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Execute Your To-Do List

Zen Habits. has a good post which was prompted when reader BJ Thunderstone recently asked a great question:

A lot of productivity systems such as Getting Things Done by David Allen or Do It Tomorrow by Mark Forster concern themselves with writing lists of things to do. This skill is easy to learn.But what if the problem isn’t making lists, but executing your plan? What if you write “Get X, Y and Z done” and then you can’t make yourself do any of these things?

I think that many people have a problem not with making to-do lists – but with executing what is written on these lists.

B.J. went on to list some of the reasons he and others have a problem getting things done. Let’s address them one by one

there are a couple of suggestions that could help:

  • Tiny chunk. Tell yourself you only have to do 5 minutes of work on it. That small amount of work is less intimidating.
  • Just start. Once you get going, it’s much easier to keep going. So tell yourself that all you have to do is start. I like to compare this to my philosophy of running: instead of worrying about having to do the whole run, I tell myself that I just have to lace up my shoes and get out the door. After that, it’s really easy. Do the same thing with any task — just fire up your program, and do the first few actions (i.e. start typing). It gets easier after that point.
  • Reward yourself. Don’t let yourself check email (or whatever reward works for you — something that you need to do every day) until you do at least 10 minutes (or 15 or 20, it doesn’t matter) on the task. Set a timer. Once your 10 minutes is up, set another timer for 5 minutes and do email. Then repeat.
  • Get excited about it. This is actually a tip that helps with any of these points. If you are excited about doing something, you will not hesitate to do it. For example, I loved this topic suggestion, and I was excited about writing it. As soon as I had the chance, I sat down to write it and only took one break. But how do you get excited about a task? Try to find something exciting about it. Will it bring you revenue? What can you do with that revenue? Will it bring you new clients, new opportunities, new recognition? If you can’t find anything exciting about a task, consider whether it’s really important or not — and if not, find a way to not do it. Sometimes eliminating (or delegating or delaying) the task is the best option.

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July 10, 2007 Posted by | Productivity | Leave a comment

How Google Earth Images Are Made

An anonymous reader writes “The Google Librarian Central site has up a piece by Mark Aubin, a Software Engineer who works on Google Earth. Aubin explains some of the process behind capturing satellite imagery for use with the product. ‘Most people are surprised to learn that we have more than one source for our imagery. We collect it via airplane and satellite, but also just about any way you can imagine getting a camera above the Earth’s surface: hot air balloons, model airplanes – even kites. The traditional aerial survey involves mounting a special gyroscopic, stabilized camera in the belly of an airplane and flying it at an elevation of between 15,000 feet and 30,000 feet, depending on the resolution of imagery you’re interested in. As the plane takes a predefined route over the desired area, it forms a series of parallel lines with about 40 percent overlap between lines and 60 percent overlap in the direction of flight. This overlap of images is what provides us with enough detail to remove distortions caused by the varying shape of the Earth’s surface.’Read more of this story at Slashdot.

April 30, 2007 Posted by | Productivity, Reviews | 2 Comments

Waving the Phone To Pay…..

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Nokia is joining the GSM Association’s “mobile wallet” initiative, which seeks to create a global standard based on an embedded, wireless chip in a cell phone that allows a user to pay for something simply by waving the phone over a wireless reader. Nokia joins others in the GSM Association, including AT&T, China Mobile, and NTT DoCoMo.

Because of feature-packed cell phones, users can leave their camera, music player, or portable game machine at home. If a growing consortium of cell-phone makers and operators is successful, users throughout the world will someday be able to forget their wallet as well.

The GSM Association (GSMA), a global trade group, announced Wednesday that Nokia, the world’s largest mobile-phone maker, and 10 mobile operators are joining an initiative to create a “mobile wallet” standard.

The “Pay-Buy Mobile” project was started in February by 14 operators, including AT&T (formerly Cingular Wireless), China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo, Telecom Italia, and others. In addition to Nokia, the new participants include European and Asian operators KPN, Maxis Communications, mobilkom austria, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, SKT, Vodafone, and Wind.

