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Bryan Naas
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Do good, one action at a time.
Do good, one action at a time.

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Just another Saturday foe Chuck Norris. 

I'm going to say it. Fake bearded Santas should be outlawed. 

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WHY I CHANGED PHONES TWICE IN SIX WEEKS

Six months ago, I had a brilliant idea. I was really bored with iOS and my iPhone.  I hadn't seen any real changes to the platform or functionality as a user for many years nor was I impressed with the announcements behind iOS7.  Again, I was bored, plain and simple. So, based on a lot of research and hearing great things, I decided I wanted to make the switch to Windows Phone 8.  

Again, I was fully bought into this idea. I loved the live tiles. I loved the cross-functional integration. I loved the fresh feel. I loved the idea of not having the same phone as everyone else. I checked the app store and found all the apps I used regularly.  

And so, I pulled the trigger. I traded in my iPhone 5 for a Nokia Lumia 928 from Verizon.  It was bliss! I loved the big crisp screen. I loved the live tiles. I loved the integration. I loved getting asked "what phone is that? Looks beautiful!". It was really great. 

And then...the honeymoon ended. I had multiple device issues that required visiting the Microsoft Store and getting the device exchanged for a new, albeit refurbished phone. My battery life PLUMMETED (I could barely get through half a day)! I found the screen scratched WAY too easily (and I'm not an abusive user). I found that the apps bothered me more than I thought they would. While all my main apps are available for Windows Phone, NOTHING new or updated is released for Windows Phone simultaneously with other platforms and it is unknown whether some apps even make it. Not to mention, I found that many apps, even from original developers, offered more limited functionality than their iPhone and Android partners. And I found that I was having to restart my phone at least once a week (flashback to Blackberry days).

And so, thanks to an AWESOME deal from Best Buy, I've switched back to an iPhone 5c. Yes, it is still a little boring but it is comfortable, it is clean, and it is seamless. I'm happy to be back and don't expect to make a change again. 
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Wow! Never would have imagined this. 

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While I find the data here way too general, it amazes me that so many people find this to be a problem.  Let's focus on value and quality.  Firing someone for sending an email during work hours is preposterous. I'm willing to bet the majority of those situations go much deeper than that email.  The email was the excuse. 

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I just love t-rex jokes!
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DevLearn - a wise decision

Making decisions is always hard but that's what builds character right. I love the attitude of "fail fast" and certainly understand the logic and reasoning, but it sure doesn't make failure any easier. But man, doesn't failure make success just so much better. I think it does, and really, isn't that what we all want!

One wise decision in particular stands out from earlier this year. I knew I wanted to attend a conference in 2013 as a professional development opportunity. There are a lot of conference options in the learning space with reviews all over the map. I did my research and landed on DevLearn since it offered strategy and hands-on learning tracks which fit my goals. I made the trip to Vegas in October for the show and it did not disappoint. I was able to learn a great deal to put into practice immediately but also brought home some overarching ideas that will play into our future plans. I'll definitely head back to the conference next year in hopes of bringing many of my own best practices to be more of an active participant and share. 

Like I mentioned, the decision process on this wasn't simple but, in the end, it came down to setting clear goals and reflecting on which options best met those goals.  I'll definitely head back to the conference next year in hopes of bringing many of my own best practices to be more of an active participant and share. 
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