Don’t upgrade to iOS 10!

iOS 10 is out and has been making a splash with new home screen unlock method, new to view your messages, and people unable to find the “shuffle” button in the music app. Granted iOS 10 has a lot of shiny new features and polished up old features. More people upgraded to iOS 10 faster than iOS 9

A major software upgrade like iOS 10 and the upcoming macOS Sierra has a lot of bug issues currently unknown to Apple and other developers. Regardless of how many betas it went through there will be bugs that will pop up once released to the public and installed by early adopters. For example shortly after iOS 10 was released many early adopters were unable to their phones at all  which caused Apple to immediately release a quick patch barely hours after it released the upgrade.

During the beta testing phase the pool of devices the software is tested on is limited and doesn’t accurately reflect the devices used by millions and millions of iPhone users across the globe. While two people may have the same model of iPhone, how they use it, the apps, and the content they have on it vary extremely. One person may just use their iPhone for YouTube, Twitter, email, and driving directions while the other user has almost a hundred apps from social media, games, productivity, and more; all of which affect the iPhone in different ways.

Instead wait until the beginning of October after Apple releases one or two minor patch updates such as 10.0.2 or 10.0.3. Waiting until October before updating lets the early adopters discover the bugs (the hard way) for Apple to patch. An added benefit to waiting is that almost all the apps you use should be updated by their developers and fully compatible with iOS 10 by then.

If you don’t know something can it hurt you?

“What you don’t know can’t hurt you” is the old saying and while that could be true in many situations, it doesn’t apply to all. When trying to improve something, what you don’t know can actually hurt you. Take for example my career search, as part of all the jobs I’ve applied to I sent different variations on the same basic resume format (design), a format that I tweaked and updated throughout my career history. Then imagine my surprise when someone informed me recently of a resume design change that happened in 2011, I was still using the old design.

I should not have been too surprised. If you take in to consideration how much computing technology changes every year (new iPhones, new software, to name a few) it really shouldn’t be a surprise that acceptable resume design changes as well. Therefore if you are like me and are using a variation of an older format like the one below, then consider starting a new resume from scratch. You can easily find examples of the new resumes by using Google. Either google “sample resume for IT” (supplement your specific current job destination such as “computer science,” “software engineer,” “website developer,” “network administrator” for “IT”) and click on the image tab to preview resumes.

 

What career related thing have you discovered that you didn’t know?

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Backups (quick note)

It’s always good to have backups because you never know when something is going to fail. This can be said of data as well as hardware.

Working on an important document, save it first to your Dropbox.com folder then save a copy to an external flash however while you update the file make sure you’re updating the dropbox.com file. If something were to go wrong, computer crash, cheap flash drive malfunction or is incompatible (Mac formatted flash drive), you have another copy to work off of.

Also have another printer ready and available for a backup incase something happens when you’re working late at night and need to print important documents first thing in the morning. While attempting to print to my HP Printer, the printer threw an error and told to me to visit HP.com for details about the error. It is 12:30am EST there are more important things than to troubleshoot a printer, therefore I just switched printer to my backup printer a Canon, select print no problem.

Backups whether they be hardware, data/files, or plans are always, always good to have and even though you may not use your backups, there will always be a point in time where you’re extra thankful you had a backup.

Is your iPhone/iPad/iPod backed up? Abridged

You have important stuff on your Apple iDevice right? If you’re like me, I have voice memos, app settings and data, contacts, calendars, reminders, Pages Documents, Number’s Spreadsheets, and photos. Are they being backed up, well of course they are, they’re being synced to iCloud, right?

 

Wrong!

 

The beautify of Apple iCloud syncing service is that any changes you make on one device will automatically be copied to all your other iCloud enabled devices as soon as they connect to the internet, if they aren’t already. So when you update the info for Uncle Virgil, add a new telephone number for Aunt Jean, that new girl’s contact info, those changes will be “pushed” or synced to your Mac or other iDevice.

The horror of iCloud syncing service is that any changes you make on one device will automatically be copied to all your other iCloud enabled devices as soon as they connect to the internet, if they aren’t already. So when you accidentally delete that new girls contact info along with everything else in your address book, before you can even scream let alone cry, those changes will pushed to your other Apple Devices.

Your best bet to protect content on your devices is to back up your devices to both a computer and a backup drive. At least once a week back your iDevices up to your computer by plugging them into your computer, then open iTunes, and click your device icon as if you were going to sync it, then scroll down the window and click backup. If you get a message window asking to backup apps, click yes. After your finish connect your Mac to either a backup drive or Apple Time Capsule, enable Time Machine (if it isn’t already), then select “Backup Now” from the Time Machine Menu icon.

Windows users, since you don’t have Apple Time Machine built in to your computer, Google “backup windows computer” or just click this link.

The Secret to my success

I am not sure about you but it feels like I’ve had a life time of adversity and while not to bore you with details it feels like either The Devil or may be more appropriately God dumped a huge scorching serving of responsibility on my shoulders from a young age for my generation.

Without being overly detailed, for my age group (or at least according to my Great Aunt) I’ve experienced more problems than someone most others. By my 20th birthday

Without going into too much detail, to date I have (according to my elderly Great Aunt) seen and experience more hardships than a person of my age should have. By the age of 6 I experienced the death of a parent. Just before the age of 14 I started down the road of depression and Catholic Guilt when my oldest maternal Great Aunt passed away unexpectedly and I felt guilt over not keeping my promise to visit her more often especially since she lived down the hill. By the time of my grandmother’s passing exactly 10 years ago, I had started to understand the sandy foundations of my family financial house, becoming the primary person to supply food for a house of four on a grocery store paycheck, experiencing first hand the daily care of an elderly (grand)parent and more.

To TDLR; it, before the age of 30 I have experienced first hand, collection, repossession, bankruptcy, death, foreclosure, feeding a family of 3-4 on a shoestring budget, political negotiations with family members (for a lack of a better term), anxiety, depression, impostor syndrome, and “gaslighting”. At times it feels like repeatedly being hit by a baseballs in a batting cage.

The secret to my success, perseverance.

What is perseverance? Perseverance is when Muhammad Ali said “I hated every minute of training, but I said ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

Perseverance at the very basic level is just surviving and getting through the rough waters of the day until you can get home at night and rest. Perseverance is also navigating through muddy waters and difficulties to reach a worthy goal. In the case of Mr. Ali, his goal was becoming a champion and he knew to achieve that he had to do something he really hated, training. Now you’re goal doesn’t have to be becoming the world heavy weight champion, it can be something a simple as passing to the next grade, or attaining a college degree.