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Where Getting Things Done and Future Shock intersect.

Last Build Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 16:30:25 -0700


Time to close the books on ToDoOrElse

Wed, 08 Jul 2009 16:30:25 -0700

With the imminent arrival of The Web Startup Success Guide (available 7/22) and StartupToDo (a training/productivity community for startups and microISVs), it's time to gently close the books on this blog. Thank you for reading, and please resubscribe to my main blog, 47hats. (feed)

What the youngsters are up to and why you need to care.

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 15:59:43 -0700

I unglued my nose from the Project X programming grindstone yesterday to spend 5 hours of quality iPod-enabled drive time to and from a freebie Microsoft event (ReMix08) and I'm glad I did. Not because I learned a more about Microsoft's Silverlight, although that was what this event was billed as. Scott Guthrie's keynote was good - but I'd watched it in March from the comfort of my Aaron chair live from Mix08 and the only new thing I picked up was Microsoft has added a small but important (to MSFT) goal to SilverLight 2's to do list - being able to upscale code directly to WPF. And unfortunately, Seema Ramchandani (the Microsoft program manager making sure Silverlight runs well on Macs as Windows boxes) who was supposed to dig deep into Silverlight 2's code took a detour into Presenter's Hell when her AV support people apparently forgot how to...

"So why no posts, Bob?"

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 15:25:43 -0700

My apologies. Between death-marching on Project X and various consulting engagements, my blog writing here has suffered. Never fear, I've been busy lining up more good guest posts on subjects near and dear to microISVer's hearts. Speaking of consulting, I have to say that the spiritual food that's keeping me going (not to be confused with Soylent Green - ok, sick joke.) has been testimonials like these: "On a lark, I reached out to Bob to take advantage of his consulting services. While we'd invested a ton of time thinking about how we built and marketed our product, I figured that getting a sharp outside perspective with Bob's background could be useful. In the span of an hour and a half conversation, Bob suggested several "slap-ourselves-on-the-head-why-didn't-we-think-of-that" ideas that have dramatically changed the way we talk about our business. In addition, he suggested a brilliant way to monetize our business that...

Slam job

Thu, 04 Oct 2007 12:11:27 -0700

Anyone reading this blog knows I'm a strong advocate of David Allen's Getting Things Done methodology, so this morning when my iGoogle home page turned up a new piece in Wired about Allen and GTD, I was eager to read it. And read it I did. First came the shock - Allen had been a herion addict and a psychiatric patient?!? - Then with growing anger: seething, boiling anger, rage and outrage. Wired had done a slam job on Allen. Here's how to write a slam job boys and girls, but if you really want to see a master at work, read the profile by Gary Wolf. First, hook in the readers who are interested in who you are profiling targetting with a run down of the person's success: 600,000 copies in print, many software apps, web sites, blogs and communities that share what the person advocates. Now carefully start...

A small, tiny favor to ask: vote for me.

Thu, 30 Aug 2007 12:57:32 -0700

You may have heard about the upcoming Business of Software Conference (10/29-30, San Jose, CA), and my first (extremely, horribly bad) video effort to win through your votes a speaking slot there. It was so bad it would have been banned by the Geneva Conventions (assuming we still follow them). So bad, I asked Neil Davidson if I could replace it with a new effort. Neil was kind enough to let me take the old video behind the digital woodshed and send it to a better, happier place and put up my new video, which I did yesterday. The new video combines cutting edge images - supplied by other people - with little tiny words that work on television with a new plan of what I can talk about during my 18 minutes of fame: how to write a blogging plan for your software company or product. In the process...

Time for a hiatus.

Tue, 15 May 2007 16:49:06 -0700

A few days ago I got Seth Godin's latest book, The Dip - it's all about knowing which things you have to push through to completion to make a difference and learning how to quit those things that need to go, or go on hold, so you can concentrate on the key few things you really, really need to do. It's time to put this blog on hold. I need for the next several months to concentrate on a new project of mine and that means, regretfully, pushing the pause button on this blog. It's not easy doing this - I started this blog several years ago and it's hard letting go, even if I plan to come back. But if I want to get through Godin's Dip on a major project of mine, it's the right thing to do. Thanks again to all the people over the years who've...

Putting email on a leash, the battle continues

Mon, 09 Apr 2007 11:40:34 -0700

Email continues to be what I hate the most about online life – and the one app I can't do without. If you're looking for a dirt simple workflow to clear out your dreaded Inbox, have a look at "Clearing Your Inbox with Minimal Pain" by Narendra Rocherolle over at Web Worker Daily. I like how Narendra has found and documented a simple way to really process email, not just shuffle it around. If you've not yet found the right process for clearing your Email collection point (Inbox) every day, this is a post you should read.