Monday, September 14, 2015

Be Happy - Happiness Course

To: BGG Community

Now that I'm an empty nester I get a chance to pursue some topics just for fun. It's not all about the geek stuff anymore! LOL.

I sent out a blog post a couple of months ago on a few books on happiness I recently read and liked. Now I tripped over a free course on happiness and positive psychology that take the happiness theme to a whole new level. This is exciting stuff!

Here's the link to my blog post.

Here's a blurb on the online course info. We're starting up a study group too.

Please check out this course. The first online class is on Tuesday. I’m looking for somebody to take it with. It’s free!
GG101x The Science of Happiness

If I get enough interest (we need 10-15 people to start), we can form an online study group. See description below.

Happy Geeks are students interested in promoting their careers in technology. Looking for a job in technology is like riding an emotional roller coaster, it's full of ups and downs. One day you feel hopeful and the next day you receive a rejection letter and you hopes are dashed to the ground. We want to learn and practice positive psychology tools and techniques to live a happy and meaningful life. We meet virtually every Thursday evening at 8pm central time. Anyone with an interest in technology careers is welcome to join.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sears is Hiring!


Hello All,

Sears has 42 Technology Job postings.
I set a personal goal to get at least one African American hired this year. Are you interested? Check out the website. If you see a job that’s a good fit for you let me know and we can discuss next steps.
Good luck!

Milt Haynes, Knowledge Manager
Sears Holdings Corporation

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What is Skype for Business? The new way to work together.

 Join us live on August 12, 2015 at 7pm CDT for a free knowledge sharing webinar.


Skype for Business is the new Lync Online. It connects people everywhere, on devices running Windows 8, Windows 10 and other operating systems, as part of their everyday productivity experience. Skype for Business provides a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video and a great meeting experience.

How can you become a Skype for Business power user?​

Got questions?

We've got answers. Join us for a free online webinar and learn how you can use Skype for Business to communicate, collaborate and promote your business on the internet.

Do you have 30 minutes to spare? Get tips on how to make Skype for Business work for you!

Who should attend?
  • Small business owners (1-25 employees) looking to build their business with an easy to use web based cloud solution.
  • IT professionals looking for career advancement opportunities
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Time: 7 pm Central, 8 pm Eastern

Location: Online Webinar

Click here to sign up for the webinar.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Join us live on August 3, 2015 at 7pm CDT for a free SharePoint knowledge sharing webinar.

Are you fluent in Microsoft Technologies? Looking for a new career path that is a lifelong learning experience and is ever changing? Have you ever thought about transitioning from being a SharePoint Administrator to SharePoint Architect but never really knew where to start? "Becoming a SharePoint Professional" is the webinar for you!

"Becoming a SharePoint Professional" gives a synopsis on how to jump start your career as a SharePoint professional. Milt Haynes, a Microsoft certified SharePoint consultant shares how time, practice and the right tools can advance you into this very rewarding and lucrative profession. Whether you are looking to become a developer, administrator or architect, this webinar will help you on your path to "Becoming a SharePoint Professional".  

Want to know how you can become a SharePoint professional?

Got questions? We've got answers. 

Join us for a free online webinar and learn how you can use SharePoint online to advance your professional career.

Who should attend?
  • IT professionals looking for career advancement opportunities in SharePoint Online
  • Anyone interested in learning more about SharePoint Online
Date: Monday, August 3, 2015

Time: 7 pm Central, 8 pm Eastern

Location: Online Webinar

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Apple Music Hits Home

dr. dre and jimmy iovine at usc $70 million donation 
Thanks to Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre at Apple Music, my music collection just took a big nose dive in value. I'm 62 and starting in my teens, I was always the one building a music collection. I love listening to music and I used to take a battered portable turntable to school and play hit tunes on the back of the CTA bus. Me and my teen aged buddies used to have the whole bus rocking and rolling. This was before the boom box and Walkman era. That was old school.

Does anybody remember Iron Butterfly - In a Gadda Da Vida ? Now you can watch it on YouTube for free (9,708,577 views), but I digress.

I eventually lost my 45's and albums in a fire and after shedding a few tears, I had to eventually move with technology to tape. Yeah, I admit it, for a short time I even had an 8 track collection and then it morphed to cassette tape. That's when I thought I hit a gold mine. I would carry a bag of tapes around with me and pop them into my car or boom box and once again enjoy my music collection wherever I went.

But then CD's came out and my cassette tapes were history. Why wait for a tape to rewind or to memorize the tape location for your favorite song when you could bounce through the tracks of a CD. So here I am again thinking I hit a gold mine AGAIN. I could carry more CD's around than tape and pop them into my newly acquired collection of portable devices. 

And that's when my first iPod killed all of that. I couldn't fathom the possibilities of carrying around my music collection on a little device but as I went from a 2 gig to a 4 gig and eventually to an 80 gig, I hit pay dirt! As long as I had my iPod I could play any song I purchased. Nirvana struck. I was in seventh heaven! Silly me..

And as I aged and kept looking at the stacks of cassettes and CDs in my basement I started to think, who could use them when I'm gone. Who do you give your music collection to? I have CDs that I never bothered to load onto the computer. And I have music I purchased on the computer that no one will ever find. Who wants it? Who needs it? 

My 18 year old daughter hipped me to Apple Music last week. She asked, why would you buy music and download it when you can play any music at anytime for $15 a month? I stood with my mouth open as my chin dropped to the floor and quipped an IDK (LOL).

So now it's finally sinking in. When I want to hear any music from any artist, I don't have to listen to a 60 second sample and buy a track and download it on my iPod and carry it around. I can "rent it" and pull it up on my iPhone right away. And with Bluetooth I can connect into my cars, beats pill speakers, PCs and other devices. And with Apple AAC encoding, the music sounds great!

So I surrender, yet again to the advance of technology. I'm going full digital in the cloud. We bought a family plan so we can all share the same music library on any device. And eventually I'm going to shit can my music collection and any hopes it has some value I can pass on to the next generation. RIP Foxy Brown, Missy Elliott and G Unit. With Apple Music my daughters just got access to more music than I could ever dream of collecting and passing down.

Thanks Jimmy. Thanks Dr. Dre. I'm lovin' it!!

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