Am I busy or not automated?

When I feel busy, I think about automation.  The definition of the word "busy" is "actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime".  Although, I think more of a  desperation to finish the overfilled tasks beyond the capacity of my own.  In other words, imbalance in the "demand and supply" of the workflow.  What I want is to balance this overly activated state.

So how would I normalize this situation in terms of the balance of demand and supply.  Delegate, is the keyword.  Someone who is skilled in communicating with others would delegate tasks to someone else.  On the other hand, someone with skilled in writing a code could automate or I should say auto-process the routines which are in the form of tasks.

Why delegate in the first place?  Because a distribute processing is better than central processing.  My processing spec is limited.  Therefore, a throughput I can generate is limited.  Distribution is about delegation, and it means increasing the throughput by means of distributed processing no matter who the recipients are.

What are the differences between human delegation and programmatic delegation?  They are emotion, deep learning, experiences.  Program sounds easy, but every interface to communicate for delegation is different as well as the quality of the outputs whatsoever.  You may see inconsistencies in human delegation from the experience levels not so much in programs.  There is also a question of "in the queue" or process "on demand".  Freedom of choosing who to delegate goes beyond imagination.

Let me illustrate some examples of delegation.

Machine (program): Send me a summary of the news on a keyword "apple" in an email on a daily basis.

Human: Go to the supermarket on a xxth street and buy tonight's dinner and bring back home.

Both are delegations.  Most of the time, human interface accompanies fuzziness in I/O.  The AIs, on the other hand, have sophisticated and began to understand these fuzziness with the effort of better deep learning with better processors.  That's what you are seeing on the news.

What can be delegated and automated is my focal point in getting out of the busy state.  That is how I try to balance out my through put nowadays.  If that's possible, I can do more things that I want to do.













How to find a drive-thru Starbucks?

If you want to know where the drive-thru Starbucks in your area, Starbucks app will let's you find from the list of search results.  Whenever you see a car icon in the beginning of address, that tells there is a drive-thru lane implemented at the site.  

A car icon means drive-thru.


How to save your disk space on your Mac?

Make sure to backup before whatever you do.

So if you are a person who records videos and takes tons of photos with iPhone or whatever the device may be, you eventually upload on your Mac or iCloud.  Obviously, iCloud is not a free service and the default option is not enough disk space to store your movies/pictures over time so you end up storing your data locally.  If that's the case, you will eventually end up using up your flash memory.

Here is what you want to do.

1. Analyze what is taking up space from looking at your storage usage from your Apple menu --> About This Mac ---> Storage. (Usually movies and pictures are taking up majority of your space.)

2. Use external hard drive to save your Photos.app or iPhoto.app data.  Library files will keep growing as you save movies/pictures to these applications.  You would want to have these files destined to your external drives.

3. du -s ~/* | sort - n

Go in detail to see which files are taking up space in your machine.  If they are other image for movie files, try to move them to an external drive without interfering with your application.

4. This is probably the most unexpected part in saving your storage.  When you done 3., you may have recognized your ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup or "backup" in your storage usage is taking up quite a space.  This is the backup you made from your iTunes for your iPhone.  All the past backups are kept unless you have not erased any of the data from your iTunes.

% ls -l ./Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup/

This actually freed about 30GB for me since it would have saved all the media files in my iPhone as part of the backup.  What an unexpected clean up to save the day!!