Twitter Updates for 2009-05-29

  • RT @Pogue: TONIGHT’S MEDITATION: Ethernet in Australia: the LAN down under. #
  • RT @delrayser: Rep Tancredo sorry if “La Raza is the Latino KKK” comment insensitive to Latino culture. He meant to say “Latino QueQueQue.” #
  • @tibbarerew Future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades? #
  • Now is the time on Twitter when we dance. #
  • @tibbarerew Oh, it’s just you. in reply to tibbarerew #
  • Prop8 needs to go to SCOTUS. States have no more right to dictate who marries whom than they do who owns whom. #
  • @scotbotmosh By that logic, sterile people shouldn’t be able to marry. Next! #
  • @scotbotmosh Or, put another way, I’m straight, but choose not to have kids because of genetic problems. Am I allowed to get married? #
  • On a lighter note, watching “The Princess Bride” for Friday Movie Day at work. One of the best movies ever. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-05-28

  • Back on teh interwebs after spending yesterday strung out on muscle relaxants for a torn oblique. Ow. #
  • @crimsonsky56 Yes, battery life on the iPod Touch is amazing, especially considering how thin it is. in reply to crimsonsky56 #
  • Enjoying the sneakiness of SpreadTweet. #
  • @DarrenHumphries The Palm Pre is getting beat up because Palm is making some fundamental mistakes. #
  • @pocketup Sometimes you frighten me. #
  • @DarrenHumphries dev camp snafu, mail in rebate, short stock for Best Buy, no video rec, no calls in USB mode, no Amazon MP3 over 3G… #
  • @DarrenHumphries SpreadTweet prompted me with a login dialog as soon as I ran it. #
  • @DarrenHumphries I’m sure that’s part of it, the hype got away from Palm. But some of these execution mistakes are, sadly, old school Palm. #
  • RT @mcapehart “Verizon Wireless to carry Palm Pre, Storm 2 “in about six months” – ” plus Verizon iPhone rumors… hmm #
  • Once again, I’m counting it as a win for the day that nothing I’ve been directly involved with has exploded or caught fire. Attainable goals #
  • @DarrenHumphries You have to install the desktop version of Air first. #
  • @WritingDad o.O #
  • RT @johnroderick The pro-life billboard said: “God’s greatest creation! A baby!” but that can’t be right. What about the Amazon, or Saturn? #
  • @backlon Why would you have a spider crawl into your ear? Were you sending it after something in particular? #
  • @DarrenHumphries That’s why I paid up front for the lifetime membershipt to Lord of the Rings Online. Free forever now. #
  • @the_wordgirl There is absolutely nothing wrong with ending up at Chipotle. #
  • @DarrenHumphries Regarding your Pre article, you say “Voodoo hold” like it’s a bad thing. #
  • @crimsonsky56 I’ve been MS Office free for months now. Evernote, Gmail and Google Docs are enough for my needs. #
  • @crimsonsky56 GDocs edits spreadsheets, views Docs on iPhone. I do all my writing in Evernote anyway. I use Gmail’s AJAX webapp, not IMAP. in reply to crimsonsky56 #
  • @crimsonsky56 How in the heck is Tweeting too impersonal? (I may not be the best example of this.) #
  • @angelajames I thought the cowgirl look worked, too. Mike can be a little twitchy sometimes. #
  • @crimsonsky56 Teh Twitter can be addictive, neh? #
  • @litchick77 Go Penny Go! #
  • @DarrenHumphries LOTRO is the only MMO I’ve stuck with for more than 6 months. Very immersive, relatively little grinding. #
  • @reneritchie We probably didn’t need to see Colligan at D7. He’s too busy failing the release. #
  • @mcapehart See my blog post today. Verizon is making some plays to own the smartphone market. #
  • @crimsonsky56 Just explain to her that the Blackberry is the new Pen. in reply to crimsonsky56 #
  • I’m totally planning to use Hulu Desktop to make nuclear missiles, in CLEAR violation of the EULA. #

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One carrier to rule them all?

From engadget:

Think you’ll have to wait until June 6th for all the Pre surprises to emerge? Think again. A breaking Reuters report has just dropped one of the biggest cellular bombshells of the year: Verizon Wireless, America’s largest mobile operator, will soon be carrying Palm’s Pre. Oh, that’s not enough? No worries — it’ll also be selling a “new version of the touchscreen BlackBerry Storm,” which is obviously the Storm 2 that we’ve been toying around with. The report makes clear that both phones would be cleared for shipment in around six months, which certainly jibes with whispers we’ve heard about Sprint’s mighty short exclusivity period. The news came from the company’s Lowell McAdam, the top executive for the venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone. To quote: “Over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre and a second generation Storm.” First Sprint, then AT&T, and now Verizon? T-Mobile, where you at?
[Thanks, E]
Update: Seems Mr. McAdam continued on by noting that VZW would get the Palm Pre “and a cousin.” Hmm, Eos, anyone?

