PS:364 – Samsung Galaxy S8+

So I got off the bandwagon. iPhone 7 Plus is gone, and the S8+ is the new daily driver. Not a huge move for me honestly, mainly because I’ve been using Android and iOS for years, granted the “Samsung” aspect is always a pain, but out of the options, it was the best.

I have most of the phone setup as I’m sitting here working, even trying out the nice headphones that came with it (it has a headphone jack, remember those?) 😀 but it’s working great – the only thing I’m missing is the Stripe app for CC processing review when I have things get paid for, now I do get email notifications which will have to do, but I need to find an alternative eventually as I do like being able to manage CC processing from my phone.

It has been a long day, blood draws, phone activation issues, and now I realize once again, I need food. So off I go to get grub.

PS:363 – Lowered Sugar

So my RBS has been going down. One morning it was 304 – 20 days later and on meds for only 3 days – my new RBS in the AM was 171! Down 133. Boom!

Tomorrow in the morning I go to do my blood work they requested, hoping maybe it’ll paint a better picture of why the levels have been what they are, the meds, however, are indeed helping! So happy to see levels lowering. While still high, hopefully, a trend we can keep with these meds and really help get me back in shape again walking and being active as lately its been a lot of sitting.

I do need to go find something to eat, may tear up my salad today as it sounds good, but been a slow day, but as of about 20 minutes ago it started perking up, some work coming down the pipeline, so here we go!

PS:320 – Being Mobile

So a mini-vacation is on-going, sadly it being the middle of the work week it means that my daughter and wife are at the beach right now, and I’m in a hotel room working and waiting on next steps from people for a bit.

This trip I have really not even cracked open the laptop which is rare for me, I am actually completely running on a iPad Pro 10.5 (Sprint LTE) and I have not been disappointed! At first, I figured it’d be nice to have it as a backup, unlimited data on a bigger tablet would mean some work I could do but not all, as coming from a Mini it didn’t have enough room to get me where I needed to be, but honestly the MacBook is sitting in the backpack. It’s only come out to charge devices!

Split screen is amazing as I have had SSH on one side, notes on the other then swap it for a Crisp window/browser/transmit etc. – I am honestly looking forward to iOS11!

So far I am using an older keyboard (Logitech k480) which I picked up on the cheap, however I did order earlier in the week a new keyboard which profile wise is going to be a bit less clunky, more portable, I picked up a Amazon Basics tablet stand and its been awesome! Folds up nicely, so really my mobile work-space has been awesome.

All in all, while I wish I could go play, my compile is coming to an end, and thus writing time is done, I will have to post this later!

// Update – We are home! Nice to still work on the iPad Pro and write up some content, working on some images for a few projects in progress – tired. But probably one of the more workable getaways I’ve ever had, it wasn’t a big hiccup to get out a laptop, get wifi on, hook into my vpn, finding enough room to be comfy, then get another device to read and do research! So again this has been an amazing update to my mobile office.

As this summer goes on, I may find myself at a coffee shop, an office, co-work space etc. just really trying to make myself more mobile than I have been with a BIG bag, literally now it is a small pouch which has charging cable, keyboard, iPad Pro. Lightweight, ultra portable.

PS:319 – Nearly July

Man how time flies! I mean really it flies.

Since I last posted a lot has happened it seems, the big one is 2000+ miles of driving. Bakersfield -> Lake Tahoe -> Oregon -> Washington (dipped our toe in) -> Oregon -> Bakersfield. I might still be a little tired honestly.

I came back to only find myself horribly sick, I think that old joke of “I need a vacation from my vacation!” comes into play here – knocked me flat for sure – bronchitis, pink eye, exhaustion – but I managed to get some rest from the trip it was fun overall, but not looking to do a HUGE drive anytime soon.

Vacations are nice, just one of those “never enough time” type of things, and since I don’t really get a vacation it was some added stress making sure I had data access or at least stable cell service and ate into a 10GB hotspot mode I have – but work continues.

Tonight I took a different jump for things, really wanting to grow the business, and while I found a place that’ll make me some affordable shirts, I have been wanting misc. gear like bags, mugs, hats, phone cases, and one I didn’t think about which was posters, well I did that too:

It’s going to be 17×24! WOOHOO!

Been working also with CRM options, everything I read says “Get one!” and yet, I don’t think I’m there 100% yet, but my live chat provider hooked me up with Beta access to their new CRM-ish features, and must say, looks pretty nice! Plus they are adding video chat and a few other things, so excited there.

Really trying to dial in a lot of things, some side work has picked up, a larger scale project is in the wings, but I think it’s going to be one of more steady dev. vs the big payout after a large programming fest. steady work is nice, but I am really wanting to amp up the hosting fronts and see if I can’t manage a few VPS or Hosting customers here and there and have some more steady income vs. project here or there.

For now, it’s nearly 3 AM, going to wrap it up – thinking of revamping the blog a bit, or really diving into a new URL, TFH is still on my mind, but a lot to do to make it “work” really thinking just dive in, but I need to stabilize a writing day, found Blankpage.io sadly it’s a little buggy for me, seems my sign-up with wonky, but hit or miss if I can write and try to keep to a daily writing trend, but it’s the goal! Hopefully, it’ll iron out soon would be nice to have a good writing tool!

Thanks for reading!

ps. Jake – Saw your mom at Lowes she looks good! Plus I got a hug! 😀

#charlesabrown

PS:16 – Outage.

This has been a wild ride. It has been a while since I’ve had a massive outage. Let’s just say with next to nothing sleep. I’ve had a few meltdowns. Life has not been what I would call “Easy” lately. It never really is – but this has been even harder lately.

Right now I am still sitting on some down servers, trying to get a realistic time frame of wait or deploy – already have the hardware. The software is installing, hoping though before I’m done, it’ll be all backup and online!

More tomorrow I hope. Just fried and this is as much as a sleep deprived brain can do!