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RSS Folders Followup

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I posted a couple of weeks ago about getting rid of my somewhat arbitrary RSS folder setup in favor of using no folders at all. As it turns out – for my needs – using no folders vs. organizing everything has made no difference all. I’m not missing anything I was getting to before, or annoyed by any difference in the order I read things in. It makes me wonder what other systems I may […]

Microsoft’s iOS Apps

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Microsoft releasing what looks like a pretty cool game, as well as the other stuff they’ve been releasing for iOS makes me wonder what they could do if they put a really great product person in charge.

Goodbye, RSS Folders

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Although I’d add or subtract every once in a while, I’ve had my folders in Google Reader pretty much the same for the last couple of years (Tech, Developer Blogs, News, etc). It’s worked pretty well on the whole. I’ve often had the problem when adding new feeds, however, that if they don’t easily fit into one of my existing folders I don’t usually really want to further complicate the existing taxonomy with more folders. […]

Simple Is the Greatest Kind of Empowerment

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My mom is not technical. When someone makes reference to normal people not understanding things like the filesystem, they’re talking about my mom. She also loves the iPad I bought her last year and uses it constantly. It’s the first time I’ve seen her excited about technology at all. It’s even empowered her to speak intelligently about things like Apple, Steve Jobs and the significance of what they’ve done with technology, which I never would […]

Stumptown Brewing Guide

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< p> < p>If you’re interested in making better coffee at home, the Stumptown Brewing Guide is a great place to start. My two most used brewing methods – Chemex and Beehouse – are both there.

Five Thousand Things

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Fortune quoting Steve Jobs from the lost Cringely interview: Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently. Anyone looking to contract out software development should read this article. Not having a clear vision […]

360|MacDev 2012

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< p>I’m very excited to be speaking at 360|MacDev this year Feb 3rd & 4th. This is going to be my first 360|MacDev, but I’ve spoken at 360|iDev every time and it’s become my favorite conference. I’m right after Brent‘s keynote, so no pressure or anything.

Delayed Execution of Blocks

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If you want to delay execution of block for a set number of seconds, you can use dispatch_after() in the following way to perform delayed actions in any queue you like. In the example below 3 is the number of seconds we want to delay by. dispatch_after( dispatch_time( DISPATCH_TIME_NOW, 3 * NSEC_PER_SEC ), dispatch_get_current_queue(),^{ /* Your code goes here. */ } ); The dispatch_time() function takes dispatch_time_t as it’s first argument (typedef of uint64_t) which […]

Procrastination Contexts

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If you’re using GTD, you know what a context is; and if you’re a human being you probably know about procrastination. One of the goals of GTD is to develop a system in which if we don’t let ourselves procrastinate, or if we do we’re honest with ourselves about why. Whenver you’re staring at a todo item with no clue where to start, GTD can give you you the tools to analyze why you’re not […]