Monthly Archives: February 2011

★ Mowing the lawn

Definitely know it’s time to mow the lawn when the lawn is higher than the mower. I blame the weather for this, it was hot, then rainy, then hot, then rainy……grass loves to grow when it’s like that.

★ Mowing the lawn

Definitely know it’s time to mow the lawn when the lawn is higher than the mower. I blame the weather for this, it was hot, then rainy, then hot, then rainy……grass loves to grow when it’s like that.

★ March 2 for iPad 2

The rumors are heating up rapidly about a March 2 Apple announcement where we shall hopefully find out about the latest iteration of the iPad. I’m looking forward to it, but then I’m kind of a geek, as I rely so much on my iPad these days for reading, gaming, scheduling, browsing, emailing, chatting, planning, etc.

★ March 2 for iPad 2

The rumors are heating up rapidly about a March 2 Apple announcement where we shall hopefully find out about the latest iteration of the iPad. I’m looking forward to it, but then I’m kind of a geek, as I rely so much on my iPad these days for reading, gaming, scheduling, browsing, emailing, chatting, planning, etc.

March 2 for iPad 2

The rumors are heating up rapidly about a March 2 Apple announcement where we shall hopefully find out about the latest iteration of the iPad. I’m looking forward to it, but then I’m kind of a geek, as I rely so much on my iPad these days for reading, gaming, scheduling, browsing, emailing, chatting, planning, etc.

★ Timezones kill me

Timezones get me every time I travel. It’s currently 4am in Perth and I’ve already been awake for an hour or so, normally I’m a 5:30am waker at home, and that always catches me out when I travel…..and with Perth being 3 hours behind home it’s a recipe for insomnia.

★ Timezones kill me

Timezones get me every time I travel. It’s currently 4am in Perth and I’ve already been awake for an hour or so, normally I’m a 5:30am waker at home, and that always catches me out when I travel…..and with Perth being 3 hours behind home it’s a recipe for insomnia.

Timezones kill me

Timezones get me every time I travel. It’s currently 4am in Perth and I’ve already been awake for an hour or so, normally I’m a 5:30am waker at home, and that always catches me out when I travel…..and with Perth being 3 hours behind home it’s a recipe for insomnia.

★ 4HB Diet Update 2

Straight to the numbers today;

90.3kg (-2.9kg), 36cm right bicep (0cm), 106cm chest (-6cm), 101cm waist (-2.5cm), 101cm hips (0cm), 63.5cm right thigh (-2.5cm).

BP Slightly lower, resting HR about the same.

Good results all round, weight still coming off slowly but the cm losses are keeping me positive.

I’ve been travelling a lot this past week, several trips to Sydney and a trip to Brisbane, and that’s been a little ‘difficult’ food wise. I have been out and bought a few different protein bars that I’ve used as meal replacements. Some of them have been quite tasty, others not so tasty. Either way they’ve stopped me breaking the diet so that’s a positive thing.

I’m travelling again this week, this time to Perth, so I’ve got to make sure I stock up on bars for the flying and driving parts of the trip which total about 15 hours so it’s key not to crack and opt for fast food or something else.

Till next week…

★ 4HB Diet Update 2

Straight to the numbers today;

90.3kg (-2.9kg), 36cm right bicep (0cm), 106cm chest (-6cm), 101cm waist (-2.5cm), 101cm hips (0cm), 63.5cm right thigh (-2.5cm).

BP Slightly lower, resting HR about the same.

Good results all round, weight still coming off slowly but the cm losses are keeping me positive.

I’ve been travelling a lot this past week, several trips to Sydney and a trip to Brisbane, and that’s been a little ‘difficult’ food wise. I have been out and bought a few different protein bars that I’ve used as meal replacements. Some of them have been quite tasty, others not so tasty. Either way they’ve stopped me breaking the diet so that’s a positive thing.

I’m travelling again this week, this time to Perth, so I’ve got to make sure I stock up on bars for the flying and driving parts of the trip which total about 15 hours so it’s key not to crack and opt for fast food or something else.

Till next week…

★ 4HB Diet Update 1

Food glorious food. Out of all the diets I’ve ever tried I’ve never not found myself hungry to some extent between meals, not on this one. The protein portions that I’m eating at each meal is keeping me fuller for longer and there’s not a single time I’ve been hungry between meals.

Ok so let’s just get straight to the part you’re actually interested about, whether or not I’ve lost weight on the 4HB diet.

Yes I have, here’s the break down;

91.1kg (-2.1kg), 36.5cm right bicep (+0.5cm), 108.5cm chest (-3.5cm), 101.5cm waist (-2cm), 101cm hips (-4cm), 64cm right thigh (-2cm).

