danyork

2013 Update

Just an update to my post below about this dyork.livejournal.com site.  I left Voxeo in September 2011 and now work for the Internet Society on the Deploy360 Programme helping provide real-world deployment information about IPv6, DNSSEC, routing security and other Internet technologies. I also now aggregate all my writing at:And you can find many links there.  Since April 2009 when I wrote that post, I've added several new sites where I write:Additionally, I'm now very active on Google+.
danyork

If you are looking for Dan York's writing, try these sites...

Hi. You probably wound up here through a Google search for "Dan York" or perhaps some list of blogs out there somewhere. You've found the very occasionally-updated personal blog of the Dan York who lives in New Hampshire, heads up marketing/communications for Voxeo, has been active in VoIP security and VoIP for years, contributes weekly reports on PR/marketing topics to the For Immediate Release podcast and has generally been a prolific writer online for the past decade.

I am not the Dan York who is a radio personality in Providence, RI, nor am I the Dan York who is the radio DJ in Tampa, FL. (What's up with "Dan York"'s in media, eh?) I'm also not the Dan York who is a VP at AT&T working with IPTV, nor the one out there who is a minister.

If you are, though, looking for me, you will find that I don't actually write here at dyork.livejournal.com all that much any more. This was my primary blog site from 2004 up until around 2006 when I split my writing across multiple sites. I still keep this site because from time to time I do have things to post of a more personal nature... and I've had various ideas to do more with it over the years.

In the meantime, though, you can find my writing online at a number of sites, primarily:

  • DisruptiveConversations.com - where I write on topics around the intersection of PR, marketing, communications and "social media"

  • DisruptiveTelephony.com - where I write about communication technology, voice-over-IP, unified communications, telephony, Skype, SIP and more

  • Twitter.com/danyork - since early 2007 I've been using Twitter as a microblogging platform and for a number of different uses. Probably the single best way to see what I'm up to... if you can stand the volume of "tweets".

  • Voice of VOIPSA - a group weblog about VoIP security-related topics for the VoIP Security Alliance, upon whose board of directors I sit

  • Blogs.Voxeo.com - the blog site I operate for my employer, Voxeo. Other people write at the site, too, but I am right now probably the largest contributor. Blogs include:

I also produce or participate in multiple podcasts:

  • Emerging Tech Talk - a periodic video podcast I host and produce where I talk about various topics related to emerging communication technologies

  • Blue Box: The VoIP Security Podcast - Since October 2005, Jonathan Zar and I have been co-hosting a show on Voice-over-IP security.

  • For Immediate Release - Since mid-2005, I have been a "weekly correspondent" into this twice-weekly show contributing a typically 6-8 minute segment into usually the Thursday shows, talking about social media, PR and communication "from a technologist's point-of-view".

My writing can be found on a number of other sites and yes, I'm on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr and pretty much most other social networking sites out there. I aggregate much of the content I create on friendfeed.com/danyork which you can also look at.

Enjoy...

danyork

Changing my comment policy here on LiveJournal

As you have no doubt notice, I don't write here much any more... I'd like to, but I'm writing in all sorts of places these days and there's way too many places to write and not enough hours in the day.

Anyway, because of the vile, heinous blog comment spammers who are paying people to defeat CAPTCHA systems in order to post their URLs to pointing to porn, pharmaceuticals and other products, I've had to change my comment process here on LJ. If you are one of my "friends" here (i.e. other LiveJournal users that I have "friended"), you will continue to be able to post automatically to any of the (admittedly few) posts that I leave here.

Anyone else will have their comment put into a moderation queue and I'll post it whenever I get a chance to do so.

It's annoying... but the blog comment spammers are far MORE annoying!

danyork

Heading to the polls... to work...

In a few minutes I'll be heading off to the Keene Recreation Center, the polling place for my ward of Keene, not to vote, but rather, to work. After reading the many pleas about the need for election workers in what is expected to be a very heavy turnout, my wife and I both signed up to help. She's doing registration of new voters while my role is "working the line". Basically, my task is one of a couple of people asking everyone in line "Are you registered to vote in this ward? Do you still live here?", etc. and then either directing them to the appropriate line or, in some cases, to one of the other voting locations in Keene.

