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Software doesn’t have to be hard

Oh it’s so good when things go right…

Life can be quite stressful when things get hard.  That’s common sense.  Life at an early stage startup, is frequently hard.  There’s so much going on, and everyone wears tons of hats, it can get chaotic.  Persistence gets us through.

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Calvin Coolidge

There has to be a light at the end of the tunnel for me to keep going.  I need some reassurance every now and again that it’s worth it.

Today was a good day.   Features worked (duh) that were supposed to work, and it just gave me a little light of encouragement.

 

WannaCry over WannaCry :(

Information is developing faster than we can keep up, but, the UK health system was hit by a huge wave of Ransomware today.   The WannaCry campaign has devastated hospitals and trauma centers.  Patients are being refused.  Records are inaccessible.  The only work being done is high level emergency work to save life and limb.

Ongoing information can be found here:

Hospitals across England hit by large-scale cyber-attack from worldnews

Some language, some frustration, but this is real life.   There is every expectation that life will be lost due to this ridiculous cyber attack.

If it turns out to be a pissed off kid who couldn’t get some vicodin from his doctor, heaven help him.

This is a good time to point out that the Emerging Threats Pro rule set apparently will trigger on the traffic that caused the exploit:

ET EXPLOIT Possible ETERNALBLUE MS17-010 Echo Response

I won’t make any money if you buy an ET Pro license, but, I recommend it.

Patch your systems!  This is information about the exploit found in Windows… fixed a few weeks back.. Hospitals are notorious for having old and unpatched devices..

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4013389/title

 

500k per year

I recently had a conversation with an old friend of mine. There were some awesome things about his job. He loved the day to day, hands on field work.
He didn’t love the office politics, lack of career growth, etc.

I asked him: “how can you make 500k / year in your field?”

What do you think. Is that a valid question? Is that a valid goal for everyone?

My intention was to inspire thought beyond the traditional career path in his field. Not to imply his field or career was bad/wrong.

Can you earn 500k a year using the skills and passions you have? Are you stuck at 35k/year? 100k/year?

Do you need to earn more to feel fulfilled?

Amazon Linux – Java 1.8.0 for Elasticsearch 5.3

Quick note, and it’s not too hard, but took a few minutes to remember.

Amazon Linux comes with Java 1.7.0 installed. I wanted to upgrade to 1.8.0 for Elasticsearch 5.3

 

Awesome!

 

Not Awesome

Just yank out 1.7.0

If you need both installed, maybe an old piece of code needs 1.7.0 and all your other stuff can deal with a global default of 1.8.0,   update your legacy apps to specify the JAVA_HOME environment variables to the real location of java-1.7.0, and update the global system like this:

Had I not removed Java 1.7 already, I’d have 1.7 and 1.8 in that list to choose from.

 

 

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