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Where Have I Been? Getting Things Done.

I failed to talk a bit more about myself in my first post. That’s not really a bad thing.

One thing I didn’t mention is that I am very new to blogging, so please bear with me as I settle into my comfort zone.

I have been quite busy lately. My current focus is on our Red Hat Consulting Pathways. This has been a large project, with details to come. The idea is to help customers with larger impact projects. Not just transactional product implementations. The end goal is to help customers go from traditional disparate IT environments usually running some UNIX workloads and helping them map a strategic pathway to a more dynamically configurable enterprise using open source and open standards, evaluating the viability of using cloud resources where necessary.

Now I’m working with our Red Hat CloudForms product, currently in beta. I’m very excited with the versatility of this product, and once it is released I have a bunch of implementation details I can’t wait to share. If you are curious, the beta documentation is now live.

One other item that has kept me busy is a project a colleague and I have started. We want to help budding system administrators learn Linux. We know Linux may be a bit obtuse for those not familiar with a command-line interface, so we are creating screencasts of common Linux commands with voice narration at the CLI Academy. We are largely using the process I outlined in this blog post using ffmpeg for screen capture, Blender for the Video Sequence Editor, and Audacity for audio capture and editing. However, we are making more use of OpenShot for animated titles and any simple editing. We plan to add more complex topics and courses once we build a library of basic commands.

Lastly, I wanted to mention it has been a bit of a challenge to keep track of all of my various projects. I recently read David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” personal task management book. I must say it is a fantastic methodology. It takes some work to incorporate into a daily routine, but I think it is worth it. One quick and simple program I found that uses this process is Getting Things Gnome for Fedora. However, if you fancy a Mac system, OmniFocus is the best I’ve seen. I don’t use an iPhone, but it syncs nicely with an iPad for management on the go. There is a service offered by Spootnik that offers a web interface into OmniFocus that also allows syncing with BaseCampHQ for a kludgy team based solution. For other team task management, we have used trac, but have recently moved to PHProjekt and are really enjoying it.

So … what factors are important to you in migrating from UNIX to Linux and/or preparing for utilizing cloud resources? What task methodologies do you find best for personal and team management?