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State of the Chuq, revising the five year plan edition

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014
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Even before recent events, I’d been evaluating my online presence and my time commitments and trying to decide if my time and money expenditures were in line with my priorities (how to figure this out might make an interesting blog post or two if there’s interest). Then I had my recent little oopsie, and it became clear some things needed to be re-arranged. Life at Cisco (six months in, they haven’t discovered me as a fraud and fired my butt) continues to be awesome, but keeping me extremely busy. That’s not going to...

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Not Dead Yet #3 — A Week Later

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014
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So, it’s been another week and I’m not dead yet. About ten days from the event, and probably time for an update. For the first couple of days everything moved hyper-fast, almost in a blur. And then it slowed way, way down. I got cleared to go back to work on Friday and planned to start up again Monday, and then didn’t — I realized I needed to get away a bit and start getting my head around this, so I grabbed my camera gear (remember that stuff?) and headed down to Moss Landing, where I shot for a few hours. Nothing...

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Portrait of my house mate, Tatiana

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014
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I was testing the Fuji XT1 and the 55-200, and what better subject than what’s in the room? I don’t take pictures of the local universe often enough, something I’m going to try to fix. Here’s one of one of my house-mates, Tatiana, the Umbrella Cockatoo who rules over the front half of the house. In Tatiana’s world, a thing can be one of three things: food, toy, and danger. Every Sunday, for instance, we have the “close the drapes already” race when the neighbor attacks us with his lawnmower. Tatiana...

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Life at Apple revisited….

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014
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As an ex-Apple person who was there for a long time, a common question I get is “Would you ever go back?” And that’s a complicated answer. My normal answer is “If the right situation came up, yes”. Well, Don Melton and Nitin Ganatra, also veterans of the Apple wars, sat down on the Debug Podcast, opened up bottles of wine, and out poured an episode that talks about what life was like working in the Shadow of Steve on stuff you can’t tell your family about. It’s a fascinating and very accurate look at...

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A first look at the Health app in IOS 8

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014
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(9/28, 12PM — edited to add a few notes at the end about some other things the ICE feature needs to do but doesn’t — chuq) One of the things that intrigued me was the new Health app that came with IOS 8. Even before the events of the last week, I was hoping it would be something worth adopting. My initial reaction — it’s a good start. It’s still very incomplete. But I think Apple is on the right track. The first thing I really like: it implements an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact area on the phone...

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Not Dead Yet #2: Social Media and the Always On Lifestyle

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014
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From the time the event started until I settled down in the ER bed, exactly what happened and when it happened became a bit of a blur. I was busy trying to figure out if I was about to die, stressed to the gills and frankly scared out of my head. At the same time, I was evidently thinking about what needed to be, since by the time the medics arrived, I’d put on shoes, stuffed my keys and wallet (with medical ID) in one pocket, my phone in another, and I was taking my blood pressure as they entered the room (in case you were wondering,...

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Not Dead Yet #1: This wasn’t on my calendar…

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014
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Wednesday Night was a normal night. Laurie and I had a nice dinner, polished off some muffins she’d baked, and splurged with an Angry Orchard cider (very nice, good flavor, not just sweet). Next thing I know, this happened. I’m in the emergency room, wired up to a bunch of machines — including the machine that goes *ping* (and *bloop* and *spung* and a few other noises). It’s been an interesting few days. Today was spent running around between my doctor and my tests (okay, shambling between). The stress treadmill...

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Things happening, things planned

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014
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There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes, and one aspect of that is that it’s reduced the time and energy needed to keep up a regular set of blog postings here (that, and Elder Scrolls). (Oh, shut up). I’ve been doing almost no photography since I got back from Yellowstone in June. That’s not that unusual for me; summer is definitely my least favorite season in the Bay Area, when the skies go boring and the light goes glaring and the summer birds are just hanging out waiting for the signal to migrate. That, and I...

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How Apple got the U2 giveaway wrong

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014
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I’ve been watching the kerfluffle about Apple giving away the new U2 album with some amusement. It’s really easy to say “watch all of these people complain about getting free stuff” and try to dismiss it, but in reality, there are some bigger issues where they have a point, and that shouldn’t be ignored. At the same time, much of what I’m seeing seems to be more about being able to make snide comments about Apple and/or U2 to gain snark points with their peers, because both are easy targets with groups of...

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Some back of the envelope calculations on web site costs

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014
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Okay, I promised myself I wouldn’t do this because I know I don’t have time for this project, and then I went and did it anyway, of course. So I’m putting it here as much for my ability to reference it later as for your benefit, but if you find it interesting and useful, even better…) I took a quick look at what I’m paying to operate my web site environments. That includes this site (chuqui.com) and my portfolio site on smugmug. The hosting setup I use for this site also hosts some private and small stuff,...

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