Chris J Powell

Upgrading Krispy's Tech

Here we are into April already and I sit here plotting the upgrades in my life as I always seem to do this time of the year.  So far this year I have done a couple upgrades already with a new phone (upgraded my LG G3 to the new Huawei Nova Plus) and a new Tablet.  The phone upgrade was really because it was time, I did an early upgrade as the battery on my G3 was more than a little flakey.  The tablet though…may seem like a strange choice in a world that is constantly looking to be bigger and better as I got myself a diminutive Acer Iconia One Android Tablet that is not much bigger than my phone…but acts primarily as a ebook reader. In the coming weeks and months though, I am really looking at doing a monster upgrade of the tech and services that I am connected to. The first upgrade will be happening in a couple of weeks with a massive step up to a new ISP (Internet Service Provider) with some monster upgrades … Read more

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

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

Preparing for a Fresh Start

As I sit here this morning, enjoying another cup of coffee and reflect back on what I have done with my life in the past 42 years I really don’t have many regrets, although the ones that I do have are pretty big.  My life path has changed a few times over those years but I am, for the most part happy with where I sit today. Later this morning I head off on an interview.  I don’t know much about the company or its product and I know that the job itself will be relatively hum drum but considering the health issues that I have been battling with, right now a pay check is what I need, not a life changing career that will have be being an international globe trotting superstar. In the past, I have worked really hard to be the best in what ever profession I was in that itself has caused me a lot of stress and had me setting expectations upon myself that were not only difficult to live up to, but also set … Read more

Long Day

Who knew that being a writer was not just about putting thoughts down onto paper or in my case letting my ramblings and meanderings flow through my fingers and onto the screen in front of me. You see, I recently moved all of my previous content (almost 5 years worth) from all the various sources to a single location on the newly minted home of “i am krispy”.  While the moving over of the data was easy, a simple 4 click endeavor…going back and attaching images, link checking and reviewing for duplicate posts was not only a challenge, but has been a mind numbing endeavor that after 11 hours I am only 50% complete. I am not saying that this activity is not important, the number of dead links that I have found are actually quite telling of just how much the internet changes over time.  What I am trying to get to is that if there is anyone out there thinking about taking on the role of a “blogger” whether it be for fun or profit, there is far … Read more

I am back – Krispy's Rants Lives…but now it is "i am krispy"

It has taken me far longer than I had anticipated, considering that I moved away from the world of shared hosting to becoming a System Admin all on my own but so far the experience has been not only worth it, it has been incredibly rewarding. I set up everything from scratch, using some great resources found on the interwebz and then dove into the modification of a theme that I think is pretty darn awesome! I was torn for several weeks about migrating to a different Content Management Solution other than WordPress but at the end of the day, it was by far the easiest, most supported and despite having no less than 10 reinstalls of the OS and the site, I am no ready to touch every single post on the site and reconnect all the broken and missing links. First off, the VPS Server that I chose was among the most affordable solutions I have ever seen, I went with as my provider with a 768 MB $5.00 per month setup, then I went about trying … Read more

What Next

I have been sitting here staring at the screen wondering what I should do with not only my life but with this online persona of Krispy that I have built over the past several years.  You see when I made my post about Observations of a Pedestrian Commuter on Thursday, I was struck not by just one but by two cars on my way to work.  I have been seriously thinking about my own mortality and what I should really do with my life moving forward.  I am at a perplexing cross-road in my life.  I can turn right, left or go straight ahead and I just don’t know which path will lead me to the best future. The way I see it, no path that I take moving forward is going to be easy.  In fact I actually hope that I never find that “easy street” because what is the fun in being handed everything without having to earn it…but at this point in my life, as I face the facts and start my life over again with the … Read more

The Future is NOW!!!

There are often things in our lives that take us down vastly different paths than we had originally thought we would take.  1 week ago I took a bold new step in my life when after nearly 16 years I am now on my own…no help or support from a spouse, no mommy or daddy to bail me out if things don’t quite go as expected.  I am my own man…really for the first time in my life (sure my first year of college I lived on my own but that was a life time ago). When it comes to this new life that I am carving out of the husk that was my old life I am not completely alone and despite one aspect of my life being over, I do truly believe that my future is far better off than it would have been had the status quo been maintained. This weekend marked the first Solo Parenting effort with my 14 year old daughter and while there was some challenges having moved into a one bedroom apartment…we are … Read more

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?

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