New Year, New opportunities
I’m not a great believer in New Year resolutions, often finding them a trite way of setting weak aspirations; however, the happenstance of calendar dates does give an opportunity to both look back, and look forward. So these are “sort of not-resolutions”
My last year or two have been challenging in family and health terms, and some sorting out at work has been testing.
I’m fortunate both with my family and my employer – and I have much to be grateful for, so I thought I’d set out some things I’d like to do.
Blogging: I have sadly neglected my blog, for Twitter, Facebook and occasional Tumblr forays. I am going to share more content here – although I may play a little with both Medium and ghost. Some of it will be technology related; some security; some knowledge management, and some more personal… I’ll try to keep my Scottish Independence thoughts elsewhere.
Coastguard: I’m part of a Search and Rescue Team locally – I intend to work more at this and step up to a more senior team role.
Family & Friends: I intend to make more effort to leave my lovely Scottish eyrie and actually see more of people this year
- I have achieved a couple of security qualifications last year, CISSP and SCF; I intend to further my security knowledge and my general architecture knowledge
- I intend to improve my physical fitness
- I intend to do more to keep abreast of technology – particularly Internet of Things type activity and cloud based work
- I will do more outdoor activity, including regular sleeping outdoors – particularly in my hammock that I have used for 8 years on and off.
Work: I have said I’m lucky in my employer; I want to make sure I work with some wider teams in the company and build my contributions across our security and architecture team.
What about you?
Have you any aspirations/goals you’d like to share?
My company is going through one of it’s regular turns – where we want our people to be working in the office – in a shared location.
There’s lots of advantages
It helps us collaborate
There’s lots of studies that show it’s better (I’ll add a link if I ever find them)
There is, of course, another view. It happens to be one I share, but I’d welcome your comments.
I’m surprised I have to repeat myself about this, but as I said in 2009(!) Homeworking builds team work – and communities
Oh, those nice open plan, shared spaces that aid collaboration? Not *everyone* thinks they do.
I was referred to this post from the excellent thinkpurpose blog.
Basically, the premise is that extreme monitoring makes you slower, but slightly better; slight monitoring *always* makes things worse.
In situations like mine …, where work is not 100% plannable …, monitoring is a great way to fill time while irritating people to the maximum.
So performance mostly about systems/process rather than people sound familiar…?
It’s widely acknowledged that there’s an air of sniffyness amongst some people who claim not to understand Social Media, Facebook friending and so on, and have never had accounts.
The concerns are spreading way outside “the social media bubble” and I thought it was interesting to see the contrasting of online/”real” friends in a UK TV advert for tea.
Who do you friend, and what do you share?
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- Watch Red Bull Stratos #LiveJump http://t.co/dvuwjUGo – this looks exciting! #
- I see the Tories are joining "Scottish" Labour in confusing universal benefits with something for nothing. Go #SNP #
- MT @JBordeaux: Good to see presentation scheduled for #KM World: "DIKW Pyramid Must Die." It was stillborn, just needs to be declared so. #
- RT @psd: A day without curry is like a day without sunshine #
- @dominiccampbell see also http://t.co/QgzcWPwq – poor left with less, though rich pay £s more. Will rich or poor leave the UK? in reply to dominiccampbell #
- @dominiccampbell I'm no friend to Tories, but don't top 1% of contribute 27% oftotal tax take and the top 10% >50% [shows how rich they are in reply to dominiccampbell #
- do you have standards for Customer service? Think Carefully before you answer #btot http://t.co/Sx19y5xq #
- nice remote working Pinterest board #btot http://t.co/6R0eSVU8 #
- My Top 2 #lastfm Artists: Fishermen's Friends (1363) & Amy Macdonald (3) #tweeklyfm http://t.co/jyefkCk6 #
- My Week in Twitter 2012-10-07: @noirem @ninthspace @Spangila 4 carb heaven in reply to noirem # The phrase "Won'… http://t.co/0qvYwSu5 #
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- @noirem @ninthspace @Spangila 4 carb heaven in reply to noirem #
- The phrase "Won't get fooled again" comes to mind. Milliband channels Blair http://t.co/yQwIZyeI #
- My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Scooter (296), Fishermen's Friends (71) & The Proclaimers (32) #tweeklyfm http://t.co/jyefkCk6 #
- @rankamateur: Seriously disliking the booing. #rydercup < I take it this is Europeans booing the hosts. Surely the US crowd isn't unsporting #
- @Spangila *never* too early for champagne – congratulations, I gather? in reply to Spangila #
- My Week in Twitter 2012-09-30: @NorthernSnippet pub I worked, you could choose shifts. But you had to choose a F… http://t.co/fYyvB2DG #
