Crikey. Fifteen years of tech and more…

It seems extraordinary to me that I started this website over fifteen years ago now. That’s an awful long time ago when we consider the world of the web and the technology around it. Amusingly (and what a testament to the platform), this site was built on IBM Domino back then, and still is now. There have been a fair few iterations of the site, the most recent incarnation also being the longest in place.

I’m conscious that the site has been pretty quiet the last few years, with just a handful of posts annually, but blogging is not what it was I suppose. I still follow a number of sites in a newsreader, and I still often feel the urge to write: I need to act upon it more often!

Of course, it’s not just about this site alone: I also blog over on the company site, and we have been mighty busy there. Recent work has had me doing all sorts:

  • Java-based migration code for IBM Connections, Microsoft SharePoint, IBM Domino and IBM Quickr
  • Putting together a client library in Java for Office 365 / Microsoft SharePoint (OAuth and all).
  • Lots and lots of JavaScript (node.js, Express, React, vanilla client-side JS, and even the odd bit of IBM-flavoured server-side JavaScript!)
  • Absolutely heaps of Google apps script and Google API work, some of which we expanded on upon recently: Using Google Apps Script with LDC Via.

If any of this tickles your fancy, floats your boat or scratches an itch, then get in touch!

Why we don’t migrate code to LDC Via

I’ve written a short post over on the LDC Via blog which addresses a question we’ve been asked a number of times in the two years since we pushed the “Go Live!” button on LDC Via (at Engage 2015 in Ghent no less): to wit, why don't we migrate application logic, and / or code?

I don’t write JavaScript like I write LotusScript. Do you? Languages have moved on (capabilities, syntax, patterns): what works for VB6-style Lotusscript looks odd in 21st century Java or JavaScript.

Have a read and feel free to weigh in!

Read more: Why don’t we migrate code?

Time well spent

At the risk of clogging up the internet, sundry bandwidth, your attention, or your craw, I’d like to turn your attention to a website and movement that truly is Time Well Spent.

The Time Well Spent movement is all about reclaiming our lives from the miraculous wee devices we have in our pockets, on our wrists, and before us on the desk or sofa. We all know that most “news” sources are clickbait-ey horrors, their only goal to have you click on everything in sight, promoting shit you don’t need and outrage in equal measure. Mobile apps and web sites are designed to suck you in: for example, we have the concept of a “Youtube Vortex” in our home, whereby a single innocent link leads to watching reams of videos and losing fifteen, twenty minutes of a precious day.

After a while, one has to say “enough”. The Time Well Spent site has some excellent ideas for pulling things back to a more even keel. I recommend you check it out.

These ideas worked for me (in iOS, and to an extent macOS):

Organise your apps
I moved social media apps to their own folder called “Nonsense” and also moved all messaging apps into their own group, with the exception of Slack which is genuinely useful (and for which I have minimal notifications enabled — see the next item).
Tailor notifications
Sort out notifications on your device so that you only get to hear from people (and work-related stuff if you want). No Instagram, no Facebook, no Youtube. They’re all ridiculous, and they’re so needy! Consider turning off lock screen notifications and sticking to less intrusive app icon badges.
News. Argh!
If you get sucked into news sites, consider taking some time to tweak your news settings: iOS has an in-built news app which can throw up stories in your lock screen, and Android has the Google Play Newsstand. I dropped all the default gubbins, poison like The Sun, The Mirror, The Daily Fail et al and I feel so much better for it. When you dislike certain news sources you find that you are tailoring what news you see. Consider a balance of topics too: don’t go all-out on Brexshit, Trump and other ludicrous modern nightmares, whack in some science, crochet, nature, neckerchief collecting, technology — whatever floats your boat
Dim yer screen, get rid of the blues
Use Nightshift (iOS / macOS) or f.lux and the rest so that your device screens lose the blue, and dim as the evening sets in. This really does wonders for your little head, especially if you’re like me and sometimes read stuff on your phone at bedtime.

What tips do you have?

About

I’m a software architect / developer / general IT wrangler specialising in web, mobile web and middleware using things like node.js, Java, C#, PHP, HTML5 and more.

Best described as a simpleton, but kindly. You can read more here.

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