Blog vs website

There are two things of how people use with their online presence. One is only blog website, and another is personal website.

Personal website is a superset of only blog website. It can have blog, about, contact and any other page as required. If you a book writer, then you can create a separate page in your personal website which shows your books or if you have a podcast then there can be a page for podcast details. So, the idea is personal website can have many things which describe you. People can see total information from your personal website.

On the other hand, blog website has just a blog page where people can read your blog posts in reverse chronological order. It can have an about and contact page as well. Blog usually has links to other websites (blogroll) where people can access other information about you.

Currently I use wordpress.com for just my blog posts. You can find links in my blog website to access my other information for example LinkedIn, Twitter etc.

Arnab

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Using old theme

I am blogging in wordpress.com platform since 2011. Theme is the second important thing in a blog after URL. They have a rich amount of theme collection. Since I joined I used a lot of themes from their library. Some are really good and some are not. I always like simple layout of my blog. Being said that there is one theme which I used most of the time in my blog and that is ‘Twenty Twelve’.

I used this theme for at least two years. After that I switched to other. But did not find a good replacement of that any more. Most of the free themes in their library has bad font size now a days.

In the almost beginning of 2018 I again make my mind and start using the ‘Twenty Twelve’ theme. Hope it will restore my blogging habit to some extent.

Arnab

Personal communications

There are many tools for communication. Many we use in organization. Email is the most dominated communication platform in business. But other chat based communication platforms are getting popular like Slack or Microsoft Teams.

In my company we use email as our primary communication platform. But what about your personal life? In our family and extended family we need a proper communication solution. Is it ok to use email for family communication? Or chat based solution like iMessage and WhatsApp is enough for that. I am searching solution for this for some time now. I feel email has the power to better archive message which is good for finding important messages in future. But messenger are easy to use but it is difficult to find message from a chat in future. It has a disadvantage of not threaded communication also.

So what is your thoughts give comments below.

Connect Google and Outlook calendar

I was searching for some good solution for personal automation for sometime now. I am using IFTTT for some of them. But for a specific scenario I was failed with IFTTT.

I am an Android user. Google Assistant is built in there. It only works with Gmail and Google calendar. My personal email and calendar is on Outlook.com. So I can’t use Google Assistant to check my calendar events in my Android mobile device. I tried to do this with IFTTT but failed. It can’t connect with Outlook.com calendar with Google calendar.

Another nice automation service isMicrosoft Flow. It is less mature than IFTTT but I found exactly what I was finding. It has a template to connect Outlook.com calendar with Google calendar. I have added two temples. One for create new event in Google calendar from Outlook.com calendar and another is for vice versa. So now I can create new calendar events from desktop Outlook and check with Google Assistant or create calendar events with Google Assistant and can see that in Outlook. Nice integration.

Arnab

Earth hour

We should take care of our Earth because we live here. It’s gives us many things which are necessary to live and we take them for granted. But if we do not take care of them and protect them, then someday may come when those necessary supports are become less.

Every day we do many things which cause carbon emission. ‘Earth Hour’ is an initiative to give us a reminder to this fact. This event is held every year at the end of March for one hour from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM local time. During this time, we should turn off non-essential lights to reduce carbon emission in the environment. This is to show our commitment towards the earth.

Read more about ‘Earth Hour’ here.

Our blue planet is beautiful and we should take care of it, after all this is our home.

Arnab