Apart form Trainz the only other thing I really liked was Command & Conquer not any of the first person shooters but the strategy based ones. All of the old ones, especially Tiberium Sun, wouldn’t run properly on later machines. When I went apple and installed the Parallels VM I considered installing he windoze games so that I could play them again. I have VM setup for windoze to test IE8/10 for Channelpace.
But a game called ‘Company of Heroes’ which has been around for a while was ported to Mac with all three editions available, it was available on the Apple store but the download of 12gigs over the satellite wasn’t on, picked a DVD version up from eBay for less than $20 and I must say that the game is quite enjoyable, not too much overkill with the graphics, the music is not intrusive and the game play it very interesting .. translation I keep getting my forces killed. I tend to play one scenaro a day while pondering more coding specs for Channelpace.
If you are into C&C and have not looked at Company of Heros give it a go .. available for Windoze and Mac
A Grain train rolling south at Jenkinsburg GA on 4-25-2013 and something to think about. Locomotives NS 8343 C40-8W, NS 8340 C40-8W, CN 8908 SD70M-2
Just received from Kiva…
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Climb aboard the loco and proceed to Tarrenlea Cattle Siding. Make up the train and load the wagons. The cattle wagons, 18 of them, will be checked. Drive the train to Terry’s Livestock and unload. The wagons will again be checked. Shunt the train and put it away in the centre. Don’t go through any RED signals. All junctions and signals will be set for you. Watch your speed as there are some very steep grades and, on occasions, you may have to apply the hand brake ‘A’ to stop your train sliding forward.
Greg and myself are in Albury today, talking about his channelpace system, this time I drive down from home and Greg caught the local VicRail .. apart from me probably getting a speeding ticket from one of those cars that park on the side of the road, you know the ones that book you when everyone else has overtaken you it was just a long drive … naturally missing the roo’s when I left at 0530 was an issue.
I got to book the rooms this time, I did it via last minute and after I did the booking I asked for a map, so I printed that, got to Albury, Greg was late (he blamed the train) and we drove to the hotel, I went into the one it said on the map and presented my booking, they didn’t know me I said but I printed the booking and the map and handed it to the receptionist, she took it into the office, after a few minutes she came back and told me that we were in the wrong motel … d’oh oh my did Greg give it to me … I will get even fer sher!
Helen had a skin discolouration cut out a couple of weeks ago on her back, the test came back and has shown positive for melanoma she has to go back to the doctor on Monday to see what is to happen next, just changed the dressing as the thing has split again after the stitches were removed .. hohum .. let’s hope he chopped it all out the first time.
Will keep yah posted.
It’s not something one would likely reveal at a dinenr party, but Australian channel veteran Greg Furlong admits that he has a personal itch to help companies better manage contacts and increase connections.
Launched recently as Channelpace.com, the cloud-based service stems from Furlong’s lack of faith in traditional CRM products, while and juggernauts such as LinkedIn were not always updated or accurate.
“It is a cloud based personal contact management tool, but then it becomes dynamic CRM with other users in the same company, and a business network tool, as well as social communication,” Furlong told CRN.
Furlong said the challenge for any channel manager is managing the relationships they form – and then maintaining those relationships when you leave the company and go somewhere else.
The key to Channelpace is as an employee, and a member of the site, your contacts are accessible to your colleagues, just as they would be with traditional CRM. But if you leave, your contacts go with you, but the contacts you made while at the previous company remain accessible for former colleagues.
“As a channel manager, my most valuable asset is my contact and relationships,” Furlong said. “And the thing is, I am not going to enter them into the corporate CRM, basically because I have no skin in the game.”
In addition to dynamic contact management, there is also internal instant messaging, and a presence feature so you know when one of your contacts is online. There’s also the option to tell your contacts – but not your competitors – about new ideas and channel product offerings.
“Our philosophy is that your contacts are yours,” he said. “When you are joining a company, lending contacts, when you leave, they go with you, but the contacts you made when at that company are still accessible to them.”
The basic product is free, but there are also two-tiered membership levels, starting at $20 per month. Furlong said these levels provide additional functionality, such as the ability to send internal mail (a’la LinkedIN) to people you don’t know but would like to have a business relationship with.
“We’re funded by an angel investor, and we’re thinking of doing another round of funding,” Furlong said. “They say it’s hard to raise money in Australia, but we haven’t found that. You just have to have the right idea.”
We wanted to do the train trip to Broken Hill for a while, still can’t be away for any length of time so we decided to go out and back with an over night stay only. The train leaves Sydney on Monday and returns Tuesday so thayt’s what we did as well. It is about 10 hours from Bathurst so 20 hours of train travelling in about 36 is pretty wearing especially with kids screaming and carrying on with the trip to Broken Hill (we had to go second class) on the way back much quieter as we had first class.
Just seeing all of the flat land was pretty amazing to us as nothing is flat near where we live from Parkes to Broken Hill was pretty much straight and flat, we got to see a wheat train actually loading grain as we whizzed past at about 120kmh. At Broken Hill we stayed at an old shearers hotel, no pub any more converted into a ‘motel’ the aroma of the old place was marvellous. Went for a walk down the road and had a marvellous chinese dinner. Next morning bright and early it was back to the station for the train back.
So we had what we consider a good break, most people would probably say boring but hey we aint into all of this noise and stuff people seem to want when away.
Video of the flatness…
Some more pictures below…