Another Think Coming for That One Nobody Who Cares

Who cares? Maybe nobody…. But, I, most often, do! This is my problem.

There must be dozens, if not hundreds, of expressions that are misspoken, misinterpreted, misused on a daily basis by the multitudes who post on Social Media. From its to it’s and your to you’re, to could of and should of and the ever popular, “I could care less…” – it’s like, you know what I mean.25-Common-Phrases-Everyone-Thinks-Are-Correct-export

I’m reminded of the Q&A joke, where the question is:
“Which is a greater problem today, ignorance or apathy?”
And the answer is:
“I don’t know and I don’t care.”

There are so many wonderful resources today, kindhearted souls, who aspire to help you understand the value of your “social media strategy” and your “engagement” or “conversion rate” – all things designed to drive more business to your door, or at least more traffic to your site. It’s heart warming, really. This outpouring of compassion thinly veils the inevitable sales pitch, or ultimately leads to the idea that you must want this kind of stuff daily in your inbox; it is available via links on Facebook and Twitter. I’m the consumer, your prospect, lost, when you don’t get it quite right.

OK, I’ve lost my way, here.
I was driving at this one point, then, “SQUIRREL!”
Oh, wait, here we go….

I was just starting to enjoy an article posted by one of my favorite sources, when I came upon the expression, “you’ve got another thing coming.” Having a keen (not so fond) memory of the first time I had heard this, I’m pretty sure it was, “you’ve got another THINK coming.”

YES, yes, it IS such a small detail. But, it is one of many. This is how it goes, I suppose. You start down the slippery slope of carelessness, then progress to apathy, which turns into a kind of defensive ignorance (where ignorance is a technique you use to be allow you to keep reading, no matter how difficult you find it to dismiss the myriad errors you find in online reading material.)

If you’ve come this far, thank you. Please do “let me have it,” if you’ve found errors and omissions in my writing, I would love to have that feedback. I promise swift corrections. If you would like to simply commiserate with me, I’ll take that, too.

Your Attention, Please!

Remember when that phrase (command, really) was something you might hear over a loudspeaker or a P. A. system? People would actually listen. The idea was simple. There must be some important thing about to be announced that might have to do with the crowd or with some individual in the crowd. But, surely, there was reason enough, from a self-preservation psychology, to at least pay attention long enough to decide if the message was important to you, personally. If that announcement had anything to do with ensuring your safety, it just made sense to listen and heed the advice.

These days, you have potentially billions of people shouting that same phrase. The big difference is, they are hoping everyone will listen. Social Media, websites, blogs, text messaging, even email is now broadcast with the hope of getting someone to pay attention – Your attention, PLEASE!
If you’ll only give them a moment of your time, they may be able to sell you something.

In some ways, this points out the value of membership. It also points out the problem with “free!” Anything that is free may also be of little or no value to you. Dare I say it? Yes, I do. You get what you pay for.

If you are paying for your membership in just about any group, you acknowledge that there is far more likely to be something of value for you in becoming and being a member. The logic is simple, but it bears mentioning here. So many of the “free” services that compete for our attention today are crowded places on the internet. Indeed, look at any internet based service that charges a fee and you’ll find the crowd thinner and far more focused on the communication available to the members.

Why discuss this? What is the meaning of it? As much as I hope to get some attention on what I’m saying here, I’m truly hoping that my next membership based site will hold so much ggs image
value for the members that it will become indispensable as a place for enjoying a meaningful experience, made possible by the highest quality content available on the web for the purpose it serves.

The idea itself is still in development and I’ll need a dedicated management team and many participants (and funding) to bring it to fruition. Those details are in the works. You’ll have to come back here for updates.

That’s all, for now.

So Many Things – Links Provided

This has been one of those days where being pulled in only a dozen directions has produced a trail of website links readers might find interesting. Some of them were collected as part of the research I’m doing for clients, some of them come from research I’m doing for this blog, and still others result from my need to keep up with technology changes as applied to my own computing environment, along with knowledge I need to keep my clients’ computers up and running, to prevent data loss, or to improve performance on all of the computers I’m privileged to service. That’s a lot of “somes!”

