As you probably know, my family and I are in Mexico for a few weeks. Because we’re here for close to a month, I’m working full-time for part of our trip while my wife and kids enjoy the goodness that is the all-inclusive Sandos Playacar (we’ll be moving in a villa for the last 2 weeks on the 24th). This lead me to acquire a TelCel Amigo 3G USB stick (comes with 3GB of monthly bandwidth).
Since this is the only constant internet connection we’ll have throughout our stay, I wanted to be able to share the connection so that I can also connect via wifi for our iPhones (unlocked, also set with simple pay-as-you-go local SIMs, but no data) and my son’s netbook.
If you happen to be on OSX, doing so is absolutely dead-easy.
- Connect to the internet via your 3G connection
- Make sure Airport (wifi) is on
- Go to Systems Preferences → Sharing
- Select Internet Sharing
- Select your USB stick’s hardware from the list of ports in the “Share your connection from” section (see screenshot below)
- Check the “Airport” checkbox
- Set a network name and WEP password using the “Airport Options…” button
Tada! You should be all set and now be able to see your mac-as-an-access-point from any wifi-compatible devices. Enjoy! :)
Update: Had forgotten to attach the screenshot I mentioned. See below.
I’ll admit to have been jealous of my good friend Xopher‘s Nexus One phone and its nifty Android-based, augmented reality Google Sky Map. But I knew I’d find a similar one for the iPhone.
Lo and behold, while in Seaside, a friend showed me Star Walk running on his iPad.
One thing the video doesn’t showcase is that the application makes use of the built-in compass, GPS and gyroscope. This lets you simply point your device anywhere and get a picture-perfect representation of what astronomical objects are in your field of vision as well as get all the details you could want about them.
At $2.99 for such a complete app, I think it’s a very good deal and entirely worth the expense.
Copernicus would be stoked. :)
A view from my "Parc Lafontaine Office"
We, at Automattic, have talked a lot about the challenges telecommuters can face when it comes to health, sanity and sedentism while at our annual meetup. Working from home has a lot of advantages, but it’s sometimes difficult to make a clear transition between work and personal life when it comes to schedule, habits and so on.
Here is what I’ll be experimenting with this week: working from the comfort of my home office in the morning, then take advantage of my lunch break to relocate for the afternoon.
High-speed iPhone/3G tethering, full-featured laptops and long-lasting batteries make these kind of things easily achievable nowadays, without compromising on performance nor productivity. Since I am lucky enough to be provided with all of the tools and flexibility I could potentially need to do so, not taking advantage of them would simply be silly.
The expected work and lifestyle improvements I’m aiming for are:
- Making the most of my actual in-house environment in the morning as I flow into my day.
- Adding daily exercise to my lunch routine, since I mostly walk/skateboard/bike everywhere.
- Avoiding the common telecommuting pitfall of leading a quasi-hermit-like lifestyle (ie: remember to work from home, not live at the office).
- A better socio-professional life as this practice will undoubtedly lead me to work from co-working spaces, especially in the Winter when the weather gets harsh.
- Having a clear cut-off time, personally driven by having to pickup my kids at school (bonus: more exercise too). The latter doesn’t stop me from working longer hours by coming back online during the evening when needed or when I feel like doing so, but having to physically leave my seat is the perfect way to remind me I also have a personal life.
So here’s to committing to and iterating towards a better lifestyle, and thanks Automattic for not only affording me everything I need to do so but for proactively encouraging the entire workforce to find the right work/life balance.
Now, if only those darn bees would stop buzzing around my head… Working outdoors is a risky business, I want danger pay! ;)
- When it comes to focusing, no matter your location, nothing beats a good pair of headphones.
- When working outdoors, do not compromise on comforts like immediate access to snacks, thirst-quenchers, even bathrooms or you’ll pay for it by having to relocate constantly and your productivity will take a hit.
- The photo, title and initial location were all inspired by a photo my friend Javier posted on Facebook.
- This post was written from the said location.
Here are some quick and dirty panoramic views (QTVR + frames) of the Taz, Montreal’s newest skatepark. Embed VR scenes from the pictures can be found below the gallery.
Construction happened during the Winter, so the even larger outdoors park (94,000 sq/ft) is not built yet. With 83,000 sq/ft indoors, I think we can wait another couple of month. ;)
Sorry for the abysmal quality, but I had more important things on the mind: riding, riding aaaaand, riding! :) Don’t worry, tons of pictures will surface online this week for sure.
Well, it had to happen sometime. Eli White (@EliW) was kind enough [aka: I’ll get ya back! ;)] to tag me in his own version of the Seven Things meme going ’round these days.
Meh, why not? So, I now have to detail seven things about me – some random, some weird – then find seven soul to harass with my new found mischievous streak.
Here we go:
- First thing first, I’m the proud dad of three beautiful boys between the ages of almost-3 to 9-and-a-half.
- I didn’t actually write my first PHP app. I wrote a script to convert it from Perl to PHP for me, around 1998-99.
- My favourite place to be is on a half pipe, with my son(s) and bmx/skateboard/snowboard, no matter the location.
- Although I live in Montreal, Canada, I’ll never EVER get used to its weather, yet still like it here.
- I dug part of our previously 4-feet-high clay basement by hand so I could have a wood workshop in our downtown duplex.
- I spent my childhood in France (0-12), teenage in Martinique (12-17) and adulthood in Canada (17-…).
- And finally, I hate how English spellcheckers highlight properly spelled words, such as favour, colour, and behaviour. :p
Now, for my preys, aiming for fresh ones:
- Pierre-Hugues Pellerin (@pierhugues), who will probably mention Ruby, despite his initials.
- Xopher Murtagh, who can play the trombone and probably find a way to get GNU/Linux running on it, somehow.
- Janina Szkut (@nanananini), who could probably mention something about knitting and PAX in the same sentence.
- Konstantin Ryabitsev (@mricon), who is probably already teaching four or five languages to his newborn son, who’ll probably read them fluently by age three.
- Sylvain Carle (@afrognthevalley), Praized Media‘s CTO extraordinaire.
- Evan Prodromou (@evan), who will (and should!) probably mention Laconica.
And to conclude, the complete rules:
- Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.
- Share seven facts about yourself in the post – some random, some weird.
- Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
- Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.