Thursday, May 31, 2018

Workers today are much less mobile than a generation ago (even as I was)



A reader of the Wall Street Journal writes an LTE “Why workers aren’t as mobile as they used to be” in response to a heady piece “The Weekend Interview with Glenn Hubbard: A Conservative Economics of Dignity” (May 19), link .

The reader talks about family and filial responsibility, and interdependence of individuals in a family in hard times.  I have been a singleton all my life, and had to be very calculating on how I approached work.  Nevertheless, I “engineered” three relocations to new cities to my benefit, but returned “home” to near parents in pullbacks.  But I remained steadily employed in IT for 30+ years. 
  
But it’s true, only the most talented and able today can make relocation work in this “winner take all” world.  I do see teens making unusual accomplishments and entering college with huge financial independence already.  They are the minority.  But they are also the best parented. 

Note also the AP article today by Anne D’Innocenzio, “Entry-level jobs harder to snag”, link. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Underemployed actors work as undercover journalists, and more



Here’s an odd story about the workplace.  Underemployed or unemployed actors are hired to infiltrate companies that are on someone else’s hit list. 
  
Here is the May 15 Truthout story by Maura Stephens, here
  
Journalists have done this in the past, to investigate working conditions in companies like Food Lion, which have sometimes turned around and sued them and the news organizations for “breach of loyalty” or some such tort.
  
   
The other way this sort of conflict occurs is with associates writing about their employers in social media.  I even think when I was job-hunting in the 2000’s that some employers or clients feared I had a tendency to work somewhere, quit, and blog about the company after I quit.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Possible iPhone 8 bug; disruptive? -- solved by a retail clerk?



Today, I had a rather disconcerting experience with the iPhone8.
  
On the road, I was trying to locate an address in Google, and suddenly the screen went dark. I could barely see it, some bizarre message from Twitter.
  
I finally went into a retail store and a young clerk knew how to fix it – it had to do with the behavior of the activation button on the bottom.  You slide it a certain way and the settings for brightness come back and it lets you reset them.

This sounds like an unwanted feature that can disrupt normal operation.

I was a half hour late to an event because of this problem.
  
I feared it could be malware at first, but it sounds like a bug that a future release of IOS will fix.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

How to get Codeguard to work in Bluehost


I've done the Codeguard backup.

A few tips if you do it with Bluehost or a similar Wordpress provider.

You use the same IP address (as the hostname) for every database (if you have a "dedicated hosting" of a shared "bluebox".

You should enable SHH first (under security) and supply your main user ID and bh password and Port 22 to set up the FTP credentials.

The you add the databases.  The whitelist given by Codeguard may not be sufficient.  Bluehost will probably have to add 3-4 more hardcoded IP's through Remote SQL to make this work.

You should add a new user to each database in MYSQL with a separate password for each.  Bluehost may have to add one more master user on your principal account (if the other db's are addons).

During the backup, CodeGuard will tell you that the provisioning can take up to 4 hours.  Mine took about 10 minutes for the first backup, and then the other three (which are larger) each took around 5 minutes.

Bluehost identifies database names to blogs deep within the File Manager, under PHP code under public-html, specific to each addon.  This is rather analogous to the way a mainframe (COBOL) module might be written to access a specific DB2 table (like in a financial or health care company) through a separate CICS transaction, in the old fashioned work world.

Here's the best static codeguard writeup that I could find.

Note:  to see progress on Bluehost. log in to your account and then go to  .../cgi/codeguard.

Update: July 3

Here is the Codeguard video on the earlier step of adding the website first.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Does SCOTUS think workers should be able to low-ball one another?



The Supreme Court probably encouraged some worker lowballing today, as it ruled 5-4 that workers who have to sign arbitration agreements cannot use federal labor law to bring class action suits.  New York Mag has a typical summary story here. 

The case was Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis.

  
The general result is to favor individual workers who are willing to work for less, probably often singles, and to discourage organizing.  This seems to be a ruling for the “individualistic workplace”.
  
Here’s the document for the 5-4 opinion.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Looking into Wordpress backup products



Recently I have learned that the “free” Site Backup Pro from my Bluehost Wordpress sites is gradually being deprecated (I found out after I noticed the April monthly did not run); support suggests CodeGuard, which would provide a “time machine” backup for each website blog.
  

WPBeginner has some instructions here

Codeguard's directions for BH (India) appear to be here.  Here's a more detailed video. 
  
It appears that there is a choice between using the Plugin and using an FTP mechanism (presuming you have a paid hosting service).
  
Here’s another link, on the seven best WP backup products, of varying prices (from free to moderate, although most charge a price for each blog).  Of these, the most promising looks like Vault, which is associated with Jetpack.

I believe I tried to sign up for it in November 2016 and it never implemented, and in fact one time I got an internal server error.  I’ll grant that maybe I did something wrong.  When I did get the error, I had to use the daily Site Backup Pro (fortunately it was up to date for that day) to get the blog back up (BH support had to do this). 
  
I’ll look at both of these carefully and pick one pretty soon.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Microsoft Windows 10 "April issue" is the 1803 feature update



Today, Microsoft updated my HP Envy (2014, new solid state drive in 2016) Windows 10 to version 1803 with a feature update.  But it left my ASUS laptop at 1709 with a much smaller update.  Maybe it offers only one feature update at a time.


The update spun “restarting” for almost 10 minutes, and the computer restarted one extra time during the registry update part, which lay a long time at 84% and 90%.  It also spun a while when I logged on for the first time. The whole process took about 30 minutes.
  
Here is Microsoft’s own account of the update.


Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Companies encourage blue collar



BNSF railway, as well as many other companies, are offering signing bonuses for blue collar trade workers, especially in the Midwest, as with this Washington Post story by Danielle Paquette. 

So there is less reason for a lot of students to go into college debt, perhaps?

And the Wall Street Journal reports that some towns, such as Hamilton Ohio (SW Ohio) are paying people to move there and work.

  
And we have already examined why fewer men work today. Instead, they watch.