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January 01, 2015

This is notable not just because of the tech nostalgia---there’s a lot of that in the episode, too, which is what happens when you hang around an industry for 20 years---but because Gruber and I both run our websites on Movable Type. As John says in the episode, I may be the last person to launch a brand-new website on Movable Type 4. I doubt that, but point taken!

Using what you know is often a good thing. Unless there are a very good reason for moving forward. That is the reason I moved to Jekyll. The move wasn’t that big. I know Markdown, and I love using terminal and the shell. In other words: the move brought my a workflow that is simpler and more efficient for me. Anyways, always think about the “why” if you consider moving to something new.

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Some NAJOWRIMO links

January 01, 2015

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PAPER OR DIGITAL: WHAT TYPE OF JOURNAL SHOULD YOU KEEP?. A great article, that explains the differences between a digital and paper journal. I use both.

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I wrapped your gift very poorly but I love you

January 01, 2015

I think my gifts this year are thoughtful, well-considered, and appropriate, though my wrapping job belies the fact that I’ve never worked in a department store and apparently have not had much contact with adult scissors before.

Brett Terpstra wrote this fantastic article about what the holldiays really is about.

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Ben Brooks

December 31, 2014

I’ve written lists about X things that I learned in X years before, but those seem rather boring these days. I’ve not marked every birthday I’ve had on this site, but I felt like this was a good one to mark. Mostly because I’m finally at a numerical age which I like. ‘Thirty two’ rolls nicely off the tongue and that pleases me greatly.

This year was a big one for me and it is marked by three major things I tried to achieve:

  1. Being patient
  1. Being kind
  1. Finding a better job

A good, simple and straight to the point retrospective.

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FastMail

December 31, 2014

FastMail started with IMAP in 1999 when it was still quite new. We have been involved in the standards process, and have watched while non-open protocols led the way on features, usability and reliability. We pride ourselves on the standards compliance of our server, but we have been frustrated by the lack of progress in the third-party client experience available to our users.

The fragmentation of server support for newer IMAP features means that clients either have multiple implementations of everything, with the complexity and bugs that involves, or fall back to lowest-common-denominator behaviour. Extending IMAP further just makes this situation worse.

FastMail is my e-mail provider of choice. I have used them for a year now. And I think they are one of the companies that know better than most what pain in the ass e-mail and IMAP / SMTP is. They are doing something great here.

FastMail have their own protocol, JMAP. And they have made it public to have more interoperability, beyond IMAP and SMTP.

IMAP and SMTP are protocols from the past, before mobile, before push notifications. JMAP is made to address all of that. One of mine favorites is the support for batch operations. It means that they can bundle multiple operations in one API call.

A great protocol, I hope more providers on both ends start supporting it.

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My Must-Have iPhone Apps, 2014 Edition

December 31, 2014

For the past four years, I’ve been running a series called My Must-Have Apps that, once a year, collects all the apps I find indispensable to get work done on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Considering changes to my daily life and workflow, this year only features my must-have iPad and iPhone apps.

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Reading back through 30 years of daily journaling

December 31, 2014

Got it via [The Cramped][0]

Sometimes I randomly grab a journal and read a few pages. I often have no recollection of the events I wrote about. I just pulled out 1995 and was surprised to see that a neighbor brought three studs and a mare over on Dec. 18. I noted it was a big struggle to geld those horses as they had never been touched. I kept two of them here and started breaking them to ride on Dec. 20. I must have been hard up for money as there are no indoor arenas on this place and it is seldom fun to break colts wearing overshoes.

<a href="http://www.thecramped.com/reading-back-through-30-years-of-daily-journaling/">Reading back through 30 years of daily journaling</a>

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Photive 50 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger

December 31, 2014

Lets face it, we’ve all got a lot of devices that charge with USB. In my house we have: 2 iPhones, 3 iPads, 2 Kindles, a pair of bluetooth headphones, and a portable bluetooth speaker. When you visit our “charging station”, you see a surge protector with a mixture of iPad chargers and AmazonBasics USB chargers . The Photive 50 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger is aiming to simplify that setup.

With 6 USB ports, it’s got plenty of space to make all those separate chargers disappear. It’s more than just a dumb charger, though. The USB ports will recognize what is plugged up and provide the fastest possible charging speed. This is really handy when you need a quick charge to your iPad. You can charge your devices at full speed with 50 watts and 10A total output. This would also be a great device for your travel bag.

I’m going to get one of these as soon as I can afford it. Finally a good solution to a common problem.

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