Win8… Back to Basics!

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Take a deep look at Windows 8 screen.


Now think hard… What does it look like? Hint: see below


The Windows 8 screen is just the Windows 3.1 one with a blue background! Is Microsoft saving some money in design here or did they bring someone old back to the team?

Inbox Zero – How often does it happen to you?

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Well basically it happened to me today! Mainly because of Memorial Day, I had the chance to clean up my inbox. However this does not mean only reading or glancing one email after another or “Mark all as read:.

Do the following (some taken from the “Getting things done” book by David Allen, just a bit modified for my needs)

– If there is nothing you can do about it, simply mark as read and let it go. This is the most difficult one of all categories because it is hard to accept that there is nothing you can actually do about it. Accept it

– If you can do something but not now and it is not that importante, then [create a task in Jira (I have my own) or some other task tracking/Kanban/post it/whatever system you use] so that you can take care of it later. This is your “do it later, not important queue”.

– If it is important, you can complete it now and it is (relatively) quick then

– If it is important but you can’t complete it now, then schedule it in your important queue. Use Kanban when possible. No more than 5 important tasks queued as then you will only be moving your mess from your inbox to your task list and this is not the idea. Scheduling is key, else you can just kick the bucket.

inbox zero

Remember never to procrastinate!

I recommend also reading the Productivity Manifesto by Nathan Barry too, which is very good however in some cases it is not possible to follow his advice. I can’t do blocks of 25 minutes of my time, else some people of my team could be blocked and waste minutes of their time. And no, I am not that important but in some cases dependencies arise and minutes count.

Why I ditched Google Drive and doubled Dropbox…

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Simply because Google Drive is crap. Here is a list of things it did to me:
– No LAN sync, don’t know if already fixed but it is impossible to sync 100GB on each machine, and they are next to each other in the same LAN
– Duplicated my files, when I reformatted the computer and tried to install it again. Dropbox recognizes it is the same folder and files so no need to redownload the 100GB again
– Have two computers, next to each other, and they show different file counts. I reported to Google and they said just restart Google Drive. No luck
– And last but not least, I turned if off a few days and not tried to turn it on again. Guess what… It “forgot” I had already downloaded my many GBs of files and is trying to set up a new folder. Which will duplicate my files again and again and simply just make me lose my time.


Bye Google Drive, welcome 200 GB Dropbox

Single most important thing I’ve learned through time

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Do no harm (but take no shit)


How to view Recent Worklogs in Jira

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IMHO Jira is the best bug tracking system all around. It is very user friendly, it is extremely extensible, there are tons of add ons to customize to your needs and GreenHopper brings Agile to Jira. There are many other things worth looking for, but the one great feature where I needed some help was in the worklogs.

Basically when you have a task assigned to a developer, you would like to be able to know what kind of effort/time went into completing it. Well, there is one flaw with this plan and that is that developers need to be very disciplined into entering their hours daily.

Also, they need to make sure that they did not leave any tasks out. So for me the easiest way to make sure that a dev did fill in all of their hours properly was by adding the “Recent Worklogs” add on to their tasks dashboard.

Click here to get the add on

Check it out:

quantum recent worklogs jira add on

Now devs do not have any excuse of forgetting to fill in their work logs. They can see this dashboard and immediately know which day they left out.

Dropbox vs Google Drive – why I am ditching Google Drive

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An image is worth a thousand words I’ve heard. Look at the following image. It is VERY SIMPLE.

I have two computers which even more are in the same network, actually sitting one next to each other (which works wonderfully in Dropbox’s LAN sync) and they are showing a different number of files, about 4GB difference.

So why do you want to use a Google Drive for syncing files, when it can’t sync files?!?!?!?!?

1071 files in one computer, 1041 in the other one!


Google: you need to try harder. Not criticizing you, but don’t release a product that works with users files and that does not work! I reported the problem here!msg/drive/TZ4pq4fInaY/QG3VFDTlI88J

TCO de tener un iPhone 5 – lo compro o no?

