Another year is upon us and we have many opportunities and adventures ahead!
Have you made your SMART(ER) goals for 2014?
I've decided to start yet another 30Journey Challenge...an online business!
For the next 30 Days I'll be working and plugging away to launch my online business.
Ahhh...will it be a good idea?
Follow me and find out!
Yet another blog/website I've kept on the back burner for quite some time is Satisficers.com
I stumbled on the concept of "satisficing" almost by mistake and have since LOVED applying the concept to my life.
Originally I heard about the idea from my mentor, author, and informational product guru Eben Pagan. The concept is that rather than make yourself miserable in life by trying to "Optimize" every decision in life, including purchasing decision, you "Satisfice" .
Satisfy your needs, Sacrifice confusion (or maybe not getting every bell and whistle).
The great example that Eben Pagan gives, is that rather than spending months and years reaching which laptop to purchase, you go out buy the one that will meet your needs and be done with it.
Optimizers will do the opposite. They're research and research and then they'll FINALLY make a decision and end having buyers remorse because they believed there's something better out there (which there always will be if you search for it). This leads to a feeling of never satisfied with ANYTHING in life.
In my own life I'm making more decisions quickly and satisficing for my needs rather than measure things to misery.
Make a decision and move on to the next one.
Therefore rather than posting an endless list of things that fall under this category I thought it would be neato to create a separate website for such a following of people that vibe with that same philosophy (or parking that URL sonofabitch ).
I will carry forward relevant content. Please follow and check in periodically to Satisficers.com for biased advice and propaganda.
Well it's been 30 Days and I have to admit this experiment was literally a failure from Day 1.
Wishful thinking it's difficult to break a bad habit, especially losing my shit and swearing. Please take note of the irony of previous sentence.
Stress at work; fights with my fiancee; allowing stupid people to push my buttons. It was moment after another of me turning into the Incredible HULK. I also realized that when I'm around the lads I drop F-bombs and curse as part of my testosterone expression. I'd be cursing just to empathize when a colleague or buddy would be venting or bitching around something to me.
Fuuucckkk...yeah man, that sucks. Fuck it, don't worry about that kind of donkey shit.
Thinking about how to "succeed" at this challenge I've decided a perhaps more productive experiment would be 30 Days of gratitude. Trying to STOP something is MORE difficult than DOING something else in place.
Therefore I'm going to do a VERY simple gratitude entry every day about something I'm grateful in my life. I'll do my best to make it interesting. Check out 30journey.com to see if I'll follow through.
For my epic failure I'm donating $30 to PETA. I know I originally said $5 for EVERY VIOLATION...but my Andrew Dice Clay days would make me declare bankruptcy.
Therefore I changed the rules for myself (imagine that) and made it $1 a day that I violated. Yes, a total cop out...but it's my game dammit!
I've decided to start up my other blog, 30journey.com
Great minds think alike.
or more accurately...
Great minds steal alike.
I originally thought of 30journey.com after falling in love with watching Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days TV series. Essentially taking someone and putting them in a situation they normally wouldn't be in for 30 days. E.g. Morgan and his wife at the time trying to live on minimum wage for 30 days; or him going to prison for 30 days; an atheist living with a Christian family for 30 days. I highly recommend it!
Recently I watched a TED talk by Matt Cutts who actually put into action the same idea I was "stewing" over.
Now inspired I'm taking this one on: No complaints or swearing for 30 Days!
I love using LingQ to learn French. Their growth seems to be testament of what an amazing concept and platform they've created.
BMC Remedy = Bad First Impression
We've recently been requested to use BMC Remedy for incident management at work. While I have experience with some other z/OS products from BMC - it's shocking that Remedy is probably their most known product that generates revenue and yet so evil and all thesaurus words stemming from evil.
My verdict? Not a good solution, and here's why.
"Where's the ahhhh...."
Looks as though the person that made the initial macro (meaning the user interface to open tickets) included everything except the relevant information.
This is probably not Remedy's fault...but GUILTY for allowing such a monstrosity to occur.
I have a theory why Google, Apple, and even Facebook became giants. They had clean solutions.
While there certainly other search engines that were in the market first; and cheaper PCs more powerful than Macs; and several MySpace and goofy social sites...
They were all cluttered!
When you needed to find the symptoms for that venereal disease A-SAP... you didn't have time to get sidetracked by horoscopes and lotto numbers.
That's why Google became the go to search engine. One text field, and two buttons.
BMC Remedy would be the early version of Yahoo! or some other forsaken search engine...clutter with crap.
(Again, might not be Remedy that gave this defected default Trouble Ticket screen.)
Error message are not that useful
I've spent the last 15 mins trying to close a ticket to status "RESOLVED". Now even though the incident has been resolved several months ago I will forever to haunted by people in theme of asking me why I didn't receive the memo about the TPS Reports.
The Irony is Captured
I just had to create a Trouble Ticket with Remedy asking how to close a Trouble Ticket in Remedy. This might be considered a Level 2 support ticket.
I could rant on and on the ills and downfalls of BMC Remedy but that'd be counter productive.
If your organization is thinking about implementing BMC Remedy at least inquiry about the alternatives!
Please support GOOD SOFTWARE STANDARDS!