Andre Durand

Discovering life, one mistake at a time.

Archive for December, 2007

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December 18, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

I’ve been playing with a new camera and took these photos from my office. The first two photos were taken this morning, and the later ones in the afternoon and at sunset.

Looking slightly Southwest from downtown Denver

Looking Northwest from downtown Denver

Sunset over the Rockies

The building next to ours

Home MacTopia

December 14, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

I’ve reached a sort of nirvana at home with my whole computer situation. Having bought a 24″ iMac a few months back, I was really struggling with how to replicate my Outlook productivity to the corporate Exchange server. Entourage simple choked on the size of my email in-box, and separate mail, calendar and contacts just doesn’t cut it once you’ve become accustomed to the integrated workflow of Outlook.

So the other day my IT group created a Windows XP VM with VMWare Fusion. I took the CD home and within a few clicks, had a Windows desktop running on the iMac. I’m blown away at how well it works, how fast it works, and the fact that it worked without a hitch.

Keeping two monitors on my desk, but chucking my old tower, I have this insanely clean setup, and literally the best of both worlds, the iMac for all my home media and Windows for many of my work productivity apps (and any other Windows app I want to be running).

The other day, I accidentally discovered I could literally drag files between the two OS desktops, and the files converted on the fly to the required formats. Unreal!

Add in AppleTV, and my favorite family photos (with accompanied sound tracks) are now wireless streaming to the plasma in the living room. Rhapsody and a wireless cable from the iMac to the whole house Bose system and 3 million songs and tons of playlists can be listened to in any room independently.

The whole thing is friggen cool.

Federation. Choose wisely…

December 13, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

A random comment yesterday in our monthly off-site conjured the following visual. Actually, the image was supposed to be of a young guy and an old bearded guy, representative of what you’ll look like if you pick a suite vendor to provide federation, but alas, I couldn’t find the image.

I love Apple, but….

December 07, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

I love Apple, and I’ve bought a lot of Apple products recently, but the new Apple wireless keyboard is just stupid! It’s fashion gone wild. What normal human can actually type on it?

It’s smaller than my shoe.

It’s smaller than my hands.

It needs a  mic, so I could just dictate my email.

Or, better yet, perhaps it should just become the fashion accessory it really is.

Yo, what time is it?

PingIdentians Unite in PingTopia

December 07, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

A customer recently referred to us as Ping Identians. The shoe fits, so we’ll wear it.

MacLand Smiles

December 01, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

A friend of mine and several former colleague’s have been sharing their wisdom of Mac’s for developers for over two years now. I finally woke up, and about 6 months ago, starting handing out MacBook Pro’s with 30″ monitors to our staff.


It’s a bit early to know if productivity is actually higher, but it’s sure brought a lot of smiles, and that’s worth a lot.


Smiles from Ashish Jain who won this months Mac lottery.