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We finally got some rain here in New England over the past couple of days .... some much-needed rain.
It's been so dry here that my backyard stream, usually burbling with snow melt, and filled with a chorus of spring peepers at this time of year, has been bone dry.
Until yesterday, when I gleefully snapped this shot of the stream running once again.
And my good friend and colleague Ben Hardill asked if I had recorded it for Creek Watch.
What is Creek Watch? Another wonderful, geeky, crowd-sourcing mobile solution from our friends at IBM Research.
Creek Watch is an iPhone application that enables you to help monitor the health of your local watershed. Whenever you pass by a waterway, spend a few seconds using the Creek Watch application to snap a picture and report how much water and trash you see. We aggregate the data and share it with water control boards to help them track pollution and manage water resources.
Honestly, how cool is that?
And it's FREE!
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Sign up for notifications that will allow you to follow the progress of those APARs that are important to you. APAR information is available on the Web to allow you to track the progress of the reported defect.
In addition to the information that is being published when APARs are closed, many Rational products are also publishing open APARs to the Web. ClearQuest (as of April 1st) is the latest to join the growing list of Rational products publishing open APARs and providing valuable defect information.
For further details about accessing open APARs on the Web, and a list of Rational products publishing open APARs, refer to technote 1461170: “Open APARs for Rational products available on the Web”.
Post Author: Denise McKinnon
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Did you know there's a way for you to get priority service request handling, as well as weekly reports and notifications and deeper connections to the skilled support engineers you need to help solve those tricky PMRs? Well now you know, and knowing is half the battle! (Ok, I MAY have just given away that I grew up on the GI Joe morning cartoons, I'm sure you won't hold it against me.) Now that you know about this program, what's the other half of the battle? Easy: knowing what it provides and how to get this for yourself!
This program provides you with broad access to standard support, while allowing you to choose the business areas that require more enhanced support services. Of course, it includes product continuation and online support, but also adds a comprehensive set of additional support features that help you toward rapid and complete issue resolution. Convinced yet? How about some bullet points to really drive home the value you'll see from this program? Why you need Accelerated Value Program Express Support: For more information: To learn more about how we can create a customized Accelerated Value Program offering to meet your needs, visit us online at: http
This program provides you with broad access to standard support, while allowing you to choose the business areas that require more enhanced support services. Of course, it includes product continuation and online support, but also adds a comprehensive set of additional support features that help you toward rapid and complete issue resolution.
Convinced yet? How about some bullet points to really drive home the value you'll see from this program?
Why you need Accelerated Value Program Express Support:
For more information: To learn more about how we can create a customized Accelerated Value Program offering to meet your needs, visit us online at: http
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Here are three examples (the last is also embedded in this post) of playlists to get you started and show the value of following the playlists specific to the product you care about:
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Last week Lifehacker shared out this blog post by Jesse Stormier: "Put Your Inbox in the Upstairs Bathroom". And it immediately clicked for me: living inside the inbox is just too easy. This, of course, makes the shift to living outside the inbox even more difficult, as people don't change until the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change.
This really can come down to a chicken or egg issue: is our addiction to email fueled by the ease of use, or is the ease of use driven by our addiction? In either case the solution, in part, is just as easy. In Jesse's post he notes how he switched from a slick GUI client and push notifications to using a command line email client, akin to putting his inbox as far away from him as his upstairs bathroom. Now, for a Unix guru that's a rather elegantly simple solution, as he is more than comfortable with the command line I'm sure. I'm even guessing it would work for a number of you reading this post here on developerWorks as well, knowing your technical excellence often has you playing on the command line.
Me? I'm lazy. While putting my inbox in the upstairs bathroom is a grand idea (my home office is upstairs, so it really isn't much of a trip at all), going as far as using Mutt on the CLI to access it is more akin to putting my inbox in my backyard, or for other people it may even be closer to their postal box down the street. Making email hard to use isn't really the point of "working outside of the inbox". Rather, the intent is to improve our collaborative efforts using tools better suited to the tasks and not automatically default to using email unless it really is the right tool for the job. So, let's make it easy!
Ok, but where's the solution? What's the recommendation? Two simple parts come to mind here:
With these two easy bits covered, my last recommendation will be to schedule specific and focused time in your day to address your inbox messages, freeing you from the shackles of your inbox the rest of the day! I know a few people around here only deal with email first thing in the morning when they arrive to work, and last thing before they leave (in between, of course, is when real work is being done and collaboration occurring all across the organization in the right tools for the jobs at hand). Or perhaps scheduling three times to check: on arrival, right after lunch, and again before leaving for the day.
Regardless of how you go about it, finding what works for you is the key to enjoying a life outside of your inbox. I assure you, it is absolutely worth the mild pain of change!