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The Secret to Superstar Time Management

We’ve all seen the bits in TV shows or movies where a character has two dozen things they need to do and they’re shuffling them all and doing everything wrong and all of a sudden their countless spinning plates come crashing down in a heap. We’ve probably all been right there in those shoes.

This is about how to keep those plates up and even spinning of their own accord. How to make your time work for you.

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The Idea Series: Week 3

I don’t know what happened to the week. Just yesterday it was Tuesday and I just finished writing down my ideas for the ninth. Now it’s the fifteenth? It went by so fast! At this rate, I’ll be done in no time!

(This is something I’ve said to myself almost every Friday since I can remember.)

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How to Write a Good Bug Report

The ability to write a good bug report is so much more important than the bug report itself.

More often than not, a shoddy bug report is going to get closed offhand, despite the validity of the bug itself. Most developers don’t have the time to parse through and guess at what the report actually means, and they certainly don’t have the ability to “fix” something if they don’t know what it is they’re fixing. This is especially true if you ever try to open an issue with an open source project — for better or for worse.

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The Idea Series: Week 2

I called it. Day One I had over twenty ideas and felt like I could go forever. Almost every day this week has been difficult. Each day I thought, “Should I just try to come up with the same kinds of ideas? What Idea Themes do I pick? How do I pick them?”

Which I guess is kind of the whole point of this exercise.

But I prevailed, and here are seven more days of ideas.

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10 Ways to Be More Happy

We all have our down days. I think it’s important to acknowledge them when they happen. Don’t deny the feelings. Give them their names, give them space, and deal with them. It’s difficult. But it’s necessary.

This day was one of those days for me, so my ideas for the day were centered on ways to give long-term benefits to my overall mood.

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The Idea Series: Week 1

The purpose of this project is not necessarily to generate all good ideas. Just ideas. As time progresses, maybe the quality will rise.
Additionally, each day doesn’t have to be simply business or app ideas. Each day could have its own theme, as we’ll soon see.

So, let’s begin!

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How to Solve a Problem: The OSI Model

Years ago, I lived in a small military town attached to a naval base. There were few ways for a civilian like myself to become employed on base, and the first one I latched onto was to get some sort of IT certification. I was good with computers, and I knew I wanted to work with them. So I looked up some certs, picked a few, got the books, and got to studying.

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Tech Support, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Solve the Problem

I believe that, given any type of technical problem, there exists a finite and achievable set of actions you can perform to find the root cause of a problem. From there, you can eliminate or improve that problem.

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The Idea Series

I’m trying to improve myself. This is an active process, the type that doesn’t — or can’t — get done all at once. Instead, it’s done in incremental steps. A small bit, every day.

One of the ways in which I’d like to accomplish this is by improving my lateral thinking capabilities. Another is to improve my ability to come up with new ideas. And finally, I’d like to be able to reach that lofty status of Financial Independence, supported either by my writing or by my own personal ventures.

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