Having been on the receiving end of Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) responses, from an evaluation perspective there are ways respondents can make it easier for the evaluation panel to assess what it is being proposed and ultimately have greater success on getting through to the next round. These considerations are from my experiences with Software package selection and with Delivery partner selection, but should be applicable to many other selections.
1. First impressions count.
Even before the RFI/RFP response is opened, an evaluator can be swayed by the presentation of the response and the level of engagement getting there.
Key considerations: Ask questions during the response period to validate any areas lacking clarity, but don’t go overboard. Make sure you meet the response times. Use good quality paper and colour (if required to present a paper copy). Binding can make a document look classier. If the response requests that all questions and communic…
Time Machine is the built-in backup feature of OS X. It keeps a copy of all your files, and remembers how your system looked on any given day so you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past. Apple sells a device called a Time Capsule, but rather than buy one of these I opted for a diy approach using my Raspberry Pi and so far it seems to be working well.
My setup consists of: Raspberry Pi Model B running Raspbian connected via network cable to a routerMacBook Pro running OS X Yosemite v10.10.1 connected via Wifi to a routerExternal 2TB drive (with separate power) attached via USB to the Raspberry Pi
It was relatively easy to setup following the instructions at http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=47029 . I am reiterating the instructions here just in case the page disappears (with a couple of additions I needed):
1. Start with a clean installation of Raspbian, configured for your network
2. Power down your Pi, connect your storage drive, and boot your Pi b…
I was wanting to export the contents and design of an OpenOffice.org Base database to SQL with the intent of migrating to MySQL. I struggled to find out how to do this, but finally found out how.To generate an SQL file that contains both the contents and the data of the database I used the following command from the “Tools –> SQL…” menu:SCRIPT 'C:\temp\file.sql'When I tried to write it to the C:\ root directory I got a security error, but using another directory worked fine.Thanks to http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.phtml?t=32333 for pointing me in the right direction.Incidentally, on my way to the final solution I also came across the following command to generate a CSV file of a table’s contents:SELECT * INTO TEXT "output_csv_file_name" FROM "table_name"The version of OpenOffice I was using was OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 – OOO330m20 (Build:9567) and I running this on a Windows 7 machine.