How I Do Email: Revisited

I wrote about how I moved away from GMail last year, so I wanted to revisit the efficacy of the setup. So this data is from mid-February 2021 to September 1, 2022. To revisit, I file email into folders. Levels 1, 2, and 3 are kept indefinitely, level 4 is kept for a year, and level 5 (the default) is kept for a month. I have received 55,941 emails since the start of this account. Read more...

Getting Fired

Recently I saw on Twitter a prompt to share your worst/most hilarious getting fired stories. I have a pretty good one from more than twenty years ago, so I figured I would write it down. Back in 2000, I started as a contractor with a company called Capital Area Internet Solutions - CAIS. CAIS started as a small dialup access company, but it’s CEO Ulysses G. Auger II had repositioned itself to offering high-speed Internet connections in hotel rooms and apartment complexes. Read more...

Calvert's Glen HOA ACC Amendment Proposals

Introduction This documents the proposed amendments to the Calvert’s Glen HOA Architectural Control Committee (ACC) guidelines proposed by me in 2021/2022. I am writing them here in order to facilitate distribution and comment. Note: This text is updated based on feedback from the CGHOA board meeting on August 17th, 2022. #1: Solar Panels Proposed Sept 7, 2021. Virginia law changed effective October 1, 2021 on association restrictions for solar panels {0}. Read more...

New Year’s Resolutions 2022

Here we are, come to the end of 2021, and I thought it would be a good time to make some New Year’s resolutions for 2022. I am not normally one for making resolutions like this, but I am trying to establish a New Normal - as is the whole world - and one of the things I most want to do is be more intentional in my life. Some of these are more realistic than others, but I believe in all of them. Read more...

How I Do Email

Why I Switched from GMail This post is a true account of my journey from a standard, vanilla GMail setup towards a wholly different method of organizing my email that I quite enjoy, and that so far serves me well. I shall start by answering the first question anyone would ask: since GMail is ubiquitous, why did I leave it? First off, I wanted to dead-head my email archive. I had hundreds of thousands of emails, mostly unread. Read more...

Home Lab Part 1

Working as a full time upstream developer in OpenStack means that sometimes I need to run a full cloud environment in order to determine if a new feature works, or debug some kind of issue that someone has reported. This requires more capability than a standard laptop can provide: I need a machine that is a very basic enterprise-class server. And it needs to be able to have plenty of memory. Read more...