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Like many companies in the world, my company has a focus on the Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) and we have multiple "belt" programs. The "belt" program parallels that of karate to some degree. We have Yellow Belts, Green Belts, Black Belts, and Master Black Belts. In this blog post, I'll talk a little bit about my company's CIP program and where I fit in so far, but I won't get into much detail on any of the tools.

Our Yellow Belt program gets you introduced to the program and gives you a taste of what six-sigma is, what tools are used in the CIP world, what Lean Practitioning is, etc. The trainers try not to go into to much detail, but they give you a good overview of a lot of the tools and try to hit the key points on some of the easier tools to understand, like 6S and 7W (aka. Muda). The yellow belt class is a good way to get people interested in improving things within the organization. It helps people think about things they may have normally taken for granted and gives them some ideas around tools they can use in their area.

Although I really love WebEx and the powerful features it provides, there are times when a free service would suffice. I've been getting e-mails from the Joomla Dallas Users Group about the e-meetings they have started to do and they are using a service called Vyew to do the web meetings. When doing web-development in my off-time I often find it easier and more beneficial to the client to be able to view my screen while I train them how to use their new website. I found a few online collaboration and screensharing tools that are free and I thought I would share them with everyone:

 

Google Chrome was recently released and it seems that a lot of people are having questions around why they can't access content on certain webpages. What I've found is most of those webpages that people are having trouble on are pages that are running Java applets. For example, my fullscreen slideshow applet in my gallery (G2) uses a java applet. For those of you having issues with webpages where you are getting a yellow box with a plugin icon in it that says "No Plugin Available to Display this Content" you might try downloading the latest version of the Java.

That version of Java happens to still be in beta, but it appears to be working great for most people. Specifically,Google Chrome requires Java version 6, update 10. You can download the latest version of Java from this website:

http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/ea.jsp

For those of you who aren't sure what to download, you probably just need the Windows Online Installer which you can download / run from this direct link: JRE Online Installer - Note: most people can uncheck the OpenOffice checkbox which will install Sun's (free) version of Microsoft Office.

Update: Google officially has this in their knowledgebase.

If this fix / tip worked for you or you have something to add, leave a comment below.

 

We closed on our new house Friday, September 5th and moved in unexpectedly on Thursday, September 11th! We originally planned to close on the 4th, but delays from the Seller's bank caused a 1-day delay on the closing of the house. We bought the house that we wanted in Valley Ranch, but were negotiating with the bank and were unsure we were going to come to terms that we could both agree upon by our set closing date.

I've finally decided to start working on a Joomla 1.5 migration plan. The main thing that has been holding me back is my search engine optimized URLs from Joomla 1.0.15 which are being generated using OpenSEF. Being that OpenSEF is no longer supported, there is not a Joomla 1.5 compatible version of the plugin.

At one point, I tried to migrate from OpenSEF to sh404sef, but quickly realized that they use the same folder structure and I couldn't do a swing shift. When you try to install sh404sef, it will try to install it in the same folder that OpenSEF is installed in.

Swing Shift: OpenSEF active > Install sh404sef (inactive) > Deactivate OpenSEF and activate sh404sef > Uninstall OpenSEF 

That being said, I've realized that sh404sef is Joomla 1.5 compatible, so my plan is to set up a cloned version of my current site and migrate the URLs on the clone site to use sh404sef using a simple shift then try the migration to Joomla 1.5 on the clone site. Assuming things go well, I'll then perform this on my production site.

Simple Shift: OpenSEF active > Uninstall OpenSEF > Install sh404sef  

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