2008 Broncos Season Opener – pre-game thoughts

Today, I read an article in Mile High magazine titled “From First to Worst” which highlighted the changes in the Broncos’ organization over the last three years. Here is a summary of the dramatic changes in the organization.

In a few hours I’ll begin grilling the chicken; a few hours after that I’ll be eatting chicken and watching the Denver Broncos Monday night season opener in the Black Hole.

Less than three years ago, the Bronocos contended for the AFC Championship Title against Pittsburgh. I still recall the dissapointment of that game. Today, I read an article in Mile High magazine titled “From First to Worst” which highlighted the changes in the Broncos’ organization over the last three years. Here is a summary of the dramatic changes in the organization:

  1. Change Coordinators (multiple times) – from Kubiak/Coyer/Bradford to Heimerdinger/Dennison/Bates to Slowic/Dennison/O’Brien
  2. Change Quarterbacks – from Plummer to Cutler (interesting note: since the years of Elway, the Broncos are 43-42 without Plummer, versus 40-19 with Plummer)
  3. Change the Front Office – goodbye Smith and Sundquist
  4. Change the Roster – only 10 remain: on the offense, only two starters and two reserves remain (Nalen, Hamilton, Sapp, and Leach); on the deffense, only three starters and three reserve remain (Williams, Foxworth, Bailey, Payham, Green, and Ekuban).

I knew that Denver had become a very different team than it was when Elway led the team to back-to-back Super Bowl wins. I didn’t realize that the change was this dramatic.

So what does all this change mean? I loved watching Bailey and Marshall go head-to-head at training camp. Preseason was a fun tease before the season really begins. Tonight the real fun begins!

I still bleed blue and orange.

Go Broncos!!!

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Dual Monitors on an iBook G4

…I’m venturing back into the freelance world. One of the first things I wanted to do was configure my mac iBook with a second monitor. This isn’t an option by default, so I searched google for “ibook g4 dual monitor” which took me to this forum thread. From there I found a link to the Screen Spanning Doctor which I downloaded and installed.

I started setting up my home office now that I’m venturing back into the freelance world. One of the first things I wanted to do was configure my mac iBook with a second monitor. This isn’t an option by default, so I searched google for “ibook g4 dual monitor” which took me to this forum thread. From there I found a link to the Screen Spanning Doctor which I downloaded and installed. [now I need to restart…]

[restarted]

After I logged back into OS X (v10.4.11 by the way), I immediately opened the display properties in Sytem Preferences and found a new option: Arrangement. I clicked on the Arrangement tab and rearranged the monitors to match their physical locations, then adjusted the resolution of the new screen. Done!

This will help me quite a bit. The iBook only has a 12″ screen with 1024×768 resolution. The 19″ screen that I attached will give me an additional 1440×900 pixels of workspace. This is extremely helpful with Adobe CS3 products (eg Photoshop and Dreamweaver).

ibook g4 dual screens

Now it’s time to get started on a couple projects.

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Project Management and Collaboration

I’ve been using Basecamp for over a year now with Denver First Church, so now that I’m freelancing again I’ve chosen Basecamp as my solution for managing projects and offering online client collaboration.

I’ve learned that apps like Basecamp only work if I can commit to using them. I’ve tried a lot of solutions, all of which I’ve abandoned with the exception of Basecamp. I appreciate the business philosophies of 37signals; they’re good guys making good apps. Here are a few links to some of their products:

Basecamp

Highrise

Backpack