The project seeks to create a global standard based on an embedded, wireless chip that allows the owner to use a phone in places where one might otherwise use a regular credit card. To make a payment, a user would simply wave the phone over a wireless reader, or punch in a PIN number. A similar method of transaction is currently available for travelers on public transportation in London and Tokyo.

Nokia, Samsung, and LG said that they will embed the chip in their phones. Vodafone, AT&T, Bell South, and Telefonica already support the chips on the phones that are distributed for their networks.

GSMA has said that the initiative will build on the work of the credit card companies, which have created a global standard for payment. MasterCard is already involved.

Trials for the global standard will begin in South Korea and unspecified Asian and European countries later this year. The Korean test, led by KTF, will include end-to-end trials that involve handset manufacturers, circuit card manufacturers, banks, credit card providers, and retailers.

South Korea is one of the world’s most active marketplaces for mobile transactions. According to GSMA, that country already has some 12 million handsets capable of making mobile payments, as well as 80,000 terminal payment machines in retailers.

The project, according to the GSMA, will work on defining a common approach to using near-field communications to link mobile devices with payment systems. “Together with a SIM/Universal Integrated Circuit Card in a mobile handset,” the GSMA said in a statement, near-field communications can be used “to enable a wide range of secure, interoperable, and transparent services, such as credit and debit payments.”

Sony and NXP, whose formats are now used for access to buildings and to public transportation, will join the efforts to develop a global standard. NXP, formerly Philips Semiconductors, developed Mifare and Sony developed Felicia.

The GSM Association represents 700 GSM mobile-phone operators in 218 countries and, according to the association, its members serve 82 percent of the world’s mobile-phone users.

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April 26, 2007 Posted by | Entertainment, Mobile events, Mobile news, News, Nokia, Productivity, Technology | Leave a comment

robotic jewelry polishing system

If you live in Rapid City, South Dakota, and if you bring one of your old rings to a jewelry shop for cleaning, it’s highly possible that the job might be done by a robotic jeweler. An engineer at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) has built and brought to market a robotic system which can pick up a ring, polish and grind the ring, and replace the ring in its original tray before picking up the next ring. And of course, it’s able to do this faster than a human being: it can function about three times faster than a human operator when configured as a grinder and about four times faster when configured as a pre-polisher.

April 25, 2007 Posted by | Productivity | Leave a comment

Qualcomm rejects Nokia’s $20M

The Qualcomm-Nokia saga continues this week as Qualcomm rejects Nokia’s $20 million licensing payment, which was for licensing patents in Q2 and not those patents at the center of Nokia’s ongoing licensing fee spat with Qualcomm. Nokia responded to the rejection by publicly disputing statements made by Qualcomm that it does not use Nokia patents. Nokia claims that if Qualcomm’s products comply with industry standards, then it needs access to Nokia’s products. The 2001 licensing agreement between the two companies expired on Tuesday. The disagreement over the renewed contract relates to licensing WCDMA technology and Nokia’s desire to pay less for the licenses than it has for the last six years. The companies say they are still in negotiations over the licenses

April 16, 2007 Posted by | Mobile news, Nokia, Productivity | Leave a comment

Stay perfectly on time as iPod turns into an Alarm Clock!

If you’re a Geek AND iPOD owner this news is just for you!
Today Logitec is coming up with the LDS-iALARM, which is an alarm clock-looking base for the iPOD featuring 2 speakers (2x6W) and therefore gives the Apple product yet another use!
The LDS-iALARM features an old school alarm clock look, but it’s actually a dock for your Apple iPod, letting you wake up to whatever tunes happen to fill your collection.

The dock itself does not have a display — it needs your iPod for that — but it does have a couple of six watt speakers, presumably where those bell ringers are situated.

