This week we look for ways to make technology work for you instead of the other way around. No really ! Have you noticed how you are constantly interrupted by notifications from your smartphone ? How you spend hours on Social media without doing anything productive ? How adds and Tv sometimes make you feel agitated ? We go on a quest for some practical tips to cyber-zen your lifestyle. So lets tame your content stream and your devices so they will work for you .. instead of the other way around.
- Getting rid of cable tv
- Taming my devices
- The power of “Ding”
- The “Ding” hierarchy
- The results
Mindfulness , Meditation, tranquility . These are all things we should consider , which are important, which have one thing in common : Most of us have absolutely no idea how to do any of them. Whenever some free floating new age person dressed in an outfit that looks like a a Jedi knight in a wedding gown tells me to ‘put down my phone and meditate’ , I can only respond with a blank stare and the suggestion I might look up how to meditate on the internet. This is not an approved method of getting these floaty people to agree with you.
So enter CALM : A free floating fairy that lives in your phone and tells you how to be mindful and meditate. In seven steps a soothing voice explains you how to meditate by minding your posture, mindset, your body , your breath and your patience. You can also choose from several guided meditations ranging from 2 tot 30 minutes or just get a selection of white noises to “freestyle your medi-cycle”
Calm is free and available for Android and IOS.
The Knightcast episode 36 : The Epiphany of Simplicity.
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After a little hiatus , we are back. More then anyone we know how busy life on the edge of real and cyberspace can be. With information overloading us and hectic schedules its time for some tips for your cyber-lifestyle. So stand by as we turn into the digital Martha Steward and give you “the epiphany of simplicity”. Practical tips in organising your lifestyle and finding out how to chill out and relax from time to time.
This is my idea of an average Saturday morning.
About Half past nine.
up and at this since 5 30 am.
One Mac G3 running Ubuntu Linux (command line only)
One Mac Mini running Mac OSX (controlled through the macbook via a remote secure shell)
One Macbook remote controlling 2 secure shell sessions on the G3 and one on the mini.
Testing remote sync software to securely backup files off site without eating all my bandwith.
Number of tasks running.
About four , File transfer, setting up IRC client on remote machine, Listening to music, Writing article for the site.
About 12 browser windows with information and one book "Linux for Windows System Administrators" by Mike Minasi
Itunes streaming MP3's from central server over encrypted wifi connection. Cygnus X : Collected works.
Earl Grey tea , two lumps of sugar.
Means of communication :
Skype : Online MSN: Online Mail :Online.
A lot about the Rsync Command , About public and private keys in encryption and that I no longer need a graphical user interface on my Ubuntu machine.
Hyped up because its working and yet wonderfully relaxed because this is my idea of fun.