It has been a while since I wrote about my experience with the 2020 Mac Mini M1 computer. It has been about six months of owning this machine. The best part of it is the performance. Unfortunately, I have run into a very annoying issue. Well, there are two significant flaws in the machine that has caused more than headaches. 

 

Bluetooth does not work.

 

I do not know what the deal is, but the Bluetooth just isn’t working for me. To use external speakers, I have to use an aux cable or corded headphones. I just brushed it off, thinking Apple would release an update to fix this issue only to find no solution in sight. 

 

Mac Mini keeps crashing every time I put her to sleep.

 

I usually set my machine to sleep at night with my work open to continue the next day. Everything worked fine until a few weeks after owning the device. That was when it first started crashing. It constantly crashes when set to sleep mode or inactive past 15 minutes now. I’ve sent over 50 debug reports to Apple regarding these crashes. Using the latest macOS Big Sur Version 11.3.1, it still crashes. Thoughts kept coming if I should return this device. That was until I found a solution that worked for me.

 

How to keep the 2020 Mac Mini M1 from crashing?

 

My workaround to keep my computer from crashing is simple. I am using an app from the App Store named, Owly. I recommend you try it out. This app has made my experience with the Mac Mini so much better. 

 

Enable the app and set it for “Eternity”. This will keep your Mac on 24/7. 

 

Here I can set my Mac into sleep mode and continue my work without it crashing upon waking up. I have not had one crash since.

 

I hope that Apple has a fix for this, and I do not have the same experience when I upgrade to the next MacBook Pro that is rocking the M1X chip.

 

Other than those two big annoyances, this machine is solid.

 

So you have an Apple credit card and want to learn the tips and tricks on attaining a higher credit limit? 

 

The Apple credit card has been great at helping my credit score and purchasing needs. However, the original amount granted to me wasn’t enough to purchase a maxed-out MacBook Pro until now. The same procedures I outline below are what I did to get approved for a $1,500 credit limit increase. 

 

Procedure:
  • Make 20 purchase transactions within 30 days.
  • Pay off the balance every month.
  • Then request for credit limit increase a business day AFTER the billing cycle ends. So, if you receive your monthly statement, request a credit increase the next business day after that.

 

The goal here is to show them that you are using the card and can pay it off. I’ve heard this technique can be used as often as you desire. 

 

One thing to remember is, those 20 transactions do not have to be a high purchase item, it can be 99 cents apps or songs if you truly desire. Just make sure if you choose to do this, you have the income to pay it off at the end of the month. 

 

Not sure what to buy to reach 20 transactions a month? Look no further than buying my apps. Let me help you gain a better future. You can see a list of my available apps on our home page.

 

Good luck!

 

Read about our review of the Apple credit card.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic. After a few weeks, around 16 million workers in the United States switched to remote work to help flatten the curve. This means approximately one-quarter of US knowledge workers had to work from home, and the number is still on the increase due to the restrictions imposed by states. 

 

Workers who were able to transition to remote work were part of the lucky ones. During the peak of the pandemic, millions of Americans lost their jobs, while others worked high-risk jobs to make ends meet. The tech industry was the first to consider remote work as a permanent solution post-Covid. This article will highlight new data on remote work during the pandemic and its effects on some tech job salaries.

 

What we know About Remote Work During the Pandemic 

 

  • Experience matters when it comes to remote work: communication and productivity were difficult when remote work was new to workers. However, the months of experience has helped, and many workers have found strategies and tools to boost work satisfaction and collaboration. 
  • Professional connections were strained: remote workers experienced a strain in their professional connections at first. However, this improves over time.
  • Collaboration tools are essential: these tools not only help workers with productivity, but they also improve communication. The result is a greater sense of belonging in remote work.

 

How Did Tech Salaries Fare During this Period?

 

Web development and data science are the focus of the article. Both jobs did well during the pandemic, and the demand for employees skyrocketed. More non-tech businesses needed help with data and the development of web services to cater to their now-remote business. This singular factor makes both jobs attractive for the future.

 

Web Development

 

Web developers are software engineers that focus on creating websites through coding. These engineers need to know programming languages to be able to build a functioning website. Some of their other roles include maintaining coding or fixing bugs after an update. 

 

There are three types of web developers, namely back end, front end, and full stack developers. As the name implies, a back end developer works on the company’s servers while a front end developer handles the customer-facing part of the app. This distinction of duties is essential to make sites run faster. When the responsibilities are split, data can be processed faster. 

 

Full stack developers are engineers who are skilled in both back end and front end development. Web developers make an average of $107,161 per year in the United States, according to Indeed. The demand for web developers rose during the pandemic, and it is expected to continue with a salary raise.

 

Data Science

 

The Covid-19 pandemic changed a lot of things including consumer behavior. Therefore, organizations rely more on data insights to help them enhance cybersecurity, productivity, employee retention, recruitment, customer service, and more. Data scientists need to explain risks, opportunities, and trends to nontechnical people so they can make better business decisions. Data scientists also help software programs learn in a process known as machine learning. When computers learn about the data, it increases the speed of development of other new processes. Many non-tech businesses sought out data scientists to help them with such tasks and this is why the demand for them increased significantly.

