Thursday, December 18, 2008

ParaPlan 4.0 Beta Unleashed!

I will soon be installing our newest version of ParaPlan at Kendal-Crosslands today (www.kcc.kendal.org).  Steve Cooper is the transportation director at KCC and will be our first beta tester of ParaPlan 4.0.  Steve provided numerous requests and comments during the development of ParaPlan 2/3 and he will be a great resource for us as we roll out the new version.  Steve will be testing it on a copy of his ParaPlan 3.8x data.

PP 4.0 is in written in C# .NET 3.5...Tim has been working on it for quite some time and we are excited about beginning its release cycle!

This new version is no longer dependent on Microsoft Access which has always caused us various issues.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

KU vs Kent State

Allie and I decided late to go to the game in Lawrence and a couple cool things happened at the game last Monday.

Beware Of The Phog

#1 With just 0.2 seconds left in the 1st half, KU had an inboud alley-oop to Cole to end the half and we all went nutz of course.  Then as the teams left the court for halftime, they put the following clip on the jumbotron...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4STTYu-wkU

Then right after Farley says, "That was awesome!", they replayed Cole's dunk several times.  Kinda sweet.

#2 During a 2nd half timeout... they played the now infamous 4th&7 play by KU vs Mizzou at the 08 Arrowhead game.  After the crowd went crazy, they zoomed the jumbotron to Todd Reesing who was in attendance and we all gave him a standing O for a couple minutes.  Kinda sweeter.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Coldplay in KC 08

The show was truly amazing for me and Allie.

A-Bom, Crash and BC$ at Coldplay

Me, Allie, Crash and BC hit the Sprint Center for Coldplay 08!  They put on a great show across the board, but a sweet moment occurred when they ran up into the croud just 6 rows from me and Allie.... they played 'The Scientist'...which was our first dance at our wedding.  It was so so cool...

The Coldplay Boys close up

Sorry about the pic quality...but whatever.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election 2008...Obama v. McCain

I generally agree with every Republican philosophy, but I no longer have faith that they can properly deliver it to us.  That is pretty much all I need to say on that.  This election is historic and exciting...I voted early and here is a pic of the voter line in Johnson County, KS one day before the election...

Monday - Nov. 3 Line in JoCo

A Moment To Post...

I missed October somehow, but a lot has been going on.  Allie is pregnant!... and I will have some sweet ultrasound pics in 3 weeks.  We are due on April 16 09. 

I also went to the Arkansas Transit trade show by myself for the first time in Little Rock, AR.  It was an awesome experience for me because I was the only software vendor at the show and I am also good friends with the regulars.  Here is a pic of me and Russ Parish of the ATA....

Me & Russ at the ATA Conf

Russ and I became friends back in 2001, when Carl and I first attended the Arkansas Transit Show.  Russ is a trainer for the ATA and drives his state daily to visit transit sites and train their clients on everything from drug and alcohol testing to wheelchair tie-down instruction.  He received a national award from the FTA for his service this year too!  very cool

We also had a ParaPlan Pro install at Sheridan MiniBus in Sheridan, WY!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

UCATS ParaPlan Install

On September 8-10, I visited UCATS in Marysville, OH to install ParaPlan Lite.  The install and training went very well thanks to Mike Baird.  UCATS was the first sale for Anne Richards, our fantastic new Sales & Marketing Director...

UCATS HC 16

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Latest ParaPlan Install

We just got back from a week long install of ParaPlan Pro at KART (Kingman Area Regional Transit).  They operate 6 fixed routes and deviate from those routes for paratransit service.  I added a new layer to ParaPlan to support this requirement.  This process did of course grant me 4 hrs of sleep per night, but it was well worth it and they are happy with the results.  They will be going live with the system this week. 

To get to Kingman, we fly into Vegas and drive down over the Hoover Dam on Hwy93.  They are building this awesome new arch bridge over the whole thing to improve traffice flow and for national security concerns...

The new Hwy93 Bridge over Hoover Dam2

Sunday, July 13, 2008

AutoNumber Reset in SQL 2005

This post is pretty much just a note for myself, but it might help someone too.  When appending rows from an Access Database table to a SQL Server table of the same structure, sometimes SQL will not retain the ID's for AutoNumber fields.  This can be a big problem for our ParaPlan application.  In Access you can compact and repair to reset your autonumber fields back to 0 or 1 obviously.  However, I never really figured out how to do that in SQL 05 until now.

To clear a table's records and reset the autonumber in SQL 05, just use the following syntax in a query on SQL db:

"truncate table dbo.drivers"

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Interior Painting Gets Started!

