Or maybe not so traditional. Who knows, as I've named the blog "Walter's ramblings" you might have guessed it's not always going to be completely (or even remotely) coherent.
So why is that? I guess it's the nature of the beast. According to the official diagnoses I have ADHD. And although I'll be the first to admit that the diagnoses is most likely correct I do prefer to think of myself as easily bored and happily distracted instead.
The bright side is that I now have access to all kind of meds to help me concentrate if I want to but then, where is the challenge in that ? It took them 40 years to get to this diagnoses and I've happily survived that long so why should it be any different now? I prefer to just go with the flow and work things out for myself. Sometimes that means being easily distracted while at other times it means hyper focusing. Who knows, perhaps some day I'll find a nice balance between the 2.
Ok, that's it for now. Either just follow this blog to learn more about more or just ask me if you want to know something. Now it's time for me to enjoy a rare sunny day this early in the year here in the Netherlands. Hope you have a great day yourself
So as you probably already guessed, I decided to go with Chinese first.
There really was no other reason than "I've been thinking about it for ages". When I think about it then I have to admit it's probably the least helpful language for me to learn at this point. Then again, who said learning should be driven by necessity?
Maybe it's different in other places but when I look around me then most of the time people don't learn just for the fun of it. Sure, they often have fun while learning but they only seem to start learning when something becomes useful. And I have to admit, I went through a period like that as well. Unfortunately though it also took away part of my enjoyment related to learning. Sure, whatever I learned was helpful and the process was fun but it was often at an inconvenient moment. Because of that the learning also created additional stress and I stopped enjoying it.
About a year ago I started learning things just for the heck of it again though and I'm now actually enjoying it again. Sure, being able to say:"I want to read a book now" in Chinese is probably not very helpful but then, who cares? It's not like I have to be able to have a conversation with somebody tomorrow. I can just slowly work my way through the material.
I tend to get bored with things easily. Sometimes it takes a minute, sometimes it takes a year or two. It usually depends on what it is but in the end I get bored with pretty much everything. Including the place I live.
So to solve that I've got a new plan. Or technically two.
As I also get bored living in the same place for too long I tend to move a lot. If I look at the last 10 year's I've moved 17 times. not as much as some other people I know (seriously, where do they find the energy) but more than most. That said, I seriously dislike moving house. The packing, unpacking, etc... it's just not worth it. So I figured that life would be much easier if my house was mobile. And yes, that explains the title. My plan is to permanently move into a van or a RV.
Sure, I could have self hosted this blog or gone with one of the other platforms. And who knows, I might still do that at some point in time. Right now though there is absolutely no reason for that.
I'm not trying to monetize this blog at the moment so it really doesn't matter where it's hosted.
So why SETT and not one of the other platforms? I guess it's because I've been following Tynan on and off for years now. Pretty much ever since I read the game. So when he said (or rather, when I read.. I only follow at intermittent times :) ) that SETT was live I figured I'd give it a try. That's all.
No, I didn't get lazy with the last one but given the fact that I only know a bit of VB which really isn't a programming language I figured I needed at least one programming language amongst my choices.
All of the options have their pros and cons for me. In the long run I want to move to Brazil (even if only for a couple of years) but it might not be feasible yet. So although it would be practical I also have some time left to learn the language.
Russian is just because I have so many russian friends and not all of them are fluent in English. Plus let's face it, it's cool if you can sound like a spy no matter how old you are :)
Mandarin.. I really don't have a reason for that except that it's been on my list of things I would like to learn for ages now. Perhaps I should just do it.
This is a fair question and deserves an answer.
To be honest, I don't know yet.
My background is varied to say the least. I've owned an accounting company (hated it), been one of the owners of a security company (clubs and events), I've worked in IT (and still take IT contracts) and have been a photographer (and still shoot events). Aside from that I've done several other tings (I've been in logistics, flowers, sales, and behind the bar).
So far this blog has probably already had more updates than most of the blogs I've had in the past.
