Sunday, March 30, 2008

Busy Work Schedule

Someone at Church this morning asked me about my work schedule - where I've been, and where I'm going... So thus this post as a reply.

And as I responded this morning... when he commented that it seemed a bit 'busy'... I answered being busy is far better than the alternative. ;-)

1st Quarter of 2008 looked like this.

The next two quarters are also fairly busy - but I put in the 'big rocks' first - family vacations, going to Brent's Lacrosse, etc. Then 'backfilled' the work around those items.

More snow... it keeps following me...

Back in Orem for the weekend, and the weather on Saturday afternoon was great - warm, sunny, and fickle. By the evening it got very cold and started late at night to snow.

So this morning we woke up to this...

I guess 'ol Man Winter isn't quite yet done yet.

Poor little Daffodils, bending their heads to the snow. This morning they look a bit 'ashamed' to be out in the snow... but by this afternoon they'll proudly show their colors against the snow background!

Alysha likes when I'm out of town - just so she can park her car in the garage, and not have to deal with this.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Snow's been a following me...

I think my 'Weather Karma' isn't doing so well. Perhaps I used it all up on Our trip down to SoCal last month for the Lacrosse games. Sitting by the beach eating at nice restaurants used up my good weather.

This week was no different - snow in Detroit, ice floes in the river, and now it is supposed to snow here in Utah tonight and tomorrow.

At least it continues to be cold enough to wear my vest!

You can see in this picture folks are queuing up to use the tunnel into Canada

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Another King Wha Devotee

Here's a quote I received today from a student in Seattle. I recommended they drive down to Burien one night after class and try out the 'World's Best Mongolian Beef'...

See, it's not just me!

...On a side note, we did go to King Wha for Mongolian beef. Since I was there, I’ve had it at 2 of ‘the best’ Chinese restaurants in town here. Guess what? Not only did they not even look close to the same, it wasn’t spicy (not even a little), the serving was much, much smaller, there were too many vegetables mixed in with the meat, and the meat itself wasn’t sweetened – they served with sweet and sour on the side at both places like I was supposed to sweeten it myself. I guess what I’m saying is, thank you for getting us to King Wha, but now Mongolian beef has been forever ruined for me as nothing can compare!!

Thank you Keith,

Joshua Shillington
Spectrum Health
Grand Rapids, MI


If you are ever in the Seattle area, you've got to try this!

Detroit for the Week

Well, here I am this week teaching another AM-105 class - this time about 4-hours down the road from last week's Toronto class. (I did get to fly home for a day home on Saturday, sing in the choir at Church for Easter Sunday, give a Sunday School lesson, then back on a plane flying East)

It is pretty cold here - they got snow last weekend, and the river is still frozen a bit in places. The city of Detroit sits on the North side of the Detroit River - that connects Lake Huron with Lake Eire. It is the only US City that faces Canada to the South... Windsor Canada is just across the river to the south.

I'm teaching and staying at a nice Courtyard Marriott... actually the best Courtyard I've ever been to. Across the street is the Renaissance Center - GM's worldwide headquarters and a huge building complex. Over 5.5Million Square Feet in the building!

I wasn't able to get a flight at the right time to go to Grand Junction on Friday to watch Brent's BYU Lacrosse game... so I'll just fly home after the class is over.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Toronto AM-105 - BYU .vs University of Arizona

Well, I'm stuck here in Toronto cold wet and snowy, teaching an AirMagnet AM-105 course... and I missed tonights 'blow out' game. BYU really 'spanked' the LaxCats of UofA - 16:1.

I had Grandpa call from the game every quarter and give me an update. I'd planned on listening in on the Internet version of the game, but it wasn't being broadcast and the web site wasn't up for the live stats even.

It was good to here the BYU Cougar Lacrosse squad, especially the Defense stepped up and played to their ability tonight. Yea! Go Cougars... Rise and Shout the Cougars are out, on their way to fame and glory... (Ok, at least I can sing the fight song to myself here in the hotel room) Rah, Rah, Rah, - Rah, Rah, Rah... Gooooooo Cougars!

Oh yea, the class is going well also.

Monday, March 17, 2008

What's in my eVest?

I know you've all been wondering about my Vest... I wear it all fall and winter and into spring as much as possible. It is my way of having a 'man purse' but not look like I'm gay or anything... I like having all this stuff with me all the time. It makes it very easy to get through airport security screening... one item off and it holds all my little stuff that I like to take with me. I always have a hard time when it starts to heat up in the spring on what to do with all this stuff...

