ldgr

I published a gem called ldgr recently. It’s actually a Ruby script that I wrote well over a year ago, but I made it a little more generalized so that others could use it. It lets you add transactions to a file for use with Ledger. It can also sort transactions in that file, tag transactions with accounts payable and clear any uncleared transactions whose dates have come.

It’s a useful tool that I’ve used successfully for a long time. Feel free to give it a whirl.

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The Best of Tom Bihn

I consider myself somewhat of an expert on Tom Bihn gear. So, here’s my list of choice items to pick up in a few different categories.

Backpacks

If you’re in the market for a “do anything and everything” backpack, I think your best bet is the Synapse 25. It’s the most standard backpack that Tom Bihn sells. It’s roomy, has lots of pockets and it’s comfortable. If you want an ultralight backpack that’s cheap yet durable, the Daylight Backpack is pretty great. Be forewarned, it doesn’t have any...

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The Minitest Cookbook

I’m not a professional developer (at least not as of 2017-01-26), but I’ve always been enamored with the idea of testing. The first time I jumped into testing, I went straight for the Rspec/Cucumber stack. Rspec seemed to be the thing that all the serious developers used, and Cucumber seemed like an interesting way to write tests. I tried both. Rspec is a fine system, but it can feel overwhelming at times. There are almost too many options. Cucumber can be a good way to go, if you need to develop...

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Sed and Awk Shebangs

#!/bin/bash

sed 's/some pattern/something else/g' $*

…is bad form, in my opinion.

#!/usr/bin/sed -f

s/some pattern/something else/g

…seems so much better.

#!/bin/bash

awk '/some pattern/ { print }' $*

…is bad form, in my opinion.

#!/bin/awk -f

/some pattern/ { print } 

…seems so much better.

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Hunger and Guides

There’s a lot to be said for turning the tasks in your productivity system into guides. Instead of checking OmniFocus to see if you need to wash the dishes or do the laundry, you’re better served by taking notice of the dishes or clothes that are piling up and then acting on that guide. After considering the role of guides vs. tasks, I’ve found there’s been a great weight lifted off of me in regards to task management. I used to have silly tasks popping up in my OmniFocus Dashboard every day....

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