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HOW TO READ MORE

01.01.2015 01:00

Some great tips for reading more. Make 2015 the writing and reading year!

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I wrapped your gift very poorly but I love you

01.01.2015 01:00

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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My Favorite Entry

01.01.2015 01:00

As I perused my journal to take stock of this year that was, I realized that of all the entries, the one that was my favorite was not an “entry” in the traditional sense at all. It is these delicate, small, pressed flowers. A tiny batch picked for me by my daughter Beatrix while we were on vacation in Madeline Island. These tiny flowers immediately transport me to a perfect day, in a lovely rented cottage, with a perfect view of Lake Superior.

I love going through paper journals and notebooks, I always find something I had forgotten. Both words and drawings.

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ON PAPER NOTEBOOKS IN A DIGITAL WORLD

01.01.2015 01:00

Stephen writes about using paper notebooks in a digital world:

It started as a way to journal on the go, but that was replaced by Day One pretty quickly. My use of paper notebooks evolved into a low-friction capture system for notes during phone calls, meetings and brainstorming sessions.

I love using pen and paper, like you might now. And what he writes at the end is more or less the reason I started using pen and paper, a lot, about 2-3 years ago.

In a digital world, there’s still a place for things like paper notebooks. They can’t cause distractions in meetings and don’t require Wi-Fi. While I try to be good and not have much just in a Field Notes notebook, if something is, I can get my hands on it later quickly.

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Powered by Movable Type

01.01.2015 01:00

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

01.01.2015 01:00

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Algrebra

31.12.2014 01:00

This, from a newspaper that two years ago ran an Op-Ed headlined [“Is Algebra Necessary?“][0] Apparently, algebra is necessary for New York Times reporters and editors, because if they had a basic grasp of it, they’d understand that Sony revealed the exact split between $6 rentals and $15 sales: 1.67 million rentals ($10 million), 0.33 million sales ($5 million).

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/opinion/sunday/is-algebra-necessary.html?pagewanted=all

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Ben Brooks

31.12.2014 01:00

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

31.12.2014 01:00

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

31.12.2014 01:00

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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