Welcome to the Pandemic

So did I ever think we would have this sort of world and how comfortable am I right now?

To be honest I haven’t really got a massive issue with the stuck inside as many who know me will attest to I will happily sit on my fat arse all day and watch TV or surf the web. However my job has meant I have continued to work, more so than before as everyone else is available 24/7 because they’re working remote. It came to a head last week when I felt burnt out and just wanted to hide in a dark room 🙁

And no I never thought or would have wanted to be like this, feeling hunted if I go shopping and looking over my shoulder as I stick some chocolate eggs and biscuits in the trolley in case the thought police seize me for non-essential trips out shopping. Delivery of stuff means that technology hasn’t really changed for me, although I’m seeing delays on launching products (a laptop I ordered has been delayed from April until June now.. rather annoy after paying for it mid March).

Reminds me I need to order up some micro-SD cards.. wanders off to amazon and orders a bunch… £15.98 for 5 16GB cards.. crazy prices.. Oh course when I look back it this, in say 5 years, I will shudder paying that much 😉

I’m going to try updating this one every couple of days for awhile, more to get stuff off my mind than anything, move along nothing to see!

A couple of days without a phone

Strange title for a post but it does have a reason behind it.. 

So my current contract is full on and doesn’t stop either day or night. As a phone these days is connected either to a mobile network or Wifi access point it is pretty hard to turn it off, what with WhatsApp and Telegram being used for work to communicate progress it means that just turning off the Sim for some peace doesn’t work. Which means I have to turn my whole phone off… As everyone on the project knows my phone number I can’t even move to another phone with the Sim card. And of course it also means I can’t just setup another phone and carry on as WhatsApp and Telegram are linked to my Google account.

Yes I could just uninstall the apps or not install them on a new phone, ignore calls etc.. but ultimately as I have been getting more and more stressed out with the role I decided to turn off my phone until the New Year.

The surreal thing about this is going out and having a coffee I can see things I never noticed before as I don’t have my head buried in the phone.

I’ve also realised I use the phone to hide and escape, it’s almost as though you can turn on an invisibility cloak when you pull a phone and start scrolling through it. Yes I know you are still there and everyone can see you, but something about our society means you ignore people staring into their phones.

So what would I like to mention today to get you all thinking?

The internet.. Do you remember when everyday something new could be discovered and it wasn’t a platform for hate and control? I miss the simple nature of IRC and Talkers (thanks for introducing me Froodle), Then we had ICQ (remember that), Trillian.. Now everyone is on a platform, Facebook, MeWe, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.. It seems most people have forgotten that the internet is more than a series of platforms and as has been shown in China and recently Russia it’s easy to turn platforms off or control them. The internet was built to be a resilient communications platform. Instead we now have a large online advertising platform with fluff.. The more I observe the way things are progressing the more I see it twisted for everyone elses purposes.

I just hope the next big thing gives back control the us the people to continue to innovate and move technology and society forward. here;’s to taking back control of our destiny in 2020!

To the end of 2019

So as the year draws to a close what has happened?

Well the country managed to elect a bunch of lying toffs and we’re all heading towards a mirror of the US.. I wonder if we’ll be building a wall?

In other news still working and still on the verge of chucking it all in, even if I’m on variation order 5… Everything is starting to get to me 🙁

So in closing I’m looking forward to the complete Armageddon that IR35 will be bringing next year.

Hope everyone has a great Xmas and New year.

I’ll raise a glass of Dr pepper to you all ?

Getting colder!

Still hard working away in the background, no real progress on any projects of late, some small fiddling bits with the 3D Printers but nothing major. I really haven’t had any spare time to do that sort of thing if I’m honest.

Been finding myself on a flight either to London or Europe a lot of late although I think that should calm down a little now, this traveling just doesn’t agree with me.

So we are coming to the cold part of the year, I have one more week of work then a week off, just as things start to get *interesting*, but I have been told to start farming out my work to someone else. Even though I’m not very confident this other person will work in the company or projects favour I have to start accepting I can not do everything and I need to look at the work/life balance.

Strangely working from home I would have expected a better balance, but that does not seem to have been the case, I’m constantly on the go either working online, in meetings or taking calls….

So now that’s my moaning out of the way what else?

No an awful lot! How are you all doing in the land of the real?

Welcome to September

Seems strange that I used to update this blog everyday, why? Did I enjoy it.. Don’t think so… 

Anyway time seems to be compressing again and work is eating me alive.. Not only that I seem unable to switch off at the weekends.

On the bright side the Garage/Den is nearly done and I’ve upgraded my PC to a whopping AMD 3900x woohoo.. 

So what’s happening? Not much.. Starting to think about looking for another place to build although it will take some time as this will be “The place”.. 

Oh and I’m planning on taking some holidays soon!!

 

Anyway stay safe out there folks!