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My iPhone Middle Way System

I recently changed my phone from my Blackberry Curve. The plan I am on renewed, and I ended up with an iPhone 5c. Also a few months ago, my tablet died, so I have been without a primary digital device. … Continue reading

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Installing Arch Linux

Recently, I began an exercise to learn how Linux works better. At the advice of my friends I took over one of my spare computers, and installed Arch Linux.  My goal in installing Arch was to learn more about Linux. … Continue reading

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Installing Arch Linux

Recently, I began an exercise to learn how Linux works better. At the advice of my friends I took over one of my spare computers, and installed Arch Linux.  My

The Yearly Review Process

At the start of the year is the perfect time for reflection on what you have, what you have accomplished, and what you want to do. I do not like

Capturing Data

Analog data are the random slips of paper, or notes you have floating around. To handle all of this information we need systems in place that make it possible for us to be able to take all of this data in, and at the correct time process it into information, and then make use of the information at the correct time. Think of an email in-box, it captures all the emails, which are sent to you prior to reading, or deleting emails. Data can can also be sorted using taxonomies of various types to group related data together.   This is especially useful with digital data, but you can easily create your own system to put analog data together in this way.   They can provide a common spot for capture of most data before it is processed. Try to find ways to capture data in as few places as possible so that it can be processed quickly. Once the data is processed and useful save that information in the correct place for the right time.

My iPhone Middle Way System

I recently changed my phone from my Blackberry Curve. The plan I am on renewed, and I ended up with an iPhone 5c. Also a few months ago, my tablet died, so I have been without a primary digital device. … Continue reading

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Installing Arch Linux

ArchLogoRecently, I began an exercise to learn how Linux works better. At the advice of my friends I took over one of my spare computers, and installed Arch Linux.  My goal in installing Arch was to learn more about Linux.

Arch Linux was fairly easy to install, it takes more time to configure, than to install successfully. To start with I followed the Arch Beginner’s Guide. Once I got used to doing everything that an installer usually does I came to understand the process.

My goals were to have a fully functional install with EFI partitions.  Getting the EFI partitions working took a while.

One point where I deviated from the beginner’s guide is that I used GParted to partition the hard drive before I started the process. I went through the process a couple of times with failure, because I was not able to get the vfat EFI boot partition setup correctly, with the command line tools. GParted helped me solve that issue.

Once I had a base system installed I found that I had a bare Linux that I then molded to what I wanted. In this case I did put on a cron, openssh, and xorg with Fluxbox. My goal was a lightweight gui. I also use the Rox Pinboard.

I still have some settings, like the sound (ALSA) to get working correctly, but I have a stable system otherwise.

My next steps are to get KVM working, then to create a VM with CentOS setup as a web and email server.  I also want to create a virtual machine with either and old Windows install, ReactOS, or a DOS variant and create a BBS system.

All in all I like the Arch way of Linux, and I am contemplating moving on from other Linux distributions I have used in the past on my other machines.

The post Installing Arch Linux appeared first on Excalibur's Sheath.

Installing Arch Linux

ArchLogoRecently, I began an exercise to learn how Linux works better. At the advice of my friends I took over one of my spare computers, and installed Arch Linux.  My goal in installing Arch was to learn more about Linux.

Arch Linux was fairly easy to install, it takes more time to configure, than to install successfully. To start with I followed the Arch Beginner’s Guide. Once I got used to doing everything that an installer usually does I came to understand the process.

My goals were to have a fully functional install with EFI partitions.  Getting the EFI partitions working took a while.

One point where I deviated from the beginner’s guide is that I used GParted to partition the hard drive before I started the process. I went through the process a couple of times with failure, because I was not able to get the vfat EFI boot partition setup correctly, with the command line tools. GParted helped me solve that issue.

Once I had a base system installed I found that I had a bare Linux that I then molded to what I wanted. In this case I did put on a cron, openssh, and xorg with Fluxbox. My goal was a lightweight gui. I also use the Rox Pinboard.

