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Crystal Reports on The Web(Almost)

Posted on: August 31, 2006 I Written By

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About 6 months ago I took a couple classes in Crystal Reports. If you haven’t used it then you are missing out. It does some pretty amazing things in reporting data from a database.

Well, today I came across Izenda Ad Hoc (www.izenda.com). Let’s just say that it puts crystal reports to shame. Izenda is an impressive web based AJAX report designer. I tried out a demo of the product and I’m still floored that this can all be done in a nice little web application.

The interface is really easy to use. I could see how some of the screens wouldn’t make sense to a non technical person on first site, but they have simplified access to the data to an interface that anyone could quickly learn how to use it to run all sorts of reports.

The best part of this application is that you are able to do it all on the web. There’s no need to install a client to be able to get at the reports on that data. If you have a web browser then you have access to all your reports.

If you are a database administrator you’ll see what I’m talking about. I know you could do it all in SQL on a webpage, but your users can’t. I think anyone that has a database full of information that would like reports on that information should try out this demo. It’s one of the best use of web applications that I’ve seen. I wonder if they have a hosted model?

WOW – CTO of VoodooPC’s Thoughts on Dell

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Rahul Sood, the CTO of VoodooPC, has one of the most transparent posts I’ve seen by a large company. I honestly am not that interested in gaming systems. I guess I watch through the corner of my eye. However, I was interested when Dell acquired Alienware. Why? Because I buy a lot of Dell products. So, anything Dell does makes me interested.

The best part of Rahul Sood’s post is him describing his interaction with Michael Dell. It’s a great read for anyone starting a business. I loved that both of them are up late at night working on their company. While I don’t have a company(at least not of any significance) I know what it is like to be up late into the night because your head is full of ideas and your body can’t sleep because it’s too excited.

In fact, technology pretty much has the same effect on me. Yes, I’ve had a lot of late nights.

Loan Consolidation for Doctors (and Other Students Too)

Posted on: August 30, 2006 I Written By

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Today I went to lunch with one of the doctors I work with. In our discussion I made a passing phrase about him making “the big bucks.” He then went on to tell me that I didn’t have all the massive student loans that he’d accrued getting his title of Doctor. He went on to tell me that he had taken students loans of $30,000 a year to get through med school. Multiply that by 8 years of school and that equals a lot of debt.

I told him the following:
Student loan consolidation Student Loan Consolidation STUDENT LOAN CONSOLIDATION!!

It’s really quite simple. Just by consolidating his student loans he’d be able to do all of the following:
– Cut his monthly payment up to 50%
– Improve his credit score
– Only have one payment a month

The most important of those is having one payment a month. He said that because he has so many loans he often has missed payments on some of his loans. I can’t imagine how hard it is to keep track of which one is due when. Missing these payments means he has to pay a late fee and his credit score also takes a hit.

I finally sent him the following link: student loan consolidation with StudentLoanConsolidator.com. Now he has no excuse for not consolidating his student loans.

Windows Live Writer

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There is a lot happening out their in the world of Web 2.0 in regards to publishing content on the web. More specifically posting to blogs. Windows has their offer out right now in the beta state called Windows Live Writer. I’m interested to see how this develops. In its beta state I don’t find many features I would use, but I can see how this has the potential to be very useful for all those non technical people out there that would like to publish to the web.

Feedback from Bosses

Posted on: August 29, 2006 I Written By

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Does anyone else get frustated that their boss can’t give any quality feedback? I honestly can’t remember my boss giving me any good feedback. He’s a great guy, but he really hasn’t helped me in my job. I think I might need to buy him an Employee Appraisals and Reviews program to help him out. Does anyone else have these same problems?

Creating Your Own Google Map Mashup

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Finally, someone made it possible for even a non technical person to be able to create a google mashup on google maps. It’s still in beta, but I really LOVE the idea. I’ve wanted to do this for a number of my own projects recently. My projects aren’t worth figuring out how to access Google’s API’s, but this could be the perfect service for me. One example, is that I want to be able to map out the boundaries of our ward and also mark who lives in each house. That’s what I talk about a church keeping track of its members.

Don’t Think You Don’t Need the TV Guide Anymore?

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My wife tried to pull something on me today when she told me that she thought we should use the TV guide. I of course don’t care about the TV guide anymore because you can see everything that is online using cable. Not to mention, if I wanted to know what was on I can just turn it to the cable channel that lists all the shows on TV.

Well, it turns out my wife wasn’t referring to the TV guide that we know about. Instead she was talking about The New TV Guide. I guess my wife wants to get a nice new TV for football season. The new “TV Guide” is a means of evaluating all your different TV needs. Think about flatscreen tvs, digital tvs, plasma tvs, lcd tvs, widescreen tvs, rear projection tvs, home cinema systems, etc etc etc. How are you suppose to know what to buy these days? The New TV Guide is a good place to start.

I personally hope I can convince her to get a Home Cinema Projector. Wish me luck!

Another Cool Game to Waste Some More Time

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Here’s another great flash game where you skateboard and earn points. It was pretty addicting because I wanted to get through the course without crashing and I also wanted to see what else could be done. Don’t blame me if it wastes too much of your time.

The Difference in a Good Can Opener and A Bad Can Opener

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If you’ve ever used a bad can opener then you know that you might as well get out your swiss army knife. A bad can opener can drive you nuts and leave you with an unopened can. You ask why I know? Well, we keep a crappy can opener around just in case we need a second one. I hate when I pick it up.

I really just miss an electic can opener that we got when we got married. I searched around to see about getting an electric can opener and I found something even better. It’s a One Touch Can Opener Even better! I got to try it out.

Amazing Albert Einstein Robot

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Take a look at this Albert Einstein Robot. The facial features are pretty amazing.