Allie and I are so far very pleased with our paint color and the work being done here by JB Paint Company.  We are using Benjamin Moore Paint from Gragg's and Frank (Allie's Dad) got us a nice deal on top of the internet special.  The color we (i mean Allie) chose for pretty much everything is Monroe Bisque.  We had several other options but went with this after Allie and I compared them by actually painting samples on our walls.  Here are a couple pics of how it looks!

Painting Has Started

The previous owners were K-State'ers so the lavendar you see in the dining room will soon be replaced by this awesome Blue Spruce.

Painting On Hold

The color is this basic nice soft yellow-tan and we really like it!  and yes...i am a tool.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kansas Rush Summer Soccer

I am gonna play outdoor men's soccer this summer with my good buddy Patrick.  I just gotta get my butt off the couch :)  http://www.kansasrush.com

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The RockBand Video Game

For us 30-'somethings'...this thing rocks for parties...

Burgers/Dogs and RockBand in Lenexa Kansas last weekend....

RockBand on XBOX at the Shroba's

All girls killin' it at Jodi's birthday party...

Shroba Killin the RockBand Drums\

Tim Shroba (aka Tommy Lee)

Brian, Tim and I had a somewhat video-worthy version of...
Weezer's 'Buddy Holly'...whatever

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

EnGraph On The Road Again

I just arrived in Kennett Square, PA where I will be upgrading Kendal-Crosslands Communities from ParaPlan Lite Access to ParaPlan Lite SQL.  I am excited to finally meet Steve Cooper, the director of KCC, because he has been a ParaPlan user since 2004.  His recommendations and testing of our system has been invaluable to me.  I am really looking forward to the two of us bouncing around ParaPlan ideas this week.

Carl and Anne are currently in Oberlin, OH training new ParaPlan clients as well.

ParaPlan is growing and the future is very bright!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Simulating A Right-Click From The Keyboard

I have been doing quite a bit of LogMeIn (IT Reach and Rescue) lately and sometimes my mouse right-click does not work to get context menus.  Therefore, if you ever have this issue, just select the icon or item you need and press [Shift] [F10].  I am sure Tim could have told me this, but he wasn't here :)

Saturday, May 03, 2008

The New Google Earth 4.3 StreetView is Ridiculous

I just installed the new Google Earth and it now features enhanced StreetView, which exists in Google Maps, but it is now even more high-res and wonderful.  Once you turn on StreetView in Google Maps, then drill down tight, you will see the following shiny balls to click and enjoy :) ha ha

Google Earth 4.3 StreetView Balls

Once you click one of these, you get an impressive and dynamic view of the street you are now standing on.  (e.g. 1428 Grand in KCMO)...

1428 Grand St. KCMO by Google

Download Google Earth 4.3 here:  http://earth.google.com/

acrosstheboard blog and twitter

Last night at the Kentucky Derby Casino benefit for visually impaired children in Kansas City, I met Ramsey Mohsen. Ramsey is a KU grad who writes my all-time favorite blog: http://acrosstheboard.blogspot.com/

I subscribe to him on http://feedblitz.com so that his multiple daily posts just flow into my inbox every morning and I can start my day with a nice chuckle. His blog is obviously geared towards men in their 20's and 30's...so beware.

I felt like a I had met a famous person and he is a very cool guy, here is a pic from last night:

I met Ramsey Mohsen on the plaza

On another note, Tim thinks twitter is fun and set me up on it.
Tim says it is 'like shouting into the crowd':

You can follow me here: *i may start using this more i think!
http://twitter.com/kylejarcher

You can follow Tim here:
http://twitter.com/timhibbard

You can follow Ramsey here:
http://twitter.com/ramseym

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Jayhawks Are NCAA Champs!

I don't really know how to write about the past season of college hoops, but I will try my best to put it into perspective for those who are part of the Jayhawk fanhood and those who are not.  It has been 3 weeks since KU won it all and now I think I can put my thoughts to paper.

This is obviously a monster post...so look out!
***I have many fun pics about the final four etc down below***

I was in high school in Olathe when KU won in 1988.  I liked the Jayhawks, but I never truly appreciated that win because my brother Craig was currently at KU, my Dad graduated from KU in 1964 and my Uncle before him..  At the time, I remember it being 'their' championship, not mine... if that makes any sense.  I was flooded with KU my entire life and for some reason I fought that a little bit (stupidly, btw).  I visited several Kansas universities my senior year in high school except KU: (Wichita State, K-State and Washburn).  I think I was excited about WSU and just wanted to be different until 2 things happened:

1.  I received a scholarship to 'study' abroad in Greece for the summer.
2.  I visited KU without my Dad nor my older brother.

