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Jan
19

Finding is better than searching

Posted by: Claudette | Comments (0)

I live humbly on the technology food chain.

5 years ago a good friend spun my simple world around with a relentless avalanche of new technology: Text messaging, instant messaging, iPod, iTunes, GPS, HID dive lights, multiple email accounts, wifi… it was one new thing after another and he laughed as this luddite stepped up and up and up.

It was glorious.  It was not always smooth.

Step forward half a decade and the laptop I bought for grad school is no longer the marvel it was.  Problems had accumulated faster than I could knock them down until I found myself cornered by a nasty gang: I could no longer send emails after two software updates, the CD-drive broke, and memory issues abounded.

What I know about computer systems would fit in a TB syringe with room to spare.

I do know a new computer is not in this year’s budget.

I was stuck, having burned hours of fruitless effort, denied at every turn.  Eyes glazed and patience exhausted by ineffective antipodal tech support,  I couldn’t even figure out how much memory my computer had or what I needed.

Then my friend said, “Try asking Google.  Type in “How much memory does my computer have.” I laughed.

Was he pulling my leg?  Suggesting I use my computer like a Magic-8 Ball? “Result hazy. Ask again later.”

Grad school had beaten plain-word searches out of me, insisting on boolean searches and hierarchical keywords… none of which had helped me solve my laptop issues.

So I laughed and tried it.  “How much memory…..”   (…this is so stupid….) and I hit SEARCH.

32 minutes later I had:

  • identified the exact memory DDR SDRAM units in my laptop (I hadn’t even known what these were 20 minutes earlier),
  • ordered the exact ones I needed from some memory ranch in Stockton (“add the max, in matched pairs”),

    "Watch closely as I...."

  • located an 8-min instructional video for replacing them,
  • ordered a refurbished CD-Drive (warrantied and cheap) from Texas,
  • and identified the replacement (bigger) hard drive I’ll be ordering next.

Now this is my kind of Magic-8 Ball!

I’d been trapped by trying to search correctly.
What I needed was to Search effectively.

What I really needed was to Find.

Finding beats the snot out of searching any day.

Of course I still can’t send emails.

~~~
Claudette

Categories : Life, oh life.
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Jan
16

Who moved my Pops?!?!?!

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Pops!

I’m no Nostalgia Nancy but, man, I hate it when stuff I love goes away.

Hershey’s gave us the most perfect mint in the world: Liquid Ice Cool Mint Ice Breakers.

Translucent blue pearls I could pop onto my tongue and wait for the real POP! when the outer gelatin bubble released a breath-taking burst of MINT!!!  The whole world got minty and we all smiled.

Sometimes they popped right away, other times they bounced around my teeth for a while before finally giving up the goodness.  But it was always fun.

My bestest dive partner introduced them to me years ago and we took them every where, sharing them with friends who gasped and giggled.. and asked for more.   Captains and deckhands on dive boats knew us as those crazy divers with tons of gear… and Pops!

And then they were no more.

My monthly order from Amazon was replaced by a harsh email: “This product has been discontinued by the manufacturer.  May we suggest….

Argh!!!  No.  You may NOT suggest anything from the entire rest of the mint world that Does. Not. POP.

Sadness.

Last week we dived with a friend we hadn’t seen in a while.  Chatting on the boat deck as we motored home she asked, “Do you guys have those crazy little round minty ball-bearing thingies?

Dammit, I hate it when stuff I love disappears.

A fine mint :) ...that does not pop. :-(

Out team has drafted a new Breathe-Friendly product —->

Alas, the pop is gone… except for the last three packs my buddy doesn’t know about.

~~~~~
Claudette

Categories : Diving, Life, oh life.
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Jan
15

Popping the cork

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I love Champagne.

Real Champagne…. you know, French Champagne.

But it’s only a nice, still wine until you pop the cork.

Then the magic swirls and bubbles, rising from nowhere, dancing, skating, exploding, getting into your head and heart and changing things.

In a good way.

I work in a hospital with 20 entry doors, 250 beds, and 600 RNs you could need on days that aren’t your best.

You want their best.
I work everyday to make that happen.

These madly-skilled containers of caring, knowledge, dedication, and petty foibles offer up service every day.

I want to pop their corks and let their absolute best pour out on the people we serve.
Whatever it takes to make the best happen, I’ll do:

  • encouragement,
  • more knowledge,
  • access to more expertise,
  • bedrock evidence upon which to build better practice,
  • empowerment,
  • better coffee,
  • recognition,
  • and thanks.

Whatever it takes to pop their corks so the best care in them pours out through their hands and eyes and voices.

I’ve got a friend beyond all earthly value who nudges me, fearlessly, to do this every day.

I hope you have a friend like this in your life.

pop!

(Pretty cabinets are for dishes.)

~~~
Claudette

Killer Queen – Queen
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