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Happy New Year – And what’s your plan?

Happy 2018 to you!

And good riddance 2017!! You were a very bad year!

Out with the Old and in with the New!

I am very hopeful for 2018 and what adventures (fun and/or challenging) that it might hold.
I have gone back to school – currently seeking a AAS in Linux System Administration. I probably should switch to something like Java. But when the counselor asked to ‘pick one!’ from the list – Linux looked good.

It’s been over a decade since I have managed a Linux box. Back in the day it was an old, re-purposed Windows machine running Debian and then Red Hat. It was a great hobby box that let me develop my own CRM. Glorious. But it’s pretty difficult to defend a hobby machine on a live network. And seriously, ‘aint nobody got time for that!’ (LOL – love that meme!)

Now, I am picking it up just to get a boost and to explore other aspects of tools for the web. An it’s not something your average, cousin’s nephew can do for $5… Professional web devs will understand that frustration.

By the end of the year I want to have Ninja Level Command Line skill OR have decided that this web dev life is for the birds and begin exploring other fields of interest.

Besides upping my game in the dev field, I am exploring becoming a Virtual Assistant. I have a wide swath of useful office skills – Word and Excel as well as Photoshop and Illustrator. My thought here is ‘side hustle’ but also a way of being introduced to other types of businesses. I had an offer once to work in a B&B… I wish I had taken it! I could do all that I do now but from a beautiful old farmhouse!

Finally, I plan on posting here more often. Nothing life changing – or maybe quite life changing as I explore Virtual Assisting and Linux admin. Clients are a funny animal!

Wish me well and I wish you all the very best!


Amazon makes a move

Amazon is an AMAZON!

That’s stating the obvious. Amazon is an AMAZON of a company cornering the market in so many areas, from its AWS service to groceries and on demand entertainment,  and giving ‘giants’ like Wal-Mart serious heartburn and migraines galore.

I love shopping at Amazon. I hate shopping at Amazon. The prices seemed to change every two minutes. And I can NEVER seem to find what I am actually looking for. It’s like searching the Amazon Jungle for my green thumb. (that’s a really bad analogy – if you didn’t get the really bad pun!)

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NoCaptcha reCaptcha


That was belated.

In early December I read this Google Online Security blog post about the new offerings that are in the works for the recaptcha api. New. Improved. Human friendly. With CATS!!! How marvelous is that?! (We all know how the internets loves them some kitty witty cats!! 😀 )

NoCaptch reCaptcha - now with cats!
NoCaptcha reCaptcha – now with cats!

I haven’t played with it yet. I’ve been too busy chasing down server errors on a never ending project. 😐 But I like what they’re touting!

On websites using this new API, a significant number of users will be able to securely and easily verify they’re human without actually having to solve a CAPTCHA. Instead, with just a single click, they’ll confirm they are not a robot.

I think we’ll all agree that captcha and recaptchas time has come and long gone.



That’s My King!

This is possibly my favorite video of all time.

That’s My King – Dr. S. M. Lockridge.

Reminds me of some of those old timey ‘Jump Up And SHOUT!’ church services I went to as a kid :-).