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37signals co-founder Jason Fried recently published REWORK, a collection of essays on topics as diverse as progress, productivity, culture, evolution and hiring in modern business. Last month, Fried spoke at TEDxMidwest in Chicago, exploring some of the themes of REWORK in an intriguing fifteen minute talk: Read more »


Gartner research analysts recently convened to discuss the changing nature of work and table some predictions for the coming decade. Their consensus view was that distributed and ad-hoc teams of people, along with blurred organizational boundaries, would become the norm for most modes of work. Read more »

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Although we’ve seen online office suites added to the portfolio of web worker productivity tools, database tools have been curiously absent from the mix. Even suites like Google Apps lack a dedicated application for managing and sharing specialized data, leaving users creating crude spreadsheet-based approximations. Read more »


0boxer is an extension for Gmail that encourages you to read and archive messages, rewarding you with points and badges for reaching “inbox zero.” The service wasn’t operational when Simon first took a look at it, but last week I put it through its paces. Read more »


The bustling and vibrant city of Karachi is home to the suite401 coworking community, located in the stylish beachfront neighborhood of Clifton. With passes ranging between 750 and 7500 Pakistani Rupees ($9-90), coworking in Pakistan seems as though it’s within the reach of most professionals. Read more »


Successful coworking communities have always been diverse at their core; their ability to bring together tech professionals from various disciplines is part of the value of being a member. It’s gratifying to see this innovative model of working now permeating beyond the technology sector. Read more »

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I’ve long been a fan of Matthew Inman’s webcomic The Oatmeal and its caustic humor. So when I saw the title of his latest comic — “Why Working From Home Is Both Awesome And Terrible” — I knew we had to share it with our readers. Read more »

The tech news has been buzzing with the launch of Google’s App Inventor for it’s Android platform. Despite Apple’s restrictions on third-party development kits — codified in clause 3.3.1 of iPhone’s developer terms — there are toolkits available for iPhone app development, too. Read more »

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The recent release of the Google Command Line Tool may seem targetted at the Python-coding ultra dorky user, but belies the extent to which the command line interface is still an intimate and intrinsic part of everyday computing. Read more »

Services such as Yahoo’s Upcoming and Meetup and Facebook’s Events have led to an explosion of event invitations in our various inboxes. That first generation of tools is looking a little creaky to today’s event planners, so here’s a roundup of the current generation of “eventware.” Read more »

Pitched as an alternative to web-based RSS readers and desktop clients, Fever° purports to “take the temperature of your slice of the web and show you what’s hot”. Unlike many RSS readers, it’s a PHP/MySQL application designed to be installed on your own web server. Read more »

Recently, tech news has understandably saturated by the launch of the iPhone 4. Strangely, Hewlett-Packard chose this period to announce what could be one of their most exciting developments of recent years, introducing the “future of printing:” a range of web connected and “cloud aware” printers. Read more »

Fred Wilson will be giving a talk at the 99% conference later this week entitled “10 Ways To Be Your Own Boss.” Prior to the talk, Wilson has provided a preview of his presentation, which gives his views on the various categories of entrepreneur. Read more »

Contacts makes your browser “aware” of contact lists and address books you’re using elsewhere on the web, but rather than simply providing a view of these aggregated contacts, the add-on integrates them into form elements, so that names and addresses are auto-completed as you type. Read more »

Last Summer, I outlined the philosophy of “Noded” working (a system of forming distributed teams for particular types of projects). A few months later, Jaan Orvet, one of the authors of the Noded principles, spoke at the inaugural HDLive conference in the UK. Read more »

What if I told you that it was possible to use a magic machine at home that could make anything…and that maybe you could use it to conjure up “things” to sell as part of your job? Read more »

Last month, Manchester saw FlyThe.Coop move to a new location shared with the recently-launched MadLab hackspace. I got the chance to talk to one of MadLab’s founders, Dave Mee, about the vision for MadLab, its history, its residents and the challenges it has faced. Read more »

For many of us, “meeting hell” is a perennial and ongoing problem, sapping both productivity and morale from our work days. So how does one of the world’s most innovative corporate cultures tackle the problem of badly managed meetings? What would Google do? Read more »

As Twitter has rapidly risen to dominate the real-time web, related applications and services have also come to prominence; many in the field of URL shortening. Foremost amongst these is, which today released a Pro edition of the service. Read more »

Moving from the well-oiled corporate environment of personal assistants and friction-free expense accounts to arranging my own travel and doing my own accounts was jarring; I’ve long toyed with the idea of engaging a virtual or remote executive assistant to help with administrative tasks. Read more »

