What I have been up to, and why I need to blog more!

I just had one of those moments where I realized I haven’t done a post on my blog for months! Oh so sad…I know you have all been waiting with bated breath to hear about what I have been up to! Right?

Well, looking at my stats, it is obvious that I have been neglecting my site, and traffic has slowed.

Looking back at the last few months, I have to say the single biggest excuse I have is that I have been quite burnt out! No one wants to hear me whine, so instead I will post a few pictures of some things that have been going on for me and my family to catch you up to date. After saying that, I need to re-set my brain and make a conscious decision to blog here with content I find interesting, versus simply posting to my various social networks. Why? Here is a quote I read the other day that seemed to ring true for me…

 I was offered a job through my blog….
I have 9000 ‘friends’ at Facebook and myspace….
I used to know most of my readers by name and knew that they all knew mine – even though there were only 200 a day….
I know a lot more people see my profile on Facebook – but most of them just are hunting for friend bait….
I used to spend hours writing things that meant something on my blog….
I now spend hours updating people on the lattes I drink and people I meet on Twitter….
I had a brand of my own on and on my own property on my blog….
I now have a brand on someone else’s property….”

– See more at: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2007/12/09/blogging-vs-social-networking/#sthash.bdaM7R1K.dpuf

Though the quote above is from 2007 (and mentions Myspace…haha), it still rings true. All the things we share online, from cute pictures, to our writing, to our involvement with others in the community, are all owned by private corporations! Not to mention the recent revelations that Google, Facebook, Apple, etc…all give up our data to the US government in secret agreements! At least my blog, or yours, has a realm of independence. I set the parameters around sharing my content. I set the license. It is my small stamp online. Even if Facebook or Twitter or Google+ go down in flames for the next big thing, my blog is still there for people to see.

I have been hard on myself in more ways than I care to share, but one thing that I have felt in the past was a block to blogging, was that I expected that if I was going to write something on my site, it better be well thought out, well written, and long enough to engage my readers to comment and interact. Why? This is setting myself up for failure! I have a gazillion kids and more responsibilities than I care to think about! I don’t have the brain power every day to write articles! So why not post a funny picture on my blog? Everyone else does it on their Facebook profile, or in 140 characters via Twitter!

To start a habit, you just need to put one foot in front of the other, and repeat…

So you are going to get whatever posts I had planned on posting on my G+ or Facebook profiles! You will be the first to gain insight into my witty humour or see that hilarious picture before it hits the social networks!

Up first, I saw a very funny image on Reddit one day about a guy that didn’t really want to bring something on “Food Day” at work. This was my inspiration for the following tasty treat I brought last Friday…

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I recently decided to take the plunge and move forward in my understanding of Linux. I have been using some of the easy to install, and easy to maintain distros like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and PinguyOS. It is nice to have everything just work out of the box, but I am forcing myself to understand the workings underneath. So I picked the ‘intermediate’ distro Crunchbang 11 as my new distro! Here is a screenshot I did just after my successful install! Woot!

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Lastly, here is a recent picture of our busy family! We can never get a nice photo ever taken, and this one is funny!

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Microsoft playing dirty (like Apple) by blocking Linux on their Hardware

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I have mentioned a few times on here that I am a Linux user. I love it! It’s the operating system by the people, for the people…lol. I have grown to love the developers and users of the open source community, and whenever I read about Microsoft or Apple doing their dirty work to make sure others don’t benefit from the Linux experience, it makes me angry. Continue reading “Microsoft playing dirty (like Apple) by blocking Linux on their Hardware”

My List of Wishes and Pipe Dreams for 2012

I am starting to compile some of my wishes(and pipe dreams) for 2012. Not necessarily a New Year’s Resolution as a list of stuff I hope happens or doesn’t happen in the coming year.

So without further ado, here are my top 20 wishes for 2012.

  1. That I have a healthy baby come mid March and that my wife makes it through having the baby un-scathed.
  2. That we find a perfect house to move into come March. Man, I hope so…
  3. That it is a banner year for Linux!
  4. That Remember the Milk FINALLY does an interface update! Oh, and includes location reminders from IOS 5.
  5. That my kids find better ways of getting along so I don’t go insane!
  6. That Facebook has a mass exodus and people I KNOW start to use Twitter or Google+ more.
  7. That I mountain bike on every stat holiday this coming up year! I only missed a couple in 2011. And of course ride a whole lot more!
  8. That my bike survives another year with minimal cost!
  9. That my wife gets on her new bike next year and I can go out riding with all of my family more often.
  10. That I loose 10 to 15 pounds and feel like the fit guy I did a couple of years ago.
  11. That they come up with a cheap and safe solution to male pattern baldness! lol. One can hope.
  12. That my cell phone provider lets me out of my damn contract and gives me a phone credit so I can get an Android phone and dump Apple for good!
  13. That I continue running throughout the year and break the 45 minute 10km.
  14. That there is more Occupy protests and that they result in REAL changes between the rich and poor in the world.
  15. That the USA completely changes their foreign policy and focus on the poor in their own country, and not on oil in the middle east.
  16. That I have sex more often than ever before! haha. I can wish, can’t I?
  17. That my hard drives don’t crash and my backups are up to date…
  18. That I see friends more often than I did this year, and that I keep in touch more.
  19. That Stephen Harper has a mass caucus revolt and the NDP become the ruling party.
  20. That religion slowly fades into oblivion and people start treating each other as equals based on being good to one another, rather that judging and killing in the name of their god.

