You can find out what I'm up to in near real-time via: Twitter (@sholden) or Google+. I also recommend checking out my AztecMedia.net produced sites: Chvrches Fan Podcast (@chvrchespodcast), Tech News Radio (@technewsradio), Air Gapped Networks (@airgapnet), Jersey Boys Podcast, and Veteran Stories.
Google continues making very useful updates to Google Keep: Self Organizing Notes (via Tech Times), Diagrams (via The Verge), and Improved Labels (via Google). These have made doing GTD (Wikipedia) in Google Keep even easier.
Here is how I am doing the major GTD Workflow Lists using the Color feature in Google Keep (great support site) for items:
It would be great if you could rename the colors but that currently isn't a current feature. So I created above categorization, and through the course of using them this way I've been able to remember them by color and position. I also printed and laminated the above graphic, and have it positioned easy to read in my desk area.
The Google Keep search function lets you search by color (just two clicks on my Chromebook, tap-slide-tap on Android) so I can see all my Next Actions by searching on RED. Or all my Projects by searching on BLUE.
These are all pretty standard workflow list categories. The one that I've added that might not be familiar to you is Dashboard (YELLOW). This concept also came David Allen from a conversation that he had on a podcast when he was writing his Making It All Work book that came after the Getting Things Done book.
In that podcast, David described a MindMap he was using called his Dashboard that was anchoring him to his big ticket items for any given moment. Since things were moving very fast for him at the time it was a great way to stay focus and prioritize his attention. I've used this concept at work for years with my work* MindMap/Outlook system, and just moved it to Google Keep isn't it really isn't MindMap specific.
So I check my Dashboard regularly. These change day-to-day and sometimes by the hour. The top part of the YELLOW search are notes that I want to see on a very regular basis and the items that are archived are actually my Dashboard references:
I also created a Label called "+colors" and have made this handy reference that is always one click away via Label selection or search:
If you have any questions or comments then please let me know: @sholden on Twitter.
*Yes, I have two separate systems which is not recommended by David Allen but works for me. One is for work using only work resources (computers, software, etc.). And one for home/personal that uses my own personal resources. When I need to bridge them I usually use email.
I noticed this morning when my Chromebook upgraded to the latest version 47.x (Beta) that the Folder icons at the top (in my bookmarks bar) are all dark gray:
In my Chrome browser on Windows running the latest version 46.x the folders are "yellow-ish."
I am sure there are other changes planned but this one really stood out. I'm sure I'll get use it in a day or so.
- - ChuckChat Technorama -
- 43 Folders
- Alternative Classix - The Blog
- altNPR Groove Salad -- Taste of the Week
- APMs Future Tense
- Behind the Mic
- BusinessWeek - The Cutting Edge
- Career Opportunities The High-Tech Career Handbook
- CBS Fall Premiere Interviews with Dana Greenlee
- Celtic Music News Celtic Music News
- Christ Lutheran Church Messages
- CIO Podcast
- Dan Bricklins Software Licensing Podcast
- DARN PC
- Digital Experience Podcast - MP3 Feed
- Distributing the Future
- Docs Podblog
- Endurance Radio Audio Interviews
- Engadget Podcasts
- Eric Mack On-Line
- Eurythmics - The Ultimate Collection
- Evil Genius Chronicles
- Friends in Tech
- Gillmor Gang
- Home Network and Computer Help - HomeNetworkHelpInfo
- In the Trenches
- IndieFeed ElectronicaDance
- Internet Pro Radio icannBlog
- Jazz Music - RedJazz Radio
- Jimmy Jett
- Jons Radio
- KFI Tech Guy
- Killer Innovations
- Lessig Blog
- MacCast - For Mac Geeks, by Mac Geeks
- MAKE Magazine
- Manager Tools
- Morning Coffee Notes
- Music4iPodscom - ElectronicaDJ
- Network World Radio
- Old Wave Radio New 80s Music!