 

Data scientists earn around $100,000 per annum and this rate is expected to increase with the rise in demand for their services. Python is the most common coding language data scientists use. If you desire a career as a data scientist, you must learn Python. Luckily, you can use web resources like Bootcamprankings.com. With a consistent study routine for a few hours a day, you could learn a new skill that positions you in the forefront for jobs of the future.

 

Conclusion

 

It is not clear whether remote work will continue after the pandemic, but companies may decide to keep some part of their workforce remote. The remote working policy was adopted within a short time, and its result was positive. There is still a lot of work to be done before the policy can stand. One consideration is the salary. Should salaries be slashed or increased since some determinants of salary rates are no longer in play? Some argue that the main determinant of salary should be experience and value rather than location.

Life is full of experiences, mostly good, some bad; however, the best part of life is overcoming the obstacles stronger and smarter. February was one of those bad moments for me personally and millions of my fellow Texans as we all suffered without electricity in the bitter cold. Temperatures reached as low as -1 in my area of Bell County, Texas. My rental was without electricity for 6 days (about 153 hours). The electricity finally turned back on the 7th day at 1:41 PM. They had a crew of 6 or so trying to figure it out outside our duplex. As the lights came back on, the emotions that flowed through my body were just as exciting as hitting nitrous in a speeding race car down the road. Hell yes, no more cold showers, crappy sandwiches, dripping water faucets, worrying about if my family is warm in all our blankets, and worrying about our pipes from bursting.

 

What Went Wrong?

 

Relying on the electric grid is what went wrong! Being without power for almost 7 days made me realize how much we depend on the electric company. It’s making me think about how can I power my equipment when the power company fails the next time? How can I ensure I can provide heat for my family? 

 

The electric power grid in Texas seems to have a weakness, temperatures below 20 degrees. What happened in February 2021 was a repeat of the Texas blackout of 2011. 

 

“More than 4.5 million customers in Texas were without power during the peak of outages in the state this week, as freezing temperatures hit parts of the country.”

 

ERCOT back in 2011 told Texans to “conserve energy so as not to overburden the system.” 

 

As if the customer is the issue here. What we witnessed today in February 2021 and 2011 seems to be an ERCOT issue with their equipment. Telling the customer to “conserve” usage because they cannot provide reliable electricity is wrong. Get it together, ERCOT. It has been 10 years since the last blackout. If you cannot offer reliable service, then what good are you? 

 

“The system broke down this week when 185 generating units, including gas and coal-fired power plants, tripped offline during the brunt of the storm. Wind turbines in West Texas froze as well, and a nuclear unit near the Gulf of Mexico went down for more than 48 hours. Another problem emerged: Some power plants lost their pipeline supply of gas and couldn’t generate electricity even if they wanted to capture the high prices. Such mechanical problems might have been avoided if operators had chosen to equip their plants like those that operate in traditional cold-weather states.”

 

When Did My Power Go Out?

 

It started Monday at 3:00 AM. The night before, I had no idea how just like that, my life would change. Not just for me but also for my family and kids.

 

Cancellations Galore

 

  • Schools shut down.
  • Government offices.
  • USPS mailbox wasn’t accessible due to being covered in ice. No mail service.
  • Doctors couldn’t provide service.
  • No jobs to go to without electricity.
  • Loss of job pay.
  • No productivity.

 

What Went Right

 

I already had a propane stove. I was able to cook food and boil water. We also had several instant lunch chicken flavored soup stocked up, bottled waters, LED flashlight lanterns, bread, and peanut butter. We barely had enough to survive. 

 

We charged our phones and iPads in the car. I had no way to charge MacBook Pro. The vehicle also provided much-needed heat at different parts of the day. It wasn’t until Saturday that the snow and ice cleared up to where we could drive. Before that, we were stranded at the house. Too dangerous to drive.

 

Saturday was the best as I ordered a double steak hamburger at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. I was finally able to have a real meal with protein.

 

What went wrong?

 

Since the power went out at 3:00 AM Monday by the time we woke up for the day, our food was spoiled. It’s incredible how fast heat gets inside our refrigerator when turned off. Had to be over $200 worth of food in our refrigerator, freezer, and backup freezer. 

 

Having a propane stove is invaluable, especially in times like this. However, most of our food was already thawed out, so the propane stove became almost useless. 

 

We tried to salvage what we could by putting food outside. The temperatures were in the single digits then. We should have acted sooner as soon as the power went out and placed everything outside, but of course, this was one of those, could of, would of, should of things you think about after the fact. At that given moment, there was no way of knowing what would happen to us for the next several days.

 

What I Wish I Had – How To Be Better Prepared Next Time?

 

During these 7 days of bitter cold and suffering, I wish I had a propane heater. That would have made our life so much easier, especially after having to take dreadfully cold showers. The cold temperatures of -1 and constantly 20 to 30 degree days were rough. We had blankets covering the windows, doors, and hallways. Wore jackets all day and bundled up. 

 

In addition to having a propane heater is a generator. A generator would be excellent to power my gear to at least charge my laptop, get on the internet, and whatnot. 

 

That would have made this whole blackout less of a burden.

 

Conclusion

 

The Texas electric grid seems to be vulnerable and must get fixed. What I experienced this past week was something I hope no one has to go through, as it was horrible. My heart and prayers go out to my fellow Texans who also suffered through this. We couldn’t have made it without our neighbors who came together. This was definitely a learning experience I hope we can all learn from and never repeat again.