Future of the Desktop

I’ve seen the future of the desktop, and it fits in your pocket. Sure, we’ve all seen this, it’s called a mobile phone or mobile device. But really, the desktop, by its nature and definition, sits on a desk top. But that really means that a decent-sized monitor, a keyboard and mouse sit there. As we’ve seen with all-in-ones, the computer can basically live inside the monitor casing. The one advantage is that there are no unsightly cables, or large form factor to get in the way, much less dust and a greater power footprint. With much smaller systems, usually
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Video Workflow – Free Tools

The best part of video is how convenient it has become. However, it is still a lot of work. The tools I like to use also need to be fast… and free. This is an important aspect of liberty. Even for short videos there is usually a combination of images, video clips and audio that needs some kind of manipulation. I’ve got a quick workflow that seems to do the trick. YouTube Video Editor The key to this is the YouTube video editor, which enables very fast splitting and combining of video and also the creation of single image video
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Internet Trends Report – 2016

Mary Meeker – Internet Trends – ReCode Conference 2016 Takeaways – Macro and Micro It was great to get some macroeconomic trends in this year’s report, so we can see not only inside the industry but externally. And folks, it does not look good for many. 3bn global internet users, growth flat at 9%, decelerating if exclude india Global smartphone users slowing, 21% vs. previous 31%, shipping units up 10% down from +28% GDP growth slowing, commodity prices down Emerging Asia + China is 2/3rd of global growth Debt loads on governments are growing faster than GDP, global debt is
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WordPress DevOps Lifecycle

This is a set of notes and remarks rather than anything comprehensive or systematic. The main point is learning from the fact that there is a development lifecycle in terms of consuming software products, and make better adoption decisions through a set of heuristics. By development, we need of course to expand this to encompass what is generally known as design, development, devops, sysops and ongoing maintenance. The key to reducing risk in WordPress development is to understand the lifecycle.
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Telegram + Trello, Github, WP

Telegram is my favorite go-to chat. Unfortunately people are invested in their use of Facebook messenger, Line, Hangouts, etc., and you have to be where they are to chat with them. I have one guy who is only chatting on the apps I don’t use: Facebook and WeChat. Sure, I might see a Facebook chat when I log in, but I don’t use the apps and so it just doesn’t work out well. I’m forced to use LINE but the same thing holds, I’m not logged in so semi-real-time just doesn’t happen. I’ll get a text message and also a
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Trello – Project Management

I’ve moved my workflow, task, and idea lists to Trello. This is a good tool and I see others use it effectively for project and task management. Also, it is a fast web app and they have mobile apps, all free. Project and Idea Management with Trello Use of Trello is meant to improve my project management and workflow. Everything is spread out across email, text documents spreadsheets and hard to see, search for, organize, prioritize, and track. Also, I tend to bounce around a lot between different areas of focus, and sometimes it is days, weeks, or months before
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Sunrise, Sunset – Email & Cal

Wow, what a strange week. People normally don’t or don’t have to change their email clients and calendar apps very often, but of course we can blame this one (at least part of it) on Microsoft. With the retirement of the greatest Calendar app ever (for mobile and desktop), Sunrise is… well… heading off into the sunset. What a difference $100m USD and 1 year makes. For OSX there are a few options, none very satisfactory, but something will be found acceptable, most likely the native OSX calendar app (I try not to use anything based on iCloud). My actual
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Apex HeadSpace – WP Plugin

I’ve added some bug fixes a WordPress plugin that I use and love, and that has been abandoned by its creator, HeadSpace 2 SEO. The problem is that on occasion some coding practice or another becomes outdated, and so a few tweaks to the code are needed. I’ve added those over time. Otherwise everything currently works as normal. The future versions of this will make the plugin more minimal and streamlined, as well as things like checking for the existence of enabled HeadSpace 2 plugin (get an error if so), removing all the settings that aren’t meta tags or insertion
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Apex Quotes – WP Plugin

I’ve refactored a WordPress plugin that I use and love, Quotes Collection. The problem is the mandatory CSS and JS file loadings, which are on every page, and not insignificant. So far, and this is an initial release, I’ve removed all the CSS calls and the only JS is one that is called in the Admin interface to confirm the deletion of a quote. Otherwise everything works as normal (except the auto-reload function). The future versions of this will make the plugin more minimal and streamlined, as well as things like checking for the existence of enabled Quotes Collection plugin
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Publishing Linode Guides

Linode is my host of choice. While no host is perfect, I find them to be a good mix of competence, resources, and reasonable prices. They also have a number of different locations. In any case, anyone can write guides for Linode, provided they follow the guidelines. Guides are submitted as pull requests on Github which is of course quite enlightened. Linode guide Writing Resources List of Guides on Github (organized by subject category) Linode Writers’ Content Guidelines Linode Writers’ Formatting Guidelines Email and Delay I had sent an email to contribute@linode without any response after 6 days. I filed
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