Jim

Good Ideas

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I have to stop this. I get great ideass but absolutely zero follow-through. I was just going through my domain name list that I had already culled a fair bit but it seems it need more as there are a lot of domain names I have that are up for renewal that I am never going to use - despite my best intentions.

I had thought I would have used some of the domains I had bought by now, but despite my best intentions they go unused. Fron what was hundreds of dollars annully on domain renewals has now been bought down to under $200.

I am keeping this domain and 3 others and that’s it. I will work one one project at a time until I can get it to be profitable and then, and only them will I consider a domain name for my next project.

It just costs too much to keep all these domain names over the years for projects that never materialize.

On Backups

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The good thing about phones and the quality of cameras - like the one I have currently have is that it takes really great photos.

It’s also easy to lose digital photos as well and that’s what I have been trying to avoid the past few days.

I don’t trust them

Google is awesome. But, they are the only place where I have my photos stashed. Now, I am sure that with Google being Google they have redundant servers galore - but you never know.

So, with that in mind I have been spending the past few days figuring out how to keep my photos safe and sound and I think I have found the solution, and that’s to back them up to more than one server

After a few days of tinkering I have managed to get all (most) of my photos backed up to:

and locally on a server in the basement.

Overkill? No doubt - but I’ve heard and read horror stories of people who lose all their photos with a click of the mouse.

Also, this is easy to do. The trickiest part for me was to find an app that would work reliably with my phone/computer/wifi and was easiest to use, but th rest was as simple as downloading the app and signing up.

Dropbox and OneDrive cost a few dollars and so does Google Drive but for the price of a few starbucks a month I know for sure that I have a backup.

My kiddo only grows up once and I don’t want to lose all my photos due to some hacker or server error.

This of course isn’t foolproof. I suppose all the online servers could go down or out of business and I could lose my local copies as well but I doubt it and it’s still a better system than relying on one online cloud system.

I guess I will find out in about 18 years or so whether my efforts the past few days have been worth it.

How do mommy bloggers find the time?

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The dream: post here every day

The reality: work, take care of child and get as much sleep as possible

I know I’m not the first person to have a blog and a newborn and others seem to be able to have kids and blogs so it must be me. The kicker is that I only work about 25 hours a week so one would think I have lots of time to write, yes?

It seems just when I sit down to write there’s a distraction that prevents me from even getting 100 words down.

Part of this is the way I think: I feel I have to have complete silence and the perfect writing evironment in my home office with the music and the lights just right. Perhaps pre-kid this was possible but now I just make a cup of coffee and do my best to sit hunched over a laptop at the kitchen table for twenty minutes in hopes I can get something written.

Priorities

Part of the problem is me. It’s much more fun to screw around with blogging platforms and themes for me than it is to actually write - at least at first. Once I get into the “zone” I can write well.

I really need to change this. I want to write here every day, but I can’t seem to get my act together enough to juggle the responsiblities of being a parent annd finding time to write.

I’m currently on a simplification kick to get rid of stuff I don’t need and focus on the stuff that’s important to me - which of course, is family first.

I just need to prioritize better. So, the clock resets - It’s day 1 again.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Fussy

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She got her shots today for her 4 month visit at the pediatrician and she’s been pretty fussy. Not full on screaming, but just fussy.

It’s been a long night.

It started at 2:30 am, and continued through until now at 6am and there doesn’t seem to be any fever so I guess we will just duke it out and hope or improvement.

As luck would have it she’s now just fallen asleep just as my alarm went off and I have to start to get ready to go to work.

But, I’m a new parent. I am supposed to be tired.

I’ve actually been blessed with this child as she’s slept through the night almost since the day she’s come home so I guess I can sacrifice a few hours sleep.

Giving Windows a Shot

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As the title says, I’m giving Windows 10 a shot as my daily driver for a bit to see if I’m been missing anything.

Back when Windows was a disaster I was a die-hard Apple user, but as the Web progressed over the years I realized that for the most part any old computer would do for what I wanted to use it for

So, I started with ChromeOS and it works just great and really does all I need. In fact, I think it works too well. It doesn’t allow me to tinker with computers liek I could in the past and I miss a good tinker.

Then I found linux. Linux is awesome. It’s fast and once you get your mind wrapped around the command line it’s even better. But like ChromeOS, I have tried all the different distros and apps and again , I’m bored with technology.

I’m hoping Windows will entertain me rather than frustrate me, and I have an older notebook computer to try it on so I am in the midst of installing it and once I have the OS installed I will see how I make out in this brave new world of Windows.

I have never used it for any length of time because Vista was horrible and the earlier versions were even worse, so this will be a first. To be honest, all I need is a browser and text editor and I’m off to the races but thsi will be fun to see if I enjoy the Windows OS experience over some other OS.