Sundry Life Things, Light Goal Puttering (GHD063-64)

After 4/4’s major Groundhog Day Review #2, I’ve been drawn into contract work, as there is an upcoming delivery rapidly approaching that I’d like to get largely settled by this Friday. Because of that I’ve not thought too hard about Groundhog Day Resolution Goals. However, I have made some related decisions!

  • I’m getting rid of the Epson Workforce Pro 4630 printer that I really liked until I realized it was not printing text cleanly. I then got a warranty repair unit, which printed text correctly but could not print color. At this point, I’ve wasted over a hundred dollars on ink and hours of time. I could try sending it back one more time, which I may do, but I have decided to wash my hands of this crappy inkjet technology. The Workforce Pro 4630 was well-regarded as a small business inkjet All-In-One, and I believed in Epson’s ability to deliver a quality product especially for their more expensive business products. But you know what? Inkjets suck unless you spend time maintaining them every week. If you are not printing color every day, it’s a huge waste. So I have decided to get rid of this stress-inducing hunk of junk; I’ve replaced it with a color laser printer (an HP LaserJet Pro 252dw) which should not have the print head issues that inkjets have always had. As I said on Twitter, an inkjet printer is like a great-looking exotic dog that has the habit of randomly on your work. Color laser output is not the greatest, but I just need it to work on my form design; business level graphics are fine with me. I don’t need a new hobby taking care of needy printers.

  • I’ve been continuing to try virtual coworking, streaming for a chunk of time every day to see what it’s like. An experienced streamer caught one of my last ones and sent me a wonderful breakdown of his streaming setup, so I have some ideas of where to go next in terms of expanding capability. Streaming is fun! It gives me the power to use my voice conversationally, and I had the interesting thought that perhaps streaming is actually the best vehicle for what I want to do, which is do creative things with other creative people. It reminds me a bit of when I worked in digital agencies in the early 2000s, doing work in the company of other people but not directly interacting with them because we all had different areas of focus. Combining the livestreaming of creative work with the coworking and living room cafe concepts might be a fruitful direction to explore!

  • I’ve been dealing with health-related issues not only for myself, but for the cats. I have a doctor’s appointment coming up, and had to have a blood test. One of the cats is having dental surgery tomorrow because her front teeth are badly infected, and the other cat needs catsitting when I plan my last-minute trip to Taiwan to visit my Dad and have some dental work completed by my uncle. It’s been a little stressful trying to coordinate the times and making sure I have the money with the upcoming tax deadlines looming over me.

Otherwise, I have been feeling pretty good. I’m actually fairly productive and focused. The coworking streaming sessions have provided an outlet. I’ve been improving my audio/video setup and getting a feel for how to talk on my feet as I try to work, which is good training. I see some possibilities for expansion of my online digital community, and I feel more connected to the development community in a way that I haven’t before. It occurred to me today that this is a new Golden Age of computing that has the optimism of the early 1980s, and I’m happy that I’ve again lucked into being part of it!



About this Article Series

For my 2016 Groundhog Day Resolutions, I'm challenging myself to make something goal-related every day from February 2nd through December 12. All the related posts (and more!) are gathered on the Challenge Page.

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