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  • Changing Your Mind 101

    If I have any regular readers, they’ll notice something is missing. I deleted the 4 posts in my series on task management. I struggled with the idea of deleting something I published but I think it needed to be done. I started the series because I’m trying to find the best way to handle the tasks and projects in my life but after 3 or 4 rather weak posts, I realize I had it all wrong.

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  • Review: Magpul Industries Field Case

    I generally don’t carry my phone in a case but when the phone is brand new, I get a little paranoid of dropping it. My iPhone 4S spent some time in a case after I bought it but as time passed, I relaxed and it went naked for most of its life. With the 5s being lighter, thinner, and perhaps a little more beautiful, it pains me to hide it in a case but the fear of dropping it seems more powerful.

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  • Panic At The Pen Show

    There are a few things I look forward to when summer draws to an end, they are as follows: The Renaissance Festival The Michigan Pen Show I count myself lucky this year of 2013 as I managed to visit both. I can only count my fall as a success if I hit both milestones. Yay me! Today was the first day of the Michigan Pen Show and since it’s right across the street from where I work, I made a beeline for The Met Hotel as soon as I could.

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  • Video: Slow Motion Test on the iPhone 5s

    Pretty amazing how far cell phone cameras have progressed. vimeo

  • Following up on Control Center

    Now that iOS 7 is out, let’s revisit my expectations for Control Center. I don’t use everything available but here’s my thoughts on the ones I’ve used so far. Flashlight Love it. I use it several times a day and it’s way faster than any of the 3rd party apps were on iOS 6. WiFi/Bluetooth I don’t know why I put LTE in the original article but let’s pretend that didn’t happen.

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  • My Task Manager Wishlist

    I spend an embarrassing amount of time researching how people get things done. It’s almost as if I expect their habits to wear off on me and of course, they don’t. Lately I’ve been using Wunderlist and while it’s close to what I need, it’s not quite perfect. Here’s what I’m looking for in a task management product: Projects This is super important. Anything that requires more than one step is a project and I have a lot of things that fit this description.

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  • Taking Time to Think

    I have a 37 mile commute each way to work every day and about a year ago, I started filling those minutes with podcasts. The more I think of it, I’m not sure this was the best idea. Here’s my basic itinerary on a normal workday: Wake up, get ready for work, sit in a car listening to random podcast. Arrive at work, put on headphones, listen to music. Go to lunch, listen to podcast.

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  • The Linux Life Saver

    As usual, I’m finding this super late but the Debian package “molly-guard” is amazing. A lot of my SSH sessions are initiated from Windows which means I’m using Kitty (a fork of Putty). SSH sessions are fairly obvious when you’re using Windows but what if you’re using Linux or OS X? It’s so easy to confuse a remote session for a local session even if you use fancy prompts. I have a web server, a home server, and a Raspberry Pi all of which have molly-guard installed to keep me from screwing something up.

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  • A Good Printer At A Nice Price

    TidBITS — the best Apple news site with a 90’s design — has an article on the Brother HL-2270DW, a printer I happen to own and love. For now, then I can recommend the Brother HL-2270DW monochrome laser printer for many people. Like every printer, it has its problems, but it’s wireless, fast, solidly built, and inexpensive to purchase and operate. He has some good points, it’s not AirPrint compatible and maybe it’s noisy (I never really noticed) but it’s a darn good printer.

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  • When Tech News Attacks

    Some time ago I brought this blog out of an almost 2 year dead zone and tried to write about technology. Now almost a year and a half later, I’m realizing I made a mistake. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology but what I was writing didn’t fill me with happiness, it kind of made me sad. I fell into the trap of taking sides, assuming anything I didn’t agree with was wrong, and generally being negative about almost everything.

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