Sunday, December 15, 2013

What is the best email strategy these days?

In the last post I wrote: having latest version of some software will not make you more productive, use what you have and go ahead

That is absolutely true and I cannot agree more (after all this is me who wrote it) but everything changes. Apparently I just sold my TimeCapsule (priced it sufficiently on eBay) and right now I really have to reorganise my stuff. Why selling?
- I wasn't using it
- experience with my home network was bad
- I keep all files in Dropbox / Google Drive / online anyway
- I realised that for my needs home server will be much better (after all I consider myself a power user)

So yes, here were are. This time I remembered to backup ssh keys and of course private keys to Bitcoin wallet. (sidenote for BTC fanatics - using LocalBitcoins, Electrum wallet and icevault.ch for cold storage)

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Let me talk about user experience:

Do I want my key to be stored with Apple? Not sure... Anyway - make sure you read everything when comes to encryption. Devil is in details.

Another one, see the icons when installing stuff:

And the last one - what is the best email strategy these days? One year ago I was considering going with Sparrow - but they were acquired by Google and it looks to me like an abandonware with no updates, see their latest tweets:



So I still wonder what is the best to manage email... In my current gmail setup I have 20+ addresses that forward to my main account, 100+ labels, 500+ filters and SaneBox [ref] which is a real lifesaver! (if a messages lands in my inbox I know it is worth reading, email on mobile does actually make sense again)

I guess I know the answer - I am bound with gmail and there is no easy way that in foreseeable future I will get away with it. This question is highly related to that -  What are the steps to ensure that if you die, your hosting & domain will live on? - you can extrapolate "die" to "go to India for 3 months" - I really don't want to let down people counting on me. What I want to do is reduce responsibilities, phase out, find a framework that would allow me to...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

nodejs npm yeoman yo grunt server packages build deployment live reload server

My computer is running slow and I'm thinking about starting fresh. As always - wish money was never a concern and I could buy latest & greatest gear, for now MacBookAir (mid 2011) must suffice:

I used Yeoman in the past for its live reload feature and bundled grunt which is great for packaging apps. As everything is changing quickly I followed instructions on the homepage:

(not willing to rant nor include screenshots - it's just my config that is old, bloated, inconsistent, obsolete - as you see I clearly need reinstall - for now I just pushed my version of yeoman scaffold that happens to work for me)

That reminds me of a Haters Gonna Hate page: I am just wondering why it is not easier? Maybe I should call it gatekeeping: keeping away beginners from coding?

About NPM (node package manager) here are two slides from the presentation, it can be a mess:


The web is what you make of it!





Go go go! indiewebcamp, remotestorage, unhosted, CHTredecentralize...

(there are so many brilliant projects, having latest version of some software will not make you more productive, use what you have and go ahead!)