BP and resting heart rate were pretty much the same.

As you can see by the number of negative figures above the first week has been pretty good. Here’s hoping the 2nd week produces similar numbers.

★ 4HB Diet Update 1

Food glorious food. Out of all the diets I’ve ever tried I’ve never not found myself hungry to some extent between meals, not on this one. The protein portions that I’m eating at each meal is keeping me fuller for longer and there’s not a single time I’ve been hungry between meals.

Ok so let’s just get straight to the part you’re actually interested about, whether or not I’ve lost weight on the 4HB diet.

Yes I have, here’s the break down;

91.1kg (-2.1kg), 36.5cm right bicep (+0.5cm), 108.5cm chest (-3.5cm), 101.5cm waist (-2cm), 101cm hips (-4cm), 64cm right thigh (-2cm).

BP and resting heart rate were pretty much the same.

As you can see by the number of negative figures above the first week has been pretty good. Here’s hoping the 2nd week produces similar numbers.

★ Daylite after the storm

Around 7-8 months ago we were adamant that our business needed a CRM. We needed a better way to not only keep in touch with our customers and suppliers, but we also needed a better way to keep an eye on our sales team to see how they were progressing through each part of the sales process.

I did a whole bunch of research, we are totally an Apple based company so that narrowed the field substantially straight away. My shortlist was Salesforce.com, 37 Signals’ Highrise, and Marketcircle’s Daylite. Plain and simple I did not like Salesforce.com and to be honest I wasn’t convinced a web-based solution was the answer. So I started a Daylite trial.

Trials and tribulations

Daylite is a really simple install, even when you’re opting for a server database setup, it was quite funny to me how easy it was to setup. I literally laughed out loud (LOL) when I was able to sync a demo db with my MacBook Pro and iPhone via one of our development servers within 5 minutes. Big kudos to Marketcircle on getting that right.

So we bought a bunch of Daylite licenses, Daylite Touch licenses, a new Mac Mini Server, and support contracts to go along with it.

And that’s pretty much where the joy ended.

Anti-workflow

You see we’re a small business where all our staff pull double, triple, and often quadruple, duty. Just about all of us are capable of doing everything in the business from packing an order to servicing a $100,000.00 piece of medical equipment. This creates a problem as each of our workflows is so unique to each of us that trying to box ourselves into a fairly generic ‘sales pipeline’ workflow just wasn’t going to work.

Other issues we had were little things like double data entry because some people wouldn’t use Daylite alone, they would still want to enter data into Address Book and iCal. And don’t get me started on iCal. At work we share a single iCal calendar with multiple calendar categories. It’s simple but it works for us, however taking that ‘methodology’ into Daylite is a recipe for disaster.

So toward the middle of December we all but scrapped using Daylite.

Goneski

Now let me be very upfront here, the guys down at MyMac in Bondi were total gems when it came to the install and setup of Daylite. They provided, and still do, excellent support and always help us out promptly when we run into problems…….assuming we tell them we’ve run into issues which we didn’t really do with Daylite.

And that pretty much brings us up to date.

Ch Ch Changes

At the moment our business is going through a lot of changes, good changes but changes never the less. With these changes happening we need to be able to more easily generate reports on how all of our business units are functioning each fortnight – month so that we can sort out any potential problems quickly rather than letting them cost us too much money. I believe Daylite will allow us to keep a close eye on a number of areas of our business very easily.

So I gave the MyMac guys a call yesterday and have setup a 1 on 1 training session so we can get this under control.

End of the tunnel

Meanwhile, today I spent about 4-5 hours in Daylite. I did a fresh installation, imported in our contact list, and forced myself to operate out of Daylite for the majority of the day. I setup a couple of meetings, 3 business trips, and a bunch of installations and trials, to try and get myself into the swing of the Daylite workflow. Once I get it down it will be so much easier for me to get the rest of our team using it.

I’m positive that Daylite as a solution will be a total win for us, now I just have to make it so.

★ Daylite after the storm

Around 7-8 months ago we were adamant that our business needed a CRM. We needed a better way to not only keep in touch with our customers and suppliers, but we also needed a better way to keep an eye on our sales team to see how they were progressing through each part of the sales process.

I did a whole bunch of research, we are totally an Apple based company so that narrowed the field substantially straight away. My shortlist was Salesforce.com, 37 Signals’ Highrise, and Marketcircle’s Daylite. Plain and simple I did not like Salesforce.com and to be honest I wasn’t convinced a web-based solution was the answer. So I started a Daylite trial.

