Life

Really Getting Things Done

I have always been interested in efficiency and productivity especially with myself. As such, I like to take the time to customize anything I use a lot and find the optimal program for me (or as good as I can do). As I get more responsibilities and things to remember, I really have fallen to my tools to help me keep going. Since my workflow was based upon one of my good friends and has only increased, I’d like to share what works for me and maybe some ideas that can help you no matter your place in life. There are several methodologies on how to become more productive. One of the more popular ones is Getting Things Done (GTD). This, in particular, speaks to organizing tasks into non-overwhelming ways. For many of us, this is a task in and of itself. This is where computers can come to the rescue. There are many task management systems that implement GTD. They tend to strive to help you to add tasks quickly and only view what is important to you. In general, they work to help you keep track of and continue to progress on your tasks. I’ll go more into this in the next section where I discuss something I use. Other general productivity programs exist to help you focus by either removing distractions or sometimes creating them so that you can appropriately rest. Some distractions or simply interface ambiguities or inefficiencies can really take away from a workflow. Having a good workflow for you is really the target of being productive. Having to leave your workflow or otherwise be interrupted can be the death of a day’s productivity. So what do I mean when I say workflow? This isn’t really a formalism or anything of the sort. I mean the actions that one has to go through to accomplish work. For the simple example of taking the trash out, this would involve getting shoes, getting the garbage, bringing it to the appropriate receptacle, and returning. This seems very simple, but it becomes even more apparent that a workflow can be interrupted if one had to stop in the middle, search for something (say a key), pause to ensure that all the garbage had already been properly collected, and finally evaluate one of many possible receptacles to ensure the correct one was chosen. Our target it to help one discover a pattern that helps to reduce or remove interruption from productivity and otherwise makes life less stressful. Since I have found a system that works for me, I feel this can be useful to share with others. The section that follows will be a more generic discussion of ideas...

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Internet Woes

I haven’t been able to get online at my house reliably for the past couple days. This is really causing problems with me finishing some stuff (such as uploading one completed project). I apologize for the delays and I’ll try to get one project uploaded and possibly write a review of Cardamar’s last album while I’m at it. On a lighter note, I just got a new PMP: a Cowon D2. I also will give some feedback on that and give a link to the excellent review I read before purchasing (I need to get it out of my history at home). Hopefully all that...

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Free-time (n) – what I may be lacking

Ok, I haven’t forgotten about the cURL tutorial or updating the site. I just happen to be quite busy right now. This weekend I hope to have some time to finish up the cURL stuff (I am working on it, it’s just not done) and hopefully get back to my project. This is somewhat of a reminder to myself as well, so hopefully it works! I also promise to make all of the source code available of both the problems and solutions. Random cool thing I found: tntnet. I had heard about C++ server pages before, but tntnet is the project that really makes them shine. They claim that it can serve c++ dynamic pages fast than traditional web servers (probably apache) can serve static pages because the c++ pages get compiled. Awesome for speed. The syntax looks pretty nice to for making the views (and you get the c++ goodness for all of the...

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Save the Music

Save the Music

I love streaming radio (along with many types of music). As such, I am a strong supporter of the Save Internet Radio movement. I encourage you to also take the time and talk to your senators/representatives if you are in the US or spread the word and try to help in other ways if you are not (there are ways posted on this blog post. The internet radio world thanks you for your...

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Not exactly neglect

Ok so i haven’t posted in almost 20 days. That’s not exactly what I would call being attentive of my blog. Um… sorry? This isn’t exactly a fix. I haven’t gottent any new chillout and my other activities I want to keep hidden for now. Yes, I have been doing something that I will eventually post here. If you’re really curious, my development site is located at dev.quad341.com and does have information about what is going on. Hopefully by mid-April I will have a working example of this project and announce it to the world. I welcome actual inquery and the repository allows for anonymous checkouts. In the mean time, I need more music....

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Spam and damn

First, you can be amused by the fact that I just complimented my MacBook… and had to reformat it last night. Note to users: don’t put your computer to sleep (close lid) when it’s doing an update of the operating system. I’d love to send that message to apple, but I don’t know who to send it to. That was fun. That takes care of “damn.” Also, I’ve been getting a bunch of random (spam?) messages at a bunch of my email addresses. I know I am on just about every spam list known to man, but these are just weird. The subject is always 3 characters long. It’s always uppercase letters (ISO-8859-1 encoding) and might contain a number (like Y7V). The message is a bunch of random phrases together separated by line breaks and tabs. They seem to be relayed from various domains (like 0451.com 1-tek.com and mail.ru). If anyone knows what this is, i’d love to know. This is one sent to quad341@quad341.com (which i bounce to my gmail account). X-Gmail-Received: 6298d862a38bfcb18ae605eb0f55f8fdee66edd2 Delivered-To: quad341@gmail.com Received: by 10.78.29.5 with SMTP id c5cs13622huc; Wed, 12 Jul 2006 10:18:16 -0700 (PDT) Received: by 10.54.93.15 with SMTP id q15mr1081664wrb; Wed, 12 Jul 2006 10:18:15 -0700 (PDT) Return-Path: <abcd8355633 @0451.com> Received: from host.qqnx.com ([216.120.255.149]) by mx.gmail.com with ESMTP id 6si1609978wrh.2006.07.12.10.18.15; Wed, 12 Jul 2006 10:18:15 -0700 (PDT) Received-SPF: neutral (gmail.com: 216.120.255.149 is neither permitted nor denied by domain of abcd8355633@0451.com) Received: from [196.202.85.188] (helo=brmail1.brassring.com) by host.quad341.com with esmtp (Exim 4.52) id 1G0iLZ-0007xn-QG for quad341@quad341.com; Wed, 12 Jul 2006 12:18:08 -0500 Message-ID: <662161c8060436r0gr8rhvq2pc7s9r2cwvrelnel2zel345@mail.0451.com> Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 18:21:15 -0060 From: "Bonita Sierra" <bonitasierra @0451.com> To: quad341@quad341.com Subject: XI5 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Disposition: inline X-Spam: Not detected X-AntiAbuse: This header was added to track abuse, please include it with any abuse report X-AntiAbuse: Primary Hostname - host.qqnx.com X-AntiAbuse: Original Domain - quad341.com X-AntiAbuse: Originator/Caller UID/GID - [0 0] / [47 12] X-AntiAbuse: Sender Address Domain - 0451.com X-Source: X-Source-Args: X-Source-Dir: scientific community when questions come up on implementing UN decisions in ten thousand years. The Law said stay; Jonathan said go; and by now he So I decided the hell with it. The last time I had gone into the Zone at "I do " he said softly. Anyone know anything or getting something...

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