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Mini-reviews: LabelWriter 400, Polder Vibrating Timer, "Beyond Bullet Points"

I was adding a few items I recently bought and enjoyed over in the right rail, and by the time I was done writing the “TITLE” tags I realized I had three shortie reviews.

After the cut, LabelWriter 400 by Dymo, Vibrating Digital Timer by Polder, and Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson.

DYMO LabelWriter 400
LabelWriter 400 by Dymo - Powerful and easy-to-use USB label maker works great with OS X and makes gorgeous labels. A bit on the pricey site, but possibly essential if you want a friction-free way to blast out tons of labels for folders, envelopes, etc. An excellent step-up from the Brother PT-65. 4.5 Stars. [Note: purchase was inspired by comments in this recent thread, GTD with a Mac label maker?]

Polder Vibrating Alarm
Vibrating Digital Timer by Polder - Still my favorite timer. Just bought a 2nd one. Flashes, vibrates, and cleverly switches between stopwatch and countdown (as well as HH:MM and MM:SS). Very highly recommended. 5 Stars.

Beyond Bullet Points

Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson - Really good book I learned about from mathowie. The first third or so of this book will likely change the way you think about presentations — for damn sure it will change the way you make them. By providing a structure based on time-tested principles of story-telling, you learn how to craft a logical, thoughtful, and very graphical presentation that skips the bullets and makes an empathetic connection with your audience. 4 Stars.

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

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




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