Tastee (del.icio.us) links!

These are my links for May 4th through May 27th:

  • migrating email to Gmail – I just moved this domain's email to Google's hosted apps, including their gmail interface. The issue was, of course, that I had years of emails stored from IMAP that I wanted in gmail for searchability. This thread in the DreamHost forums offers two wor
  • Tips for Building Your GM Notebook – Treasure Tables – I've started a GM notebook for the game I'm running for Greg. So far — just one session, and far from a completed book — it's been a big help.
  • So what IS D&D anyway? : Critical Hits – One of the reasons I stopped going to the gaming store in Charlotte was the incessantly negative talk by the store owner about new versions of D & D or any system that wasn't Palladium or 3E D & D. "That's not real D & D," he'd say. This article is a re
  • 13 reasons for UML?s descent into darkness | Little Tutorials – I remember my father teaching me how to do basic UML class diagrams and sequence diagrams. I still find them to be useful in planning, but not all the code-generation attempts that UML promises now. I'll write my own code, thanks.
  • YouTube – Where is the center of the Universe? – …How in the world is there no center to the universe?

GTD: Implementing with Tracks

When I started the new job on Monday, I took a bit of time to consider how I wanted to implement Getting Things Done (GTD) in the workplace. After considering my circumstances — glued to a computer all day, no particular need to access issues from home — I decided to try out Tracks, a Ruby on Rails tool for implementing GTD. Looked hot, so after a few failed attempts to get it installed on XP at work, I set up an account on a hosted server and ran with it.

…I love it.

Now, I have a PDA, you might say. A nice little Sony Clie 610C that’s served my GTD needs well.

It has, but I’ve found myself using it less and less. Evidently, this isn’t uncommon. I have a system that works: I have a reliable way to keep up with information that’s important to me. I capture on paper that I carry in my purse, and transfer to (formerly) Palm Desktop or (now) Tracks when I’m near a computer and ready to process it.

At best, it’s nice to have a calendar at hand. But really, I’m not so famous that I often have back-to-back appointments. Or that I need anything more than a 30-to-60-minute reminder, even via SMS on my cell phone. Again, I have a system that works. Morning reviews of what I need to do, combined with setting those Most Important Tasks”, rarely let an engagement slip through the cracks.

That need for only gentle reminders means that I can move to, say, Google Calendar for my calendaring needs, little though they are. I already have a g-cal for work, and my personal one shares with that one.

But for tasks, the internet is fine. After a few days of using Tracks on a hosted solution, I figured I’d go ahead and get it installed on a subdomain here at irrsinn.net.

Um. Yeah. About that.

About 6 hours later, I have a working install using mysql.

Six hours. Of not getting things done.

Here’s a head’s up: make sure your database user’s password consists of something other than all numbers. The ruby/rails-to-mysql call to “to_s” does something funky with all-num passwords such that you will continually get an “access denied” error on running “rake db:migrate” to set up the database for your site.

Six hours. No one else on the internet is having this problem.

Of course, that’s because people pick better passwords for their DB users that I do for test users, evidently. Changing it to have letters, symbols, &tc. resolved all my issues.

I hope it helps someone else.

Regardless, I really hope Tracks is worth it. It seems like it will be.

1000th post

This isn’t actually a significant or meaningful post, aside from the fact that’s it’s the 1000th post on this blag.

My writing here is often inspired by my readings of books, news, or other blogs, and for the past several days, I haven’t been struck by much that really pinged with me, which is why there have just been several link posts.

I’m at the new job, and it’s very nice so far. Because of how late I’m forced to go in in the mornings, I don’t take lunch, and so I’m even less inclined to write here, since my evenings are filled with D & D and financial fun.

I’ll need to use my words, though, lest I lose them…

Tastee (del.icio.us) links!

These are my links for April 26th through May 1st: