Thoughts

What Matters

Let us be honest about it and face the brutal truth. You are not going to live forever. We are not going to live forever. Our lifespan is finite, unlike money which is pretty much infinite – or at least until you run out of materials to represent one. Not just that, life is full of uncertainties. We do not know how much time we have. Time is a cruel master. Hence, It is understandable why we as humans, tend to not think about the above as realistic but label them as pessimistic thoughts.

What matters? This could be the most important question that one have to ask everyday. What really matters now? This moment, now. While we are at this topic, let us not get confused over what is urgent and what is important. These are two different matters. What is urgent might not be important, but what is important will have to be addressed at some point in your life.

What matters? Is this action that you will be undertaking matter in the next 10, 15, 20 years? Will it affect you for the entire lifetime? Will what matters change as time grinds down whatever finite amount of time that you have? All these are questions are harsh and best answered with honesty.

Remember to keep reviewing and reflecting on what matters. Choose wisely and make the best out of it.

Day to Day

Ideas for Repurposing Old Android Devices

Got a few mobile devices like mobile phones or tablets lying around and not making themselves useful? Sounds like a normal occurrence in our modern society. I do happened to have a few of these devices myself consisting of a LG G3 with a fickle display and an Asus ZenPad 8 with a busted SIM card slot. Here’s what i had done to milk for all their worth, and hopefully provide you with some ideas on what you could do for yours.

Crunching Numbers for Humanity

Help the world to rid diseases (i.e. COVID-19) or make new scientific discovery by donating your device’s computing cycles to distributed computing projects via BOINC. I’m currently running World Community Grid project, but there are a wide range of projects to choose from/support. At this time of posting, the latest version of the app can be found on their official site and only supports Android devices. Google Play store has an older version but in my opinion is still usable for older devices. My personal configuration will be to set only one CPU for compute so that it doesn’t get overheated and still allow for other usage concurrently.

A brief mention – you can support the fight against COVID-19 by donating your computer processing cycles to the following:

TV/Video Streaming

You can also use them to watch YouTube/Netflix videos, for yourself or for the younger ones. If there are TV streaming apps available in your country/region, you can watch Live TV on the go instead of needing the TV. A use case would be to catch up on news or drama in the kitchen while you are whipping up a feast. I have been using mine to watch Live TV (MeWatch) and YouTube on the tablet.

Internet Radio/Jukebox

If your device has front firing speakers, they might make a decent internet radio/jukebox. You can either load up on the MP3 files if there are no working internet connectivity or install Spotify, YouTube Music, TuneIn or any live streaming radio apps for music and podcasts. In my case, it will be mainly Spotify.

eReader/Reading

Google Books should come pre-installed on your device. It’s the default app i go to for reading my eBooks. Alternatives could be Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, just to name a few. Even the lowest powered device should suffice for this function as long as you have a working display. You could even link up to your local library using Overdrive. A good idea to keep up the habit of reading, so no excuses.

White Noise Generator

Need a white noise generator for bedtime or to focus at work? I used Baby Sleep on the LG G3 for sleep. It works for me, but i cannot vouch the same for you.

Alarm Clock

Enough said. I think this is self explanatory.

Donate/Recycle/E-Waste Disposal

Should your devices not be able to perform the above tasks, perhaps it is time to donate or send to a recycling/e-waste disposal center for processing. Your device had done what it could and it is time for it to rest.

Coding, Day to Day

Business Central – How to use PromotedActionCategories

Our intern was asking me for help on using PromotedActionCategories. She tried and she was not about to make it work. She said that no matter what captions she had placed, it just showed up as “Category 9” instead of “Request Approval”. This was how she had done it.

page 50210 "Vendor Contract"
{
    Caption = 'Vendor Contract';
    PageType = Card;
    PromotedActionCategories = 'Release, Request Approval';

...

                action(CancelApprovalRequest)
                {
                    ApplicationArea = Suite;
                    Caption = 'Cancel Approval Re&quest';
                    Image = CancelApprovalRequest;
                    Promoted = true;
                    PromotedCategory = Category9;
                    ToolTip = 'Cancel the approval request.';

...

Then this was how it was resolved.

page 50210 "Vendor Contract"
{
    Caption = 'Vendor Contract';
    PageType = Card;
    PromotedActionCategories = 'New,Process,Report,Release,Request Approval';

...
                action(CancelApprovalRequest)
                {
                    ApplicationArea = Suite;
                    Caption = 'Cancel Approval Re&quest';
                    Image = CancelApprovalRequest;
                    Promoted = true;
                    PromotedCategory = Category5;
                    ToolTip = 'Cancel the approval request.';
...

As you can see from the above example, “Category4” caption has been renamed as “Release” and “Category5” caption has been renamed as “Request Approval”.

For a clearer idea on how this was resolved, you may refer to the microsoft documentation here.