Russell Turner

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Current Projects

Learning Ledger

For several years I've relied on bulky accounting systems (Quickbooks Online, Quickbooks Self-Employed, Mint) to manage my finances and I never keep my books up.

This year I'm trying Ledger (a bare-bones, open-source, command-line accounting system) and planning to migrate all of my bookkeeping there once I figure it out.

With Ledger, you just keep a plain text file with your transactions and use the program for analysis and reports (it doesn't modify your source files). An example transaciton in the file looks like this:

1/15 Whole Foods
; :tags: and comments
Expenses:Food:Groceries $32.19
Assets:Visa

When you run Ledger it reads the text file and prints out whatever you're looking for (a register list of transactions, a current balance, the amount I spent on coffee last month).

Building a web server

I just got this site running off my own Ubuntu web server (on a little mini PC plugged into my router at home). My next step is to get a second remote server up (mom's house?) so I can have redudancy (in case one goes out) and automate my file backups.

This and similar projects below were inspired by Derek Sivers (see the section "I'm Tech Independent" in his about page).

Rumble RDMS

I started a small PostgreSQL contact database and need to build a simple web app so I can manage it (and actually use it). I'm also planning to build a little email app that I can run from my own server that will run off the database (using my contacts, storing email history, etc). And longer term I plan to build my own simple calendar and "todo" apps that integrate with my database.

Done (For Now)

Russbits.com (this site)

In early 2019 I rebuilt my website using a simple Ruby program created by Derek Sivers (here's his code). No more bloated WordPress pages, no more bulky databases, just simple text files and plain HTML.

My podcast (Rumble Life)

In 2019 I experimented with the interview format and published 53 interviews (and 15 vlog style episodes). I enjoy podcasting, and especially having good conversations, and am sure I'll do it again when the time is right.

The podcast started December 26, 2017 (originally called "Don't Listen Yet"). I published 92 near-daily episodes between then and April 6, 2018.


Updated January 15, 2020, from Portland, Oregon.