Having recently watched Merlin Mann’sInbox Zero video’s I have become a bit addicted to the idea of a zero email inbox. I have tried to adopt my own versions of the ‘Zero InBox’ both at home and work.
The Home Setup:
Using the Gmail settings options I have hidden all my additional labels (or folders!) leaving me with just the Inbox, Starred items, @Action, @Pending, @Urgent labels.
To get a similar setup yourself select Settings from the top right corner
Open the labels tab of the settings and select hide for the labels (or folders!) you need to hide, leaving you with a sparse GTD Gmail inbox!
The remaining visible folders lend themselves quite nicely to a GTD / Zero Inbox setup, especially when linked to my Remember the Milk account for task management. This simple setup allows me to move any emails that require some action, not directly transferable into a task (via RTM) into the Action folder, store any emails that are waiting on something / someone to the pending folder and flag up anything @Urgent.
Following on from this, anything that can be directly translated into a task is simply forwarded (via email) to my RTM account for actioning later. Using RTM’s keywords you can set priorities, due dates etc from the email itself.
While I’m sure this has been bouncing around for a while the good chaps at the Ubuntu community have provided a simple and straightforward guide on encoding video for Android based devices, including the HTC Hero:
Seeing as Synology themselves state that they support WordPress as a 3rd party application on there systems I felt the migration would be pretty straightforward. While this was mostly true I did spend a couple of frustrating hours attempting to install the latest version of phpMyAdmin. In the end I gave up and installed the Synology supported version, which can be found here.
This worked a treat. I set up the databases as described in the WordPress easy setup guide and downloaded a copy of Wordpress.
On the Synology Diskstation I enabled Web Station by logging in as the admin and opening Control Panel > Network Services > Web Services and tick Enable Web Station. This created a webfolder you can access with the File Browser. Following the instructions in the WordPress Setup guide, you can copy the contents of the wordpress folder to the web folder on the Diskstation and run the installation script (…/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php) to get up and running!
From here you can set up and customise your WordPress site to your hearts content. This is entirely down to personal taste but here are a few plugins and services I have installed.
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To install the plugins I have found it significantly easier to download them to my laptop then copy them to the web > wordpress > wp-content > plugins directory, rather than the inbuilt installer, again this is just personal preference. You can install themes in the same way, but instead copy them to theweb > wordpress > wp-content > themesdirectory. My site is running with the zBench theme as I have found this to be light enough to look minimal while still providing a number of features I was looking for.
While I’m still waiting for my all singing all dancing new telly to turn up I’ve set up my “Media Center”. This doesn’t really consist of a great deal as I currently only have a 13 inch Samsung monitor to show stuff on, no PS3 action for me just yet!
However, to make my life a simple as possible I have set up my Ubuntu box to auto log in (System > Administration > Login Screen) allowing a 10 second window in case another user wants to jump on.
Then it auto starts gmote: System > Preferences > Startup applications
Click Add and enter a simple and memorable name and the following for the command - ”/usr/bin/gmote" (add something memorable in the note to remind you what its for!)
While in the Startup Applications dialog box click Add again, this time for Boxee:
This time enter the command - “/opt/boxee/run-boxee-desktop" (again add a simple description if you feel its needed).
This setup means that whenever I power on my EeePC it’ll boot straight into Boxee for my viewing pleasure. I also can do away with the mouse and keyboard (mostly) thanks to my Boxee Android remote!
Possibly the biggest and most important items left of the Resolutions list:
Get out of Debt!: Unfortunately this will be a long and painful process but must be done. As a simple start is to start documenting my spending, with Android apps like Daily Expense Manager, and I may go as far as to publish the basics to keep me on track.
Get Fit: The same goes for the getting fit. I have joined the gym and will be playing squash at least once a week, but maybe publishing this stuff (possibly with the help of Run Keeper Pro) will help me keep it going? Who knows but look out for the #Debt and #Fitness tags that may soon be appearing!