Monthly Archives: November 2012

Migrating My Father to a Mac

A few of the essentials to make it happen.

One of my life goals is to fully move my entire extended family to Apple-powered products. The chief motivation? That’s easy: For my own benefit.

I am the IT support technician for my family of 7 and since I do all the work of keeping their systems up and running, updated, and bug-free, it is in my best interest that I’m able to have a homogeneous environment instead of a heterogeneous.

This past week I had the time to make the most significant switch that would signal the beginning of the end for a Windows-dominated era – my dad.

My father had been in corporate america for nearly 4 decades using Windows-based software for all of it. The challenge that I faced was on multiple fronts, migrating GBs of data as well as the largest Outlook PST/OST file in the history of mankind – without losing a single byte of data.

Beyond the simple user experience challenges I had to recreate the environment on my father’s dated Windows machine on a 3rd generation Macbook Air that I picked up earlier this week. I also had complicated scripts that I had created specifically for him that would systematically backup his data to various media including cloud-based solutions.

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Coaching, When They Are Ready

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I spent a little time doing some professional coaching for a few individuals while here in Austin and it dawned on me that it is very rare indeed to have much success when a coach approaches someone who needs coaching and tells them that they need it.

The right attitude and perspective is desperately needed on the side of the coachee (one being coached) to come to a place where they accept the reality that they can’t do it all by themselves and that the best answers do not always necessarily lie within their own formulations.

Two examples popped up in the last few weeks which highlight this important difference:

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How to Solo Razorgore as a Rogue – MOP 5.1 and WoD 6.1

UPDATE! Look for WoD 6.1.1 & WoD 6.2 SOLO at the very end!

The above video may seem a bit out of place here on this blog but as my About Page says on #8 I really do enjoy video games and play them when I can find the time – I don’t often have the time and I certainly don’t have the time to blog about it.

But, with my recovery time from a major illness here in Austin which requires a lot of downtime I’ve found a bit of time to do a few different things. Reading books, catching up on news, and things that require very little travel. In fact, I’ve been literally bedridden having time for very little else than some light gaming, email, and watching random Youtube videos via my iPad Mini, which I have come to absolutely adore – it is the best iPad yet and the past two weeks have proven that it works well with my small asian hands.

Anyways, as many of you know I love to help people out and educate them on the things that I know about – this blog’s purpose is essentially about education. This week a recent patch update to one of my favorite games of all time, World of Warcraft, was released (Mists of Pandaria 5.1) and some of the patch notes mentioned the ability to down “old world” end-game bosses a bit easier by yourself.

Heck, why not give it a try and video record my efforts?

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Platform Conference

2013 is already jam-packed with new projects, business ideas, and even more new opportunities that it would appear my roadmap and calendar needs an extension!

And on that calendar is the first-ever Platform Conference, led and hosted by Michael Hyatt. I’ve been asked to speak at this inaugural event and I was humbled to have been considered.

As you can see, there are going to be a number of great speakers who will be sharing their wisdom and I can’t wait to shake their hands (as many of them have impacted myself) and I’d love to see you there as well!

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Thriving Amidst Black Swans

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No, this isn’t about the movie, but the movie was great.

Do you know the term “Black Swan”?

I didn’t know it about it until I read an article recently highlighting how important these things really are, not to our economy but to our entire socio-historical existence. Makes you scratch your head once or twice.

Here’s your primer on what they are:

[…] large events that are both unexpected and highly consequential. We never see black swans coming, but when they do arrive, they profoundly shape our world: Think of World War I, 9/11, the Internet, the rise of Google.

In economic life and history more generally, just about everything of consequence comes from black swans; ordinary events have paltry effects in the long term.

Still, through some mental bias, people think in hindsight that they “sort of” considered the possibility of such events; this gives them confidence in continuing to formulate predictions.

But our tools for forecasting and risk measurement cannot begin to capture black swans. Indeed, our faith in these tools make it more likely that we will continue to take dangerous, uninformed risks.

It made me think of all the events that have happened in my short lifetime that have altered not just the global landscape of how I live and operate but also the the ones that specifically changed my professional endeavors. I know, for instance, that the rise of Google has profoundly shaped my thinking about how I work, how I live, and what I do to earn a living.

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A Bit Offline

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For those that have been following my tweets via Twitter I unfortunately had to spend much of the weekend in the hospital, first the ER and then in recovery.

To make a very long story very, very short my intestines decided to allow an infection to reside in the lower areas which was incredibly painful and now requires two full course antibiotics plus some painkillers which have me feeling constantly dizzy and disoriented.

This might be the worst Thanksgiving holiday ever. So fascinating that I cued up a post last week titled “Future Thanks” stating specifically my thankfulness for health, right?

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Future Thanks

Today we decided as a family to consider the things that we have yet to be thankful for – in other words, what we will be thankful for in the future.

As we look towards the new year there’s hope and promise of better things, greater opportunities, and a renewed vision for a wonderful future.

I’m thankful, in advance, for health and another year with my incredible girls. Thank you God for such an incredible life so far.

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