Chris J Powell

Why do people hate the Penguin?

So, Canada experienced its last Federal Election until 2015 yesterday.  I could go on a rant on how Canada made a fundamental change in how our country will be governed but today it is all about the Penguin!

I stumbled on some research done by Gartner Research that puts things into perspective.  Now I could spend the $1295 on the actual report and get deeper into the findings but really there are so many things that I myself and the clients that I work with could spend that money on so I will use a posting from to assist me.

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Goals and getting what you want

Today marks the first day of the fourth quarter of our fiscal year at work.

This means a lot to the Executives and Sales Managers as we strive to achieve double digit growth again this year.  Targets are set, Quotas will be published and the gnawing ache at the pit of the stomach for many of my colleagues will remain.  For me, today is just another day.

I have set my sights on achieving what many say is impossible.  I have set my own goals much higher than what the quota that has been assigned to me.

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A Sad Goodbye to ‘Niffy

A Sad Goodbye to ‘Niffy

As I sat down last week to plot out the next several posts and the topics that I wanted to put down I decided that I would take Saturday’s off and do a “Personal Post” on Sunday, as a way of bearing my soul and letting the world know that I am about more than just geeky stuff like Linux, Computers and Mobile Phones. When we woke up this morning we found the rock of our family lying peacefully in the hallway head curled up in my wife’s shoe.  “Sniffles” was part of our family through thick and thin since October 1997.  Nearly 14 years old he came to our family in very poor health as a kitten as he was rescued from a house in Wingham, ON that had nearly 30 cats.  He battled through a Flea Infestation and bladder infection that nearly took his life in his first year but NEVER quit. I remember the day “Sniffles” chose us with vivid and happy memories.  The runt of the group came up to me and rubbed back and forth … Read more

Self Improvement…Day by Day

Self Improvement…Day by Day

So this is day 3 on the blogging trail and I am now realizing that it takes some discipline to get up in the morning and post something that is insightful and ties into the title of this blog so I am going to do a bit of a rant. A former Sales Administrator at my work Info-Tech Research Group had coined a phrase for Wednesday’s that was not only about the words as much as his tone “It’s Hump Day…One Day Closer to the Weekend!”  For me that is what is so wrong about the environment that I work in as the majority of my colleagues see work as 8-5PM and I just can not turn off that way. My work day really does start at 6 AM and rarely ends before 8 PM even though I leave the office at 5PM.  Whether I am reading a book, trolling the internet or diving into one of the 14 tech magazines that I subscribe to I try to stay ahead of the trends so that I can identify what is … Read more

Ubuntu Release Day

So Thursday will be release day of the latest version of my beloved Ubuntu. For those who are not familiar with Ubuntu, it is a Linux Operating System that has a regular (EVERY 6 months) release date.  With 11.04 also known as Natty Narwhal there have been some dramatic upgrades.  Gone is the familiar Gnome Interface and is replaced with a new Interface called Unity.  Unity has been around for a while in the Netbook Remix version of Ubuntu and has become a familiar companion on my 7″ Netbook and my daughter’s 10″ Netbook. Also with Natty comes a refresh on Ubuntu One a free Cloud File Storage, Banshee Media Player has replaced Rythmbox (which is one of the updates I always did in previous releases), and Open Office has been replaced by LibreOffice. The OS has ran smooth for me on my Netbook since Alpha 2 but on April 28, 2011 it will be available as a fully supported release.  For more on Ubuntu go to Cheers and Enjoy. The Rants and Musings of a Technical Sales Guy.

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