- On The Media from NPRWNYC
- OnTheRun with Tablet PCs Podcast
- Ottmar Lieberts Listening Lounge
- PaulDotCom Security Weekly
- podbat podbat podcasts
- Podcast Brothers
- Pritzker Military Library Podcasts
- Radio Leo
- Reel Reviews Radio
- Rip & Read Blogger Podcast
- Slashdot Review
- State Dept - Daily Press Briefings
- Steve Holden Tech Rag Tear Outs (TRTO)
- Steve Holdens Weblog
- Tech News Radio
- TechPodcastscom Network
- Terry Storch
- TGN Behind the Scenes
- TGN The Living Word
- The Bag and Baggage Podcast [now This Week in Law]
- The Bitterest Pill
- the Eric Rice Show
- The Golden Hammer Tech Watch
- The Invisible Hand
- The Invisible Hand, Enhanced Version
- The Pentagon Channel
- The Roadhouse
- The Rock and Roll Geek Show
- ThePodcastNetwork The Gadget Show
- ThePodcastNetwork The Mobiles Show
- ThePodcastNetwork The TabletPC Show
- These Days [@KPBS]
- They Might Be Giants Podcast
- this WEEK in TECH
- Typical PC User Podcast
- Ultima Thule Ambient Music Radio
- Valid Syntax
- vinyl podcast
- Voices in Your Head wDave Slusher
- WGBH Morning Stories
- Wi-Fi Networking News Podcasts
- Wizbang Podcast
I found this while recovering my old iBook backup drive using SpinRite. I was actually trying to find some older TechNewsRadio podcasts that were posted on a server that no long exists. I seem to have a gap of ~200 with bad links.
Here is a Screen Shot #1 comparison (click on image for bigger resolution):
And here is Screen Shot #2 comparison (click on image for bigger resolution):
It appears that since the Nexus 7 (left images) is a tablet and has more screen real estate then the smartphone Nexus 6 (right images) you get the alternative route time notifications as you are driving your selected route in Google Maps.
These notifications are actually a great feature, and I use it all the time for making real time route changes.
If anyone knows if there is actually a way to enable this on the Nexus 6 then please let me know.
NOTE: I did load up Waze on the Nexus 6 to see if that application had the route time notifications but from what I could tell it doesn't.
I ran into a "blocking function" in getting IMAP working with Outlook 2013 recently. There is a feature in Outlook 2013 that requires you to Test Account Settings ... before an IMAP email account will be created the first time. The testing is mandatory with no apparent way to turn it off.
It turns out that the IMAP server I was trying to connect to has a digital certificate issue that prompts via GUI a user acknowledgement to agree to use the certificate. However, when you are doing a Test Account Settings ... setup the first time the certificate dialog never comes up and the testing fails. A failed test means the account won't be created.
The work around I found was to create a working IMAP connection using my GMAIL account, and then re-editing the IMAP settings for the server that I wanted to connect to. And in that case you can turn off the Test Account Settings option.
I picked each one specific to issues I was trying to resolve where I use headphones. The HD202 cover my ears very comfortably, but aren't so noise reducing that if someone knocked on my office door I would still hear them. The MDR-XD-200 were 50% off, have excel sound quality, and are something you can wear for hours without much fatigue which is great for movies and audio editing. The Quiet Points were cheaper than the Bose that I had before the were stolen, and fold up pretty well in thier protected case for travel.
Even though I'm content, I find it very interesting to get other folks opinions, suggestions, recommendations, etc. on headphones.
- @kevinmarks: Sennheiser 280 Pro (~$90)
- +leolaporate: AKG K240 MK II Studio Headphones (~$115)
- +jeffjarvis: Beats Studio (~$280)
- Alex/John: ATH-M50 (~$150)
- The Wirecutter: Bose QuietComfort (~$299)
Leo also mentioned that Headroom was a good site with more info. And the Home Theater Geeks podcast have several very detailed podcasts in their library about headphones. If you want to get very technical on headphones (and even some ear buds) these podcasts are highly recommended.
