Let’s go! – by Stefanos Vasdekis A blog about entrepreneurship, the web2.0 world, and life.


Offline programs replaced by online apps

I usually format my laptop every 4-5 months. Next time I format, I'll need less time to get it working again. The reason is that I will install less than half of software I have now.

I already use online applications to do most tasks that I needed software in the past and by next format I will do even more online.

First of all, it's MS Office. I'm using Google Docs and Spreadsheets more often and I'm confident I don't need Office anymore.

Part of MS Office is Outlook. I've almost replaced it with Gmail. It allows me to read my emails on mobile with one click and search is much faster than Outlook's. I use email less anyway as a lot of my communication has been transferred to Zuni and Facebook.

Then it's Visual Studio and MS SQL Server and related software. Well, I don't program on .NET environment anymore, so I don't need them. Now, I only write PHP code and use MySQL.

I also have Wamp Server installed so that I can test code I write for Zuni when I'm offline. But I haven't used it for months as I'm never offline.

Next software I don't need anymore is EMS, a MySQL manager. After some changes we are making at our databases, they work fine at phpMyAdmin, so I will not miss EMS.

Two programming tools that I haven't found an online replacement for are Windows Grep that allows me to replace code in multiple files and WinMerge that allows me to compare two files.

Another application I think I still need to install is Skype. For all other IMs I can use Meebo.

And I also need CDBurnerXP, Paint.NET and SUPER. I'm not sure if I can live without Filezilla, but I can try. And I forgot to mention Firefox.

Finally, I need iTunes that automatically keeps my iPod always updated with fresh podcasts.

Did I mention that next format will be the last one that I'll install Windows?

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Next time think twice

On one hand there is this super event that happens once a year at the city you love and you don't want to miss it for any reason. On the other hand the last months you're travelling very often for business and your girlfriend is not very happy as she stays alone at your apartment for long periods. You think of a solution that looks perfect: you'll go to the event and take your girlfriend with you. Of course, she is not interested at all in the event you'll join, but you think she can go shopping and sightseeing in the morning until the afternoon and spend the rest of the day together.

What sounded like a perfect plan turns out to be a disaster. Why? Well, at the event you met people with common interests with whom you had a lot to share. And the best time and place for networking was at the bar while drinking a beer with your new friends. You also got invitations for meetups that took place during the event and you also needed some time for meetings to discuss possible business opportunities. You had to say "no" a lot, so that you could spend time with your girlfriend as you had planned and like. But there were some networking opportunities that you just couldn't reject, so you did not spent all afternoons and nights with your girlfriend. You're also a cool guy, so your new friends want more of your time. You explained her and she said she understood. That doesn't mean that she was happy with it. And there is more. She also asked you not to attend the event from early morning so that you could have normal breakfast together or go together to a shop to give her your opinion on whatever she was thinking to buy. You're as passionate with your girlfriend as you are with your business and there is a morning you don't want to wake up and you are late to a meeting you had. Again you have to explain.

As an entrepreneur, you're by nature a creative guy. This time, no matter how much energy you had spent to figure out how to get the most out of your trip, you returned home unfulfilled. You feel that you have missed a lot from the event, at least you didn't enjoy it as much as the previous years, when you were fully living the event. Your girlfriend tells you this monument was full of couples and you know she is indirectly complaining for being neglected. And you didn't even think to write to your blog or run a people search for your new friends when you were returning to your hotel at night. So, you brought extra work home and the worst of all is that you learn from other blogs what happened at the event and you're wondering: where was I? You also find your relationship strangely is worse than before the trip.
After some thinking you conclude: "Next time I'll go alone! And when I'm back, or before, I'll travel somewhere else with my girl."

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