December 01, 2014

Larry Cafiero

Simply put, silence is golden

Philip Newborough — who we all know as corenominal or the father of CrunchBang or whatever you might call him in private — seems to have a very unique leadership style which you won’t find being taught in any postgraduate MBA program or outlined in any company management manual.

Simply put, it’s this: Appreciate those who help you, and speak when necessary.

So there has been some discussion among some on the forums about not having any current information on the status of Janice as Debian 8 Jessie freezes — as it did a couple of weeks ago — and some have pointed out that corenominal hasn’t commented on the forum for a few months. It leads some to assume that the status of Janice is in peril; or worse, with some saying, wrongfully and laughably, that CrunchBang is dead.

Simply put, it isn’t. To look at our standing on Distrowatch, ranging from the teens to the mid-40s, we are still viable; remarkably viable for a distro with a community of its size. Again, Debian 8 Jessie just froze: Once the 1,100 or so bugs are worked out of Debian 8 Jessie and it is released to the world, there will be a CrunchBang 12 Janice somewhere along the line.

How do I know? I asked. Like many of us, Philip has a lineup of life’s tasks that take up his day-to-day existence: work to do, bills to pay, a family in which he has to be a husband and father — all the things that come ahead of providing the wider public an excelent distro. I’m not making excuses, but that’s just the way life tends to be.

But he did say that a.) there will be a CrunchBang 12 Janice, b.) as of yet there are no betas of Janice or anything like that out there, and c.) he will be making an announcement soon on the status of Janice, so keep an eye out for it.

Simply put, there will be news when there is some to report. Meanwhile, keep CrunchBanging, folks.

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(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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by Larry at December 01, 2014 01:54 AM

November 25, 2014

Andrew Williams

The Grand Reorganisation

I've been an Evernote user for a few years now, and its really changed how I keep track of "stuff" I need to keep stored for the future, be it scanned copies of my rental contract for my house or that 5 line how-to guide I found to fix an annoying issue I have. I don't think I could last a week without checking in with the reference i've built up over time.

I'm by no means a heavy user, my Evernote store consists of around 350 well curaited notes, most of which have a large PDF scan or image attached. My notebook collection has evolved nautrally with my usage and its ended up with around 50 notebooks for my very meager number of notes, so it was time to simplify.

The last day or so i've been reading a few blog posts from various Evernote users, from the heavy hitters down to the people who use it as a scratch pad for ideas. What I found is that a lot of people seemed to share the same consistent view; split down the important bits into notebooks, the rest can live in one "filing cabinet" size notebook as long as they're well tagged. Jamie Rubin documented his notebook reorganisation and his method really made sense to me. Afer around of poking around I had the following layout:

  • Personal
    • Medical
    • Banking
    • Documents
  • Professional
    • Certifications
    • HR
    • Job 1
    • Freelance
    • Payslips
    • P60s
  • Reference
    • Contracts
    • Receipts & Warranties
    • Repairs & Service
    • Filing Cabinet
  • Travel
    • Europe
    • North Ameria
  • Shared
    • Public Notes

I still have some crossover between the notebooks, but its a lot better than the previous 50, i'll have to let this bed in for the next few weeks to see how this works, but i'm already experiencing the advantages of having a single "Filing Cabinet" notebook with all my miscellaneous clippings in. I'm sure in the near future i'll have to start mass tagging items instead of depending on flicking through the list of notes, but thats for another post...

by Andrew Williams at November 25, 2014 08:44 AM

November 17, 2014

Larry Cafiero

I’m baaaaaaaaaaack!

OK, so here’s the deal:

Job: Check. Got a great gig editing financial books and presentations for a financial publisher here in town. That’s as boring as it sounds, but it pays the bills. I’m still looking for other freelance work going forward, but this is going to keep me going for quite some time.

Hardware: At home I’ve been using primarily CrunchBang and Korora, though I confess that for the last several months I’ve had the latter on the Road Warrior ThinkPad T60 while using CrunchBang on desktops in the home lab. I’m mostly using the laptop, but the T60 has been showing its age with the Fedora-based distro on it. So I made the switch back and now it’s running like new.

So now I’m back, patrolling the forums — welcome news to some, and a warning to others — and tweaking the current version while waiting for Janice.

So, did you miss me? :-)

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by Larry at November 17, 2014 11:29 PM

November 02, 2014

Richard Querin

Getting my Work Calendar to Sync Properly on my Phone

This is a quick post about how I solved the problem of implementing my work calendar (shared via a calDAV server) into the calendar app on my phone (a Nexus 5) right alongside my Google Calendar.

At work we use KerioConnect to manage our mail, calendars and contacts. I use their webmail client to do my email and calendar on my desktop at work. It’s remarkably good. It’s fast and well-designed.

I wanted any events I added to my work calendar through its webmail interface to show up on my phone’s calendar app. And I also wanted to be able to add and edit calendar events on my phone whenever I wanted, and have those changes sync properly.

My first attempt at this was to try and import my calendar into Google Calendar by adding it as an additional calendar on the GCal website. I could never get my work calendar to show up here. I’m not 100% sure why. Maybe it was finicky about the CalDav address. I’m also not sure that if it did work, would I be able to add and edit calendar entries or would it be read-only? Anyway, not being able to get them to show up made that point moot.

So here’s what I ended up getting to work:

I used the CalDAV-Sync tool available on the Play Store. This is a paid app (cost me $2.89CAD). I tried a few of the free CalDAV sync tools available on the store, but couldn’t get them to work properly. Your mileage may vary, so for sure you should try to get a free one to work. In my case I couldn’t (or more likely, gave up too early). Anyway, this app (and others like it) will let you add an account that will then show up under the accounts settings on your phone. So you can then try multiple calendar apps and this ‘work’ account will be available as a calendar to work with just as your Google Calendar is.

There are lots of nicely designed calendar apps out there on the play store. I’ve tried and used a few different ones like Sunrise Calendar, DigiCal, and aCalendar in the past, but my current tool of choice is Today Calendar. There is a free 30-day trial version, but I opted for the slightly pricey pro version after a week or two. It’s 7 bucks on the store, but it worked so well for me, and I like it so much over the others that I figure a few coffees worth of money is fair play. It is very similar to Google Calendar in it’s look, but has a few features that are better implemented. It’s in very active development, and the developer is very responsive and is on Google+ as well. I recommend the trial version to see if it’s up your alley and has the features you want.

The things I like best about it are:

  • useful month view on a phone that gives at least some indication of the items on a given day
  • pinch and zoom on the week view
  • a nice agenda view
  • a nice agenda widget

Here are some screenshots. The last one just shows the CalDav account added under settings:

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by rfquerin at November 02, 2014 01:40 PM