Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Whetstone Coffee

Check out my bil's coffee business. His coffee is pretty awesome!
He also has a blog about all things coffee.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Thoughts of a Technocrat: Why a Cybersecurity Treaty Is a Pipe Dream

Thoughts of a Technocrat: Why a Cybersecurity Treaty Is a Pipe Dream

Mumford and Sons

I'm always on the look out for new music. I listen to my cloud player or my iPod just about all day/everyday at work.  I recently found Adele, Florence and the Machine, The Pistol Annies, and The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. I have totally been enjoying this album, it may be one of my new favorites.

My brother recommended 'The Cave' but I went ahead and downloaded the whole album. I'm glad I did. I bought it on Amazon and at the risk of sounding like a commerical I have to say their cloud player is pretty neat.
I've been doing some Christmas shopping (early!) and have made a pretty decent dent in my shopping so far. I love Amazon! Pseudo-commerical is now over.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Facebook security updates – how to make your account more secure

I think it's important to be aware of how things are changing on FB. ;)

Thoughts of a Technocrat: Linux 'Tsunami' Backdoor Ported to Target OS X Systems

Thoughts of a Technocrat: Linux 'Tsunami' Backdoor Ported to Target OS X Systems

My Life in Office Space

Recently a co-worker and I were just talking about the movie Office Space.  He made a joke about us having 3 bosses and I just had to laugh. His comment immediately made me think about this quote from the movie:
Peter Gibbons: The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care.
Bob Porter: Don't... don't care?
Peter Gibbons: It's a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don't see another dime, so where's the motivation? And here's something else, Bob: I have eight different bosses right now.
Bob Slydell: I beg your pardon?
Peter Gibbons: Eight bosses.
Bob Slydell: Eight?
Peter Gibbons: Eight, Bob. So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That's my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.

I think it's hilarous that Bob is absolutely astonished when Peter tells him he doesn't care. I wonder how many companies would react in the same situation.
At my current job I do not feel that I am living in this movie but at my last job I sure did. I had TPS reports (I kid you not), and I literally had 12 different managers. And truly... my only motivation was not to be hassled or to lose my job. As Peter says, that'll only make you work just hard enough. That's just sad.  By the time I left I was so disillusioned with my work place that I took all my personal business from them and wrote a scathing letter to the HR department on my exit interview form. The employees that are still there are miserable and I feel sorry for them.

I think it is incumbent on companies to make sure that their employees are satisfied.  I'm not going to say happy, because I firmly believe that a person's happiness is a choice we all make every day. But a company should be concerned with their employees.  Employees who feel job satisfaction worked harder and generally more efficient. Not to mention the loyalty factor. I mean really, which one would you rather have... an employee who is engaged and cares about their work or one who literally just shows up and couldn't care less? If employees feel valued most of them will work hard for you.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wise debt management

I've heard my fair share of people say they are going to go debt free from now on. I at first thought that sounded good. But I have since changed my opinion of that, while too much debt is a bad thing, carrying a little debt is not. People with no payment history towards debt do not get as good interest rates as people who have proven they can wisely handle debt.