I still have some settings, like the sound (ALSA) to get working correctly, but I have a stable system otherwise.

My next steps are to get KVM working, then to create a VM with CentOS setup as a web and email server.  I also want to create a virtual machine with either and old Windows install, ReactOS, or a DOS variant and create a BBS system.

All in all I like the Arch way of Linux, and I am contemplating moving on from other Linux distributions I have used in the past on my other machines.

The Yearly Review Process

New Year's FireworksAt the start of the year is the perfect time for reflection on what you have, what you have accomplished, and what you want to do.

I do not like the traditional New Years Resolutions, instead i prefer goal making with much more specific goals, and projects with defined steps, and expected outcomes. Read more

Capturing Data

skyIn our lives we experiance data overload. To much data comes into our heads for us to keep, let alone process. This means that we all need a system for capturing data.  Think about all the times where you found something you needed for later, and by the time you needed to use it was lost. This is a major problem to-day. How do we capture data, turn it into useful information, and then take action on it. I define data as information, which has not had importance added to it yet. Once it has importance to us it becomes information. Read more

The Middle Way Reviews

bridgeIn the Middle Way Method there times to take a look at your values, goals, projects, mission, and vision at different levels. There are some common steps for each of these reviews. The first is to examine your mission and vision statements in the context of the current review, for example The yearly, weekly, and monthly reviews will focus on your mission statement primarily, while the daily review will focus on your vision statement. Each of the reviews is best done after centering yourself spiritually with prayer, scripture study, or meditation. Looking forward and inward create the best climate for the reviews. Read more

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What is the Middle Way Method?

The Middle Way is the result of a struggle to determine what works from the view of top down planning and what works from the view of bottom up planning, and where they meet in the middle.

The Middle Way Method is comprised of several processes, which can be followed as a whole, or selected individually to help improve your own system.  The processes are:

  1. Create and maintain mission and vision statements
  2. Set well defined and measurable goals
  3. Keep a journal with an emphasis on self reflection
  4. Capture data and information
  5. Yearly, Monthly, Weekly, Daily Reviews
  6. Create and maintain an effective planning system

The Middle Way Method is based on the principles that there is a lot of stuff to get done, and at least some of it is important to us, and some is not.  By keeping an eye on what is important, and making room for accomplishing things important to us.  The Middle Way will teach you how to define what is important, and make room in a busy week to accomplish some of the important items.

The Middle Way Method builds a foundation of knowing who you are and who you want to become.  From that foundation it helps you to define goals, which have specific steps and to manage your day to day activities.

From its inception the Middle Way Method has had its eye on personal development and daily productivity with an emphasis on easy to follow routines, which can be used independently of each-other, or together to make you more productive.

Keeping a Journal

JournalKeeping a journal is an essential part of the Middle Way Method. The purpose of the Journal is to bridge the two halves of the method together and make them cohesive. This is where the day-to-day, meets the values, goals and you can center yourself.

A journal is different from a diary, in that a diary is more a record of what happens to you. A journal is more about how you react to the world, and feel.  The line where keeping a diary ends and journaling begins is blurry.  The two are interrelated and are Read more

All About Goals

dragonfly 2aThere are a few recurring times, when we tend to look to the future, and determine we want to change. We may decide that we want to lose weight, get a better job, start a business, or any number of things. Most of these goals fail; the motivation or enthusiasm wains, and we quietly drop our goals. How then can we create goals with lasting power? What about the goals which are still important, but have since come to a halt, how do we restart them? Read more

Mission and Vision Statements

colorful-autumn-leaves-smallMission and Vision statements give us a road-map to help you envision your future.  The source material for your mission statement is your values and important relationships.  The source for your vision statement is your mission statement.  Mission statements take time to develop, and need adjusting periodically.  Vision statements restate your mission statements in the present tense, and provide a vision of who you want to become. Read more

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