Jeff Atwood posted another one of his controversial, opinionated
articles on his blog, this time about To-Do lists. It’s a long rant about
the failure of To-Do lists.
As a former Remember The Milk user and fan, I can totally relate. I
just stopped using To-Do lists altogether a couple years ago. I just didn’t
need them anymore – I knew what I needed to do most of the time:
If you can’t wake up every day and, using your 100% original equipment
God-given organic brain, come up with the three most important things you
need to do that day – then you should seriously work on fixing that.
But the truth is: I’m still using some form of list, especially since
Trello came around. It took me a while to realize the difference between
the Getting-Things-Done-ish productivity I tried to achieve in the past, and
the more zen-like – and effective – process I have now.
Patrick Rhone eventually wrote it for me:
[…] increasingly, my to do list is full of the things I park there that
otherwise get in the way of what I’m actively focused on.
My To-Do lists (hosted on Trello) are filled with stuff I don’t want to
do right now, but need to remember for later. I know what I need to be
working on right now, but I may forget about stuff I may want to do later.
It’s more like a notebook than a To-Do list, really, but the To-Do list format
makes it easier to cross things out if they become invalid or if I already did
You can see this kind of headline all over the web these days, especially with
Apple fanboy tech bloggers: the PC is dead, all hail tablets and
smartphones. The argument is also made for video games
consoles, who are supposedly on the way out to be replaced by, guess what,
tablets and smartphones. Even Jeff Atwood is getting on the bandwagon.
I don’t disagree with the facts here: most indicators we have on the market
right now show that, indeed, desktop and laptop computers have declining sales
while mobile products have an ever-accelerating growth.
Some tech bloggers, however, are a bit too quick to equate opposing trends with
replacement – in reality, people still own PCs and Macs, but complement them
with mobile devices. As far as I know, there’s no evidence that anybody is
actually getting rid of their laptops and desktop computers after buying an
A few months ago I set out to get a new laptop for my wife. She only
had one requirement, after having shared a Macbook Pro with me for the past
couple years: that it ran Windows (queue OS flamewar).
I quickly decided I wanted to give her something slick and light, and look at
the new line of ultrabooks. I then narrowed the choices down to the Samsung
Series 9 and the ASUS Zenbook by reading reviews online… but that was just
the easy part.
Much has been said already about the shopping and out-of-the-box experience of
PCs, compared to that of Macs, but I think we should keep beating that dead
horse until it’s underground. So keep reading for much deceased equidae action.
In the main article about the road to Diaspora, we looked at setting
up our own pod to interact with the Diaspora federated community. Now we’re
going to look at how that actually works. Or not. Because since I set up my pod
a few weeks ago, I’ve had nothing but problems.
The first step in the journey to Diaspora is to get your own Diaspora server because, well, that’s the whole point of a distributed social network: you get to own your stuff (you could argue that, on the other hand, I’m not running my own email server, but, err, whatever, indulge me).
Unfortunately, setting up a Diaspora pod is insanely convoluted and complex.
After the jump, we’ll get into the meat of things and hopefully it will help you with the process (if you ever want to attempt it).