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2011 Tech Goal Review

A year ago I wrote a post listing my professional goals for 2011.  I thought I would review them and see how I did.

  1. Release an Android app to the marketplace – Didn’t do it.  In fact, haven’t really touched Android much since I wrote that.  I still have some ideas but am not sure if I will get around to it.
  2. Contribute free software to the community – I did do this.  I have been collaborating with others via github more lately.
  3. Regularly attend a user group meetings outside of Java – Did not do this.  Family life being what it is makes this not that much of a priority right now.
  4. Obtain the Oracle Certified Web Developer Certification – Did not do this.  This is not much of a priority to me any more.
  5. Learn scala – I am about 50/50 on this one.  I read a few scala books but did not write an actual application.
  6. Write an app using JSF – Did not do this.  Still interested.
  7. Present at a user group meeting – I did a Maven presentation at the Java user group.
  8. Use git more, and more effectively – Definitely did this.  Using it on a daily basis now.

Overall, I got about halfway on my goals.  It’s not too bad since I did do a few things that weren’t on my list.

  1. Learned to develop applications using GWT and deploy them to Google App Engine
  2. Converted one of my sites from PHP to Ruby / Sinatra (learning to use it in the process)
  3. Studied up on the HTML 5 features and did a lot of Javascript development

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iOS 5 New Features vs Android

Browsing through the iOS 5 features list, I can’t help but notice a lot of it is catch up. Having owned both an iPhone and an Android for a considerable amount of time, I figured I would jot down my opinions.

  • Notification Center – Completely ripped off from Android but looks good and is a much needed addition
  • iMessage – This is very interesting as most people who would think it’s cool, probably really wouldn’t understand the significance.  Basically, Apple is adding an IM application to iOS.  Now iPhone / iPad users can sit around messaging each other how cool it is like Crackberry users circa 2003.  I guess the only real improvement over MMS is that you can easily setup groups, see when each other are typing, and don’t incur text messaging charges; at the expense of leaving your non-iOS buddies out (who wants to talk to those losers anyways?).
  • Newstand – An app update and not an OS one (Apple typically doesn’t make distinctions).  It all seems like stuff my current Nook stuff will do.  Note: I did look to compare prices but it seems that information is not available without downloading iTunes.  lame.
  • Reminders – TODO lists are ho hum, but the ability to have reminders when you arrive or leave a position is pretty cool.
  • Twitter integration – The fact that the best Apple can come up with is ‘one at a timing’ online service integration is laughable at best.
  • Camera – Can control it from the lock screen.  Now you’ll have tons of pocket lint photos in your iCloud to go along with the wicked shot of that cheetah that just unexpectedly ran by your apartment.
  • Photos – Speaking of iCloud, all of your devices photos will be synced through it.  That’s cool I guess, not sure if Android will do the same.
  • Safari – What?  You haven’t been reading rss feeds on your device this whole time?  Something tells me you aren’t about to start.
  • PC Free – Finely Apple untethers the iPhone.  What took them so long?
  • Game Center – This should be an interesting service.  Attention Apple fanboys immediately forget how they are blatantly copying Microsoft achievements (at least rename them).
  • Wifi Sync – Just couldn’t cut the cord completely could they?  For what it’s worth, the Zune has been doing this for 5 years now.

All in all a pretty big update.  Mostly iCloud.  Mostly keeping up the mobile status quo.  As an Android user, I can’t say there is anything I am envious of.

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Strict Pomodoro and other time management Chrome extensions

I have recently begun using the Pomodoro Technique to increase my productivity. However, I still find myself getting sucked in to the vortex of useless information that is the internet. With that in mind I began searching for a useful chrome extension to replace the Android Pomodoro app I have been using to manage my ‘doros. I even considered writing it myself. Luckily, I stumbled on one that had a similar featureset to what I was looking for.

Strict Pomodoro is an excellent Chrome extension for practicing Pomodoro. Though lacking a few key features, such as the ability to set the duration of your pomodoros and breaks, it still has a key feature that helps me stay on task. It blocks time sucking websites. You can set filter lists and it will keep you from accessing them during a Pomodoro. Effectively reminding you to stay on task. Also, the author readily admits that it was quickly put together and new features may be added down the road. For now, it is still an excellent option.

For those of you who do not practice Pomodoro but are trying to stay on task. The StayFocusd extension will effectively manage the amount of time you spend on useless (non-productive) sites. It also has a rich feature set that may be better for your work habits.

OK, breaks over. Time to get back to work. 25 minutes at a time.

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