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Inbox Zero

January 26th, 2010 | Comment | Work Flow

In college I was always fascinated by work-flow best practices. I spent my first year obsessing over work spaces and learning keyboard shortcuts and gleaning tricks from the pros. You can find stuff that works and fails in everyone you watch work. Everyone has a work-flow weakness, and I quickly discovered that for a lot of people it’s email.

If you follow any web nerds online you’re bound to hear some noise about Inbox Zero now and then. A lot of it is misleading however. When I first heard of it I thought it was the title you rewarded yourself with for battling your way through the clutter, but it’s so much more. Inbox Zero is an approach to email, not a mandate or mandatory goal. (more…)

Platform Agnostic

December 7th, 2009 | 4 Comments | Industry, Work Flow

Unisys_Icon_System_s1I’ve always loved computers. The first computer I ever used on a regular basis was the Unisys Icon. You know, the one with the trackball. I would love to make a website on one today. That’s right: I would gladly develop on this beast right now. I’m not saying it would always be pleasant, but I could do it, and want to just because I can.

Today I work primarily on two machines: A robust PC desktop and an Apple MacBook Pro. I use the desktop by default as I love having three monitors for multitasking; but I rely on the laptop frequently for when I need  a change of environment or to work on the road. (more…)

Data Management

December 16th, 2008 | Comment | Work Flow

I can’t look back on this year without grimacing at the lesson hardest learned: data management. Since the first time I accidentally deleted project content (oops, forgot the “Where” on an SQL Update… heh.) I have always been a hardcore backup guy. My backups are so frequent that when my computer died in February 2008 I lost no data. The real problem was that my laptop HDD 80 gig capacity was too small. I only pulled what I needed off of my external drives, so my weekly backups started to become a mess. I have since rethought my entire backup system to keep things as organized as possible. (more…)

10 Ways to save bandwidth Surfing

May 22nd, 2008 | 4 Comments | Work Flow

Recently my brother found himself at a summer camp sharing a limited satellite internet connection with several other internet users armed with laptops. When the hourly allotment of bandwidth was exceeded the connection speed suffered huge. We started to think up ways to be byte-conscious. (more…)