Working with Millenials can be a Challenge…

I came across this talk this morning and thought it was so profound that I had to share…

Make sure you watch the above video, it’s only 15 minutes but could change your entire life.

Through no fault of their own, Millenials have suffered from bad parenting skills. Growing up with instant gratification, being told they are special and that they had to follow their passion, make an impact or have a purpose in life, Millenials are not finding instant life or job satisfaction.

These concepts were taught throughout a Millenials childhood by both parents and society and has made Millenials ill prepared for the corporate world. It will take strong leaders to address this problem but only if they can identify it. It is something I am constantly aware of with Millenials, especially after beating my on Social Media addiction.

Are You Addicted to Social Media?

There is nothing wrong with social media and cell phones as long as you have balance. If you cannot put it away you have an addiction. If you sleep with your phone, check it first thing in the morning and cannot put it away during a dinner date you are addicted. Addictions can cost time, money and worse… meaningful relationships.

Although, in OUR defense, we have employers who also cannot put down the cell phones, they have their own addictions and have not learned boundaries. They send texts, emails and messages at whatever time they want and when you do turn off your addiction the other party (i.e that employer) gets mad that you did not respond to them immediately and feel disrespected.

Here are some other goodies that opened my eyes in this talk:

  • There’s no app for job satisfaction and strength of relationships
  • Learn patience
  • Skill-sets, love and relationships take time (lifetimes) and they are not instantaneous, see patience
  • Charge your phones in the living room.
  • buy an alarm clock for $8
  • put your phones away when around those who are important. If you don’t, they will feel unimportant.

Who here feels that social media should be treated as an addiction?

Great South Bay Sunset

I am fascinated with Sunrises and Sunsets.

I could probably just do a blog about Sunrises and Sunsets. Here is a sunset from the South Shore of Long Island. As I watch a sunset I am always in awe that this is just an average star in our galaxy, one of about a billion, and 1,300,000 times the size of our little planet. When that average size Star we call the Sun heats up just a little the entire solar system feels it. I have a feeling this may have a little something to do with global warming (or cooling) and that man does not have much to do with it at all… but that’s just my opinion. ;)

You Can’t Trust the Media. Do Your Own Fact Checking.

I just can’t. I have no words.  It was pretty obvious who won that second presidential debate but you wouldn’t know it by what the mainstream media was reporting. As a Marketer I am always fascinated with how all the mainstream media outlets all have the same talking points. Except for Drudge…

CNN – Clinton News Network

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Huffington Post – a “News” site that states after every Trump article:

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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DrudgeReport.com

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MSNBC

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Who do you believe? I would give some unsolicited advice and do your own fact checking. All is not what it seems.

Breathing Some Life into an old MAC. Now I Just Need Apps.

Mac Mini 1,1

Where does the time go? It’s been months since my last posting and it’s been even longer since I had a chance to share anything here. Here goes…

I am a longtime MAC user. Most people know that. I am soundly secure (I hope) behind the gated community that Apple has built to secure it’s customers. Sometimes I will get nostalgic for some of the older MAC’s I used so this latest project was an eye opener.

I added an original MAC Mini 1,1 to my little collection of MAC’s. This particular model is 10 years old. I acquired it a few weeks back and decided to see if I could go breathe some life into an old MAC as a backup to my other macs. You can easily find MAC Mini’s on eBay for less than $100. Here are a few of the things you can and cannot do on MAC’s today as opposed to 10 years ago…

You can upgrade your RAM, but not anymore

First thing I noticed is that it needed more RAM. This machine was only running 256mb, or two 128mb chips of RAM, hardly enough to run 2 applications at the same time. A quick search of the internet showed that I could upgrade the RAM to 2GB which I was able to do in about a half hour. You cannot do that with MAC’s of today as the RAM is soldered to the motherboard on todays models. If you don’t upgrade at the time of purchase you will never be able to upgrade. Here you realize that Apple gets all it’s money up front when you purchase your hardware like this. In the past you could just slip in additional RAM as needed. Now, buy what you need upfront.

You can upgrade to OS X Snow Leopard, 10.6.8, that’s it

screen-shot-2000-12-31-at-11-04-55-pmOS X Lion is the last operating system out there that is supported by Apple (as of this writing). Snow Leopard, which is 5 years old, is the version right before Lion. Snow Leopard was as far as I could upgrade on this mini and is no longer supported. Snow Leopard was the last OS X released before they started going all IOS on the operating system. Hereafter Apple started integrating all their IOS features into OS X making it feel more like IOS and less like a MAC. I am actually happy with the downgrade here. Snow Leopard was a solid OS.

