Jan 18th, 2021

1 post

Just one thing from NB this morning.
Be brilliant at the basics; all else follows from that.

Just One Thing, 47 of 101

Jan 16th, 2021

2 posts

It’s Divisional weekend on the NFL. I’m predicting wins for the Packers, Bills, Browns and Saints, but I really just want the Packers to win it all!

WhatsApp is delaying its privacy policy update by three months. I think it's too late now for WhatsApp to remedy this situation without changing their privacy policy.

Jan 15th, 2021

1 post

It’s ironic that the application that CleanMyMac X is telling me to close down is CleanMyMac X.

Jan 14th, 2021

2 posts

Spent a couple of hours tonight swapping in a TailwindUI component into a Rails app of mine. I can see me swapping more of the TailwindUI components to replace my own over the next few weeks.

For anyone interested, I ordered this wooden book stand on Etsy. Compact with an adjustable tilt, and space at the bottom for at least a couple of notebooks. Not a bad price either.

Jan 13th, 2021

1 post

Beyond exhausted tonight. I had great intentions of spending a couple of hours coding tonight, but the energy levels are just not there.

Jan 12th, 2021

1 post

I'm looking for a book stand that has space underneath it for a few a handful of notebooks. There are lots of good book stands out there, but not many with the storage I'm looking for underneath it. Any recommendations?

Jan 11th, 2021

2 posts

The Couch Console

I'm not sure what to make of this Couch Console on Kickstarter.

I like having a reason to get up and get some nibbles or a drink, but this makes it much easier to sit and enjoy my movie, the American football, the golf or the lastest PlayStation game.

One thing I do know is that my boys would love one each!

HT to Tools & Toys for sharing this. 

The humble checklist

Adam Keys reminds us of the effectiveness of the humble checklist.
Checklists are great because they are an easy way to get my brain thinking about the details. They force me to think about all the things that need to happen. They force me to think in time and sequence: this needs to happen before that and this other thing will take a while so that’s probably another checklist. Checklists force me to think about dependencies and who is going to do what part of a project. For example: Bob has access to all the welding tools, so he needs to do all the metalwork which means Alice and Chris are stuck with all the woodwork and painting.

The unreasonable effectiveness of checklists
I love a good checklist, especially when I'm going through a process that I'm not familiar with. You have the steps to go through, and if the checklist is well written, each step validates the previous step.  If something goes wrong, it has to be in the previous step or two.

Jan 10th, 2021

2 posts

Pulled the trigger on a license for Tailwind UI. I've already been using the free components, but weighing up the cost of the license for what you get back in terms of components is worth it in my book.

Got The Charlatans on in the background, a series of bugs to work through for a Rails application and a cup of coffee on my desk. Good times.

Jan 9th, 2021

2 posts

It’s Wildcard Weekend in the NFL. Predicting wins for the Bills, Seahawks and Buccaneers  today. Tomorrow going for wins the Ravens, Saints and Browns. Tomorrow’s games are definitely tougher to call.

My dad dropped off homemade snowballs from my mum yesterday. Ideal with a cup of tea this afternoon.

Jan 8th, 2021

4 posts

Lots of good stuff from Curtis McHale today. Being consistent in 2021, ideas from reading in 2020 and he's moving from Goodreads to StoryGraph. For me, Curtis McHale's blog is one of the best out there.

I'm always torn between how picturesque it is when it snows and when it will melt enough to get back on the golf course. I'll enjoy this view for the moment though until it clears.

Looks like I've missed the release of Edition 2 of the bullet journal notebook. I hope they get more in soon. Almost at the end of my current notebook.

Started something of a ripple tonight with my Signal post. Will catch up with replies in the morning. 👍🏻

Jan 7th, 2021

2 posts

Just curious. Are any of my blogging buddies using Signal?

Ultimatum for WhatsApp users

Another classy move from the Facebook family.
WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messenger that claims to have privacy coded into its DNA, is giving its 2 billion plus users an ultimatum: agree to share their personal data with the social network or delete their accounts.

WhatsApp gives users an ultimatum: Share data with Facebook or stop using the app
I use WhatsApp for chatting with family and friends as well as a means of communicating with a few groups at the golf club. I haven't agreed to the terms yet (and I don't want to), but I suspect that I will need to before the 8th of February when the new privacy policy will kick in.

Facebook has really backed everyone into a corner with this one, but I suspect that amongst the millions of users, there won't be much of a revolt against this. There are other options to WhatsApp like Signal, but for most people, they just can't see beyond Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.