The Apple iPad
I guess it is about time for me to weigh in on the recently announced Apple iPad Tablet. I would not be a blogger if I did not, right?
Previously on Worthless Genius, I talked about my misgivings for the then-upcoming Apple presentation, and the impact–or lack thereof–the announcements would make on my life. I used my oracular powers to divine that my life would not be changed in any significant way by the results of this presentation.
Was I correct in this assumption?
Sometimes it is difficult for one to live in the modern world with the myriad distractions and the constant barrage of information from every electronic device and online service. While some of this information is clearly superfluous to our occupations and the well-greased machine of our life, other nuggets of thought-provoking brain candy can enrich even the most mundane knowledge worker’s daily routine.
I do not mean to sound like a technological apologist, but the fact remains that in order to get through my daily work, I need to rely not only on my own bag of tricks, but also the Pandora’s box of the World Wide Web.
So, how am I dealing with this constant flood of nigh-impossible-to-organize knowledge distractions? Not very well up to this point, but the tide has been changing for the better in the recent weeks.
I’ve done quite a few Software Spotlight articles covering various applications that I use on a constant basis. And while each of these applications deserve the spotlight in their own respect, I have come to rely on a service more than others: Remember The Milk.
Remember The Milk is a simple cloud-based task management system that provides all the functionality needed to run a reliable GTD system without much extra overhead. What RTM lacks in fancy features, it makes up for with integration with many other services out there, like Google Calendar and Twitter.
So, why has RTM become such an integral part of my lifestyle?
This weekend, Worthless Genius posted a contest where participants could win a Google Wave and Google Voice invite. Quite a few people entered, but in the end, there were only three winners:
The winners were chosen with the super-scientific MySQL query shown here:
SELECT comment_author, comment_author_email FROM `wp_comments` WHERE comment_post_ID = 1465 ORDER BY rand() LIMIT 3
Congratulations to the winners, your invites are on the way. Thanks to all those who participated, and stay tuned to Worthless Genius for future giveaways.
It’s that time again! Worthless Genius has 3 Google Wave invites + 3 Google Voice invites to give away. That’s right, it’s free!
All you have to do is comment on this thread and tell me who your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle was out of the group. Keep this to the original 4 please, as far as I’m concerned Venus doesn’t count.
3 lucky winners will each receive both a Google Wave and a Google Voice invite. That’s like having double candy for Halloween!
What are you waiting for? Enter already!
Comments on this post will be disabled at 12:00AM (Midnight) Eastern Time on Sunday, November 1st. The three lucky winners will be announced on Monday, November 2nd.
Entries have been closed, and the winners will be announced later today (11/2/09). Thank you to all who participated!
Every creative person before me has identified and dealt with a little issue that I’m going to call Writer’s Guilt. Writers Guilt occurs in two distinct–yet definitely intertwined–forms.
It occurs to me that everyone with a creative pursuit must go through this ordeal and come away making a choice in either direction. I have yet to make that choice, and end up doing 50% on both sides of the coin, rather than picking one and going full force.
What can I do about this? Let’s first identify the two sides of the story, then we’ll do a little research to find out what ways other writers suggest to get past this social and personal road block.
Google recently announced that their task manager which had been in the GMail Labs section of GMail accounts is now live, with no need to activate it in the Labs options.
This is great news, as the Tasks functionality integrates perfectly with GMail and Google Calendar. The only real problem with this is that it requires a GMail window or tab to be open while you are working with Tasks, which presents a bit of a issue for some people.
Here’s a quick way to put a bookmark in Firefox that will open Tasks without needing a GMail tab to be open.