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Top 10 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life, 2010 Edition

Reading Time: 1 minute LifeHacker recently posted some useful tips to help with users with Information Overload Syndrome: 10. Declutter and Streamline Google Reader Feeds 9. Clean Up Your Contacts 8. Compact and Manage Social Network Alerts 7. Build Yourself Serious Gmail Filters 6. Pack a More Efficient Laptop/Go Bag 5. Clean Out Your Hard Drive 4. Free Up…
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New Server and Blog Upgrade

Reading Time: 1 minute I decided that it was finally time to upgrade the server for this website/blog (switched OS to Ubuntu and added an addtl. 512MB Ram). At the same time, I’ve upgraded to the latest version of WordPress.  Functionality wise everything should look and work the same for the time being.  I’ll be switching DNS in a…
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20+ New Philosophical Posts

Reading Time: 1 minute Earlier this week gaia.com (formerly Zaadz) closed it’s doors.  Since I joined a few years ago I would occasionally post some ‘philosophically-inclined’ articles. Actually, article is probably a strong word… most of my posts were short snippets/passages/or quotes from books that I was reading at the time, or links to some interesting articles related to…
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Apparently I'm a World Famous Hero

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Example Document Browser Code

Reading Time: 1 minute Since I posted my article last month on How To Create Your Own Personal Document Viewer, I’ve had a few inquiries on how people could have a similar setup themselves.  I thought it might be helpful to .zip up the docbrowser project and show some of the code that does the conversions using the utilities…
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Relax With Some Rain and White Noise

Reading Time: 1 minute This week I stumbled across two similar sites that provide some pleasant auditory distraction through a simple web interface. The first site SimplyNoise offers up some white, brown, and pink noise to help drown out distractions.  And the second site RainyMood plays a gentle 30-minute loop of rain to help you relax and wash your…
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How To Create Your Own Personal Document Viewer (Like Scribd or Google Books)

Reading Time: 3 minutes Like most people, I have a large number of personal documents in a variety of formats (PDF, Excel, Word, RTF, PowerPoint, etc.). For the typical user, organizing these documents in a ‘My Documents’ folder and having MS Office/Open Office/Adobe Acrobat installed simply gets the job done. However, I’ve been looking for some sort of “Web 2.0” solution to view my documents while I’m on the go. And, since my knowledge manager is web-based, I’d like a way to browse and embed personal documents directly in my wiki without needing any special software.

Knowledge To Go: Put Your Wiki On Your IPhone

Reading Time: 6 minutes Building my own personal knowlege manager has been quite a journey. Over the last couple years I’ve taken a “piece meal” approach and slowly built up the features of my system one component at a time. One major feature that has always been on my mind is data portability. Last week I wrote an article on how to sync your digial scrapbook between multiple computers and even sync to your wiki. This feature had me thinking about how I could take portability to the next level.

iPhone Apps for Education

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How to Synchronize Your Digital Scrapbook

Reading Time: 4 minutes I had originally planned on calling this article ‘How to Use Cloud Computing to Synchronize Your Digital Scrapbook For Research and Integrate Into Your Personal Knowledge Management Wiki for Extra Credit’