Friday, May 26, 2006

Squidoo: How to choose a web designer

I've been meaning to do more with my lens on Squidoo for a while - ever since being one of their early beta testers. Squidoo is designed to allow people to publish one-page summaries of particular subject areas very easily. The one I signed up for is web design - how to choose a web designer.

I've tried to write it in a relatively unbiased way, though there will always be elements of 'just use us'... Anyway, I'd be interested in hearing what you think.

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Newsletter - new offices

I can't quite believe we haven't already written about our office move, but I don't think we have. Anyway, instead of repeating myself, go and have a read of our new newsletter which will tell you all about the new place and more.

If you want to receive our newsletters (they're pretty infrequent!) you can sign up here.

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Getting Things Done bash scripts

WandD gets organised!

For the last year we have been managing our todo lists (fairly succesfully) with an old fashioned pen and paper. However when you run your own business unless you are super organised there is always a niggle in the back of your mind that you have forgotten something. In an attempt to get rid of this niggle we had a look at the Getting Things Done philosophy championed by Merlin Mann of 43 folders.

Even despite being ultra organised and super efficient, I don't have the time, or really the knowledge to explain the Getting Things Done philosophy. The bit that makes sense to me, is that as long as you have a process to put things on to your todo list, nothing will fall through the cracks, and we can stop worrying.

This is where the following lifehacker post came in useful. We haven't followed their exact style / syntaxt, but we are now the proud owners of a .txt todo list and some bash scripts to add items, and to mark things as done.

In true open source style our major (albeit not particularly complicated) "improvement" to the bash scripts is to allow you to sort the output of the grep statement in the same command that outputs the line numbers.

Sorting output from grep -n with sort

Since the aim is getting things done, we wanted an easier way of marking things as complete. The examples in the script used simple grep statements to read the todo list. However in order to mark things as complete you need a line number. You can get this by adding the -n flag to grep, however this doesn't allow you to pipe it to sort, which is required for the priorities. At this point I have to admit I am very much a novice at bash so there may be a better way of doing this, but our solution is to use sed to add a space after the line number, which then allows you to pipe this to sort -k2. Sort -k2 sorts on the 2nd item (space delimited) so by adding the space with the sed statement, we get a list of tasks, sorted by priority with the line numbers to allow us to quickly run a script to mark tasks as complete.

grep -n p:projectname todo.txt | sort
cat todo.txt | sed -e 's/^/ /'| grep -n p:projectname | sort -k2

If you have any better ways, or any other nifty tricks (which is probably a bit grand a name for what we have just done!) we would obviously welcome your comments.

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