Intentionality and the Struggle with Perfectionism

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Wow. It's been a while since I posted something. Not the first time there's been a big gap, and probably not the last, so let's not dwell on that. Something that's been on my mind for a while now and kind of relates to me not getting blog posts written is the idea of not being organized to get done what you want to get done when you want to get it done. Part of it is organization and part of it is motivation. However in my case another part of it is my constant struggle with perfectionism and over-planning. This may sound surprising to anyone who's ever seen my office (or my car) but it's a real challenge for me on anything that I'm trying to create. I tend…
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30 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To (part 3)

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![flickr-abletoven-rss-headphones](/media/blog-images/2014/abletoven-podcast-rss.jpg)In [part 1](/2014/04/30-podcasts-you-should-be-listening-to-part-1/) and [part 2](/2014/04/30-podcasts-you-should-be-listening-to-part-2/) of this series I highlighted the first block of 30 podcasts I listen to very regularly. I have listened to many of these since they began (often retroactively) and very much enjoy them. There are a lot of tech shows in here with a mix of science, food, history and popular culture mixed in for good measure. Today I bring you the final round of podcasts. I highly recommend you check out any of these great shows and subscribe to them if you're interested. ### Mac OS Ken This show is my day starter. Ken Ray brings together a concise short 10-20 minute podcast with a dose of "Apple news and news related to Apple news." Every weekday he rounds up the latest in…
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30 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To (part 2)

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![flickr-abletoven-rss-headphones](/media/blog-images/2014/abletoven-podcast-rss.jpg)In [part 1](/2014/04/30-podcasts-you-should-be-listening-to-part-1/) of this series I highlighted the first block of 30 podcasts I listen to very regularly. I have listened to many of these since they began (often retroactively) and very much enjoy them. There are a lot of tech shows in here with a mix of science, food, history and popular culture mixed in for good measure. Today I bring you round 2 of the podcasts. I highly recommend you check out any of these great shows and subscribe to them if you're interested. ### Get-It-Done Guy Officially titled "Get-It-Done Guy's Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More" this show is a member of the Quick and Dirty Tips network. Host Stever Robbins touches on productivity tips with real-world applications that you can use…
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30 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To (part 1)

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![flickr-abletoven-rss-headphones](/media/blog-images/2014/abletoven-podcast-rss.jpg)I recently put together a show for Hacker Public Radio. Seeing as I had done all this writing, I decided I might as well put together a couple of blog posts. These are 30 podcasts I listen to very regularly. I have listened to many of these since they began (often retroactively) and very much enjoy them. There are a lot of tech shows in here with a mix of science, food, history and popular culture mixed in for good measure. Because most people have attention spans only slightly longer than your average gnat, I've decided to break this up into three separate blog posts, each highlighting 10 different shows. ### 99% Invisible Storytelling is the focus of Roman Mars' podcast 99% Invisible. This show tells the stories behind the…
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Ctrl-Alt-Delete – Rebooting Me

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I sit here staring at a blank screen, a blinking cursor, and I wonder what I'm going to write about. There are a great many topics to choose from over the last year. Technical topics, personal topics, gadget topics, relationship topics, job topics the list seems almost endless. In a way that's been part of the challenge for me getting content to post. Every time I come up with what seems like a good topic idea, I come up with 10 more that seem more important, or better in some way. Ultimately, if I'm going to write, I need to write; I need to put the fingers to the keyboard and [make the clackety noise](http://www.kungfugrippe.com/post/169873399/clackity-noise). ### Reboot? I've been lazy. There's no other way to look at it. I've been…
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My Journey to Linux & OSS for Hacker Public Radio

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I recently recorded and submitted my first podcast for [Hacker Public Radio](http://hackerpublicradio.org/), which is something I've been planning to do for several months. I figured I might as well dump the transcript to the blog as well for those who don't subscribe to HPR and/or are allergic to audio. Telling the tale of how you came to be an active user of Linux or open source software has become the de facto first show topic, so here's my story. ### Early Years The first computer I ever owned was purchased second-hand from a local company who had recently upgraded their systems. It was a second-generation Intel Pentium system with precious few system resources. But it was mine... all mine. I played with it for a few months trying out different…
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Short Order Code #006 :: Proof of Concept vs. Prototyping

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**_Content originally published December 22, 2009 for the_** **Short Order Code** **_podcast._** In today’s show I wanted to touch on the concepts of “proof-of-concept” and “prototyping”. These two methodologies for attacking a software project are closely related in many ways, but differ completely in how they can be practically applied to a software development effort. I’ll highlight a new project I’m working on and how that project inspired me to bring this topic today. I realized something that most people already know… or at least they think they do. **_This was the final podcast for Short Order Code. It only lived on a few months, but I enjoyed making it. Ultimately audio was not the format best-suited for my software topics. Shortly after this I became a dad and priorities…
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Short Order Code #005 :: Dealing with Code Inheritance

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**_Content originally published November 13, 2009 for the_** **Short Order Code** **_podcast._** This week I’m getting away from tools and plugins to get a bit more into the operational side of software. The topic this week is all about dealing with those inherited hand-me-down projects. I’ll offer some strategies on how to cope with these projects once they land in your lap, and a tiny bit of advice for those of you starting up new projects. As always your feedback is very much appreciated, you can post it in the comments or follow the show on Twitter.
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Short Order Code #004 :: Tooling for success – part 2

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**_Content originally published October 30, 2009 for the_** **Short Order Code** **_podcast._** After several long weeks, and a well deserved vacation Short Order Code is back with the second part of our look at tools to help improve your programming productivity. This week I’m talking about tools that are a bit more ancillary to the development process, things that help you with the tasks associated with the other parts of software development that take place (for the most part) outside your IDE. * Unit testing tools – [nUnit](http://nunit.org/), [jUnit](http://junit.org/), [mbUnit](http://mbunit.com/) * In-IDE Version Control – [AnkhSVN](http://ankhsvn.open.collab.net/) * Browser-based Debugging – [Firebug](http://getfirebug.com/) * Disassemble DLLs – [Reflector](http://www.red-gate.com/products/dotnet-development/reflector/), [addins](http://www.red-gate.com/products/dotnet-development/reflector/add-ins) * Paste Code Wisely – [SmartPaster](http://weblogs.asp.net/alex_papadimoulis/archive/2004/05/25/Smart-Paster-1.1-Add-In---StringBuilder-and-Better-C_2300_-Handling.aspx) * Paint and Pictures – [Paint.NET](http://getpaint.net/) I’m going to try to keep the shows coming as regularly…
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Short Order Code #003 :: Tooling for success – part 1

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**_Content originally published September 11, 2009 for the_** **Short Order Code** **_podcast._** This is part 1 of a two part series on free plugins and addins for Visual Studio. Despite the fact that the Visual Studio IDE is one of the most feature rich out-of-the-box IDEs available there’s never any shortage of what developers wish they could do with their tools. Being developers, we can take care of that problem via the Visual Studio addins framework. In this episode I’ll provide a brief overview of a few tools. This week’s addins include: * [CopySourceAsHtml](http://copysourceashtml.codeplex.com/) by Colin Coller (JT Leigh) * [devMetrics](http://www.anticipatingminds.com/content/products/devMetrics/devMetrics.aspx) by the folks at Anticipating Minds * [CodeKeep](http://www.codekeep.net/) by Dave Donaldson (ArcWare) * [VSGesture](http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/F5007932-0720-492B-8A51-631D5265F6B7/) by Um Junil (Umc.Core) In part two I’ll talk about a few more plugins that…
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