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Book Review: A Higher Loyalty

A Higher Loyalty by James Comey has been out for a few months now and it is one I was hesitant to start reading because I assumed it to be a completely different book than what it actually is. I wrongly assumed it was all about politics and I was thoroughly surprised when it wasn’t. James Comey is a man that I …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday October 19, 2018


Process Cards with Stripe + Twilio

Stripe just announced support for Twilio Pay: Phone payments are especially common in industries like food, travel, healthcare, retail, and nonprofits, but payment details are often keyed in manually by a human agent. This flow can be riddled with errors and expose companies to security and compliance risks. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday October 18, 2018


My Everyday Carry

I have an affection for everyday carry items. I love looking at checking out blog posts, or Instagram posts that feature what others carry. Of course, I work from home and half the time I’m in my PJ’s so I don’t carry a lot, but when I do go out here is my current items. Here is a list of each of the items: …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday October 17, 2018


Custom Apple Watch Faces

One thing that has been sorely missing with the Apple Watch is the ability to create custom watch faces. I’ve long thought that at the minimum Apple should make all the existing one themeable through something as simple as CSS, but of course, I’m just someone sitting in the peanut gallery and I have no idea how they …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday October 16, 2018


Daily Analog Log Books

This year I started keeping an analog log book and it’s been fun to flip back through it, but I noticed that due to the size of the notebook I’m not including tons of information for each day. So it’s great for the highlights but misses a lot of the little things that might not be important at the time but that …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday October 12, 2018


Digital Theft

I’ve had my house broken into once, but I remember that feeling of walking in and seeing everything you own thrown everywhere. That feeling of being personally violated. I still get that same feeling when I experience digital theft. It seems like a few times a week I see more words stolen or graphics I created used …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday October 10, 2018


Farewell Google+

Yesterday, Google announced that during an audit they found evidence that some 3rd party apps may have been granted overly broad access to your data, but they can’t confirm this: We made Google+ with privacy in mind and therefore keep this API’s log data for only two weeks. That means we cannot confirm which …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday October 9, 2018


Blogging vs Twitter

I came across this great blog post by Chad Dickerson where he and a friend decided to be more mindful on what they use Twitter for so it doesn’t suck the life out of their blogging. Chris Shiflett and I were talking recently about blogging and how Twitter had sucked some of the life force of it out for both of …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday October 5, 2018


Master Todoist with 5 Minute Productivity

My friend, Chris Gmyr just launched a new Youtube series called 5 Minute Productivity and the first set of videos is all about Todoist . According to Chris , here is the inspiration behind the series: I’ve been interested in productivity over the last few years and trying to improve my own systems. There are …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday October 5, 2018


First Night Mountain Bike Ride

Last night, after work I hit the local trails with the goal of riding until dark so I could try out the pair of Lezyne lights I bought. According to this mountain bike light review , the Lezyne seemed to do a good enough job and was the cheaper of the lights tested so I went with it. I was not disappointed. On my …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday October 4, 2018


Book Review: Finding Flow

I just finished reading Finding Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the psychology of engagement with everyday life and it’s a book I thoroughly enjoyed.  It’s designed to show you how most of us go through our lives unaware of our emotions, which causes us to bounce between anxiety and pressures of work and …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday October 3, 2018


Apple Mail

With the demise of Google Inbox  coming soon I decided it was time to make a switch and start exploring other alternatives. In the past week, I feel like I’ve been through every email app on the market and they have something that annoys me.  I’ve come to the conclusion that finding the perfect email app is like …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday September 26, 2018


My First Half Century Bike Ride

Yesterday afternoon I decided to hop on my bike and just go riding. This was the first weekend day in a long time where we had no family plans and I just needed to be home for dinner. Off I went. I had no map, no real goal, just ride at my own pace and enjoy the day. I went south toward South Carolina and the …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday September 25, 2018


Farewell Google Inbox

Google announced today that they are sunsetting Inbox in favor of regular Gmail: As Gmail continues to improve, we’re bringing the best features from Inbox. In the new Gmail, you’ll find workflows that are similar to your favorite ones in Inbox. Support for Inbox will conclude in 2019. On their support page …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday September 13, 2018


First thoughts on the Mastodon Social Network

I keep hearing about this new social network called Mastodon. It’s like Twitter but not exactly. You have toots instead of tweets (huge eye roll) but the biggest difference is instead of one main service it’s comprised of thousands of independent communities. The benefit is that it’s not owned by some huge corp and …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday September 7, 2018


The 2018 Fall Foliage Prediction Map

Looking to head to the mountains this autumn and see the leaves? The Smokey Mountains website has a prediction map so you can plan your trip to see them at their peak: The 2018 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. While no tool can be 100% …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday August 28, 2018


Senator McCain’s Farewell Statement

Below is the text from Senator John McCain’s farewell statement after his passing at age 81:  My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans, Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday August 27, 2018