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chuqui.com in 2014: Site in Review and Lessons Learned

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015
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The end of 2014 is a good time to take a step back, look at how the things you do have moved forward (or not), and decide what needs to be changed (if anything). I’ve already decided to redesign my online sites in 2015, but there’s a lot to learn from the existing site that can guide those changes and help me how to better help people find the content they’re looking for here. In 2014, 47,000 people views 80,000 pages on my blog. Thank you to each and every reader for taking the time to visit. Users were up 50% from 2013,...

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Plans for 2015

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014
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The Christmas/family obligations are done for the year and I’ve returned from Southern California alive and ready for a few days off before going back to work. With the holidays behind me, I’m hoping I can get back at it here on the blog. Hope all of your holidays, as you choose to celebrate them, went well and there was much joy in them for you. While I haven’t had time to get much writing done, I have been doing some planning on what I want to accomplish in the next few months. Here are some of the things I’ve...

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Not Dead Yet #4: thoughts on obesity, exercise and life and fixing your lifestyle

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014
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This is probably the final in the Not Dead Yet series. I’m happy to say I’m not dead yet, and still able to write these things, in and around work, which is really busy right now… It’s now two months since the event as I’m writing this, and I’d meant to write this earlier, but as life is won’t to do, it got a bit complicated, so now I want to summarize what’s been happening. The good news I’m still here. The blog is pretty quiet, but that’s because other parts of life are really busy...

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The Social Media Celebrity Diet

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014
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How much time do you spend on social media? How often a day (or an hour) do you stop and sneak a peek at Twitter or Facebook to see what new stuff might be there? How often do you let your social media interrupt you for a quick look? No, I don’t need to hear the answer to that question. I’m uncomfortable enough trying to be honest with myself about the question. I don’t care what your answer is, anyway. But you should. One of the changes I decided I wanted to make was to rethink what I did on social media and how much time I...

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My take on Google+ today

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014
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As part of my research into both whether to retire as lead in the Bird Photography group and as I’ve been auditing my social media commitments in general,  I’ve been trying to get a feel of what’s happening on Google+. I had a number of projects I was considering to build around G+. When Google decided to restructure and change direction and Vic decided to move on, I put everything on hold waiting to see what G+ had planned. Since then, I haven’t seen a sniff of a roadmap or any indication Google planned anything; the...

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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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