Bryan Ruby


Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

Is It Enough?

I have not written too much about technology or IT related issues. In part, this is due to spending most of my work day dealing with IT problems. Shoud not that be enough?

However, increasingly I am finding the need to be more creative outside work in applying what I know. At work I have been working quite a bit with the Mozilla products, Thunderbird and Firefox. Thunderbird is an e-mail client and Firefox is a browser. I was the team leader for deploying the Thunderbird e-mail client in my organization's region. This was not too much of a stretch since our previous official client was the Netscape 4.7 suite. For those that don't know, Firefox and Thunderbirds roots are with Netscape.

So for those reading this blog that have not tried Firefox and Thunderbird, I urge you to give them a try. You can download the software (for free) from the Mozilla Web Site. Once you have taken a look at them, come back later and maybe we will discuss their advantages and disadvantages over Internet Explorer and Outlook.

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My first blog post in the modern Internet era

Why am I doing this?

This past year Web logs (Blogs) have become real popular. It's interesting. Privacy is so important to everyone, yet so many are willing to write down their thoughts for public viewing. I've been curious if I would have anything important to say in a blog, so figured what the heck I'll give it a try.

Actually, Blogs are not really anything new. In the 80s before the Internet was available to the public we had Bulletin Board Systems (basically a stand alone Web Site that rarely was networked outside of people dialing with their modems (my first modem was 300 baud!). During that time I was just getting into college and actually had my own "column" on LaDawna Howard's BBS in Kansas City. My column was titled, "What Next" with comments from me on the news of the day. I don't actually remember what I wrote about but I do know that I thought I knew a lot about what I was writing about back then. Today, I realize I know a lot less now then I did when I was 18. They say with age comes wisdom. I wonder if that's true or just a kinder way of saying you're getting old and slow...

Time will tell what direction I'll take this Blog. I likely won't reveal too much personal and may find that I would rather have this Blog reflect my hobbies instead of my personal thoughts. At this time in my life, I really don't feel a need to change anybody's opinions on politics or religion. That said...as my son grows up, I hope he learns to respect the opinions of his father and mother, yet matures to have his own opinions and beliefs. As he grows and shares the same viewpoints as his Mom and Dad, I'll know that he has learned something from us. For those beliefs and opinions that he develops differently from his Mom and Dad, we then will have a chance to learn from him.