omnifocus versus hiveminder: round one

February 19, 2008

The first thing I really had to do in order to start giving Hiveminder a try was to load in all my tasks from OmniFocus. This was a little tedious. Unluckily for me, I missed my bus home on Friday and had to kill four hours at the office, waiting for the next one. I used some of this time getting things loaded into Hiveminder and then cleaning up the data I’d loaded.

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addex entry data: for when a lousy hack is too good

February 19, 2008

A lot of Addex features rely on your ability to put extra information onto address book entries. A really simple example is its generation of procmail rules. If it’s going to filter mail from Mom into the “family/mom” folder, I need to be able to tell it that I want that kind of filtering. Address book programs, though, are not usually designed to store all the information Addex wants.

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generating mailtool configuration with addex

February 18, 2008

I’ve complained before about how stifling I find GUI mail apps. I can’t commit a few twitches to muscle memory that allow me to perform useful and complex operations the way I can with mutt. There are some things that GUI apps get right, like high-level folder browsing, but mostly I just despise them. Mail.app’s integration with Address Book always tempted me, because I am pretty careful about putting everyone into it. It was irritating to get nothing out of it. Ages ago, I wrote a little program with Mac::Glue that would generate a mutt aliases file from my address book. Later it grew to produce some other configuration, and finally it became addex.

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a review of the catalyst book

February 17, 2008

In the index for “Catalyst” book, you’ll find no entry for model, controller, action, dispatch, or ActionClass. These are some of the most fundamental concepts in Catalyst.

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the nintendo zapper is just fine

February 16, 2008

For St. Valentine’s Day, Gloria gave me a Nintendo Zapper, which is basically a two-handed Wii remote holder that acts like a combination light gun and thumbstick. It comes with a little demo game called Link’s Crossbow Training, in which Link shoots targets, kills monsters, and runs gauntlets. Last night, John C. asked me, “But what else would you play with that?”

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omnifocus versus hiveminder: the prelude

February 15, 2008

A million (alternately, five) years ago, when I was working at IQE, I got sick of trying to use any of our existing project tracking software to track my todo list. Instead, I started using index cards. I put the big chunks of todo into Project or Press Your Luck (the project-managing add-on to our internal helpdesk software), but all the task-level stuff became index cards instead of helpdesk tickets.

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