Chris J Powell

So I am 44, Now What

So I am 44, Now What

Every year around this time (ie yesterday), I turn a year older and this causes me to sit back and look to the previous year and contemplate what I have done, what I am doing and what I will do. Last year I looked at the number 43 (post has gone missing), and what that means to me, but just after that post an amazing thing happened…life has a funny way of giving you exactly what you don’t know you are looking for.  I met a wonderful, understanding life partner who has brought great joy and happiness over the past year. As I celebrated the completion of 43 years on this rock and enter into my 44th year with something truly amazing to look forward to. I now have an amazingly complex newly extended family, my daughter now lives with me full time and wedding bells will soon be heard throughout the land as I commit myself to the most wonderful woman I have ever met. As I sit back and reflect on the passage of time I see that … Read more

Information Overload – Am I Going Crazy or Just Blinded by the Data?

Information Overload – Am I Going Crazy or Just Blinded by the Data?

I have to admit it, I am an Information Junky.  My daily fix for Information and Data comes from a multitude of sources and the prospect that 5 days from now I will be incredibly limited in my access to information for 6 days has me already Jonesing.  I have been downloading like crazy and will use the week without the Internet to build out a new structure and plan for my posting and rebuilding the www.chrisjpowell.com website from scratch…but what about the rest of the people who are now 24/7 connected with all the information available to human kind, with the click of a mouse button or a swipe of a thumb on a Mobile Device…are we all going a little Data Crazy? I find myself daily scrolling through my Facebook Feed and reading nearly everything that I have a shared interest in with my friends, I do the same with my LinkedIn Contacts and for the most part from within Google+ too (especially being as my Google+ Circles are mostly Geeks like me).  I also subscribe to no … Read more

Long Weekend Over – And I Did NOTHING

Long Weekend Over – And I Did NOTHING

Summer can now officially begin as the May 2-4 Weekend is behind us here in Canada.  This unofficial start to the summer season has long been held as the first good weekend to put the garden in, open up the cottage, go camping and well…in general let the winter blaws end…for good.  May 2-4 or Victoria Day as is truly a magical Statutory Holiday. A bold statement but having experienced all that May 2-4 has had to offer in my younger days…I can say that there truly is something special about a weekend that always seems to have too much rain, not enough warmth and an over abundance of Canadian Beer, Whisky and other Libations!  The magic of May 2-4 comes from the pilgrimage to the camp grounds and provincial parks and the braving of the spring with nothing but an under rated summer sleeping bag and a few millimeters of nylon between you and the elements. It is a right of passage for Ontario Youths to migrate to the lands of Grand Bend, Port Elgin, Kincardine, Sauble Beach and Collingwood … Read more

Throwback Thursday – Tech the World Has Lost – Part 8

As those who follow me on Social Media know, I have started on a quest to find the 17 year old Krispy that is trapped somewhere within the expanding “waste” line that has become my current life.  With all the changes going on in my life, I wanted to really look to a way to turn back the clock and get back to the me that I was and try to incorporate the me that is.  At 17 years old though, I did not have a super powerful computer to keep me stuck on my butt, I walked most places even though I had my own car and it was just easier to “pop in” at a friends place than it was to text or call so I was far more active. The inspiration came from me finding some pictures of this 17 year old Krispy in a box.  I thought back through the 24 years that have passed and remembered many challenges, happy times and down right dark moments but I did come to the conclusion that I wanted … Read more

Being a Dad is Hard…Dating My Daughter…well Read on

I love being a Dad, it is one of the greatest accomplishments that I have ever done.  I can honestly say that I am proud to be the father of a beautiful, intelligent and mature teenager but the nightmare that is being a father of a Teenage Girl is about to begin for me. I knew the day would come that infatuations and crushes would turn to dating, proms and well the things that teenage girls do with teenage boys…I shutter at the thought as I think back to the awkward years of 1986 to 1990 for me…but then I realize that I was the boy, I know the tricks…and I am fully aware of the hormones that rage through their not quite fully grown bodies so I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to lay out the ground rules for potential suitors that may come calling! This is really just a guide line for the potential that any young man will have to go through when it comes to getting to know my daughter and getting to … Read more

