Greg Johnson – Personal Update 201707

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Personal Update 201707 | 31 July 2017 | Monday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

 

Cycling, Trails, and Scenic Tour Project

Over the past few months, I’ve been writing about my Bicycle Iowa City initiative that is explained more through the about page of BikeIowaCity.com website. It’s a project I began a few years ago with video recording of local trails. I was doing my best to share the vision and get the word out by promoting the website and ideas.

This month I learned that a local quasi-government agency recently started a BikeIowaCity.org website (not launched yet) and they are also planning a similar Bike Iowa City initiative — reaching out to local bike shops and clubs. So, that’s resulted in me wanting to create an additional bicycle initiative website which I’ll announce soon.

With the Small House Movement, I attempted to create something that people could easily replicate and help spread. Similarly, with the Bike Iowa City concept, I was hoping to create something that could be easily copied, and apparently it has been (perhaps inadvertently). So, that’s a good sign. I don’t want to suggest they copied my idea. I think it’s more likely an example of people unwittingly working on parallel paths. In any event, the concept seems to be workable and popular.

Thanks!

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

~ Greg

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Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Greg Johnson – Personal Update 201706

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Personal Update 201706 | 30 June 2017 | Friday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Fitness Program

Since my last update, I’ve ridden my bicycle 214 miles and have increased my strength training program to include lifting over 10,000 pounds per day. I’m also spending time on the elliptical workout and hiking as well.

Cycling, Trails, and Scenic Tour Project

I’m continuing with my project to promote bicycling in the Iowa City area through the BikeIowaCity.com website. My goal is to create a program that is engaging and impactful, as explained on the about page of the site.

Photography

Each week I post some of my favorite photos from the week in a series of weekly Featured Photos. I’m still catching up on the past few weeks of photos. Today I posted photos from 1-7 April 2017.

Thanks!

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

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Greg Johnson – Personal Update 201705

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Personal Update 201705 | 21 May 2017 | Sunday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Fitness Program

Over the past 30 days, I’ve lifted a cumulative total of over 140,000 pounds with my weight lifting and strength training program. In the coming month I hope to improve on that by increasing the weights, reps, and sets. In the same period of time, I’ve ridden my bicycle over 180 miles on trails in the Iowa City area as part of the trails project I’m working on.

Cycling, Trails, and Scenic Tour Project

Over the past month I’ve been working on the scenic tour and bike ride of the Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty area that will emphasize a variety of themes including: local trails, parks, photography, bike shops, coffee houses, restaurants, local craft breweries, architecture, neighborhood restaurants, walkable communities, health and fitness, housing centers, area art, and more.

The tour will include the most beautiful scenic trails in the area, connected up with stops along the way to support local businesses. I’m combining my trail riding project with the technology consulting I do. So, each day I get a good bike ride in, while enjoying local trails, and visiting my various tech support customers in the area. I’ll post more on this in the future, but wanted to share this initial announcement to solicit any suggestions you have for what the local ride should include.

Photography

Each week I post some of my favorite photos from the week in a series of weekly Featured Photos. In recent weeks, these photos have all been taken with my iPhone 7 Plus. I still have some recent photos that need posting, but I’m getting caught up.

Thanks!

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

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Greg Johnson – Personal Update 201704

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Personal Update 201704 | 30 April 2017 | Sunday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Cycling, Trails, and Scenic Tour Project

I’m working on developing a scenic tour and bike ride of the Iowa City and Coralville area that will emphasize a variety of themes including: local trails, parks, photography, bike shops, coffee houses, restaurants, local craft breweries, architecture, neighborhood restaurants, walkable communities, health and fitness, housing centers, area art, and more.

The tour will include the most beautiful scenic trails in the area, connected up with stops along the way to support local businesses.

I’m combining my trail riding project with the technology consulting I do. So, each day I get a good bike ride in, while enjoying local trails, and visiting my various tech support customers in the area.

I’ll post more on this in the future, but wanted to share this initial announcement to solicit any suggestions you have for what the local ride should include.

Photography

Each week I post some of my favorite photos from the week in a series of weekly Featured Photos. In recent weeks, these photos have all been taken with my iPhone 7 Plus. I still have some recent photos that need posting, but I’m getting caught up. Here are some recent photos from 11-17 March 2017 from a trip to the University of Iowa Main Library, and a hike at Kent Park. Some photos have had artistic filters applied. Enjoy!

Thanks!

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

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Selected Photos for 8-14 April 2017

Here are some selected photos for 8-14 April 2017. Click any image for a larger gallery view which also includes information about the camera and settings used. Hover over any image for captions if available. Note: If you received this by email, you’ll need to click the post title link above to view the post and photo gallery on my website.