Trials and tribulations

Daylite is a really simple install, even when you’re opting for a server database setup, it was quite funny to me how easy it was to setup. I literally laughed out loud (LOL) when I was able to sync a demo db with my MacBook Pro and iPhone via one of our development servers within 5 minutes. Big kudos to Marketcircle on getting that right.

So we bought a bunch of Daylite licenses, Daylite Touch licenses, a new Mac Mini Server, and support contracts to go along with it.

And that’s pretty much where the joy ended.

Anti-workflow

You see we’re a small business where all our staff pull double, triple, and often quadruple, duty. Just about all of us are capable of doing everything in the business from packing an order to servicing a $100,000.00 piece of medical equipment. This creates a problem as each of our workflows is so unique to each of us that trying to box ourselves into a fairly generic ‘sales pipeline’ workflow just wasn’t going to work.

Other issues we had were little things like double data entry because some people wouldn’t use Daylite alone, they would still want to enter data into Address Book and iCal. And don’t get me started on iCal. At work we share a single iCal calendar with multiple calendar categories. It’s simple but it works for us, however taking that ‘methodology’ into Daylite is a recipe for disaster.

So toward the middle of December we all but scrapped using Daylite.

Goneski

Now let me be very upfront here, the guys down at MyMac in Bondi were total gems when it came to the install and setup of Daylite. They provided, and still do, excellent support and always help us out promptly when we run into problems…….assuming we tell them we’ve run into issues which we didn’t really do with Daylite.

And that pretty much brings us up to date.

Ch Ch Changes

At the moment our business is going through a lot of changes, good changes but changes never the less. With these changes happening we need to be able to more easily generate reports on how all of our business units are functioning each fortnight – month so that we can sort out any potential problems quickly rather than letting them cost us too much money. I believe Daylite will allow us to keep a close eye on a number of areas of our business very easily.

So I gave the MyMac guys a call yesterday and have setup a 1 on 1 training session so we can get this under control.

End of the tunnel

Meanwhile, today I spent about 4-5 hours in Daylite. I did a fresh installation, imported in our contact list, and forced myself to operate out of Daylite for the majority of the day. I setup a couple of meetings, 3 business trips, and a bunch of installations and trials, to try and get myself into the swing of the Daylite workflow. Once I get it down it will be so much easier for me to get the rest of our team using it.

I’m positive that Daylite as a solution will be a total win for us, now I just have to make it so.

Daylite after the storm

Around 7-8 months ago we were adamant that our business needed a CRM. We needed a better way to not only keep in touch with our customers and suppliers, but we also needed a better way to keep an eye on our sales team to see how they were progressing through each part of the sales process.

I did a whole bunch of research, we are totally an Apple based company so that narrowed the field substantially straight away. My shortlist was Salesforce.com, 37 Signals’ Highrise, and Marketcircle’s Daylite. Plain and simple I did not like Salesforce.com and to be honest I wasn’t convinced a web-based solution was the answer. So I started a Daylite trial.

Trials and tribulations

Daylite is a really simple install, even when you’re opting for a server database setup, it was quite funny to me how easy it was to setup. I literally laughed out loud (LOL) when I was able to sync a demo db with my MacBook Pro and iPhone via one of our development servers within 5 minutes. Big kudos to Marketcircle on getting that right.

So we bought a bunch of Daylite licenses, Daylite Touch licenses, a new Mac Mini Server, and support contracts to go along with it.

And that’s pretty much where the joy ended.

Anti-workflow

You see we’re a small business where all our staff pull double, triple, and often quadruple, duty. Just about all of us are capable of doing everything in the business from packing an order to servicing a $100,000.00 piece of medical equipment. This creates a problem as each of our workflows is so unique to each of us that trying to box ourselves into a fairly generic ‘sales pipeline’ workflow just wasn’t going to work.

Other issues we had were little things like double data entry because some people wouldn’t use Daylite alone, they would still want to enter data into Address Book and iCal. And don’t get me started on iCal. At work we share a single iCal calendar with multiple calendar categories. It’s simple but it works for us, however taking that ‘methodology’ into Daylite is a recipe for disaster.

So toward the middle of December we all but scrapped using Daylite.

Goneski

Now let me be very upfront here, the guys down at MyMac in Bondi were total gems when it came to the install and setup of Daylite. They provided, and still do, excellent support and always help us out promptly when we run into problems…….assuming we tell them we’ve run into issues which we didn’t really do with Daylite.

And that pretty much brings us up to date.

Ch Ch Changes

At the moment our business is going through a lot of changes, good changes but changes never the less. With these changes happening we need to be able to more easily generate reports on how all of our business units are functioning each fortnight – month so that we can sort out any potential problems quickly rather than letting them cost us too much money. I believe Daylite will allow us to keep a close eye on a number of areas of our business very easily.

