Monday, January 21, 2013

Janki - Context

Focusing on adding cards has been difficult this last week. There's so much good data and I'm trying just to add it all in without regard to what's needed. Hence rereading Problem 3:
We Learn Out Of Context

Saturday, January 19, 2013

ClipBinder - AutoHotKey Script

The problem:
 copying multiple segments of text and placing them in a different order in some other program. 

The Clipboard is a favorite and all but invisible, ubiquitous tool for any computer user. Without it, we all might as well be using typewriters. Clipboard however has a limitation in that its hotkeys only store one string of text ( or one picture). Sometimes you, as a computer user, need to do more copying than one element at a time. Sometimes you need to reorder your copied text.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mouse without Borders

Quick note.
Mouse without Borders is finally installed on two systems at home. Bout Time. Now I can work on my Windows 7 laptop as I play on my XP Desktop.If you've got two to four Windows systems side-by-side but hate switching keyboards and mice or don't have a KVM handy. This will do.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

PStart - Tools I Use

Everyday a sys admin's work involves less and less work at someone's actual desk. We're remote connecting using Dameware, VNC or some other tool when helping our clients and customers. And naturally, we grow accustomed to the tools we've acquired over time at our own desks.

Safe, in our comfort zone we've acquired browser favorites. Built up scripts, batch files and snippets. It's hard to imagine that 10 years ago when I got a service call I almost always walked over to some person's desk, cracked my knuckles and got to work. Now, when I help out I usually start by checking The Lazy Admin for basic computer info and start a Dameware session.

Well, sometimes, even in 2013, we as tech have to get up from our comfort zones and help someone at their desk. This is tough, I know.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Janki - Carnegie Hall

Problem 2: We Give Up Too Soon
The saying goes the only way to get to Carnegie Hall is to practice. So to it is with all things worth doing.

The hardest part so far in this process is making the cards each day. Looking for useful cards seems to be a challenge for me. I'm going to change my focus and stop assuming that I know what I'll need to remember and just add cards for every little thing I can. The trick to this process, as I see it, not just 'Google it' at every turn, but rather commit as much to memory as possible.

I see how this helps in the end result of programming in that you're not switching back and forth from the actual coding process and Google searching. Since your focus is constantly shifting you can get more done.

Using the flash cards is pretty easy and kind of fun. I've made the time for review and keep my tablet handy for adding cards. Overall, I see positive benefit in the Janki Method.

I plan on developing a GUI n00bs that will assist in creating hotkeys as a project to coincide with the Janki method experiment. Hopefully, I won't give up too soon.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Remote Desktop - Autohotkey script

As a system administrator I need to access many computers remotely. RDP is a favorite tool for this as it provides all the needed Windows functionality to perform any task. Other tools such as VNC or Teamviewer have technological limitations or corporate restrictions. I created an Autohotkey script for accessing many 'favorite' servers without too much typing.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Janki - Forgetting

I ran across a Lifehacker article just as I'm working more and more with coding. The Janki Method is labor intensive but I believe it will wield positive results. I'm going to follow along until March 1st and update my progress regularly. Hopefully, this will help with my madd blogging skillz as well.