Naturally, the Logitec LDS-iAlarm is available in black or white to suit your flavor of Apple. Looks Good for people who find it so difficult to get up early in the morning!

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April 6, 2007 Posted by | Entertainment, Lifestyle, Mobile news, Productivity, Technology | Leave a comment

QuickNotes today – Perfect Solution for writing notes quickly!

This applications helps you to write notes in your own handwriting! You can easily note done phone numbers, shopping-lists, meetings, date etc. Moreover you can write easy notes without even starting any program.

Features

  • Write directly on Today screen – no need to start any other application again
  • Resize the Quicknotes Today to get the height you want
  • Quick undo/redo
  • Select various styles of your pen
  • Select among multiple backgrounds (eg. yellow stickies, grid, lines…)
  • Lock up your notes
  • Set reminders

Turn on your Pocket PC and write immediatly! Use your own handwriting and forget about small keyboards and fuzzy letter-recognizers.

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Turn on your Pocket PC and write immediatly! Use your own handwriting and forget about small keyboards and fuzzy letter-recognizers and preview them quickly!

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 Never forget anything again with the alarm-feature! You can also Lock the screen so that you don’t delete or modify your notes by accident

Buy Quick Notes now and make your life simpler!

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April 3, 2007 Posted by | best mobile applications, Best mobiles, mobile applications, Productivity | Leave a comment

Spb Pocket PC Tips & Tricks- An ideal insight on Pocket PC!

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If you want to get a good insight into the many features and capabilities of a Pocket PC, simply get this program. Spb Pocket PC Tips & Tricks is the most complete collection of more than 200 tips and tricks and 40 tweaks on using the Pocket PC.

What makes Spb Pocket PC Tips & Tricks the most complete and the most interesting to read collection of Pocket PC tips and tricks is the excellent team of professional Pocket PC authors that we have put together.

For people who try to keep up with the ever-changing Pocket PC world, the names of our authors will speak volumes. Most of our authors are experts and gurus in the PDA world because they maintain or, at least, regularly contribute for the most popular Pocket PC related websites, such as Geekzone.co.nz, PDAGold.com, pocketnow.com, PocketPCThoughts.com and other.

Sample Tips & Tricks:

  • Find out how to enter text much faster by seting the right options
  • Learn how to store more music on an SD card without quality loss
  • You can watch DVDs on your Pocket PC without expensive converters
  • View all, not just one, of your upcoming appointments on your Today screen
  • Get access to your most important documents in just two taps
  • Narrow down your scrollbars to get more viewable area in Pocket Word and Excel
  • Password protection does not wholly protect your data from intruders
  • – read these and 190+ more tips in Spb Pocket PC Tips & Tricks –

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200+ Tips and Tricks In 13 Topics

All tips and tricks are divided into 13 main topics or chapters that cover the most important aspects of effective use of the Pocket PC. These topics are:

  • Accessories
  • ActiveSync
  • Bluetooth
  • Clean and Repair
  • GPS
  • Input Methods
  • Multimedia
  • PIM
  • Personalization
  • Phone Edition
  • Pocket Office
  • Security
  • WiFi

Tweaks The program includes more than 40 system tweaks that help to use undocumented Pocket PC features like installing CAB files to a storage card, showing date on the taskbar, renaming storage card folder, disabling start menu animation, changing all system fonts and colors, etc.

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March 27, 2007 Posted by | best mobile applications, Best mobiles, mobile applications, Productivity | Leave a comment

Spb Backup – An ultimate Pocket PC Backup solution!

If you are looking for an ultimate Pocket PC backup solution. Go for Spb Backup Solution which allows full and custom backups. Encryption and compression. Scheduling backups and desktop PC extracting tool. Spb Backup is an application for creating reserve copies of data on your Pocket PC. It creates self-extracting compressed executables, thus making backup and restore processes very simple and intuitive. Backup scheduling supported.