Well, I’m sure there are a bunch of more important things I could have wished for, but seeing that there is no Genie in a bottle, I can change them at any time…

What do you hope for in 2012? Let me know by leaving a comment…

How is Wunderlist for implementing GTD?

Over the last couple of days Lifehacker has been rating ‘The Best To-Do App for…Linux,

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Windows and OSX. The winner each and every time was Wunderlist! I made a joke on Twitter that Lifehacker must be getting kick backs from them…Really, how can the same To-Do App be the best on each and every platform?

I tried Wunderlist and maybe I haven’t spent the time to appreciate it more? I saw it as a simplistic To-Do List app. Entering in data seems a bit cumbersome. I think I am spoiled with task entry on Remember the Milk. If I enter “Go on a mountain bike ride on Sunday” on Wunderlist I get a task that says that but has no due date. If I do the same in RTM, I get a task called “Go on a mountain bike ride” and it automatically puts the due date on the task.

I have to manually click the due date with my mouse pointer to create a due date in Wunderlist. I have to manually drag the task to a list to separate it from others. In other words, using #hashtags doesn’t seem to create tags that can be saved as Smart lists. The same goes for tasks that repeat. Wunderlist can’t manage repetitive tasks.

As for how it works for GTD, I see a few nice touches. You create manual lists and drag tasks to them. If you add tasks to your Inbox, and process them, you can organize your priorities quite nicely. One of the big ‘flaws’ of Web based To-Do Apps like Nozbe seems to be the difficulty in getting the Inbox to Zero. At least with Wunderlist you can drag them out of the Inbox to other lists. As for repeating tasks, David Allen says that you use a digital Calendar for repetitive tasks, so I guess you could use Google Calender for tasks that repeat, but why?

I just don’t get it? What am I missing? I get that it looks pretty, but what features make it the best?

Any of my readers using Wunderlist? What makes it a great GTD solution? I really want to know…

Just upgraded my iPhone in iOS5. It works as advertised!

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I am a sucker for new ‘free’ software updates. My iPhone is no exception. I normally update my software, whether it’s on my Linux laptop or my phone on a fairly regular basis.

I jailbroke my iPhone a while ago but it was feeling a bit sluggish, and I wasn’t really using much of the features or applications to justify holding off on this update.

The only hiccup I had was that because of the jailbreak, iTunes couldn’t just do an upgrade from iOS4 to iOS5. It had to reset my phone back to factory settings first. And as such my music on the phone was wiped off.

I’m going to spend the rest of the evening getting my music back on the phone for my ride tomorrow night.

Good night!

 

LibreOffice is 1 year old. The Importance of Open Source Documents

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With all the attention Smartphones and social media companies get, I don’t get around to reflecting on one of the biggest battles in the digital age. Office Suites.

One of the biggest factors in people making a decision around what operating system to use has been the compatibility of their documents. Microsoft has been the industry leader for decades with their Microsoft Office Suite. Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint. Hence, everyone got Windows XP. Well, they got ’98, then ME, and they sucked so badly, people breathed a collective sigh of relief at the mediocre XP. One of the biggest concerns out there is the future compatibility of our documents and being able to open them 10 years from now. 100 years from now. Continue reading “LibreOffice is 1 year old. The Importance of Open Source Documents”

What do you use as your digital filing cabinet?

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I have been fascinated with databases for quite some time. I used Devonthink Pro Office for the longest time to store all my documents, but found that once I was out and about in the real world, I didn’t have access to it.And it didn’t help that it was Mac only…

I started using Evernote as a replacement once I needed cross-platform support, and access online. The added bonus of course is that now that I have a smart phone, I find I use Evernote all the time! When I go for a hike for instance, I have pictures of maps that I’ve taken with my phone, and have them stored inside Evernote.

I also use it as my photo backup. Anytime I take a picture with my phone, I send a copy over to Evernote so I have a permanent backup.

My issue right now though, is that Evernote has poor Linux support. Most of the benefits to using Evernote is that you have a backup of all your important things. The desktop applications under Windows and OSX allow for drag and drop backup, and access to an Export Notes to Archive feature. The web interface does not have this.

So I run Evernote in the web interface by itself. It makes me feel uneasy that I can’t have a backup of my backup on my computer. In other words, I like Evernote to plug along collecting all my snippets, photo backups, and PDFs, and once in a while I’d like an archive to store on DVD.

I’m not familiar with how well Nevernote works, but I think I will either have to see if it can do a good archive, or if running Evernote in Wine will work.

Does anyone have experience with other note taking apps on the Linux side that offer the same features as Evernote, but have an archive feature?