Hacking Your Pants

Odd name for an article, don’t you think?

This is the original idea which prompted me to start a blog, so here I am, and here it is:

Where I Started

A long time ago, my buddies and I were discussing how many devices you could reasonably carry on your belt without looking too much the geek. One argued, and still does, that it’s none, but the consensus at that time was two – a phone, and a pager (That’s how long ago!). On that particular day one of the guys at the table was on call for his department, and his team, and doing his rotation on phone support. He was carrying two phones, and two pagers – a phone, and two pagers on his belt, and a phone in his pocket. Things have changed, haven’t they?

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Moleskine Pen Holder

I’ve been pondering for a while how to add a pen holder to my Moleskine plain page Reporter notebook. I had a vague idea of the approach I wanted to use, so I was half-way there. Yesterday I got the urge to do a search, and found a lot of entries – to my surprise – but they all miss the mark. I want a simple design, non-destructive, with a minimal impact to the book itself, and with zero impact to the size of the book. After all, what’s the point of getting a small book to put in your pocket, and then adding bulk to it. Let’s face it, even the Reporters aren’t that small. Anyway…

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Indexing and Organizing a Moleskine Notebook

Indexing and Organizing a Moleskine Notebook

(This actually applies to almost any notebook)

The motivation for this comes from not wanting to waste space in my notebook, but wanting to be able to easily find related notes from the past.

You know you never finish even one thought in one sitting, right?

This comes from a programming concept called “threading”

The concept is this: The last piece of data in a block of data is actually the directions to find the next piece of data in that block. So… If the size of each piece of data is limited — in this case a page — when you get near the end of the allotted piece of data, you insert, as the last piece of information, where to find the next part of the piece of data.

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OS X Lion on an older, early 2008, black, 13 inch, MacBook, and Performance Issues Solved

I have recently been fighting with OS X Lion regarding performance on my older, early 2008, black, 13 inch MacBook (2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4G RAM upgraded from the stock 2G, and a 500G WD Scorpio Black 7200 RPM drive upgraded from the stock 256G 5400 RPM drive.).  The only change was the upgrade to Lion.

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