I went up to Lawrence with some high school friends for the first time and went to some rush parties.  I just loved it and immediately signed up.  I was also under the gun to make a decision because I was leaving the country for the entire summer. 

I was at KU from 1990-1997 and during that time I went to pretty much every KU basketball game I could...I freakin loved it all.  I was one of those nerds who grouped up with either my fraternity brothers or engineering buddies and literally camped out at the field house for the big games.  Players I got to see all the time while in school:  Adonis, 'Downtown' Terry Brown, Woodberry, Walters, Jacque, LaFrentz, Pierce, Haase and dunkmaster Darrin Hancock. 

When I was a young student, Allen Field House was like a sacred temple that I felt only students should worship.  I remember wondering why the whole place wasn't filled with just students.  It is so funny to me now that I feel like the current students have no idea how much the field house experience will mean to them later in life :)

To this day...there is NOTHING like being a student at KU, camping out, saving seats, sitting in the student section, ripping up the UDK like a madman and then going crazy.  I am not sure which year it was, but I had Mom, Dad and Craig come up for a Texas game and I got them seated almost behind/near the bench in the student section somehow and it was incredible.

In 1991 and 1993 we had Final Four runs, but no championship.  Campus was crazy both times and I was immersed in all of it.  My fraternity (Delta Chi) rented a 20' screen and had a monster lot party for the 1991 Championship vs. Duke.  We lost that game, but it was still an incredible run to experience as a freshman. 

On a side note:  During my masters at KU I started to appreciate the football team more and I am glad I had my Dad up for most home games.  We had a blast and I can see now how much that meant to him and me.  Basketball games also became more special in my 'older' age with Park, Prentis, Coleman, Cloughley and Spoada.

Eventually I left Lawrence in 1997 and became just a normal alumni fan.  In 2003 I met my Allie, who went to KU just after me.  She is a 4th-generation Jayhawk and obviously has more ties than even me.  Thanks to her Grandpa Lloyd and my pops-in-law Frank, we have access to season tickets at the field house.  Since 2003 we (Allie, Dad, Frank, etc.)have been going to many games together as alumni.  We have been soaking in all the excitement and occasional pain. (e.g. Bucknell and sadly Bradley) I actually watched KU's championship loss to Syracuse in '03 with Mark Connolly (our company sales director and major KU fan/alumnus) at a hotel in lovely Atlantic City.  Mark left the room in disgust and then Peez drunk-dialed me from NYC in a daze...that was the worst feeling ever and Carmelo can suck it!

Anyway, every season of Jayhawk basketball is always special to us fans because we are somehow always near the top of the Big 12 and rarely miss the NCAA Tournament.  When I was at Burns & Mac, getting monster alumni groups together to watch big games was my staple.

And finally I get to start making my actual post below...

***NOW THE KU HOOPS 2007-2008 SEASON:
(my attempt to recreate what we all felt)

The start of this season did not launch with the normal *POP* that it usually does because the KU football team was so incredible this year.  At work, Tim and I were freaking out about KU football and KU hoops at the same time and we didn't really know what to do.  It was too funny!

In lieu of the KU football insanity, I recall the basketball team was awesome and 20-0 until it lost @KSU.  Brandon Rush was back and on the mend, but Collins was hurt...still the Big 12 Season was in full swing.  We were pretty deep and only lost 2 more games: @TX and @OSU.  Allie and I were at the rematch victory vs KSU at Allen and it was probably the loudest game ever for me.  I think after the OSU loss, the press kind of wrote us off a bit and we became an underdog to Texas and others nationally.  But then the Big 12 Tourney started in KC at the new Sprint Center and we rolled...

I heard that the Big 12 Tournament Championship Game (KU vs Texas) was probably the best NCAA basketball game thus far all year, but I missed that because Carl booked our flight to take off right at tip.

And now the madness finally begins...KU, UNC, UCLA and Memphis all earn #1 seeds and I immediately saw this on my Yahoo! Sports homepage on March 17, 2008:

RUSH, LOVE, HANSBROUGH and ROSE (nice) >>

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We were a #1 seed and the pressure was on, but we had only 3 losses on the year and our biggest loss was like 9 pts on the road.

Tourney action started on Thursday (03-20-2008) and I saw this pic on the start of my main Yahoo! homepage: *so i snagged it! >>
---little did Yahoo! know that Mario would eventually...

