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Apple, Macs & OS X
Merlin Mann | Jul 6 2007
Universal challenges iTunes, iPhone hacks, and our software picks of the week...
This time we did our usual weekly software picks, but I also got to choose our Audible.com audiobook of the week. Can you guess what it is?read more »
Merlin Mann | Jul 3 2007
While this is difficult for me to understand (I know it's something I'd expect in even a Gen 1 smart phone), it's cool to see that web- and Mac-based developers are stepping up to the plate in the absence.
A few of the apps I've seen so far (and in varying states of reality and vapor):read more »
Merlin Mann | Jun 30 2007
iPhones in hand our MacBreak quartet gives you their first impressions of the latest from Apple...
Believe it or not, this week's episode was about Apple's iPhone. Yes, the iPhone. I know: I was surprised, too.
Also, we shot a quick MacBreak (video) on Thursday night where we visited with people queued up outside the Stockton St. store here in SF. I chatted with a bohemian clown, an expensive-looking video camera, and a man from Gizmodo who had a webcam attached to his head. Just another Thursday in Union Square.
Anyhow, the iPhone is out, it's pretty, and lots of people are buying them. For further coverage of the iPhone and the experiences of its excited new users, kindly visit the entire internet.
Merlin Mann | Jun 28 2007
In the last entry I put the emphasis on getting my tasks written down quickly and out of my focus into a system I could trust. I could choose to spend some time later to review my tasks and do what I like to call "iGTD gardening", where I check up on all my projects and do a bit of weeding of duplicate or irrelevant tasks, and fortify those tasks with whatever information comes to mind as I'm looking at them.
Since I'm now in the habit of pushing new tasks to iGTD and immediately forgetting about them I have the refreshing ability to work on a task without ever thinking about anything else. iGTD then becomes my set of instructions to follow when I need guidance, and if I've tended my task garden well, it's a rich set of instructions with a lot of tedious thinking already finished.
This system works out alarmingly well until you're possessed by SSD (severe stupidity disorder) and delete your iGTD database without even a whiff of lingering vapors. Immediately you'll be consumed by a profound and unshakable dread as you realize your tether has been severed from the mother ship and you begin to drift into outer space, your Tang to be divided up amongst your colleagues (even the ones you loathe).
Luckily for most of us, iGTD makes database backups upon starting up the iGTD app and for a couple of other events, and luckier still, most of us don't suffer from SSD very often.
But I often do, and don't leave anything to chance.read more »
Merlin Mann | Jun 20 2007
iPhone gets a better battery and screen, MacGPS rumors, and Safari holes...
Gotta tell you: I'm really excited about the imminent arrival of the iPhone for an unconventional reason: the possibility that we can eventualy stop talking about the iPhone. (sigh)
Anyway. Two things related to this episode:
Merlin Mann | Jun 19 2007
Michael Buffington is a pal of mine who's a talented developer and all-around swell fellow. I got to work with him a bit on the Stikkit project and, in some of our offline talks on productivity stuff, I was intrigued to learn about some of his ninja geek skillz.
I asked Michael to write up a series on some of his favorite tricks to get his stuff done, and he kindly obliged. Here's part one.
How I use iGTD
This is the first part in a multipart series about using iGTD with Quicksilver and how it's changed my life, allowed me to grow hair where I never thought it possible, and more importantly, spend more quality time with my children (who are, as you might know, super humans with indescribable special abilities).
I'm a recent and somewhat enthusiastic convert to GTD. I have had the good fortune of starting to manage my digital life with GTD the same day Merlin first mentioned a great application for OS X called iGTD.
I have to admit though that I'm not a very hard core GTD follower yet. The most important parts of GTD for me are getting my tasks out of my head the moment they pop into existence, and putting them into some sort of system I can trust. iGTD allows me to do exactly that in a very intuitive way, but if I'm having a good day I only ever bring iGTD into focus when I'm not sure what's next on my list.read more »
Merlin Mann | Jun 11 2007
We run down the WWDC announcements, and John Gruber explains why Safari for Windows makes sense...
Comments are open for your own thoughts on the WWDC keynote.
Merlin Mann | Jun 6 2007
Second, I heartily second Linda's suggestion that you email (omnifocus-wwdc at omnigroup dot com) if you're interested in doing an informal OF meet-up at WWDC.
If you don't come, Ken and I will have to sit there and stare at each other and maybe talk about D&D. Please, don't make us talk about D&D.
Update 2007-06-11 09:32:34 - OmniFocus at WWDC is scheduled. According to a recent Message of the Day in the OmniFocus beta:
This should be a lot of fun. If we can wangle A/V equipment. we'll do a demo of the latest version or OF, plus we'll be available to answer any questions about OmniFocus and just generally hang out.
Nota bene: I believe that this is for WWDC pass holders only. So I apologize in advance if there's an iPortcullis in place, and really encourage you to come to the event at the Apple Store next week if you're around.
Update 2007-06-12 23:24:49: Note room change above. We're now in the larger "Olympic Room."
Merlin Mann | Jun 4 2007
(Disclosure: I am a contributor to the OmniFocus project)
According to OmniGroup, about 2,500 people are now participating in the "sneaky peak" beta of OmniFocus, and new folks will continue to be added as capacity for support allows. But even if you're not yet using the app and are just waiting to get your hands on a finished version, it's not too early to start thinking about making a smooth transition from wherever you are now.
Moving your world of action into a new application is like moving into a new house (and can be almost as stressful). This is your chance to throw away crap, rethink how you've been doing things, and just give yourself a fresh start. So before you ever fire up OmniFocus for that first time, do yourself a favor and get sorted out with your current system first. Believe me, you're much more likely to handle this well before the temptation of having the app in your hands sends you diving into using it full-time.
In short, I recommend you start by conducting a thorough review that's focused on bringing all your tasks and projects up to date and in line with reality.read more »
Merlin Mann | Jun 3 2007
iPhone will be released on June 29th. Here's the ad from tonight's 60 Minutes.
(added a better version of the video, via Gizmodo
[Original news via: iPhone: yours on June 29th - Engadget]
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