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#Productivity

Directory scheme for multiple projects

Published at July 5, 2016 · Piotr Król ·  4 min read

How to keep clean organization while working on multiple projects ? Answer to this question depends on workflow and nature of projects itself. Below I would like to present my approach to manage sanity while having multiple projects going simultaneously. This would be Embedded Systems Consultant view and will mostly show directory organization, but I think it can be adopted to other programmers workflow. Directory organization Usually I have up to 10 projects from external customer running and ~3 internal....

Categories: miscellaneous


Improve productivity with Google history using bookmarks and Chrome extensions

Published at July 30, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  5 min read

The idea of this post is very simple (as usually) and I wonder why I didn't thought about it earlier. The point is to use history of your Google queries to improve productivity. Most of things that we google can be replaced for example by browser extensions, bookmarks or rss feeds. Thats how we can gain few additional free seconds on each google-type-click cycle. Statistics Depending on different factors we spend a lot of time in browser....

Categories: miscellaneous


Workflow imporovement with Open Source tools - part 1

Published at May 16, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  5 min read

Introduction I want to start a series of articles to describe how I improve my workflow with geeky Open Source applications. I will concentrate on terminal applications that I try to use in my GTD process. Terminal Solarized gnome-terminal If you already don’t know what solarized color scheme is then please take a look at this page. To install solarized colorscheme in gnome-terminal simply follow instruction from this git repository....

Categories: miscellaneous


Thunderbird to Mutt migration - tips & tricks

Published at May 15, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  3 min read

Preface I migrate with my working environment to laptop. My workstation going older and I don’t have time to maintain few systems to keep it clean and in sync. I probably have to improve my work flow but right now I have different problems. Few weeks ago after changing environment to mobile and powerful laptop I also changed OS to Ubuntu and mail client to Thunderbird. I have to admit that both choices were mistake and I want to came back to Debian and Mutt....

Categories: miscellaneous


Music for programming

Published at March 30, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  2 min read

Of course this is strongly associated with personal taste but I will write my experience. - really great radio station, choose your genre or artist and it will lead you through all variety of this type. unfortunately if you are fan of Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, prog rock or irish folk you will be bored after 2 hours or less. Sadly not available in Poland {% emoji disappointed %} - maybe some proxy will work but I wasn’t able to find one....

Categories: miscellaneous


Short hint for all those who use vim and pathogen

Published at January 15, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  1 min read

Today, after updating my workspace to latest version I encounter below error during vim running. Error detected while processing function pathogen#runtime_append_all_bundles: line 1: E121, E116. Quick look on pathogen runtime_append_all_bundles function and I found...

Categories: miscellaneous


Vim as a Blogger editor

Published at April 21, 2012 · Piotr Król ·  2 min read

Blogger.vim is a vim plugin for interfacing with Google’s Blogger. Below I will use my workspace git repository. To use this plugin we need pretty new ruby >= 1.9.2 and gems nokogiri and net-https-wrapper. Let’s install latest possible ruby for Debian, before that make sure you have latest updates: 1 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get dist-upgrade And ruby: 1 sudo apt-get install ruby1.9.3 Before we install gems , we need to resolve some dependencies:...

Categories: miscellaneous


Splitting my personal repository

Published at March 14, 2012 · Piotr Król ·  1 min read

After writing a few posts in which my workspace scripts could be useful, I realized that I should split blog works from the scripts that can be useful to others. From now materials related to the blog I will track in a separate repository and I’ll add them as submodule into my environment. This implies that if we intend to deliver something to a broader audience this should include only those things which the recipient is expected and which we say that we provide....

Categories: miscellaneous


Hostname generator

Published at February 20, 2012 · Piotr Król ·  1 min read

Many times happened that I spend time, during the installation of the new system, whether it be a virtual physical machine, wondering about it’s hostname. One day I asked myself the trouble searching for host name generator. Best I could find (currently second in the results of google) is rospo.net. It gives you the choice of category for the host name. My favorite, as a fan of fantasy is “Characters from Tolkien”....

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Improve productivity by tracking work environment with git - vim

Published at February 20, 2012 · Piotr Król ·  3 min read

In this post I try to describe my vim configuration procedure and how it is connected with git. The whole concept is based on keeping all the configuration files in a separate directory. These files are connected using symbolic links in places where system or application requires it....

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Improve productivity by tracking work environment with git - preparation

Published at February 19, 2012 · Piotr Król ·  1 min read

Update: My repository is available here. Below is first post from series in which I want to describe my experience gained in attempt to enhance my productivity by using git to control the contents of some files in my home directory. The first step to improve the productivity is good organization of working environment. It happens very often that I work on multiple machines both physical and virtual. Therefore I need a good mechanism to share knowledge, experience, code, configuration and many other things....

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arbtt as productivity improver for Linux enviroment

Published at February 6, 2012 · Piotr Król ·  3 min read

As I mentioned in previous post I work a lot on improving my productivity. After FreeMind it is time for arbtt. This is small tool which tracks active windows during your work. It is delivered with distro that I’m currently using (Debian wheezy). So all I had to do was: 1 sudo apt-get install arbtt Below I try describe how I configure arbtt to work with some apps that I use (Google Chrome, FreeMind, gnome-terminal and screen)....

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First steps to improve work productivity in Linux environment

Published at February 5, 2012 · Piotr Król ·  2 min read

The problem encountered on several occasions over several months. Now it is time to deal with it. How did this happen? As always, resources were not sufficient, and if we can not increase the amount of resources we must strive to optimize their use.In this case, it was about time. While reading my last acquisition, once again I faced the problem of re-configure Linux account. Every time when I need new account for some reasons I need to configure some things manually....

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Tmux as screen replacement and productivity accelerator

Published at January 6, 2012 · Piotr Król ·  5 min read

As I wrote in previous post I switched from GNU screen to tmux. I use it for a few moths and have to said that I’m really impressed by simplicity, performance and community support in this project. In this post I want to discuss my configuration and useful additions for it like tmuxinator, session logging, colors or status bar configuration. Basics Debian contain tmux package but for stable and testing release it is pretty old version....

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