So I gave the MyMac guys a call yesterday and have setup a 1 on 1 training session so we can get this under control.

End of the tunnel

Meanwhile, today I spent about 4-5 hours in Daylite. I did a fresh installation, imported in our contact list, and forced myself to operate out of Daylite for the majority of the day. I setup a couple of meetings, 3 business trips, and a bunch of installations and trials, to try and get myself into the swing of the Daylite workflow. Once I get it down it will be so much easier for me to get the rest of our team using it.

I’m positive that Daylite as a solution will be a total win for us, now I just have to make it so.

★ Music, your kids, and your golf game

As a parent with a child who is has begun discovering “music” it’s really really important to find some time to listen to your own music.

Let me paint you a picture.

I’m on the 1st tee at Gloucester Golf Course on Saturday morning doing a couple of practice swings getting ready to hit my first shot of the day straight down the middle of the fairway. Lovely swing path, club head speed was about right, let’s do this.

I walk forward to where my ball is tee’d up and awaiting a spanking, get my alignment right, get my hands in right, start this back swing and……..

Old Dan Tucker was a fine old man
He washed his face in the frying pan
He combed his hair with a wagon wheel
And died of the toothache in his heel

Damn you Wiggles and your stupid tv show!

Snap hook out into the rough, luckily not too deep that I couldn’t put my next back onto the fairway though I still finished up with a double bogey 7. The rest of the front 9 pretty much followed that same predictable plot line. I think someone could’ve yelled “in the hole” at the top of their voice and I wouldn’t have been any more put off than I already was.

So how did I get here.

Well you see up until recently Travis didn’t pay that much attention to the tv. Sure he had a few shows he would watch, but none that weren’t an absolute obsession. That was until The Wiggles became an obsession.

Every morning now, up and out of bed yelling Wiggle Iggle Iggle and stupidly we cave and put it on and give him 15 minutes of it before breakfast. Little did I know that there was a bit of subliminal messaging going on and Anthony, Murray, Jeff, and Sam were aiming to put me off my golf game because they were scared of my prowess on the links.

Well played Gentlemen. You may have won this round but in the end I will be the victor. You see I have an ace up my sleeve, it’s called……the next phase, and apparently that’s likely to be Thomas the Tank Engine or Dora the Explorer.

God help me!

Note to self. Next weekend and you’re driving to golf no matter how much you want to listen to the new Back to Work, Enough, The Bro Show, MacBreak Weekly, etc episode, resist it. Just say no to podcasts. Put on some good old driving rock music or something else that you won’t likely get stuck in your head. You can get your Merlin Mann and Leo Laporte fix on the way home.

★ Music, your kids, and your golf game

As a parent with a child who is has begun discovering “music” it’s really really important to find some time to listen to your own music.

Let me paint you a picture.

I’m on the 1st tee at Gloucester Golf Course on Saturday morning doing a couple of practice swings getting ready to hit my first shot of the day straight down the middle of the fairway. Lovely swing path, club head speed was about right, let’s do this.

I walk forward to where my ball is tee’d up and awaiting a spanking, get my alignment right, get my hands in right, start this back swing and……..

Old Dan Tucker was a fine old man
He washed his face in the frying pan
He combed his hair with a wagon wheel
And died of the toothache in his heel

Damn you Wiggles and your stupid tv show!

Snap hook out into the rough, luckily not too deep that I couldn’t put my next back onto the fairway though I still finished up with a double bogey 7. The rest of the front 9 pretty much followed that same predictable plot line. I think someone could’ve yelled “in the hole” at the top of their voice and I wouldn’t have been any more put off than I already was.

So how did I get here.

Well you see up until recently Travis didn’t pay that much attention to the tv. Sure he had a few shows he would watch, but none that weren’t an absolute obsession. That was until The Wiggles became an obsession.

Every morning now, up and out of bed yelling Wiggle Iggle Iggle and stupidly we cave and put it on and give him 15 minutes of it before breakfast. Little did I know that there was a bit of subliminal messaging going on and Anthony, Murray, Jeff, and Sam were aiming to put me off my golf game because they were scared of my prowess on the links.

Well played Gentlemen. You may have won this round but in the end I will be the victor. You see I have an ace up my sleeve, it’s called……the next phase, and apparently that’s likely to be Thomas the Tank Engine or Dora the Explorer.

God help me!

Note to self. Next weekend and you’re driving to golf no matter how much you want to listen to the new Back to Work, Enough, The Bro Show, MacBreak Weekly, etc episode, resist it. Just say no to podcasts. Put on some good old driving rock music or something else that you won’t likely get stuck in your head. You can get your Merlin Mann and Leo Laporte fix on the way home.