Monthly Archives: May 2012

Latest contract letter

I was happy to see my latest renewal letter from Woodbury for the next academic year.

Garrett Renewal Ap 2012

In looking back at the last several years, I feel that I’ve been focusing too much on service.  While I have had several publications, most are in the area of assessment (not my primary interest!).

I’ve been work on PowerPoint research, but have had difficulty getting the right conference to showcase it.  Using an automated analysis approach has yielded what I think are some good results, but it doesn’t fall neatly into the IS community mainstream.

For next year, my priority is going to be to turn the my PowerPoint research into several journal articles.  I’m hopeful that this summer will result in a number of useful datasets that can be converted into some good findings.  Already, I’ve been able to download and partially process around 20,000 PowerPoint files, and I’m hopeful that with a few weeks of work, that I’ll be able to do some basic statistical analysis.

To 2012-2013!

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Cars, Marketing, and IT

Below is my second presentation at the Carl Benz Academy.  Thanks to Doug Garrett at Garrett Engineers, Inc. for providing some research data.
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Customer Relationship Management Presentation

Below is my presentation for the Carl Benz Academy session on May 20, 2012.
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Ski Jump Girl

A 4th grade girl working up courage to go down a ski jump.

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The importance of backups

BoingBoing recently posted a link to a horrifying video documenting an incident where the Pixar Toy Story team almost lost a year’s worth of work.

It’s a good reminder of what criteria your back process should fulfill:

  1. What happens when your computer crashes?  The simplest approach is to buy a 100$ external hard drive.  If you use a Mac, then setting up TimeMachine is incredibly easy.  If you use a PC, I recommend CrashPlan.  If you don’t have many pictures, a large flash drive is probably good enough.
  2. What happens when your house burns down or you get burglarized?  Generally, a good approach to getting an off-site backup is to purchase a second external hard drive and leave it at your parent’s house, friend’s apartment, or in a drawer at work.  This is manual, but if you can remember to swap out your hard drives every 6 months or so, you won’t loose to much data.
  3. What happens when one or both disks fail?  This may sound improbable, but I’ve consulted for companies that had 3 redundant backup systems fail.  The safest way to be safe is to make sure that your computers (your home computer and your laptop) are syncing data back and forth.  Using a program like DropBox or Google Drive is a generally safe alternative.  You can also setup Crashplan to sync computers together.

For businesses, or people with a large investment in digital assets, it’s best to also get an cloud backup system.  I’ve used Crashplan ok before, but one of my parents had a bad experience with Mozy.

At the very minimum get an external disk.  Hard drive always fail eventually, and you don’t want to lose your pictures, documents, or videos when your disk bites the dust.

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