I've never volunteered at an election before, so this should be interesting to see. The process of getting involved was interesting, as well. Very formal pieces of paperwork to sign. Training to go through. Material to read. Badge to wear.

Most of the shifts are 4 hours but I signed on for a two-hour stint first thing in the morning. I have the luxury of having a job where I can "time-shift" my day a bit and instead of starting at my usual 8am, I'll just start a bit after 10am and work later. I can shift things by 2 hours, but 4 hours was too much of a stretch. The city was grateful for whatever help I could provide.

It will be interesting, indeed, to see how heavy the turnout is, today...

"Are you registered to vote in this ward?......"

danyork

The conclusion of the office chair saga: I bought a...

In my last post here, I asked for recommendations for an office chair and was rather surprised by the unanimity of the responses I got pointing to either the Herman Miller Aeron chair or the Herman Miller Mirra chair. I did have one person who suggested the Chadwick chair from Knoll. I had another friend who wondered at the ROI (Return on Investment) of the price of an Aeron and suggested that you could buy a new chair from Staples each year over 10 years and still not hit the price of the Aeron.

However, of the probably 25+ responses I received in various channels, everyone raved over the Aeron and Mirra chairs from Hermann Miller. Given the raves for both chairs, I really wanted to try them out before buying and was somewhat surprised that there wasn't really a Hermann Miller supplier in New Hampshire. There is one over in Manchester, NH, but they turned out to primarily sell to businesses and do corporate office design. They had a showroom where I could have gone to try the chairs, but I got the sense from the person on the phone that they'd need to order the chair I wanted. Seeking immediate gratification, I sought elsewhere.

We wound up driving about 1.5 hours in the opposite direction over to Manchester Center, Vermont, where we met the guys at Circa50 and I had a chance to try out both chairs.

I did wind up ultimately buying an Aeron chair. It's definitely more money than I've ever spent on a chair in my life, but I can't argue with the fact that since I sit in that chair for at least 8-10 hours a day (and sometimes more) each work day and sometimes on weekends, I do need a solid chair. The Circa50 guys also gave me a great deal that more than compensated for the fact that I was driving from sales-tax-free New Hampshire over to Vermont. They were great to work with (and they sell online as well) and I took the chair home with me. (had some great Mexican food in Manchester Center, too!)

My reasons for choosing the Aeron over the Mirra came down to really two:


  • TILTING FORWARD - In this process of searching for a chair, I've discovered something about my own posture during the work day. Sometimes during the day, I tilt my body forward and almost sit on the edge of the chair. The Aeron has the ability to tilt forward a few degrees while the Mirra doesn't. For me and the way I sit sometimes, this made sense to support.


  • THE MESH - I sat in both for some time... moved around in them... tried to pretend I was working at a desk. In the end, I just liked the mesh back of the Aeron better than the plastic back of the Mirra. The Mirra was definitely comfortable, and I think it would have been a perfectly fine office chair to have... I just happened to like the feel of the Aeron better. Your mileage may vary.

One thing I did like about the Mirra was that it was simpler to change the configuration. The Aeron has a few more knobs and levers than I really feel are necessary... but I've now got it adjusted so it does feel good.

So that's the story... many thanks to all the people who replied back via all the various channels: replies to the blog post, twitter messages, private email, IM, etc.

The cheap Yankee in me still wonders about the ROI, but I can't deny that it's a VERY comfortable chair in which to sit!

danyork

Recommendations for a good office chair? (Aeron?)

Do any readers have recommendations for a good office chair for my home office?

After what seems like an eternity but in reality has only been a little over two months, the contractors are finally done with the renovation of our second floor and... gasp... I can finally move into my home office!

(And there was MUCH rejoicing!)

Tomorrow instead of working from the couch in our living room, as I've been doing since the beginning of June, I'll actually be able to sit at a desk... I'll be able to use a second monitor again... I'll be able to bring the podcasting gear out of the box in the basement... I'll be able to get to files in my file cabinets again. Life will be good!

There's only this one wee little problem. I was able to score a beautiful wood desk from a big sale at Pompanoosic Mills and so I'm all set with that. I have all my other file cabinets and office furniture from Burlingtion. Except...

I don't have an office chair.

So tomorrow I'll have to pull out one of our IKEA folding chairs and sit in that. It will work... but given that I sit in that chair for 8+ hours each day, it's not exactly a long-term solution.

