Away From *A* Keyboard 2010
For the first time that I recall in many years I am at home without my computer. That is to say without all my memorized logins, auto-complete entries, documents and other files, and my full music collection. My MacBook is with the geniuses for a few days having two problems repaired which are not uncommon in white Macbooks: cracked keyboard surface along front edge and bulging battery. The latter was a new problem and prompted my finally letting it out of my hot little hands for the service period. That and Joe setting up a marvelous improved backup setup which improved my confidence.
But part of the reason I love the web and living in a geek household is that this is not really slowing me down. Using one of our other computers, I'm listening to music on Pandora and since most of what I do takes place in a browser anyhow, I haven't run up against any "oh, that has to wait for me to get my machine back" roadblocks.
Only one dumb mistake: should have sync'd OmniFocus with my phone so I'd have all my projects and to-do's. But really, am I going to run out of the obvious stuff so fast? Actually, this could be a benefit; it will steer me towards working on the most physically obvious tasks and that might mean our house and my desk are going to be a lot nicer by the end of the week.
Ahh, then Pandora pulls out of the aether a favorite song from an old album I only had on vinyl – "Rab's Last Woolen Testament" by Robin Williamson & His Merry Band – and I know everything will be just fine.
Update: Apple called back in four hours to say my computer was ready. !!! New battery, new keyboard, not just fixed but cleaned, and all no charge. Sometimes being a fangrrrl really does feel justified.
And then today I was dismissed from jury service immediately because they already had enough people. Woo! (Though I'm kind of disappointed because for the first time I actually have a flexible enough schedule to do it. Ah well, next year, perhaps.)
Dear Discardians on Facebook 2010
excellent things 2010
Hello from the waiting room 2010
bring on the learning revolution 2010
multiple victory conditions 2010
Sometimes all you can give is courtesy 2010
writing your life list 2010
Find the voice that speaks to you 2010
Listen to the voices that actually propel you 2010
Argh. Facebook! 2010
Facebook should stop sharing my personal
info with outside companies
without my specific permission.
Meetings Cost A Lot 2010
I'm pleased to see that others have had the meeting cost calculator idea and done something about it.
Every tech company I've ever worked with (except those run by Clemens Pfeiffer) has needed a device like this, but some need it more than others. Yes, you with the weekly hour-plus meeting attended by the CEO and three VPs, I'm looking at you.
(Thanks for linky goodness, Boing Boing!)
opt out or move on 2010
replace minimally rewarding passive activities 2010
saving energy by re-using 2010
What gadget or technology do you really, really, really want to buy but haven't yet? What's holding you back? 2010
I want to use (& would pay for) a privacy-aware, less ethically dubious, well-designed alternative to Facebook.
But someone needs to build it first.
Be kind for no reason 2010
Improve a place where stuff gets shoved away 2010
Phone call & mailing day! 2010
clear mental clutter today 2010
Great post, Helga! 2010
I'll be quoting this in the Discardia book - which is coming along at a brisk pace!
[Link not working as of October 2015]