Productivity

Speaking at PePcon in Chicago: June 15-18

I’m going to speaking at PePcon in Chicago this summer. This is the fifth Print + ePublishing Conference, hosted by the fine people that run InDesignSecrets and CreativePro. I’ve attended three of the four previous PePcons, and it’s always a smoothly-run show with great speakers and a collaborative, sharing atmosphere. It attracts a pretty wide […]

Smart Folders to fix Dropbox Limitation

I’ve complained several times since Dropbox updated their client that the new UI is lacking in one significant respect: the number of recent files shown is only 3, and that is not configurable in any way: For someone who uses Dropbox for actual work, this is laughable—if we’re away from our computer for a few […]

Life Hack: Remove your Headphones and Say Hello

I’m travelling today; the typical jaunt of 4 airports and 3 flights to get from my hometown to one of my usual destinations: Chicago, for some business meetings. It’s been a few years since I’ve spent any time in Chicago, and 5 full days in the city is simply too short. But this post is […]

Instant Messaging Efficiency

Dan Benjamin at Hivelogic wrote a nice article about effectively using your “Away” message when instant messaging. Here’s two other things that I think is necessary for efficient IM communications Ask Your Question, Don’t Ask to Ask Don’t say hello and wait for someone to respond; just ask your question. Don’t ever say “Hey, are […]

OmniFocus

I’m dorking around with OmniFocus, a new GTD [Getting Things Done] app. Seems pretty slick so far! I’ve found that GTD has yet to survive the extreme time crunches I get into sometimes, but there’s always room to improve productivity.

Windows for the Future

I have a Windows machine sitting on the other side of my room, safely segregated from my working desk. I use it for work purposes occasionally: to deal with legacy files and to test stuff in IE, plus I play a few games now and then, and I prefer to keep them compartmentalized away from […]

Super-fast Mail Act-On

If you use Mail Act-On to apply filters to your mail within Apple’s Mail.app, and you use one of your rules much more than any other, here’s a quick tip: assign the trigger key to the same key you use to invoke Mail Act-On. A quick double-tap of your chosen key can file mail 1.8 […]