Winamp

This article made my morning – I absolutely loved Winamp back in the 90s and 00s…the layout, the skins, the sound-responsive visuals you could add to any song. Thank you to Radionomy for freeing this gem from AOL’s mismanaged clutches.

https://apple.news/AzMo5F5DkQrWBxOXl9ibRFg

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My Favorite Things

Another installment of Crystal’s Favorite Things, and this time they don’t all exist in a computer:

IT Installs and Nightmares – my favorite IT group on Facebook, always good for a relatable laugh or cringe if you’ve ever been in an IT support role.  My favorites are the spaghetti wire messes that lazy techs leave in datacenters.
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/itinstallnightmares/

Poshmark – my favorite way to make extra cash online.  I’ve added a widget to the sidebar of my page so you can access my ‘closet’ anytime.  I have a boutique of clothing that is new with tags and I also sell gently used clothing that I’ve stopped wearing or grown/shrunk out of.  An IT girl got me hooked, I know I’ve gotten a couple of other IT girls hooked, and this site just keeps surprising me by selling my stuff consistently.  I grew up in a town of yardsales and had many of them before Posh…I get 200% more net from Posh with less than half of the work.  You simply cannot sell high-end items from your yard.
http://www.poshmark.com – use code CRYSTALITE3 to get $5 off your first order!

The Happy Planner – my favorite old-school planner with all the bells and whistles.  I just recently converted back to a physical notebook-style planner because my highly organized friend gifted one to me that was so beautiful…every page, tab, cover and insert are carefully designed and you can buy dozens of custom sticker books that are just the right size for the spaces in this book.  Using it I’ve found that I enjoy scrolling through my year and seeing the events unfold on paper and planning what adventures are to come.  I highly recommend giving it a try, they only cost $30 and there are dozens of styles to choose from!
 https://www.thehappyplanner.com – mine’s the blue one with stars all over it 🙂

Print Friendly & PDF – my favorite Chrome Plugin that lets you hover over any section of a document you’re printing and delete portions of it like ads, irrelevant headers/footers, extra URLs that you don’t need on a print-out of a recipe for example, and especially graphics you don’t want to waste ink on.

Facebook Market – favorite place to sell my used Apple products.  Every time I’ve listed a phone or watch on Facebook’s Market I end up with zero scams and a totally real person on the other end who uses their real full name and knows I could message all their friends through the public items on their page if they do anything shady on the deal.  It’s light years beyond the experience I’ve had on CL, Ebay or other lesser sites.  Thumbs up for Facebook doing something useful.

On a Mission

Do you ever get absolutely OBSESSED with something you’re working on, so much that you don’t eat, drink, or go home before the sun goes down?  It’s been that kind of month but I think I’m pretty close to completion on this one.  I’m lucky that I love what I do and it gives me such satisfaction, but it does get in the way of my hobbies like blogging!

I have recently been jotting things down in a OneNote for our interns who are new-to-IT that will help them succeed, so I wanted to share that here for anyone else who might be starting out in this field in any capacity.  It may seem like a lot, but these are all things you can work on one at a time until you’re basically invincible.

The key ways to make it in IT:

  • Don’t drag your feet when faced with a problem you don’t know how to fix.  We all know the answers are on google.
  • Slow down and become obsessed with the details – a tiny mistake can have big consequences in IT.
  • Don’t ask the same question twice – write the answer down even if you’re not sure you’ll need it again (you probably will).
  • When you encounter a problem, don’t just give it a bandaid.  Think of how you can stop it from happening again.
  • Follow best practices, some of them exist because of another person’s mistake so don’t repeat those if possible.
  • Take any task offered to you and treat it with priority and importance even if it’s boring.
  • Find a mentor who will share their wisdom with you.
  • Ask a lot of questions.  It’s ok to ask what you think are ‘dumb’ questions as long as you aren’t asking the same ones over and over again.
  • Leave the drama at home and keep a professional distance from coworkers with some exceptions.  Do share your hobbies and common activities.  Don’t share family drama or money problems/brags.  Don’t talk down about others, but don’t be fake.  It’s ok to share a laugh over a common complaint once in a while but don’t make a habit of complaining.

I hope those are helpful if you’re in your first IT job, looking, or if you’re a seasoned veteran who wants to move to the next level.