Nice Spring Day At Filoli

After all these years living in the SF Bay Area, I finally went to Filoli. My friend Edy and myself enjoyed the beautiful day. After a weird rainy past few months and weeks, the sun is back!

The flowers at Filoli were amazing. I know my pictures do not really do justice to the beauty I saw. But, enjoy it anyway &#59;D

Flowers at Filoli
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Purple Filoli Flowers
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Flowers at Filoli
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Yes, spring is here at last.


Tim's been working on the Flaky Electricity at the house. One thing that he's found is that at each of the ceiling light fixtures that have shorted out, there is corrosion of the wiring within the fixture, and there is voltage on the line, even with the switch off. The voltage isn't high, 12, 15 and 30 volts at each of the three fixtures. This isn't likely to be a problem short term. Over years, it might explain the fixtures shorting out. He's checked everything, and can't flind any wonky splices or other obvious causes.

The only obvious ground for the house, was to the water inlet pipe, and the ground wire is above the regulator and faucets.

House Ground Wire at Inlet Pipe
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After moving STUFF and the two 6-foot by 6-foot windows that the previous owner coerced us into buying, that have sat for 7 years [still trying to figure out exactly where to put them and how to replace the 12-foot x 12-foot window in the living room], I discovered a second ground.

Old Ground Rod into Foundation
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But is it a good ground? ... a bad ground? ... rusted to dust in the ground?

Tim will find out on Wednesday, I'm sure.

Oh well, at least he'll have a clear area in which to work, both inside

Inside the Garage looking at the back of the Electrical Service Box
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and outside

Electrical Service Box from Outside
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Open Source BI Surveys

Two colleagues have recently pointed us to two different surveys concerning Open Source Business Intelligence.

Christian Donner is running a survey in support of his upcoming talk at the June Enterprise Open Source Conference in New York.

Donner OSBI PHPsurveyor

The President of the PMI recently pointed us to this survey by the Cutter Consortium

Cutter Consortium OSBI KeySurvey

Christian's survey is a quick 4 (or 5 depending on your answer to 4) questions on use of various BI tools. The Cutter survey is more comprehensive, but can still be completed in well under an half-hour.

Please help expand the statsitical base on using open source business intelligence and fill out these surveys.

Update: We've added a module to our OSBI Lens to list surveys covering open source projectsfor business intelligence solutions. If you know of, or are running one, please let us know via the comments here, and we'll add it to the list.

Time for an Ark

April 24th, and it's raining. Not drizzling, not a spring shower, no, no, no. A cold, driving rain... In California, in April. XX(

I haven't written about the rains, the slides, the 12 minute commute to pick up my partner that is now over an hour, the two-hours it takes to get over the hill at commute times, or even the joys of living just south of the new cul-de-sac. I lived through it in '95 when I worked at Oracle. Why complain? Others are having a much harder time of it than I.

But on Saturday night, a slide on CA Rte. 92 played havoc with the telephone lines for the Coast. No DSL, minimal if any cell service, wonky landlines. And to top it off, both of my old routers [inside and outside to form a DMZ] died. I did buy a new MIMO router. :D Any excuse is a good excuse. But I'm still investigating why both routers [one is less than a month old] should die because of mud pulling out the fiber optics 12 miles away.

And now it's raining again. Time to build the ark and gather the animals.

Oh well, at least the frog that has taken up residence in our pond is happy about the rain. And the owls are back. Last night as I was setting up the new router was the first I had heard the owls since the cypress fell over - also because of the rains. I'm not sure if the owls are in the new holy cypress, or across the street in the Monterey Pines.

Ah well, better that than for it to have fallen into the house, or to have the house go sliding down the hill into my neighbor Joe's place.

Tim is working on the electricity today, so I'm typing this while on Back-UPS battery power. He came down with the flu right after his initial inspection, poor guy. Twnety-six minutes to go, and then I must shut down.

PMI PMO Critical Chain

Clarise and I attended the PMI [of which we're members] San Francisco Bay Area April supper meeting last night. The topic, "The Natural Evolution of a PMO", is of interest to us because we've been unable to determine if something really new is happening here. The answer is NO. As we suspected, PMO is hype to get companies to establish standard project management methodologies, such as our own 6D™ methodology, complete with procedures and templates. One evidence that this is so, is that there isn't agreement on whether the "P" in PMO is "project" or "program".

As so often happens, the most interesting talk of the evening was that at the supper table with our colleagues. One topic of conversation was on the wiki(Theory of Constraints) and wiki(Critical Chain) Project Management. Managing a project is about managing resources, and Critical Chain Management addresses managing conflicting demands on resources. As Pat, at our table, pointed out, one doesn't necessarily have the data necessary to actually use the Critical Chain model. I liken it to Chaos theory in mathematics; great for understanding what occurred or is occurring, but it isn't so good as a predictive model. So if one can't adequately plan [model] a project using Critical Chain, does it have any value? Perhaps... Create a knowledge base of all projects in the portfolio, and use Critical Chain to understand what happened in the projects and why projects succeed or fail in your corporate environment.

Here's a google search that provides some nice results for Critical Chain in Project Management.

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