Flock Profiles and Productivity

May 15, 2008

I need a browser that enhances my productivity, not one that tempts me to stay up to date with every last Tweet

Productivity @ Home: Is Flock a Productivity Killer?

If you want to use Flock for work, but without constant notifications of new Facebook updates/Twitter tweets/etc, you could set up a second Flock user profile. In your second profile you wouldn’t login to Facebook/Twitter, and so you could continue using Flock without some of the distractions. If you have business-related RSS feeds that you follow, you could track them in your “business” Flock user profile without seeing updates for less serious feeds that you follow.

Downsides to Multiple Profiles
You can only have the browser open/working with one profile at a time. If you have a bunch of tabs open for business activities, and feel the need to veg out a bit by checking on tweets, you could not switch to the other profile without closing the browser first. To work around this, you could bookmark your tabs, switch to your “personal” profile, and open the tabs again when you resume.

By following RSS feeds in two versions of Flock, you probably won’t want to track the same feed in both profiles, because when you mark articles as read in one profile, it will still appear as unread/new in the other profile. Using an online RSS reader (Google reader, for instance) would solve this problem in that you can access it and read feeds from both profiles.

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I personally use both Flock and Firefox at home (and IE for checking work email), and Firefox at work.

As someone who has been known for getting distracted at times (I do realize I’m posting this at 1am EST), how do you manage your work/life separation?

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E Ink Capacity Reader on Lexar’s USB Drive

April 25, 2008

E Ink Corporation | Products | Display Cells

“The E Ink display is less than 0.7mm, all-plastic, shatter proof bar meter that does not rely on power or require a battery to show the capacity information when disconnected from the computer. This makes it possible for Lexar to add the benefit of an exterior gauge, without sacrificing the light, durable and portable design of its products.”

E Ink, the company producing the display for Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader, produces the capacity meter on Lexar’s new JumpDrive Mercury line. I have one of these USB drives at work but haven’t used it extensively. The one thing that annoys me with the USB drive is the cover — because of how thin the drive is, I tend to twist the drive when I open it, and feel like I might break the cap.  That said, it’s still a nifty thumb drive.

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Coolest Holloween Costume!

January 1, 2008

Picasa Web Albums – OfficialGB – Googleween

One of the coolest costumes I’ve seen.  She’s portraying Lyra from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series of books (recently made into a film).

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Sailing in the city

November 7, 2007

Tillerman is looking for Sailing in the City photos. Here’s several photos I’ve taken while sailing in and around Boston.

Aboard a Rhodes 19, with Boston in the background. This photo sits on my desk:

A Rhodes 19 heading back to Boston:

Looking toward, Boston, as the sun sinks:

A great view, from atop Spectacle Island, looking down on Boston:

Fort Independence, Boston:

The USS Constitution, I think?

Boat heading back to their berth, with the TD Banknorth Garden in the background:

I kind of like how the bloom from the sun consuming the sidestays:

A Rhodes 19, hiking in the Boston harbor:

A cruise ship with right-of-way (do you want to wait for him to bear off?) in Boston harbor:

A super windy day, just prior to heading out into the Boston harbor, with MIT racing under the CITGO sign:

A Cape Cod Mercury heading back to the dock, with Boston in the background:

The Charles river toward sunset, with Mass Ave. and Cambridge in the background:

You can find more of my sailing photos via my Flickr sailing set.

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MLB 2007 World Series Game 3: I watch, they score

October 27, 2007

I turned the TV on to watch the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies battle it out.  When I tuned in, the score was 0-0.  Within 30 minutes, the Red Sox had scored six runs, all in the same inning.

What have we learned from all this?

I watch the game, the Red Sox score.

That’s some causation right there for ya.

Also, Yahoo! Shortcuts are pretty cool.  A search for “red sox” on Yahoo! showed the score in real-time on the search results page, with a link to more information with more information on the team, game, and a link to real-time game data.  Neat stuff.

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Free Taco on 30 October 2007 (Taco Bell: Steal A Base, Steal A Taco)

October 26, 2007

The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Fan Forum: Taco Bell: Steal A Base, Steal A Taco

October 30th, 2007
Between 2-5pm
Visit a Taco Bell and receive a free Crunchy Seasoned Beef Taco.

Mmmm, seasoned…

While I generally avoid Taco Bell, and will be working between the hours of 2pm and 5pm, I’ll see what I can do.

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If I had a boat

October 17, 2007

(via Proper Course)

Awesome video of on-board action, chill music. Makes me want to get some non-dinghy sailing experience. This is one of those things that makes sailing fun.

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