Chris J Powell

Against All Odds…BE A DAD

There are many things in life that make us wonder what the next step is.  I have taken on many new and unforeseen responsibilities in the past year and while many of these things make me scratch my head and wonder if it is all worth it, at the end of the day I have no doubt that it is. For any Father, Dad or Male Role Model out there, if you are going to step up to impregnate, act as a father or be a dad…this job is for life!!! REALIZE THAT AND DON’T DO IT IF YOU CAN’T MAN UP!!! I find myself faced with the challenge of being a Father and a Dad to my own child but through the blessing of finding my one true love after 44 years, I have inherited two other children whose own fathers/dads have seen fit to decide that the job was either too difficult or not worth the reward! Well I call BULL SHIT on that one. If any male is man enough to impregnate a woman…than they should be … Read more

A Broken Heart…Not Easily Mended

Loss is something that hits all many times in our lives.  That loss can come from relationship breakdowns, separation from family, financial ruin or the unplanned career changes.  The worst and personally most difficult to deal with is the loss of a family member. I have had experience with this type of loss in the past.  It has not been easy…it has been painful. The hardest to deal with though is when it is not a member of your direct family…but when someone you love deeply looses someone, I find it doubly difficult to adapt, cope and deal with all the emotions and turmoil. Most recently, a great man left us.  He had many challenges that in his 7 decades of life he was not able to fully overcome.  His actions always spoke volumes for the man he was though and even though part of the legacy that he will leave is memories and challenges, he will be deeply missed. This great man, while not related to me by blood or by marriage (just 29 days until I could call … Read more

Happy Birthday to Krispy's Rants/i am krispy

Four years ago this week I ventured forth and started to put the thoughts, rants and meanderings out there for the world to see.  4 years ago I really didn’t think that anyone at any point would give this attempt at connecting a second glance but through the process I have seen this site flourish and at times become a realization of a dream of mine. Writing is not something that comes easy, nor does the discipline of committing the time to doing it right.  The past few months have been a challenge for me both physically and emotionally and my commitment as Wordsmith has waned somewhat. The four years of being a blogger have seen me experiment with different platforms (the first posts were done at Google’s site) but then I found WordPress and even though I have on a few occasions left the comfort of it, I have always returned. Looking at the numbers behind the site itself, I have accomplished quite a bit over the four years that I have been committed to building the Krispy … Read more

Disruptive Technology is like…

Ok so we have to keep this on the down low, I don’t want Tyler Durden to find out that I am doing this.  I stumbled across a great article over at Information Week that describes Disruptive Technology like being a participant in Fight Club but as intrigued as I was with Peter Waterhouse’s look at Disruptive Technology…I thought that I would take it one step further…yep time for a new feature.  Saturday Krispification! There are many truths about working in IT or around Technology for that matter.  I for one have been engaging in “Shadow IT” for years because I not only understand the Tech but can separate business needs from personal needs quite well because the reality is…for the most part for me they are the same thing.  In the Information Week Article, Peter describes 5 Rules of the DT Fight Club…and while I liked what he had to say…the point of a “Krispification” is to put my spin on what an industry writer has put out there for the world to read. Rule #1: You do not … Read more

Google gets Hacked, WiFi Rules the Roost and Will Microsoft take over Nokia?

To start things off I want to thank my followers and readers everywhere.  My gentle Rants and Musings have been far more well received then I ever imagined.  When I logged in this morning there have been 1000 visits logged to the site and for that I am greatly pleased. Google Gets Hacked??? What you say, the bastion of all things information had a vulnerability that went unchecked???  It would appear that scammers from China have been hijacking the personal Gmail Accounts of hundreds of users by using a targeted Phishing Scam. The good news is that the attack was shut down by Google’s own Abuse Detection System combined with user reports and there are some reports that the attacks were targeted against Government and Military Employees but other reports show that the attacks were targeting and attempting to access “the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists”. Are we now entering into an era of Cyber Warfare that goes beyond the streets and battlefields and directly to the infrastructure that could cripple the entire framework of a nation or … Read more

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death”

Once again I look to Albert Einstein for some inspiration for today’s post.  I am a firm believer in making the personal investment in myself to ensure my own success.  I have had to find my own focus, target my own goals and fulfill my own needs because it would be unfair to myself to wait for others to do what I need for me.  You may have noticed that there is a theme developing around my daily posts but I digress.

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The Value of LinkedIn, Netflix Traffic and Google Docs offline

A whirlwind of technology news this week made it quite difficult to pick 3 things to look to today but I was able to narrow it down.

The Facebook-for-work went public yesterday and became the biggest US Internet IPO since Google in 2004.  It also became the 5 biggest Internet IPO of all time raising $352.8 million dollars.  In the Wall Street Journal commentary by Evan Newmark looked to the Business Social Network with some jaded eyes and I can not really blame him.

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