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Roger Searjeant
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This is good to see.  I'm interested, but not enough to play with the alpha-code extension: I'll be watching for it to appear in the Chrome Web Store.

Another posting from Google (http://goo.gl/BXJ1by) points out that only around half of the email traffic between GMail and other providers is over an encrypted connection - Google implements TLS everywhere but not all the other providers do.
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This is wonderful. Not heard this version before - thanks for putting this up.
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Beautiful engineering! 
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Love it! Fine engineering never goes out of fashion ☺. I love how they lube the cylinders, then hand-torque the cylinder head bolts.
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Very entertaining piece! Some sadly (inevitably) recognizable behaviours, nicely called-out. 
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Just had possibly the best fish and chips EVER at The Fish and Chip Shop, Islington. If you're in the area and hungry, give it a try. Fantastic. 
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If you're using +VirtualBox to host +Xubuntu  and having trouble with shared folders, be sure to get the latest version of VirtualBox (4.3) which was released on October 15th.  

After upgrading VB, ensure you also reinstall the VB guest additions in Xubuntu.  This fixed shared folders for me and VB also appears to consume less CPU than before.
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This is wonderful - should be required viewing for everyone working in the software industry. 
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The fruits of my labour yesterday afternoon: home-made Seville-orange marmalade. Nothing like it.  

My Mum's recipe never fails, even when (like yesterday) I royally mess it up half way through. I miss you Mum.
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Hello....just saw this. What a lovely tribute to your Mum. Marmalade looks tasty. Hope Orla is going well.
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An Offline, Desktop App for WorkFlowy

This is really great news. I love WorkFlowy and offline is one of the two big things I have been hoping for. The other is a decent Android app - I am writing this post on a Nexus 7. There is an unofficial WF app which isn't too awful but hoping for the genuine article soon. Hint ☺

http://blog.workflowy.com/2013/12/18/an-offline-desktop-app-for-workflowy/
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I'm deciding between Checkvist, Todoist and Nirvana, to use in a GTD-influenced way.  So far, Checkvist is looking very good. A few things I have found, which I would like to see changed:

When using the due-date (dd shortcut) dialog, selecting a date in the calendar e.g. using the mouse should result in that date being inserted into the text field. Currently, nothing seems to happen when I click a date. I'm using the latest stable Chrome browser on Windows.

I would really like to be able to group lists into what Nirvana calls 'Areas' e.g. Home, Work, Personal etc. etc.   In Checkvist the only way to achieve something similar is to nest sublists, but this is not as satisfactory.

In Todoist, no 'Areas' exist either, but you can create subprojects. The web page displays the project tree on the left and if you select a top level project, the right hand pane displays the items and the subprojects in a list with headings.

There is another way you can combine or organise lists though: use the lst: smart syntax (see http://goo.gl/F6ZhzK) to link several subordinate lists to a master list. But this is a little clumsy - I'd prefer to keep structure separate.

Just one more thing: I'd like to be able to select and then move multiple items from one list to another. Currently you have to move items one by one - select an item and hit 'mm'. The help section does suggest that the 'Copy' dialog allows you to move multiple items but I haven't worked out how. 

I also use +Workflowy and I consider it to be the best outliner tool currently available. I am not expecting to replace Workflowy with Checkvist, but Checkvist does attempt to be an outliner too.

I really like Checkvist, but it needs to decide what it's going to be best at.  I think task management / GTD support is where it should concentrate its resources.
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Hello Kirill,

Thanks for such a fast response! 

I will check the due-date widget - thanks for letting me know about that.

Tags on lists works, up to a point. But it's not as convenient (to me, at least) as grouping or nesting lists as I described. Workflowy also supports tagging (I think it implements tagging very well) and I've experimented quite a bit with tags to achieve better organisation, as well as to implement a GTD-like system. 

I have used the 'hoist' feature - I was pleased to find that, because I really like the way this is done in Workflowy.  Hoist is almost as good!  

Overall, I think Checkvist is an excellent tool and worth spending much more time with. 

Roger
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This is startling stuff, from one of the very small number of people in the world who really (really) know how the Scala compiler works. 

I need to watch this all the way through again, more carefully this time, because many of the points +Paul Phillips makes are independent of Scala and resonate in a much more general way. 

I was attracted to Scala as it appeared the best long-term and mainstream (i.e. commercially supported) replacement for Java. +Typesafe has done a pretty good job of positioning the language (and libraries/tools) to do exactly that.  Paul's talk is important because it points at fault-lines down in the fundamentals, rather than obsessing over superficial stuff.

Clojure is surely the alternative. Trouble is, I like types!  I like strong, static typing and all the benefits that brings especially in tooling. But perhaps I need to spend longer with Clojure and recalibrate my mind?

This is simultaneously the most provocative and the most interesting talk I've seen in a long time. It seems that, in our industry, most provocative pieces are just attention-getting stunts. Not this one. This is honest-to-goodness intellectual frustration along with some important reminders of what really matters (e.g. correctness, and a deep understanding of how and why your stuff works).
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+Michiel Trimpe Thanks for the link - I hadn't seen Typed Clojure. More reading material!  More good reasons for me to concentrate on Clojure now.
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