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Collaborative Editing

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From The Kevin Experiment:

I WANT FREE SOFTWARE… if you do toooo… copy this to your blog

1. SubEthaEdit from CodingMonkeys
2. BLOGZOT 2.0 on MacZOT.com
3. MacZOT and TheCodingMonkeys will award $105,000 in Mac software
4. any comments you have about the software, the web site, or the promotion

So basically SubEthaEdit…. think textedit on steroids and networkable.

GET ON IT!!

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Giving Good Presentations

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As I sit here watching a presentation given via WebEx, I find myself rather critical of the presenter’s style. Although the presentation is good, this presenter seems to be plagued by the same problem I see in the majority of the presentations I attend — he is using the presentation itself as presenter notes, i.e. he is essentially reading from a number of well-written but overly-detailed slides.

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Poor Man’s PDA

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Have a cell phone, but no PDA?

The other day, while engaging in a conversation with digunix via SMS, a thought occurred to me — with AIM’s new SMS bridge, it’s remarkably easy to use a cell phone with SMS/MMS messaging capabilities as a simple PDA.

Have a phone number you need to remember, or a task you need to perform? Need a quick and easy way to take driving directions or a grocery list with you?

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More on Quicksilver

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In an earlier post, I made brief mention of a tool that I’ve come to depend on now that I’m using a Mac, but I spent no real time describing it, which does not do this extraordinary program justice. The tool of which I speak is Quicksilver, a tool that has brought me closer to my keyboard and virtually eliminated my dependence on a mouse in and of itself.

The program itself is sheer brilliance. It is, to put it simply, the most powerful search tool, application launcher, bookmark manager, addressbook assistant, file transfer application, folder browser, music player and email manager… all hidden behind a single-panel interface into which I type that which I desire. Not only does it find what I’m looking for, but it learns along the way, identifying those things that I request most often and delivering them to me with fewer keystrokes on each subsequent request.

The developers describe it as “An evolving framework for accessing and manipulating many forms of personal data,” and though I think the description is accurate, to someone who’s never experienced Quicksilver it’s probably inadequate.

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It’s all about the shortcuts

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Ok, so I use a Mac virtually all of the time now, and possibly because of (or despite?) its BSD underpinnings, OS X provides one of the smoothest and most logical interfaces I’ve used in 21 years of working with computers. In the end, though, I’m still drawn to the keyboard. Unfortunately, my typing has degenerated over the years, most probably because of my reliance on various and sundry GUIs. I can still bang away at probably something like 70 - 90 wpm if I try hard enough, but my errors are way up.

In order to simplify my life and improve my productivity, I’ve been trying to move back to the keyboard by way of shortcuts for virtually everything I do. It’s an often challenging process, especially when you’ve come to rely on the mouse as much as modern operating systems have inspired me to.

Nonetheless, I’ve found a few very useful tools that have made this process either transparent, or at the very least, significantly easier. Below is a list of those I use and love, with a couple at the bottom that I’ve yet to try but believe will further my efforts…

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Getting Things Organized

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By way of LifeHacker, I stumbled across this article on Getting Things Organized, which mentioned the IKEA Office Planner tool.

Now that’s super cool. Probably wouldn’t be so excited about it, if Atlanta didn’t have its own IKEA coming soon.

So who wants to help me remodel my office? :)