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I love Google Docs for its simplicity, ease of use and great commenting, so I tend to do a lot of writing there or in markdown. I hate WordPress for its terrible editing form, and turning embedding each image into a five minute battle. I recently completed a longish post on examples of using JotForm Cards to create forms a startup would need from idea to hiring its first contractor. I was not looking forward…

Devs cannot resist tools. On any given workday we are in the blender with a swirling whirlwind of technologies, frameworks, libraries, user stories. The more of them you know, or at least know they exist, the more and better code you can write. So here’s three quick recommendations for finding more useful stuff, primarily for the frontend.  jaywcjlove over at https://github.com/jaywcjlove/awesome-mac/blob/master/README-en.md has comipiled a huge list of everything Mac applications and tools for developers and designers. If it’s not on…

For years I’ve used one or another Pomodoro-style timer to focus my attention on the work at hand. Recently though, my old goto for this Focus Keeper on [just] iOS, was becoming more annoying than helpful. Marching along – and being marched along to the tune of its beat – was feeling oppressive, not empowering. It’s not the fault of the app – it was doing what it was supposed to do and what it…

Sometimes a little beauty in life can sneak up on you. For nearly a year I’ve been using the free Momentum Chrome extension so I’d not have to look at a blank tab or some godawful corporate/advertising “home page”. Minimalist, a different beautiful scene on your screen each day, with optional little bits of useful information and tasks. No big deal, just a little something pretty shoehorned into the space between open a browser tab…

You want claw an hour or so back into your control of the 168 you get each week? Every time you get an email with an unsubscribe link, use it. Use it in your email client on your desktop, use it on your phone use it. It’s entirely normal internet behavior to find something or someone interesting, give them your email address and start those emails hitting your inbox, but at some point, it’s time…

I’m stitching together a new comprehensive productivity system presently – to go along with my new work focus of Ruby on Rails work + consulting + writing. It’s nowhere near ready to unleash on an unsuspecting internets, but I just found a chunk well worth sharing. If you use Chrome, then you’ve probably adopted the new bookmark “stars” functionality – and lost the ability forever to bookmark all tabs. This came as a nasty surprise…

So what was your most terrible anti-productive habit in 2012? Mine was checking email. On my desktop, iPad and iPhone, morning, noon, night, between and during and before and after everything else. Killing this habit in 2013 would be the #1 thing I could do to increase productivity. And maybe, just maybe, I’ve chanced upon an approach that will work. Make a mobile checklist of your email checks and check off a check each and…

So you want to successfully build your startup and that means building systems that get all sorts of work done. If you’re funded, you can hire someone to define all the task, marketing, support, recruiting, planning, agile project management and operation systems you need. If you’re bootstrapping, you are that person. In that case, let me recommend a task management system I’ve been using every day, all day long for the past several months. Now…

Here’s a quick rundown on three jawdropping online productivity tools I heard about and installed in the past hour: Buffer just added updating LinkedIn, giving you much better control over what you add to your LinkedIn Profile. In fact, just by this one change, LinkedIn at least for me goes from the so what to the it’s useful column. CloudMagic – Adds a floating search box to gmail and twitter that as you type returns results…