Steno Pad Idea Worksheet

I’ve always liked Steno Pads for writing notes. I’m not sure exactly what it is but the smallish size, spiral bound top edge, and center column are all nice touches.

I work on a lot of business ideas. Most of them have been flops. Lately I’ve been trying to flesh out the ideas a little better before I waste a lot of time building something. I’ve adapted a few suggestions from other note taking forms, planner pages, and feedback to a format I currently like for working out ideas on a Steno Pad. Here’s the format that’s been working for me.
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How I Cleaned My Central Air Coil

My central air unit wasn’t working very well. I’ll admit, I’ve been more than a little lax about changing out my furnace filters. The filters are cheap; replace them regularly to avoid having to do this type of maintenance. Most filters suggest changing them every 30 to 90 days.

My wife works as an admin in the home construction industry. She knew some people so she called a couple friends to check out the system. The first showed me that I was cleaning the compressor/fan unit, which is outside the house, wrong. He cleaned it and then left me to try the system out. A few hours later, another friend showed up (we had actually forgot to call him off when the other guy showed). I told him I thought it might be working and he pointed out that it was starting to freeze up again. He could see the frost on the pipes outside.
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Wireless BBS


I’m inspired by the nostalgia of the BBS systems of my youth and by the high cost of modern Internet service providers. By the impending loss of net neutrality in the United States and by the widespread spying of worldwide governments on their citizens and corporations on their customers.

Wireless BBS is a configuration suggestion for local operators who wish to share websites with their communities without connection costs. It describes a simple setup for using relatively cheap off-the-shelf consumer WiFi routers to communicate with your close neighbors using a web browser. It also describes a method of using the git version control software for mirroring data across systems who wish to coordinate.
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Create a Preact App from Scratch

I wrote these instructions after having written my previous instructions Create a React App from Scratch. The process is almost identical. The result is a much smaller app.

A basic preact application needs npm, yarn, babel, and webpack. This is a step by step guide to installing these things and setting up a minimal initial preact project.
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Create a React App from Scratch

A basic react application needs npm, yarn, babel, and webpack. This is a step by step guide to installing these things and setting up a minimal initial react project.

I’ll assume you have npm and yarn already installed. Go install those if you don’t regularly use them. You can substitute npm commands for the yarn commands below, if you like. I use yarn so my instructions are tailored to it.
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How I Implemented Comments on a Static Site

In the past I used a static site generator for this blog and I was looking for a simple way to add comments without using a 3rd party tool like Disqus. I don’t want a 3rd party tracking my users and I don’t want to encumber my blog with any server backend. I want the site to be so simple that you could easily host it from your basement on a Raspberry Pi or otherwise very small computer.
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