If you purchase a MAC Mini 2009 or later you could upgrade even further but this was as far as I was able to go with a Mini from 2006. You’ll find a list of all previous OS X capabilities here.

The App Store works but not the Apps

The App Store was introduced in OS X Snow Leopard but don’t try to download any apps, they are all now unsupported. It’s very eery to login to the app store, see all your apps available for download and none of them work. It’s a virtual ghost town.

You want older apps that work? There is a great repository of old apps here at OldApps.com. If your a windows user you’ll find that site very interesting too. I miss Winamp!

No iCloud

Sorry, iCloud was not introduced until later. There is no way to access iCloud off an older machine except through the iCloud website. Even then, Safari 4 had trouble pulling it up. I was able to run a more recent version of Firefox but it looks like Apple is making it difficult to access iCloud from unsupported browsers. I can’t blame them, older browsers are usually not secure.

No Siri….

OK, I know I will sound crazy on this one but when I am working on my other MAC’s I am painfully aware that Siri (An AI) is in there somewhere listening to me and watching me through the microphone and onboard camera. A 10 year old MAC does not have a microphone, camera and no Siri. Call me crazy? Yeah, call me crazy.

In a nutshell, this little mini in my little collection will do for some light work, coding practice or just internet browsing. But now I am on the lookout for old apps. If anyone has a good resource for locating old apps, please let me know.

The Hidden Reasons Why Gen-Xers’ Career Prospects Are Rising | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

This mornings reading over a cup of coffee…

– “This futurist explains why her generation isn’t just next in line for retiring Baby Boomers’ jobs but uniquely poised to take them.”

“While millennials may be unfairly caricatured as socially inept much the way boomers are wrongly dismissed en masse for poor technical chops, the trends in companies’ staffing needs are unmistakable. Gen X-ers, on the other hand, may be more likely to prove communication maestros by comparison.”

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A Millennial Recognizes Their Generation Sucks

Just to be clear I am not a Millennial and I am not trying to knock an entire generation but the article is written by a Millennial and I think Millennials are starting to wake up…

Millennials are the worst. I should know — I am one. At 26, I’m stuck in the middle of the world’s most maligned, mocked and discussed age group. And I hate it. Imagine being forever lumped into a smug pack of narcissists who don’t just ignore the past, but openly abhor anyone and everything that came before them.

Source, NYPost: I’m a millennial and my generation sucks

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DIVIDED AMERICA: Constructing our own intellectual ghettos

“Social media amplifies political isolationism, because people are likely to spread information to people who agree with them…”

There’s a lot of politics in this one and not much social media talk but I do find the whole “We are being programmed by social media” to be true. You can know a persons values by what is fed them from the internet. This article doesn’t go into it but we have to start admitting that we are being programmed and that programming is now coming from an AI (Artificial Intelligence).

 

Source: DIVIDED AMERICA: Constructing our own intellectual ghettos (full AP Article is posted)

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The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It – The New York Times

“Edward Snowden showed we’ve inadvertently built the world’s largest surveillance network with the web,” said Mr. Kahle, whose group organized the conference. “China can make it impossible for people there to read things, and just a few big service providers are the de facto organizers of your experience. We have the ability to change all that.”

Source: The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It – The New York Times

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This is what it’s like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing

“I don’t feel like a child anymore” she says. “I’m not doing anything childish. At the end of sixth grade” — when all her friends got phones and downloaded Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter — “I just stopped doing everything I normally did. Playing games at recess, playing with toys, all of it, done.”

Source: This is what it’s like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing

Sad. Very sad. . At least the article admits that Facebook is obsolete. 

Facebook Wants to Help Sell Every Ad on the Web – WSJ

Facebook will help marketers show ads to non-Facebook users who visit websites and applications in its Audience Network ad network.

Source: Facebook Wants to Help Sell Every Ad on the Web – WSJ

There is no escaping Facebook’s advertising reach. The social network has announced that it will now be foisting ads on to every single person who uses third-party sites that are signed up to its advertising scheme, regardless of whether the user has a Facebook account or not.

Someone must develop a platform that whitelists websites that do not use Facebook cookies and plugins to track you.

Working with Millenials can be a Challenge…


Great South Bay Sunset


You Can’t Trust the Media. Do Your Own Fact Checking.


Breathing Some Life into an old MAC. Now I Just Need Apps.


The Hidden Reasons Why Gen-Xers’ Career Prospects Are Rising | Fast Company | Business + Innovation


A Millennial Recognizes Their Generation Sucks


DIVIDED AMERICA: Constructing our own intellectual ghettos


The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It – The New York Times


This is what it’s like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing


Facebook Wants to Help Sell Every Ad on the Web – WSJ