Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Back in the saddle

This week is flying into the new year  at a rapid pace.  I elected to have surgery during the "down time" at the end of the year.  This required that I stay off my feet for what was planned to be 2 weeks, and has turned into 3 weeks.  Man-O-Man, you never know how much you could miss walking around until you cannot!

But the time of convalescing is coming to a close, and I find out Friday if my imposed torture is at its end (and I really hope that it is) so I can dance however I want, and whenever I want.

I do not ever want to be this debilitated again (if I can help it.)

But as the new year started, and I get into the swing of things, I find that teleworking is a marvelous thing - making the power of the Internet work in ones favor just having a connection and creating with brain and fingers, and getting paid for it. 


Friday, January 03, 2014

Apple Updates - for the way I work

I wrote previously about the Apple's in my life, and how the devices were enhancing my life.

This is still true, with the exception that I have modified what I have in my cache.

In the world of BYOD is has certain advantages and disadvantages; however, this time the advantages were all mine.  I used a personal MacBook for work, and I left the job, and they requested to have my laptop - but that they would replace it.  Hmmm, I thought.  This sounds like an opportunity to upgrade to me.

And upgrade I did.  I went from a 13" Macbook to a 27" iMac. Cool.  I still need to do an massive memory upgrade on the iMac, but one thing at a time.  Regardless, the iMac is now my current desktop love (Yeah, I know the world is going mobile, and the cloud is EVERYWHERE)!  I love this machine.

It is my central everything goes here device.  Sync, sank, sunk - and it does float my boat.

I am waiting for a little while longer on the "free" upgrade to Maverick.  But eventually I'll get there, if only to be able to expand a single screen without it effecting both screens in a dual monitor system.  This is a really cool feature, as that screen swamping uselessness that happens in Mountain Lion is very annoying.

But I am still a fan boy, albeit not a total suck up.  I do have a Kindle and an Android tablet too, and these devices fill gaps where the iWhatever device falls down.  The basic kindle reader is the bomb for outside reading (I can't wait to go to the beach and try that out.)  I also just like the ergonomic feel of the 7" Nexus tablet for reading too.  It just feels right, and doesn't cramp your hand after a multi chapter reading stint.

2014 - The Wow is now!

The new year got here, and what did really happen.

In 2013, I lost my best friend.  He passed away from cancer.  He was only 6 months older than me.  I will miss my friend; however, I assisted his wife to find a new job that matches her skills and it has helped to improve her outlook on life in general - happiness is the way to celebrate life or the loss of one.

In the summer of this year, I changed jobs.  Not so much a career change, but definitely a new venue and a better command on what happens as my input is accepted and it is used positively.  For the last six months I have kicked back from a full on sales position to a sales engineering position where I design solutions in support of enterprise sales efforts.  Leaving engineering to go into sales, I learned many new things.

1. I was good at engineering, and that I was good at sales.
2. Engineering relationships is as intricate as designing software or hardware.
3. People will always be involved in every aspect of ones career, be positive and help them
4. Helping people is how they learn that you may be trusted.
5. Never betray a trust!

New job, better attitude, cool people to work with - Wow.  How can the rest of the year be anything but a positive rush?