So Verizon is getting the Palm Pre, the Palm Eos, the Blackberry Storm 2 (now without inherently limiting click screen) and we keep hearing rumors from trusted sources about Verizon getting some variant of the iPhone. Probably not just a CDMA version of the 3G, as that would potentially violate their contract with AT&T, but I’ve heard rumors that Verizon may be getting either or both the iPad tablet and the iPhone Mini.

Admittedly, this is all speculation, but I’ve pointed out before that each major US carrier seemed to have a standard bearer smartphone platform. Verizon pushed Blackberry, Sprint had the Pre, AT&T had the iPhone and T-Mobile had the Android G1. Now it seems Verizon might be moving to consolidate everyone else’s marquee phones under their own banner. Anyone got any good Android on Verizon rumors?

Twitter Updates for 2009-05-26

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Cross platform GTD in Evernote

I got a request on Twitter recently (hi, @girvo!) to update how I use GTD now that I’ve switched platforms. It’s pretty simple, and if you’ve been reading my stuff recently, it should come as no surprise that I’m doing it almost entirely in Evernote.

I have everything in one big notebook now in Evernote, using tags and saved searches to find things (a la Gmail). For things in my GTD system, I have two tags to use: “!GTD” (the intial bang sorts it at the top of the tag list and distinguishes it from the tag “gtd” which I use for notes about GTD) and “Context”. If I bring up notes with the !GTD tag, I see at least eight notes, sometimes more:


This is a list of projects, outcomes I want to achieve that consist of more than one action. For example:

Write Titanus first draft

Write Revelation first draft

Post to at least once a week

Paint bathroom


This is a list of things that have been on my mind, but I have no commitment to accomplish them in the foreseeable future:

Stream media from PC to TV

Use Wii Fit for workouts

.Waiting For

This is a list of things I have on hold until someone else gets back to me. I consult this once a week to see if I need to ping people.

All of the lists that begin with an at sign are contexts, and tagged as such so that I can have a saved search called “Task Lists” that shows only those notes.


This is for next actions that require some kind of computer/internet access, but no specific resources (like my iTunes library on my home desktop or the ticketing system we use at work). Basically this is stuff I can do with my iPhone if necessary.


Both housecleaning and computing tasks that require a computer at my house (iTunes and gaming stuff, mostly) go on this list.


This is for stuff I have to do at the office.


This is mostly for errands or things involving my car.


And lastly, a list for phone calls I have to make. This is usually a pretty sparse list as I avoid voice calls as much as possible, preferring less intrusive and time asynchronous SMS and email.

I currently also have a couple projects I’ve removed from the .Projects list so I can do “back of the envelope” planning. For example, I have a note called “Fix Neon” consisting of:

Get engine diagnostic

Check heat issue

Replace windshield

Replace taillights

Fix dashboard short

Replace driver door

Replace passenger mirror

Replace steering column

(yes, there’s a reason my friends refer to my car as the Millennium Falcon)

Next actions in Google Calendar For things that are time-sensitive, I schedule the next actions on my Google calendar. For things that have to be done at a specific time, I put them at that time, but for most things that have to be done just on a certain day, I schedule them as free, all-day events.

For collection, I can have any number of notes, all tagged with “Inbox”. These can be pictures, voice notes, text notes, even clipped web pages. Every so often, I go through my Inbox saved search and process these, adding new projects or next actions to my core lists as necessary.

When I’m on the go and looking for something to do, I’ll bring up my Task Lists saved search in Evernote and open the appropriate context. When I’m done with a task, I simply delete that row. Evernote supports adding checkboxes to notes, but doing so means I can’t edit those notes on my iPhone, something that’s vital to my system. So I keep it simple, my notes in Evernote not all that different from the paper note cards so many GTDers use.

To me, the real advantage of this system is that it will work anywhere. Windows PC, Mac, Linux (through, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile or just about anything else that can use either the full or mobile versions of the Evernote website. As long as I have an internet connection, I have GTD. And even when I don’t have an internet connection, I have the cached versions of my lists that I’ve marked as favorites on my iPhone, so I at least have older versions to work with.

How are you using GTD?