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Do I Stay, Or Do I Go?

No, this is not about my job.

This is about my web sites, email, and my digital life.  For years, I have had my domain (duckland.org) and my email address there (duck), and I am not going to give those up.  I have collected a few others domains over the years, and the family has started asking for their own as well.  

Now, if you know me at all, you know that for most of my professional career, I have been in Unix operations, specifically Linux.  It is what I do.  But, I am wondering if it is time for me to 'outsource' one of the more difficult parts of keeping my own domain: email.  Recently, I have gone back to not hosting my email due to various reasons, and went back to GMail.  In the years since I left it, it has gotten much better UI for someone who likes keyboards over mice, and the Android clients are very nice.  Plus, the addition of Google Now in the Chrome browser has been very handy. 

Add to the fact I still cannot find a good calendar solution which I can host which will work seamlessly across my computers (home and work), tablets, and cell phones, as well as let the family share besides Google, and it makes GMail very attractive.

But, on the other side, Google makes their money on ads, and they make no secret that they analyze your email (GMail), your appointments (Google Calendar), and your web browsing (Google Chrome) to try to market to you better.  I am still undecided if I want to keep swimming up-stream or just give in and use the Google services, because they will be better than anything I can set up on my own.

*sigh*

However, I have finally made another change to the blogging solution, and I should be able to start writing more.  I do have some ideas in a back log to talk about. 

Galveston, Summer 2015

We took a quick vacation to the island, and of course I took my cameras.

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Gallery Test

This is a test of the gallery plugin:

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and we should have a nice gallery. Cool, eh?

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Neat!

First Day

Old street sign post

The first day at the new gig went like any first day normally does. Paper-work and meeting lots of new folks. The office is in a part of town where I used to live, so I know it fairly well. This is a repeating theme, since the HP office was near my high school.

Since I got into the office early, I was able to swing one of my favorite coffee houses. While the customer base has changed a bit from 20 years ago (more suits and no nose-rings) and the menu has a bit more on it (beer, anyone?), the coffee drinks were the same, and they tasted as good as I remember.

The picture is of the old street sign post on the corner of the property.