Oh, I almost left out one of the best things I found, clear and clever writing from an attorney friend of mine, discussing the fleeting nature of fame and the enduring aspects of constant change. His latest blog article includes the line: “It was all quite jolly.” There’s something you don’t hear everyday!

cumulus globalBy now, you may already know Microsoft is going to retire Windows XP. Looking at information about that led me down a path to other “retired” things by Microsoft, like Live Mesh. I ended up removing Live Essentials from my computer, in an effort to improve performance. This also meshed nicely with a comparison of sync to the cloud service offerings, including Microsoft’s SkyDrive. Along the way, I found this blog, which looks promising and complex, so of course, I’ll save that for later review. Did I mention you might use Sync as a backup strategy? I do.

For your reading pleasure, here is a little snippet of Microsoft tech-speak:
Windows Live Sync was retired February 2013, and remote desktop and peer-to-peer syncing have stopped working. If you still have Mesh installed on a computer, you might see the message, “Sorry, there is a problem with the Windows Live Sync servers.” Thanks, guys. Without your continuing efforts to perplex and confuse, I would not have so much work to do! If you have some time, search, “microsoft confused and perplexed” and wallow in the nearly 7 million results. Or, just keep reading here!

A link to “the daily love” is in my list, most likely, for my personal blogging needs later this evening. You can find that stuff on brianrouley.com – it’s mostly non-technical. Likewise, there’s a link to CreateSpace, where I’m working on a book about blogging and blogger’s topics.

Lastly, and most likely with the highest relevance to what I do for a living, was this link to an Internet Marketing website. I spend a fair amount of time on sites like these, getting ideas from other people who work in my industry. Almost without exception, there are a few pearls of wisdom to be gleaned from this effort.

That is all.

Lockheed Prepared Me Well

It seems like a lifetime ago now, but I left Lockheed in 1998. That was just about time the start-up craze was hitting is full stride. I’m not going to tell that story here.

Instead, I’m reflecting on how things were done at the “lazy-L” – that’s one of a few pejorative terms some people used to describe one very large government contractor, way back in the ’80’s and ’90’s. By the time I joined the Information Services department, I might have been inclined to agree. Things moved pretty slowly, sometimes. Crossword puzzles and pinochle with co-workers helped to pass the time, and my vocabulary improved somewhat as a result.

In 1988, I was fortunate enough to join the group that did computer support, and everything changed for me. My job was to connect dumb terminals and printers to a mainframe computer. 280px-IBM_704_mainframe[1]If you don’t know what that is, it’s a computer that requires at least as much space as an average living room, a very cold environment, a ton of power, and a full time staff of at least dozens, just to keep it humming. Today, you carry around that much processing power in your average laptop. Your cell phone may have more capability than some of the earlier models. But I digress – I was so happy! Delivering the gift of computing power to people made every day like Christmas for me, where I was the bearer of good tidings and joy.

Today I had an occasion to remember that every terminal and printer required a “green tag” to detail its system ID and other details about how it was connected to the mainframe. On this tag was this warning – something like: “If you plan to move this device, please notify Information Services 180 days in advance.” That’s not verbatim, but you get the picture. There was a whole lot of planning and coordination to be done prior to plugging in a dumb terminal or printer in a new location. This is just one of many fascinating facts that could probably bore you to death before finish reading this article. So, I’ll wrap it up very soon.

Of all the things that happened during my tenure at Lockheed, one of my fondest memories is standing on a platform, looking down into a “clean room” at the Hubble Space Telescope. Those days, we didn’t have a smart phone with a camera in our pockets, otherwise, I’d be posting that picture here for you, instead of the link to a PDF file in that last sentence. HST_Lockheed_Integration[1]

And, by the way, if your phone did not have processing power, you could think of it as a wireless connected dumb terminal, with the cloud as its mainframe!
Imagine we have come full circle….

Enjoy! I know I did and still do.

Trending

Image from Hubspot Article on Pinterest

Image from Hubspot Article on Pinterest

How Can I Be Part Of What’s Trending?

Do you first have to find out what is trending?
If you have ideas on how to board that train, send details.

On the way, I found these things to share with you.

How do I see what’s trending on Facebook?
Trending isn’t available to everyone right now.

Facebook trying to figure it out….

Hashtags dot org – claims to know what’s trending on Twitter even before Twitter knows what’s trending.

Leave it to Google to make trending a customizable experience! – use the grid in the upper left corner to set the number of squares on your screen.