The reason for that is that I've used my initial enthusiasm (anything that's new is interesting) to start writing posts in advance and schedule them.
This way I get to go on with my daily life and if I forget about posting, they get posted automatically. I have to admit, this is one of the things I really like about Sett. I schedule posts and if I don't write a post they are automatically rolled out. If I do write a post than they just stay in the queue until a day goes by where I don't publish anything and voila, one of the scheduled posts goes out.
It's a great feature to have because we all know that "real life" sometimes gets in the way of our best intentions. Whether it's writer's block or just one being too busy, sometimes you just can't do the things you wanted to do or planned to do. In my case that's blogging.
Not only that but there is the ADHD thing. I'll sit down to write a post and an email will pop up. Before I know it I'll be fixing my mom's roof (which had nothing to do with the blog post, the email or the 15 other things that caught my attention in the 2 minutes after the email notification) and I'll have forgotten all about the post I had started to write.
Most people are scared of failure. I have to admit, I am (partially) one of them.
Failure is scary. Not only does it affect us directly but it can also change the way people look at us. Or at least, the way we think people look at us.
Because if we have to be honest, most people don't really care enough. People in general don't spend a lot of time thinking about us and if they do it's generally because our life is more interesting than their's.
Don't believe me? Stop and think about it for a second. How often do you think about people who's life is not interesting? Take your time, I'll wait for it...
I haven't worked on Windows machines of a while now. The last time I owned a windows machine was when XP was still new and fresh. Ever since I've mainly used Linux machines with a couple of Macs thrown in.
To be honest, they all have their advantages and disadvantages. My firewall runs on a Linux machine but I rarely have to touch that. When I work in Photoshop I use the mac. When I do something on the network it doesn't really matter as I tend to use the command line so it doesn't really matter what system I use. Now that I'm doing more pen testing training the Linux machines gets a lot more of my time though.
Why am I telling you all of this? To simply give you some background information before going on to the next item on the list (and the headline of this article)... Windows 8(.1)!
I thought I would hate it! I've seen Vista on machines and didn't like that and from what I saw (screenshots, etc) I expected Windows 8 to be worse. And the thing is, it probably is. At the moment I'm freelancing for a company in the Netherlands and they "make" me use a windows system as pretty much their entire environment is windows based.
Somebody thought that my reasons for choosing Sett over other platforms were a bit "too simple".
That might actually be true but then, does that really matter? My main reason for choosing Sett is that I've been following Tynan for as long as I have and I want to support his project. Personally I don't think there is anything wrong with doing things just because you want to support people you respect but obviously other people are entitled to disagree.. As for respecting Tynan, if I didn't I wouldn't support the project. Or perhaps I should say that I respect the image he portraits. After all, I've never met him so I'm just going by his posts. That said, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I think the person we see in the posts is probably the person he is. Colour me naive if you want to ;)
And yes, part of that is probably because I can identify with a lot of the things he writes. Too give some examples. I too went from being introverted to being extroverted. And I too like to keep growing and to constantly keep learning new things. It's why I am a photographer who does IT work but also has a background in security, economics and psychology.
When it comes to other points I'm still lagging behind a bit. For one, I don't have the discipline that he does. It's something that I am considering working on but who knows, perhaps I'll choose to keep procrastinating from time to time. Will that be a waste of time? Of course, that's a given. The question though is not if it will be a waste of time but if I care enough to change it. So far it seems I don't just yet but who knows, given time, I might change my mind. Then again, procrastination is a flexible term in my case as well. To me procrastinating is not doing what I'm supposed to be doing. That said, I'm usually learning something new when I'm procrastinating. Whether it's another language or just something that caught my fancy. So when I'm procrastinating I don't waste that time doing nothing at all but spending it towards one of my goals, continued education. On the other hand, I could just use that as an excuse not to give up on procrastination just yet.
So there you have it once again, my reasons for choosing Sett really are very simple. I could dream up some other reasons but then, why short change the truth?