ScreenShot023

KU played good through the first 2 games and then really shined in the Sweet 16 matchup vs Villanova.  Allie was such a trooper reserving tables at key locations throughout the games...wow.  After the Nova win, giant-killer Davidson who beat Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin were up next.  They shut us down and were awesome (especially Curry) but luckily we survived that game to make the Final Four >>

Nice

KU had made its first Final Four since 2003 and it was also Coach Self's first in his career.  We were now in uncharted territory as the KU fan's dream had come to fruition >>
 
PLAYING NORTH CAROLINA IN THE FINAL FOUR vs COACH ROY!!
 
The hype before this game was almost too much to bear.  All the past stories of Roy, KU and UNC etc.  Roy almost leaving then staying for two years, then leaving...blah blah blah.

Allie, Tim, Peez, Craig, Frank, Dad and I were going crazy sharing articles, newspapers, blogs etc.  It was nutz. The irony became so thick because OSU (Self's alma-mater) had just fired head coach Sean Sutton and were apparently courting Bill Self, just as UNC had with Roy before the KU '03 Final Four.  It got crazy and the press ran with it until the tip on Saturday, April 5, 2008...

UNC was the overall #1 seed and we were the bottom #1 seed among the first-ever all-#1 seed Final Four!  Tyler Hansbrough was the MAN and most TV commentators didn't think we had a solution for him nor UNC in general. 

April 5, 2008:  National Semi-Final (North Carolina vs. Kansas)

Then the game started with perhaps the best single KU run in history: 
KU JUMPED TO A 40-12 LEAD!  We were incredible that 1st half >>

Smackin' Hansbrough 04

^ Swatting Tyler 1 ^

Smackin' Hansbrough 02

^ Swatting Tyler 2 ^

We smothered Tyler & UNC and won huge (84-66).  We watched this game at Johnny's in Olathe near our home with Peez, Niko, Patrick and his buddy Raj.  Raj was from India and studying at KU with Patrick.  He had never experienced this before and he got even more crazy than us die-hard fans.  He was high-fivin' everyone and their mom!  It was great.  Here is a pic of proud Peez and the tv's we were watching that night >>

Peez at the bar for the UNC game

This win over UNC w/Roy was so sweet for fans because we love KU so much (almost too much) and can't fathom why anyone would love another school more.  But we all failed to realize that Roy felt the same way about UNC and stuck with KU because it almost felt like home to him. 

I still like and love Roy (always have), but so proud we beat his team that he left KU for...and that we did it on the biggest stage when UNC was favored to win...ahhh so nice regardless :)

For me...that win was my championship for some reason.  I felt so proud yet I had nothing to do with the win except run up a bar tab and party with my friends:)  It was so emotional and so incredible that anything else would be just gravy. 

We now had to play Memphis who were the AP #1 most of the season.  They had just clobbered UCLA who beat us in the Elite 8 last year.  Their style was even more crazy than ours.  I watched a few Memphis highlights during the year on ESPN and these guys dunked like the freakin NBA.  Memphis also bullied Texas on their way in...
so that was nice?  and here we go >>

April 7, 2008:  Championship Game (Memphis vs. Kansas)

From Sam Stuckey At The Game

Pic taken by Sam Stuckey (Allie's Uncle) who took his entire family to San Antonio for the Final Four.

Monday was a work day so Allie couldn't save seats at a hotspot.  Tim invited all of us to come to Lawrence to watch the game and then hit Mass St. if we won.  Peez could not make it to ltown unfortunately.  Anyway, we met Tim, Chelsea, Matt and Lesha at their house to watch the game.  The whole event was so surreal, I can't even describe watching the game. 

KU looked solid early but got beat late in the game.  We were down like 13 points with 2 minutes and kept fouling and somehow had a chance to tie with 11 seconds left and then this happened >>

All you can hear is Jim Nantz saying, "Kansas has made only two 3's on the night and they must make one here to extend the game.
Collins driving... almost lost the handle...Chalmers for the tie!"
 
*then just screaming :)

>> and that was perhaps the best thing i have ever seen.

 

We then went to OT and played great on a foul-troubled Memphis team.

We beat Memphis in OT and won the NCAA National Championship >>

ACCOMPLISHMENT

This is what accomplishment looks like.

 

Then we went to Mass St. with 40,000 people >>

on the way to Mass St

^ Allie and I driving to Mass St after the win ^

Allie, Chelsea, Timmay

^ Allie, Chelsea and Tim after the huge win! ^

 

That is pretty much it.  Chalmers shot will be remembered forever.  People keep asking me how it feels and my only description is the video above...IT IS AMAZING!

 

Here is a link to more great video captures of the Final Four >>
http://phogblog.com/2008/04/12/top-ten-you-tube-videos-of-2008-jayhawk-national-championship/

 

KJ OUT - see ya next year!  *with our all freshman team!

