Year of Self

Year of Self

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For the past couple of years I've eschewed the practice of the New Year's Resolution in favour of broader goals or themes for the year. These have been helpful for me in providing an overall direction or guidepost for me as I work to make incremental improvements or changes throughout the year. Where I've been... The first of these, "Year of Less", helped me to de-clutter mentally and physically, as well as direct my efforts towards a few specific projects and tasks. This ultimately gave me more focus on those tasks and helped me to find both professional and personal growth. Most recently 2018 was my "Year of Done." The overall theme was one of working things through to completion and reducing procrastination. This was all about not putting off…
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Agile Resolutions

Agile Resolutions

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We're coming up to the end of the year again. I'm already starting to see the conversations starting about one of my most hated holiday season traditions: New Year's Resolutions. Why am I such a grinch about self improvement? Why be opposed to people making a change for the better? I'm not, and I'm not. It's not the change, or even the resolution itself that I have problems with, it's the "New Year's" bit, and all of the associated issues that come with it. When people make a New Year's Resolution they are saying that when January first rolls around they are going to make a change in their life for the better. They want to eat better, exercise more, be nicer to people, take more time for themselves, take…
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Taking Stock

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Quite some time ago I started a series of posts on setting up your own home server from scratch using a desktop PC running Ubuntu. The series was fairly popular and provided a good detailed look at just what it takes to get a home server going. Well the server I built is going away and I find myself planning, once again, how best to address the computing needs of my household. It seems obvious to me that I **need** a server. I've had one for the past few years and it's been very beneficial for a number of reasons. But times change, people change and computing needs do, in fact, change. This series of posts is going to be as much for me as anything else. I figure if…
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