Development Productivity: Part 2, "dot" file configurations

This is the second post of a five part series aimed at development productivity. The subjects covered in the series will be:

  1. Basic linux commands
  2. "dot" file configurations
  3. SSH, Networking commands
  4. PHP and git command options and shortcuts
  5. Process and disk monitoring

This part deals with Unix/Linux configuration files that start with a ".".


Professional Learning Goals

I have seen blog posts where people list some goals. The reason for publicly listing these goals is partially to be held accountable and to use as a reference point to look back upon. I think that this is a great idea. The list below focuses on work related goals I have. A further post will list leisure/general goals.


audio playlist skin github project

I have been looking for a simple way to create an HTML5 audio playlist for use on my Music Spotlight - Songs page. I narrowed the search down to audio.js because it focuses on audio not audio/video and is fairly simple to implement. There is also an existing playlist demo. This is a good baseline, but I wanted to be able to shift tracks with GUI buttons and also adjust the volume, handle playlist errors, etc so decided to create a skin for the player.


The importance of setting goals (but not overwhelming yourself)

Goal setting help to achieve more and reach your potential. Without goals, things just do not seem to get done at all or nearly as fast. Goals help to push you, to set progress markers and to make you accountable to do things that you would otherwise give up on. Whether a work goal, an atheletic goal or leisure activity, goals are beneficial in all areas of life.

However, I have found that there are also a couple of things to watch out for when setting goals. The first is the need to set new goals once the initial goal is reached. The second is to keep the goal small enough so that it does not overwhelm.


Development Productivity: Part 1, Linux Command-Line

This is the first post of a five part series aimed at development productivity. The subjects covered in the series will be:

  1. Basic linux commands
  2. "dot" file configurations
  3. SSH, Networking commands
  4. PHP and git command options and shortcuts
  5. Process and disk monitoring

The first part deals with shortcuts and common commands I use in my day to day development on a linux environment.


Spotlight Album
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (2008)

This album has been a staple of my music collection since it's release in 2008. I think it is one of Nick Cave's best albums. The album is moody and full of lyrical imagery. Dark, trancy at times such as on the track "Night of the Lotus eaters". The lyrics of this album are very strong and is what draws me back to it time and again. The track "Midnight Man" is an absolute gem:

Hold that chrysalis in your palm See it split and change It won't do you any harm It's just trying to rearrange

It was born to live a day Now it flies up from your hand It's beautiful It's the one they call your ever loving man

Wolves have carried your babies away Oh, your kids drip from their teeth The nights are long and the day Is bitter cold beyond belief...

...Close your eyes, sleep in him Dream of your lost sons and daughters Me, I'll raise up my dorsal fin And glide up and down the waters

The closing track "More news from nowhere" though just under eight minutes could go sixteen and I would be quite happy to listen to it all.


nick cave-midnight man

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Words of Wisdom

When one teaches, two learn.

Robert Half

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