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Switching from a MacBook Pro to an iPad Pro

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Tech, Apple, iPad.
1320 words, 6 minutes read time.
Image of an iPad.

I have been thinking about switching from using a MacBook Pro to using an iPad Pro as my main computer for some time now. After six months of research and indecision I decided to take the plunge today. In this article I explain why I'm making this switch and how I assessed my requirements. I then ordered the hardware.

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Ironmaster Super Bench review

Posted by on in category: Review, with tags: Weight-Training, Products, Ironmaster.
1044 words, 5 minutes read time.
4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.
Ironmaster Super Bench icon.

A review of the Ironmaster Superbench. I really rate Ironmaster's workout equipment. I have an Ironmaster IM2000 and I bought an Ironmaster Superbench as part of the package, which is what I'm reviewing here. I think this is one of the best multi-purpose, flat-incline-decline benches on the market.

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Tardiness and why it drives me mad

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Nonsense, Rant.
772 words, 4 minutes read time.

I hate being late for anything. It's one of those things that drives my anxiety off the scale and it's something that bothers me significantly, maybe unduly so. So here's my rant about tardiness.

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The problem with reviews - what makes for a good review?

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Writing.
1376 words, 6 minutes read time.
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One of the problems with product reviews is that they are inherently subjective. It's impossible to write a review that isn't subject, at least to some degree, but I think there are ways we can account for some of that subjectivity.

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CPanel AutoSSL renewal problems

Posted by on in category: How-To, with tags: Tech, Linux, cPanel.
363 words, less than 2 minutes read time.

Since adding a new domain to my CPanel server, I've had AutoSSL renewal errors. These have been emailed to me via the AutoSSL check that runs overnight. Anyway, the problem (at least in my case) sits with the .htaccess file and here's my solution.

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Powertec Workbench LeverGym review

Posted by on in category: Review, with tags: Weight-Training, Products.
1728 words, 7 minutes read time.
3 stars.3 stars.3 stars.3 stars.3 stars.
Powertec LeverGym manufacturer's image.

A review of the Powertec Workbench LeverGym. This is the first bit of workout kit I bought when I moved from a five-bedroom house with a garage to a two-bedroom flat. I needed something with a fairly small footprint.

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Body-Solid Series 7 Smith Master System review

Posted by on in category: Review, with tags: Weight-Training, Products.
1356 words, 6 minutes read time.
4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.

A review of the Body-Solid Series 7 Smith Master System. Back in my youth I did a lot of weight-training but then life got in the way and I took a 20 year layoff. When I was 46 I took it up again and this is the kit I originally used for my weight-training when I restarted.

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Why use Jekyll as a blogging platform?

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Tech, Jekyll, Blogging, Web-Development.
637 words, 3 minutes read time.

My reasoning behind using Jekyll to power this site. I've used Wordpress on many blogs in the past but I didn't need all the features it provides for this blog and a static blog generation app seemed more appropriate. This article looks at how I came to decide to use Jekyll.

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Bear Writer review - a gorgeous notes app

Posted by on in category: Review, with tags: Tech, GTD, Apple, Bear, Software, macOS, iOS.
1174 words, 5 minutes read time.
4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.
Bear Writer site home page image.

A review of Shiny Frog's Bear Writer, which I really like and assessed to see if I could integrate it into my GTD process. I think it's ideal for note-taking, short-form writing (blog posts and such) and journaling, although some people might not like the subscription model it uses. I think it's worth looking at if you want a Markdown-based notes app.

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Rescuing the exclamation mark

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Writing, Rant.
722 words, 3 minutes read time.
Exclamation mark.

Exclamation marks are overused and abused these days and we need the grammar police to be vigilant in prosecuting offenders. I'd guess at least 99% of exclamation marks used in electronic communication are inappropriate and unnecessary.

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How To calculate your Wilks score

Posted by on in category: How-To, with tags: Weight Training.
408 words, less than 2 minutes read time.

The Wilks Score allows powerlifters and weight-trainers to make an equitable comparison of the weights lifted regardless of body weight, gender and -- with a modification to the pure Wilks score -- age. This article explains how to go about calculating your Wilks Score.

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My GTD (Getting Things Done) software — still searching for the Holy Grail of GTD

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Tech, GTD, Ulysses, Apple.
1296 words, 6 minutes read time.
Time manager diary page.

Back in the 1980s I found a Holy Grail of GTD which was essentially a very upmarket Filofax. I've been searching for the software equivalent of that ever since the personal computing age dawned. In this article I describe my GTD process, which, alas, is no Holy Grail yet.

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CSF problems after EasyApache 4 upgrade

Posted by on in category: How-To, with tags: Tech, Linux, cPanel, CSF.
191 words, less than 1 minute read time.

If you've upgraded your CPanel system from EasyApache 3 to EasyApache 4 there's a possibility that CSF (ConfigServer Firewall) won't run correctly. This is because the EasyApache upgrade moves the Apache log files. This article explains how to correct this problem.

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Problems with p0f after reboot or upgrade

Posted by on in category: How-To, with tags: Tech, Linux, cPanel.
267 words, less than 2 minutes read time.

If you get the p0f appears to be down message after upgrading or rebooting a CPanel system, I have a fix for you. I haven't yet worked out how to stop it altogether but this fix holds things steady until the next upgrade or reboot.

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Installing Jekyll on macOS (OSX) 10.11+

Posted by on in category: How-To, with tags: Tech, Jekyll, Apple, macOS, Web Development.
663 words, 3 minutes read time.
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The process I used to install Jekyll on MacOS 10.11+ (actually 10.12.6) after encountering errors such as 'You don't have write permissions', 'public_suffix requires Ruby version >= 2.1', 'Your Xcode (7.2.1) is too outdated' and 'rbenv shell command not found'. It was a bit of a nightmare, but I got there in the end.

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