It’s Not You Pay for What You Get

The process of getting out of debt can be frustrating, but it also teaches some amazing lessons. Some of which are completely unexpected. In that phase of things the value of a dollar takes on new meaning. The individual generally becomes more aware of the effort in each hour spent to creating wealth.

The stuff you have looks worn. New stuff (even new used) isn’t the right choice to make and then you look at what you have again and there’s a moment when you notice how the stuff you already have could be used to do more than what you expected.

It’s not about getting what you pay for or paying for what you get. It’s about using what you paid for.

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I paid for XXX. I may have gotten the value I paid for it out of its current use, but I PAID for it! The act of paying for something when you have very little becomes the motivator to do more with it.

I’m not turning the corner on becoming someone who takes random things in the house and turns them into Etsy art pieces, but I am looking at the things I’d like to offload and posting them for sale to give them a second life. I’m also trying to get the most out of what I have.

A Step Closer to IPO

The rumors aren’t verified, but they’re not really hiding either. The tech press at ZDnet ran an article last year, and Bloomberg even noticed in December. Something’s brewing over at Canonical and the game just got another push forward.

Canonical Ltd. is is a British company that creates the most popular server software in the world (Ubuntu) enabling large portions of the internet to function. The company’s strategy for software releases includes long term support (LTS) versions and shorter release versions of its software. The LTS versions are supported for security and features for 5 years. Ubuntu 18.04 (due in April of 18) is projected to be a significant LTS release incorporating new technologies and positioning the company towards a more productive future. It’s owner, Mark Shuttleworth, is rumored to be taking the company to an IPO and 18.04 is rumored to play a significant role in the IPO process.

Ubuntu has been operating nearly blindly not knowing who their customers are. It tracks metrics for full software and patch downloads, but does not know how many systems those downloads are associated with. They recently announced the release of their latest update and a new feature to collect user data to better understand their consumers and how to precede. They are interested in collecting data on the preferred “flavor” or variations, the versions, hardware specifications, country of origin among other statistical data.

This data collection will give Ubuntu answers it needs to be able to answer future investor’s questions. One of the big questions with this feature roll out is whether or not the users will play along. Ubuntu and the open source community is known for being more security aware than the average user. Whether or not they see this as an invasion of their security remains to be seen.