17 Ideas of Subjects to Make Lists of 10 Ideas

The ideas

  1. 10 ideas of subjects to make lists of 10 ideas (recurring subject)
  2. 10 ideas of productivity tools that I would love to use
  3. 10 ideas of side-projects
  4. 10 ideas to surprise my wife
  5. 10 ideas to do with my daughter while they are still super young
  6. 10 ideas to improve productivity and collaboration in my teams
  7. 10 ideas of blog post series
  8. 10 ideas of things I could delegate
  9. 10 ideas of topics I should try to be coached
  10. 10 ideas to make the world a better place
  11. 10 ideas of I can try to get out of my comfort zone
  12. 10 ideas of books to read
  13. 10 ideas of books to write
  14. 10 ideas of things I could automate in my life
  15. 10 ideas of alternative ways to “write” blog posts (drawing, photos, etc)
  16. 10 ideas of places where I could live
  17. 10 ideas of profiles I would like to hire/work with
Note: this article is the output of a daily routine, the content of this list won't change over time. It's, however, possible that I create a whole new list on the same subject as a dedicated new post.

16 Ideas of Graph Visualization / Graph Databases Usages

I’m passionate about devtool and data visualization for a long time. I’m regularly giving trials to new tools in the mission to improve my productivity; I’m also creating some tools by myself (assh, depviz, wookie ADN solver, etc.)

There is a sub-topic where I’m more consuming external tools than producing ones: graph visualization; which contains itself some sub-topics: graph databases, graph optimizations, social graphs, real-time graph, graph UI, etc.

For about a week now, thinking (again) about ”how to represent a complex system”, and more precisely: ”how to make a collaborative tool that allows to defining, viewing and analyzing an unstructured, complex, evolutive, and living system.”

For now, I’m mostly reading articles and PoCing, from what I can see, there are a lot (maybe too much) of different existing solutions that handles every part I would need for the final solution.

Problems to address

  • how to store the data
  • how to programmatically inject and edit data
  • how to manually inject and edit data
  • how to generate code based on the model definitions
  • how to visualize easily / navigate
  • how to perform queries
  • how to create real-time dashboards

My plan is now to give a more in-depth look at my favorite options. In this intention, I listed 10 (actually 11) ideas of usages that are easier to implement than my target.

Usages for myself

  1. Visualize GitHub issues relationships – dependencies, author, people working on, people commenting out, project & organization hierarchy, milestone grouping, labels tagging, etc.
  2. Visualize Git code/PRs/Commits – similar to GitHub issues above, but based on code instead of issues: code, files, languages, author, PRs, commits, etc.
  3. Define and visualize IT architecture (intermediary milestone to my target) – host, container, ports, cluster, dependencies, Datacenter, process, developers, product, etc.
  4. Personal CRM – maintain a wiki about my relationships (people and company), visualize my social graph, etc.
  5. Blog content relationship – analyze content based on multiple criteria (keywords, tags, labels, label’s metadata, etc.) to analyze what I talk most, and generate better “related posts” suggestions.
  6. Cross-service social graph – create aggregators to visualize people, groups, the friends of friends, followers, followed, etc.
  7. Real-time monitoring – define services hierarchically and then write probs that to monitor the health
  8. Service/Application comparison based on features and other attributes
  9. My GitHub stats; repos, organizations, languages, libraries, metadata, CI used, followers, custom flags (more than 1000 commits, edited < 1 year ago, has a Dockerfile, contributors, etc.).
  10. Log parser to analyze user agent to endpoint (real-time dependency) – https://link.medium.com/rSLv1KGPnU
  11. P2P network efficiency analysis

Bonus: usages for friends

  1. PayFit: engine rules visualization
  2. Doctrine: analysis of legal case relationships
  3. Zenly: social graph, party recommendation
  4. Sounds.am: social graph, friend/playlist/artist/song recommendations
  5. Scaleway: visualize relationships between image / volume / volume layer / server entities

PS: about 1 year ago, I forced myself to list “10 something” every morning for a month. Writing this blog post motivated me to retry the experience and share some outputs in the form of small articles on this blog.

Note: this article is the output of a daily routine, the content of this list won't change over time. It's, however, possible that I create a whole new list on the same subject as a dedicated new post.

Dockerself - runtime self-dockerizer

Presentation

dockerself is a program that creates a new Docker container, injects itself, and finally runs itself from within Docker.

For the record, I was working on pathwar (a security learning platform) and was trying to design the less-constraining way of creating new levels.

My current best idea is to inject a custom entrypoint when the platform starts a new container, instead of requiring the level developers to adapt their Dockerfile.

Additionally, to the simplicity that is added for a level developer, this pattern also has the advantage of always putting the latest version of the entrypoint, even if the image was not updated for a very long time.

Additional resources

How-to (successfully) make your iPhone boring

Last year, I decided to reduce my time on my iPhone and chose the “Make it Boring” method. My friends are often asking me for some details, so here is a kind of how-to (successfully) make your iPhone boring.

To make it more supportable and avoid switching back quickly, I preferred to use the compound effect and iterate progressively.

My phone before: a lot of badges, notifications, different colors, screens, disorder

What worked for me

Step 1: Uninstall Social Network Apps (Quick win)

Step-by-step instructions:

  • Uninstall Facebook
  • Uninstall Twitter
  • Uninstall Instagram
  • Uninstall LinkedIn
  • Uninstall insert-social-thing-name-here

Bonus: It’s also a good moment to do some cleanup and remove every useless app.

This easy step removes the most addictive apps and makes your phone very boring ultra-easily.

