Attitude built by experience

I’ve reached an age where I can objectively handle pretty much anything.  This gives me an ability to let most things just pass without much thought.  Such as someone getting mad over a decision that gets made, getting passed over for a promotion or something as simple as negative perceptions.  It’s when presented with these life situations that you gain valuable experience.  As the graphic so perfectly puts it, experience alters your attitude and it has nothing to do with age.  I’ve met individuals that have been expertly mature that are in their 20’s.

This objectivity helped me reach a conclusion regarding social media.  As those that have followed me, I deleted my 10-year-old Facebook account last year.  I recently just deleted my Twitter account as well.  At this point, I do not have any “active” social media accounts.  Ones that may still exist I just never went back to delete and are most likely already gone for lack of use.  Social media, in my experience, gives the user a distorted view of the world around them.  They quickly become addicted to social media other real life non-social media skills start to fade or become awkward.

What is scary is the absolute dependence on social media 20-somethings and younger show.  So dependent that there are measurable delays in development into adulthood.  Jean M. Twenge at The Atlantic wrote Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation that goes into serious detail on this fact.  It’s rather long, but definitely worth the read if you have younger children that are close or have already received smartphones.  Social media is just one of the many symptoms that can be traced back to an uncontrollable addiction.

Overall maturity with most individuals, through smartphones or social media, has declined.  It’s going to make it much more difficult to keep the jobs filled needed to keep our country going.

#experience, #maturity, #wisdom

Three Things Thursday – 09/22/2017

#Bathwater

Hosted by There She Goes
Originally inspired by Nerd in the Brain

BRING THE HAPPY!

The last TTT I posted was way back on June 15th, so I’m a little out of practice and for that, I apologize.  Work has intruded rather rudely into Life and I’m finally at a point where a balance can be achieved again.  That said, here we go!

Phone Is Finally Fixed

About two weeks ago, my Samsung Galaxy S7 stopped charging.  It said there was moisture in the USB port that I know wasn’t there.  I called Samsung and they immediately told me to send it in to be fixed.  Forward 7 days using an absolutely horrible “spare” phone, it’s now back in my hands.  They not only fixed the USB port, but replaced the LCD (not sure why) and put in a fresh new battery.  Props to Samsung!

2017 Audit Season is OVER!

Yes, you read that right, 2017 audit season at my company is over!  It was an absolutely horrible process this year.  We’re reviewing our control mappings for a new compliance effort AND continuing to run the soon to be obsolete controls.  Every question requires me to know if it’s the old or new control library and confusion ensues in every direction.  Now, that I’m not auditing, I can completely focus on getting our common control framework built and published.

Partner at Eat Pray Vote

I’ve written for them since January 2017.  I was recently asked to be a partner, so awesome!  The success of the site is now a vested interest for me.  Providing my technical experience and knowledge to the team of writers I’ve helped take the site to a new level.  A self-hosted site now after I performed a migration a few weeks ago, it’s running smoothly and steadily growing.  There’s a link to my author profile in the sidebar.  There is something on there for everyone.  Be sure to stop by and see what we’re writing about.

TTT Weekly Music Recommendation

rockondaughter

I Wear My Skin

by One Minute Silence

#audit, #eat-pray-vote, #one-minute-silence, #samsung, #three-things-thursday

Migration complete

Migration was successful and all is where it should be.  So, there’s this cool feature where you can migrate all your followers from an old blog to a new blog.  I just did that, so you don’t need to re-follow if you were already following.  Not that it mattered, but if you already decided once to read what I’m writing about there wasn’t a need to go through having to do that again.

There shouldn’t be any surprise that this would have been hard to do, but the details involved were overwhelming at points.  I’m glad I did this as it gives me the flexibility in making this site exactly what I want it to be.  Getting a custom header, designed by someone on Fiverr.com.  The site is super fast at least from my perspective.  I even have some awesome plugins installed that improve readability of my writing.

If there is interest, I’ll make a post about the process of moving from WordPress.com to self-hosted (but managed) WordPress.  My main drive behind actually even considering this was the site migration I did two weeks ago.  That was a much larger move and it involved well over 1GB of files, pictures, etc.  The added complication of DNS and content delivery made that move more difficult.  My little sites move was cake.  Hopefully I got all the details right and it all just works.

