Haven’t been the same…

Today’s post is about preparing for a phone interview I have this morning. (I have a love/hate relationship with phone interviews.)
The situation is: I need a job.

  • This one is something I could do.
  • The pay is reasonable.

Now do I want to do it?
I view this initial interview as a conversation. This is a two-way street.
The interviewer is attempting to ascertain if I will be able to do what it is he envisions needs to be done to help his organization succeed.
Got it.
In my opinion, we have already completed this checkbox item, or else we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
I have asked for the Job Description – I really believe that anyone doing any kind of a search for someone should have taken the time to define what they really need and not just a gut level awareness that they need something. The response was so generic, that it gives me cause to pause, but reading the list provided me a little insight into the hiring manager’s style and gave me a hint about what has annoyed him in previous interviews.
I need to communicate with him that I am flexible and comfortable with change.
I need to get him to define his terms. What does he consider a ‘scrum meeting’?
I need to know how they treat contractors.

Ultimately, I decided to do the interview. It is scheduled. It will be a good opportunity for me to exercise my skills. This means, I was able to get beyond the gate-keeper in the process. My biggest challenge has been getting the youngsters to understand me as my non-traditional experience doesn’t fit well into the new millenia checklists that have been developed over the last few years. I don’t think it is ageism as much as it is inexperience.

since you had your little crash…’ The first lyrics I heard from the album that quickly became my favorite. It is one of those songs that I still remember where I was and exactly what I was doing when I heard it for the very, first time.
Note to self: write a post on the entire album, it might be a fun little trip down memory lane.

Eagles_HellFreezesOver

Blame it all on my roots

This little march down memory lane has been refreshing. I have remembered a few things I had forgotten.

  1. I like using song lyrics as section headers – this started with my grad school papers eons ago.
  2. I have been in iterative design and development for a long, long time – kind of nice to find more legacy artifacts.
  3. Pictures, pictures, pictures! Oh my goodness these are spread throughout my hard drive.
  4. A lot of things changed during my tenure at my latest gig. It is more than a little unsettling to put it all together.
  5. I think in dates. Give me a date and possibly an experience or question and I can tell you everything I was doing that day. This is scary!

 

Cleaning the hard drive

A couple of months ago I noticed that the performance on my personal laptop was not awesome. Deep in my soul resides a latent hardware geek who is always interested in getting the best performance possible out of the systems at hand.
I checked all of the basic things to see if there was some random service that was consuming all of the systems resources.
Overall, my system is rather healthy. My cpu is barely being used 25% of the time.
My memory is below 30% used.
My bottleneck is the hard-drive.
I need to upgrade to solid state drives, but that is a wee bit cost prohibitive, so I am tuning. Joy of joys!

Updating is hard to do

As more and more of our lives become digital, separating our personal lives from our work lives gets more and more complicated.
For years, I have had multiple subscriptions to various ‘cloud-based applications’. As a consultant, I have a fiduciary responsibility to keep the accounts separate. Fine, I will do that, but the cloud-administration and login tools need to meet me halfway.
The quickest, easiest way to manage the various accounts is via hardware and login-tokens, which is essentially how I administered my stuff for the last 6 years. What I didn’t do was keep the software up-to-date on my personal system. This is killing me!
Adobe is a beast! As most of the time when I needed that software was for work, I only kept it fully updated on my work machine. Fine, that worked. For the rare occasion I needed the suite for personal use, I would just login with my personal account. No harm. No foul. Adobe was getting paid licensing fees for both accounts, I just wasn’t taking the time to update my personal copies.
I am paying for that shortcut, now! It has taken me forever to update my applications!

Bring on the IoT

As I have been walking backward through my life experiences to create the resume that will open the doors for discussions about the next life challenge to undertake, it is hard to summarize everything I have done and keep from getting distracted.

One of the primary roles I have had consistently for years has been ‘intake’. I love this part of the job. This is the opportunity to review the forward-looking proposals and evaluate how we could deliver it, or not.
It isn’t an ‘all-knowing’ skill, but more of a leveraging skill. The key to success is being able to identify the brainiacs around me and working with them to business-ize the proposals. I am really good at this. The issue is communicating the value to prospective new teams.

I did find something buried in the links of interest I have collected over the years. This one makes me smile. I love that the auto industry doesn’t want to give up the ‘connected device’ challenges automatically to apple or google. Wonder if any of these consortia members have any openings and are near me? It would be fun to influence the future, again.

 

Even tougher day

This is getting serious. I really need to focus on my needs, for a change.

This whole ‘explain who you have been’ in a soundclip size is ridiculous!

It is hard to concisely describe what you have done for your entire life, in such a way that you are positive yet realistic. It’s hard! Add insult to injury, although my experience has been consistent, I have jumped up and down the stack so many times, it confuses anyone who has only been in technology since the advent of Windows 95! or the internet.

ERROR

Not doing so well with my resolution to post more than last year – so much has happened since I last wrote.

Personality style – I am typically a laggard.  Rarely do I ever pre-order anything, except maybe an old-fashioned book, the hard-cover type for my collection.  Yep, another place technology has me trapped.  Now I not only order the flipping hard-cover version, but I also now purchase an electronic copy.  Really, WTF am I thinking?!?

This year, I stepped out of my ‘slow and steady adoption’ philosophy and I jumped on the bandwagon and pre-ordered the Samsung Note 7.  ERROR.  This was really a stupid move on my part.  I am still trying to get my pre-ordered, delivered-on-time, amazing device replaced.  There you go I have plenty of fodder for entries if I use this space to jot down my drama trying to replace my beloved, potentially explosive, phablet.

To date, I have responded to every, single warning message.  I have physically been to numerous stores attempting to do a ‘ship-to-store’ replacement device.  I have talked to the support people multiple times for both my carrier and Samsung.  I have downloaded the update which turned my battery from green to grey and tells me constantly to replace my device.  I am at my wits end!  I am seriously considering buying an unlocked Samsung Note 4, like my sons and obtaining a refund.  There are multiple good reasons for considering this move and I am damn near done waiting for the powers that be to get their act together.  Stay tuned….