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Day 27: Initial

According to dictionary.com, initial is an adjective meaning “of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first.” (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/initial)

The important part about this is to remember that it’s just the beginning. Initial is the first attempt and is very rarely the final attempt. Let’s try to relate it to various categories to cover the majority of the readers.

Sports: If you have every played a sport, you were not ready for the hall of fame your first time playing it. Your initial attempt at learning the sport likely didn’t go so well. You had to attempt, learn, adjust, and repeat.

Programming: Regardless of how long you have been programming, you have probably made multiple revisions to any code you’ve written. You write it, test it, figure out what doesn’t work, make changes, and re-test.

Dashboard Development: In relating the topic to SolarWinds, if you are in the area of developing some type of dashboard, you’ll find that different audiences want to see different components. You may ask 10 different people and get 10 different design ideas. You build an initial dashboard, find out what the user wants to change, modify, and have them reassess.

Writing: As I write this article, I have already made multiple changes to it. The more I write, the more I think of, so in an effort to keep this from a dissertation, I have to narrow down the focus and revise what I want to talk about.

The key point to remember is that initial is just the beginning. You can apply it to anything from technology to relationships. Learn from what you do and use that knowledge to make improvements. Don’t let your first attempt be your last. While in some scenarios, you may be judged by first impressions, it is the lasting impression that will stay with the audience.

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Level 10

Initial seed in a random number generator could often result in a repeatable random values. The idea is to find a means of randomizing the initial seed.

Initial could make or mar the outcome of an event, it could set the tone that order the course of things.

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When I used to teach, this was a concept that many students didn't realize at first.  A random number generator isn't really random if you use the same seed.  You have to find a way to change up the seed such as the current time.

Initial is to start something, it can also be an association with you.   The letters in your name make your initials.  So the first letters are what compose the initials and so the proof still holds true, the beginning of something - initial.  Initially I wanted to write more, but the initial process has make me rethink my initial thought, and so I started back at the beginning to initialize my idea which came out as this random stuff.  

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Well played sir.  You used the word initial (or some form of it) more than my original post.  You have raised the bar to 8.  Let's see if anyone can beat that.

Glad i could assist.   It was a good write up.   I have really enjoyed every day so far this month. 

haha!

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Initial is the beginning that is often the most difficult step. How many times have you made a "New Years Resolution" only to find by February you are still saying "I really need to start that." Or how many projects sit on the table waiting for someone to pick it up and move it along. Often we wait on management, teammates, staff, users, etc. to make the initial step. How about being proactive and taking up the cause for something the needs done and give it a start.

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Good point.  Sometime starting something is the hardest part.  Hence me being a procrastinator.

This word could not be more timely for me. I am in the midst of chewing on a blog post that has taken me weeks to write as my initial attempt fell well short of the mark. So now I am scrapping huge chunks and doing re-writes. And that leaves me struggling with the reality that the effort won't be worth the final product. That is frustrating.

What I have learned from my wife, the artist, is that there is value in a worthy initial attempt. You'll be farther along in the creative process even if you end up scrapping it and starting over. Or if you completely change it so that the final result looks nothing like the initial attempt. The initial attempt is such an important step in the journey...

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Every initial is important; initially I was uncertain as to what I would write about this word but I think I have got the initiative now. The initial stage of everything is important; it is the foundation on which you can have the confidence to continue on in whatever it is you plan to pursue. Some may decide to look at the initial stage of things as trivial but it can also be what really counts in life. Nice post mprobus​!

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Nice play of words jeremymayfield

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This reminds me of a (perhaps misattributed) quote I keep on my desk:

I'm still learning.

    - Michaelangelo

While I'm not a huge fan of quotes, I do appreciate the sentiment in this one especially. The anecdote is that these were the last words (Ancaro Imparo) that Michaelangelo spoke on his deathbed.

Perhaps it's the striking resemblance to a Harry Potter Spell, or my childhood love for the BEST TMNT

Either way, it reminds me that the journey is never complete; and our initial attempts at anything are merely, v1.0

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Well, initially, I tried to but I gave up at the initial stage.

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I know how you feel.  When I was doing my dissertation, I did a number of rewrites for each section.  And then when I sent it to my chair, they tore it apart and I had to make a number of changes before resubmitting.

Even as I wrote the post, I changed so many things and then still wasn't pleased with the final product, but since I had a deadline, I had to go with what I had.

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So true.  You never know what will happen if you don't take the initial step.  Sometimes starting something is scary, but the results often outweigh the initial fear.

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The running joke for me is that I'm a lifetime student.  While I am finally done with college after about 17 years of it, I still consider myself a student.  I enjoy learning new things and am always the first to step up when my boss ask someone to take a class / learn a tool.

We all initially initialize initial thoughts on subjects then we begin initiate the statement process.   This is a fun one we should do this one every year.  

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Initial - the first step in a process of going forward.  Either towards the solution of a problem, or to an adventure.  If not properly prepared (via training and/or life's experiences), initial could mean the start of a demise.

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Thought awakening

Level 12

I see initial as a starting point where you are preparing to do something. Like when you initially install a server, you get it powered up and on the network and a basic OS on it, but nothing specific, just an initial configuration to get it started for customization from there.

We also use initial configurations for our switches and networking devices and then configure it beyond that for specifics.

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... or a very important learning adventure.

Level 11

Haha, I agree! jeremymayfield

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Exactly! mprobus

Level 13

IPL (Initial Program Load)  OK shows my age.  Mainframe guys. 

