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43Folders.com is Merlin Mann’s website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work.

Bandwagon: Links not to miss, 2006-11-27

A few links that have been pretty popular on other sites, which I'd be remiss not to mention in passing here:

  • Hacking Email: 99 Email Security and Productivity Tips - Shovelsful of email usefulness here.
    • What's to like here: the faceted approach, which suggests that there are many ways to look at email -- put differently, that there may be a lot of people out there who don't see this medium the way you do. Gosh, but that's a good lesson to pick up.
  • 3 Tips to Maximize iPod Battery Life :: Bright Delight - My own iPod battery life is a subject of much consternation in our household. It seems to allow us fewer and fewer Battlestar Galacticas-per-charge (BGPC) all the time.
    • What's to like here: The volume limit tip is new to me. Would like to see some numbers on how much this contributes to battery life, but it seems like a smart enough idea.
  • Pile of Indexcards - Selection - Wow. I thought I was really into index cards.
    • What's to like here: Exhaustively nerdy, illustrated exegesis is sure to contain ideas that will rekindle your affection for the modest three by five. Fun stuff.
  • 10 OS X Apps You Might Not Know About But Should -
    • What's to like here: Some new-to-me gems (GarageSale, Connoisseur), plus any list with ChronoSync is okay by me.

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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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