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26 Mar/10

Latest Videos: Productive Procrastination and Eating Your Frog

Latest Videos: Productive Procrastination and Eating Your Frog

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); My two latest videos over at Fast Company deal with how to get things done even when your lizard brain is completely against you. First, a bit on how to procrastinate productively; second, how to get your most important work done first thing, before you start procrastinating. The topics are very much related. Once you’ve let yourself dread something long enough, you get stuck in a cycle of procrastination that makes you...

24 Mar/10

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day by Coding Something Meaningful

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day by Coding Something Meaningful

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); It’s Ada Lovelace Day and I haven’t had time to write up something profound about women in tech, because, well, I’ve been too busy coding. Appropriate, no? I’ve been jamming on ThinkTank, a new webapp that will help the White House crowdsource ideas for our country’s scientific and technological goals. It’s also one of the youngest, pluckiest, up-and-coming woman-friendly open source projects...

11 Mar/10

Four Google Apps Marketplace Apps Worth Trying

Four Google Apps Marketplace Apps Worth Trying

For my latest column at Fast Company, I took a spin through the just-launched Google Apps Marketplace and found four apps worth hooking up to your domain. (One of my picks, TripIt, does a smart job of merging your existing account with your Google Apps account, too–the model for how any service that plugs into Google Apps should work.) Here’s the full story. Continua a leggere – Original Link: Four Google Apps Marketplace Apps Worth Trying Technorati Tags: digital,...




10 Mar/10

This Week in Google Video Podcast Now in iTunes

This Week in Google Video Podcast Now in iTunes

I’ve been a slacker posting up the YouTube videos of each week’s This Week in Google episode, so I’m getting back to it. This past week was particularly fun for me because Jeff, Leo, and I were joined by Kevin Purdy, my colleague from Lifehacker who shares my enthusiasm for Android. The TWiT folks also tell me that TWiG video is now available in the iTunes Store as well; here are the feed links for TWiG video both large and small. Continua a leggere – Original...

9 Mar/10

Panic’s Envy-Inducing Project Status Board

Panic’s Envy-Inducing Project Status Board

Panic is a software company that makes useful tools like my personal favorite, Transmit for the Mac. They’ve also made a beautiful project status display that helps their team keep on top of what they’re working on, and what important dates are coming up. Click on the thumbnail to see the full version. The board is actually an internal web page that auto-updates support email queue numbers, how far along each company project is, day over day revenue comparisons, the company...

2 Mar/10

The Evolutionary Reason for Depression

The Evolutionary Reason for Depression

If depression has an evolutionary purpose, it’s certainly not obvious. Depression makes people consider suicide and less interested in sex, which does not encourage the species’ survival. But two evolutionary psychologists theorize that depression’s purpose is enhanced mental skills. Sadness focuses the brain’s attention on a conflict, and makes you better-equipped to make good decisions. A fascinating New York Times magazine article entitled Depression’s...

22 Feb/10

What is Google Wave?

What is Google Wave?

Over at Macworld this morning, I took a shot at explaining what Google Wave is (and isn’t). Even in a post Wave-backlash and Buzz world, I’m still bullish about Wave. It’s the best collaboration webapps I’ve ever used. Once you’ve experienced inline replies in a wave with your group, you never want to email again. Continua a leggere – Original Link: What is Google Wave? Technorati Tags: bylines, cloud computing, Facebook, google-wave, laptop, latest-videos,...

18 Feb/10

Microsoft Outlook Social Connector

Microsoft Outlook Social Connector

With Google’s plans to include Buzz in Google Apps for enterprise customers, Microsoft needs a way to get social media into Outlook, and the Outlook Social Connector add-on seems to be it. When Office 2010 ships–in the first half of this year–it will have support for Facebook, MySpace, Windows Live, but–oddly–not Twitter. Here’s my review of the current version, which integrates LinkedIn contacts and news feeds with Outlook 2003 and 2007 now: Microsoft...

17 Feb/10

Big! Exciting! News: ThinkTank Is Now at Expert Labs

Big! Exciting! News: ThinkTank Is Now at Expert Labs

I am thrilled to announce I’ve landed a pinch-me dream job: I’m now a Project Director at Expert Labs, the new non-profit headed up by Anil Dash. I’ll be in charge of developing ThinkTank. Here’s what happened. Last March I was thinking about buying a netbook, and asked my Twitter followers a question: Do you have a netbook? What do you love or hate about it? When I got back 243 informed opinions by savvy netbook owners, I knew I needed a way to easily parse and...

11 Feb/10

Closing the Feedback Loop

Closing the Feedback Loop

Matt Haughey says Google Buzz doesn’t offer an easy way for publishers to see what people are saying about their stuff. He’s right; as in Google Reader and Facebook, much of the liking and commenting and sharing that goes on in Buzz happens out of earshot of the creator. I think Buzz is a fine product–a pretty predictable FriendFeed clone, really–but it does suffer from this same broken loop problem that Google Reader creates. Also of interest to other publishers,...

