PopClip for Mac Will Save You Tons of Time

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I recently started using a new paid system add-on called Pop Clip which saves me tons of time as I work in every application. A little menu appears whenever you select text and gives you access to your top desired actions to perform on that selected text. You just set it up and off you go.  They have over 100 actions you can install to customize your workflow and needs. You can copy & paste, and access actions like search, spelling, dictionary and even post to-dos to your to-do app or Evernote or updates to social media. I’ve added some of the typographic changes I’m always making plus connections to Todoist and Evernote and that alone has saved me hours. They connect to a lots of other apps and social media services as well. If you spend just a little time configuring it, you will absolutely save a ton of time […]

The Ultimate Writing Tool for Bloggers

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Scrivener Helps You Pull It All Together Ever wondered how in blazes you capture, organize and store all your ideas for blog posts so you always have access to them and can quickly find them and start writing? And secondarily, but perhaps even more importantly, do you pine for a program that works with you instead of fighting you every step of the way as you attempt the sometimes hideously challenging work of writing useful and interesting blog posts? These questions have plagued me for many years. In the beginning, and for a long time thereafter, I struggled to manage my ideas and my written words. I wrote ideas on scraps of paper, tried bookmarking links on Delicious to jog my memory and save reference material for later, created multiple text documents in TextEdit and stored these in folders, emailed myself ideas and partial drafts, and tried many far more arcane and […]

New MacBook Air: As Good As the Hype?

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I recently unboxed and set up Apple’s new MacBook Air and I must say I was prepared to be unimpressed. Why? I had heard others say it was underpowered and it was actually too thin. Ha, figure that. Others had complained that there was no DVD/CD drive and no ethernet port so it’s crippled. So you might be surprised when I tell you I agree entirely and moreso with the Consumer Reports MacBook Air review that gives it high marks and a recommended status. I imagine there’s also a good reason for the average user rating of a solid 5 stars too.

Need a New External Hard Drive?

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Note: I updated this post on 28 September 2008 to reflect new options and better prices. I’ve been needing a new external hard drive myself for a while now and after considerable research and deliberation, I selected one that did the trick. This drive is by Fantom and the reviews are consistently very good. The company also appears to be very responsive to faulty, or defective products.

Fast, Bargain Windows Computer

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Sometimes you just need a fast, cheap computer and you need it yesterday. And when I say cheap, I mean cheap; I mean as little as you can possibly pay, but still well built and with support that actually answers the phone. We’re assuming here that a Mac is out of the question for various reasons. This is a box I can recommend. Check the reviews. I think this one will be the right answer. I’ve gotten Acer products on a number of occasions and been very happy with the product and their support on the rare times I’ve had to call. And if you need a low-cost, high quality LCD monitor to go with that, check this out. I think you’ll be more than happy with it (this monitor is NOT intended for high end color critical design work!) But it will be fantastic for 100% of what 99.9% […]

Getting Things Done is Getting Things Done!

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I’ve been going through it. I’m planning on doing the entire 16 hour transformation about 10 days from today and I can’t wait. There are some podcasts that really make it even easier to wrap your head around how this works and what you can expect—also hints and examples. Merlin Mann’s 43 Folders also covers Getting Things Done and just about anything else you might want to know about organizing and productivity. I’m really looking forward to a huge change in the way my life works by using this. If you find yourself frustrated by the overwhelming list of stuff you have to and want to do, you should definitely give this book a thorough review. Check it out here: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity