Apple watch review

Gruber seems to have an astute take on all apple products and that is why I like his product reviews. He has the apple watch review up already and am now contemplating buying one when it launches in India. Only time will tell if I will buy one as soon as it launches or if I will wait for the second generation. But I am very tempted buy one even gift one for that matter.  

 

The Billionaire’s typewriter

It is an elaborate and a very substantial critiquing on Medium and how Medium works by Butterick.  It is important to read through this and understand on how Medium works and what the implications are to using Medium.

People are often short sighted especially when barrier to entry into anything is literally none and more so when things are free.   But are there any free lunches anywhere? Yeah I know open source is still a big deal and it still works if you want etc.. etc.. The problem is, Medium is not open source, nor do I care if it will be one. The problem I have with Medium is that, they own the content. That is something that I am not comfortable with at all. I am self hosted for a reason and this is the primary reason besides a few other minor ones.  I OWN my content and I control everything about it. Now that is some thing every blogger/author needs to worry about.  I would prefer WordPress.com to Medium any day.

Rescue time

I was introduced to Rescue time in 2009 by Matt. Ever since, I have been using the free version, I upgraded to the pro version last year and I absolutely love it. If you don’t know what rescue time is, it is a time tracking utility for your computer. I have tracked 5300 hours of my life so far. Whoa! that is huge amount of time on the computer and it is a large amount of data about me and how I have spent my time over the past few years. There is a lot of insight about me and my habits from this data and I use it improve myself and keep my focus on what is better for me.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone. Try out the free version or buy the pro version from here. If you are looking for an in depth review of Rescuetime, Shawn has you covered here.

It is the Journey not the goal.

In the madness that is our daily life, we often forget the essentials, we tend to count our value by how much we have, how much we have achieved but we almost always ignore the true value which comes from experiences we have gathered over time. James clear emphasises on the importance of this with a nice little story that you should read from his blog post.
This portion stood out for me.

We live in a world obsessed with results. Like Herrigel, we have a tendency to put so much emphasis on whether or not the arrow hits the target. If, however, we put that intensity and focus and sincerity into the process—where we place our feet, how we hold the bow, how we breathe during the release of the arrow—then hitting the bullseye is simply a side effect.

Do read the entire post. It is often the journey that matters isn’t it, after all life is a journey.

Learning by Practice

Experience is the best teacher for a reason. The learning that experience can give us is very unique and unparalleled because of the hard work that goes into it. Learning by reading or by watching videos, does have its impact but not as much as how learning things practically or learning by doing things. James highlights this and is a good reminder for all of us to learn things as much as possible by practice. Over the past year things I have learned by practice has made a tremendous change the way I live my life and hence I feel obliged to share this nice article. This part is certainly among the highlights.

Passive learning is not a form of practice because although you gain new knowledge, you are not discovering how to apply that knowledge. Active practice, meanwhile, is one of the greatest forms of learning because the mistakes you make while practicing reveal important insights.”

Do read the entire article.