How To Remove a GPT Protective Partition

How to Remove a GPT Protective Partition

As part of my recent storage upgrade project in my PC at home I came across something I hadn’t dealt with in ages: A GPT Protective Partition!

For the unacquainted, these are (as the name implies) protected partitions that can’t be formatted or removed. Once you’ve created a protective partition, you’re pretty much stuck with it. In Windows, you can remove the partition using the Microsoft DiskPart utility run over the command line.

This is specifically noteworthy because all partitioning is usually done through the Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management snap-in. This is how you find out the disk has a GPT partition on it. Read more

5 Tips for Learning a New Programming Language

5 Tips for Learning a New Programming Language

Learning a programming language has to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever attempted to do. I constantly start the learning process, get through the introductory steps and then end up losing interest or procrastinating. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve written a Hello World program!

Recently however, things have changed. I was introduced to the Python programming language by (yet again) my friend, Bob who’s very proficient in the language. After seeing some of the amazing things he’s created with the language I was pretty motivated to get learning.

It didn’t take long before I’d actually created my own program. Not a program that a book or course required me to build but something I wanted to build for myself. After successfully creating the app, it hit me why I’d never been able to get this far before and what was different this time around. Here’s what I discovered. Read more

Pebble Time Steel Review

Pebble Time Steel Review

Click here to check out my top 5 favourite apps on the Pebble Time Steel!

I’m a massive Pebble fan: I backed the original Pebble and jumped on the Pebble Time Steel as soon as it was announced. After two months or so with this baby strapped to my left wrist, here is my surprising list of pros and cons.

I have to admit, there are a lot of pros but after having owned the original Pebble, the Pebble Time experience was less mind blowing this time around. The original Pebble made my jaw drop because it was the first real smartwatch. (I could finally receive emails on my wrist!)

Now however, with every Tom, Dick and Harry creating their own smartwatch, the Pebble Time doesn’t feel as crash hot anymore. It’s still a beautiful piece of tech that I love but in a market saturated with competition… I’m just not sure how it stands up against the rest. There is a ton on offer though, so first let’s look at the pros.

Pebble Time Pros:

Sex Appeal

From the moment you open the box, you’re drooling. Read more

Pomodoro and a Challenge

Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro! Totally sounds like something I’d eat for dinner… mmmm pomodoro…

Quite the opposite! For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s a technique used to maximise your productivity. We’ve all heard of these things, especially if you work in the corporate world. (HR and management love to go on at length about some sort of productivity method sooner or later).

Pomodoro is one that actually speaks to me and was introduced to me by my good mate Bob. The gist of it is this:

  1. Note what tasks you want to accomplish in the day. (I write them down on my to-do list the morning of or the night before).
  2. Set aside a certain time block to go completely offline and work on one of those tasks.
  3. Set the timer, close off all distractions (email, text messages, phone calls, family, kids, facebook) and FOCUS on the task at hand.
  4. When the time is up, take a short break.
  5. Repeat.

The idea is that you’re going to go completely off grid for a specific amount of time and give 100% focus and attention to a task.

How awesome is that?

These days we’re constantly switched on. I even get bloody emails, texts and calls on my watch. I’m literally connected 24/7 so giving a task 100% of my attention becomes a feat in itself. This is probably why I’ve been pretty slack at blogging (being honest here!).

How Long do I Pomodoro?

You customise Pomodoro to suit you. Read more