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Greetings from the iPad

This morning, January 2, 2012: I am typing this post into a web form using a single-slate device with no physical keyboard. No wires. No big box under the desk. Not even a thin laptop on the couch. I’m just pecking away at this on-screen keyboard that seems to help me think as it slows me down but is intuitive enough to keep me going at a steady pace.

At the kitchen table this morning, I am not doing anything especially different than I did last year. Only that there isn’t a computer on the house that I use primarily.

I remember writing a couple of years ago about how far we’d come when I was totally wireless in the house without a desktop computer (or a desk at all for that matter). Now I don’t even have a computer in the general sense of the word. I just use this tablet to research, surf the web, watch instructional and entertainment videos (Netflix is too easy to use), and play games with the kids.

Sure, we have a laptop and a stationary computer still, but those are only used when someone else is using the iPad. I’m going to guess that if my family had two more iPads we would only need the iMac to print photos and create content for my business. All that I do on a daily basis I can do with iPad. Everything else can wait until I get back to the family machine in the corner.

Today the price for the 64GB iPad 2 is $699. Until that becomes more affordable to me or the price comes down considerably, I’ll just have to duke it out with the kids. Happy new year!

No One’s Reading Anyway

It’s the new year and I don’t have anything to declare. We didn’t party last night and we actually missed midnight – we were in the middle of a movie about mathematicians.

I didn’t know that James Brown died on Christmas morning until two days ago. Funny how the death of a former president overshadows the passing of a musical icon. I am willing to bet a large wager that more people in the United States are more familiar with the name James Brown and who he was than they are with Gerald Ford and what he did. I have no real complaint, though. More people should be familiar with US history and how our country got where it is; maybe then we’d all vote and have a better government. I’m sure that I just dipped into something I don’t want to discuss, especially since I started this post out of pure boredom, so I’ll let your comments lead the way.

This is Not the Last Post

Today is the last workday of the year for a lot of people, and this morning I am pondering the question of exactly how much work will actually be done today in comparison to any given day in the fall. Productivity usually slows to a crawl at times like these as folks are waiting for the long weekend or a road trip. Not me; I’ve got plans to start the new year off right: I’m doing nothing different from any other day in 2006. No road trip or family visiting, no fireworks or banging pots & pans at midnight. No plans.

That’s not to say I’ll be working more than anyone else today, however. My work depends much on the needs of the people in my office. If they have no questions for me, I have to find my own projects to keep busy. Half the office is still on leave for the holidays, and I finished a large project last week, so I’ll be reading today.

So if this is the last time you’ll be in your office (or whatever you call it), enjoy it, because it’s the last time you’ll set foot in there until next year.

I really need to get better material.


Okay, so maybe I’m back for a couple more times before January 1st. I’ve just finished re-creating a document that I lost on a flash drive (physical loss, not corruption or stupidity) that is 32 pages long, has 21 screen captures, and 4459 words. It was slightly aggravating, but it is done and has been improved upon greatly. I’m just sorry I can’t publish it in the public domain due to some copyright restrictions for the images I captured.

It is an instructional document for my team to aid them in setting up each of their Linksys Wireless Broadband Routers. Everyone seemed to like the first and second editions, even the boss. He started passing it out to the Education and Training unit, and you know what they had to say?

“The page numbers are wrong.”

I got “This is very professional” from several folks, and “This helped a lot!” from others, but from a unit that had no other clue about how to set up the device, I get “The page numbers are wrong.”

So it’s no accident that the page numbering is perfect this time, the font has changed, and all illustrations now have a reference number. It was created in Microsoft Word 2003 and will now stay that way in case I lose this new flash drive (I had previously published it in PDF and had no way else to freely convert that file back to Word to recover it.)

I realize you don’t care about any of that, but I’m glad it’s all out in the open. In other news:

I’ve been reading the archives from a year ago and I’ve got to say that I’m amazed at my promises I never kept, like reading all those books. I “vowed” to read them all, and I probably could have if I’d taken the time away from the computer and desk. I’m even busier now but take more time to read since my desktop PC stays dormant much of the time. I’ve taken to do more of my learning at work, since that is what I’m paid to do – to know. So time at home is more well-spent, I’m more relaxed, patience is more abundant, and I can get out of bed easier (could be these new meds) to write and read for hours before work.

I think a good ultimate goal would be to have a new MacBook Pro by the end of the year, but there is absolutely no way I’ll promise something like that. I’d gladly give up my chance at a MacBook Pro to move to Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, or Arizona this year. I’d even take California for the right company.

But like I said (and I encourage everyone to do the same), I’m going to rock steady this year and continue my solid progression toward success, without the huge promises and false hope. I’m not going to lose any weight, buy a new car, or do any of that crazy talk. I’m just going to keep my flash drive close to me at all times, be prompt for work and school, and see where I am this time next year.

Resolve 2007?

I’ve been thinking lately about what I said last year I’d do this year, and I’ve come to the conclusion that new years’ resolutions are overrated. With that, I’ve decided that all I want to do in 2007 is the same thing I did in 2006, and that is to simply rock steady.

I know I’ll not get out of Georgia very soon as Beth and I must finish large milestones in our educational and financial goals, so we’ll simply keep doing what we’re doing, and aim for cool stuff rather than resolve to do something. Beth came up with a novel idea: we are probably going to budget enough time and money for me to take one certification exam every quarter. With that, I’ll probably schedule the test and have to “shit or get off the pot.” For something that I’ve wanted to do and half-assed for several years now, I certainly don’t want to have wasted my time and energy.

But that’s about it. We’ll keep schooling and doing projects on the house, and when the time is right we’ll move on to better things. But there is no absolute resolution, and there never was. Think about it: with all that going on (house-buying, daughter-raising, parents moving, sibling relocation, software projects failing and driving 15,000 miles on the job) how could anyone try to read the unread books in my library and blog every day? That’s just ridiculous.

So among my peers and their resolutions to lose weight, get better jobs, get more, spend more, and save the world, I’m going to opt out and pick up a book.

Have a fantastic new year.