Reading Roundup Week Ending 07/24/2015

2015-07-24 Reading RoundupReading Roundup | Week Ending 07/24/2015

How was YOUR week? Mine was packed with wall-to-wall meetings and opportunities to network with new contacts. Also, for what it’s worth, I hit 1,600 tweets this morning; not exactly a mystical milestone, but I just happened to notice it, so I thought I’d mention it.

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

FREELANCING and RISK MANAGEMENT

Forbes.com | Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Updates Cannot Be Stopped

Microsoft is moving toward mandatory automatic updates. Windows 10 will not allow everyone the option to control the installation of operating system updates. Only “enterprise” clients may opt out of automatic updates. In my experience, desktop software updates invariably select the wrong time to install themselves. It usually happens when I’m in the middle of writing a time-sensitive email or updating a critical spreadsheet. The risk is loss of data, loss of momentum, and loss of productivity. The freelance community should band together and form an “enterprise”. Then we can opt out of automatic updates, if that’s what we want. I’m only half-kidding about this.

VOLUNTEERISM

Sadly, no bottom-line boost for unemployed. | Volunteerism can help a business’s bottom line |http://t.co/jHMGIIFeQO http://t.co/eJGaI8bbt0

Volunteerism can help a business’s bottom line | Sarasota HeraldTribune.com

A period of unemployment back in 2010-2011 illustrated this for me better than anything else could. The reason Florida has no jobs is, in part, due to the availability of free labor in the form of eager volunteers. I see this in non-profits, for-profits, and government. Retirees who haven’t any need to earn occupy key positions that would, in other states, enable someone to earn a living. It’s distressing to see this something-for-nothing strategy extolled in the press. And PS – I believe in volunteerism, as my time sheet will attest. I just think it’s being exploited here in Florida.

ENVIRONMENT

Photos that will make you want to save the Everglades |TEDxUF

The health of the Florida Everglades is vital to our outdoor recreation, tourism, and seafood industries. It is dependent on the health of the rest of Florida’s land and waterways. Here are some stunning images that will definitely make you care about the fate and well-being of the River of Grass.

NATURE GEEK

Pearl crescent stops for a sip. #corkscrewswampsanctuary #naba #butterfly count #swfl

A photo posted by Erin White (@whiteerinm) on

Speaking of volunteerism – among my efforts is the twice-annual N.A.B.A. butterfly count at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary | Audubon. I am always on the South End team. We bump along for a few miles in the back of a pickup truck, and then we get out and walk into the CREW Bird Rookery, identifying and counting butterflies all the way. Love wildlife surveying; wish there was a way to get paid for it! Here’s a shot from the summer count, which happened this week.

That’s a sample of what I’ve been reading this week. Check my about.me landing page for links to where you can find me on the web.

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