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23rd Aug, 2007

CTO Breakfast


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This morning was Phil Windley's monthly CTO breakfast / forum. I don't make it to these as often as I'd like (and I wasn't able to stay for the whole thing today), but they're always interesting when I do get to go.

One of the topics this morning was telecommuting. As usual, there were mixed opinions. A couple of people there work from home for out-of-state companies, and it works well for them. There were others, of course, for whom it wouldn't work so well. A couple of observations came out of the discussion:

  • Phil W: It's easier during the school year. During the summer, if the kids think you're home, they expect you to be available. (I can relate :) )
  • Phil Burns has been working from home for a long time now, and can often go for a week without driving a car or seeing anyone outside his family. That works for getting a lot of work done, and events like this one help provide social input. Instant messaging, Skype and Twitter also.
  • Several people work remotely and have team interaction via some combination of IRC, instant messaging and Skype. Indeed, sometimes those tools facilitate conversation even between co-workers in the same room.

Phil talked about his recent experience converting a physical machine to a virtual machine. I suspect that in some cases that may be easier to do than setting up a virtual machine from scratch, and I may try it for a project I'm working on (I'm trying to set up GnuCash, and it won't compile nicely on my Powerbook just now, so I'm thinking of setting it up in a virtual FreeBSD machine).

Scott Lemon mentioned getting some older G3 iMacs, and is looking for free software that his son might enjoy. I'll note that my daughter (close to the same age, I believe) also has a G3 iMac, and her very favorite program is Tux Paint. Sometime in the not too distant future I may also try throwing one of the free Logo interpreters on there and see if she takes to that. Scott also talked about getting the old DOS version of Warcraft II running in DOSBox.

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