My two major methods of sharing the things I read online both involve social media. First, the one with a larger volume of the two happens to be Twitter. Second, a portion of that gets shared on LinkedIn. Using both helps me curate the content between two different audiences. The best part about Twitter is you can just throw things out on the platform and move on to the next thing. Keep in mind that the vast majority of my Twitter usage is really just digital bread crumbs to the things I read and consume online. At one point, for a few months I really focused in on capturing the essence of the stream of artificial intelligence news. My interest at the time was in walking up to the bleeding edge of the technology and looking around for a moment to really understand the trajectory of where things were going. That is pretty much the extent of my social media strategy at the moment. The strategy is just an echo of that effort to walk toward the bleeding edge. Now I mostly use the same feeds and methods of research, but have reduced down the amount of content being shared to a more curated stream of the things that really catch my attention and are worth sharing.
My ASUS Flip Chromebook has seen better days. A few of the keys have failed and that is problematic. I keep thinking that waiting until the next generation of Pixelbooks come out is the right move. That means that I have to keep switching between the touchscreen keyboard and the physical keyboard depending on what I have been trying to type. Tonight, I started looking around the Best Buy website for touchscreen Chromebooks. Every time I see the price of a Google Pixelbook it really does make me wonder. I’m not entirely sure how they came up with the price on that build or how it still has such an outlandish price. My focus has pretty much been focused on maybe buying the ASUS Flip C434 as a replacement. That would be my third purchase of an ASUS Chromebook and that seems to be ok. The only thing that I seem to break on these devices is the keyboard.
Recently, I have come to question why my stack of ideas keeps growing much larger than my list of actions. Sometimes it is so much easier to dream big and keep dreaming when focusing in on one goal or action could take months or maybe years to complete. For example, I know that writing an academic paper on how to convert machine learning plans into actions in a corporate setting is on my list of things to do. I sketched out the paper some time ago by hand in a notebook, but I never sat down and actually wrote the paper. That like so many other things in my idea notebook, scratch pads, or just lost from my stream of consciousness ideas have fallen away out of focus. That probably is the key point of this entire string of words. Really using and being focused is important. Focus and dedication are the recipe for converting an idea into a series of actions that makes things happen. My idea of action is always rather noble in nature. That is one of those things that just fits within my general plan to strive to improve things on a daily basis. Sadly, I think my entire perspective on this took only about 211 words.
Things got going today without any real plan for the day. Sure, it was easy enough to make some coffee and sit at my desk. Right now, I sat down to write about five hundred words about the things that are top of mind. You could easily call it a stream of consciousness or maybe it is just a literal offload of thoughts. After using Google Docs for the last few months, I am making the switch back to writing using Microsoft Word online. I’m really curious to see how things have changed. Maybe the new tools will provide some useful level of feedback and oversight. It is also possible that this journey back to writing in a traditional Microsoft word processor will be short lived. Tonight, I watched the movie Reality Bites (1994) on my Google Pixel 3 XL smartphone. That film is such a time capsule of behavior and culture. Things seem very different now. Maybe fragmentation of attention has forever changed the nature of how a cultural touchstone would develop. Nothing really catches the attention of the people anymore. Even the basics of a common shared education experience are not grounding generations together anymore.
Maybe this new station on Pandora internet radio will amuse me this evening. So far it has played some great songs and I debated paying to stop the commercials. I’m probably not going to pay for a subscription this month or next month. That should work out well enough. I’m pretty much able to tune out the commercials these days. That is probably more common than advertisers are willing to accept. Our attention does not go as far as it did in previous years. Even if you manage to break into my focus and capture my attention for a few months that shelf life is fleeting. Attention just does not go as far or last as long as it used to for some reason. That might seem like an outlandish statement, but it seems to be proving to be more accurate every day. Having three or four broken keys on this Chromebook is really frustrating sometimes. Every time I start to really get going the onscreen keyboard pops up taking over a good portion of the screen. All of the keys that are broken are number keys and while they are important, I can do without them most of the time.
It seemed like a good idea to take the day off and learn something new. That is exactly what I ended up doing today. Here are my notes and thoughts from AWSome Day Denver 2019 that was hosted on April 16, 2019 at the Denver Convention Center. My notes are a mix of my thoughts and reactions to the things I heard throughout the day.
- Local communities in Denver that do AWS
- Large footprint 20 regions, 61 AZs, 166 pops
- Lots of machine learning service growth in Denver (chatbots)
- 10 minutes on what is the cloud… being elastic… acquire resources when you need them
- Talked a bit about Iaas, PaaS, and SaaS (Infrastructure, Platform, and Software)
- Cloud deployment models: private, hybrid, cloud (no multi cloud was mentioned)
- Funny tshirt mention: “Friends don’t let friends build data centers…”
- Every region will have two availability zones (most have 3 or more). Each zone increases the availability…
- Spent a few minutes on Amazon virtual private clouds. Isolated from all networks…
- People seem very excited about EC2. Most of the talking points centered on being able to change hardware or configurations and not being locked into our initial build
- You always own the data. The data is yours was a central message that kept getting anchored within the presentation
- Containers vs. virtual machines (more people are using containers), talked about orchestration platforms and how they fit into the puzzle. Talked about AmazonEKS and Kubernetes.
- They did a live demo of how to setup a box…
- Talked about S3 and how storage solutions work and are using in practice
- Reviewed the tools of auto scaling and how to build or manage elastic elements