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    Looking for a perfect Android app for TSW/GTD use

    13th March 2015

    I have recently realized that my planning habits are quite similar to what The Secret Weapon promotes. However, my planning is not as elaborate and detailed/structured as TSW, and I am using several tools:

    • Google Keep, an awesome note-taking and to-do lists application with a really good web-interface, and free;
    • Trello, convenient lists/projects/tasks management platform (especially for group work), and free;
    • Google Calendar, the de facto calendar standard for Android phones, and free;
    • my A5 format weekly paper planner, and… the only not free component.

    It is easy to see that I am using too many tools.

    In an effort to use less tools, and also to try some of the features of TSW, I’ve performed a brief search for GTD/TSW-compatible Android apps.

    TSW website is built around the Evernote app. However, I am not sure if this would be a good solution for me, as I have been already using Evernote since several years for longer-term note-keeping, and thus already have a bunch of notepads, notes, and tags there. Moreover, Evernote’s website mentions something about “offline notes” in the Premium (non-free) tier for mobile apps; this hints at the requirement to have internet connectivity to be able to work with TSW+Evernote efficiently through the day.

    Oh, before I forget: all the 4 tools that I am using have their purpose, with overlap between Keep and Trello.
    My A5 format paper planner (weekview compact 2015) is not a simple weekly planner; it has a structure that stimulates goal-oriented planning.
    More specifically, it provides means to plan:
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    I want a physical QWERTY keyboard Android

    27th October 2014

    My motivation is simple, and Kevin Michaluk had nicely written down the benefits of physical keyboards: Why there’s still demand in 2014 for phones with physical keyboards. For many years I’ve been using Nokia E71, and now, after switching to a screen-only Android 4.4.2 device, I dearly miss the physical keyboard (and the compact, durable metal phone body, too, as well as week-long battery life…).

    I really hope that phone manufacturers offer something that:

    • is about the size of E71, possibly slightly higher/wider/thicker
    • has a physical QWERTY keyboard, either E71-style or a slider
    • runs Android Lollipop :P
    • has decent (but not necessarily the best) smartphone hardware (5-8+MP camera, 1.4+GHzCPU, 1.5+GB RAM, 8+GB internal storage, etc)
    • has a good screen, e.g. HD (~4.3-4.7″) for a slider-keyboard version, or half-HD for Nokia-style keyboard
    • is minimally waterproof (can withstand heavy rain for 30 minutes)

    Reasonable price would also be welcome…

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    Good hands-on explanation of differences between Spearman’s and Pearson’s correlation

    22nd April 2014

    Linear correlation vs. Rank order correlation: drag 11 data points around the plot and observe how both Spearman’s and Pearson’s correlation measures change. But first follow the Next button at the bottom-right for a guided tour of data manipulations.

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    How to cite PHYLIP

    10th January 2014

    Official PHYLIP FAQ does suggest a few ways to cite the software, but I believe that the best citation is mentioned in the wikipedia PHYLIP article: pubmed reference for PMID 7288891. This PubMed citations seems the best, because

    • it does mention the software tool implementing the maximum likelihood approach,
    • it is likely the earliest mention of the PHYLIP software (which was distributed since around 1980),
    • it refers to a journal indexed by pubmed, and
    • according to Google Scholar, it was already cited over 6660 times :)
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    Brief comparison: Dropbox vs BitTorrent Sync vs AeroFS vs SparkleShare

    24th November 2013

    Right now I’m mostly using Dropbox, and recently started BitTorrent Sync for my music collection sync between all the PCs and my backups server, as well as for sharing larger files at work (thanks to direct LAN connections, this is much faster with BTSync than with Dropbox, which has to first upload the file to Dropbox server). I’m also considering syncing a TrueCrypt container of my photos archive using BTSync. SparkleShare is potentially interesting, but given my trend to move to free code-hosting services, I do not yet see a need for it.

    Below is a short summary table I’ve used to compare available solutions. Feel free to contribute to the table in the comments – I’ll update the post, then.

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    The Mysteries of BitCoin

    24th November 2013

    BitCoin logoDid you know that the creator(s) of BitCoin is/are unknown?
    Did you know that the account which generated the Genesis Block is estimated to have up to 0.6-1 million BitCoins?
    Did you know that the creator(s) of BitCoin disappeared from any BitCoin-related discussion and development forums a long time ago?
    Did you know that 3 journalist investigations aiming to identify BitCoin creator(s) all ended up with different results?

    This information is not available in one piece, but there are some of the pieces at the following URLs:

    A mistery hidden in the Genesis Block
    Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?
    Four years and $100 million later, Bitcoin’s mysterious creator remains anonymous
    Ted Nelson Says That Bitcoin’s Satoshi Nakamoto Is Shinichi Mochizuki
    Where in the World is Satoshi Nakamoto?
    The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin

    Below is a huge graphical brief history of Bitcoin, including the continued growth of its exchange rates.
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    Migrating from Redmine to Bitbucket

    17th October 2013

    In one of the previous posts I’ve mentioned that BitBucket is über-cool :)

    Redmine is also really cool, and is actually more feature-reach than what BitBucket has to offer, but maintaining it needs just a tiny bit more time and attention than I’m willing to spend these days. So, migration it is!

    Redmine has issue 3647 titled “Data import/export system”; it is not resolved, but has a number of links to other resources. Like the redmine exporter at hostedredmine.com, which provides free hosted redmine service. Redmine itself has REST API, though I have no idea if it allows exporting all the data I may need. There’s also an XLS export plugin, but it has to be installed first, and I’m too lazy :) There’s also TaskAdapter, but they do not support BitBucket (yet?).

    For the complete backup, I think of using the pure-ruby redmine project data export script. To migrate issues only, I’ll consider the redmine2bitbucket script.

    P.S. Not implying anything (yet?), but my previous migration was from Trac to Redmine… At that time, Trac seemed to have less features than I wanted. And now I’m migrating back to “less features”, but with a benefit of no support required from me.

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