Today is the last day of 2022. To me, this is an unprecedented year of bad fortunes. Record financial losses, career regression, business blunders, feeling "meh" in life, just to name a few. I thought 2021 was my worst year, but somehow managed to find a new rock bottom. It is not all bad as I also managed a couple wins, most notably receiving my first paycheck for blogging. It is definitely a shot in the arm to continue what I love but often lack the time doing.
Can't wait to wave 2022 goodbye and not look back. What is in store for 2023? My resolution has never been simpler. REDEMPTION.
Happy New Year! With the arrival of 2022, it is time to put my resolutions to work: Improve my golf game with a sub-30 handicap (yes, I am that bad) Remaster my butterfly stroke in the pool Become an advanced chess player by scoring 1500+ on Chess.com Write more blog posts by finding a focus topic(s). No world peace this time, but each goal carries with it a deeper meaning for me -- hence the excitement. Let's get started! - PTS
A magnitude-6.3 earthquake today hit Christchurch, New Zealand. Although less powerful than the one that struck in September last year, it is much more devastating. Many buildings in the city were demolished, including its iconic cathedral. The casualty toll currently stands at 63, but is expected to climb above 100 in the next few days. Today's earthquake struck 45km west of the city and is only 5km below the surface. This aftershock is much closer than the quake that registered five months earlier. My condolences to those affected and I hope the city can rebuild from this unfortunate episode! -PTS
I usually keep my day job within the 9 to 5, but couldn't help thinking about a recent advertising campaign from a Software as a Service (SaaS) company with which I am intimately familiar. NetSuite has claimed that a company going SaaS will save an average $10 300 USD per year in energy bills. These savings result from removed server and ventiliation costs. With over 6 000 customers, total savings are $61 million per year. This is equivalent to 595 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, or nearly 423 000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or 1 million barrels of oil, or the average electricity consumption of 56 000 homes a year. For the sake of the environment, wouldn't you turn off your servers and let NetSuite host your business? For me, it takes a little more than those numbers alone. However, I commend the company for shrewd advertising! Perhaps future green energy subsidies in the US will tip the scale. Regardless, this is a very interesting topic given my vested interest i