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Spb Backup Features:

  • NEW! Storage card backup
  • NEW! Customizable file restoration
  • Scheduled backups
  • Self-extracting executable backup files
  • Full and custom backups
  • Backup file compression
  • Backup file encryption
  • Desktop PC unpack tool

Scheduled Backups

If you do care about safety, if you don’t want to lose data, if you don’t want to accidentially forget about the regular backup, you should schedule the automatic backup copy creating. Once configured, Spb Backup will automatically add backup copies in form of self-extracting executable files, compressed and encrypted.

Spb Backup Today Plug-in

The Spb Backup Today plug-in displays your past and future backups.

  • Compatible with Spb Pocket Plus Today plug-in
  • Shows information about your last backup
  • Shows information about your next scheduled backup
  • Quick access to the program

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Custom Backup

Custom backup mode allows you to customize

  • What data to backup
  • File compression
  • File encryption settings
  • Folder to save the backup file to

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March 9, 2007 Posted by | Best mobiles, mobile applications, Pocket Pc, Productivity | Leave a comment

Make Life Easier and More Productive with mobile applications!

There are many mobile applications out there, but some are better than others. Good mobile applications are designed for people who are on the move. But when is a mobile application a good application for daily use? If you have to buy a mobile application, what are the important features and criteria to look for in such an application? In this article we show some of the common misconceptions developers have, the problems they cause for end-users and what to look for if you are buying an application.

Not every mobile application is suitable for use in the real world

Users want to access their data wherever they are. Applications on mobile devices allow you to access your data whenever you want. With the introduction of .Net it has become a lot easier to develop mobile applications. But have they become better applications because of this? Porting an application from the desktop to a mobile device is becoming easier every day, but simply porting the application is not providing the best application to the user. It seems that besides the normal expectations of desktop applications (response speeds, user friendliness, etc.) there are new demands. In my personal opinion, good mobile applications are more than simply providing the same functionality and quality that the desktop provides: it is about balancing the device limitation, user environment and the needs of the user into a very delicate mix that will become a well designed application which performs well when you use it in the real world.

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A good mobile application saves your time

First of all, mobile applications should be designed to make your life easier. The application should save you time, effort or stress. This means that there is few room for duplication of data or operations on the device. Especially when the Windows Mobile platform provides a lot of services for you that are standard for every device. When the application does not integrate completely with these services, you end up duplicating information by hand. Most notorious are the contacts: some mail applications and navigation applications, both thriving on addresses of people you already know lack the integration with your addressbook, forcing you to enter these items by hand. This results in a lot of wasted energy and time. Another example can be found in your calendar: some applications deal with a certain type of time management, but ignore the build-in calendar. There are numerous applications that allow you to track time or usage of time including travel planners and work out planners that ignore to integrate into your calendar by reading or creating calendar appointments. In the end, this forces you to duplicate your efforts: you have to copy data from one application to the other on the same device. This results in time being wasted and mistakes being made while the user is really trying to do something else.

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Good mobile applications promote the feeling of freedom

One of the most appealing aspects of mobile devices is the idea of freedom: do what you want to do, when you want to do it, whenever you want to do it. This is partially because of commercials showing people being happy with internet and e-mail in the most exotic places. In the end we expect to be independent of fixed infrastructure. Every extra dependency which is introduced by an application can hamper the feeling of freedom. If an application becomes dependent of an internet connection you simply get the feeling that you have traded your dependency on a desktop into the dependency of specific (wireless) infrastructure. Nothing can be more annoying to a user than being in need of certain information and having to conclude that the dependency on internet or desktop blocks obtaining that information.

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Mobile applications should fit the user more closely than a desktop application

One of the biggest challenges for mobile applications is coping with the context and the user. Shrinking the desktop application to a smaller screen is not what constitutes a good mobile device. In sharp contrast to what software developers seem to think, mobile devices are not only used in office environments. In office environments, the user has all the time and precision to deal with the quirks of an application.

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March 5, 2007 Posted by | best mobile applications, Lifestyle, Productivity | Leave a comment