Pomodoro Technique vs. Rotten Tomatoes

Nov 25, 2010 in Productivity

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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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Restoring SDHC and Compact Flash memory

Sep 28, 2009 in Technology

I meant to write about tools to restore the data from FUBARed SDHC memory cards last year. This week at least a couple of co-workers told me about their SD and micro-SD cards becoming unreadable, possibly due to their computer’s lack of support for the SDHC format.

While this could be true, even though my computer’s built-in SD card reader claimed to support the SDHC format, I encountered similar problems.

In this post I talk about a couple of free and commercial tools that helped me recover lost space when my card reader mysteriously stopped supporting my SDHC card, and recover lost photos from corrupt Compact Flash cards.

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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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I can be such a geek

Jul 09, 2008 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy, Strategy

Our manager called a team meeting for us to meet a new co-worker. I introduced myself as the guy who hits the ground running, taking on all sorts of different projects which made me curious about hacking the embedded system within my 4-port gigabit wireless draft-N router and my broadband residential gateway at home. A co-worker introduced herself as someone who loves working but she rarely uses the computer after the kids go to bed unless she needs to post pictures of her family vacation on Facebook. I couldn’t have seen that one coming from a mile away.

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Canada helps students to find summer jobs

Jun 27, 2008 in Philosophy, Productivity, Strategy

The Service Canada Centre for Youth (SCCY) program, under a different name, helped me find my first summer job in 1986. All my friends were working at McDonald’s; I was a junior “professional”. This job paid me enough to explore Expo 86 in Vancouver, buy new clothes, and date the receptionist. Job hunting had never been easier in my life.

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