doing.txt – Time / Task tracking extension for Alfred v2

I work as a consultant, so tracking my time is very important. The tool we use internally for time cards is terrible, so several years ago I started logging my time in a text file (I call it “doing.txt”, it lives in Dropbox), and using that file as a reference to enter my time each week.

Over time the format of the file evolved, until I discovered TaskPaper, a “magic notebook” designed for to-do lists. I don’t use TaskPaper much anymore, but I still use the format for my time-tracking log.

Another tool that I’ve grown quite addicted to is Alfred. The more I discovered the power of Alfred, I decided to try to make my life easier by enabling logging to my time log using Alfred.

If you think this might be useful, you can grab it from GitHub. Let me know how you like it.

Let’s do this, CrashPlan.

FreeNAS 9.1 has support for a CrashPlan plugin. I got it to work, after some typical futzing about with FreeBSD and it’s Linux compatibility libraries.

2,500,823 files. 3.6TB. Let’s do this, CrashPlan.


(As an aside, I actually prefer Backblaze, but they don’t support backing up from NAS drives, and I’m not sure what it’d take to get it running under FreeBSD. Fix that guys.)

New MacBook Pros

Really excited that Apple has dropped the 15″ non-retina MacBook Pros from the lineup. Here’s hoping my employer, who thus far has refused to purchase the retina MBPs will now be forced to replace the old 15″ers with the new.

Retina MacBook Pros - October 2013

Retina MacBook Pros – October 2013

I’m not even that crazy about the retina display, but my Mid-2010 15″ MBP is aging, and I really want the SSD.

Fingers crossed.