Ben Hamilton

Category Archives: Productivity

Git Workflow Explained Simply

Git is a Code Versioning System (aka CVS) . It lets multiple developers, programers and project managers all work on the source code for a project with minimal stepping on each others toes. The workflow we use is as follows. We keep the a Git repository in the cloud, typically in Bitbucket. Each developer then […]

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Export Evernote Notes to Apple Notes

Larry Salibra has a post on how to move notes from Evernote to Apple iCloud Notes. His Applescript does a fantastic job of this, the only issue I had was that my iCloud account was named differently to ‘iCloud’, all I did to resolve that was to rename my account in Apple Preferences > Accounts […]

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Get the Weather From the Command Line

On Mac OS X or Linux (in fact anywhere you get the finger command) you can quickly get the weather. Jared, in our office here, just showed this to me, neato! :) finger brisbane@graph.no I particularly like the one line weather report finger o:brisbane@graph.no To get more info on how to use this, run this […]

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Binge Learning is Failure

Good info from Scott Young: A great deal of psychological research shows that studying in a burst is less effective than study sessions spaced out over time. Blogs naturally embody the latter method, dripping out ideas over weeks and months instead of in a burst. Bolding mine. This aligns with what I was listening to […]

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Hotkey for New Day One entry from selection

I use Day One to journal. There is a service that creates a new Day One entry from the selection, but it didn’t have a hotkey associated with it. So I’ve set one up. First (optional) step is to use to make your CAPS LOCK key useful. Big thanks to Brett Terpstra for that, I […]

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Faster Numbering of OmniFocus Tasks

I wrote up how I’m numbering tasks in OmniFocus, but I’ve now modified the Keyboard Maestro recipe so it’s just a touch faster. Here’s a screenshot: I’ve also since created a separate recipe in Keyboard Maestro for each key Project I have in OmniFocus, each with it’s own .txt file that it refers to. This […]

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Numbering tasks in OmniFocus 2 for Mac OS X

I’m using OmniFocus 2 on my MacBook Pro and wanting to ‘number’ tasks because at the end of each week, I print a PDF of the tasks completed and outstanding for a particular client. Task numbers make it much easier for the client to reconcile the work I’ve done with the lists they use. The problem […]

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Activate IFTTT SMS Channel on Optus in Australia

How to activate the SMS channel on IFTTT on the Optus network in Australia. Assuming your mobile number was 0410 123 456. Drop the leading zero = 410 123 456. Add the Australian country code 61 to the front = 61 410 123 456. Add 00 to the front of the number 00 61 410 […]

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Scott Hanselman’s Complete List of Productivity Tips

Scott Hanselman’s Complete List of Productivity Tips. Lots of good points. I especially like the CONSERVE YOUR KEYSTROKES point.

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Putting the CAPS Lock key to good use

Brett Terpstra has a two articles worth read. In a nutshell, your CAPS Lock key is useless and it shouldn’t be, so you can remap it to be more useful. You can make it a Hyper modifier key. A useful Caps Lock key A guided tour of my Hyper key shortcuts Share and enjoy.

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Pretty good is a choice

Most pizza is pretty good. Pretty good is a choice.

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How I use Evernote on the Mac

I’m a big fan (BIG) of Evernote. I started out using the free service but couple of years ago upgraded to the paid service. How and why do I use it? Evernote for me is basically my online and offline, on every device I own, digital filing cabinet. Anything I want to come back to […]

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So you bought an Apple computer…

I know two people who have just bought themselves new Apple Mac computers, one a behemoth desktop, the other a 15″ MacBook Pro. Both have been immersed in “Windows World” and are essentially new to the Mac OS (one did have a Mac years ago). So, where to start? Here are my initial tips: Be […]

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The five levels of delgation

I’ve been pointed to Michael Hyatt’s site which lists the five levels of delegation. Level 1: Do exactly what I have asked you to do. Level 2: Research the topic and report back Level 3: Research the topic, outline the options and make a recommendation. Level 4: Make a decision and then tell me what […]

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Zapier on how to run a remote standup meeting

Zapier on how to run a remote standup meeting.

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Definition of “Yak Shaving”

Yak Shaving. We all do it.

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Breathe

Great article from Nick Cox “A Moment to Breathe“. Summary: get enough sleep, slow down, breathe and you’ll be more productive. Gives his experience as the example, links to relevant studies.

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Exercise app

My favourite exercise app at the moment is 7 Minute Workout Challenge. It’s simple to use, it has video’s to show you what to do and it tells you what to do and when. It’s like a ‘7 minute personal trainer’ every morning. As of today I’ve done this workout for 14 days straight. Feeling better […]

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What I miss from iOS and how simple it was to fix it

One of the ‘little’ things on iOS that I truly have come to love is this: when you type ‘two spaces’, it auto replaces that with a ‘period and a space’. For example ‘  ‘ becomes ‘. ‘ This is especially useful on iOS devices because to get to the period (aka full stop) you […]

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Too Many Targets

It is without a doubt important to have goals. Every day, without even thinking about it, we have goals. Get up at the right time. Get to work on time. Have lunch. Then there are the bigger goals. Learn that new skill. Finish that project. Spend more time with those important to us. Multiple goals, […]

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