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  1. I'll certainly try to get in tonight, tomorrow we have a leaving party for a friend who is moving to Qatar so I don't think I'll make tomorrow.
  2. I am trusting that you will be doing the needful so that our relationship may become more yellow? (Don't even get me started on some of the things I've had to read over the years) Wu hen hao, de busnes units, wu english hen hao, wu uber 1337 Lev, I'm off to my next expat assignment in Mexico, the first was China. Any advise? I've done a bunch of research and from what I understand it's no different than living in Dallas (which I did for four months last year). It's Saltillo, Mexico. Any input will be appreciated. thx, zai jian Bizarre coincidence. The brother in law of the guy who is in the office next to mine lives in Detroit and does extended work stays in Saltillo (I think he's with GM). From what I've heard it's a pretty industrial city, but you're only an hour from Monterrey. It's not too far from the border but isn't really impacted by any of the violence you see on the news. If you want to PM me your email, I could put you guys in contact I'm sure he'd have a wealth of information. Thanks
  3. I am trusting that you will be doing the needful so that our relationship may become more yellow? (Don't even get me started on some of the things I've had to read over the years)
  4. Hi, I don't think remote will entirely work, it could potentially have been done out of our (clients) offices in Cincinnati (although that's not first choice). I'll certainly check into it though. Thanks
  5. I don't have a huge network of folks that I know outside the SAP space in the Toronto area, but I know we've got several members from in or around Toronto. I'm currently looking for a technical writer in the Toronto area, initially probably a 3 month gig, but would likely become full time after June. Short description: The Technical Writer will work on an effort involving the documentation of requirements for financial database products and related systems that are primarily used in financial management activities for the client. The individual will produce physical as well as logical design requirements. Activities will include: 1. Facilitating an understanding for product managers and executives to help them quickly assess impact of any planned technology initiatives. 2. Establishment of a Go-To repository for technical team members to use. 3. Offering expertise and practical assistance in the investigation, evaluation and interpretation of data. 4. Performing the methodical investigation, analysis and documentation of business functions and processes. Job Requirements The ideal candidate will have a strong system analysis background and proven experience in the following areas: • Previous experience with Mega modeling tool is preferred but not required • Good understanding of and experience with financial systems • Solid experience producing physical and logical design requirements • Strong documentation skills • Business Analysis background • Experience working with global teams Ability and willingness to work non-traditional business hours to accommodate communication with team members from abroad. If anyone knows someone who'd be interested (and preferably qualified to do the job), please get them to Email me . Thanks Ron/Lev
  6. Arrived yesterday evening 5:21pm, 8lbs 3oz, 19 inches. Sisters, mum and dad over the moon. Both mum and little lad doing great. Alexander
  7. Have to assume that this is related Sony: PS3 owners should 'stop gaming'
  8. Leveller

    Help please

    I'm pretty sure it's Michael Madsen.
  9. Thanks for the feedback guys, I think the holding off for a big build is probably the best idea. Honestly we've still got 2 laptops and 2 desktops that are still 100% functional between us all (if I include my work laptop), if the truth be told I was probably just looking for an excuse to spend some money on myself, lol...
  10. I'd looked at the e8400 as well, it's about $50 cheaper. I'm probably going to hang off and then do some research before a whole new build. Probably doesn't make too much sense to do a partial upgrade only to want a new build in 6-12 months time anyway.
  11. Been throwing around doing a new build for a few months now, but haven't pulled the trigger, and I'm thinking about just doing an upgrade (CPU, add another 4GB (running Win7 64bit) of RAM and update from my 8800GTX at some point down the road). My wife's PC has just died (old Athlon which frankly is going to be too much of a pain to source replacement parts), so I was thinking about doing a handmedown type affair with my CPU & GFX card onto a newer 775 mobo. Well, Newegg have the Q9550 on offer today for $239. Would this be enough to bring my CPU reasonably up to date from a E6700? I'm not looking to start a whole new build thread, just wondering if this is a good deal and whether it would give my rig some new life for a couple of years?
  12. Probably a selection of things, I know my wife will want to watch the figure skating, I'll be holding out for the giant slalom, bobsleigh and downhill. If anyone's interested there is a brief slide show at CIO.com of the TOC (technology operations center) my company puts together and runs for the Olympics.
  13. I don't know if these are entirely accurate as they weren't on the Sega site, but I found these system requirements on the interwebz: Minimum Requirements: Windows 7/ XP/Vista 1 GB System RAM (XP)/ 2 GB System RAM (Vista) 3.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4/Athlon 64 3000+ or equivalent processor DirectX 9.0c compliant video card with 128 MB RAM (NVIDIA 6600 or better, ATI X1600 or better) Recommended Requirements: Windows 7/ XP/Vista Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 or equivalent processor 2 GB System RAM DirectX 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA 8800 series, ATI HD2900 PRO or better)
  14. I've put the 360 demo in my download queue, unfortunately I don't think my PC will do it justice (if the Star Trek closed and open betas were anything to go by, although I know a lot of people reported performance issues with it). I do think I need to do a PC upgrade/new build at some point in the near future (as the socket 754 mobo has just died on my wife's pc, I can probably justify giving her mine as a hand-me-down and building new for myself). Both this and Battlefield Bad Company 2 are games I'd prefer to play on the PC rather than the 360.
