I've noticed that my fan noise levels have been increasing lately, probably due to a bad fan. I thought I would document the noise levels and answer the questions of many who have asked at the same time.
Listen to this 2.5 minute podcast and hear for yourself.
- The facts of the case suggest an Issue
- The issue is covered by a Rule of law
- Compare the facts to the rule to form the Analysis
- From the analysis, develop the Conclusion as to whether the rule applies to the facts
[I'm presently having trouble getting my embedded MindManager map to display properly. It appears to only work when you view the permanent link for this page, Click here.]
Note: You will have to allow the Active-X control to see the MindManager viewer in Internet Explorer. You can move around, resize, print, or even download the map to your own PC. I recommend that you click on the menu button and open the map in a new window.
Use the links below to download my original map or PDF file:
20051127 - Using the IRAC method to analyze cases - Eric Mack.mmap
20051127 - Using the IRAC method to analyze cases - Eric Mack.pdf
A special thank you to Ben Templin, owner of lawnerds.com for allowing me to share this map on my site.
Faculty/Staff/Students:I wonder what operating system they are using? No, best not to go there.
Due to fumigation of the computer building, the computer system will be shut down beginning December 23rd through December 26th. The system will be turned back on on December 27th. Thank you for your understanding.
Perhaps this is only funny to me because I remember listening to Commodore Grace Hopper explain the process of debugging a computer.
If this makes no sense, but you are still remotely interested in why I would find fumigation and computer debugging funny, click on the link at the end of this post and search for the word "debugging."
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My recent blog articles about my paperless challenge, specifically scanning my textbooks to read and markup on my Tablet PC, prompted a question about the legality of doing so. University Lecturer, Pascal Venier asked,
Is it legal to scan a textbook?Pascal poses a particularly relevant question. I am not an attorney, but given the specific subject and my interest in the law, I feel obligated to look into this further. Furthermore, I promised to look into it and share my discoveries on this blog.
Creating such PDF+text versions of the book would make be a very useful tool. However would scanning "Law for Business" to produce an electronic version be lawful or are there copyright law issues?
As I began to research this topic, I found considerable information and opinions, but few answers. I've already created a large mind map with the information and references I've collected on this topic. [My business law professor encouraged me to change my final project to deal with this topic, so I have increased motivation (and a grade) riding on what I learn along the way.]
The answer to this question could greatly affect how people use emerging technologies such as the Tablet PC, PDAs or other ePaper Devices. Below, I've mapped out my response (or defense) to this question. I hope you'll read along, comment on my thoughts, and join in the discussion. This is a topic that will affect all of us.
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It's on the record. It's my blog and, as stated in the banner for this site, I've promised to write about my adventures in life, work, and spirit.
I know, from my own personal experience, that many people who will celebrate Christmas this year will do so without a clear (or perhaps any) understanding of what it is we truly celebrate at Christmas and why Christmas is a holiday - a holy day.
In the past one hundred years or so, this holy day, has morphed into a commercial free-for-all, and now, often, a source of confrontation. But that's not Christmas; that's commerce.
Christmas is a celebration.
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It's easy to do, but is it legal?
A reader recently posted this question on my blog. I've been researching the answer (it's not an easy or clear one) and I'd like to get a discussion going on this topic. (If you have an opinion, feel free to comment.)
There are a number of other topics that I plan to post updates on, including:
Status report on my 8-week paperless challenge
It's going extremely well; must better than I anticipated!
Michael's second visit and our jousting experience
Michael did not fall off the horse.
MindManager as a dashboard in Notes
Excellent progress in this area; I hope to share details, soon. A big productivity boost.
My switch from the eProductivity Template back to vanilla Lotus Notes as a tool for getting things done.
It was a big step backward for me, but a good learning experience.
I'll be switching back to the eProductivity Template shortly.
And, finally, a popular question on this blog:
"How loud is the fan noise on your Tecra M4?"
I'll post a 3-minute podcast so you can hear for yourself
And the big question of the year, "Will Eric ever become YABHTU?"
I'm much closer. Let's just say I'm YAVHTU for now. (podcast coming) This will take a few posts to explain.
I hope you'll join me in these discussions. If you haven't done so already, be sure to sign up for the RSS feed so that you don't miss the discussion.
Did I miss anything? If there's a topic you'd like me to discuss , post a comment.
Top Ten Signs You're a GTD Disciple
10. While driving home from work, you have to pull over three times to jot it down and empty your mind.
9. You put your weekly review on a Someday/Maybe list. … NOT!
8. You go to McDonalds for lunch but – before ordering – you draw a mind map of what an ideal fast food meal would look and taste like.
7. You use a Brother P-Touch to label your kitchen drawers.
I think you get the point ...
Oh, there's this gem:
3. You know that the "two-minute rule" has nothing to do with the conclusion of football games.
You can find more signs and interesting discussion in the Yahoo Groups Getting Things Done Forum
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Ink blot awards host and Tablet PC MVP, Warner Crocker, had this to say at the ceremony:
The Tableteers that make up the Tablet PC Community are an amazing collection of individuals who know and work with the Tablet PC platform. They are fiercely protective of it, insatiably curious about advancing it, very intelligent, often wickedly funny, at one time very forgiving and patient, and in the same breath, scathingly critical when the need arises. They are also exceedingly willing to evangelize the platform to anyone who will listen, and in my humble opinion, have helped keep the spotlight on The Tablet PC in ways that may, in the long run, prove to be responsible for keeping the platform thriving.
