Greg Johnson – Personal Update 201501

Personal Update 201501 | 31 January 2015 | Saturday



I hope that the new year is off to a good start for you.

Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Writing. I’ve created a few posts on this month. You can check them out on the main page. Some are short commentaries, some are longer posts, and some feature content from other sources. There are a total of nine new articles this month on my Technology Services website news feed.

Technology. Over the past few days I’ve been helping someone who has a computer that was infected with a ransomware virus. I wrote an article about this particularly malicious type of virus: “Ransomware Malware Virus Prevention, Protection, and Recovery.” It’s a reminder of how important it is to be careful and alert when using computers so as not to expose yourself to otherwise avoidable threats. Even so, it seems that much of the technology we rely on is fragile and potentially vulnerable, not just vulnerable to hackers, but vulnerable because of poor design and limited product testing.

Micro Philanthropy & Web Design.  As you may know, I enjoy helping people build websites. Sometimes I get paid for it, but sometimes I just do the work as a kind of micro philanthropy volunteer effort to help local artists, nonprofit groups, small businesses and others who may have a limited budget. Whatever your work is, it’s important to offer your services for free sometimes just for the ‘fun’ of it, and to remind yourself that you enjoy what you do and would be willing to do it for free. Somehow it makes it seem like you aren’t even working the rest of the time. This past month, I volunteered some time to help a local photographer launch their own website. It was a fun time, and the appreciative feedback I received really made it worthwhile. Click here to read the article I wrote about the experience, as well as the feedback the photographer wrote.

Small Houses. There’s a lot going on with the small house movement these days. The Small House Society Facebook Page has grown to over 13,000 members, which brings the total followers up to almost 17,000 (via all social media and subscription channels). There are now two different network television shows dedicated to small house living. It was exciting to play a part in helping with these shows. I’m looking forward to continued positive growth in the months ahead.

Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.

~ Greg


Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began over a decade ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways, health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.