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Friday, September 26, 2008

taking quick notes

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I usually email myself stuff I want to remember. That's nothing new - I'm sure most of heard of it before.

But what about quick notes that don't merit an email, or even a post-it?

For example, whenever I'm on the phone with some company I get a confirmation number... they're usually worthless but sometimes can come in handy. I don't want to clutter my inbox or my desk with these confirmation numbers.

Instead, I google them.

For example, I just talked to USPS about an address delivery problem. They gave me a confirmation number, which I promptly googled: "usps confirmation #CO329235921" There's a google bar in most browsers these days... so and I leave my browser running throughout the day so this is pretty convenient. Then if I ever need to talk to them again, I hit CMD-Y (for history), and search "usps conf..."

Of course google searches aren't 100% private - so be sure to only google stuff you can afford to publicize.

Another tip: I set my browser to keep a 120-day history (I find I'm always looking for stuff I visited several months ago, and storage is cheap, so why not). You may want to consider changing your default expiration if you think you're going to need your notes for longer than a month.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tried change_stage in module django.contrib.admin.views.main. Error was: 'module' object has no attribute 'change_stage'

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Another Django upgrade hint:
Tried change_stage in module django.contrib.admin.views.main. Error was: 'module' object has no attribute 'change_stage'



Your forgot to update urls.conf as follows:

# OLD:
from django.conf.urls.defaults import *

urlpatterns = patterns('',
(r'^admin/', include('django.contrib.admin.urls')),
)



# NEW:
from django.conf.urls.defaults import *
from django.contrib import admin

admin.autodiscover()

urlpatterns = patterns('',
(r'^admin/(.*)', admin.site.root),
)

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Note to self

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This is an excellent post about being a web entrepreneur:

Jason Fried - 10 Things We’ve Learned at 37Signals