Here are the awards we received this year:
Best Exhibit Of Restraint When It Comes To Opening A New Tablet PC:
- Eric Mack (#2)
- Amy and Wendy Mack
- Tie-Tracy Hooten and Eric Mack
- Eric Mack with Those Tablet PC Podcaster Guys.
- Eric Mack (Sorry, Marc!)
* I hoped I might receive a coveted Tablet PC guy; apparently, these guys are extremely difficultt to come by so I'll just have to keep on wishing... (Hint, Hint)
Notes Doclinks in MindMaps bring together two powerful tools for information management:
One of the Lotus Notes productivity features that I use regularly is doclinks. In Lotus Notes, a doclink can be created to jump to a Notes document, database,or view. The ability to embed these doclinks in my project and action lists gives me a quick and easy way to link to all of my support material regardless of where they are located. The beauty of Notes Doclinks is that the Notes client will locate the target regardless of whether it is located on the local machine or a remote server.
Continue Reading "Using MindManager as a Dashboard for Lotus Notes" »
This year, the team faced a formidable challenge; they had to split up so that Kathy and the girls could care for Kathy's mom. The team decided to have Amy & Wendy work on the research and presentation in Northern California, while Faith and Lucy worked on the robot locally. The girls were only able to meet in person a few times, relying instead on Skype, phone calls, and email. They worked hard and accomplished a lot.
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As I have written before, I believe that the ideal solution for getting things done involves both the technology and the methodology of productivity. It does not matter if you use a napkin, pencil and paper or a powerful tool like Lotus Notes; if you don't have a logical method for organizing your projects and actions any system will become equally dysfunctional. Likewise, if you do have a good methodology in place for getting things done, then you may wish to consider any of a number of tools, including, pencil & paper, a napkin, or even Lotus Notes. I've used all three and I find that each offer key strengths. This blog post however, is about using my current favorite, Lotus Notes, as a tool to support the GTD methodology. (At the end of this post, I've included a link to some helpful information on using NOTES & GTD.)
Lotus Notes and GTD
For the past fours years, I've been using a custom template that I developed to support my use of Notes to manage my lists of projects and actions. Gradually, I've added to or improved upon many of the features of the standard Notes forms and views to make it easier for someone familiar with the GTD methodology to jump into using Lotus Notes as their information management tool. (Note that I did not say that the other way around. if you already use Notes and do not understand the GTD methodology, my template will not necessarily make you a better organized person, though it may help. If you are unfamiliar with GTD, I recommend that you consider this book.)
Given the nature and level of my work, I'm somewhat removed from the challenges that many people face trying to implement GTD in vanilla Notes. Migrating from Palm Desktop or Outlook or even a paper-based system like Time Design into Lotus Notes can be a frustrating experience both due to the new way that work is done and the need to create new habits. I spend so much of my day using my eProductivity template for Notes that I sometimes forget that Lotus Notes out of the box is not as intuitive as it could be for managing projects and actions with the GTD methodology. In short, I want to re-experience what it is like to move to and use vanilla Notes to manage projects and actions. I want to revisit what does not work, what's improved since I last did this and what still works well. I believe that the only way I can truly do this is to jump in with both feet.
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As I've written before, great technology is nothing without a sound methodology for getting things done.
A few days ago, I met Travis Robertson at a business management presentation. Travis shared some of his significant goals with me and he explained that he was finding it a challenge keeping a handle on his projects and actions. Naturally, I recommended GTD as an approach to consider for organizing his life. A few days later, I received this email:
Eric, I want to thank you for recommending Getting Things Done. I picked up the book over the weekend and had an "Ah ha!" moment with it. I've tried numerous methods that involved the purchase of someone's planners and products--all to no avail. They always seemed like they were trying to make me fit their mold. Getting Things Done really makes sense to me and I think it will change my life. I'm not an organized person by nature, but I'm confident this is a system I can actually use. You piqued my interest when you said, "It so simple, it can be done on the back of a napkin."It’s easy to buy the latest and greatest in technology, but that does not guarantee a boost in productivity. Without a method for its effective use, the potential benefit of a new technology will be limited. Technology might even get in the way.
I'm glad to help, Travis. Best of success to you!
As many of you know, our world changed dramatically at the beginning of August. While traveling with our family, my mother suffered a stroke. A CT scan in the emergency room revealed that she had a 9x4 inch cyst in her brain, and surgery was scheduled to remove that cyst and take the pressure off of her brain. The surgery went well, but Mom was in a coma for ten days. A frightening time, as you can imagine, as some told us she might never come out of that state. She did, and I believe God listened to the prayers of many.
Twenty-six days later, we took Mom back to her home town via ambulance and checked into a nursing and rehabilitation facility. Unfortunately, we were ignorant as to their lack of care, and Mom came down with pneumonia six days after arriving there. That night, when they wheeled her into the emergency room, my sister and I had to decide whether or not to stop life support. God gave us both a peace that we should keep fighting. Mom left that hospital two weeks later, and we transferred her to a different nursing facility.
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