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Doing Done

Filed under: General — Thomas @ 23:23


It feels good to get on top of my TODO list and take back control over my life one task at a time.  I finally got round to finding out what Getting Things Done is all about (stop yawning in the back there) and it seems to help me much more than the ad-hoc methods I've used before.

I think the reason  it works so well for me up to now is that the book actually explains *why* simple time   management systems fail.  The book takes the time to explain this and this resonates with my experience.  For example, lots of tasks can indeed be done within 2 minutes.

Keeping your INBOX completely clean and moving things out that are in fact action items to do later is a lot better than having them sit around in your INBOX  (broken window theory at play again).  And the idea of contexts (I feel tired, give me some phone calls to make) is so natural I wonder why I didn't think of it myself.

Getting tasks outside of your head and into a system helps wonders to sleep at night and not lie awake thinking about stuff to do.  I should put a notebook by my bed though.

It was going well before my two week tour of Europe (task on my todo list to BlogAboutIt), achieving zero mail INBOXes at the end of the day.  And it only took me three days to catch up again after two weeks of only skimming them.  A great feeling to be able to go to bed with all your open loops captured.

God, I'm prodporning.

The only thing I'm trying to avoid really hard is rewriting this python-based GTD tool I'm using, and slapping a GUI on top of it.  Really, I don't need more tasks.


Filed under: General — Thomas @ 13:43


One of my favourite free software-related ones is skipping through the freshmeat RSS feed.

"GNU Moe is a powerful, 8-bit clean text editor for ISO-8859 and ASCII character encodings."

Is there anyone left who even wants to use an editor that doesn't do UTF-8 ?

Summer time and the living is

Filed under: Life,Spain — Thomas @ 00:45


There are days in this city when the work is hard and the nights are easy.  I was planning to get to bed before twelve every day of the week and didn't manage a single time yet.

Tuesday we had a drink for our Office Manager going away, and we ended up at the Risolis tapas bar for excellent tapas and two bottles of wine.

Wednesday the plan was to go eat the excellent rabbit at Can Margarit but that plan fell through and I ended up at El Rey De La Gamba.  Some TODO dreams are of the kind where you cherish the idea of possibly doing something more than you would actually having done it.  Taking holiday off of work and go work at El Rey for a week just to get one of those awesomely awful T-shirts they have is one of those.

Thursday a birthday party at bar Centric.  Fun people all around, discussing work and life stuff, having home made tapas and some drinks.

And all the while at night the air feels pregnant and the temperature's tender.  It is just bearable in the sleeping department, much more so than last year.


Filed under: Fluendo,GStreamer — Thomas @ 15:39


I have yet to try Second Life myself (it's for work, honest - I need to see whether we can stream out of the box to it!), but the next version of the Linux client will use GStreamer.  The fact that I can't recall seeing any linden labs email addresses asking questions on the list is probably a testament to how far GStreamer has come over the years.  They don't even need to ask questions anymore!

In unrelated news, this afternoon a single one of our customers managed to peak over 1 GBit/sec on our platform.  Kaching.  Next stop, 5 Gbit/sec.

Thinkpad Trouble

Filed under: General — Thomas @ 22:48


At GUADEC, someone tripped very violently over my Belkin travel power supply for my laptop.  I don't know who, the guy was away before I had a good look at him, mumbling excuses.  This was at the spidery floor that was Etap's.

I couldn't get it to work anymore, so I quickly bought a replacement travel power adapter made by Trust.  It worked fine in Belgium.  This morning I plugged it in at work, then plugged it into my laptop, and after ten seconds it made a loud pop.  Now the blue light on the power supply won't come on anymore.  Sigh.

What's worse, since then, my laptop doesn't detect the power cable plugged in either - obviously not with the busted power supply, but it also does not work with the IBM one for this laptop.  I can still boot the laptop, since I have some charge left in the battery, so I don't think it's the motherboard as such.  I opened up the laptop completely, removing the screen, so I could tighten the power connector screw, but it didn't help.

So, intarweb, anyone else ever had this problem, and what should I do to fix it ? Is this a case of "take out the motherboard and resolder the connector ?"

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