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Actualizacion Ene 7: El plan de iPhone NO permite numero favorito! Y ademas de eso, ni siquiera hay disponibles! Nota mental: mandarse a pedir un iPhone 5 a Estados, sale en $650 y no me preocupo de tener que lidiar con el pensamiento tercer mundista del ICE!

TCO, conocido como total cost of ownership, es lo que a uno le cuesta tener algo durante la vida util de ese activo. En este caso, mas que activo, un juguete.

Basicamente he estado pensando si lo compro o no, por lo que me puse a sacar numeros de si vale la pena o no, tomando en cuenta que pago aproximadamente $70 al mes. Esto es por que estoy midiendome pues era mas cercano a $100. Ojo el analisis:

– Actualmente pago $840 al año por telefono o $1680 por dos midiendome. Entonces, valdra la pena un plan?
– Una cosa mas, ahora NO puedo tener un numero favorito, pero si pudiera entonces eso incluye la mayor parte de mi uso (con plan si se puede)
– Y solo me interesa el de 16GB, los otros siempre me han parecido un desperdicio en mi caso

Veamos la tabla que saco el ICE aca:

Esta la puse en Excel y quedo asi, basicamente la pase a dolares y con algunos acumulados. Entonces tengo que ver si quiero pagar $37 / $48 / $68 / $80 al mes de telefono y si quiero pagar inicialmente $540.00 / $318.00 / $474.00 / $186.00 / $354.00 / $282.00 o nada por el iPhone.

Entonces lo mas facil es ponerlo en una tabla y sumar. Ojo que es importante tomar en cuenta que para los planes de 12 meses vuelvo a poner $70 al mes pues ya estaria fuera de plan otra vez. Yhay que agregarle el favorito que son 7 al mes. No esta sumado pero es la parte mas importante.

Y con eso tenemos un ganador absoluto, iPhone 5 con plan 1 a 24 meses y favorito me ahorra como $400! (dele click y podra ver la tabla en grande)

Ahora la pregunta del millon, el ice ya vendio el cargamento como de seguro 10 que le mando Apple por equivocacion. Cuando vienen mas?

Colapso la General Cañas?

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La noticia del mes es como colapso el puente de la pista al aeropuerto, de como paso una grua de 84 toneladas por encima de un puente de 40 (vendido por una empresa britanica que fue culpada de sobornar politicos en muchos paises) por un conductor con 14 partes.

Alguien ha visto bien el video o de cerca? Mas bien parece que choco pues vean como esta la llanta….

Opiniones? Sera que iba manejando mientras mandaba un mensaje de texto en el celular y se fue mucho para la derecha, paralizando la capital?

FAIL: Buying an MS Surface

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As I mentioned before, if you are from a third world country and not the US you generally are no one, especially for anything related to a credit card. After multiple attempts at (legally) buying a Surface, I give up!

How hard is it to buy a Microsoft Surface? Apparently very… and their support is worse!

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Microsoft is the same as with other companies. If you don’t have a SSN and your credit card is outside of US, you are nobody 🙂

But I contacted MS support and they couldn’t even help me get a hold of my order. They just redirected me to the CR office which has absolutely nothing to do with the Surface.

Sid: I understand that you would like to know the status of your Microsoft Surface order you have ordered from Microsoft Store online. Am I right?
Xavier Morera: Yes
Sid: To seek assistance on this matter, I request you to contact the Microsoft Subsidiary for Costa Rica directly. This Customer Service you have reached is for North America. Please give me couple of minutes as I locate the contact information of the assigned Subisidiary Office for your location.
Sid: Please click here to view the full contact information of the Microsoft Subsidiary assigned for Costa Rica
Sid: Please note that our Support Professionals are only trained to troubleshoot issues with North American versions of our products whereas the Support Professionals at the local Microsoft subsidiaries are trained to troubleshoot issues with localized versions of our software and can assist you in your own language.

Oh, and “my language” can be English too…

And then Sid just closed the chat, didn’t even let me finish asking questions.

Sid: I hope your issue gets resolved soon.
Sid: Thank you for using Microsoft Customer Service Chat. Please feel free to come back again. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Chat session has been terminated by the agent.

At the end got a hold of MS Store, and that is the subject of my next post!