Book Report – Hamlet’s Blackberry

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**Title**: Hamlet's Blackberry **Author**: William Powers I've been trying to get this book read for about the last 18 months. It had come highly recommended by a friend who found the book to be a good look into the technological overload of our modern times, and the inherent constant connectivity to the crowds provided by the Internet. It took me quite a while to get into this book. Powers' continual assertion that the technology that we have come to rely on is disconnecting us from ourselves, and our reality. The same technology that we use to keep us connected and allow us to collaborate and communicate with people all around the globe was, in turn, not allowing us to actually experience and enjoy that connection because it's giving us the…
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Creating Spaces in MacOS

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[Virtual desktops][1] are an extremely useful feature of modern operating systems. It's a feature that provides some of the benefits of multiple monitors without the extra space or expense of adding more displays to your computer. Generally speaking the feature allows you to group together windows on one or more additional logical desktops without the need for multiple monitors. ![Preference pane for Mission Control][preference-pane]On the Mac this feature is known as "Spaces" and was [originally introduced][2] way back in OS X 10.5 "Leopard", and was integrated into the [Mission Control][3] preference pane a couple of years later. This merge into Mission Control works very well, as long as you know where to look — because the preference pane doesn't really tell you where it is or how to find it.…
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Hash-based Diff for Directories

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Recently I was working on a project where I needed to quickly and reliably detect changes to the contents of a directory, and when a change was detected run a series of commands. There are any number of file differential tools, the venerable [diff][1] chief among them, and I think they would certainly do the job. They would certainly do a very complete job allowing for a comparison of every line of every file and be able to show exactly what changed where. But for what I needed to do, this seemed overkill. Ultimately what I needed to know was ***if*** something had changed, not specifically ***what*** had changed. To that end, I realized what I needed was a view of the directory, not a view of the files themselves.…
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Grand Plans

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I have a habit of coming up with (grandiose) ideas for things I want to do. Be they small things or large things, or amorphous life goals, I talk a lot and tend to be rather stingy on the follow through. Sometimes these goals are stopped by other projects, sometimes they're stopped by my "better judgement" when I talk myself out of them, sometimes is exhaustion, sometimes it's pure laziness. Whatever the reason or excuse I don't do nearly as much doing as I feel that I should, or that I want to. Tonight I was mulling these things over as I proceeded about my cleaning and folding of laundry and had a minor brainwave about a couple of the projects that seem, on the surface, to be complementary but…
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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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