Saturday, October 14, 2017

New shoes.

I bought some new work shoes at Skechers. My old shoes were literally falling apart, not to mention scuffed and uncomfortable because I had worn out the insoles. One of the downsides of being morbidly obese I suppose. The new shoes have memory foam,  which seems to add to their comfort.
While I was there I bought some new tennis shoes, as well, for the gym. They're green, but comfortable. I don't really know what else to say about them. In fact I did over a mile on them last night at the gym. They were also 70% off. Originally $120 and now $36 plus tax of course. We'll see how long they last, but I was comfortable with that price.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Meeting

Sometimes I feel like this at work. It seems like nothing ever happens and meetings don't accomplish anything.


Monday, October 09, 2017

I sometimes wonder why I care...

Twice now in three days there have been work related outages. Both times I was the first to notice, thanks to anag on my phone. I then via text and email notified my coworkers. Hours later they would respond or acknowledge reading the message, because I make it a point to do read receipts.

I just don't know why I try. Apparently I am the only one who really cares or the only one who wants to deal with it. Maybe it's both. I don't know.

I guess I am just frustrated more than anything. My coworkers are either apathetic or I'm trying to hard. Oh well not like anything will ever change. It never does. Meeting after meeting nothing changes. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year nothing changes.

Maybes I need to make a change.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

I am not dead, in fact I am doing quite well.

It has been a long time since I last posted anything. I am going to try to do this again more regularly.

In the interim a few things have changed and a lot of things are the same. My dad died. It was last October. You can see the obituary here. Yes, for some reason my daughter's name is well just completely wrong, but it is what it is. After that we moved mom in with us. It's been a new experience, but an enjoyable one being close to family and my daughter loves it too. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He is in section 55 grave 3315. If you download the ANC explorer app you can actually see the headstone which is not actually as strange or morbid as it may sound. 

My daughter started school last year. My wife got a position as a music teacher at a private school in Tyler. Therefore Evie was also able to go to that school. I think they both liked it. This year, however, my wife is not working that job anymore, and my daughter is being homeschooled. I'll likely post more on this later.

Otherwise I am still working at my same employer. Still pretty much doing the same thing. You can view my LinkedIn profile if you are curious.

So more recently I have for the first time in a long time tried to actively lose weight. As part of that I have actually joined a gym, although technically my wife joined first and I ended up adding myself to her membership, some time later, because it wasn't much more expensive. Now that we're tied into a one year commitment I have found a motivation to go fairly regularly. It has been almost three months since this journey began. I have to say that I have actually been enjoying going to the gym.

The gym is through one of the local hospitals in town and it's pretty close to the house which makes it convenient. They have lots of weight equipment, a spin class that I currently have no intention of going near, a pool and otherwise all the equipment you would expect to find in a gym, I would imagine. Except that this equipment is all networked and uses something called MyWellness, there are apps for that too. They keep track of your exercises and use a metric called moves to tell you how active you are.

I also purchased a Garmin Vivosmart HR+ because well it seemed like a good idea at the time. I found one on eBay factory refurbished. It was less than half of the retail price. I think it works great in so far as helping me keep track of my steps and otherwise it's a nice watch. Plus the phone integration is helpful with incoming calls and texts and other notifications.

Another neat app I have been using is MyFitnessPal. It is owned by Under Armour, but it's still a great app. You can use it to keep track of your food intake and it syncs with the Garmin Connect app used by my Vivosmart HR+ so it knows how many calories you have expended. It syncs with a bunch of other apps too. My wife has a Fitbit and it syncs between their app as well.

It seems this post has turned into me talking about fitness. Kind of funny I guess. Though to be honest, it's actually been working out. In the 82 days since I started this I've lost twenty pounds. That's about a pound every 4.5 days. Which I think is a fair rate of weight loss and more importantly sustainable.

Much more recently, however, I have, at the request of my wife, been trying to do this whole30 thing. To be honest I don't know much about it and I am still reading the book but so far it's been difficult. Especially cutting out sugar and wheat because that's in pretty much everything we have in our pantry. We're making it work, I think. I can't say I have been 100% strict, but I am trying. We're one week in and I am sure that I will post more about it as the month goes on.

Anyway that is enough for now I think.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Adobe updates Flash/Shockwave (again); Mozilla auto blocks Flash; Facebook calls for its death;




Adobe has released a security update to address critical vulnerabilities in Shockwave Player for Windows and Macintosh.
Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.
You may review Adobe Security Bulletin APSB15-17 and apply the necessary update.

Adobe has released security updates to address critical vulnerabilities within the ActionScript 3 opaqueBackground and BitmapData classes of Flash Player.
Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.
Versions affected include Adobe Flash Player 9 through 18.0.0.204.
You may review Adobe Security Bulletin APSA15-18 and apply the necessary updates.
Additional information can be found in Vulnerability Notes VU#338736 and VU#918568

A quick way to see if you’re vulnerable is to go to this Adobe website and run the check to see if they need to update.
If you need the update you’ll get a Sorry, your computer doesn’t have the latest Flash Player installed.
You can then click the download the latest version of Flash Player link below.
If you get the Congratulations, your computer has the latest Flash Player installed, no further action is required.

I should mention that as of about 11:30 AM, Microsoft has yet to release an updated version of Flash for IE 11 on Windows 8.1
I’d expect a release either later today or early tomorrow morning.
Windows 7 users and all other browsers (e.g. Firefox) should be able to update using the links above.
Since Chrome uses Pepper Flash, it will update itself.

Mozilla’s Firefox browser is now blocking Flash across the board, until such time that Adobe can assure the product is safe.
The same article also mentions that Facebook’s security chief would like to see an End-of-Life date for Flash and all browsers to agree to stop supporting it.


FWIW, there is still too much Flash content and HTML5 isn’t being as widely embraced as content creators would hope.
However, IMHO, it may be only a matter of time before CDNs embrace the change to HTML5 or find some other DRM laden software to replace Flash altogether.
At least we can be happy that whatever does happen, CDNs won’t choose Silverlight anymore.