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Asana Productivity Trello

Productivity Review: Asana

I almost switched from 💌 Trello 💌 (not affiliated, just a fan) because it has global tags. Board-scoped tags is the one feature that’s keeping me from joining 💑 Trello 💑 in a union of holy matrimony. Ultimately, Asana was missing a lot of features that prevented me from fully embracing it.

What it Has Going for it

  • Covers basic kanban functionality nicely.
  • Aforementioned global and color-coded tags.
  • Can see a list of all tasks assigned to me, regardless of board. This is another thing 🌸 Trello 🌸 omits on the desktop.
  • It has the ability to see something as a board or a list with section headings. Scrolling down as opposed to over (and down) doesn’t really have a specific benefit, it’s just nice to see things displayed the way I think about them.
  • Native calendaring – 💖 Trello 💖 has plenty of plugins for this, but it doesn’t do it on its own
  • You can assign a task to multiple boards.
  • Occasional fun animations when you click done.
  • A nice library of templates
  • Its task notifications are pretty good.
  • Progress view, even at the free tier.
  • No time limit on the free tier. Although I’m willing to pay for a service I love (I pay for 💛 Trello 💛), a limited time trial period is inevitably too short to get a sense of whether or not a service works for me.

What it Lacks

  • The ability to duplicate a list to another board. While repeating oneself is bad practice (particularly in code), sometimes when you’re an end user of somebody else’s software, you just have to accept it.
  • Only a few pretty backgrounds to choose from. 💜 Trello 💜 must have some kind of intellectual property dibs on this.
  • Tag problems:
    • Can’t create a new tag in the app on Android.
    • No list of tags. If I want to see everything in the tag I used for things to be done during work hours, I have to go into a task with that tag, then click on the tag there.
    • Using them is buggy in the app. I once accidentally created two of the same tag (same name, same color). In my browser, I moved everything to one and deleted the other. The app still shows them both and fails silently when I guess incorrectly about which one is still there.
  • App won’t even show a complete list of boards without an internet connection.
  • Sorting options aren’t retained in the app. When you pull up a list, it’s not sorted in any way. It doesn’t want to guess what you want, that’s fine. I sort it by due date and I’m happy. I go away and come back. For a minute, it’s still sorted by due date, but then the list refreshes and returns to unsorted.
  • The ability to use other boards/tasks as attachments.

Not Lacking But Distasteful

  • Boards are default scoped to public within organization.
  • Although it’s theoretically nice that on the website you can change the board sort, it comes at the expense of having Asana alphabetize them.

Conclusion

I’m still contemplating getting a 😍 Trello 😍 tattoo; running out of ❤️ emojis.

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Linux Pi-hole SSH The Horror!

Pi-hole

I recently installed Pi-hole on a brand spankin’ new Raspberry Pi to blacklist advertisements.

The install was very simple – all I had to do was follow their directions. My only frustration was that I forgot to enable SSH to start on boot. Evidently chkconfig has gone out of style, so I had to google The New Way. I suffered from ignorance for like 30 seconds. The horror!

I couldn’t find out how I change the DNS server in the router. I fear I shall have to contact my ISP. The horror!

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Trello

Productivity Review: 🌈 Trello 🌈

I have mentioned my love for Trello. I’ve also been trying to work around the lack of global tags since about the time I began using it on Dec 31, 2018.

This shortcoming finally lead me on a trip around the world of kanban software. I plan to review some of the stops I made. First off, I’d like to write a love letter to Trello on what may be the eve of our separation.

Some things I love about Trello:

  • The primary functionality: kanban. I didn’t realize that’s what my life was missing until Trello came along. To-do lists just don’t cut it anymore.
  • The pretty background pictures. They call the Unsplash API to allow you to select a pretty background. It is surprisingly pleasant. I assume this hasn’t been copied due to some intellectual property reason. If/When Trello and I part ways, I’ll miss it.
  • The ability to use other boards and cards as attachments. It turns out to be surprisingly handy.
  • The ability to copy lists and move copies to other boards.
  • I have yet to find anything I can do on the website that I can’t do in the app.

The thing I don’t love:

  • It’s very siloed

Things I’d love to see

  • Global tags
  • A dashboard
  • It’s the nature of Trello’s beast to be closed source, but I’d sure love to find an alternative that’s so free rms would approve.

I’ve found a few open source web-based Kanban packages on Github, but none have all the features I’d need to be wooed away. I’m currently scoping out a few to potentially add missing functionality myself, but I’m still in the market.

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npm Trello

Tinkering with carlosazaustre / vue-trello

In my continuing effort to find a Trello replacement, I’ve been looking at carlosazaustre / vue-trello. My thanks to carlosazaustre for creating it. After some exploring, I realized it’s more reliant on Google Cloud Platform than I particularly want to go. However, I publish the notes I had so far in the hopes that they’ll help someone else.