Portland-based design consultancy Wolverine today launched Black Tonic, a web-based app that helps presenters deliver a presentation to their viewers — live and in real-time. Black Tonic is differentiated from existing services is a few ways: Read more »

When I recently came across Ember, a service similar to Scrnshots but with more contemporary features, a smarter interface and cleaner design, I was keen to try it out. Read more »

Much of our communication and documentation is still conducted via a paper trail. Not only does this leave piles of paper to manage, there’s the economic cost of all of that ink and paper and, importantly, there’s also an environmental cost involved with printing that we all bear as a society. Read more »

January is traditionally a time of renewal as the New Year carries with it new perspectives, promise and ambition. Here in the UK, it’s also the time of year when the dastardly Her Majesty’s Customs & Revenue come to take your hard-earned sterling! Read more »

2009 was a great year for me professionally, largely oriented around driving the successful production of several tech industry events that’re helping create a vibrant tech scene here in Leeds, England. From O’Reilly’s Ignite UK North, to the LSx09 festival, TEDxLeeds and a bunch of geek […] Read more »

Recently, I’ve been pondering the role that lists play in my life — from Twitter’s “playlists of people” to Umberto Eco’s thoughts on lists as a cultural tool for “facing infinity” to my own ideas about the use of “someday list” for lingering tasks — which should […] Read more »

Careercast recently ran a pair of interesting articles, exploring the best and worst professions for the upcoming year. Satisfyingly for readers of this blog, almost a quarter of the best jobs consisted of roles suited to web workers and untethered employees, including software engineers, systems analysts, accountants, […] Read more »

Our working environments are an area of great interest here at WebWorkerDaily, with some great advice from our writers on equipping and styling a home office for pleasure and productivity. So I was interested to see this interesting tongue-in-cheek talk from Sam Martin on “manspaces” at […] Read more »

Twitter’s most powerful — and largely unintended — success has been the ecosphere of third-party clients, applications, extensions and plugins that the service has enabled. One of the most ubiquitous extensions is Twitpic, a service that lets users post photos directly from their phones and computers […] Read more »

Last month saw the launch of CrowdFlower, an interesting venture that applies Dolores Labs’ Labor-as-a-Service platform to the non-profit “micro employment” foundation Samasource. We’ve previously covered web-based labor and outsourcing services — notably Shorttask and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk — that match-make workers and tasks, and I’ve […] Read more »

I’m a little partial to digital tools that can be used to create diagrams and images that look hand drawn — Balsamiq Mockups is a wonderful example. I’ve often thought it’d be great to have a font made from my own handwriting, enabling me to “hand […] Read more »

Last summer’s iPhone 3.0 software update brought integrated (and underrated) voice recording to the device via the Voice Memos feature, enabling users to record audio clips and share them via MMS or email. With the rise of services such as AudioBoo, voice memos and voice notes […] Read more »

After lamenting the lack of mind mapping applications for the iPhone, recent weeks have seen the launch of MindJet for iPhone, MindMeister and latterly, the iPhone/iPod touch edition of another mind mapping app we’ve covered previously, Markus Müller’s MindNode. MindNode (touch) shares the simplicity and elegance […] Read more »

The United Nations’ historic Climate Change Conference, the COP15, hosted in Copenhagen (read more coverage over on our sister site, Earth2Tech) — has seen the usual political controversies, notably leaked emails from the UK Met Office. I suspect what the world’s citizens are looking for isn’t […] Read more »

Almost every day over the past year there’s a new apocalyptic story about the demise of newspapers and print journalism. In recent weeks, the subject has reached a crescendo with the strategic power plays between Rupert Murdoch, Google and Microsoft’s Bing. However, there’s some light at […] Read more »

As Twitter continues to grow, many of us are using our network of friends as a filter for news. In many cases, those trusted relationships are beginning to displace RSS readers as news aggregation tools. Of the 280 or so people I’m currently following, most are […] Read more »

Today sees the release of MindJet Catalyst, the latest edition of MindJet’s mind mapping software. A few days ago, I had the chance to talk to MindJet’s CEO, Scott Raskin, about the new release, his perspective on mind mapping software and where the company is headed. […] Read more »

Along with Daniel Pink, one of the most intriguing speakers I saw at last month’s TEDGlobal 2009 was notorious graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister. British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown’s opening session was a tough act to follow, but Sagmeister made an impression with some striking observations on […] Read more »

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