A Youth Hostel Tale

Travel
Just got back from a trip in South America where I had the pleasure of staying in a couple of youth hostels for the first time since last fall’s Dreamforce in San Francisco. Tonight I was looking for my famous…

Ethiopian Updates

Travel
This is a fine pickle, I must say. I’m spending the weekend at the Addis Regency Hotel, which is a kind of mid-level hotel somewhere in the city, because the power has been off altogether at Selamta all day, from…
Empty outside terrace at Bhaktapur Nepal

That Sinking Feeling

Projects, Travel
It was the eve of my first post-Work-For-Da-Man trip. I’d spent two years in a kind of purgatory, required to bill 30 hours a week, haunted with ever-changing business processes and a persistent feeling that I wasn’t good enough, would…
Temporary housing after earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal

Into the Real Place, Slowly

Projects, Travel
It’s always good to experience the real life of a place, even if you are not good at it. I was looking at the load-shedding schedule for today: 6am – 11am, 4pm -8pm. Nine hours without electricity. My laptop is…

It was, after all, a gas!

Travel
I want to call this a near-death experience, but of course, it was nothing of the sort, in the end. I called it a kind of rehearsal. It was nothing short of the worst three hours I could ever remember…
Bhim, system admin and Binita with infant

International Work: Success story

Projects
OH! YES! I had a HUGE HUGE milestone yesterday! I’m at Hayden Hall, where I’ve built a medical records system for a group of paramedics working with pregnant women and mothers with kids under 5 years old to improve health…

Find 18-character Record Type IDs

Projects
Working on a tricky Salesforce problem today and all my MVP friends told me I needed to get the 18-character Record Type ID if I’m using Record Type as one of the criteria for my Process Builder workflow. Okay… Ha!…

Salesforce for Global Nonprofits (redux)

Projects
Cloud for Good just posted an excellent piece on Salesforce for Global Nonprofits, and right at the top of the list of issues you may encounter is “Connectivity and Lack of Technical Infrastructure.” Let’s take a bit of a deep…

Work in Ethiopia

Projects
Evening comes –and Ethiopia is close enough to the equator so that it falls basically at the same time all year around– and there is a general move to head out the door led by the kids from the family…
Group of friends smiling, sitting at a restaurant table with drinks

Navigating the Cultural Waters

Projects
Today was my first day of non-jet-lagged brain waves here in Ethiopia. Though much of the country adheres to a very ancient form of Christianity, from our building we can hear the Muslim call to prayer starting at about 5:30…