Kyle Maxwell

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New toys!

A little over a week ago, I finally got my first tablet. And rather than follow through (for now) on my desires for a Honeycomb tablet, like the Motorola Xoom, I bought a refurbished low-end iPad 1. It came with 16GB storage and a Wifi-only network connection, but for me that does the job quite well since I can just set my Droid Incredible as a wifi hotspot. The Twitter app for iPad really rocks, unlike their Android app. And reading news (New York Times, The Economist, Flipboard, etc.) has become the pleasurable experience it ought to be. My primary complaints, so to speak, have to do with apps with minor issues (e.g. feedly) or the lack of a coherent way to manage settings (e.g. the browser).

Just as importantly – actually, more so – my new desktop finally came to life. Built from scratch, godel runs Ubuntu 10.10 on a 6-core AMD Phenom II and 16GB of RAM, with a pair of linked Radeon HD 5770 graphics card each holding 1GB of on-board memory, all wrapped in a black monolith Antec Three Hundred case. Yeah, it runs like lightning, although today I need to get audio working properly and perhaps find a way to cut the fan noise. (Plus this monster deserves a new monitor.)

Of course this machine can and will run games (think EVE Online), I didn’t build it like this principally for that purpose. Rather, I want to spend significant time delving back into development, perhaps including Android development or data science projects.

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New Morning Routine

For years, my morning routine was one I’d more or less inherited. Get up, shower / shave / etc., have a bowl of cereal and cup of coffee while reading the news, then head to work. As broadband Internet access became available, I started to spend that time online, but it was mostly a question of the medium.

Over time, this became slightly problematic. I’d do the shower after breakfast and sort of extend the reading / surfing period. This was combined with going to sleep later and generally caused my mornings to be a lot more rushed and stressful than was really healthy and productive.

My new, preferred method is to eat breakfast after the commute but before I actually reach the office. I’ll pop into a nearby Starbucks for coffee and some sort of baked good with my copy of The Economist and my smartphone to hang out for a bit before rolling into the office. This has the advantage of acting as a natural brake on the amount of time I spend on that period, but it also gets me across town before traffic gets really bad (7am is my intended departure time). Less time in traffic means less stress and less wasted gasoline.

After a couple of weeks — I started this routine while the family was on vacation — this is accomplishing my goals and I’m feeling a lot better about my day as it gets started.

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