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- @NorthernSnippet pub I worked, you could choose shifts. But you had to choose a Friday night/Saturday night before any other in reply to NorthernSnippet #
- @samaryd good luck with seeing niece/nephew. Hope it goes well! in reply to samaryd #
- @rattlecans aye, and those in jobs hold to them, so there's nae chance for the young [just doing more tickets at 54, now] in reply to rattlecans #
- @noirem I'd missed that! Congratulations to you and @ninthspace! <ungraceful happy dance> in reply to noirem #
- RT @Spangila: My boss has just emailed to wish me all the best on my "walk" on Sunday… #FB <- ah, know how fast you run? #
- How very sad: http://t.co/YfMMF8uZ Guns keeping people safe, as a father kills his son as a burglar. #
- Astonished at the number of folk who don't use AdBlock/AdBlock Plus #
- Prediction of mobile phones and Flexible working – made in 1964 http://t.co/DKkBtRv6 #
- MT @hjarche: Earth to Humans: I survived the Permian–Triassic extinction event http://t.co/KDM4e1Tf Don't worry about me, but yourselves #
- My week on twitter: 1 retweets received, 3 new followers, 2 mentions. Via: http://t.co/vSvoXsoA #
- Fancy trialing BT Products? If you're not a BT employee, and even if you're not a BT customer register here https://t.co/nSZEmqXJ #
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- Encourage Personal Knowledge Management to drive innovation #btot http://t.co/J4ScaZ6p #
- Indebted to @Blake3987 for pointing me to http://t.co/ab4gOqAq #fb #
- [Security] Amazing mind reader reveals his 'gift': http://t.co/W0IofYy9 via @youtube #btot #fb #
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- Black tie activists crash HMRC boss' retirement do: http://t.co/Zxl73XTH via @youtube < I so liked this! #
- My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: The Proclaimers (30), Evita (11) & Sophie Ellis-Bextor (7) #tweeklyfm http://t.co/jyefkCk6 #
- My Week in Twitter 2012-09-23: http://t.co/FIuyoZk2 #xkcd via @dividuum Amazing! # My week on twitter: 3 mention… http://t.co/6rPw4kq3 #
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- http://t.co/FIuyoZk2 #xkcd via @dividuum Amazing! #
- My week on twitter: 3 mentions. Via: http://t.co/vSvoXsoA #
- “Threesome with Emma Watson and Kim Kardasian in a swimsuit, using Viagra, No Alistair Coleman pics please” http://t.co/3iI0IgrB #
- @rattlecans I suspect many in the Tory party *secretly* want a Yes vote. There'd never be a Labour – or LD – govt in Westminster again in reply to rattlecans #
- Cool, I suppose, as BT engineer replaces overhead/drop wire from house to pole. Pole in good nick for 1924 vintage! No comms save iPhone. #
- My Week in Twitter 2012-09-16: Spot a performance management? #fb #btot http://t.co/DeftMHnr # Finally found how… http://t.co/VXjGk5pG #
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- Spot a performance management? #fb #btot http://t.co/DeftMHnr #
- Finally found how to move G+ from my standalone account to my Google Apps account https://t.co/UPL1Y6qK #fb #
- My week on twitter: 4 new followers, 1 mentions. Via: http://t.co/vSvoXsoA #
- RT @mattgemmell: By checking this box I agree that I have checked this box and totally not read any of that crap, like a normal person. #
- @fforchwen_too that's what it was. Email arrived about a change case, and when I kicked Clarify into life it failed. Ooops, no VPN up. in reply to fforchwen_too #
- @daddacool @9600 Wonder how much comparatively Apple, Google and Microsoft spend on patent acquisition? in reply to daddacool #
- Bangs head on desk. Office systems not working currently as I work from home. Why? I forgot to kick off VPN. #FirstWorldProblem #
- Autumnal chill in the air; solid fuel heating on. Dogs remain in their baskets until later. Mist and grey sea out of my office window. #
- Some Future Shock courtesy of my son…: My son, @philellwood shared the following with me: Thought you might appr… http://t.co/pcnCRLEH #
- Stolen from George Takei: Exhaustipated: too tired to give a shit #
- H,, My second #Kindle screen failure in 15 months. This one, out of warranty. £150 every 18 months might get a tad expensive for an e-reader #
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My son, @philellwood shared the following with me:
Thought you might appreciate this.
I’m on the train, with my Kindle, laptop, and phone. My phone is connected to 3G. I create a portable Wi-Fi from my phone, and connect the laptop and kindle to it. I use the internet to download a book, and then I use the “Send to Kindle” app on my laptop to wirelessly transfer the book that I have downloaded via the internet on my phone onto my laptop, back over the internet to Amazon’s servers then back through my phone to the kindle. I also transferred it to the phone itself, just for good measure. All by dragging a file from one folder onto an app icon. No keystrokes.
It was less effort to do that, than switch the USB charger from my phone to my Kindle and transfer it that way.
When it becomes second nature for all, that will be Future Shock