Archive for January, 2012

A zen goal for the Techno-world.

Eat well.

Think about mindful eating; what do you picture?  Portion control, healthy foods, and self-satisfaction.  For me, non-mindful eating evokes an image of a bag of chips or a box of donuts.  Eat things with natural ingredients, preferably things you make yourself.  Not only will your health improve; your mindfulness will be kept in check by your conscious diet habits.  Youll also learn how to cook some good stuff.

via the daily zen: 5 Goals for Conscious Living.

Another one?!?

Seems there is yet another potential Malware attack out there targeting Android users?

Millions Of Android Users Potentially Hit By New Malware Attack | Redmond Pie.

Really? Are we surprised?

/sarcastic_shocked_expression = on

Now, I freely admit I’m a bit of an Apple Fanboy. If you know me, that’s no surprise.  But I do like the Android platform as well.  There are a lot of things it does far better than iOS. I think Android is trying to address quite a few very real UI issues where iOS seems to be lacking.

Really!  It’s true.

But one thing it absolutely, positively doesn’t do better, is protect its users AND itself from Malware.

Really! It’s true.

By its very nature, the “open” model of Android and the Android Marketplace are an open door to this sort of nastiness.  Wide. Open.

Yes, Apple is somewhat draconian in its policies for submitting to the App Store.

Yes, Apple controls the iOS platform like an over-protective parent.

Yes, Apple comes across as arrogant.

But…you know what?  If you follow the rules and don’t jailbreak your device, they don’t have this sort of crap floating around.

However, all this doesn’t really bother me. It is what it is.

What does bother me is that I continue to go into meetings where the Android users are constantly bashing iOS as being “unsecure”, “weak”, “not enterprise ready” and a “security risk for enterprise data”.

Oh really?

Physician, heal thyself!

Honestly, I don’t want to hear it anymore.

 

A great and very Zen idea

Have a lot of apps on your phone or tablet?

Well, try this.  Organize them by what they do and not by what they are.

It really does make a difference.

The article below recommends organizing them by an approperiate verb.

I keep my iPad as uncluttered as my desk (and I’m really obsessive about keeping my desk clean and organized) so this has limited use to me.

But if you are an App Pack Rat, this could be a huge help.

Organize iOS Apps by Actions Instead of Categories.

The evolution of the IT worker

OK…take this in tone in which it’s meant.

Read, Funny.  HAHA.  LOL.

Main difference here is I seriously doubt most of use are that skinny.

🙂

So real, it’s scary!!

Just remember to breathe.

We’ve all be there.  LOL

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

If I Were the new RIM CEO

Saw this last night and just about rolled out of bed laughing.

Unfortunately it’s also dead on accurate of what I’d do and what NEEDS to happen.

Credit to the Brooks Review for this.

Genius!

  1. Call a meeting of all top executives
  2. Pull out my iPhone 4S and rest it gently on the table in front of me.
  3. Wait for dramatic effect
  4. Fire anyone not patient enough to wait for me to speak first.
  5. Tell everyone left in the room that they have 3 months to bring me a working prototype that makes me want to use it over my iPhone.
  6. Fire anyone that asks, “How?”.
  7. With everyone gone, hire a new executive team.

If I Were CEO — The Brooks Review.

HOLY “iDesk” Batman!!!

Beware.  If you are in any way an Apple fan, the following image may cause a spontaneous nerdgasim.

You’ve been warned.

It’s the iDesk!

Granted, this is just a concept.  Nothing real behind it and there are no rumors that I can find that Apple is actually working on something like this.

But Wow! What a game changer if it was.  It’s gorgeous (as a former designer I’m a sucker for beautiful and simple design), and the functionality is really intriguing.

I can only hope that Mr. Ive and his cadre of superdesigners are looking at this and (if they haven’t already) are thinking, “That’s really freaking cool!!”.

/add_to_wishlist

Check out the link for details and thoughts from the original article.

What if Apple had come to market with a Microsoft Surface-style multitouch table? | iMore.

Sometimes you have to speak up

I’d encourage anyone that’s followed SOPA/PIPA and the shenanigans of Chris Dodd and the MPAA to sign this petition.

Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admited to bribing politicans to pass legislation. | The White House.

It’s on the White House’s “We the People” site and is getting really close to the number of signatures needed.

 

5 Ways to Simplify Your Techno Life

I’ll freely admit I didn’t come up with these.  They come from the Daily Zen site, and were targeted to personal life (and had 7 steps origionally).

However, as I read these, they struck me as completely approperiate and valuable for life in the Technology Fast Lane.

I frequently practice these tennants (without even knowing it sometimes) and I feel they really help me stay focused and maintain my priorities on the things that really matter.

I think we all need to take some time in the fast-paced world of technology and Zen out for a bit.  These can help you survive, and help you be more productive as well.

 Full credit to the Daily Zen for this.  I’ve modified them a bit based on my experiences, and to apply to technology.

#1 Prioritize

Try getting out a pad and paper (or iPad or some other GTD list) and writing what you absolutely have to do today.  Keep it to the stuff you “must do”.  Don’t let other “maybes or should do” items creep onto the list. Writing out your tasks-at-hand simplifies your thoughts and gets rid of all the mental chaos and stress.  This will allow you to prioritize and figure out what needs to get done soonest.  Ideally, you’ll be able to start working on that as soon as you figure it out.

#2 Broad view

Think about the big picture.  This seems counterintuitive if the goal is to simplify, but it’s actually important. In IT it’s not just important, it’s critical.  Think about what you really want and where you really want to be in your organization, and start weeding out anything that doesn’t jell with those ideas.  Failure to keep the Broad View in mind in this business is a fast way to being obsolete as a professional, as a department and as a company.

#3 Narrow down

After you’ve zoomed out and put things in perspective, go back to the details.  Focus on what’s important.   If you change a tiny part of your organization, department or self each day for a year, by the end of the year the big picture will have changed completely.  Implement small changes, one at a time, the goal being simplicity.  Shave off an unnecessary expense, find a simpler way to complete a project. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

#4 Relax

Don’t procrastinate, but relax.  Take things as they come. I’ll say it again.  Relax.  There’s no point in simplifying things if the process just stresses you out.  Look at it as a gradual process rather than an instant gratification.  De-cluttering your surroundings will eventual help you de-clutter your mind. Focusing your organization will also help clear out the chaff.  Take time to relax and Breathe.  Yes, Breathe with a capital “B”.  The breath is the pathway to focus and relaxation.  Not only does it provide your body with much needed oxygen, but it’s something to focus on.

#5 No multi-tasking

One thing at a time.  Pick a thing, and do it with deliberate hard work instead of half-assing 5 things at once.  If you have to clean your desk, clean your desk.  Don’t clean a little, eat, clean a little, check facebook, clean a little, write emails.  Just do it; you’ll feel the satisfaction of dedicating your full attention to something. The same goes with your organization.  Don’t let yourself or staff get sucked into working on 5 things at the same time.  Yes there are multiple projects that demand our attention, but keep them in “compartments”.  Allow staff to focus on projects one at a time without pulling them in different directions.  Multitasking is great in theory, but in reality, it only leads to chaos and frustration.

via the daily zen: 7 Ways to Simplify Your Life.

A Zen-Technology Truth

Knowledge and ideas want to be free: When you learn something new, ever feel the urge to share it? When you know something that can help, don’t you want to answer a question? When you have an idea, isn’t it great to bounce off others? From a behavioral and technological perspective, we want knowledge and ideas to be free. Why lock ‘em down?

via 5 Social Business Truths