 

P.S. Coach Self stayed at KU btw :)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Recent Client Visits

I went to Society for Equal Access (SEA) in New Philadelphia, OH to give them some advanced ParaPlan training:

SEA in New Philly Ohio

 

Carl and I also had a pre-install meeting at Kingman Area Regional Transit (KART) in Kingman, AZ.  They operate 5 fixed routes that deviate up to 3/4 mi for Paratransit service.  Carl and I rode the YELLOW route to see this in action!

Carl and I taking the KART

Birthday Parties

Peez turned 34 this month:

Peez 34th!

Spoada met me, P and Patrick in Lawrence for some old school fun!
*RED LYON

 

Tauni B turned 30 this month!

Lindsay and BC$

Lindsey and BC getting their party on in OPP!
*FOX N HOUND

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

2008 Royals Home Opener

Cold and wet, but the new scoreboard at The K is ridiculous!  We made it here after partying in Lawrence after the amazing Jayhawk National Championship win!

TheNewKScoreboard

The opener is an old Burns & Mac tradition and even some out-of-towners showed up!

Allie, Stacy, Margie

Allie, Stacy and Margie (April 8, 2008)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

New ParaPlan Pro Install

Carl and I are headed to Cincinnati, OH today for a ParaPlan Pro install at Inclusive Solutions.  Visit their website here.

My beloved Jayhawks play for the Big 12 Tourney title at 2pm today.  Carl booked our flights and we take off at 2:05 pm today :(  I guess we know who is the true fan.  Ha ha.  GO HAWKS!

Stay tuned for more information on our week-long business trip.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Introducing Tim & Chelsea Hibbard!

They actually did it!  They tied the knot at the Isle of Palms in South Carolina last weekend.  Allie and I had a wonderful time with them, their families and friends.  They had a few obstacles pop up while pulling this thing off, but all worked without a hitch and they had a beautiful wedding.

The Wedding Party

The wedding party: Matt, Allen, KJ, Tim, Chelsea, Rachel, Jody and Robin

More pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjtothea

...and more coming soon!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Tim Joins The Rest of Us

Allie and I are flying to Charleston, SC tomorrow for Tim and Chelsea's wonderful wedding on the beach!  We are fired up and so happy for them.  I am so proud to be his Best Man.  Here is their wedding website: http://www.timhibbard.com/wedding/

Pics coming soon!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

My Civic Makes Google Maps

I just looked up my boyhood home on Google Maps and saw my car parked out front in their StreetView.  They must have been by this summer.  Too cool.  -click here-

My Civic on Google Maps 1

Monday, January 28, 2008

Blogging From Florida

I am in Naples with my Dad, brother Craig and Uncle Ross right now.  My Uncle has an amazing condo on the 11th floor on the beach here in Naples, FL.  We played golf yesterday at the Golf Club at Del Webb, which is a brand new course in this incredible Catholic community called Ave Maria.  Here is a pic of the course:

THe Golf Club at Del Webb

I have not played since November when Peez beat me at Adam's Pointe, but I played fairly well and shot an 86.  Craig and I lost by 1 stroke to Dad and Ross....boo hoo.  Here were the rules:  Craig and I played best ball from the back tees and they played a scramble from the middle tees.  We also gave them 9 strokes and 8 mulligans.

Here is a pic from the condo:

View from my Uncle's condo in Naple's

Today we are playing the Mustang Club at the Lely Resort and then we come home tomorrow.  Rock Chalk!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

My Fun New Mobile Music Devices

I have been talking about HD radio for a long time, but never pulled the trigger. Tim (who is now engaged! btw) got me this perfect new DUAL HD car radio for Christmas...*probably so I would shut up about it all :)

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It is perfect for me because it does everything I want:  supports HD radio, displays song info on HD stations, plays CD-R/RW CD's, plays MP3/WMA CD's, has a front USB connection to play MP3's from a mass storage device and it is Bluetooth capable.  Nice!

I had it installed at Best Buy and bought myself some nice new Alpine speakers too!  Anyway, the ability to plug in a thumb drive and play music is awesome.  However, I wanted an MP3 player that i could plug into my computer in a USB port, then transfer files easily using Windows Media Player, then take it with me when i go 'run', then also plug it into my new car stereo...and so Tim help me find the SanDisk Sansa Express 2GB MP3 Player for just $50 on amazon...

Sansa

All this in time for my long drive to Jonesboro, AR to visit our clients at the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging!

Everything with this setup is perfect except for the fact that I have to turn my MP3 player on and off again after I use it in my car stereo.  Not that big a deal, but if I figure it out...I just might blog about it!