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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

No More Resolutions in 2011

A Vision

Do you have a vision?

It goes without saying that resolutions often turn into something we despise instead of something we look back at as a milestone in our personal growth. The reasons for the negative connotations associated with resolutions could be as simple as our inability to “Keep it Simple” or as difficult as simply not understanding what we really need to accomplish in the first place.

I’ve done my fair share of reading in the past week trying to understand how peers and members of the blogging community are going about setting their own agenda for 2011 in the hopes of having a better understanding of where we go wrong. I’ll include links to some of the better representations of what I have discovered, even if these items are not specifically labeled as resolutions. I have come to the conclusion that it may be better to stay away from the term resolution altogether. Let’s take a look at 2011 from a different point of view. Let’s take a step back and see where one actually comes up with what some define as a resolution.

Dreams, Visions and Goals
In quoting a few items from Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership course that I took part in while employed at The Lampo Group, I hope to give you an idea of where you can lay the groundwork for a more successful year.

“Dreams only become reality when they become your vision”

Dreams alone will get you nowhere fast. You have to take those dreams you have and turn them into what you envision happening in the short and long term. You may start with a dream, but until you get a vision it will be difficult to move forward.

“Vision that is ready to go to work is called a goal”

You have to take that vision that you have and turn it into something that can be applied. Some people have difficulty with their goals because they never sat down and thought about what their long-term vision for their family, career, and life goals are. Until you know where you want to go, setting goals that aren’t backed up by “the meat” of a vision will only leave you with resolutions that fail.

I’m going to look at a template that I learned from Dave Ramsey while I worked there, and see if we can use that to take us somewhere different to give us a better chance at success.

Let’s look at these areas of your life and come up with some visions and goals. Feel free to modify these if they don’t meet your needs exactly, but they should work for most.

1. Career
2. Financial
3. Spiritual
4. Physical
5. Intellectual
6. Family
7. Social

Now add three sub-sections under each one of these for the following time frames:
a. 3-6 months
b. 1 year
c. 5 years

So in 2007, I pulled up my Financial section and it looked like this:

2. Financial
a. 3-6 months
-manage money to handle the pregnancy.
b. 1 year
-be in a home.
-have the truck paid off.
c. 5 year
-have the student loans paid off.

In the coming days, I’ll be creating a modified list that is updated to meet my current stage of life. I want to encourage you to go through this exercise if you’ve never looked at a new year this way.  Take a chance on trying something a little different in order to get different results. Develop a vision for your life, and set goals that are in line with that vision. Break it down into bite-size chunks and allow yourself a certain amount of time to meet your goals.

On a side note, you might have noticed that the blog has a new look and will be undergoing additional changes in the coming days as I try to focus on other things besides SQL Server. I feel that I have put myself into a box and that has prevented me from sharing items that I feel could help others. The title of the blog will be changing as well, and hopefully I can do that with as little interruption to subscribers while still providing SQL content mixed in with information like Active Directory, Group Policy, IT Administration, PowerShell, Personal Development and Tech info that I feel can be useful.

Thanks for taking the time to allow me share and have a great 2011.

Here are the links that I mentioned above:

http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2010/12/goals-where-were-going-we-dont-need-goals/

http://blogs.lessthandot.com/index.php/ITProfessionals/ProfessionalDevelopment/review-of-my-2010-goals

http://sql.richarddouglas.co.uk/archive/2010/12/end-of-year-review-2010-and-goals-for-2011.html

http://www.kendalvandyke.com/2010/12/2010-goals-review.html

http://sqlinthewild.co.za/index.php/2011/01/01/looking-back/

http://sqlskills.com/BLOGS/PAUL/post/2010-review-the-year-by-the-numbers.aspx

http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/brian_kelley/archive/2010/12/31/2010-a-year-without-specific-goals.aspx

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/12/12-geeky-new-years-resolutions-2011-edition/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wiredgeekdad+%28Blog+-+GeekDad%29

http://blogs.technet.com/b/uktechnet/archive/2010/12/31/ten-top-new-years-resolutions-for-it-professionals.aspx

Comments { 0 } Posted on January 1, 2011 in General, Life

Performance Counters Missing

We’ve been running SQL Server 2000 x86 on Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 for some time. While there have been a few issues here and there, monitoring SQL related counters can be troublesome whether you are local or remote.

If you are local to the server when you open up performance monitor you will receive the x64 counters and this won’t help you since your SQL Server is x86. For the 32 bit version just use %SystemRoot%\SysWow64\Perfmon.exe.

If you are remote then you’ll need to make some registry modifications on the server that you are monitoring. You’ll need to modify 2 registry entries to read SysWow64 instead of System32:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteRegistry]
“ImagePath”=”%SystemRoot%\SysWow64\svchost.exe -k regsvc”
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteRegistry\Parameters]
“ServiceDll”=”%SystemRoot%\SysWow64\regsvc.dll”

Restart the Remote Registry Service and you should be good to go now.

Resources:
http://www.code-magazine.com/articleprint.aspx?quickid=080015&printmode=true
(Maybe you couldn’t run SQL 2000 under a x64 bit OS at the time of this writing)

http://blogs.msdn.com/edglas/archive/2006/09/06/reading-32-bit-counters-on-a-64-bit-machine.aspx

Comments { 2 } Posted on October 28, 2009 in SQL General, SQLServerPedia Syndication