Social Media Foibles and a Farewell to Old Tech

It’s been about a year now since this site squeezed out of my brain’s birth-hole. Establishing websites isn’t a new science to me; I’ve been doing it in one form or another since about 1999 when that Geocities nonsense was in full-swing, right before Yahoo! gobbled them up.  Blah blah, anyway…

 

When I originally set up, it seemed to me it was probably fine to use my usual email and link myself up using my personal this-and-that social media stuff.  Twelve months later I’ve decided that wasn’t the best plan. Not that it’s the worst plan, but maintaining a degree of separation between work and personal life just seems like a better thought-out decision.

So I’ve spent a little more brainpower decoupling this website from my personal social media, and going through the hoop-jumping to create social media presence for the public face of Jeff N Keir. The links on this site now point to those outlets, and the interlinking appears to be functioning as expected.

I started this post with a mind to rant about how unnecessary the complexities of social media are, but about midway through the first paragraph I changed course in my head. In truth it only took me a few minutes per outlet, maybe a grand total of 30 minutes, to teach myself what I needed to know, and another hour or so to set it up and test it all out to my satisfaction. So, here’s an unexpected shout out to developers who have a bloody awful hard job. Well done, you lot.

 

As an afterthought, I also took the time to change every single stinking password I could remember I needed for anything ever. I used a garbage processor to generate new passwords. The processor made me laugh: it offered some mnemonic advice on how to remember the passwords it coughed up, but they were so arcane it was comical.  About 70% of any given mnemonic was explicit character names, so, yeah not helpful.  Oh well, this is part of the price for modern security, right?

Which does lead me to wonder about some of those lifehacks for remembering passwords, or at least storing a set of passwords safely. I guess more homework is in order? I’m open to suggestions.

 

Lastly, during all this hullabaloo I spilled coffee on my venerable old Dell USB keyboard. I do not recall where I got that keyboard as I have never owned a Dell workstation (or laptop for that matter). Just the same, that keyboard has been with me for a long time, it has accumulated much in the way of potential psychic energy and dead skin cells.  I will mourn its passing in the only way I know how – with another cup of coffee.

It is replaced this day with another old-timer, a Logitec MX5000. I’ve always liked this keyboard – I just retired it a couple of years ago when my employer refreshed my work equipment and I no longer needed this one (plus its Bluetooth only, takes 4xAA batteries, and can be tricky to use when rebuilding older hardware looking for input devices in PS2 or USB ports). Anyway, life goes on.