New LinkedIn profile

I recently wanted to change my default LinkedIn profile from Polish to English and it turned out that such feature does not exists. Even LinkedIn’s help center stated that at this moment there is no such posibility. One can create new, different profiles in other languages, but they are only secondary.

The thing is that the default profile is determined at registration, when I chose Poland it automatically set my default language to Polish.

I work in IT and in an international company, so I wanted to be seen internationally in English.

There is a solution to this. I created a new LinkedIn account with my other e-mail. At registration I chose Ireland, which caused to set my profile to be English. The area in which we reside can be changed later. Then I simply send a request to LinkedIn’s support to merge my old account to my new account. Unfortunately all my work experience was lost, but my connections were preserved, which was the desired outcome. I didn’t want to find all the people again.

After I received from the support that my accounts were merged, I filled my work experience data.

Tomasz Jakubowski in LinkedIn

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New e-mail address

Recently I was looking at my e-mail address and I thought to myself that, when I want to give it to someone to contact me then he or she will get the ‘funny looking face’ saying ‘what is this? seriously?’. The second thing is that I always had problems with providing it via phone call, I mean spelling the e-mail. I know that it is quite simple, but I live in Poland and when I using ‘Q’ then every time people get confused.

So I decided to create a new one. Creating e-mail address on Google servers with my name and surname wasn’t successful, all the combinations are already reserved.
I already use one ‘variation’ of my name on BitBucket and as it turned out this e-mail address wasn’t taken.

So my new, official e-mail will be:

tomzas.jakubowski@gmail.com

I will still use the old one, bu this will replace it in all accounts which are important to me.

I also added this information to my contact page on this blog.

Habits and how to work on them

I have some bad habits, which I want to get rid of. The problem is with habits that you cannot just forget about them, you have to work on them. There are two ways to get rid of of a bad habit. One is to replace it with a good one the second …

… the second is to analyze some key factors, of which a habit consists. I used to drink coffee and tea with sugar. I wanted to fully stop do this. So I stopped to buy sugar.

Recently I read on the Internet a post of a title ‘The to-do list problem’. There is a video embedded with a speech of B. J. Fogga about performing tasks, why people perform certain activities and how to manipulate this behavior. It explains in very simple words what I did.

It turns out, that performing a task or an activity can be divided into three components:
– there has to be an external trigger
– there must be the ability to do a certain thing
– and motivation to do it

So where are the habits here? With our habits it’s just the same as with simple activities.

For example lets analyze my sugar habit. It’s easy to notice that:
– trigger: I want to drink tea or coffee
– ability: there is sugar available
– motivation: I don’t like to drink bitter tea or coffee

Now, lets remove one of this factors, then it turns out that this bad behavior can be easier manipulated. I removed ‘ability’ by not buying sugar and decreased ‘motivation’, everytime when I want to drink something I tell myself that it isn’t that bitter. So far so good, it’s been a while and I don’t feel the need to drink tea or coffee with sugar.

I encourage to see the video, it’s short, about 15 minutes, B. J. Fogg does better explain this issue:

The to-do list problem

Inspirational video by Nike

Nike released a video clip, which is very inspirational. It says that greatness is for everyone. That greatness is there, where someone seeks for it and does not stop to seek for it.

I like such videos, because they are a simple way to show us, that if we want to achieve something great, there are no shortcuts, but only hard work. We must be patient and disciplined. Focused for our goal. Then we can fulfill every dream of ours.

Rooting Nook Simple Touch

I bought Nook Simple Touch. This eReader is great, but the stock software isn’t flexible. The default application for book reading works fine with ePub files, which consist of mostly text. In case of images and tables changing font size does not zoom into images and does not scale tables. And the lack of landscape is another thing.

It isn’t a PDF reader. I would call it a visual previewer for PDF files. You can change the font size, but the images and tables disappear or the text from tables is mixed with the normal text. A nice feature would be to just crop the PDF, so the print margins wouldn’t be visible, automatically the font would be larger. In case of PDF files there is no zoom or magnifying glass options to zoom into diagrams or images embedded into the document. I mostly want to read technical documents and I have them mostly in PDF files, so a good PDF reading application is necessary. I could convert the PDF files into ePUB using Calibre, but not always it looks good. Most of the cases the PDF is so constructed, that the images are off screen and tables are not properly recreated.

Fortunately, the Nook Simple Touch runs Android 2.1 and it can be rooted. After rooting the device, there is access to the market, so another reading application can be installed. The rooting process took me about 10 minutes. I used the instructions at Nook Simple Touch Rooting. Be careful and read all the instructions before rooting the device, it will void your warranty.

Now with access to the market I can install another application to read PDF files. The search option does not work, it’s probably due to the fact that the market does not recognize Nook. Manual search through the list of available applications and I found a PDFReader. It is very simple, but does the job. It has zoom function and a grab and move, so after zooming to the proper size, the page can be moved to fit the screen width. Also the landscape is available, but after a page setup to fit the screen width, I don’t need to use it.

Nook Simple Touch

On one of the posts that gathered tips, which can help to improve computer skills, especially those regarding programming, was written that a good thing is to buy an ebook reader, so I bought Nook Simple Touch.

I find on the Internet many books, articles or documents worth reading, I have some PDFs on my HDD, but I don’t like to read on my monitor or laptop LCD. When I start to read, in just few minutes I get this felling, that my eyes are super tired and my brain is no longer understanding what am I reading. On the other hand there are books or magazines, but to carry them isn’t practical or even to buy all the interesting things. Many times only one chapter of a technical book is of my interest and just a few articles are touching the topics, which I want to read. With an ebook reader I can have all my e-books and e-magazines with me. Another cool feature is the search feature. Let’s face it, when searching a normal book page by page, I always find something interesting not related to what I’ve searched. Sometimes it’s good, but sometimes I find lots of interesting topics, that I forget what I was looking for. Why not use a device to search it for me? Yes, with a normal book it’s not quite possible (someone could build a grep-robot), but with ebooks it’s simple. The cost of simplicity and fast search is that I find less or even none side topics, not directly related to the search therm. If I want to get the job done, then there is no time for diving into the book. Later I can read the whole book and then I will get what’s in it.

Why Nook Touch? I was looking for an affordable e-book reader, I wanted to have a touch interface and not tightly bond to Amazon, so I didn’t even consider Kindle. Nook Touch is quite affordable. It uses ePUB for it’s major e-book format and it’s running Android 2.1. It has a touch interface, but it does also have some control buttons to flip pages. It’s screen wide is 6″, which is enough to comfortably read and stay mobile with it. It’s small and does not take much space.

When reading ePUB files, there are many different configuration options, like font size, font face, setup the page margins. There is a possibility to add notes, highlight text. There is a built-in English-English dictionary. These feature does not apply to PDF files. Main problem with reading PDF files is that there is no landscape and there is no zoom option for the images. The font size can be changed in a PDF file, but then the images are not visible and the text from the tables is extracted and no table borders are visible, so I have to change the font to see those in original state.

Nook is charged via USB. When connected to the computer it appears as a removable disk drive, so there is no need to use any specialized software, just copy files to the drive.