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Development, systems administration, parenting and business

Journal, ISO week 2018-W50

last week

I haven't ended up with much in my notes this week...

It was another week of scheduling in advance and largely sticking to it. :-)

With some assorted PaTMa development, including work on some customer requested features - hopefully going live next week.

The monthly Brighton Product Meet also took place, including some excellent discussions around Twitter marketing and ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W49

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SharePoint

I spent far too many hours getting better acquanted with SharePoint than I ever wanted to be.

How anyone has ever, never mind still, uses it I really don't know. Apparently it's entirely possible, even quite common (based on the number of web pages about it), to end up with a "folder" that actually has ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W48

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Well, that didn't entirely go according to plan!

I haven't published a journal article for four weeks. Simply because other things have had to take priority.

That shift in priorities started on the 12th November when a major server used by my web and email hosting company started to spew errors from both of it's ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W44

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Gaming time

Over a month ago I decided to make some changes that were intended to reduce the amount of time I waste on time-demanding (and perhaps not so enjoyable) games. This week I took a few minutes to see how I've been getting on.

The time I spent playing games (I think this is all time-sucking ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W43

last week

Oops!

I got so late with posting my journal last week, and still didn't find time to edit and publish it later in the week, that I decided to roll it over to this week. I've decided to just edit everything together so this post covers the last two weeks.

Co-working

I ran another free co-working ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W41

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All Secure Domains

Having been working on lots of behind the scenes things like server upgrades and migrations over the last few weeks and months for All Secure Domains, this week I started rolling out DKIM signing of outbound email. This is currently only for customers who host DNS and email with ASD - the DNS records are automatically ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W40

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House repairs

It's only taken us ten years of living here but we've finally had a panel in our kitchen moved over by 1cm so we can actually fit our washing machine fully under the counter. A day for celebration!

Micropreneurs social

Another first-Thursday rolled past this week and hence so did another Redhill Micropreneurs social ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W39

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Heating

We have given up! Our heating has been switched on. We were trying to make it to the totally arbitrary goal of reaching October before needing to do such, but after a couple of very cold and disturbed (presumably related) nights, we decided to give up just a little early. I wonder how long it will be ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W38

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Escaping time based gaming

I've concluded that this style of game is really bad for me (or anyone I think). This is the style of game that demands (to make progress) frequent/regular bits of your time. Eg playing each day to collect a daily reward, or every X hours to restore your shield or collect built-up ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W35

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Property (and stats)

A great (well, I think so) read from the ONS in their latest house prices index. There are some big regional differences in the changes they report but it seems a drop in transactions is pretty consistent across the county. That said the historic numbers do suggest a spike in transaction numbers in April 2017 ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W33

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General

Somehow I managed to end up spending three hours doing Windows desktop support!! This is something I thought I'd escaped from a long time ago. There's just one special SEOSS customer who Tim still provides this for and hence w hile he's on holiday I get to as well. It's fairly common for ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W31

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Car (child) trouble

Monday morning challenge this week was a flat battery in the car - apparently due to cabin lights being left on, presumably thanks to a small person!

I've previously fixed this by removing the battery and charging it in the house. But removing the battery from a Prius Plus is not very easy and I ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W30

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Time

First week in a while that I've managed to plan whole days for specific projects, rather than each day being a jumble of several. Also the first in ages that I've consistently left the house to work (using a couple of local co-working spaces).

For the next few weeks of summer holiday I'm intending ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W28

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To walk or not to walk

It's a difficult decision - whether to walk into town to use an office space or not.

  • For walking to the office
    • Proper air conditioning
    • Chance to bank a cheque (they do still exist, at least in the world of British Gas!)
    • Chance to return/exchange some shorts
    • Less disturbances during the ...
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Journal, ISO week 2018-W27

"yesterday"

Journal geekery

I write the initial text for these journals on my main computer, often as quick notes during the day. To make that easy I made myself a little script (actually a fish function):

function tj
    set T (date +"%Y-%m-%d")
    vi ~/journal/$T.md
end

Since I've now changed to recording a weekly journal, I ...

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