Switched from TextMate to Sublime Text 2

Finally I switched my main text editor. My choise is Sublime Text 2.

Since I met with Emacs back in 8-10 years ago, I was always using that for most of my work. Definitely it improved my productivity. But now, it’s 2012. We no longer need to stick with CUI.
I decided my mind to use TextMate when I upgraded my Mac OS to Lion because I didn’t want to configure Emacs from scratch again to make it compatible with the latest OS.

Since then, I was using TextMate 2 and it worked well for me. But it was like a dead product at that moment. I couldn’t expect new features. Now it turned into an open source project but not sure how many people like to join the project. That’s why I was thinking to find a better option.

Obviously Sublime Text 2 is better choice for users who want to find a text editor but my concerns were about key binding compatibility with TextMate, and bundles. It were pointless concerns.

So far, Sublime Text 2 is great for me. It’s better than any other text editors I tried before. I strongly recommend you to give it a try.

Markdown For WordPress To Write Faster

WordPress

Hurdles

Writing and publishing blog posts are always fun for me but I have some hurdles to overcome. To convert plain text into HTML is one of the hurdles.

WordPress can handle it with a built-in WYSIWYG editor or helper buttons but I need some extra actions to re-format my text. I just wanna focus on writing.

To use Markdown is an option if you’re familiar with it. I’m a big fan of Markdown and I always choose it if I have that option on web apps. So I decided to find a way to handle Markdown even on WordPress.

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If This Then That: ifttt Is The Easiest Way To Automate Your Online Activities

ifttt

When the first time I heard about the strange name ifttt (If This Then That) and the concept, I just thought it was an automated backup service with simple UI. But after a while, I signed up and played with it then loved it very much.

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How I Focus On Single Task And Why It’s Important To Improve Productivity

As you may know, it’s obviously important to focus on single task at a time if you try the GTD way. But it’s not easy to implement the concept in our real life. We now have too many projects, tasks, things need to consider. How can we handle it?

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WordPress 3.2 Fullscreen ‘Zen’ mode is great!

WordPress

WordPress is getting into a true publishing platform. It’s not just a content management system. They finally started to improve writing experience on the platform with the new awesome feature called Fullscreen mode. The feature was known as Distraction-Free mode or Zen mode.

Once you got into the fullscreen mode by clicking a fullscreen button on a toolbar of ‘Add New Post’ page, you can see what it is and how the mode improve your writing experience.

Here are some screen photos of my admin pages.

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Of course not only the feature. According to Matt the author of WordPress, WordPress 3.2 is faster and lighter than before. And I can feel it since I updated.

If you own WordPress sites on your server, it’s a good time to update.

Which is the best way?

Tumblr

I’m trying to take notes to track what I’m going to do to help myself and my team in some way.

Personally, I always took notes by myself since a few years ago in some emacs based notes or Google docs. Then I thought I should try the same kind of thing in public space if I wanna get more productive feedbacks or good effects especially in the social media era.

The problem is here. Which is the best way to do it? Just start an another blog? Or do it on some my sub/experimental blogs like Posterous etc? To use Facebook status or Twitter are also an option.

I’m still thinking about it but I just started to use Tumblr as the logging place. I may choose another one in near future but will share what I thought if I change the way.

If I have choices to start something, I’d choose an open option.

How I Input/Output Content On The Web

Information Flow

I’d like to write down my information flow. The diagram above which I made at Cacoo says it all. But here are some additional explanation.

Source

‘Web’ means information which I can get from the Internet. ‘Life’ means things I get through my daily life. Nothing special in this part.

Filter/Input

Yahoo! Pipes is one of the most important tool. It’s the easies way to aggregate RSS feeds without wiring lines of code and ugly tricks.

My social content including Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, YouTube, Flickr, Delicious, Digg, Blog posts, etc are streamed into FriendFeed. And Yahoo! Pipes aggregates the FriendFeed content and stared articles on Instapaper. Then FeedBurner’s email subscription feature send the fetched content to my Evernote. Done.

As a feed reader, I’m using Google Reader and also using InstaReader to import my starred articles into Instapaper automatically. This combination helps me to read tons of articles. I just brown articles on Google Reader with keyboard shortcuts to find must read articles then I can read the articles on my iPad or iPhone with Instapaer app even if I’m offline.

Workaholic or not

In my opinion, it’s important to be a workaholic for any startups. Thesedays I’m working with a great mentor who is a tipical workaholic man.

Jason Calacanis the CEO of Mahalo posted an interesting blog entry like below.

How to save money running a startup (17 really good tips)

Fire people who are not workaholics…

Then David Heinemeier on 37signals agrees the intention. However he said he don’t think it’s not good to fire people who aren’t workaholics. There’re reasons why David thinks like that on the blog of 37signals.

Fire the workaholics – (37signals)

I know 37signals decided to work only 4 days a week recently. It means no workaholics they need.

Let me say my thought again. I think it’s important to be a workaholics for any startups in a very early stage. Guys in 37signals may worked like that before, I thought. And they still work like that but they don’t think it’s just work, it’s just for fun for them.

Hey, do you think they could success and respected without hardwork? I don’t think so! I think David means compulsory overwork will not works well all the time. Not just means workaholics sucks.

If everyone in your team works like workaholics without any forcing and stresses, it means you already have a big possibility. In that way, I think I need to be more carefully to find someone work with.

I said I’ll work 12 hours a day in my new year’s resolution but I changed it at a beginning of March. It’s 16 hours a day.