Avoiding Burnout…

One of the biggest problems that I see as someone that enjoys toying with technology is burnout. No, not talking about the game, or something along those lines but more about burning out in your career.

I think I can say that I’ve been through burnout a few times over the past years, girding myself back up and pushing forward to kick butt and chew bubble gum.  Pause and read through this article published by our friends at Lifehacker.com

Burnout and How to Deal With It” by Jeremy Hutchings

A few years ago I decided I’d had enough with burn out and decided I would just start going to the gym two hours a night. I was far from being a gym rat, but definitely was stress free and scared a lot of people when I would effortlessly lift certain amounts of weight.  Exercise, rest and healthy nutrition were great for blowing through stress, until another “exciting” project was presented to me and it all went out the window, though I do still try to maintain a sleep pattern that provides for ample rest.

So what’s all that mean for me? Probably that I’ll start jumping back into a pretty hardcore gym workout schedule as well as putting some more barriers in place between work and life – Google Voice works pretty well for this, taking calls and letting me do my own thing in the evenings… TokTumi’s paid service would allow me to further direct people to appropriate resources through a virtual assistant. Smile

So what’s it mean to you though? It means that you need to learn to live your life and not sweat the small details. Get the heck out of dodge, disconnect, take a Kindle loaded up with books. You should be good for about a month if you’ve got that much vacation stored like I do Smile


Lenovo ThinkPad X201 with unreleased BIOS?

So recently I’ve been having some odd X201 issues… granted I’ve had the X201 for a little less than a week. Wondering perhaps if it’s a BIOS issue I wandered over to the Lenovo web site and find that the Version that is available is “version 1.22”.  Looking in my BIOS I see version 1.23.

Version 1.22 was released on 9/9/2010.  Version 1.23 according to the BIOS was released on 9/15/2010 with a BIOS revision of 1.35 and Firmware Revision of 1.17.

What’s up with this Lenovo? It’s not available on your website? Is it stable yet or are you just shipping it out for jollies?

Thanks DMIDecode port for Windows from GNU for helping to capture the below info.

# dmidecode 2.10
SMBIOS 2.6 present.
78 structures occupying 2863 bytes.
Table at 0x009639D8.

Handle 0x0000, DMI type 0, 24 bytes
BIOS Information
    Vendor: LENOVO
    Version: 6QET53WW (1.23 )
    Release Date: 09/15/2010
    Address: 0xE0000
    Runtime Size: 128 kB
    ROM Size: 8192 kB
        PCI is supported
        PC Card (PCMCIA) is supported
        PNP is supported
        BIOS is upgradeable
        BIOS shadowing is allowed
        ESCD support is available
        Boot from CD is supported
        Selectable boot is supported
        EDD is supported
        3.5"/720 kB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
        Print screen service is supported (int 5h)
        8042 keyboard services are supported (int 9h)
        Serial services are supported (int 14h)
        Printer services are supported (int 17h)
        CGA/mono video services are supported (int 10h)
        ACPI is supported
        USB legacy is supported
        BIOS boot specification is supported
        Targeted content distribution is supported
    BIOS Revision: 1.35
    Firmware Revision: 1.17

Definitely wondering what the deal is…

Looking back… Maryland Earthquake

Back on 16 July 2010, there was a gentle earthquake that shook the state of Maryland and Virginia. The quake was centered at 39.187 degrees N, 77.286 degrees W


The quake occurred a few minutes after 5 AM local time, rattling those in the area with a magnitude of 3.4 on the Richter scale.  More about this event can be found on the US Geological Society’s web site here.

The photos that were released by individuals on the scene showed the damage in the affected area.  A small sampling of these photos has been posted below…

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