FYI, it’s not because you don’t have the app that you won’t be able to check-out something on those networks :)

I completely forgot it, but each of those apps has a nice mobile website which is very similar to the app, without the icon on your phone screen, without the icon on your “share using …” widget, and without notifications.

Step 2: Uninstall every Game (Quick win)

Games were for me the easy excuse to use my iPhone while waiting or while commuting; while waiting for my doctor, or during the boring meetings.

Removing all games forces you to use your phone for useful things in these moments (answer emails, read articles, etc.), or just not to use your phone and try to profit from the real world.

Step 3: Reduce Notifications (Quick-win)

This is the easiest and most useful change I’ve made; I can’t imagine returning to a mobile phone with notifications for everything happening in my numeric world (chats, emails, spams, games, ads, discounts, etc.).

How I made it:

  1. Disable all notifications; I’m now muting notifications for about 90% of my apps, so it was easier for me just to start disabling all apps first. (System Settings > Notifications > click on each app > uncheck “Allow Notifications”)
  2. Re-enable some app notifications; This is where I failed most, but it’s easy to iterate and progressively find your ideal configuration. Today, the only apps that can send me push notifications are: Transportation apps (Google Maps, Air France, Taxi, Citymapper, etc.), Mail.app filtered to VIP only, and Pushover which is an app that I can manually configure using Zapier to deliver me exceptional push notifications (raining day, take umbrella; my website is down, etc.)
  3. Disable notification badges; no more “Please, open me, I’ve got things for you.”
  4. Bonus: Notification Center: you can let some apps display notifications only in “*Notification Center*”; those apps won’t make the phone vibrate, won’t have a badge, but will be easily available from the “*Notification Center*” without opening the app. I choose to do it with my most used non-vital but important apps (Slack, Monitoring app, Gmail); it’s a difficult tradeoff to configure, you need to choose wisely the apps that will allow you to avoid checking notification center manually every 5 minutes while having useful information. If unsure, just don’t use the notification center for boring notifications and disable communication apps completely).

Step 4: Removed Shiny Background Image (Easy)

Easy, just remove the background to make your iPhone less friendly (people say that it’s also good for your battery).

I let a minimalist background image on the lock-screen, mostly to have a discussion topic with peers in real-life.

Step 5: Reorganized my app screens

  1. Leave the first screen empty, so when you unlock your phone, you won’t see shiny apps
  2. Keep a minimal amount of apps outside of folders to avoid seeing shiny icons; I kept some productivity apps (Notes, Airtable, Gmail, etc.), some utilities (Maps, Citymapper, etc.), and some “smart entertainment” apps (Spotify, Petit Bambou, Medium, etc.); Sort those apps alphabetically.
  3. Move the rest of your apps, the ones that you rarely use into folders on the last screen; I’m now opening those apps only using Spotlight and never go back to my last screen.

screen 1: nothing – screen 2&3: productivity apps sorted alphabetically – screen 4: everything else in folders

Step 6: Switch to Black & White (Hard)

This step is hard, but it’s one with the better “Make Your iPhone Ultra Boring” result :)

welcome back in the 50'

Step 7: Enable “Do not disturb most of the time” (Bonus)

It’s not so useful as most of the notifications are already disabled, but it allows you to keep the missing ones only available through “Notification Center”, so you can check them when you’re ready to check them in the morning.

Sometimes, I disable it manually if I’m waiting for food delivery or something like that.

What didn’t work for me

  • I tried, but I failed to completely disable chat notifications (Slack, Whatsapp, etc.); I was losing too much time opening the apps when someone told me to check something, so I decided to re-enable the notifications for those apps but limit them to the “Notification Center”; I don’t receive any alert but can easily see what happens when I voluntarily want to check them and have only one button to go to the interesting conversation.
  • Removing all games; I keep some kid games for my first daughter, it’s particularly useful to keep her calm during a long boring period (Transports, Doctor’s waiting room, etc.), and usefully for me, those games addictiveness are not working on me :)

Some ideas for the next steps

I’ve considerably less feeling in the following ideas, that’s why I keep them at the end, I will probably try them

  • Move every app in a single folder, making it impossible to open apps without using Spotlight to search an app by name
  • Remove most of the installed apps
  • Remove chat apps
  • Switch to a long, complex and mandatory password
  • Switch to airplane mode most of the time
  • Use an old-style phone first and keep a smartphone or tablet in my bag for urgencies, taking photos, listening to music, reading books or articles, sending emails, etc.

Conclusion

My iPhone now has way more battery longevity!

I still have some bad feeling when using my phone for a long time, but a lot less as I now consider that it’s now a tool helping me to do useful things.

I’m less behind my phone, more behind my computer, and more in the real world too.

When I go to a meeting without my computer, I won’t receive notifications and stay focused.

Further reading

For more details, I suggest you to read those excellent articles that inspired me, they are more detailed, and also contain useful feedbacks in the comments:

$> man fred - fred man page

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A good friend is starting his “piscine” at 42 today; it’s only his first day but he already made me the good old joke about “there is no man fred”.

If this joke doesn’t make you smile, this is probably because you don’t know what is the man command for developers and how much useful it is.

Explanation: man is the short for manual, when you type man something in a terminal, you can get some information about the command/function/thing.

More info on Wikipedia: man page, RTFM (read the fucking manual)

Unfortunately, as the fred command does not exist by default, running man fred will just raise an error:

$ man fred
No manual entry for fred

As a workaround, I created a manpage for fred four years ago. Today, I just added some install instructions and an example in the README file.

As soon as you install this manpage on your computer, you will be able to type man fred and have usefulvital! information about me :)

Good luck William for your piscine!