Yahoo!'s family accounts still stink

August 22, 2013

It is amazing how bad Yahoo!’s “family account” experience is. I want to make an account for my six year old daughter to use to upload her photos to Flickr. Googling for Yahoo! family accounts and flickr finds this text:

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getting stuff accomplished, next steps

August 17, 2013

I’ve got nearly every goal on my big board lit up. So, now I’m getting into a routine of getting all the regular things done. Next up, I’m going to try to get better at doing the one-off tasks I have to do, like file my expenses, arrange a piano tuning, and that sort of thing. For this, I’m going to try using Remember the Milk. I’ve used it in the past and liked it fine, but I didn’t stick with it. I think that if I integrate it into my new routine, it’ll work.

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being a polyglot programmer (barely)

August 1, 2013

I like learning new programming languages. Unfortunately, I rarely make the time to get any good at them. I’m hoping to figure out how to force myself to write something non-trivial in something at least relatively unlike what I do all day.

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I get points for blogging this!

July 25, 2013

I feel like I’m always struggling with productivity. I don’t get the things done that I want to get done, and I’m never sure where I lost my momentum, or why, or how I can keep with it. I’ve tried a bunch of productivity tools, and most of them have failed. For a while, now, I’ve had an on-again-off-again relationship with The Daily Practice, which I think is great. Even though I think it’s great, I don’t always manage to keep up with it, which means it doesn’t actually do me much good.

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once again trying to keep up with the tickets

July 4, 2013

I maintain a bunch of published code. I probably wrote more than half of it, and I’ve been the sole maintainer for years on most of the rest. I inherited a lot of bug reports, I get new bug reports, and I get feature requests. I used to try to respond to everything immediately, or at least within a few days.

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Template Toolkit 2: still making me crazy

July 3, 2013

Template Toolkit 2, aka TT2, has long been a thorn in my side. Once upon a time, I really liked it, but the more I used it, the more it frustrated me. In almost every case, my real frustrations stem from the following set of facts:

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