The Punch Card Is A Lie

What are my goals in life? When I’m stuck in the day to day routine, it’s easy to lose sight of my target. How close am I to hitting my target? Am I progressing in the right direction? How can I tell? More importantly, am I measuring the right thing? Knowing what to measure isContinue reading “The Punch Card Is A Lie”

Put It Down And Back Away Slowly

As a developer, I am often faced with difficult problems. I sometimes find myself staring at the screen for hours trying to figure out a solution. Other times, I try tens of different approaches to solve the problem. And then I hit a brick wall. I’m out of ideas. Nothing I try works. It seemsContinue reading “Put It Down And Back Away Slowly”

Pay By Usage

Recently, my wife and I noticed we were spending most of our time on Netflix just searching for new content. With the pandemic freeing up a lot of our time, we’ve consumed all the interesting content. We also have Amazon Prime, so we’re in no rush to watch content that isn’t exciting for us. TheContinue reading “Pay By Usage”

Happy Halfversary!

Today’s OptimisingMyLife’s 6 months birthday! This is a good opportunity for me to talk about birthdays. I forgot a good friend’s birthday. I felt terrible. How could this happen? He never forgets mine. And then I realised I’ve grown to depend on Facebook to remind me of people’s birthdays. I’m not on Facebook as oftenContinue reading “Happy Halfversary!”

If I Was A Rich Man

I don’t currently own my home. In fact, I’ve been renting for many, many years. Renting has quite a few downsides. One downside stands out for me. Since I don’t own my home, I can’t make significant modifications. I can’t install new faucets, paint a wall or put up new shelves, for example. On theContinue reading “If I Was A Rich Man”

Let It Rise

Few things in life can beat the smell of fresh bread in the morning. It always makes me feel like I’m on a vacation. It starts my day on a really positive note. Making bread takes time, though. And patience. And it’s kind of messy. Plus, timing it just right for when I wake upContinue reading “Let It Rise”

Tap Dancing on the Edge

The next time you see a software notification on your phone, don’t ignore it. Here’s why. Software is flawed. There are security holes in almost every application or game we use. There are minor flaws, which can lead to local loss of data. There are greater flaws, which can lead to hardware damage or seriousContinue reading “Tap Dancing on the Edge”

RTFM

I read manuals. You know, these booklets that you get with many of the products we buy. It’s amazing how many things I discover about products by doing just that. I often come across “the top 5 things you didn’t know about…” blog posts. They cover my phone, my laptop, my TV, my headset… YouContinue reading “RTFM”

Nice and Tidy

Appearance matters. I noticed that when I let myself go and don’t bother with tidying up, it has a snowball effect. What starts as a cup left on the coffee table soon becomes a messy home. The same is true for code. If I don’t keep a high bar, soon enough the whole thing isContinue reading “Nice and Tidy”

Same Phone, Different Feel

I’ve been an Android user since the very early days. One of the things I’ve always really enjoyed in Android is how open it is for modifications. You can choose from a broad range of manufacturers. You can choose from a broad range of models. But most importantly, whatever you choose, you can still maintainContinue reading “Same Phone, Different Feel”