Welcome to my new home

Welcome!  If you’re reading this, you already know that I’ve migrated to a self-hosted provider.  It’s surprising at how powerful the WordPress application is once you get away from WordPress.com.  The old w1nt3l.com blog will be up for a few months, but at some point I will cancel it and get a pro-rated refund.

Not much time tonight to write much as it’s getting late for me.  Hope you decide to follow me again.

Six month break from audits

I’m finally free of audits for at least the next 6 months at work. Yay! A welcome break from what has been an absolutely hellish 5 months with literal back to back audits. One would end and the next would start the following week, sometimes with some really annoying overlap. Mixed into all of this I’ve managed to keep writing for Eat Pray Vote, the political opinion site where I’m now a partner. Two weeks ago I completed migrating their site from WordPress.com to a self-hosted platform. A bit shaky at first, the site is now humming along and is faster than ever. Take a look at the site for yourself if interested in what I’ve written about, here’s my Author page.

Having a chance to see how a self-hosted platform works and the freedom that comes with it, I’m thinking of relaunching this blog. I’ve found a decently priced self-hosting plan that is just slightly more than a WordPress personal plan. I’ve wanted to change the domain as well to the real name of the blog as it seems to be something I’m sticking with going forward. When that happens, you’ll know. I won’t be deleting any of the old content until I know I can get a pro-rated return as I’ve finished the re-up for domain and hosting already this year.

The family front has been just as crazy and I found out that my daughter needs to have her tonsils taken out. It’s a scramble to get it scheduled so she doesn’t have to fight off another strep infection. We also want to get it done this year as we’ve hit our ridiculous healthcare deductible so we won’t have to cover any costs out-of-pocket. The whole system is fubar right now that doesn’t show any signs of improving anytime soon.

Well, this was just a quick update to let you all know I’m going to be back on a more regular basis now that work stress has reduced significantly. I’m also going to start getting caught up with the people I follow and will be commenting regularly again. I’m looking at you John, I miss our friendly conservative vs. moderate/liberal debates 🙂

Dealing with technology still a PITA

You would think that with all the advances in technology and software that things would have become easier.  Windows 10 and other operating systems have taken a lot of the guesswork out of figuring things out for yourself.  Even with that convenience and efficiency, there are still things that are more complicated than they really need to be.

WordPress

This is an awesome platform and WordPress is the Amazon of the blogging world.  Sites around the world utilize this software and you would think it’s really easy to use.  Well, if you’re on WordPress.com hosting, it is.  They do all the hard work for you.  As soon as you venture out into the world of self-hosting, you are plucked from a comfortable chair and plopped down into an iron maiden of obstacles.  I’ve just spent several hours migrating about 1GB of posts, media, pages, etc. from a WordPress.com hosted site to a self-hosted site.  You can see from the time of this post, it was a rather difficult task and those that know me through my previous writing, a challenge is never something I back down from.  It’s almost done, fingers crossed, the media came through this time.

Mobile Plans

The days are gone where you had to miser your minutes and perform phone calls with lighting precision.  Text messages used to be costly as well and spamming a friend was as costly to you as it was to them.  With unlimited calling and texting, the only thing left is data plans.  Not 10 years ago, an unlimited data plan, that you mortgaged your house to pay for, was truly unlimited.  Sucking up 5GB cost the same amount as 25GB and there was never any throttling to lesser speeds.  Mobile carriers are now offering what they call unlimited plans, but if you read the fine print, they really are xxGB’s at high-speed and then limited speed after you reach that limit.  I guess unlimited data is technically true, but who wants to try to watch a streaming video at 3G speeds.  That’s just crazy talk.  I won’t even get started on the amount of money it now requires to keep your constantly connected life actually connected.

Screen Resolutions

I remember a day when the ONLY resolution you could do was 1024×768.  Readers that remember Windows 95/98 are all too familiar with that rather piddly screen real estate when tying to view your high res porn.  Now you have 2K, 4K, 4KUltra…..  it’s enough to drive anyone insane.  Add to the confusion by making a 4K resolution available on a 13.3″ screen and it’s enough to make any normal person go blind.  I was smart, I opted for 2K on a 13.3″ screen yet still have to run at 150% just to see most things on the screen.  Why not make a maximum resolution fit the screen size because the day is coming when 4KUltra is available on a 10.6″ screen and it will most likely be from Microsoft.

At the end of the day, all we really did was solve a bunch of problems from years past and replaced them with new problems.  And people wonder why I’m rejecting technology in certain parts of my life.  I just don’t have the time anymore.