I’m going to post a description of a Facebook ‘feature’ that can really throw you for a loop if you’re unawares.
First off, some background. I’m a ‘power user’ who often exercises the features of software services to their limit, and so Google and Facebook often add me as an early adopter to many of their […]
My #1 utilized software tool is email. I checked the stats for the last year for my work and personal email combined: I receive and read on average 397 emails a week, and send 358 emails a week (this excludes the email which is spam or which I have auto-filters to file to certain folders -- these are real emails I read, write and process). Over the years I've adopted some best practices to process and write email -- I hope you find some of them useful.
A great quote from Stephenson’s “Why I am a Bad Correspondent” — why writing is hard work requiring long, uninterrupted spans of time:
Writing novels is hard, and requires vast, unbroken slabs of time. Four quiet hours is a resource that I can put to good use. Two slabs of time, each two hours long, might […]
Using a timer for writing? I’m not sure if it will boost productivity, but at least you can use it to track yourself and measure your progress.
With the introduction of a $10 countdown timer that one can purchase in any housewares department, we can create our own artificial deadlines that create that sense of urgency […]
A cool tip I’ve overlooked until recently. While you’re in GCal, press the q key to summon a single field to enter an event. Best of all, GCal understands natural language like “tomorrow at 2PM.” Not using Google Calendar? Get it at Google Calendar
Need a fixed-width font for full screen text editors or the like?
Inconsolata is a monospace font, designed for code listings and the like, in print. There are a great many “programmer fonts,” designed primarily for use on the screen, but in most cases do not have the attention to detail for high resolution rendering.
Inspired by the excellent Five Steps to a Kinkless Desktop article (a must read if you have a cluttered desktop and folder system), I thought I’d share my own computer desktop organizational system. I have four main folders.
Inbox – All incoming items (downloaded files, temp documents that you’ll throw away immediately, files for email attachments, […]