9 Feb/10

Google Buzz: Gmail’s New Social Network Activity Aggregator

Google Buzz: Gmail’s New Social Network Activity Aggregator

Google announced the all-new Google Buzz today, a Gmail “inbox” of sorts that aggregates all your contacts’ social network activity across the web. Lifehacker’s got the full rundown. A few quickly-jotted first impressions of the service: This ain’t no Orkut. Buzz demonstrates that Google is VERY serious about social media, and just threw down the gauntlet in an attempt to take on Facebook and Twitter. However, they’re doing it by embracing existing...

8 Feb/10

How to Ditch GoDaddy (Redux)

How to Ditch GoDaddy (Redux)

Last year’s trashy GoDaddy SuperBowl commercials annoyed me enough to switch domain registrars; this year’s just confirmed I made the right decision. If you want out, here’s what I posted about it last year: Yes, I knew that popular, cheap domain registrar GoDaddy always used sex to sell their services, and yes, their bullying upsells always bugged me, but yesterday’s Super Bowl ad shot my “Stop doing business with GoDaddy” to-do to the top of my list....

8 Feb/10

Google Wave in Action: Real-World Use Case Studies

Google Wave in Action: Real-World Use Case Studies

A week ago I asked readers to tell me how they’re using Google Wave in their daily lives, and despite a bit of “ha! no one’s using Wave!” snarking on the Twitter, I got lots of interesting responses. Unsurprisingly, most Wavers use it as a real-time wiki, but some take advantage of features unique to Wave, like inline and private replies, public tags, and gadgets. I featured the most unique use cases I got in a brand new chapter just added to The Complete Guide...

8 Feb/10

Must-Know Browser Tricks

Must-Know Browser Tricks

My latest at FastCompany.com dives into your browser’s options dialog and keyboard shortcuts: Five Browser Secrets of Power Web Surfers Continua a leggere – Original Link: Must-Know Browser Tricks Technorati Tags: browsers, fastcompany-com, gina-trapani, life, social, social network, Windows, work

2 Feb/10

Control Your Email Inbox with Three Folders

Control Your Email Inbox with Three Folders

I’m thrilled to announced a new series of weekly videos and blog posts that I’ll be publishing at FastCompany.com called “Work Smart,” which will cover personal productivity in a digital world. Long-time Lifehacker readers will recognize much of the material, but some fantastic editing and animation make each 2-4 minute video segment a whole new, fun format. The debut Work Smart video segment takes on the age old digital productivity problem: email overload. In...

21 Gen/10

Google Docs’ “Upload Any File” Available Now

Google Docs’ “Upload Any File” Available Now

As promised, Google Docs has rolled out the “upload any file” feature that lets you store files up to 250MB in size in Docs (up to 1GB for free, $0.25 per extra GB). Just checked my account and got the notification near the Upload button explaining the new capability. Coupled with the ability to share folders, this can easily be used to share any kind of media–like an album of MP3s, as shown in the screenshot (supplied by a reader). Continua a leggere – Original...

14 Gen/10

About That Google Server Breach

About That Google Server Breach

Douglas Rushkoff floats the idea that Google’s China announcement is a smokescreen for the fact that their servers got hacked–which means your data isn’t safe in the cloud. A serious and well-publicized security breach would be a crushing setback in Google’s cloud apps business. Was the China surveillance and Gmail break-in it, and we just missed it amidst all the cheering? The question mark at the end of his headline makes me think that Rushkoff’s unconvinced...

13 Gen/10

“But Is There Internet on a Submarine…?”

“But Is There Internet on a Submarine…?”

Apparently the U.S. Navy is on the social media bandwagon, because this Friday they’re taking a gaggle of San Diego tech bloggers–myself included–out for a day trip on a Los Angeles class nuclear submarine. This thing is the length of a frakkin’ football field, descends between 650-950 feet under the sea, and comes equipped with a few Tomahawk cruise missiles. The nerd in me is very excited about seeing a sub in action, the claustrophobe in me is terrified, the...

11 Gen/10

The Uncelebrated Engineer

The Uncelebrated Engineer

“We live in an engineered world. Every second of each day is mediated by some product created by a team of engineers. Your clothes are made on machines that are astonishing to watch in action. A humming infrastructure feeds power, water, and data into our homes. No matter what sort of transportation we use, from the bicycle to spaceship, it is the product of an obscure group of engineers. This Christmas season electronics flew off the shelves. How many teenagers ever stop to think...

5 Gen/10

Current Crop of Smartphones: A Cost and Feature Comparison

Current Crop of Smartphones: A Cost and Feature Comparison

BillShrink hits it out of the park with a handy infographic which compares the cost and features of the current generation of smartphones: the Nexus One, the Palm Pre, the Motorola Droid, and the iPhone 3GS. Looking at this you realize 1.) there’s no clear winner in the bunch feature-wise and 2.) we all spend a ridiculous amount of money on mobile phones and service. My only nitpick with this chart is that the T-Mobile/Nexus One “Average Usage” plan should be listed...