Sunday, May 23, 2021

Build Your Project

Build Your Project


What is BYP? The answer is, Build Your Project. Let’s face it, not everyone is going to take on projects by themselves, but there are many people who take on projects from changing their motor oil, to painting a house, to building and designing something and much more. There are always going to be benefits and drawbacks when projects are tackled. Increase the benefits and decrease the drawbacks by doing some essential homework, preparation, and planning. It’s certainly a challenge. Are you up for a challenge?

Let’s talk meat and potatoes. Firstly, try not to just jump right in. Remember, let’s do some homework. Let's do some preparation and planning. Try to start off  by setting a budget. Even if you have a no budget type limit, set a budget. Even if the budget isn’t funded, set a budget. Setting a budget can help better understand how time and money will be spent. Setting a dollar cost to a budget is a good initial first step. I’ll share a short story about dollar cost budget setting. I learned this at a young age, but never really understood its value till much later in life. Mom worked nights and took care of my older sister and me. Mom was tough, but in a good way. Mom wanted to take us on a vacation to Disneyland. So she did some homework. She asked some questions. How much is going to Disneyland going to cost? She set her dollar cost budget? She worked and funded her budget? She took us to Disneyland. We had fun at Disneyland. Complex stuff made simple. Budget setting is a good tool in any decision making process. Setting budgets can certainly get more technical, but for now let’s keep things simple.

What does setting a budget look like? These are the kinds of questions I’d start asking once I’ve set a dollar amount to my budget. How much material will I need to build my project? What kinds of material will I need to build my project? How much time will the project take? How much time can I invest in the project? DO I need training? Do I need to build a new skill? Can I complete the project solo? Will I need to hire help? As I start answering these questions and I do the homework I start to better understand the size and scope of the project. After doing some homework I might discover I’ve set an unrealistic budget.  By asking and answering questions I can start to see how I can accomplish and complete the project by either making adjustments to fit the budget or adjusting the budget or finding other solutions. The homework and planning process is a time which will lead to some decisions. Yes, I’m going to do this or I should probably hire a pro or something in between. 

Why BYP (build your project)? Well after doing some homework we now have some information on what to expect. Maybe our BYP is just the planning phase and we hire a licensed general contractor for the project. I’m calling the homework phase a win. Doing the homework may not make us an expert, but it will be helpful with understanding project building goals and ideas. A BYP may also be a consideration used for learning a new skill. A new skill is also a win in my book. If a new skill is learned and developed it could become employable. The BYP just became a new business or a new source of income, and a little more change in the pocket is another win. Many times over people take on new projects, build new skills, and find themselves able to employ their new skills, start new careers or start a business. Let those be some reasons to BYP.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Small idea big idea

Small Idea Big Apple
Apple Computers started as a small scale adventure into computing and has become a tech industry leader. One of the many areas Apple Computers leads the way in tech is in its personal computers such as iMacs, MacBooks, iPads and iPhones. Those are just some of the hardware offerings. We're not going to dive too far into the Apple Computer domain in this write up. We're not even going to scratch the surface, we'll just review a bit and look back on a little history. The main goal is to share an example of something which started small and grew into something very big. Most folks today interface with an Apple Computer product. And Apple products are an industry standard from fit and finish, overall quality and ease of use. When did it all start?

Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976. Steve Jobs attended Reed University and left early. Steve Wozniak had an Electrical Engineering background and designed both the Apple I and Apple II. Ronald Wayne was in the computer industry and served in an advisory role to both Jobs and Wozniak. Wayne was later bought out from his role in the company. To think all this started in a garage in and around what is today called Silicon Valley. Small beginnings with lofty goals. As Apple Computer progressed we've been introduced to some of the most innovative products in tech and not just the hardware but how we use the hardware. One of the earliest computers to use a GUI - Graphical User Interface, was called the Xerox Alto. The Xerox Alto became one of the first, if not the first all in one computer with a GUI. Although they were big and bulky it gave all those who experienced it an idea of
future computing.The GUI gives users an easy way to point and click, drag and drop, and even pinch and swipe. I'm not suggesting Apple developed the GUI solo; however, Apple did begin to apply cutting edge concepts to its operating systems and personal computers early on. Some of the concepts Apple brought to personal computing in its early Macintosh Computers were certainly inspired by the many types of technologies in the tech industry like the Xerox Alto. 
So we go from an idea of a computer being designed and built in a garage, to a computer the size of an iPhone and everything in between. Like I mentioned earlier we are not even going to scratch the surface and there is lots in between. Oh! And I haven't even mentioned the internet. Apple started small, kept building, kept innovating and kept growing. I remember going back to the Commodore 64 and a tape cassette drive. Commodore 64 was not an Apple Computer. Commodore 64 is command line entry and so were the early Apple computers. My first introduction to an Apple product was an Apple IIe with a Dot matrix printer. Then the Macintosh line of computers brought the GUI to life and most computing hasn't looked back. I remember having a Macintosh as a Senior in High School and using it for writing papers and essays. Later on, Apple introduced the iMac. The Bondi Blue iMac was designed with something new in mind. The iMac had internet capability and could surf the web or what was called the World Wide Web or internet. We use Apple Computer products in all varieties, and although we haven't even scratched the surface of Apple Computers within this write up, we've skimmed a bit. The main concept is that Apple certainly had a big idea, but started small.

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