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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Weekend Introspective

For the last few weeks I have been out of touch with either of the blogs that I try to update regularly. Admittedly a number of things have happened; computer crash, remodeling our kitchen cabinets, and work. This doesn’t mention looking for a new car reading two books simultaneously or a myriad of other things that can be time sinks.

The books; “The Way We Are Working Isn’t Working” by Tony Schwartz and Jean Gomes, “The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE” by Thomas  J. Peters (Tom Peters). And as noted earlier I have just finished “I Live In The Future” by Nick Bilton. It was a great read – if you are into what is happening to us with technology.

I think my Kindle will be my best technology purchase of the year. My HP Mini won last years prize.

Note: Books are not everything, my wife and family are everything. Next comes reading and learning (books and experience). Everything in it’s proper perspective.

Back to the blogs. I started Curious Voyager to talk/write about technology, it’s affect on us personally as well as having the ability to give small (or home) businesses great advantages. It was also to reflect on Life, Living and the Pursuit of Happiness in this ever changing world.

I started Ease Of Blogging to demonstrate just how easy it is to start a blog, not necessarily how easy it is to maintain it. To do this on a regular basis takes time. You have to do a great deal of reading so it best be a subject that you like. Blogging itself is like having one half of a lunch conversation where the other half may or may not be listening.

I have to thank Gary Vaynerchuk for that last line. I paraphrased something from his book “Crush It"!”. Another great read.

I know that in my writing I have ventured off on the closing of a Starbucks and my moving over to McDonald’s, who by the way is not into the “conversation” as Starbucks is. I have vented at business operations that are money driven and not consumer or employee concerned. So Life is full of all this.

I have had my successes and failures at leadership and management so I can talk about them. The same goes for Life, Living and technology.

Life is an ever changing experience and trying to stay on the curl is not easy. Every once in awhile we have to stop and look around. I guess that is what I have been doing.

It doesn’t mean that I have stopped reading the blogs or the tech news. I still get a paper edition of Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Inc. Magazine (how quaint).  I really should look into getting them on the Kindle.

My Google Reader fills up everyday however I have been getting Seth Godin’s Blog on my Kindle as well as TechCrunch. In the Google Reader they are free however on the Kindle there is a cost and yet I can read them without having to boot up a computer. Easy, that is the way it should be and the cost, $0.99 or $1.99 a month is not out of line. I think of it as a subscription. I give $2.00 a month to Leo Laporte and TWiT.

So I am still here and I am still thinking. I am writing and I am sure the heat will return. Just this week I got mad at a what I thought was a dumb article at Computerworld; 10 Things I don’t Understand About Consumer Technology.

This one was far reaching to find something to write about, really far. “1. Why is the iPad so slippery?” First I have never heard this complaint anywhere and second I have not found that to be even true. I had an iPad for about 10 days to learn how to use it. No problem here. The writer must have had a greasy hamburger for lunch while using the iPad.

It gets worse from there. The worst waste of time in my opinion was no. 7; “Where are those Google personal time projects?” It is none of your business! Not now, not ever. Good things have come from it not to mention the thought of working for someone who just might value your outside thoughts and contributions.

Been to the Google Campus and would love working there however I would really increase the average work age I am afraid.

OK I just survived a Windows Live Writer crash and still writing. Life does get a little edgy once in awhile.

Have a GREAT WEEKEND and an even better week!

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blogging Isn't Always Easy

I know it has been a while since I have posted here. So many things going on besides work that it has been hard to think about writing on Ease Of Blogging.

We are remodeling our kitchen cabinets, that is my wife and I. Replacing the wood panels in the doors with glass, replacing all the shelving and hinges. Adding door handles and then painting everything – including ourselves. It is a labor of love with a little pain thrown in for good measure.

Work has also eaten into my time so my casual/learning reading has not always been up to par with whatever par is. I woke up this morning to 6 magazines laying on the dinning room table and was immediately reminded that I had some old business information to look into – old by now. At least my Google Reader does not remind that I have things to read.

I suspect that renewals of subscriptions one day will all be for online reading and I will read the magazines on my computer, my TV, or on my Kindle.

I will admit to giving a great deal of my discretionary time to reading on my Kindle. I have finished “I Live In The Future” by Nick Bilton and it is really, really good. The further into the book the more I just wanted to keep on reading. I am now  following Nick’s blog

On another note.

This morning I decided to write. I am at McDonald’s having breakfast and inspiration takes hold. Now I had to wait for the computer to boot. While waiting it made me think that I too want an ‘instant on’ computer. One that is right there, right now, when I am ready to use it. Take it out of the sleeve and it is on. No muss, no fuss, no waiting. The waiting becomes a big sink hole.

Now one would say, ah ha, the iPad. Well yes that could be however it is a bit awkward with it’s on screen keyboard and I happen to use Windows Live Writer to do my writing and that is not available on the iPad. Someone might say “well learn something different” and my response; “This is the best, why leave it”. So the conundrum. 

Now what was it that I was going to write about?