So ... do you have a favorite headphone? And why?
I was able to get a S510M that is marketed towards to Apple Mac users to work on Windows 7 by loading the latest ScanSnap software for Fujitsu for the S510. Once loaded and patched to the latest version, hook up via USB to the Windows 7 computer.
When I did this I got an error that no driver was available, but I went to Computer > Manage > System Tools > Device Manager and right mouse clicked on the Unknown device for the scanner. Choose Properties and then the Driver tab. Click Update Driver ... and then manually select the Fujitsu S510 driver to apply to this device. You should get a warning message saying it might not work but say OK.
Once that drive was applied to the Device the S510M (with S510 driver) showed up in the Imaging device area and scanning worked without any issues.
I have decided to upgrade my Google Nexus 7 (2012) to the new version (2013) that was released at the end of July 2013. Here is a link to my previous review of the 2012 version.
The main reasons I think this new version (2013) in the base model configuration (WIFI only with 16-GBs) is a big improvement over the last base model version (2012):
- Form factor: the width is less so it is easier to hold in one hand
- Upgraded internal specs (processor, sensors, etc)
- Front and back facing cameras
- Improved speakers
- Improved screen
- Also comes with Android v4.3 (the 2012 edition is also supported)
That being said, one of the reasons that it took me more than six weeks (I'm writing this on 9/2/2013) to feel comfortable recommending this version was that the GPS interface had a bad hardware bug that made it pretty much useless for navigation. Since this is a critical feature for me I wanted to make sure there was a fix (released late in August) that addressed the problem. The fixes to v4.3 list below from Google did solve my issues. These fixes were also suppose to fix some touch screen issues but I never had those.
One of the reasons that I decided to not get the 1st generation of the Apple iPad Mini (released in November 2012) and try out the Google Nexus 7 (2012) was mostly: form factor (pretty wide to hold in one hand), cost ($299), no integrated GPS on the WIFI model, and non-Retina display. Plus I was able to get my Nexus 7 (2012) for $150 used via Craigslist (see review).
The one thing that I'm still not 100% happy about is that the camera on the back for "standard pictures" (5-MB) is not that great except in ideal lighting situations. But that is pretty much my only complaint.
So, with all things considered, I do recommend the Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet if you are in the market for a 7" tablet. I use it everyday effectively for: email; personal productivity; social media; consuming media (news, podcasts, blogs, RSS, video, etc); navigation; games; and tracking stuff (notes, references, health, etc).
UPDATE (11/24/2013): Now that there is a 2nd generation Apple iPad Mini with Retina display I did consider purchasing it, but decided that since I use the GPS everyday for navigation that I'm staying with the Google Nexus 7 (2013). Plus the price difference is something to consider. There are rumors that the 2013 edition will get a new list price of $199 which will mean there is a $100 price difference.
I just finished reading some of the latest coverage, analayis, and recommendations at:
- Google Reader is dying, but we have five worthy alternatives (CNET)
- Five Best Google Reader Alternatives (Lifehacker)
- The Economist on the end of Google Reader
- PC Magazine's interview with Dave Winer
- Seven Google Reader Alterantives (Mashable)
At this point I don't have a good solution recommendation for myself or others that like what they have currently in Google Reader. I'll be check options out over the next month or so. I don't have a huge sense of urgency as there is still time to make a discriminating decision.
Things I liked about Google Reader:
- mostly text-based outline views;
- can view content & sync in browser, iPad, & Nexus 7;
- simple to add & delete feeds;
- search through all my feeds;
- can organize feeds in folders;
- easy to mark folders read;
- see only new posts;
- star/mark posts for future reference; and
- easy to share what I find interesting.
If you have a good recommendation then please let me know.
UPDATE (7/10/2013): I decided on Feedly. It works well via the Web and on Andriod. I've had no issues and would recommend it if you need an RSS reader.