Streaming services are great for discovery

I was listening to Tidal yesterday and just randomly surfing songs. Its fun to just randomly listen to songs and sometimes you find great music. I ran into a piece of music that I had forgotten about but loved, and wanted to share it with you.

The reason I am sharing it with you is that it has to be one of the most emotional and beautiful pieces of classical music. I also like Saint Saëns Organ Symphony which is beautiful as well.

To me, having a streaming service or any discovery service is such an enriching part of life. Growing up the best we could hope for is a big record store, but it was tough even then to find good music. In the old days (!), you used to have to listen through a pair of community headphones and only for very short 15 second samples sometimes. You had limited selection, maybe 5 listening stations if you were lucky, and their selection was very limited. It didn’t feature any independent music, just the stuff that was bland and overplayed.

So to be on the Internet and to have a choice of music was just opening up a world that was so magical. When I went to college I was a DJ at the radio station and I got to discover and listen to new groups and sounds I have never heard before. I was so enthralled with that discovery that was common for people who grew up in big cities but new for someone from a small town.

I think people who grow up in environments, like big cities, don’t realize what a major impact it has on their life. Being in a big city is like a streaming experience of every experience. The internet brought choices to people who didn’t live in cities, and it brought more choice to those already who lived in cities. Clearly the benefit was more for people with less populations. I wonder how the Internet would have fared if the world was mostly large cities? I don’t think it would have been as popular.

Streaming services bring choice, education, culture to places who traditionally couldn’t afford it. What a wonderful experience this has been for all of us!

Sophos works when I’m not making things easier for everyone.

Sophos works when I’m not making things easier for everyone. It is really fun to set up systems that work properly even when you aren’t there to watch them. If you have the patience, you can find software that you can program to fit the needs of your clients.

I am sharing this because I get email notifications from Sophos warning me that there is a virus on a computer. This isn’t unusual, many software packages offer this feature. What is great, is that I can log into a webpage, take a look at the details and then clean the virus remotely. I did that the last time it told me, sent an email to the person whose computer it was, and asked them to reboot to finish the process. I could have rebooted the computer myself, but I like to give people a chance to save whatever they might be working on.

Sophos works when I'm not making things easier for everyone.That is really neat and such a time saver. In the past the endpoint protection systems would have required connecting to a vpn, then connecting to the computer on a private network, and then doing some stuff that was more time-consuming. I took care of the problem in 15 minutes start to finish. Even if the user hadn’t rebooted, the threat was neutralized and I could have finished the next business day.

I think the value of an employee isn’t just what they do during the time they work, but that they standardize and find ways to make things more efficient. I have seen that many people do the work during the day, but after hours they are out of reach. This isn’t what is needed. I am not arguing IT people should be available 24/7. I am saying that you have to plan for things going wrong, and engineer systems to find the way of dealing with that when it does go wrong.

Doing what you are told is easy, doing what no one else thinks of shows a professional.

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