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Don’t sit up straight at your desk

Going in a slightly different direction than a previous post on “The downside to being in IT”, I saw a post by Michael Hyatt (Blog|Twitter) recently that had an infographic about why sitting down so much is killing  us. The biggest part about the graph for me was sitting at a reclined angle was actually less strain on  your back than sitting upright.  I guess you could argue that sitting that far back is going to put more strain on your eyes, neck, and other important body parts so maybe it’s a wash. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you do to help your body handle all this “desk stress” that we put on it in the office.

image courtesy of visual.ly

Comments { 1 } Posted on December 8, 2011 in Education, General, Life, Productivity, Tech

Getting it done with Doit.im and GTD

Nice GTD App

If you like GTD, check this one out

I can’t think of many products that incorporate a period in the name of their product, but Doit.im isn’t like any other product I’ve seen. I believe that I’ve finally found a tool that works for me on all levels of GTD (Getting Things Done). There are multiple clients so that regardless of where you are capturing data you should be covered. I stumbled across this software in the form of an Adobe Air application while looking for something else for project management. Turns out, this product met a bigger need than what I had been looking for. It offers clients for the iPhone, iPad, and Android so you’ll have your mobile device covered if you are using a non-Microsoft format. There’s also a download for Windows, but I tend to prefer the web client. The web interface offers an old version and a beta version, and I tend to gravitate towards the old version a bit more. The best part of all of this is that the software is free. I’m not sure how long it will stay that way since it’s a pretty slick tool in my mind and way better than some of the other implementations of GTD that cost money. It’s all in the cloud as well, so your data is accessible from multiple places. They are located in China, so you might want to check out the privacy and terms so that you feel comfortable. I would advise to always be careful what info you put out there with new software.

Drop by their site and give it a go, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. You can read more about them on their website. Check out the API and see what you can do with it.

Doit.im FAQ Center
Doit.im Dev Center (API info)

Comments { 0 } Posted on August 29, 2011 in General, GTD, Tech, Windows

The downside to being in IT

slouching

Can't be good on the back

How many times have you found yourself slouching or basically stuck to your office chair. If you are anything like me, you spend an average of 10-12 hours a day in a desk chair while in front of a computer. I was amazed when I first saw this planning worksheet that would help you determine the proper position for your desk, monitors, keyboard and even chair. The first time I measured I was so far off that I figured there was no wonder my back was hurting. You can go to the Ergotron website and fill out the form to print a copy or you could just print some blank ones out to hang up on the corkboard at your office. I hung up one copy last week, and someone made copies and pinned them beside  it. Hope this helps you not feel so sore from sitting in a chair all day, and maybe it’ll convince you to get up out of your chair more.

Comments { 0 } Posted on August 22, 2011 in Education, General, Life, Tech

Weekly Reading Roundup 01.18.11

I want to begin a new process of sharing items I am reading or find that might be useful to others. I’m trying to break it down into 3 levels based on how important it can be. Try not to get hung up on which level I put it into, since I’m just trying to give more weight to certain links from my opinion.

Gold Level
iPhone Photo Management 101
This one has truly revolutionized the way I handle my pictures on the iPhone. I take tons of pictures and it can be a bit of trouble to scroll through all of them and find something I want to show someone. You could always just keep them on your computer, but if you have kids you’ll probably agree that your phone can become your digital wallet.

Pining a .BAT/.CMD File to Taskbar
If you are doing any type of Systems Administration then you will obviously find a need for this.

Wait statistics, or please tell me where it hurts
Another good resource for anyone dealing with SQL performance issues related to waits and queues.

Silver Level
The difference between the Microsoft’s Hyper-V and the VMware’s ESX hypervisor

7 ways to organize your email
I need to do a whole series on this one. If you can get an email triage going combined with GTD integration you’ll be going a long way to keeping things running smoothly.

5 Tips for Getting the Most out of Google Reader
I’ve been cleaning out my Google Reader lately and this can be a pretty helpful article.

Bronze Level
Motivational Posters: Founding Fathers Edition

17 Free Inspirational iPhone Backgrounds

The P&G 1-page memo

Comments { 1 } Posted on January 18, 2011 in Education, General, Links for the Week, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008

Setting up Technorati for a New Blog

My claim token came back as HGUMK49EHZRU, and this post will satisfy their requirement of having a blog post with that token included. Since I’m going through the process of cleaning up things so they’ll work like they should, I’m going to document things here so that I can refer back to them in the future.

There’s also the added benefit that you get to look at them as well so they can help the community.  Hopefully, this process won’t be too drawn out and I can get caught up rather quickly.

One of the first recommendations I’ve found is that you should set your blog up with technorati, so that’s what we’ll do here. As you’ll see in my first paragraph, I had to make a post with the token that was emailed to me. So now that I’ve got that part out of the way let’s go ahead and go through the process of submitting our blog to technorati so that it can be included in their directory.

From what I’ve gathered, technorati isn’t what it once was but it still warrants registering your blog there in order to cover all of your bases. You’ll need to follow the steps below in order to get going:

1. Register for an account at http://technorati.com/account/signup/.
2. You should get an email with a token for you to put into a new post on your blog so they can identify you.
3. Update your profile on technorati and make sure your feed is setup and working correctly whether you use Feedburner or another method.
4. Submit your blog post with the token and check to see if things complete successfully (not sure on the time frame, but I’ll update)
5. Look at related blog listings and see what they are doing that you can implement as well.

I will update my findings after my listing gets added and make sure that I didn’t leave anything valuable out.

Update #1 : Technorati is having the toughest time picking up the feed. I have a couple theories and I’ll update this post when I figure out what’s going on.

Comments { 0 } Posted on January 3, 2011 in Blogging, General, Tech