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How I Work

On 27, Feb 2014 | 2 Comments | In About Diplateevo | By Daniel Kao

I’ve don’t believe in putting tools above mindsets and strategies, but sometimes it still is helpful to see how other people work and the tools they use to get their work done. Inspired by Lifehacker’s How I Work series, I’ve decided to venture into the slightly more personal space of my life and share my workflow with the world.

Current Computer: Lenovo Thinkpad R400

I’ve had this computer for a while now, same one I had two years ago. Still runs more than fine for my daily needs, and the build quality of ThinkPads is truly legendary. I dual boot Windows 7 and Arch Linux, which allows me to use graphic / creative stuff in one operating system and code in the other.

Current Mobile Device: Galaxy Nexus GSM


Still going strong on the trusty Galaxy Nexus. I wish Google would release a kitkat update for this little guy, but it doesn’t look like that’s happening. Android is a great mobile platform, and it’s also great to have the pure android experience on a Nexus device.

Other Electronics: ASUS Transformer, FitBit Force

I have an ASUS transformer for light computing days at school when I don’t feel like lugging around my laptop, as well as to read ebooks on. My ridiculous appetite for books is satisfied largely through this little handheld tablet.

My new FitBit Force is my venture into wearable technology. I’m quite pleased with it so far, and it’s turned my daily exercises nearly into a game. I like it’s subtleness unlike other wearable technology solutions out there that look absolutely ridiculous *cough* galaxy gear. Being able to quantifiably see how active I was today is definitely a cool thing.


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My workspace consists of a dual monitor setup attached to a docking station for my laptop, which is extremely convenient when I come home and want a full blown computing space. I also have on the wall very carefully chosen colors and arrangements. Unfortunately, I am probably sitting in front of this thing for too many hours a day.

Apps I Can’t Live Without

The list is really long here, but I’ll go through them briefly. I use Thunderbird for email because I’m still not used to using email straight in the web. I use Chromium cause it’s awesome like that. I still use Pidgin for AIM and gchat (yes I’m still on AIM). Evernote is where I keep all of my thoughts and write all of my blog posts before they are published. If you don’t use Evernote, you’re seriously missing out.

As for Internet apps, I use tweetdeck to manage all of my never ending twitter interactions, and Buffer to schedule content sharing. Google docs and google calendar are also huge ways of organization and collaboration for me.

Sites I Frequent

There is always a tab open on Hacker News in my browser window besides my everyday Facebook, Quora, Tumblr, and Pinterest feeds. I also visit Lifehacker, Engadget, and Wimp regularly to keep up to date with tech and such.

My TODO List Manager

I’ve been using Google keep to keep track of things to do ever since it was launched. It has a great flexibility with lists and other note taking abilities. I also use Google tasks for Homework and other things that have time sensitive due dates.

Music I Listen To


Switchfoot has gotten me through life, no matter where I’ve been. Fading West is an amazing album. Other than that, I do have a couple EDM playlists on Spotify to get me pumped whenever I need more energy, or country music for whenever I feel like driving a tractor.

Currently Reading

I’m always reading, and right now I’m enjoying “Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill, as well as “Abundance” by Peter Diamandis.

Sleep Routine

Amazingly enough, I am able to get about seven hours of sleep a night consistently, usually between the hours of 12 to 8. Sleep is important for me, as it helps me to really have energy and focus through my days.

So there. Those are the tools I use.

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A Piece of My Heart

On 27, Dec 2013 | No Comments | In About Diplateevo | By Daniel Kao

I started Diplateevo in 2009 with a simple idea to simply have a way to share the things on my mind. Since then the response has been truly amazing. I got just over 70,000 pageviews this year, thanks to the incredible support I’ve had for my writing.

To me, writing is a form of organizing my thoughts. It’s a space where I can put my thoughts into words so that they become clear. Essentially, it’s a place for me to organize my thoughts and cultivate my own voice.

Having the space and discipline to regularly put words to the things on my mind is one of the most powerful habits I have ever adapted. It’s something that I strongly encourage people to do, because it helps bring out who you are and what you believe in the midsts of all the noise in our daily lives.

Whether it be public on a blog or private in a journal, the goal of writing should be nothing more than a manifestation of who you are. Be honest and real with yourself.

And if you make it public on a blog, it just might happen to receive feedback from people all around.

Thank you to everyone who has read and supported me in 2013! Looking forward to new heights in 2014!

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I am a Hero and so are You

On 02, May 2013 | No Comments | In About Diplateevo | By Daniel Kao

Above is a brief interview I did with the folks at the I am a Hero movement, where I share about what I’m doing and my upcoming book.

If you aren’t familiar with the I am a hero movement, I suggest you check them out. Dubbed a worldwide movement of everyday superheroes, their goal is to freely give hope and inspire great things to everyone around them. They are about connecting real people and sharing real stories.

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Get Connected With Diplateevo

On 02, Apr 2013 | No Comments | In About Diplateevo | By Daniel Kao

In the last couple of weeks, I have been working on making it easier to connect with Diplateevo and stay updated.

Subscribe via email with the new link in the header, and like the facebook page if you haven’t already!

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New Beginnings

On 21, Feb 2012 | One Comment | In About Diplateevo | By Daniel Kao

A clean slate. A refreshed page.

It’s been about three years since I put diplateevo on the web, and now it is being reset and wiped clean in order to fulfill a different purpose. Beginning today, diplateevo is now a site dedicated to my portfolio and works, along with a blog which will be focused on technology, business, and productivity.

If you enjoyed the more spiritual side of diplateevo, that has been migrated over to my Tumblr.

Part of the reason for this move is that I want to be more intentional about writing quality articles that will help people, instead of posting random stuff that I see or random pictures that I take. I’ve got a number of posts already cooking, and that I shall be posting shortly.

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