  15. The night before we drove to Dallas (empty house, no food, one car etc.) we were going out to get food and the air conditioner died, snapped belts and broke about two other pulleys on the front of the engine, fortunately it was still under warranty or it would have been about $1,400 of work. I'm pleased to say that thus far it's been the only major issue we've had, I've recently replaced the CPS and the power-steering reservoir (couldn't make out if the leak was from the reservoir itself or the o-ring). Fortunately the ML is paid for, so we have a "car fund" which I prefer over paying up front for a warranty, if I don't need it I'm just throwing money away in my mind and having an account set up for unexpected major repairs I can't do works a bit like an additional savings option.
  16. My copy arrived yesterday, unfortunately I've not played right the way through ME1 since I my original 360 died (I had two completed playthroughs on there). I'm finding it very hard to leave ME2 in the little wrapper until I've finished the ME1 playthrough I'm currently on but I really want to get the most out of carrying over my Shepherd........
  17. Great of you to offer. My wife's ML is now out of warranty I've been picking up on a fair bit of the maintenance and repairs myself, (happy to say that other than for intermediate oil changes (I'm not a great believer in the recommended 15K miles between oil changes on a twin turbo car) and tires I'm sorting out myself, my BM is still under the 0 cost maintenance coverage and several years left on the warranty). Have found Benzworld.org to be really useful (huge amount of documentation and a great DIY section, but not 100% comprehensive) and autohausaz.com for getting the larger parts at good prices. I'll be very happy to have another resource I can turn to....
  18. If I were going for track/road "fun", then Nightling beat me to the punch, I'd probably take the M3 route as well, they'll be releasing a competition package for the stock M3 in Europe shortly, but I'd definitely take the newly announced GTS over that. (I'm a huge BMW fan, I had a '99 M3 GT2/GT limited of which they only built 50 in right hand drive before I moved stateside, currently driving a 2008 335ci and about to order the Dinan S1 package for it). I'm pretty sure you're a bike man Clue, so you'll probably appreciate this: linky If it was for a mix of luxury and pleasure, it'd definitely be something from the Aston Martin stable, probably the DBS.
  19. It's actually the current goldbox/lightening deal on Amazon, $37.99 for the 360.
  20. I've got it on the 360. To be honest, I played for about the first 20-30 minutes and thought I'd just wasted some money (oh no, not another Two Worlds).......... I've now played it through twice and am on my third time, looking forward to playing through Return to Ostagar and Awakening when it comes out. I think my initial impression was getting accustomed to the camera angle, but when I'd got over that, it's a great game, huge story and I got pretty hooked on it.
  21. Recruiting manager for the ERP services (mostly SAP) division of a large global IT services company. My team and I cover all of the US and Canada. With the economy how it has been over the last 12-18 months and not that much hiring taking place, I've been tasked with leading more strategic HR initiatives for North America focused around succession planning, retention and social media, which I'm pleased to say has kept me in work and broken up the often all too cyclical nature of the day job. I was a supplier to this company when I was in the UK and when I moved over her in 2004 a chance meeting ended up with me working in house initially in Cinci, but the company moved me to Dallas in 2007. Occasionally I get involved in something a bit more interesting, we're the systems integration partner for the IOC, so we have a team of a couple hundred up in Vancouver ready for the Olympics to kick off and I'm probably going to try and volunteer at London 2012 (which would give me a chance to take the wife and kids back to the UK for an extended period rather than the normal 1-2 week trips).
  22. After the first email I had to stop and re-read it, I never knew Wayfarer all that well, really only as ships in the night, but through his activity in the community I felt I knew him perhaps more than I really did and at least had an idea of some of the things he was going through. I'm greatly saddened to hear the news, I'm not that active around here at the moment and I know I only knew Wayfarer as an acquaintance really, but it feels like I've lost a close friend. He will be missed.
  23. Not entirely sure, but it's very different to what I expected when I moved here with work.
  24. We've had it for over a year, with only one outage (last weekend actually) which was just that the box had gone bad. Connection died around 9pm (this put us without internet and TV), they had a tech out the next morning, switched it out straight away and we were back up and running. Having had all different types of internet and cable TV (Dishnetwork, TWC (cable and internet), Cincinnati Bell internet etc.) over the last 4 years, this is hands down the best we've had (we also got a great introductory deal when they came door to door after we went live with it in our subdivision and that deal is still the best bells and whistles package at the same price point that I've seen). You can only have a maximum of 2 HD channels in operation at the same time whether you're watching them or DVRing(?), the 4 channel piece, is up to 2 HD and 2 regular. Most of our neighborhood are on it now, and I've seen no noticeable drop in bandwidth.
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