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Pomodoro Technique vs. Rotten Tomatoes

Nov 25, 2010 in Productivity

Image credit: http://pomodoro.ugolandini.com/

I started work in a new technical communications role at a different company last week. To help me navigate the change, I also started experimenting with a time and task management method called the Pomodoro Technique. My new teammate has used it successfully to keep himself on track, and I look forward to experiencing the same improvements in my own personal and professional productivity.

This post lists helpful resources for the Pomodoro Technique, a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.

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Bang my head against the MediaWiki wall

May 28, 2010 in Productivity

One of my really cool projects is to harness the collaborative CMS features of MediaWiki as a means to store comments within an HTML-based help system. I thought I’d start by implementing a forms-based entry that created wiki pages when first loaded, but after getting so far I’ve been banging my head against the wall.

Let me explain what I’ve done so far, with the hope that someone out there on teh Interweb would be able to help me out. I’ll post an update when I get it sorted out. (Sorry, I’m not posting screen shots to save time.

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How to write spam that sticks

Feb 25, 2009 in Productivity

Since last week I’ve been receiving upwards of 300 spam comments a day. I somehow made it onto the Internet radar, which is proving to be a mixed blessing. A pet peeve of mine is seeing well known, high profile blogs with spam comments, as if the owner doesn’t care about the quality of their community, only the amount of comments against their posts. For this reason alone I will continue to moderate comments against my blog. Readers who comment regularly will have their comments approved automatically from their third comment onward, unless their comment matches other triggers.

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Ink blogging at #northernvoice09

Feb 20, 2009 in Creativity, Productivity, Technology

Hi Everyone: While watching Tris Hussey's Blog Mechanics presentation I just installed Ink Blog & Live Writer

Example Ink Blog

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Internet—forever but not permanent

Feb 18, 2009 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy, Productivity, Strategy, Technology

When I saw The Other Coast (image) comic strip in the paper this morning, I had to laugh. So much of today’s communications media: phone, text/SMS/MMS, email, TV, online publishing—are only available as long as there is enough storage to keep them. The Way-Back Machine on the Internet Archive helped me recover my Tablet PC Blogs posts in a jam, but if all the hard drives in the universe were full, what would have happened then?

In contrast to my post about what happens on the Internet living forever, I present the alternative view. My friend Wayne Radford, the self-proclaimed “King of Poco”, put this bug in my ear over lunch one rainy afternoon. The short version is that our online publishing efforts, though wide reaching, are only temporal.

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What happens on the Internet stays

Dec 17, 2008 in Productivity, Strategy, Technology

A search for “How do you force Google to reindex your site?” returns several tales of woe from developers caught in the midst of updating their websites, but found Google already indexed their content, errors and all. When we least expect it, search engine spiders work their magic. However, when we most need to update our indexed pages on Google, we are forced to wait. And wait. And wait. What happens on the Internet stays on the Internet—forever. I consider this a joke because this has always been, but so many people think it’s something new. On the Internet time stands still: At the same time, people can be judged for their failings even as they are praised for their achievements.

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At Christmas time, give the gift of PureEnergy

Dec 05, 2008 in Personality, Productivity, Technology

Christmas time is fast approaching. Surely you have those one or two finicky family members who are just impossible to shop for. Allow me to share a secret to my Christmas shopping that has alleviated much of the pressure, and restored the sense of peace to what is often the most dreaded experience at this time of year.

My secret is found in our family’s running joke: “What do you get for the one who has everything?”

The answer:”BATTERIES!”

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