PS:46 – Making Money!

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So the drone videos are apparently picking up some minor popularity! I have heard from a few people they are “relaxing” and to boot I’ve got them marked for monetization so as to this point, my projected income is… oh wait for it…. it’s amazing:

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Cha-Ching! I honestly didn’t set out to make money doing this, the idea was to relax, and share my time attempting to relax with others (except you get a lovely song playing while you watch) – I wish sometimes I could record the sounds around me, the breeze and the birds!

I do have a few ideas for upcoming flights, possibly this weekend! No spoilers, you’ll just have to watch!

PS:45 – Encouragement

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I deal with a lot of problems in a day/week/month/year – and folks don’t always start off with “I appreciate your hard work!” in fact most times it is high-stress entry to “OH MY GOD ITS DOWN!” or “OH MY GOD I’M HACKED!” or “WHERE IS MY TIGER!”.

Okay, that last one is Lilly. That’s easily fixed. 🙂

But encouragement and positive doesn’t always come in the IT industry. One of the primary reasons I think that IT guys as a stereotype are a big gruff and not too personal. It’s an under appreciated job. Because let’s face it we think of technology as needing to always just “be there” and folk don’t realize the stress in sometimes fixing or restoring things.

I helped set up an old friend with some hosting, and we had a little back and forth catching up a tad – he wrote this:

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I don’t think I’ve ever thought of myself as an inspriation. After a month that didn’t really help with calm downtime or low work stress, a nice reminder that God is in control, I may have a Job Moment or three, but God is still God.

Nice to be built up. Time to tackle this day!

 

PS:44 – Spam. I hate thee.

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Spam is something that I strongly dislike. Nay… Hate. It wastes bandwidth, infects, offers things I don’t need/want/care about!

Well, lately everything is spam according to major providers. I’ve spent about 80% of my day handling blacklists which are blocking just about every-single-server I have a hand in.

I think by mid-year RBL removals will be a thing I do for an hourly wage because it’s so far outside of normal administration that in some cases I’m re-patching with customers have un-done and cleaning up garbage sites which are just blasting crap.

I may be in a cranky mood and need a nap. I leave you with this: Die Spam Die.

PS:43 – Latest Flight

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So in an attempt to relax on my birthday went for a drone flight:

Took some photos too! Haven’t posted many of those, but I think I’m going to post some online soon! For now, since I’m exhausted after a rough weekend which included a sick Lilly 🙁 I’m going to get back to work and try to wrap up for the evening so I can sleep tonight.

PS:40 – What is TFH?

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A while back I came up with an idea. Like all good ideas, they don’t go anywhere! I’ve invested money in hardware, logo design, software, and have some main articles written. For what? Tech Friendly Help.

The goal? Just as the name states: Friendly Tech Help. I’ve got a slew of article ideas, video guides, you name it. But it’s finding the time to write, properly review and so much more! Even now writing this in-between a data recovery & server migration (server 1 of 2) – Throw in a kid and all other areas of life? Oi.

So how do I move on this? Next week one of my posts here will be a welcome video that I hope to produce next week after things get rolling smoothly.

I’d love to see the site take off and be something helpful for folks. I know so many who even to me come sheepishly asking for repair of this, or should they buy that? Hope to provide a lot of great information to get a good grip on the tech that troubles you.

So stay tuned. Fun things ahead.

PS:39 – Raspberry Pi 2

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Well got an early birthday present of a Raspberry Pi 2. I’ve looked at some projects including a NAS for projects. Currently, I’ve got it set up as a LAMP setup to do some web dev.

I have been looking at though making a smart mirror! There are some projects using the Pi as a brain for a delightful display that shines through the mirror – super cool idea and who knows may make a nice gig to sell on Etsy or something similar.

Loving it so far, have it running headless in the other room, but lovely to have a low footprint for a system and next to nothing in power, even runs on battery power so may make a storage system for the truck! Lots of options!

 

PS:38 – 36

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The big question on the 36 is what do I want to do? I’d love to get out of town, and RELAX. I wish I could just go and chill out with the drone, maybe do some flying around the ocean?

Sadly I have no real plans, no party plans, just sadly becoming another day, one of which I’ll likely want just to sleep.

For now, work is the thing of the evening, just go go go. Ticket queue is huge, customers needing stuff, a project I need to wrap up tonight even if it’s after Lilly goes to bed! Going to knock things down! Got to get out from under this pile!

PS:37 – Healthier

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Had a doctor’s appointment the other day, and his big suggestion was to lose at least 15lbs – I could stand to do it.

While in the past I’ve been over 300lbs, right now I’m up again! I was heading towards the 200lbs mark…. but sitting still has not done me any favors.

So I grabbed some things to help lower blood sugar & help with weight loss, namely Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic, and Cinnamon – not sure what the effect will be but interested to tie that in with possibly a bike or elliptical soon.

Back in shape soon!