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IPad Tip: How To Convert HTML to PDFs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Since I bought my iPad a few weeks ago, you can’t seem to pull me away from it.  I have a number of computers, and while I still use my Netbook quite a bit, I’ve found that the iPad really is a fantastic consumption device. It’s great for downloading books from Amazon (via Kindle), reading…
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Android Running on the iPhone

Reading Time: < 1 minute This one needs to go to the top of my geek todo list!!

Tony Buzan’s First USA Tour in a Decade

Reading Time: 3 minutes I recently discovered that Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Mapping, will be coming to the US next month to host a variety of exclusive talks, training events and accredited courses. I found out about this tour from Kathleen Church, the Media Relations Liaison for ThinkBuzan, and she informed me that Tony will be conducting these workshops in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and New York from May 3rd to the 18th. Not only does the content of the workshops look great, but given that this is Tony’s first US visit in over a decade this looks like an opportunity worth pursuing.

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 (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.