Friday, September 29, 2006

Introducing the HP Media Vault

I'm going to borrow this blog to do some promotion. I hope you guys won't mind. I would like to announce that the product I've been working on for the past
year has just been released. I love this product and have had a great time
working on it. One of the most gratifying parts of working on the product
was that whenever we had someone test it, we could never get it back from
them. :-) At first, some people didn't even know that they needed it and yet
after they start using it, they didn't know how they lived without it. It's
a network-attached storage/backup device for the home called the HP Media
Vault. You can also use it in a business. I use one around work all the
time and find it just as valuable in a business environment as it is at
home. The software that comes with it automates both disk image backups as
well as file-based backups. It can be used to easily share files between a
Windows PC, a Linux workstation, or a Mac.

One of the coolest features is the ability to stream music, photos, and
videos to your TV/Stereo systems around your home by using a digital media
adapter. I've started a new FAQ and user group which you can find here:

If you compare it against similar products, I think you'll find that it leads the field when
you compare its capacity, performance, price, flexibility, and support.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Landing at OSH

Someone with a professional grade digital camera snapped my picture when I was landing at Oshkosh this year and put the photo in a very nice photo archive. I'm in good company too since the photo archive included none other than Harrison Ford, as seen in backseat of a Blue Angels FA-18 jet. If you click on the photo, you'll see me making a landing at the 'busiest airport in the world.' It was my 15th attendance at the 'biggest aviation event' of the year.

Machu Picchu

I am always astonished at the accomplishments of our classmates. Earlier this year I was amazed that Mike Kinney ran in the Boston Marathon. Imagine, the most prestigious marathon in the world and one of our classmates earns the right to run in it at age 46! Now I have a picture of Machu Picchu sent to me by one of our graduates and it contains photos not just of her, but also of her sister, brother-in-law, daughters and husband. The photo is visually stunning. I've asked her to blog about the trip, and if she does, I'll delete this posting so you can read about the trip directly from her with photos included. I'm intentionally being secretive, because I'd love the see a trip writeup from her and so this is my attempt at lending intrigue to what looks like a trip already replete with intrigue.

Sunday, September 17, 2006


It's not often that you get your picture on the cover of book written your by favorite musician but apparently I've been bestowed this significant honor. Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for the legendary rock group, Rush, who I've written about on this blog before, has put my face is on the cover of his newest book. Granted it's rather small, but if you look into the crowd on the photo above, I appear about 2/3 of the way up the amphitheater just about 15 seats from the right. :-)

I've read Neil's other books and have enjoyed them thoroughly, especially Ghost Rider, a book that converted me from a Harley rider into a BMW rider. Neil is aware of this fact because I mentioned it to his agent, when I was negotiating for an amazing animation video made by one of his fans for bundling with a product that HP is just about ready to ship. You can see the video here. Unfortunately, the video won't be in the product; we had to settle for a Matt Damon movie.

I tried to send out the reunion message that I posted here last week on the blog, but for some reason it failed, probably because Comcast didn't like the 70+ email addresses in the BCC field. So I tried again today via my Yahoo account and I think it worked. I've had three bounced messages so far due to bad email addresses. I suspect that after a few years, there are a lot of you with new email addresses so I'll probably get a few more. Please let me know if you if you have a new or preferred email address so I can update you on our list.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

2007 reunion info...

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all doing well.

A tentative date for our 30th reunion was selected back in 2002 on which sent an email to people who are registered there informing them that our next reunion would be held August 11th, 2007. However, the reunion committee has yet to meet and so that date is still tentative. I'll make sure to post the reunion date here on the weblog on main page when the committee selects it.

Shortly after the last reunion, per Mike Laton's request, I put up a survey on the main reunion page to collect feedback from everyone to see what options would be the most popular for the next reunion. The survey collected information for a few years but then it broke. I figured out the problem and fixed it just today, so it's back up and working. You can find it here. Please put in your vote if you haven't already voted.

At the 25th reunion, Tom Crossin had graciously offered to host the next reunion at his house. I cannot fathom how difficult that would be, hosting a party that big at one's house, since our reunions have typically drawn over 100 people and it could go much higher than that. According to the survey, Tom's house seems to be the popular choice. I'm sure that it would be economical for the rest of us, but does put a rather high burden on Tom and his family. I'll give him a call and see if it's still an option. The final decision will be made by the reunion committee and they probably won't meet until sometime in October.

Similarly, the date for the reunion was also mentioned in the poll and last time the Labor Day weekend was chosen to take advantage of the 3-day weekend as a time when people may have already planned to travel home to visit with family in the Valley. But it certainly wasn't optimal for everyone. It appears that holiday weekends already have too many scheduling conflicts. So the voting is favoring a summer weekend other than a holiday weekend.

I will also mail out this information to the email list that I have for our class. If you've updated your email address recently, please send it to me so I'll be able to share any future information with you. Also, if you want to help with the reunion, please email me and I'll send your contact information to Karen Leonardi.