A Starting Point.

So welcome to Gypsy’s devices.  The entry level post to a weekly series, where I will rant about all that in technology, aerospace, and social media.  I have been thinking about doing this for a while. Personally I think blogging is a way to clear one’s mind.  My brother Cole Watts (recently nominated as one of the top people you need to know in Raleigh, NC) has been doing this for a while and I know it helps clear his mind, so I figured I’d jump into the game.  He will be hosting this and you can find him on IDreamInTech.com and you can also find out about all things Raleigh at his local Raleigh series, RallyTheTriangle.com.  A little bit about me, I was in the Air Force for five years, currently have an electrical engineering degree and spend my days working in the aerospace industry.  Each post will be limited to 300-500 words on my current thoughts of news going around or recent quotes that caught my attention.  So let’s get started huh?

 Focus on one thing at a time.  I saw this recently on twitter.  It’s tough in these times.  With times being slammed at us 24 hours a day and with all this knowledge at our finger tips, we should be pros at everything right?  Ray Lewis, former NFL linebacker, once said there is no reason for his son to fail in school because everything is online.  I disagree and agree at the same time.  Yes, I do agree everything is at our finger tips now.  But hasn’t it made us stupid?  Whatever happened to learning by trial and error?  Also how do you find your focus or your goals, while trying to gather everything at once?

I guess it’s one of my greatest errors as I relocated to Melbourne, Florida.  I want to do this and that, but I need to focus on one straight goal, but I know I have been assimilated into the internet way.  I want to get into modeling, I want to write, I want to broaden my career outlook and pad my resume, and I want to get certified in the programming language LabVIEW, ontop of refining my skills at work, and gathering more knowledge that will help me at   work.  A lot of goals, I know. I constantly punish myself everyday for not full filling, each and every one of these.  But should I not breathe?  Should I stop thinking about all these goals and start with one?  And I going with the trend of the internet where everything is at you?

 Should I just copy and not learn from the facts on the internet.  Should I take the easy way out and do everything quick and not learn the why’s and how this work.  As an engineer I want to know the why’s of everything..  The internet has become a shortcut for all things in life and it should not be.  I say breath, focus on one thing after another.  Refine one goal, while looking at another.  Don’t rely on the internet, think for yourself.   The internet was created as the next generation of a library, treat it as such.

I know this is a bit of ramble, but these our my thoughts, and thus my consequences.

- Cal

Cal Watts is an engineer and writer located in Melbourne, Florida. Connect with him at Twitter at @Cal_Watts.


Why l’m not Getting the iPhone 6

By now you’ve probably heard that the new iPhone 6 is out in stores and comes in a variety of forms. Chances are by now, that you’ve probably seen a few out in the wild.

Many people lined up in the stores and even my friend Cal Watts was able to snag one. This is all great and dandy, but to be honest the iPhone 6 isn’t for everyone and in particular it isn’t for me.

Bigger is not always better

Before we start inserting, that’s what she said jokes, I will say that the size of the iPhone 5 my current phone, is perfect. It’s not too big and it fits perfectly in both of my pockets with added items.

I also use it as a portable speaker to stream both YouTube videos and podcasts, as I go running. I worry that a 6″ iPhone won’t fit perfectly in my in my hands, especially as I’m running and it will just be uncomfortable to hold as I’m doing my various choirs.

However the size, is just one of the many reasons why I’m doubtful of the new iPhone.

  • I’m a minimalist. I have no problem saying that. I like to spend my money on experiences not items. So having to shell out another $200-300 for a phone is something I am having a bit of an issue justifying to myself.
  • It’s not that much better. Though miles ahead of the iPhone 5, with faster graphics, bigger size, and even an improved camera I can still pretty much do everything with my iPhone 5. Unless the new one has satellite dish built inside of it, I don’t see a real reason to upgrade.
  • We still have the October announcements. Apple’s already announced that we’re getting another event in October and this will more than likely include new iPads as well as new iMacs.

Most of all…I believe that the Apple watch coming next year, will make the iPhone inferior. Who needs a phone when we will have something on our wrist that can do the same thing, that the object in my pocket does.

Did you get the iPhone 5 or are you planning on it? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section down below.


SEO Automation

Automation is key right? Here’s an old presentation that I gave in 2012 that still holds true.

Whether you are just getting into internet marketing or been in SEO sometime these Google extensions for Chrome will help you every step of the way.

If you’re looking for something more than extensions, I would suggest you check out out the tools below.

Raven Tools – One of the first SEO tool companies. RavenTools offers a full SEO suite that includes their patented reporting system that makes reports easier to read for your clients.

Moz – Once considered just an SEO community, Moz has expanded to become a tool community for all of your internet marketing needs. Their tool set includes OpenSiteExplorer.com, FollowerWonk, GetListed, MozCast and much more.

Ahrefs – More than just a backlink checker, Ahrefs dives into the links of your website more than any other tool and gives you the data that you need to do your back link analysis.

WhiteSpark – A Canadian tool company. WhiteSpark’s mission is to make link building easier than ever before and it sure does that.

Ontelo – A link prospector company. Similar to WhiteSpark, with a few clicks Ontelo can get you hundreds of link opportunities for all your link building needs.