Paper vs to-do’s app – results and conclusion

In the middle of March I wrote about notes and to-do lists. I was considering what is better option: to use paper notes, or maybe to-do applications or my computer and other devices. Choice was difficult, because all possible solutions have advantages and disadvantages. After almost three months of this experiment, many fails and attempts I can say (TL;DR): yes, it’s possible to use apps instead of paper and it can be very efficient way to organize life and work.

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Experiment: I will use to-do app instead of paper

I decided to start “strange experiment” starting next week. I used to create to-do list every day for next day – nothing special, nothing complicated, but very helpful and efficient, for me. But this method has a lot of disadvantages and I will try change paper to application on my phone, tablet and notebook. It will be not first time when I try this, but this time I want to do it differently. What method of to-do list do you prefer? Paper, electronic notes and apps, or maybe nothing?

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Fix: perl: warning: Setting locale failed

If you use OS X you can disover strange issue while connecting other machines through SSH (ex. Ubuntu Servers). It’s information about problems with load locales: perl: warning: Setting locale failed. It isn’t your server fault, but OS X default settings used in user session and profile. You can easily fix that issue editing profile file or for example ZSH config file.

Just edit ~/.profile and add that lines on the end:

export LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8
export LANG=en_US.UTF-8

After that close terminal and open it again (ZSH) or just re-login to system. You can of course use other locales, specific to your system language and region settings.

Fix – Play/Next/Prev buttons don’t work on OS X

I discovered last time, that Play / Pause / Next / Prev buttons from keyboard doesn’t work on my MacBook and OS X. Normally, the click of play button opens the iTunes or play/pause songs. It suddenly stopped working and I didn’t know why. The issue was Google Play Music – extension for Google Chrome browser to use service with the same name, upload music etc.

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Fix SYSLOG check failed on Ubuntu Server 16.04

If you use Ubuntu Server and decided to install some firewall or log monitoring (UFW, LFD etc.), you can receive strange mails about SYSLOG check failed. The example content of such mails is:

Error: Failed to detect code [BlaBlaBla1234BlaBlaBla1234] in SYSLOG_LOG [/var/log/messages]

SYSLOG may not be running correctly on mymachine

You must first check rsyslog service status (service rsyslog status) – Ubuntu uses rsyslog by default and if there is no such service, you should install it. This may not be enough, becuase default rsyslog configuration doesn’t ceate messages log files. To change that, you should edit file /etc/rsyslog.d/50-default.conf (file may be called differently!) and uncomment that section:

mail,news.none -/var/log/messages

It is responsible for saving logs to /var/logmessages file. You can also uncomment or comment other settings in that file – rsyslog provides many informations about mails, kernel, user actions or debug info. After that just restart service. Firewalls and monitoring services should work fine now.