In the past, I've just bought typically a low-end rolling chair from a local office supply store and, well, the comfort has been exactly what you might expect to get. Maybe it's just that I'm getting older... but I've also come to appreciate that given the amount of time I'll be in the chair, I really need to get one that works well. I don't want to spend a zillion dollars, but I am willing to spend "what is necessary" (keeping in mind that at heart I'm a frugal Yankee).

Given that most everyone in Voxeo's Orlando office have Herman Miller Aeron chairs, and I've experienced how comfortable they are in my visits down there, I'm highly tempted to buy one of those (even as I may cringe at the price). But I don't know...

So I thought I'd ask - do any of you reading this have any recommendations? If you work in an office or a home office, do you like a particular chair more than others? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. (Thanks in advance!)

danyork

TED Talk: Sir Kenneth Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Some day, when I have that mythical thing called "free time", there's a part of me that would like to do more writing about what I see as challenges with the current direction of public education here in the USA. My parents both worked in the public education system, as did my wife's, and 20 years ago I went to college/university with the idea that I wanted to teach in the public schools. I went as far as entering into the Masters in Education program before life took other turns (and I actually wound up teach adults through corporate IT training). I love to teach and could easily see myself going back that route at some point in my life.

And yet with all that public school background and intent, here I am sending my daughter to a private school.....

.... why did I lose my faith in the direction of our education system? That's the subject for another blog post some day.... suffice it to say that it has a whole lot to do with the current US administration and its "All Children Left Behind" policy...

... in the meantime, this talk at the TED conference by Sir Kenneth Robinson back in 2006 is definitely worth a listen:

danyork

Windows 3.11 (aka Windows for Workgroups aka WFW) finally reaches it's end...

I had to laugh in utter amazement when I read that Windows 3.11 is finally reaching it's end! Going back to the dawn of Windows, those of us around then can remember what a great thing "Windows For Workgroups" was.. wow, we could easily network our Windows computers!!

Man, we have come SO far from those days!

Amazing on one level that WFW was still kicking around in embedded systems... but on the other hand I suppose it's not surprising in that if you have something that works well you may as well stick with it.

Fun news, in any event...

danyork

Returning into the light...

It's been a heck of a month...

Although we decided back in January to move from Burlington, VT, to be closer to family and in late March I wrote about the impending changes, it wasn't really until May 2nd when we put our house on the market that the insanity really started. As I noted then, I expected that I'd be doing less writing in the next month across all my various blogs.

That expectation certainly came true.

I wrote practically nothing here, on Disruptive Conversations or on the Voice of VOIPSA weblog. I haven't put out a single Blue Box episode since the end of April (and am up to 3 or 4 now recorded but not post-produced). I wrote a bit over on Disruptive Telephony, but primarily because I was trying to sort out what to do about a landline at the new house. I was writing over on the Voxeo blogs because, gee... that's part of what I'm paid to do! I did keep writing over on my Twitter account... partly as a way to maintain sanity and partly because while I couldn't find the time to crank out full blog posts or podcasts, it was easy to crank out 140 characters from time to time.

But for this past month, I did very little outside of what I needed to do for work... and then the packing... and the zillion little things involved with buying and selling houses. I've generated more faxes in the past 4 weeks than I have in the previous 4 years. The banks are also certainly putting borrowers through an excruciatingly thorough process now. (Gee, a little late, eh?) The VT buyers needed to move up the closing a week which was fine by us but added timing challenges. And inevitably there were a zillion last-minute injections of stress into the process. (For example, we had no clue that we had to close off the fence permit we took out 3 years ago!!) Long days of many hours...

That's over now.

We're now wonderfully settled into our home in Keene, NH. The sale of our Burlington house closed two days ago (Monday) so we now only own one home. Sure, we still have many boxes up on the second floor, but courtesy of my wife's organizational prowess the main part of the house looks great and we can get on with living.

It's time to breathe again.

Yesterday was a bit of a blur as we sort of pinched ourselves and wondered if this was all real. Had we really put our VT house on the market, closed on the house here, moved everything we own and closed on the sale of our VT house... had that all happened in the space of just over a month? Indeed it did.

Today I woke up energized and excited as I haven't been for a bit. Stories to tell... blog posts to write... messages that were put aside to reply to... work projects to launch.

It's good to be back!