try and drop off our paperwork, even though it was 11am and we were planning on going in for mid-afternoon.   Luckily we arrived at 12:15 and, delighted, I trotted from the car to the consulate.

It was then, with clock ticking, that I lost both my footing and my dignity.  Tripping over a curb (located here) that snuck up on me, I fell down with my full weight – trapping my fist under my leftside of my chest.  It must have looked like a very bad fall, as someone actually rolled down their window and asked “Hey!  Are you alright?”.  Even though I was seeing stars and had mostly lost my breath, I nodded and gave a tough-guy thumbs up.   After shambling my way into the Consulate office and getting our visa paperwork together, our trip was a success…although I was starting to think I should see a doctor.

A couple of agonizing hours later I was back in Guelph at the hospital where I waited several hours for an X-Ray which was inconclusive.  The ER did a great job – they were jam packed with ambulance calls and triage worked exactly as it is supposed to.  The Doctor did the best he could: “If it’s better in a week, it’s bruised…if it takes a month, it’s broken.”  Not very helpful, but then again the sick note for 3 days off and the Percocet scrip were very helpful.

I’ve very thankful I didn’t hit my head and I’ve been very lucky to have great help from my family while I deal with healing my broken bones.

Is there a lesson in this?  Perhaps.

Ribs, much like footing and dignity, are easily taken for granted.  Losing any of them provides an instructive reminder to how important they are.

Or maybe…I should sue PetroCan since I fell on their property <grin>.