So here we go…
Read through the entire Bible in one year – Completed!
This is the first time I have tried this and actually enjoyed it. There are some great stories and some boring parts (Am I allowed to say that?). If you haven’t tried this yet check out YouVersion.com. They have some reading plans that make it easy to track your progress and have apps for phones and tablets. Unfortunately I don’t remember everything so I might have to read it again this year.
Read 24 non-fiction books on varying topics – Partial
I was able to complete 23 books. I never thought I would be able to get close on this one since my 2011 goal was 12 books.
Create one Android application – Fail!
I didn’t even attempt this one. Just wasn’t a priority. This is something I still would like to do but I am not sure it will happen any time soon.
Play guitar weekly – Partial
I gave myself partial credit on this only because I played one show with Mike Duncan this past year. I did play guitar some but it definitely wasn’t weekly. I love playing music but it is always hard for me to play by myself. It is so much better playing tunes with a group.
Rethink food and exercise – Completed!
This past year I did some reading about nutrition and really tried to balance out my diet more. In the past I ate pretty much whatever which forced me to run a lot. I like running but replaced my running time in the morning with reading. So this year I ate a lot more fruits and vegetables than I ever had before and less processed foods. This wasn’t an easy change but I really hope long term this will pay off. I also started playing roller hockey which was super fun to get back into the game that I grew up playing daily. I missed the excitement of the game and the camaraderie. This summer I will be playing again.
Colleges and universities are running out of closet space. In 2011, Gartner predicted that the volume of higher ed data would grow 800 percent over the next five years, making auditing, archiving, and recovery increasingly complex. Unfortunately, many IT departments, particularly those in the public sector, have flat lining budgets–and no money to build additional closets.
At work right now I am constantly fighting an up hill battle against storage limits and quotas. It is a weekly occurrence, if not daily. Many of our older systems are reaching their storage limits and need attention. Most users don’t understand the strain they put on our systems and backups by saving their music library to their home directories. It isn’t their fault, we haven’t educated them or made it easy to differentiate where to store what. Also many of our servers either need the system drive expanded because of growth or we need to roll out new servers with adequate storage and migrate the data.
If we are really going to see 800 percent growth over the next 5 years, then we need to start planning now. It will be very expensive depending on how you handle the growth, so we need to come up with some creative ways to survive. It is interesting when you look at the big picture of your data, the amount of devices that are affected by the growth… servers, databases, SANs, desktops, laptops, backups, etc. How is your organization planning to handle this? This is going to be a tough problem to solve, but those are my favorite kind.
Today is a great day to reset your twitter password and any other account that you use the same password. I also recommend using #lastpass. Don’t make it easy on the bad guys to get into your accounts. Use strong passwords and different ones on each website/app.
Another good idea is to use two factor authentication.