Chris J Powell

WebApp Wednesday – Markdown

During my evaluation of Content Management Solutions for the relaunch of this site I looked at a lot of Flat File CMS’s that not only supported the Markdown Language but were built directly around it.  Despite returning to the site’s roots as a WordPress based website, I fell in love with the idea of being able to not only write the posts and pages in a language that was easy to understand where the code was coming from, but would also enable me to port the information over to PDF in real time without loosing any formatting or needing to rebuild things with the wonderful world of Copy & Paste. I live and breath with the Chrome Browser and as nice as it is to be able to leverage a native application, I found myself needing the option to be able to move from my Desktop, to my Chromebook to my Tablet and to my phone with a single application that I could save my .md files directly to my Google Drive that is enabled across all of the devices…and … Read more

Going Mobile – The Data Question

Once again I find the group package that I am currently a part of is lacking in the ability to supply my data needs with an effective coverage and support so now just 1 year into a 2 year contract I am looking at the options that I have to move away from my current provider. I have burned through the world of Canadian Mobile providers over the years not being impressed with any of them so far but last year the airwaves did open up a little bit here so it might just be time to take a hard look at some of the alternatives out there.  For me, the inclusion of a solid Data Plan is key as I do find myself just outside the world of WiFi more often than not and have been hitting the arbitrary caps all too often (sending my monthly bill soaring – it doesn’t help to have 3 phones on a single plan). Pay as you Go or Prepaid plans are not an option as the Data portion of the package is … Read more

Big Data and My Future

As many of my regular visitors know I have jumped into the learning of Data Science in a big way when I registered and started working on my first University Course from and so far I am absolutely loving it.  The initial challenge for me is wrapping my head around Python to complete the first assignment but that is another story all together. On Friday, I spent 10 hours pouring through several online tutorials on programming in general and Python specifically and I think that I have a very basic overview of how I will accomplish the first assignment and when I get home from work I will put my new found skills to the test but in the broader sense, what I am finding is that my future may just be in the world of Data Analytics.  The applications of being able to see Data for what it is and build visualizations of that Data is something that has always intrigued me. I have built simple tools to help me with researching this blog but I am finding … Read more

Infographic of the Week – The Sheer Size of My Information Overload

I am on a quest to figure out what my life will become, what needs to be cut out and what I need to expand upon.  I realized that the Information Overload that I experience every single day is starting to get out of hand and one of the first things that I will have to do is focus on what is truly important to me and to my future and place focus on that…but I stumbled across a very interesting Infographic that lays out the world of Data Growth and for those that don’t know the difference between a Megabyte and a Petabyte…well here is a quick reference for you all! Brought to you by datascience@berkeley: Master of Information and Data Science Cheers, Krispy