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True.  Often times our "initial" changes over times.  You have to update your basic build as new applications and updates, but it is still your initial configuration.

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I'm not a mainframe guy.  I have heard IPL mentioned but never knew what it stood for.

Level 9

I like the statement, "Don’t let your first attempt be your last."  An initial attempt can result in an initial failure, but that doesn't have to define a person, unless you quit trying.

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Exactly.  Learn from your mistakes instead of giving up.

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The first definition I think of when I hear "initial" is "the first."

Next I think about the initials of a person's name--"Enter in your middle name's initial."

And immediately afterward I  go back to "the first", as in "the first steps in building a new VM, or installing a new installation, involve initialization."

A simple word, "initial" is easily defined.  With three syllables, it's more likely to be easier to define this word than many single-syllable words (e.g.:  "love", "God", etc.).

Level 10

I don't know why but this prompt made me think of initiative in D&D. Sometimes when facing a tough tech challenge, I think about rolling initiative to get that initial start on the project. Depending on how much sleep I've had and what mood I'm in I fail that initiative roll something fierce, but I always fight my way back and get rolling one way or another.

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Level 12

This is how I feel when the alarm goes off every morning:

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Level 9

I think everyone can relate to this one. We have all take an initial step in our lives, literally!

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No one has brought up the last definition you posted.  To initial something.  We forgot about the verbs.

Level 9

I'm staring at a mug with the caption "Coffee is magical." I admit that is how I initialize my day. It makes everything else a little more bearable.

Level 11

I sometimes sign emails with my initials. It just takes less time when dashing off a quick note. As I learned when buying my first home, I could initial all sorts of things in lieu of signing every little blank on a real estate or mortgage form.

I've often used initials for plenty of things as a shorthand. Most ST fans will agree that TMP stunk while TWOK followed it as the best movie in the prime ST timeline.

Today's word also brought back memories of college. Initial conditions in solving differential equations led on to providing boundary and/or initial conditions on CAD models for a senior level CAD course.

Watching a game we often develop an initial take on a play. All too often these days, it just initializes the sport's replay system. The replay might make you reconsider your initial assessment.

Level 16

Initially it sounded like a good idea, but shortly after I said 'hold my beer' I realized it wasn't, until I saw the replay on youtube

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Today was my initial pass at writing evaluations for my team.  Life was so much simpler as a technical lead!

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Not

Important

That

I

Always

Lead

The initials for Every Villain is Lemons becomes EVIL.

The initials for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation became LASER.

The initials for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus became SCUBA.

The initials for Sam Houston Amateur Radio Klub became SHARK

Now you have the basis for an EVIL LASER SCUBA SHARK!

Level 9

I initially indicated initiative implementing iterative illustrations illuminating irritating instructions incognito....

Level 14

Human history is built on the response to an initial effort or attempt to do something.. nothing special just perserverance.... it's how we are wired.

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When I initially saw this thread, the only thing that came to mind was my initials. However, I didn't want to just post that. I thought about it some more and it's probably the post-Christmas celebrating or the hot weather but nothing else came to mind.

Circling back again this morning, I can mention my initial experience with SolarWinds Orion software. I had dabbled with the free products before (Subnet Calculator was the first SolarWinds software I used) but nothing on Orion. It was back in the NPM v9.5 / v10 era and the company I was working at sent me off to a client site with the following brief; "install and configure SolarWinds for them". The day and night before I kicked off a quick demo install to familiarise myself and then read through the admin guide. I believe the customer was happy so all in all, not a bad introduction to the SolarWinds Orion suite.

"Her bridal bower becomes a bitter beer of burial bereavement." 

Say, that's very good!   Can you say "Titus the tailor told ten tall tails to Titania the titmouse?"

7.3 points if you can tell me who said the above quotes, and from where they came--without using the Internet.

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Well with 2018 approaching it will be initially a new beginning once again.

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I know.  I know.  rschroeder​ said it.

Okay.  I had to use the internet and concluded that I had never seen the movie.

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And my initial thought is that my year will be better than last.

Being an old hardware guy, this brings to mind the innumerable times I have needed to "re-initialize" something.  Be it a hard drive, a motherboard, a piece of networking hardware, whatever; we've all had to "push the reset button" on things at one time or other.  I've even had to "reboot the Internet" a time or two (haven't we all!)  How appropriate it is that we come to the beginning of a new year where we can, proverbially speaking of course, push the "reset button" on our lives.

I recall the words of Earl Nightingale in his timeless recording "The Strangest Secret".  In it, Nightingale extols the idea, which he admits is not original to him, of "We become what we think about.".  One thing he says, which I have not forgotten and is a very bitter pill for me to swallow, is what Nightingale says about our circumstances: "Each of us must live off the sum total of his own thoughts in the future.  He is where he is because that it EXACTLY where he REALLY WANTS to be, whether he'll admit that or not."  YIKES! 8-|  Many profound corollaries have been extrapolated from this idiom, e.g.: If you don't like your job, change it!  If you don't like your financial situation, change it!  If you don't like yourself, change!  Hey, don't shoot the messenger...just some things to think about!

One last quote that just came to mind, this one from George Bernard Shaw: "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don't believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, MAKE THEM!"

Here's to a healthy and prosperous 2018 for all of us THWACKsters!  Make your 2018 the best year EVER!  🙂  CHEERS!!

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initially the earth was without form or void

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What was the Initial Plan for the Day?

The Initial Plan was for everyone to submit their Initials at the HR.

Level 12

My Initial duty is to ensure all data is safe.

We initially had a very big project scope which has now reduced drastically.