Archive for the 'Mac' Category

Contexts Using Separate Mac Accounts

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

This is an interesting post about using Mac Fast User Switching for GTD Contexts.

The idea is to use separate accounts with separate Email, Instant Messaging and Bookmarks and so on to separate out the different modes of your work.

43Folders kGTD Setup

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Merlin shares his kGTD setup:

“While I’m not prepared to do a major sales presentation, I am happy to oblige the folks who wanted to see how I’ve set mine up. Also gives you a little window into my current contexts (as well as my atrocious personal habits).”

I can also vouch for kGTD - if you have a Mac and you are with your Mac most of the day, its the best!

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Application Death Row

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

Working Smart reminds us to get rid of apps we never use:

“Unfortunately, after a year of using my Mac—and loving it!—it looks like I have almost 150 apps installed on my PowerBook. This is way too much clutter. I need to simplify my life—and regain some much-needed hard disk space.

So I created a “Death Row” folder. I then moved any program I haven’t used in a while to this folder. I plan to sequester the files for the next 30 days.”

Quicksilver Append

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Altho I’ve never quite been able to get into Quicksilver (over Launchbar), 43Folders has this note about Quicksilver’s Append which does sound awesome:

“To review, for you new kids, Quicksilver, when properly configured (more on that in a minute), will let you add a line of text to any text file on your Mac. As long as it’s included in a QS catalog someplace, you’re a few fast keystrokes away from capturing your brilliant but ephemeral idea without stopping what you’re doing. This is huge, in practice, believe me.”

The Bigger the Screen, the Better the Focus

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

cinema displayThe science of interruptions looks at a recent study where participants were given a 42-inch screen as opposed to. a 15-inch one.

One veteran researcher claimed he has “never seen a single tweak to a computer system so significantly improve a user’s productivity.” On the bigger screen, people completed the tasks at least 10 percent more quickly - and some as much as 44 percent more quickly.

No more need to put off buying the 30” Apple Cinema display… haha!

.Mac Like Bookmark Syncing for Firefox

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

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Altho in general I consider Apples .Mac service to be highly overpriced and woefully inadequate it does have one feature that works so well I can’t live without it. If you have more than one Mac, the .Mac service will automatically sync key data from any apps that support it. This includes your Safari bookmarks, your Address Book entries, Mail accounts, and even your NetNewsWire RSS Feeds.

This means I can go from one Mac to another seamlessly but it also means I have to be faithful to .Mac aware apps, and Firefox is not that. Now there is a Bookmark Synchronizer extension for Firefox. It doesn’t sync your bookmarks to the .Mac server but it does send them (as an XML file) to any ftp or WebDAV sever.

The Palm Store

Sunday, October 16th, 2005

palm storeProphecyBoy has some doubts on how well the new Palm Stores will do compared to the wildly (and always packed with people) Apple stores:

“And, of course, there’s the design. A lot of the Apple store philosophy is that if people can actually see an iPod and an iMac, touch it, they might fall in love. And I can attest to that power: I’m writing this on an iMac G5 right now (a celebrity iMac, I might add - my computer used to sit in the Big Brother 6 house), and every time one of my coworkers with a black Dell box walks past my desk, I hear an “I love your new monitor!” And then…”What?!? That’s the computer?!?” Heh. This is a product that’s been on the market for almost a year, and that sits in an Apple store a quarter mile from my desk. I, personally, have gotten people in that store. And they don’t come out of it thinking about computers or electronics the same way. This is how I know Apple is only beginning to gain market share.

MailTemplate for Email Efficiency

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

43Folders tips us off to MailTemplate which is a great program if you ever need to send a lot of emails that are almost, but not quite, the same:

“One of my must-have Mac tools has been MailTemplate which gives you a huge amount of flexibility in creating template/boilerplate responses to frequent email messages. Frankly, I use about 30 or so templates that cover 80% of my repeat mail issues, and I simply couldn’t get through the day without it.”

Selling the Tablet PC for a Powerbook

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Stark Raving Calm is selling his tablet PC in exchange for an Apple Powerbook:

“Despite its immaturity as a platform, the tablet is perfect for many users: managers, students, medical professionals, artists. Anyone who moves around a lot, and needs to jot things down literally on the go, would be very happy with a Tablet PC. That’s not what I’m looking for anymore. I want to write, and I want a machine that gets out of the way and lets me write.”

GTD on an Ipod Shuffle

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Ipod ShuffleMinzemac has got his entire GTD System on an Ipod Shuffle using the genius of Portable Firefox.

With GTDTiddlyWiki and Firefox on an Ipod Shuffle with a Moleskine for good measure, the problem of portable data capture and search is neatly solved.

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