Peter Challis

Dyer, IN, United States

About Peter

Bio

+Born in South Africa in 1958, served in the South African Navy and Army. Spend the next twenty some years in Risk and Security. Married and had two daughters, and divorced 18 years later. Moved the the United States and married an American lady who had two daughters, changed my career to Information Technology and currently serve in a Charterschool. I love to read lots of things including the bible.

An idea worth spreading

Less Management, more motivation, less punishment and more problem solving. Job satisfaction and creating an environment that is conducive to creativity and productivity . The idea that HR should and ought not to be involved in job creation and employment. Setting a national standard for resume's and CV's.

I'm passionate about

Family, Faith, Technology, Philosophy, History and many other subjects.

Talk to me about

Technology, people, philosophy and Christianity/Christian world view.

People don't know I'm good at

Many different little things that most people do not see, and personally I do not care really.

My TED story

My wife bought me an iPad last Christmas(2010, and looking for great apps I ran into Ted, and from that moment I was sold. I have to have a daily dose of Ted or mainline something to compensate.

Comments & conversations

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Peter Challis
Posted about 3 years ago
Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
This is how you live before you die. Choose a career that you love, no matter what it pays, do it to the best of your ability. Respect yourself and those around you. Give with reckless abandonment. Love unconditionally. Help someone as often as you can. Be kind and forgiving - it impacts on your soul. Always be reading something. Make wise and informed choices. Do unto others as you will have God do unto you. Keep judgement out of your life, that is for a higher being. Wisdom can come from PHD, and people with no education at all - make sure you don't miss it. When you get your pay, reward yourself first(Kyosuki), hell you earned it. Live today like it is your last, and not your first. Never ever ever ever give up(Churchill). I am sure everyone of you can add your own.
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Peter Challis
Posted about 3 years ago
Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
He never came from 'so little' as you put it. His birth parents were both educated professionals, and his adoptive family were middle class Americans. Both worked hard and saved money for his college. He was the one who sqandered his parents money by going to a really expensive college.
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Peter Challis
Posted about 3 years ago
Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
He openly admits taking LSD and smoking pot, what can you expect. The path to wisdom does not take a tour around self respect and the respect for others. He talked of heart, and yet to some of his closest lifelong friends he was heartless. Ask Wozniak, he stabbed the very closest friend he had in the back, and the man(The Woz) who literallydesigned the first Apple motherboard for Jobs and the company they had started. Apple has created 300 millionaires, amongst those who were left out was one of his closes friends, who worked on the first Apple in Job's garage. When Woz said to Jobs, whatever you give him of your shares, I will match it, Jobs offered zero. What a heartless man. For all the successes of the Apple 2, it's biggest failures were because of Jobs. No fan, because it broke with his Zen Buddhism, and no hard drive for the same reason. The Apple 2 was dubbed the toaster because it constantly ran hot, and we all know that heat is a bad thing in computers. Yes it sold initially very well, but how well could it have sold if it had a fan and a hard drive. Once again he was told by his staff to have a fan and a hard drive, but of course he knew better. Wow, such an inner voice.
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Peter Challis
Posted about 3 years ago
Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
Well done Daniel, that is exactly what he did. The first GUI was stolen from Xerox, the floppy drive came from Asia, the software was written in most part by third parties. A clear vision Gbemisola, when he constructed the Apple factory, and later the NeXT factory, he painted and repainted the robot machine over and over in different colors. His launch/delivery dates were dilusional, since her never ever made them. His staff who knew him told him on many occasions that his time frames were wrong, he argued, and history tells the story. When he went into business with Ross Perot on the NeXT project, the figures he quoted on the value of NeXT he literally plucked out of the air. Wow that is a clear vision - lets not forget that NeXT was a huge failure. One of the known failures of Jobs, acknowledged by many, was his inability to appreciate and reward great talent, and the huge efforts put in by them. Sorry, you love Apple products, and that is good. But love it not for Steve Jobs, but the men and women who listened to the users, and produced the product.
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Peter Challis
Posted about 3 years ago
Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
I hear all this inspirational stuff, but it all pales to how you treat people, having self respect and the respect of others, how you perform under pressure and also how you appreciate other peoples hard work and talents. Steve Jobs, if you read his book, and reports by people who worked and connected with him, was an absolute pig. No respect for others, rude, tyrannical outbursts about nothing, criticized everyone but a small group, back stabber, lawbreaker, con man and the list is endless. So personally, I have nothing decent to say about the man. Do I like apple products, yes I do, that's because really seriously talented people created it. It certainly was not Steve Jobs. The man was dilusional. Sorry all the Steve Jobs fans, read the material.
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Peter Challis
Posted about 3 years ago
Alan Russell: The potential of regenerative medicine
This highlights that it's not just about intelligence, but also about creative thinking and research. This planet is full of everything we need. What science and medicine have taught us, is that everything we need is right there under our noses, we just need to aggressively go after it. It also highlights fat cats that will not part with the money and resources needed to save lives. We must also be creative about getting the money and resources out of the hands of those negative, one track, short sited individuals who often than not, are lining their own pockets, or the pockets of friends or family. Except for cloning a whole human, which is an ethical dilemma, whatever works should be explored. We cut up cadavers to study living humans, how about looking at harvesting more than just organs - hey it's an idea from an ineducated fool.
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Peter Challis
Posted about 3 years ago
Nathan Wolfe: What's left to explore?
Wonderful, the world and it's surroundings are truly amazing. The more you find out, the less you know is definately true. Every time you find your way to the top of the pyramid, the pyramid inverts, and you start over. We must explore everywhere possible, it is in our nature. The human body is still far out of our reach. We have lots to discover there.