So here goes:

I've learned over all these years of traveling to ALWAYS put the same things in the same pockets

Left Wrist
Watch - I'm a real 'geek' but I really like this watch with it's built-in Magnifying Glass and Light.

Shirt Pocket - Left
iPhone - Phone, iPod Music, iPod Videos, Contacts, Calendar, Camera, Internet all in one package - in it's black leather case
MontBlanc Roller Ball Pen - Yes I'm a snob, but I really like this pen

Pants - Left Front
Hotel Keys
Airline Ticket after checking in

Pants - Right Front
Money - US in America, Foreign when Away
US Money goes into Back Right Pocket when traveling to/from US
Swiss Army Knife - The Rambler version with Phillips Head screwdriver


Scott eVest - a pretty cool vest that doesn't look like it has all those pockets. I can carry an open soda can in either of the two front pockets with out spilling. And even carry my laptop with me in the back pocket when necessary. Most of the time it's just a 'holder' for all my stuff.

Top Left Outside Pocket
Prescriptions Sunglasses in protective case (swap with clear glasses when outside or driving)

Top Left Inside Pocket

Personal Check Book
Business Check Book
Spare 3X5 Index cards for notes
Post-it Notes
Red Marking Pen - Pilot G2
Blue Pen - Pilot G2
Yellow Highlighter

Top Right Outside Pocket
Used to carry my Palm Treo - but since I've moved to an iPhone it's empty
iPhone always goes in my left shirt pocket!

Top Right Inside Pocket
Inside Zipper Pocket holds my Wallet (I'll do wallet contents in another blog...)

Outside Bottom Zippered Pocket
Business Cards
Imation 2GB Rugged USB Drive with Clip
On clip is also Cruzer Micro 4GB Tranfer USB
(More later on the very specific set of software and backups on these sticks)
Sandisk Ultra II - SD Card with 'break apart' section to use as a USB Drive

Inside Bottom Pocket
Altoids Sugar Free 'Smalls' - Wintergreen
Swipes Eyeglass Cleaner
Etomyic Research - ER-6i Earphones with Smartwrap to hold cables in place
Surefire Executive Defender Tactical Flashlight - with Difusser

Outside right bottom Zippered Pocket

Tide To Go Pen - Sadly I use this almost every day...
Tums, Tylenol and Motrin in Travel tubes
Chapstick - Classic Cherry

Inside Right Bottom Pocket
Tweezers, European Flat Fingernail Clippers, Toothpick Brush
Jawbone Bluetooth Earpiece
Car Keys
Cash Change - just long enough till I can dump it in my car or suitcase
USB Transfer Stick - 2GB

So this is the 'stuff' that I carry with me everywhere. (Ok, the Swiss Army Knife has to go in checked luggage when I fly, but everything else comes along)

Friday, March 14, 2008

802.11 N - Webinar for AirMagnet

I was lucky to have 10 days at home after the last Seattle training gig.

I spent a portion of the time preparing for the TechMentor conference in San Francisco in a couple of weeks. I've got 4 sessions to teach there, and also prepare a new 'Master' USB drive for all the students. This USB stick has loads of software and training materials that need to be updated.

The rest of the time was in course development. I have a new course coming for AirMagnet on 802.11 N - the latest version of Wireless LAN protocols. This one is very complex. If the previous 802.11b was math it would be addition/subtraction/multiplication/division, and the 802.11g and 802.11a would be like geometry and algebra... but 802.11 N is so complex its like adding Statistics and Calculus at the same time.

So for this first 802.11 N Primer - something to help the students get up to speed on all the vocabulary and a 'toe dip' into the technology. Later as I role out the new 802.11 N one-day class, we'll have more time to get into the "nitty-gritty" of the technology in more detail.
So late Wednesday night I took the last flight out to San Jose, the flight was delayed for 2 hours because of a flight attendant issue, got to my hotel late, then got up on Thursday and went over to AirMagnet offices.

I had a couple of hours in meetings with various tech support, development and marketing folks - then a 'recording session' to tape my Webinar on 802.11 N.
A quick trip... but hopefully the professional recording will sound much better this way for the attendees. Here is a sampling of the topics and slides from the webinar.