Monday, May 29, 2017

Stuff I play with... like Catnip

Seriously, I didn't think I would be this bored. But I did it. I found a Groupon for this bundle of courses that turned out to be some leftovers (I'm guessing) that made a cheap attention getter and I fell for it. Even though some of the courses in the bundle were from 7... I enjoyed it. So what did I do? I ordered this: Simplilearn —  One Microsoft Office certification bundle

Some of the courses were just plain outdated. A couple of them, like the basic and intermediate courses for Excel were skipped because I've been working in Microsoft Office since Windows 3.1 or, 1995. That's kind of a long time. 22 years. I thought I knew everything. However, after being away from working outside of the home for the last 6 years, I thought it would be a nice refresher. And it has been for the most part. I learned about the new blog features in Word, a few more use cases for Excel relational tables and how Powerpoint still hasn't changed, but now you can narrate over music. Yeehaw. There is much more to it, I might be just a little tired from soaking this all in, but it's exciting. I simply enjoy making great documentation and need a reason to do it. 

That's the leap. This seems to be quite the baby step, but as it turns out, dusting off the administrative muscle is not a bad thing. I mean, it is part of what I offer to a potential employer. We'll see if this all comes in handy. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, I'll set up a review on Simplilearn on the next post. I am finishing my last course: "Microsoft Outlook 2010." It looks like this: 

In closing, turns out I'm outdated. This bundle was great for me. It confirmed what I already knew, gave me hope that I was going down the right path because I was pretty bored with the basic stuff and I knew most of the expert stuff already. The only concern I have is putting it to good use. That's what keeps my mind busy these days. It will work out somehow... this ride is far from over. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015


"Code-Cademy" has been great. I'm still on the HTML+CSS instruction and built a Airbnb website page as directed. Too easy. But... it's a start. Not even halfway yet. Late night free time is pretty much next to nothing these days. But I can easily pick up where I left off. I love my Mac with all the automatic log ins.

Ok that's it for tonight. Cold's got a hold on me.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Bottom Line on Coder Foundry (Learn .net)

The quest continues for updating my technical skills. Low and behold, there is a strong sales-oriented ad on youtube I clicked on that led me to their site called "Coder Foundry." The newsletters were slightly assertive but also helpful. Basically, the article I read had two main points: Learn how to code in .net and here is how you get the job:

Step 1: Choose the right programming language (.net).
Step 2: Learn the right programming language quickly. ($9,000 for 12 weeks)
Step 3: Fill your portfolio with the right projects (make your own)
Step 4: Win the Technical Interview

They explained the benefits of going with a popular language, why some people use the same language in every job vs. people who learn a language to get their ideal job (me me me!). So I guess I'm about to pick up .net along the way. Can you guess where I am going to go to learn it?

First, I googled, "how to learn .net" and came up with this article:

Monday, October 12, 2015

VTC - Virtual Training Company - Review

What you care about right now is getting or keeping your job. Right? As a contractor, your job is to knock it out of the park so you can get hired, right?  If you suck at interviews or they just don't have the permanent position available, may I suggest, VTC. After playing in Java and HTML with a lot of system administration in my background, it made sense that I could pick up this contract with IBM for web analytics... but become the tech support for their product and knock it out of the park... required a lot more back end research in Unix, SQL and then running the Akamai log game every freaking day.  So, I jumped online and found a good source of training for those first few nights to get me up to warp speed. It was cheap too - $30 for a month of unlimited access. Here is what I did:

I took a few more that I didn't bookmark for some reason but it was fast enough to get through in a few nights. The gent teaching it was easy to understand, which is important to say because in 2008, youtube wasn't well populated. Now in 2015, anyone can write a tutorial and post it with some pretty graphics... that doesn't mean they are any good at teaching, speaking, organizing information, or speaking English. These things come in handy when you are in a hurry. If you are anything like me, I have no patience for digression, snails pace, vlog screens or virtual zombie games to teach me a language. Just give me the awk, sed, grep, ifconfig and make my life tick.

End of plug. :D

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Code School

One of the most fun month long projects I had was learning Ruby. I didn't like the theme of the lessons - zombies are not my thing. But I got to learn and fly through it when I was tired and slow down to get the practice when I wanted to get it. Here is my badge of completion for all the stuff I did 14 months ago on code school: 

I don't know how I would apply what I learned, to be honest about it. I mean, with any language, if you do not use it, you lose it - or have to go back and review it, heavily. When I took the contract with IBM-Coremetrics to support their web analytics product, I had to pick up UNIX after at least five years not using it. I was much better at HTML and java - - and not development - only reading it. 

So there is another topic for another night. How I was able to take a ton of courses overnight to get back on my feet and enjoy working there... except for the girl that let her thong show above her jeans. Ew. It's great to be smart and beautiful but you don't have to be "ew" about it. She was admittedly awesome at her job. Sometimes people just don't care what others have to look at in your presence. I try to at least bathe and present well. It's a part of being an adult really. That and I love a good lip gloss. More on that another day. Peace out. 

Git it Girl

Watching Iron Man tonight reminds me of the many versions, attempts, hacks and wonders of technology we experience before the bad guys get to it. I suspect there will be some tough changes in the future involving artificial intelligence. We already have Alexa, the Amazon Echo, telling jokes to my kids in the morning and helping us with a weather forecast and some home automation stuff. Anyway, back to collaboration.

I told myself I would learn github this week. I ran into a snag.

I started here:

But got this failure message during configuration:

Agreeing to the Xcode/iOS license requires admin privileges, please re-run as root via sudo.

Guess I was missing an update in my Xcode. Now don't get all security scared. You agree to running the git application so the machine needs your permission to run the app. Here is the best answer on that from StackOverflow:

You don't need admin privileges to run Xcode or git. You need admin privileges to agree to the terms of the Xcode EULA in order to use its applications--which git does (and you did when you installed the application). Privilege escalation here is akin to sites asking for the 3-4 digit security code on the back of your credit card. After agreeing, you don't need admin privileges anymore


Anyway, 107mb of updates later, it's late enough in the evening that Github will have to wait.... yet... another.... night...

On another note, I have not installed El Capitan.  I'm waiting for that to shake out first... Hope they didn't push an update on a Friday afternoon like young tikes might do once in awhile. We've all done it. It happens. Helps to just let it go and try to always be patient with your own work and be open enough to have someone check yours before you go pushing stuff out there. Some day I hope to use that advice wisely. Until then,

"It's not about me. It's not about you, either. It's about legacy, the legacy left behind for future generations. It's not about us!." - Tony Stark, Iron Man 2

Friday, October 9, 2015

Codecademy Hey Look I'm coding like Mike Bloomberg

I am like Skrat with the acorn. I WILL get my coding job one day. Somebody will own me like a boss and see how putting me to work makes them look good.  For now, I shall roll on with the chase. Today, my sumptuous acorn involved a few lessons in HTML. Child's play. LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. I think I've found my niche... although it is probably not that uncommon of a language so I still remain a nickel treasure in a dime store. Nevertheless, it is more than the average bear. Herein I commit to you my basic page lesson in the screenshot below:

What was really wonderful about this work day was the email from Zach Sims. Not only did the non-sleazy email attract my reading pleasure by making sense (talked about money and why peeps need to learn code to stay in the game yo), THIS was worth its' weight in gold:

I went right back to where I had left off I have no idea how long ago, and picked right up with the lesson. I don't even remember signing up for this stuff. Awesome sauce. Kinda like an acorn. Thank you Mr. Sims. :D If you're wondering why the title, here is where Codecademy got their huge plug from Mayor Bloomberg: 

Peace Out and Have a great weekend!