This months challenge will be to use less Google Analytics and the like. I’m currently looking at the data at least daily which I believe is a waste of time. Hence I try to reduce this usage this month. I think twice per week should be sufficient.
A fast retroperspective on the January Challenge: I managed to reduce my existing reading backlog, even though I found serveral more articles / blog entries during this lecture. But at least my pile of magazins is a little less high. I think I was 50 % successful.
The challenge of this month will be to reduce my reading backlog. I tend to pile up articles and magazins which I want to have a closer look. Unfortunately this pile is constantly growing.
Therefore this month:
1.) I plan not to increase the pile by printing out new stuff or buying more magazins.
2.) Significantly reduce the stuff either by reading it or by deciding that I anyhow will not read it and throwing it away.
This challenge is not about reducing my book backlog, I save this for another month.
In July I announced that I will try to switch to Linux. I actually needed two months and a broken laptop to make the transition.
The main reason for needing longer then expected is that I have files which I need all the time. I had them on my laptop and therefore I switched frequently to it. As my laptop died a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to think about a better solution.
I solved this problem by using Git to synchronize my data via a Git account.
The setup took a while time because I wanted to use http / https and EGit does currently not support https authentication and msysGit had a bug for which I need to find a workaround. Also github had a bug which fortunately was fixed fast.
It also took me some time to migrate the build infrastructure for vogella.de to Linux. Partly because I forgot how I did the setup and partly because I was not always as strict as I should have been with lower and upper case spelling. Windows is very forgiving in this sense while Linux is not.
So do I like it? I love it. First of all working on my Ubuntu machine is incredible fast. This might not be a big surprise as the machine is relatively new. But I also think that my crashed laptop had an issue with the harddisk (with finally failed). If I did I/O the whole laptop basically froze which was very, very annoying.
One effect I did not foresee was that I now work “geekier”. On Windows I rarely used the command line. On Linux I alway have a few terminals open and do some stuff their. Using Ubuntu I could also finally compile OpenJDK. I also now started using cygwin on Windows for some tasks.
Of course there are new bugs for me, e.g. Ctrl+alt+down arrow is not working on Linux .
In total I’m now a happy Ubuntu user at home. I believe the July monthly challenges was a success even if it took two months.
This month my challenge will be to use Ubuntu on my new home machine “Angelus”. I have been a heavy Linux user in the past, but evil corporations have forced me to use Windows over the last years.
While vogella.de runs on Ubuntu the server and does not require frequent changes and therefore my Linux bash skills are getting a bit rusty. I also want to make use of find, grep, awk and the like and cywin it just not the same thing.
Also all the cool things (Git, compile OpenJDK, compile Android, …) runs easily on Ubuntu. So lets see if I manage to go back to the real thing.
Regarding my last months challenge Updating Tutorial to Eclipse 3.6 I think I did pretty good. I updated around 10 tutorials (I believe). There are still lots of tutorial which requires updates, I hope that I will find time in the future to do so.
Keep my tutorials up with the Eclipse release flow is a time-consuming activity. As Eclipse 3.6 is approaching this month challenge is to update (some) of my Eclipse tutorials to Eclipse 3.6.
In my experience it is important to give users access a relatively actual information and by the user feedback I receive I can conclude that my tutorial are helpful.
I definitely will try to update Eclipse RCP Tutorial, Eclipse Commands Tutorial and Eclipse IDE Tutorial but hope to update more.
This month I will try to speak only spanish with my family. I’ve been learning spanish for a while and I think my understanding of the language is getting pretty sound.
I have shown some resistance in actively using the language, so for this month I will try to change this. At the end of the month I’ll let you know how it worked out.