iOS 10.3 Beta and MDM Solutions

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A few months ago I decided to enrol my work Iphone into the Apple iOS Beta Programme.  This would allow me to catch any gotcha’s that would potentially cause us support issues when it became available as the updates become released.   A couple of weeks ago I upgraded to iOS 10.3 beta when this became available, and upgraded with no issues.

Our work iPhones and Ipads are enrolled into an MDM Solution (Mobile Device Management) which we use for controlling apps, pushing out content and recovering lost devices.   So fast forward to the next day and the MDM solution had decided to un-enroll my Iphone and block it from our MDM Solution, effectively blocking it from our network.

Despite many attempts I couldn’t get the device to re-enrol, so had to manually setup email, WiFi etc.  Not a big pain for now.   The issue it appears is down to Apple changing the file system used on iOS devices as part of the update (APFS), the MDM Solution then see’s this as a not expected file system and so blocks the device.   Now this update isn’t well communicated on the release notes, but if you read the blogs it has been talked about.  I was aware of the change, but didn’t appreciate the impact it would have with the MDM Solution.

Certainly something to watch out for and a reason I like to test these things ahead of time.

Try this workout – 300!

I was thinking of something to do at the Gym the other day and came up with this workout that has since been named 300.  The name doesn’t quite work, but it will do for now

  • 100m Run
  • 50 KB Swings
  • 200m Run
  • 40 KB Swings
  • 300m Run
  • 30 KB Swings
  • 400m Run
  • 20KB Swings
  • 500m Run
  • 10KB Swings
  • 100m Run – This takes it to a mile of running

This is 150 Kettle Bell swings and I found it really started to hurt around the 300/30 point.  This took 20m 1 sec to complete.  Which it took around 10 seconds to move from the treadmill to to the kettle bell swings.

I was personally quite happy as I managed to do all the KB Swings unbroken, switching to one hand for a couple to rub my nose, plus I finished 2 minutes ahead of the person doing this workout with me.

Trusting your Instincts

A lot of people talk about trusting your instincts when taking a risk, but what about when you pass on a opportunity.  I was given an opportunity of a new role with another company last week, that allowed the opportunity to join a journey at the beginning and help build something over the next few years.

My head told me this was a great opportunity and something I should take.  The companies were keen to recruit me, offering me a significant increase in my salary and were willing to wait for me to serve my notice.    However for some reason despite an awful lot of pro’s and very few negatives, it didn’t light any fire inside of me, and my instincts send to pass.

I may regret the decision in a few months or years, and I wont know if it was the right call and still don’t.   However it feels that this was probably the right call on more of a personal level rather than a professional level.   There was the chance of travel to the US and Europe as part of the role and with a young family this isn’t the time for this.   A few years ago i flew with work almost 20 times in a year and it was hard going before the kids, being tired at weekends so to do this now would be really hard.

I think overall you have to go with your gut and if it doesn’t feel right you have to take your chance, and something you may never know if it was the right call.

Knee Problems Again

No one ever said it was going to be easy.  A few weeks ago I had a nice run of getting running again and was getting back in to the rhythm and habit.  I was feeling comfortable and my knee was feeling solid.

So fast forward to now and I today have been refereed for Physio again.  It started a couple of weeks ago with tightness around the knee, and last week peaked with it giving way and also being in that much pain, I nearly couldn’t drive on Saturday.

The theory is that the strength exercises I am doing are correct and working towards building the strength.  however there is an underlying lack of mobility within the leg which is causing an excessive tightness.   I have been doing foam rolling and stretching but this isn’t enough and so I have today been refereed for physiotherapy.

It’s all a bit frustrating but I would rather nip any problem in the bud before I get another dislocation.

Podcast: How I Built This – NPR

I came across the Podcast series How I Built This, recently produced by NPR.  This is an interview series with founders of business and their story of how their product became a succesful business.  This cover start-ups from Spanx to Vice.

I’ve only listened to the Spanx and Airbnb episodes so far, and they are both worth checking out to understand the lengths it takes to get your product made and be a success.  Who would have thought cereal could save a business!

You can find all the episodes over here, all listen to one of them below

Average of the 5 people you surround yourself with

I heard the other day this quote from the motivational speaker Jim Rohn.  “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

If you think about this and when you spend your time and the people you are with its a sobering thought.  I work in a team of 5, and so between us does that mean we average one another out during the week?  I wonder about this more as well as I find negative traits are easier to pick up than the positive behaviours.

If thats the average during the week, I wonder if at the weekend you then change and become the average of your family and freinds?   Or do the two average out?

Either way it makes me think this maybe the reason so many people seem conflicted and really unsure who they are.  I feel over the last 6-12 months that my personality has changed and I need to reset myself and revert back to my belief system and what I feel is my true self.   Unsure how I do this but I feel its needed for my own piece of mind.

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