Maintain your sanity and productivity with Sanebox

This morning, I opened my email client to find 10 emails. This is significant for a couple of reasons. First, until about a week ago, I would normally have about 100. Second, I didn’t really do anything to affect this change. The real workhorse is a service called SaneBox. But before you can fully understand […]

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ClubW matches your palette to your preferences

I’ve got a friend that knows wine. Todd reads magazines like Wine Spectator, seems to always know which wineries are crafting the best product, and has a knack for recognizing great value. He’s a very handy guy to have around. The problem, of course, is that he’s not always around. Not only that, while he […]

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Goodreads helps you find your next book

“Atlas Shrugged, Quo Vadis?, The Fountainhead, The Robe, and The Godfather.” My friend John was ticking off his list of “Best Books Ever Written”. “Including The Godfather will likely raise some eyebrows,” he said, “but it deserves to be there.” Almost immediately, the debate began. This is what friends do: we share likes and dislikes, […]

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On hold? Try these options to get through fast

There is very likely a small percentage of the population that loves Muzak. I mean, there must be, or there wouldn’t be a channel for it on Sirius. But let’s say, for the sake of this article, that you’re not part of that group. Let’s assume, instead, that you really dislike being on hold listening […]

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Soon you can leave your wallet at home…for good

To borrow from a long-running campaign from a credit card company, “What’s in your wallet?” Most of us are toting around some cash, some credit and debit cards, maybe a photo or two, reciepts, and a few items that we probably don’t need. The truth is, we’re getting very near to the point where you […]

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OmniFocus helps you get organized in the New Year

The new year has arrived, and with it comes the standard pressure of setting (and, for most of us, ultimately failing at) New Year’s resolutions. No matter how you feel about them, chances are that you’re either setting something as a palpable goal or, at the very least, assigning a small amount of mental capacity […]

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Finding Happiness

Back when Al Gore invented the Internet, I’m sure he didn’t truly appreciate the significance of the event. In fact, the original intent was to facilitate military communication in the event of a large-scale war, so the idea of the distributed interconnected networks was a natural. What they hadn’t counted on was the impact this […]

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You Don’t Have to Wonder Anymore

Now that you can get online pretty much anywhere and the devices have evolved to be carried in your pocket, it seems obvious that we would be using the Internet a lot more. And yet, I still find myself occasionally surprised how easy it is to access almost anything you’re looking for, from anywhere, at […]

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Write Clearly and Be Understood

An awards ceremony was recently held at the National Press Club, but you probably missed it. It wasn’t heralding the latest movie, song or television show, it was, instead, focused on something far more important and often overlooked: plain writing. For some time now, I’ve encouraged our clients, friends– and even my kids– to toss […]

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The Big Picture Puts Life in Focus

I’ve often thought that words could be just as powerful as pictures, especially when used by someone with effective linguistic skills. But honestly, occasionally it just isn’t true…Sometimes, only a picture will do. This rang true for me recently when I found myself gazing at a photo blog (essentially, a periodic posting of photos with […]

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How to communicate (even if it’s bad news)

“It doesn’t matter if you’re running a Fortune 100 company, a newly minted startup, or a photoblog that just happens to be seen by millions. This is how you communicate.” As a little sneak peek, I’m intending to write a web review article for the Indianapolis Business Journal on The Big Picture soon, but they […]

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Etsy Lets Artists Create a Living

Ah, the idealism of youth… There’s something truly refreshing (and yes, at times, frustrating) about the effervescent optimism on display by young people. They look at the world, see a problem (perceived or real) and set out to change things. Of course, most of their efforts end up on the pile of broken dreams, but […]

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