Chris J Powell

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

Infographic of the Week – 10 Jobs that Didn't Exist

As I find myself on the outside looking in at what my future will hold (despite the cathartic benefit of saying goodbye to the stress of Sales)…I wonder and think of my daughter who is preparing for her future.  New roles and jobs and careers are popping up all the time and when I came across this Infographic by I just couldn’t resist. by taniacreative. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.   Cheers, Krispy

Throwback Thursday – Tech the World has Lost Pt 3

Being born in 1972 gave me a unique experience of seeing the technology revolution that we have lived with over the past 4 decades first hand.  I have lived through the birth, growth and decline of the personal computer, I have been through 4 evolutions of music portability and have witnessed the first hand the power of mobile communications explode before my very eyes.  But Throwback Thursday is all about Tech that I really loved and miss deeply, this week I look to the Walkman.  For me in 1985, completing middle school and seeing my friends with this portable cassette player for the first time, I knew that I had to have one! The Walkman and the numerous imitators (that were often far more affordable) were all the craze throughout the 80’s.  It meant for me as a teenager I did not have to have my stereo blaring (although I still did) and I could take my mixed tapes with me anywhere I wanted. I had amassed a rather substantial cassette collection over the years that until recently had lived … Read more

Infographic of the Week – The Growth of Social

There is still some apprehension from business leaders who seem to hold onto the old style of doing business a little too closely.  The Growth of Social Networking/Marketing/Media is not something that can be ignored by anyone.  This week’s Infographic is from The Search Engine Journal and it is a great illustration to business professionals everywhere to really take a hard look at what your plan for Social in 2014 and beyond is going to be.  The Conversation is truly king…why not embrace that! Source: The Growth of Social Media v2.0 [INFOGRAPHIC] Cheers, Krispy

I'm Lost Without Zite!

Before all the Flipboard fans out there jump all over me about some of the negative statements I may make here about their beloved App that feeds them their daily news content…I am not a fan, never have been…I just don’t get it…not at all.  I fell in love with Zite, an app that gave me the right amount of information, in the right doses and let me formulate what I would post about in record time. Since it was announced that Flipboard was purchasing Zite…I have been at a loss.  I re-installed Flipboard and tried to get behind the new master and I just don’t like how it is laid out, how it sanitizes what I want to look at and fails to give me as many options to find the content that actually interests me.  It is a sad day indeed, as I find myself having to resort back to Google and the Hunt and Peck method of content ingestion. What erks me about the Flipboard purchase is that they have all but stated that it is the … Read more

Engagement and Training…a Match Made in Heaven

Study after study shows that one of the top drivers for Employee Engagement (a leading factor in Employee Retention and Company Profitability/Productivity) is in providing them with real and effective training. In fact, according to a 2011 study by the National Research Business Institute, 23 percent of your own employees will leave their positions this year siting the lack of development and training as a primary cause. This is a global issue as the workforce is hit with the new generation of Millennials who have a different set of expectations from employers than the Boomers and the Gen X that I belong to.  A report from the UK shows that Productivity and Engagement can be directly linked to the investment in Training and Development…so why is it that over the past decade employers have been looking at this as an unneccessary expense? From my own experience, it is usually the case that employee training is focused at the supervisory and management levels in hopes that there can be a net cost benefit and that the information is “downloaded” to the … Read more

OS Sunday – A Mobile Renaissance Pt 1

In many ways I feel that the Mobile OS World has started to stagnate a bit.  You have Android which is good but each new version seems to be just a rehash of the old, iOS which lets face it, is starting to fade into irrelevancy because Apple continues to live in the world that “it is our handset or nothing” mindset, Blackberry well…we will morn for you and the Windows Phone OS…which really has potential but came to the party too late.  But now there is a resurgence in building of a “new and better mobile”.  With the likes of Tizen, Sailfish, Firefox OS and Ubuntu Touch the Mobile Market has become an interesting place…that is for sure. In Part 1 of this Mobile Renaissance I figured I would take a closer look at the Sailfish OS that is starting to gain some traction and interest…and has a pretty solid SDK available.  Unlike the world of Desktop OS reviews, I am having to download the SDK for each of the up and coming Mobile OS and some functionality will … Read more

Infographic – Trusting the Tech Review

One thing that I have been tossing about for a while is building a section of Krispy’s Bytes that looks directly at the world of Software (and maybe a little bit of hardware) and doing more than just my weekly OS Sunday and Free App Friday reviews…and then I found this interesting Infographic…and while I am still considering it…I am not sure if I would fall under the Expert, or the Consumer side of the review.  I am torn…but stay tuned because Krispy’s Bytes will be expanding…I am just not sure into what. Find more great infographics on NerdGraph Infographics Cheers, Krispy

The Last 21 Days

On April 8, 2014 Microsoft will end support for the ongoing patching of the venerable Windows XP and it is now crunch time for the nearly 30% of all desktops out there that still run the venerable 13 year old Operating System that in all honesty served so many for so long.  But what will happen on April 9th?  I have heard some doomsday forecasts that this far worse than the perceived threat that never happened with Y2K, but for the most part…it will continue to be business as usual for users of WindowsXP…sort of. I did a quick perusal of the June 2013 Microsoft Security Intelligence Report and surprised that Windows XP still had the highest infection rate among the 4 Client Side OS versions from Microsoft…nearly double that of Windows Vista. So the older code and porous operating system that is Windows XP is more prone to infection by the world’s Virus makers…that is really not a surprise and has been a fact for some time…but the real question that should be asked is…what is the real alternative … Read more

OS Sunday – GoGo Gadget Arms

The title of this weeks look into the world of Operating Systems really has nothing to do with the Linux Distribution that I decided upon but as a child of the 70’s, Inspector Gadget was a morning staple of mine and when I look at how GoboLinux, the recipient of my time this week has changed how Linux is sorted and filed…maybe it is fitting after all. The interesting thing that got me thinking about leveraging an Alpha version of a Linux Distribution for review is that GoboLinux applies a new File System to how applications are sorted and each App, gets its own folder…so it should be interesting to see what happens when I not only install the base system but head out to find the rest of the applications that makes a complete OS for me…and then add a few extras and become annoyed with them and then remove them only to add more…you know like how many of us operate our computing lives in 2014 (ok maybe it is just me and it is even worse when … Read more