Chris J Powell

Personal Challenges – Almost 3 Weeks in Pain

The past 2 weeks have been more than a bit of a challenge.  I am now on day 18 with a splitting headache that varies between a cluster headache behind my right eye and a full migraine that has me praying for release.  This week there was some progress towards finding out what is going on but I will have to wait 109 days to have the diagnosis and hopefully solution to the cause of my excruciating pain. The worst of it is, I have 8 bottle of pills that I could be taking to provide me with relief but after a bout of seizures and then tremours I am leery of taking anything to provide me with relief which means I sit in the dark, doing as little as possible. My only relief seems to be the quiet playing of Acoustic Blues in a constant loop. This is the first time since the headache came on that I have even come close to feeling like myself enough to sit down and really think about this blog and the things … Read more

2015 Starting Off – Well Scary

I ended 2014 in the hospital…and 2015 started off a similar way.  I must say that the great big piece of grey matter between my ears is a mysterious and complicated machine that seems to be more than a little bit off lately.   I am less than a patient guy, I like to see things in front of me and come up with the answers and the fact that the high speed internet connection that follows me around like a guide to all the information in the world has had me more than a little scared about what the cause of this now week old headache could be. 2 trips to the hospital and still no answers what so ever…in fact my visit to the emergency room yesterday was a complete waste of time, other than the resident doctor who saw me was able to get the ball rolling for further tests…I just don’t know when it will happen. That internet connection that I spoke of has me all to frequently going to WebMD, Yahoo! Health and ZocDoc and … Read more

This Day in Tech History – Calculating Everything

January 4 Just months before I was born, a piece of Technology that forever changed the world was released by a company that would later become the largest manufacturer of Personal Computers.  Hewlett Packard (HP) back in 1972 was a producer of electronic measuring devices and with the release of their handheld scientific calculator the HP-35.  With this move, the need for slide rules and reams of paper to complete complex calculations was coming to an end.

This Day in Tech History – My Favorite Phone

January 3 On this day way back in 1996, Motorola released its StarTac cellphone.  I remember giving up my Motorola Flip Phone for this amazingly compact and versatile device a few months after its release.  It didn’t come cheap either as I the world of contracts and the like really hadn’t taken over but I used my meager paycheck to grab up this piece of technology wonder that fit perfectly into my pocket or into the protective holder that hung on my belt.  In many ways, I miss this simpler time of just using a phone as a phone!

Thoughts On Being a Human Pin Cushion

Recently I have had some surprising health challenges, namely an unexplained headache that lead to a collapse and a 10 hour ordeal at the hospital.  According to my daughter, I had no less than a half dozen seizures while in transit by ambulance and at the hospital.  While I no longer have the headache, I look at my body and wonder just what exactly these doctors and nurses did to me while I was there. On my left arm, I have a bruise that runs from my upper bicep down well below where the 2nd IV was in and then on right arm a similar sized bruise that seems to be growing at an alarming rate and turning 5 different shades of purple.  On the back of my right hand, there is a substantial bruise, but this I could expect as the EMT got the first IV into me while the Ambulance was moving on the bumpy streets of London, Ontario. What is most troublesome is the massive bruise on my chest. I can say this, while this city I … Read more

Big Data for the Little Guy

The turning of the calendar to a new year has had me thinking long and hard about the direction of Krispy’s Bytes.  Within the world of Technology there are 3 core areas that always seem to get my attention: Open Source (Linux and GNU Software) Big Data Risk Management So as I sat back over the past few weeks and looked to what Krispy’s Bytes would become in 2015 I thought…why not focus on these three topics exclusively (with the addition of adding in the wonders of This Day in Tech History). I really want to focus on the low or no budget concept of dealing with technology challenges because having been a Small Business Owner myself…I know how tough it is to actually stretch a dollar. The Primary focus over the next several weeks will be to use a recently decommissioned computer to become a full fledged Big Data Machine, using nothing but free and open source tools.  I will be doing this for practical purposes and documenting the successes and failures as I go along. One thing that … Read more

This Day In Tech History – VisiCalc

January 2 The bane of my existence for many years has been the misuse, over use and shoddy development of spreadsheets for everything.  On this day back in 1979, the precursor to Excel was born from the minds of Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston who incorporated Software Arts…thanks guys!

This Day In Tech History – Y2K and .com

January 1 This day in Tech History brought to very important things to the world…first off, .com was born in 1985 as a TLD (Top Level Domain) and has led to the prosperity of the online world with websites that both enrich our lives and waste our time. Additionally, in 2000, January 1 brought about what many thought would be the end of days when the computers of the world rolled over from 1999 to 2000 and the hysteria about a total collapse of society proved to be not only unfounded but overkill that was a great job creator for people writing code that supposedly would solve all the worlds problems because the original writers of the underpinnings of computer languages wanted to save a few bits.

Happy New Year – Krispy Style

I have been giving a lot of thought to what I have been and have not been doing over the past year and I realized that while life has been a challenge, I not only need to evaluate my health but I need to focus on being a generally better person.  When it comes to what I will do with my online time, it will be far more focused than it has been in the past.  I think back to the original iteration of this Blog and remember when I did not miss a day for an entire year.  It was my cathartic outlet…but I have left that behind for some reason so on this the first day of 2015, I make a commitment to myself to make Krispy’s Bytes better by applying the focus and determination that I had when I used it as a Sales Tool in the past. The Tech that I love so much continues to march forward at an alarmingly fast rate and I want to be a part of that, even if my finances … Read more

Confusion, Distraction and Focus

I will be the first to admit it that I tend to get a bit distracted from time to time and that has been the case over the past couple of weeks.  I have not been able to stop a racing mind from playing tricks on me and in that, have not been able to gain the focus needed to dedicate to my writing. I have been online, but I have not been doing anything constructive for weeks.  My move to working afternoons means that my regular job has me staying up far too late and in that, sleeping in past my most creative times.  That is about to change though, with the Christmas Break coming up (in fact it starts in less than 10 hours) I am going to work through the confusion that has become my life and apply myself. 2014 has been a year that I would rather forget (for the most part), but I have big plans for the coming year and I intend on following through on every single one of those plans…and that will … Read more