Three Things Thursday – 09/22/2017

#Bathwater

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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

Reluctantly got a new smartphone

I finally had enough of paying for a smart phone that slowly became obsolete as app development shifted from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile.  I wrote several times about HTC and Microsoft if you’re interested in hitting the archives.  I had made all the payments required to qualify for a “turn-in upgrade,” essentially meaning I gave them the phone back.  My original intent was to fight with AT&T and get out of my finance agreement so that I didn’t have to continue paying $133 additional and go a few months without a finance payment.

They actually pulled up the contract I signed (and didn’t read at the time) that clearly indicated that my choice was to turn in the phone and get a new phone (with new agreement) or pay to the end of the contract (another $133).  I relented, pushed harder for anything to be done that relinquished this HTC phone without me having to sign into another finance contract, but it was clear to me their hands were as tied as mine were.  I made a few comments about the fact that being a customer since 1999 has no merit, getting the ditch by HTC was a crappy move and the whole idea of a mobile phone has forced us to worship the glowing screen of complacency.

In the end, I got an S7.  Yes, I could have gone with something cheaper in the mid-range market.  I could have even have gone with a no-name high-end device and still probably have paid less.  My fear was that anything other than a device that has sold millions of units ran the risk of pulling an HTC and ending support without warning.  My monthly payments are only a few cents different so I’m using that $133 on something that is fully functional and fully supported.  I’ve decided to run lean on applications and work to remove this device from the focal point of my daily activities.  No NFC payments, no fingerprint single-sign-on, no social apps that demand attention at every ding.  I do know for sure that it will at least get Android 7.0 and be more than functional for at least the next 2 years, possibly three.  By then, I hope to have finances where I can purchase a new mobile device outright and never need the stupid financing option again.

Still couldn’t do Apple, although I did contemplate it for approximately 0.25 seconds.