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I try not to misrepresent myself and that especially applies to business. That said, this site needs work and I’m not willing to do that work presently. I’ll write instead.

My ideas for services I would offer as KEC weren’t functional for me. I simply don’t have enough interest. Website development for me feels like drudgery, and I don’t know that I can help that. It comes down to competence, and my competence is debatable (SEE ALSO: this site). I wish I had the talent + drive, but it’s not to be. With that in mind, here’s a list of things in which I have a very acute interest:

  • Anything having to do with Ellucian Banner (an ERP)
  • Anything having to do with Oracle DBA (see dba-oracle.com)
  • Anything having to do with shell scripting (bash is my go-to, but I *really* want to master pwsh.exe as well)
  • Anything that makes organization easier

So, covering my interest in Banner is facile. I work on that every day. Learning it backwards and forwards as I wish involves more study time than I have presently, but it’s on my agenda.

Oracle stuff is great to me. This is the first time I’m getting to operate a DB at the command-line in Linux and Windows. As with so many things, installation for Windows was easy. Installation for Linux was also easy, but involved more preparation and expertise. Thankfully, it’s expertise I have, and where I don’t know what I need to know, I make my expertise or find colleagues who can help.

(I might note here that MSSQL also has a CLI tool, but I never explored it back when I operated in T-SQL. I wish I could make a note that I made this note. Oh well.)

Shell scripting is magic, WSL is containerized magic, and getting to use my ~/.ssh folder and ssh and sftp and all the other bash commands I love on Windows is great. Further, I’ve set up a Linux VM that permits more network and other operations than would be possible (or easily demonstrated) in my native Windows 10 environment.

It all comes down to integration and convenience. I like solutions that allow me to use my keyboard as I prefer, which is to say that if I can avoid using a mouse, I do. Having a pointing device offers great utility, but having fallbacks and shortcuts that make navigation and operation faster is my schtick. I rely heavily on muscle memory to work on a computer the way I do.

For organization, I have a plethora of Outlook rules. I also have keywords for Slack, so I can turn off notifications for some channels while still getting notified when I’m mentioned. My server-side Outlook rules keep low-urgency alerts from causing notification fatigue. Then I have client-side alerts that pop up to make sure I’m paying attention to updates that should matter to me. So, when I get an email from a customer in response to a ticket I’m working on, I hear a sound and see the update. It’s not a perfect system, but it usually works.

Something that would make my alert and notification management better would be the ability for me to ping my watch (haptic), a speaker (audio), and a light or screen (visual) at the same time. That would prime enough of my senses to force my attention to an alert. I’m always working against this wee wicked problem. Most of my current multi-sense engaging alerts are manual (e.g. alarm + calendar event + watch alert <implies> super difficult for me to ignore).

As a professional with ADHD, I suspect I experience notification fatigue faster than a neurotypical person. In fact, I really can’t handle more than a couple of notifications a minute when I’m doing knowledge work.

If my brain were a kitchen stocked with gourmet food, utensils, and cookware, updates would be like little tremors. One litter tremor isn’t scary, but if you get enough, that’s an earthquake, which can get downright terrifying. Instead of terror, though, it’s discomfort and the inability to think clearly in the face of distractions that I and others with ADHD suffer–but everyone is a little different. For me, it feels like I can’t think straight.

Working with medical treatment appropriate to my neurological condition has changed my life. I don’t get as stressed when I’m under pressure. I don’t give up or throw my hands in the air without methodically exploring and investigating a problem sufficiently. I don’t feel out of control or (needlessly) stressed, in general.

My emotions are easier to control. I come from a family where one side throws temper tantrums like children (shouting and all), and though I don’t shout usually, I used to have that happiness-killing temper. That’s not true. I still have it. It’s definitely inherited, but I’m better able to maintain reasonable responses to stimuli instead of merely reacting without control. I think it makes me very easy to work with as compared to how I used to work, which is to say with very little joy. Presently, I’m on my work computer, off the clock, and I do this because I enjoy it. I do my job because of the following reasons in order of importance: 1) I enjoy it, 2) my co-workers are inspiring people, and 3) I get paid sufficiently for mine and my partner’s.

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