Captain’s Log Star Date 2024.05.31

Captain’s Log Star Date 2024.05.31

Reading

“Data Pipelines – Pocket Reference, Moving and Process Data for Analytics” – James Densmore – Chapter 7 Orchestrating Pipelines

“The Enterprise Big Data Lake, Delivering the Promise of Big Data and Data Science” – Alex Gorelik – Chapter 5 From Data Ponds/Big Data Warehouses to Data Lakes

“The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You” – Julie Zhou – Chapter 5 Managing Yourself

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win” – Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford 

Courses

A Cloud Guru – “DevOps Essentials” – Chapter 3 DevOps Concepts and Practices

Udemy – “Complete Agile Scrum Master Certification Training” – Section 1 Introduction

Notes

I’ll admit, I made very little progress this week in the above readings and courses. With this being a short week from Memorial Day I spent time working on other projects at home and spending some time at the pool. I did have one disappointment though this week and that’s in downloading Obsidian onto my Chromebook and trying to get it to point to my vault on my NAS. For whatever reason I can’t get this to work. To elaborate, I use a fairly inefficient and convoluted technology stack in my house. My mobile phone is from Apple. My desktop is a custom built Windows 10 PC. My tablet is a Samsung Android. I do most of my reading on a Kindle Paperwhite. Finally, my laptop is a Lenovo Chromebook. I am fond of all of these devices, although I don’t foresee me replacing the Android tablet when it craps out on me.

Most people would stick with one platform, maybe Windows/Android, or all Mac, and just go with it. Mine kind of came in piece meal and I like technology and gadgets so much I couldn’t help myself. I only bought the Chromebook because of the lack of portability of my desktop and the limited capabilities of my tablet (which is a replacement for an iPad I gave my son after his old one crapped out). I reasoned I didn’t need another iPad because I had the 13 Pro Max, which has a massive screen and amazing computer power. I figured I could keep my foot in the Apple eco-system, which is where I do most of my day to day life management anyway (reminders, notes, and calendar). It’s how I collaborate with my wife, who is all Apple.

The Lenovo Chromebook I’ll admit is an amazing device. I absolutely love this thing. The keyboard is lovely to type on. I actually prefer to write on it. The screen is bright, the battery power amazing, and when it folds it’s like having a massive tablet. The only downside is that it is only good on the internet. The apps such and mostly don’t work. You can download items off the Google Play store but they tend to be buggier. Maybe I am just spoiled with my iPhone where everything just works! But I get it, nobody wants to develop and make sure the Chromebook is getting covered. It’s a budget device.