Could You Survive Without the Internet?

Really could anyone these days spend a whole week, day, or month without the internet? I did this past weekend. I decided to challenge myself to spend the whole weekend  not using a computer, or the internet or cell. I stuck with my old staples I used to do way before even owning the computer or being on the Internet.

I went back to pencil and paper to draw, read a lot, listened to old mix tapes, CDs, and dusted off my SNES. Though if my Atari 2600 & NES was still in working order I would have setup those up too. Plus I  getting to go out side for a walk without taking my phone with me, was a great feeling. It was great taking the weekend to become disconnected from the “very connected world” I live & work in. Since the experiment went so well I hope to become more disconnected  in every weekend I am not working…I like the idea of getting back to basics.

Source Tree

Recently I’ve had to setup some version control software locally to use with the Mercurial version control system. That’s where Source Tree came in. I found this piece of open source software that is free and will work with Mercurial, GIT and SVN repos (repositories). I’ve been using it for a couple of days now and really like using it. It also allows you to login to hosted repos from Bit Bucket Kiln, and Github,

Coda 2 & Diet Coda

Panic released Coda 2  at the end of May, along with a new iPad app called Diet Coda. I chose to buy the mac app store version of Coda 2 as it has cloud syncing, as it will be a big help when I do upgrade my mobile platform too. I’ve been using Coda 2 since it was released for purchase.  I am really enjoying the new features, though the new layout and css pop ups has taken some time to get used too, but other than that I really love the new version of Coda and been waiting for an upgrade for a while.


With the release of Diet Coda, there is now finally a reason to buy an iPad. I’ve been one who has been holding out to get an iPad as I need a mobile solution that allows me work while away from the work computer. With Diet Coda I think I will be able to work on the go without needing a laptop anymore along with sketching/mockups with the Paper by fifty-three app.