Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ubuntu Fails To Convert

From the TechRepublic,

Politicians in a German city that switched from Microsoft Windows to Ubuntu Linux are wanting, at least on their laptops, Windows back on w/Office. The complaints are over a lack of word processing software, office packages, video calling and conferencing software, etc. While I know these exist in the English speaking world, apparently they're not so numerous in the German language.

The city migrated to Ubuntu to save money. That worked, but it appears to have come with another type of cost. Lost productivity. While Linux has some of the industries best tools and software for network hosting and security, the OS overall is still struggling in the consumer and enterprise office area.

Ubuntu has probably been the best answer to the usability departments and deep software library of Microsoft, Apple and Google. It looks like there's still work to do. At least in the German language area.

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If you have need, Surface 3 and Surface 3 Pro docking stations are on sale at at this moment, here and here.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Face the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley

This year I finish reading Michael Sweet’s book, Honestly. To take what some might view as going in the opposite direction, I’ve just completed reading Paul Stanly’s book, Face the Music. Oh my, this is not a youth friendly or sensitive reader book. Sex, drugs and Rock & roll…and pedophilia (not him), it’s all in there. And Paul survived. Many around him didn’t.

Some of the lessons in the book which meant a lot to me were around the insular bubble that can sometimes be built around you. Coddling and being taken care of, takes away your autonomy and independence. That allows you to be controlled by others. He wasn’t talking politics, but this rolls into some things that weaken western society today via political policy.

Another was dealing with a certain type of person. While you will choose to be responsible, and take care of your affairs (be an adult), others around you will dump on you what a tight-ass (money) you are. They will engage in self-destructive behavior and convinced themselves YOU victimized THEM. Like saving someone drowning, some will pull you under if you try and help. I’m not talking about not caring or being unhelpful, you can give all the caring in the world and all the help to some, and it just makes some resent you more. Some valuable lessons.

Money, fame, popularity, sex according to Paul, isn’t where it was at for him. In the end, he found his way back to…get this…a traditional family. And he now is positive toward faith, like Judaism in particular. I'm envious of his success, and path he found.

Coming from a maltreated family who survived the Second World War Holocaust, the odds were not in his favor. I almost want to recommend this book as a back to back read with Michael Sweet’s book, Honestly. There’s a lot of interesting, but different, parallels.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Freedom: Credos from the Road by Sonny Barger

I finished one Barger book, only to read another; Freedom: Credos from the Road. In this book, Sonny Barger presents some of what he lives by. Some he learned on his own, and the hard way.

While many of the credos are from inside the motorcycling community, they can apply outside as well. The author gives perspective on dealing with overbearing people, existing in a community of people, the politics of people, etc. I didn’t know what to expect with this book.

A few of the credos might seem cliché. In the book they are given examples and backing. Having too many chiefs (leaders), being on time and better, early…learning from how people treat you, being an individual, and most of all, live your life, are just some of the ones that spoke to me.

Because he’s a biker guy, or a one-percenter, or ex-con, don’t let that discredit this book from going into your leadership toolbox. Not everything will of course apply. Some of the principles presented in this book, are ones that are disappearing, and/or reserved for expensive leadership training. A highly recommended book!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed by Michael Sweet

I completed Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed by Michael Sweet. This book was very engaging. It was hard to put down and a fast read. Michael Sweet has wrote a “no holds barred” account of his life and his time in the rock band Stryper.

Stryper was one of the first bands that showed success fusing God and early 80s hair metal. In the beginning things are innocent, and pure. Then success sets in and like everything, here comes the challenges of success.

I found this book, and strangely, very encouraging. No matter your failures, or your low points, keep going. You never know where life’s road will take you. It may even be a God path. A recommended read!