Selected Photos for 1-7 April 2017

Here are some selected photos for 1-7 April 2017. Click any image for a larger gallery view which also includes information about the camera and settings used. Hover over any image for captions if available. Note: If you received this by email, you’ll need to click the post title link above to view the post and photo gallery on my website.

Greg Johnson – Personal Update 201703

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Personal Update 201703 | 31 March 2017 | Friday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Proactive Computer Support

For decades I’ve focused on setting up computers in a very preemptive way to avoid potential problems. Knowing the issues that can arise, it’s fairly easy to implement the solutions that prevent them. This has mostly worked very well and resulted in years of trouble-free service for many people.

However, as computers have become more complex and the variety of potential system failures have increased, it’s become necessary to provide ongoing proactive support and system maintenance.

I’m regularly contacted by people wanting assistance with a computer crisis: hard drive crashes, lost files, viruses, and otherwise non-functioning computers. I’ll ask, “How long had you noticed something unusual going on?” Usually the answer is that symptoms had been there for weeks or months. By the time I’m notified, it’s too late for simple fixes. I’m often told by people that they didn’t want to trouble me with something small. So, I’m doing my best to encourage people to reach out to me with any question or concern no matter how small.

I’ve created a Computer Health Checklist that I use when performing regular maintenance on computers that can be performed monthly, quarterly, or as needed. During this regular maintenance, it’s an opportunity to talk to people about their computing habits and how things seem to be going. Rather than waiting for problems to surface, I’m reaching out to schedule these sessions.

In addition to periodic computer checkups, I’m implementing a realtime system health monitoring service that checks for system configuration issues, potential hard drive crashes, and other critical functions. Some issues may arise where a month would be too long to wait for addressing these issues. Realtime health monitoring can help. Tim Barker of Friendly Techie has been a great help in this regard, introducing me to one of the best realtime monitoring systems in the industry.

Your dentist sends you a reminder card every six months to remind you of cleaning appointments. Your doctor keeps track of what immunizations and shots you’ve had. Your auto mechanic reminds you of oil changes and performs routine scheduled maintenance according to manufacturers recommendations.

However, with computers, we’re not used to getting reminder cards from our computer tech informing us that our antivirus software needs to be renewed. Our computer tech doesn’t typically offer routined scheduled maintenance. With computers, we wait until something isn’t working and then call for help. I think tech support specialists can have a more active role in reminding customers of their software renewals and regular maintenance.

What I’m wanting to do is change computing culture and shift practices toward regular maintenance that will result in more reliable computing.

In addition, I’m working to build a user community approach to support. You can think of it like a buyers club. As an example, rather than having 10 customers individually purchase MalwareBytes for $39 each at a group cost of $390, I’ll purchase ten licenses for $130 and resell them to those 10 customers for $13 each. There are many other examples like this where a group buying club can save hundreds or thousands of dollars. In addition to savings on purchases, shared equipment that’s periodically needed and having an equipment lending library can help with savings. For example, a customer needed oversized scanning of items 11″ x 17″ in size. They didn’t want to purchase an expensive scanner, so I’m letting them borrow mine. As an Amazon Prime member, I’m able to make purchases and get free two-day shipping or inexpensive overnight shpping on many items. Often I will send out cables and other smaller items at no cost to my customers. This saves everyone time and money.

So, with all of the above, my hope is to create a better overall technology experience for everyone who relies on me. Through regular reminders, regular maintenance, ongoing system health monitoring, the power of a buying club, and a lending library, I think people can be enjoying better computing at lower costs. I’m thankful to my dad who had a big role in motivating me to develop the above approach to computer support.

Photography

Each week I post some of my favorite photos from the week in a series of weekly Featured Photos. In recent weeks, these photos have all been taken with my iPhone 7 Plus. In the future, I hope to get back to taking higher quality photos with some of my other cameras.

Thanks!

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

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Selected Photos for the Week of 20170318-0324

Here are some selected photos for 18-24 March 2017. Click any image for a larger gallery view which also includes information about the camera and settings used. Hover over any image for captions if available. Note: If you received this by email, you’ll need to click the post title link above to view the post and photo gallery on my website.

Selected Photos for the Week of 20170311-0317

Here are some selected photos for 11-17 March 2017. Click any image for a larger gallery view which also includes information about the camera and settings used. Hover over any image for captions if available. Note: If you received this by email, you’ll need to click the post title link above to view the post and photo gallery on my website.

Featured Photos for the Week of 20170304-0310

Here are some selected photos for 4-10 March 2017. Click any image for a larger gallery view which also includes information about the camera and settings used. Hover over any image for captions if available. Note: If you received this by email, you’ll need to click the link above to view the post and photo gallery.