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27 Set/10

Now Shipping: ThinkUp Beta 1

Now Shipping: ThinkUp Beta 1

Hit a big milestone today! We released the first beta of ThinkUp, the PHP/MySQL webapp that archives your social media interactions in a database you control. Download it here. Following eight alpha releases over the past eight months, I’m so proud that the ThinkUp community and the software product itself has reached beta. The beta represents hundreds of commits by over 20 thoughtful developers scattered across the globe, and countless conversations on the mailing list,...

9 Set/10

Work Smart Video: How to Stay Productive on the Road

Work Smart Video: How to Stay Productive on the Road

I’ve travelled to 9 different cities already this year and I’ve got 4 different major work projects going on, so keeping on top of everything on the go is something I’ve had to get good at out of necessity. This week’s Work Smart video is a question from Daniel Beck, a work-at-homer like I am, about how to not let your whole organization system fall to pieces once you leave your (home) office. I was lucky enough to get none other than David Allen to agree...

3 Set/10

Long Weekend Hacking: How to Help Out with ThinkUp

Long Weekend Hacking: How to Help Out with ThinkUp

Lots of geeks like to spend some time on a three-day weekend doing fun, spare-time coding. If you’ve been curious about ThinkUp and have a little extra time this Labor Day weekend, come on down! ThinkUp’s come a long way so it’s easier than ever to dive in, try it out, and experiment.  Here are four ways you can help make ThinkUp better, whether you’ve got a free 30 minutes or 3 hours this weekend: Test ThinkUp’s new easy installer. Running git, wrangling...




2 Set/10

Work Smart Video: How to Take Effective Meeting Notes

Work Smart Video: How to Take Effective Meeting Notes

The second season of my Work Smart video series at FastCompany.com premiered yesterday, with a question from Suhasini Kotcherlakota about how to take better meeting notes, and some answers from me and Brad Isaac, who wrote a great piece on mind-mapping meetings at Lifehacker a few years back. Despite the fact that I still can’t watch and listen to myself on film without cringing, I am so pleased with the results. Adam Barenblat at FastCompany did an amazing job on the art and...

2 Set/10

“We’re sorry. You have reached a number that is disconnected or that is no longer in service.”

“We’re sorry. You have reached a number that is disconnected or that is no longer in service.”

Been getting harassed via telephone by some vacation telemarketing place in Las Vegas. At first I set my phone to send calls from that one number directly to voicemail. Then, tonight, I re-discovered you can block callers in Google Voce and automatically give them the official “this number is no longer in service message.” Yes. Here’s what my blocked call log looks like now. Continua a leggere – Original Link: “We’re sorry. You have reached a number...

31 Ago/10

Gmail Priority Inbox Puts Important Messages First

Gmail Priority Inbox Puts Important Messages First

Just completed my first email sweep with Gmail’s new “Priority Inbox” feature enabled, and it’s a keeper. Over time, if this mechanism proves to be as good as Gmail’s top-notch spam filtering, it could be the reason why you only check Gmail in the browser. (Well-played, GOOG.) Priority Inbox adds an “important messages” section above your inbox. Initially, Priority Inbox decides what messages are important based on your email and chat patterns–a...

10 Ago/10

New Video Series: Ask Me Anything About Working Smarter

New Video Series: Ask Me Anything About Working Smarter

Thrilled to announce I’m prepping to shoot a new Q&A video series for Fast Company. Work Smart 2 will be a question and answer consultation with viewers and readers like you. If you’ve got a burning question to ask me about tech and productivity, this is your chance. Here’s how it works: 1. Email me at worksmart@fastcompany.com or leave a comment here on this post with your question. Topics might include things like email overload, mobile apps, cloud computing,...

5 Ago/10

On Google Wave and “Failed” Experiments

On Google Wave and “Failed” Experiments

Yesterday while I was on the air with Jeff and Leo recording TWiG, Google announced that they are halting development on Wave. The webapp will be available till the end of the year–with mechanisms to export your current wave data–and the code will remain open source. As the author of the first user guide on Wave, I spent this morning doing interviews with tech journalists about what this all means. Here are some questions I got asked, and answers I offered. What do you think...

2 Ago/10

ThinkTank is Now ThinkUp

ThinkTank is Now ThinkUp

Naming products is hard. After weeks of brainstorming, teeth-gnashing, hair-pulling, trademark searching, late-night strikes of inspiration followed by crushing morning realizations that the idea sucked, I’m thrilled to announce that ThinkTank has been renamed to ThinkUp. It’s our Firebird-to-Firefox moment. Rebranding is difficult, but the most heartening part of this process was that the ThinkUp idea came to us via the app. @markwallace responded to Anil’s call for...

2 Ago/10

ThinkTank is Now ThinkUp

ThinkTank is Now ThinkUp

Naming products is hard. After weeks of brainstorming, teeth-gnashing, hair-pulling, trademark searching, late-night strikes of inspiration followed by crushing morning realizations that the idea sucked, I’m thrilled to announce that ThinkTank has been renamed to ThinkUp. It’s our Firebird-to-Firefox moment. Rebranding is difficult, but the most heartening part of this process was that the ThinkUp idea came to us via the app. @markwallace responded to Anil’s call for...