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Vox Populi, 2005-10-13

Recent sites suggested by you guys.

Will Findlay wrote:

Remember The Milk

Innovative AJAX To-do list web application that launched two days ago. Free. Already well-polished even though in beta - excellent keyboard shortcuts. Well thought out design - allows text-messaging reminders and collaboration.

Steve McFarland wrote:

"A Filing System Users Swear By"

CNet reports on a popular filing methodology in Japan, where folders are organized by how frequently they're used, not by topic. The system includes fancy terms like "envelope buffer" and "holy files," so it's very nerd friendly.

[Merlin responds: Yes, thanks for this! I added this to my del.icio.us a long time ago and was glad for your reminder.]

[via Boing Boing]

Bill Barnes wrote:


We "booktalk" a different book every Sunday, and since my wife and I had just finished GTD (and started getting things done) it was a natural. I learned about GTD from 43folders, and wanted to thank you as it is already making my life a happier place.

Jonathan Rubinstien wrote:

Interview of Matt Cutts

In a recent interview, Google software engineer Matt Cutts mentions his hipster PDA: "I carry a hipster PDA (a little notebook from Office Max that costs like $1.09) so that I can write down stuff when I'm away from a computer."

Peat Bakke wrote:

Peat's Books - Used Book Search

This is the sort of nifty thing I like about web services: being able to create a website that gets straight to what I want, without drowning visitors in superfluous stuff.

In this particular case, I've built a search engine that finds used computer books on Amazon -- like the O'Reilly handbooks, or PHP programming guides. It's pretty simple. No banner ads, no graphics, just used books. :)

John Infante wrote:

i d e a * i d e a - How to Bubble Map - drawing your To Do the stress-free way -

I found this from another blog. It's about using a "bubble map" to create a to-do list which allows you reduce stress by seeing the relative size of projects/next actions and being able to attack your to-do list based on energy or time available; creativity required; or in order to reduce your stress. I think it fits in well with the "dash" posts that have been appearing recently.

The rules are simple, so suggest a site.

Also: do we like this "ganged" format? Seems like separate posts would get noisy. What's your preference?

Update: 2005-10-13 15:09:06

Let's put it to a vote.


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Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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