`npm install`

`npm install` kept dying on Firebase. I had to uninstall then reinstall. I can’t find the Stack Overflow post that gave me the instructions, but according to my bash history, it looks something like the following:

Chuck GRPC’s data:
rm node_modules/grpc -r

Delete package-lock.json:
rm package-lock.json

Rebuild node-sass:
npm rebuild node-sass

Install the latest version of firebase:
npm i firebase@latest

Install firebase/app:
npm install --save @firebase/app

Settings File

The next error was:
ERROR Failed to compile with 1 errors 11:43:17 PM This relative module was not found: * ./settings in ./src/api/firebase.js

It needs a file called settings.js in src/api/. There’s an example file (settings.js.example) to grab from. You need to add your Firebase details. You can learn your API key at:
https://console.firebase.google.com/project/[project ID]/settings/general/

Next Steps

This is where I got off the train. Presumably it’s now just a matter of filling the correct details into the config file. Best of luck to you.

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Asana CLI Linux Productivity Programming Ruby Trello

Working with TrelloToAsana

First off, many thanks to goborrega, the author of TrelloToAsana – a ruby package to help users port their data from 🌹💃 💕 Trello 💕 💃 🌹 to Asana. I love Trello (as you may have gathered from the emojis), but the boards are very siloed. I have like 3 dozen boards, I don’t want to have to dig into each one.

There are a few ways to get data between the two, but none were to my satisfaction until I found this package on Github.

I ran into a couple issues and I wanted to save some other folks the time. Many of these issues stem from not being a Ruby developer Thanks to Google University, I was able to develop a sufficient passing literacy.

Some background that may be helpful to non-Ruby devs may find useful:

  • Install Bundler and other dependencies. On Suse the command was: sudo zypper install ruby2.5-rubygem-bundler ruby-dev ruby2.5-dev ruby2.5-rubygem-rails-5_1
  • Install dependencies defined in the gemfile: bundle install
  • To run a Ruby script: ruby [filename]

There seems to be a version problem with the required versions of Ruby and the gem json. To fix that, I went opened Gemfile and replaced where it calls for json version 1.8.1 with 1.8.5. I haven’t seen any negative consequences of advancing it to a later version.

Between the time of the code’s writing and the time I ran it, Asana evidently changed their property id to gid on workspaces, projects and tasks. A find and replace on all instances of .id with .gid fixed the problem. The error was:

/usr/lib64/ruby/gems/2.5.0/gems/asana-0.10.0/lib/asana/resource_includes/resource.rb:34:in `method_missing': undefined method `id'

It worked like a dream after that.

Having gone to all that trouble, I don’t think I’m going to stick with Asana. There are too many features 💖 Trello 🌈 has that Asana doesn’t. My hunt for a 🌼 Trello 🥰 alternative that has global tags continues.

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CLI Linux

A Problem with `git push origin`

I couldn’t figure out why git kept complaining there was no such file as origin.

Because I was typing grep.

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CLI Linux NPM Programming Vue.js

Pro-tip: `npm run dev` Relies on /etc/hostname

In my ongoing effort to play with Vue.js, I’ve been attempting to run the command npm run dev, which is required to turn the Vue magic into regular Javascript magic (all computers are magic). I couldn’t figure out why it kept insisting it couldn’t bind to the address.

I was looking for a config file with a hostname defined. There isn’t one. It uses the contents of /etc/hostname.

PS1 and hostname showed my hostname as kraken. But according to /etc/hostname, it was kraken.kjcoop.com. NPM was trying to bind to kjcoop.com’s IP address.

There’s no reason the hostname had to include kjcoop.com. I originally took to putting it in the hostname when I first registered the domain name in 1998 because I thought it was neat. I never got out of the habit because until [longer ago than I care to admit], it never caused me problems.

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CMSes MySQL Software Wordpress

Changing a Username in WordPress

When I installed WordPress, I reflexively made my username the same as it is everywhere. Its ease of being guessed makes it that much easier for an interloper to get into my system.

The WordPress UI says you can’t change your username. Actually you can just pop into the database and make the change.

The table is wp_users by default. You may have set the prefix to be different, but out of the box it’s “wp_”. To alter the row in question:

update wp_users set user_login="[new username]" where user_login="[existing username]";

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CMSes Software SSH This Site Wordpress

WordPress on kjcoop.com is Live, as You May Have Observed

Most of what I spent my time on was making it pretty. I’m not a graphic designer, but I think it looks pretty good.

My only real annoyance with WordPress is the Gravatar nonsense – it’s a third party service used to have a pretty picture in your profile. I get that it offers users the ability to have the same picture on any WordPress site they comment on, but for those of us who don’t care, would it be so bad to be able to upload a profile picture locally?

Ten seconds of Googling revealed a couple plugins that will do that, but then you have to trust an internet stranger (no disrespect to the author or plugin intended) or invest time into reviewing the code yourself.

While I was pulling down a new version of master, I was getting a key error. Apparently my public key wasn’t in authorized_keys. Fortunately the error messages were pretty good, so I was able to deduce the cause of the problem in just a couple minutes.

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CMSes Software Wordpress

Tinkering with WordPress

I spent a few hours tonight tinkering with WordPress. It’s different than I remember it from several years ago – imagine that!

Theming will be a challenge. I don’t want to have to write and maintain one from scratch, but if I make code changes to an existing theme (spoiler alert: I have), it makes it difficult to update the theme, which again puts me in the position to have to maintain it myself.

This is why I enjoyed the portion of customizing a theme where you can add extra CSS without having to worry about your theme overwriting your changes. Of course, you could always just make your own stylesheet and give it a name unlikely to be clobbered, such as your name (if your name is Style, I shall eat my words). I wound up using it’s inbuilt functionality.