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Drowning in versions

I sometimes feel like I am drowning in “versions” and “accounts”. Here’s what I am playing with at the moment:

Java Development environment:
Linux Maverick 10.10
JDK 6
Tomcat 6
Eclipse 3.5.2
Google Apps
Servlet API version 2.5 or 3.0

Microsoft / Windows + Windows Phone:
Visual Studio Pro 2010 SP1 (C++)
Windows Phone 7 SDK (7.5 Mango SDK is already out)

Qt 1.1 / QtCreator
for MeeGo (or Symbian) on various development machines: Linux, Mac or Windows

VMware on Mac to run Linux distros + Dedicated PC to run Windows 7.

Mac Xcode too.

Accounts:
Forum Nokia
Microsoft Live
MSDN
Cert services
Apple Developer Network
Forum Nokia
Google Apps
Domain Registrar

Various mobile device config settings.

    Not to mention happy distractions like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Spotify :-)!!!(

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Flourishing or Happiness?

The NY Times asks “Is happiness overrated?” in relation to Marin Seligman’s 2002 book “Authentic Happiness” and his new book “Flourish”.

I really like the idea that “Well-being cannot exist just in your own head,” he writes. “Well-being is a combination of feeling good as well as actually having meaning, good relationships and accomplishment.”“. I like the idea of personal fulfillment as an ongoing process of health (-ing) rather than an end-state that is at best transitory (-ness).

There are a number of the old sayings about “Fail or flourish”. This is perhaps my one “initial” very visceral reservation.

How to define flourishing? Perhaps that is the point of the “flourish” scale that is mentioned? I shall have to read more about the work of Felicia Huppert and Timothy So from the University of Cambridge. It sounds like it will be interesting and thought provoking reading. It is great that there are still plenty of mysteries left in life!

Change

The most significant change in a person’s life is a change of attitude. Right attitudes produce right actions.
— Willam J. Johnston

Thinking

I just finished reading Edward de Bono’s Think Before It’s too late. It certainly was thought provoking, and I have to admit I’ve not given much thought to how I think myself. So it was interesting to step outside a bit and look at that.

Great insightful “Thinking” may be the last thing left that is really challenging to commoditize? So it’s worth trying to learn to do it better. I liked the idea of ‘idea creativity’ vs. ‘artistic creativity’, and that to generate new thinking : changing one’s perception, even into some arbitrary other random starting point is a way to get the brain out its ruts and thinking into new areas even if it seems counter intuitive at first.

I’d like to try the 6 Hats approach in practise. I hope I get an opportunity.

Alone on the dark side of the moon

I never really thought about it before until watching some recent Apollo 11 astronaut interviews, but when Mike Collins traversed the dark side of the moon alone in the command module, out of sight and so far away from the earth he was really quite alone. He evokes a very gracious humility and chuckling spirit about the Apollo 11 missions.

“I don’t mean to deny a feeling of solitude. It is there, reinforced by the fact that radio contact with the Earth abruptly cuts off at the instant I disappear behind the moon, I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life. I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the moon, and one plus God knows what on this side.” — Apollo 11 Astronaut Mike Collins on traversing the dark side of the moon (alone) in the command modul

Quote of the day: inventing

“There are a few prerequisites to inventing…. You have to be willing to fail. You have to be willing to think long term. You have to be willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time. If you can’t do those three things, you need to limit yourself to sustaining innovation…. You typically don’t get misunderstood for sustaining innovation.”

— Jeff Bezos (at Wired Disruptive via Tim O’Reilly)

Quote of the day

“I really believe that the virtual world mirrors the physical world. It’s the roommate problem: Where would she put the scissors?” — Marissa Mayer

Starting anew

I’ve tried several times over the years to start a blog but somehow always lost steam at some point due to a hectic schedule in and out of work. Let’s try again!