Life is Like a Diamond

Life is Like a Diamond

This new “Quest” for happiness has led me down some interesting paths to find what it is that I want from my life and how I will be happy in all that I do.  For those that know me, I like to create little subtext stories that relate to the things that I am doing and that doesn’t matter if I am trying to build a Haddoop back end for content research, seeking the next big Customer or just trying to find what will make me smile. In this new life quest, I am finding that looking at the little things has been incredibly satisfying.  I notice things that I had been taking for granted when I was focused on the Big Picture and a 5 year Plan.  The air smells different, food tastes different and the sun seems to shine a little bit brighter and all these things are becoming a source of joy. But I keep taking a step back and thinking about how can I keep this quest up.  The short term checks on my to do … Read more

Waking up to Complacency – And Saying "ENOUGH"

There is truly nothing worse than realizing that your life has been filled with wrong turns, mistakes and bad decisions.  Don’t get me wrong, as much as the changes that are going on in my life are painful and challenging…I don’t think that I would change a thing because I would not have become who I am today without those challenges.  It is not a fault of any one decision or path that I have taken.  It is not because of a single person or action that has taken me to the point that the time for change must happen now. I became complacent with the things that I had achieved.  Sure I was always striving for MORE but more does not always mean that.  I forgot about balance, and that lack of balance changed the dynamic that I live in.  If forced a change in me and those closest to me that I didn’t want but now realize truly deserved. It is funny, I think back to my summers as a kid, hanging out at my Grandparents farm.  Going … Read more

The Pursuit of Happiness – Part One

The Pursuit of Happiness – Part One

There are many times in my 41 years on this planet that I wish I had a do over.  The past seven months have been a roller coaster of emotional traumas and the events that have transpired have forced me to really think and evaluate what is important to me.  I have read books, watched documentaries and tried to figure out the meaning of it all and amazingly, I think I have postulated the answer that I need right now…and that is… The one thing that I am finding though is that saying it and being it are two distinctly different things. Losing my job in September…that was like a body blow from Mike Tyson.  It left a huge void, but at the same time it opened up new worlds of possibilities…but then jumping into another Sales Job in December…it wasn’t what I wanted and I was just trying to fill the void and it left an ever expanding empty feeling inside.  This void caused continuous conflict in my life that was neither healthy or productive.  Even though things were … Read more

Krispy…Why Linux?

Krispy…Why Linux?

This question has come up in social circles and with customers and colleagues alike over the years so I figured I would share a little insight into why I like Linux, use Linux and promote Linux at every opportunity.  For me, Linux is not just about getting things done and it is not because I am a cheap bastard (although that definitely contributes).  For me, Linux is about Freedom. Freedom is something that we as a society in the Western Hemisphere take for granted all too often.  Sure we role out the red carpet for veterans and we sing National Anthems at sporting events but for the most part, we enjoy the Freedom that others provided for us without really taking a look at the why or the how we got that Freedom.  For me it is the same way with computers. A Brief History of Linux If we take a look at the “History of Linux“, the 23 year saga of the pet project of Linus Torvalds all started with a famous post on a Usenet newsgroup (I remember … Read more

Death of a Sales Guy

Death of a Sales Guy

I have learned many things over my 41 years of wandering around this planet.  Some good, some bad.  I have made friends, the occasional enemy and lots and lots of acquaintances.  I have been working full-time since I was 15 years old, it has not been easy especially when balancing work with school, work with family and work with work but it has been rewarding.  The past 5 1/2 years I have been for the most part proud to call myself a Sales Guy…but that came to a triumphant end yesterday. I say this as I hang up my dress shirt and tie, put away my briefcase and plug-in my laptop for the last time as it relates to a Sales Guy.  The money was really good and I was successful beyond my own expectations in this path that had found me…but I was never happy.  I came to a surprising conclusion over the last several days that while a pay check will pay the bills that we have in the physical world…the emotional bills that come due from pushing … Read more