What is and what might never be. My unfinished blog post drafts (and most will probably remain in stasis) includes titles and topics such as:
- “Return to HTML & CSS”
- “A Simple Prayer”
- “LinkedIn Bad habits” (I almost certainly was going to bitch about random people that want to connect and use the generic greeting).
- “Random thoughts” (surprisingly there is only one such post like this).
- “Untitled”….ooh I bet that will capture reader attention!
Similar to life, this blog has a lot of incomplete, half-done, and works-in-progress. Perhaps in both areas it is time to close the proverbial loop and complete those blog posts and things we allow to remain unfinished for whatever reason.
Time to work on “Untitled.”
Originally, I posted this on Facebook 10/30/2016 as a note, but thought it would have a home here too.
My iPhone was hacked last night, it wasn’t by the Russians, the Jester, or Feds, but Charlotte. She used a technique called social engineering. Here is the story.
Recently, I put a password on the iPhone and this bothers Charlotte when she wants to play Flappy Bird. I know she has been watching me put the password in. Earlier in the day, she figured out after weeks of watching me. So, I gave her the phone and told her “prove it.” She entered the correct password and got access. So, I changed the password and told her so. Fast forward to the evening.
Charlotte and I are watching the Cubs game. She casually asked if “Trick-or-Treating time was from 4 pm to 10 pm?”. I said “No that seems early, let me check my phone.” I reach for the phone and type the in the password, proceed to ineffectively search for the information. I tell respond to her that I believe the times are “6 pm to 8 pm, like it had been in the past.”
Thinking about it, I ask her, “You weren’t interested in Trick-or-Treat times, were you? You just wanted to watch as I put the password into the phone?” She responded honestly. She was correct in reciting the password back to me.
A few things were happening here. First, she knew I would reach for the phone to find the information. I always do this, recent searches include: “Alec Guinness,” “Parkour,” “Duvet,” and “Napoleon Dynamite.” She knew my tendency or habit to just go online and search. Second, she knew the previous password wasn’t too sophisticated, because she was able to learn it over time. Like many of the passwords we use, it wasn’t for the record the it was “111222.” A better password might have been “121212” or “238391” or at least something a little tricky. Easy passwords to remember are often easy ones to crack.
My intro to web programming course is just about at the half way point. So far, I am doing okay grade wise. There is always room for improvement. I definitely need to spend more time reviewing the book and exercises. I have been able to make it through the weekly homework and discussion posts with only a few problems.
I really believe that in HTML/CSS and coding in general, it is important to spend as much time doing it as possible. The more time one spends with it, the better they understand it, and thus in theory the easier it should become.
I have somewhat noticed this with the assignments. It is not that they have gotten easier, I just have gotten a little bit better. Even though there are instructions, it is too easy to miss a semi-colon or backslash. Little mistakes can equal code that the codes not correctly function. This leads to frustration and stress.
Overall, online learning isn’t too bad. The hardest part is making dedicated time each day to spend with the materials. I have done okay with this, but could do a little better. The second is being on tight weekly deadline. Sometimes there are non-learning factors that make this tricky (example recent switch of internet service providers). Third, other than the discussion posts, I don’t feel connect to any of the people in the class.
I assume they are like me and living local but going to campus 3 or 4 times a week isn’t an option. It is kind of crazy to think that I am a 5 minute drive from campus, but taking the course online. It is a work scheduling issue. Maybe I will see if anyone from the class wants to have a meet-up, have drinks, or connect via Linkedin.
The good news is that even with my ongoing course and autodidact learning, I feel ready to begin assembling a portfolio. The portfolio will be key increasing my chances of landing meaningful employment.
My first assignment for introduction to web programming is complete. I just have to upload it to the server. No major problems, but it was in easy one!
It was basically a “Hello World” page.
At last! It happened, I am registered and ready for my course at Macomb Community College for web programming and development. I am very excited and have already begun working through some of the exercises! Yes, I have several “Hello Worlds”
With everything this year, I believe this is definitely a step in a positive direction. It will provide some structure to my self-learning, which has been inconsistent and often incomplete.
Also, I can work on my WordPress posts in HTML. So, I am going to commit to more posts. I really believe that the more you code, the easier it is and the more proficient I will become.
As of late, I am feeling particularly inspired to continuing my web programming journey. To continue, I am setting a daily goal list. Truth is, some days will yield greater progress than others. All days must yield some progress and move the proverbial “needle.”
My goals are:
- Spend some time daily working on web programming/career transition.
- Begin to build a portfolio – even it has simple code in the beginning.
- Continue completing coding modules in Free Code Camp and Treehouse
- Align social media and web presence with this goal.
- Review job postings to gain an idea of what skills and knowledge need to be learned.
- Become part of the web developer online communities.
- Continue to pursue a programming education in real life through further schooling.
Inspired and rededicated.