Jan
5

Following my recent post about The Bank of Time, Matt Williams posted the comment:

Yea, but who has 30 minutes to watch a talk on time management?

While Matt was being sarcastic his comment has a lot of backstory that I want to explore for a few minutes. I used to be one of those folks who always struggled to find the time to do the things I needed to do. I'd make excuses. I'd carry a bad attitude about the many things that weren't getting done. I'd overcommit and struggle to deliver. You see, I lacked an element of focus in my life. I opened myself up to anyone and everyone who wanted or needed something from and me and I genuinely wanted to accommodate them all.

I wasn't taking the time, to take the time.

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Jan
5

I was reading through the latest blog posts aggregated by ColdFusion Bloggers and noticed someone writing about the oldest file they had in their home directory. I switch laptops every three years, but thought it'd be an interesting exercise even if I don't typically respond to memes.

I thought it would be pretty easy to determine my oldest file using OS X's Spotlight. After a minute or two I realized Spotlight wasn't going to be much help so I dipped into my ninja command-line skills and attempted to use *nix's find, and ls commands. I was able to make some headway but wasn't too sure of my results so I followed links from Jehiah's post to Craig Rhodes' blog. Craig provides a Python script that seemed to do the trick (code and instructions on how to do this yourself are below). The absolute oldest file on my Macbook Pro is a font called Optim which was created on June 25, 1987. Yikes! Scrolling through the list of files (ordered by oldest first) there were tons of fonts which have probably been forgotten for ages.

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