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Ethan Kaplan on getting his digital life together

blackrimglasses.com » My So Called Digital Life Pt 1 - The Environment

My pal and occasional partner-in-crime, Ethan Kaplan, has begun a series on how he keeps his astonishingly overstimulated life together. The first installment mostly covers his environment and setup for home, work, and mobile computing.

Since Ethan's enviably coolass job requires that he be not only "always on," but always casting about for the Next Big Technology Thing, he's had the opportunity to try tons of different gadgets, protocols, sites, and you name it. It'll be fun to follow along as he shares his tricks. (Of course I'm most interested in how he handles the reportedly Herculean email load he has to grok each day).

Ethan begins:

I realized that after six months working at WBR, and after near 23 years in the computing universe, I have settled on a routine that is maybe helpful for others. Certainly, my method of work is not as seamless or as downright entertaining as Merlin’s and nor is it as quantifiable. Instead, I have managed to arrange my digital existence in a way that keeps my information overloading without it being overbearing.

Also, if you want a good filter for (IMHO) some of the more interesting stuff happening in tech, follow along on Ethan's "Rolling Links" (RSS). He's got a good eye for it.

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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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