March 2017

Bought a PS4 and Horizon Zero Dawn and finished it

I finally broke down and bought a PS4 from my friend. He upgraded to the PS4 Pro so I got his used one. I also picked up Horizon Zero Dawn and beat it in about a week and a half. It is a really good game. Like Far Cry 3 or 4 but with a better story. It has good game mechanics and reasonable difficulty curve in that as I got more powerful there was still a challenge. I didn't 100% clear the game so if they come out with DLC I may revisit it.

Webfaction is hosting my email now

Well, my email on Outlook.com didn't last long. I wasn't happy with how the server operated within the Windows 10 Email or Outlook clients (uses a web api and not a true IMAP server). Webfaction, my hosting company for the past five or so years, also handles email but I never used it. I set it all up and moved my wife's domains over to it as well. They worked with me to upload 10GB of archive mail (since 1999) that my wife collected. I don't hang on to email that long so I didn't have a lot to move over.

All of our secondary accounts now forward to one main account on Webfaction. Its nice to actually have a real, authentic, IMAP server and not a Google imitation.

Finally gave up on "social media"

A contact from a recruiter on Friday really infuriated me. It was obvious he was doing a generic search on LinkedIn and blasting out an email hoping for a response. I responded and said I would never work with someone who resorted to SPAM. He gave me a pretty lengthly reply about how he was the good guy and a family business and I should be lucky to receive his email. It was then I realized LinkedIn doesn't do anything for me but fill my inbox with desperate recruiters who don't give two shits about me and who can't take the time to actually read my profile before contacting me. LinkedIn has zero motivation to fix this as paying users that send out these messages support the site.

Something in me snapped. I deleted LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. I can't think of a single meaningful interaction I ever had on any of them. We'll see if anyone notices and contacts me. My email address hasn't changed since the early 90's and is pretty unique so folks who want to can reach out.

I also switched my personal domain from Google to Outlook.com. I have decided to give Microsoft a try and see how they do. They aren't perfect but at least what they do is up front and in your face. I have no idea what Google does with my information and frankly I don't care to give it to them anymore.