Life Management System Comparison

I describe how Pillars, Pipelines, and Vaults is the best Life Management system I’ve found

February 21, 2022 · 9 min · Chris

Spacemacs Org Mode Introduction

Update: 2018-08-10 Shortly after writing this post, I switched to Spacemacs develop branch - cd ~/.spacemacs && git checkout develop This upgraded my Spacemacs to version [email protected]. This had the unexpected side effect of changing several of the key bindings below. Settinm schedules and deadlines - now require a prefix of SPC m d before entering your selection (d for deadlines, s for scheduling) Sparse trees - keybind moved to SPC m s s Archive tree - keybind moved to SPC m s A (I didn’t cover this in my original article, but this is how I archive DONE tasks) Show all TODO and deadlines - keybind moved to SPC m s s t and SPC m s s d Introduction This is a basic overview of org-mode inside of Spacemacs....

August 6, 2018 · 6 min · Chris


Trello fascinated me upon its release in 2011. I’ve written before about my time management (lack of) skills, and Trello appeared to be my solution - it offered a sleek view of all of my outstanding tasks. Try as I might, I could not make Trello work for me. Over and over again, I would fail to use it. I just could not make myself stick with it. There was a captivating quality about Trello, however, because it was constantly mentioned in tweets, blogs, and articles....

May 15, 2017 · 2 min · Chris

Static Sites in 2016 - Updated

In a previous post I discussed the complicated process of configuring S3 to use Letsencrypt to obtain a TLS certificate. That post served as a reference for me to re-implement Letsencrypt every 90 days. Since then, my 90-day Letsencrypt certificate expired, and I was at a loss for how to re-instate it. Using my own post as a reference didn’t help me with the arcane letsencrypt errors I was encountering....

October 3, 2016 · 3 min · Chris

The Management Feedback Cycle

I planned a post covering the Manager Feedback Cycle, but this blog post at Effective Managers covers most of what I was going to communicate. One thing I would add to this resource, is that both managers and subordinates should strike a balance in communications frequency: If communications are infrequent, important details can get overlooked, and it becomes harder to resolve conflicts. If communications are too frequent, the subordinate will feel like they’re being micro-managed while the manager will feel like the subordinate can’t solve problems on their own....

April 15, 2016 · 1 min · Chris

Static Sites in 2016

It’s early 2016, and there are a multitude of content management systems and blog platforms out there: Wikipedia’s List of Content Management Systems The security blog I contribute to, Penetrate.IO runs on the venerable Wordpress and requires constant updates to stay one step ahead of attackers. This becomes tiresome after a while, especially since the only thing I’m interested in hosting is a series of articles. These don’t require server-side computation, simply hosting....

March 25, 2016 · 7 min · Chris

Professional Organization Habits

This is a topic I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my entire life. I was once forced to go to a time management workshop on Saturdays in high school. My friend and I spent more time talking to the girls in front of us than actually listening to what the lecturer was saying, so I wonder if I missed out on something there… I still struggle with time management and focusing on one task at a time until completion....

December 6, 2013 · 4 min · Chris