“Top Group Boards” from Pinterest has several trending topics – I’m still learning how to build boards and Pin winners.

LinkedIn offers no direct link to trends.

For Margaret:  To all who read to the end of this post; Thank You!
And, if you can send a few bucks, share this with hundreds of your friends and ask each of them to send me a few bucks, I’ll collect enough money to buy this gift for my wife.

Thanks, again.

 

Forbes Article Rewrite

Check this out – it was posted (albeit, on page 140 of the comments section) on Forbes.com:
After reading the original post, I turned it around and looked at it from a positive point of view.
The original author liked it enough to say nice things and share it with her audience. Nice!
I think it’s interesting to note that I was surprised by how immediately available Cheryl Snapp Conner was for our “conversation” via the comments section on Forbes.
By that, I mean I had some ill-conceived notion that if you are publishing your work at some high level of success (as indicated by your position on Forbes), then you might be less likely to respond to a noise-maker like me. Such was not the case, obviously, and I now see the error of my assumption. I’m the one who needs to open his mind, allow comment, look for the opportunity to dialog with someone on any topic that piques my interest.
Lesson learned!

Sneakernet – Mouse Help SEO

Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote nearly three years ago, now!

I was compelled to write this in answer to my own question….

Transferring files between computers is one of the most basic methods of information exchange.

In layman’s terms, it is how you get your data from one computer to another computer. The number of methods for doing this would be hard to define, so here we will look at three very common scenarios that generate the need for file transfer. As soon as you or your business has more than one computer, the need to share data between machines and users becomes obvious. Way back
before we had all of this networking technology, we had floppy disks. One person would create a file; a finished word processing document, for example, and having written that file to a floppy disk, he would walk over to his associate with disk in hand and complete the file transfer. This was known as (seriously, look it up) “sneakernet”.


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Tech Support Purity

Dilution is the word that comes to mind when I think of all the things I’ve done with computers. A lifetime ago now, (well, over 17 years ago, anyway) I was working for Lockheed. There you were allowed to do only one thing at a time. You could dabble in other things, spend your own time learning new things, but whatever was your assignment, it was just the one thing. The last job I had at Lockheed was purely tech support.

This meant that the only thing I was to do, was to respond to anyone who called for help with his or her computer. There was enough to do that we had a team of four or five people, as we served all of the Palo Alto research center, where there were several buildings.

Why do I mention this and what does it have to do with dilution? It’s because there’s something very simple about having only one task. It may be boring, but it really makes you focus. And, at that time, I was not blogging, there was no Facebook or Twitter, and although I was working on web pages at the time, that was extra-curricular and something I did for my own edification.

Today, I do just about anything related to computers, networking, communications, websites, social media, blogging, and SEO. Since being involved in all of these things has been a way of life for so long, it brings up the question of how it would feel to experience the purity of doing one thing today. That mystery will remain, as I write this blog post, while considering the content of several websites, while thinking about fixing computers and wondering what is affecting the network for a couple of my clients. I’m sure I’ll post something on Facebook and Twitter (in fact, a link to this post will soon be there) and I’ll be working on a few websites later today.

This is how things are at the moment. I could lump all of that under “tech support”, I suppose. But far more purely, today, it is all about communications!

Mousehelp at Rouzell can do just about anything you might need to have done, to make your computer or network useful, promote your website, help you learn computers, or any technical skill you might need to make your communications flow!

Happy Friday to you.


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Search Results

“No Books For Selected Criteria. Please Try Again.” That’s the result returned by the engine on Thunder Bay Books website, when I search for, “Dictionary.”

This is a sign of the times, I suppose. Beware substituting definitions found on the Internet for those you would find in Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, New Deluxe Edition, from Thunder Bay Press. I’m using the 2001 publication and feel lucky to have this volume.

There’s nothing technical in this blog post. I’m just writing to call attention to another project I’ve started, purely for the purpose of writing something every day.


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Write Your Memoirs

Finally, it dawns on me; “memoir” sounds so much sexier than “blog”.

So, I’ll cheat here just a little….
Having just posted this on my Facebook page, copy and paste saves me many keystrokes.

Memoir sounds so much sexier than blog! The one sounds so French and yummy, while the other sounds like pseudo-geek speak, or something that might come out of you after a heavy meal.
Go ahead, say, “Memoir”, and see how it feels.
Just write something, please.

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