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How much technology do we need to keep track of what we do?

For the past week I have been using a software timer product to keep track of what I spend my time on when I am working. For the most part, it has been a big improvement over anything I have … Continue reading

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Keeping track of business

A few days ago I wrote about installing a Secs desktop timer program to remind me when it’s time to get up from the computer and put another log on the fire. I’ve made some interesting discoveries since then. I … Continue reading

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Winter chill demands ingenuity


We drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway last week and found scenic Mabry Mill firmly in the grasp of winter. The wheel is frozen firmly in place and the mill pond is skimmed over. A few ducks float in the icy water, somehow defying the bitter cold.

The temperature in Floyd County has lingered in the teens for several weeks with only a few excursions into higher ranges. I am wearing flannel-lined jeans and extra layers of fleece every waking moment. I am even thinking of getting one of those fur hats with earflaps.

The woodpile on the porch has to be replenished every few days as the wood stove inhales logs like an old-time chain smoker. The Dutchwest stove is giving great service and my home-made stove handles are holding up just fine, but the fire has to be kept going in order for us to work comfortably and efficiently..

The only drawback of a wood stove in my mind is that one has to remain vigilant and load a new log in the stove every 30 minutes. My problem was that I would be writing away on the computer and didn’t keep my eye on the fire and by the time I noticed that the room temperature had dropped, there would only be coals left in the stove.

It would take only a minute to recharge and relight the stove, but I knew there had to be a better way to remind me of the passage of time when I was working on the computer.

SecssI installed this Secs desktop timer program which beeps to remind me when it’s time to get up from the computer and put another log on the fire.

If you are a heavy computer user, you may be interested in reading further.

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