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Are we winning the war on spam? It depends on how you define “spam.” If you mean those messages you got because a marketer bought your email address and thinks you want cheap software, larger private parts or special deals on medication, a Google engineer says […] Read more »

Like Mike, I’ve been using the alpha releases of OmniFocus for a while now and I was thisclose to taking advantage of their pre-sale deal to buy the application for $40. But wait. CulturedCode has thrown their hat into the ring with Things. Yet another stand-alone […] Read more »

A reader asks: I am looking at striking out on my own and working for myself freelance. However, leaving the security of a W-2 job includes losing my health insurance benefits. I have no children, but I am married and must provide health insurance for both […] Read more »

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If you spend, or plan to spend, substantial dollars on Web services or software support for your startup, you’ll want to read this post. I’m going to show you how, with my 8 Steps to Running Your Business Off Low-Cost Web-Apps, it is possible to run […] Read more »

By Alistair Croll The $1.3B bulk mailing industry suffers from channel conflicts and a conflicted triumvirate of “white label” mailing services, web designers, and campaign clients. Today’s web designers can’t build truly custom front-ends for their clients or add features (such as Google Earth mappings of […] Read more »

By Chris Poteet As a web developer how we retain, organize, and use information is a high priority. One web application that has revolutionized the way I retain information is del.icio.us. I originally used it just to save the occasional link. I realized that it’s much […] Read more »

What’s next? Caffeine-free Tuesdays? Getting people to talk less with “Um”-free Wednesdays? The Wall Street Journal reports on U.S. Cellular’s efforts to reduce email stress by declaring “no email Friday.” A growing number of employers, including U.S. Cellular, Deloitte & Touche and Intel, are imposing or […] Read more »

So what happens when a PC-centric publication does an indepth review of 3 Mac OS X applications? You get a 7 page article that never picks a winning feature simply because it’s more “Mac-like.” Computerworld’s Steve Schwartz digs deep into Tiger Mail, Entourage 2004 and Thunderbird […] Read more »

From the Information Age to the Connected Age – WWD’s Anne Zelenka published a thoughtful piece that explores the evolution we’re now experiencing. Like it? Then you’ll definitely want to pick up her book, “Connect!: Web Worker Daily’s Guide to a New Way of Working” (due […] Read more »

[qi:018] “Is this purchase for home or business?” That used to be an easy question to answer. Not any more. There was a time when all of your business data was on the computer, or the network, that you used for business: You logged into your […] Read more »

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by Dan Schawbel While brushing your teeth or driving to work, do you know who is watching you? These days, anything is possible, due to the rise of social networking sites, blogs, forums and the focus on Google as a Personal Branding search engine. Employers and […] Read more »

Thanks, RedOrbit: The lifestyle portal site has named WWD as its “Red Hot Blog” for September 21. New version of Gmail? Just when you thought we’d run out of everything we could possibly say about Google’s email client, word comes that there may be a new […] Read more »

By Sean O’Steen As a web worker for more than ten years and as an independent software developer for the past six, I’ve worked in a wide variety of environments. Cubicle prairies, home offices, rented desks, cafes, libraries and even my car; you name it, I’ve […] Read more »

Yet another widespread Blackberry outage. Yet another software glitch to blame. It started around 10 am eastern yesterday (September 7) and appeared to resolve by bedtime. Unlike the outage that made headlines last April, this time it only affected BIS (Blackberry Internet Service) subscribers, not BES […] Read more »

On Labor Day 2006, Om Malik and the GigaOM team started this blog/community as a resource for (and a salute to) those of us who were living a sockless lifestyle: What are the best tools and what is the right gear to stay in touch with […] Read more »

The folks at Twitter have been adding a lot of functionality to the service. Now you can import your Gmail address book to check for fellow Twitter users, as well as do a general search of the network. Purely because they could, they’ve also unveiled something […] Read more »

For me, there’s nothing better for my productivity than working on my own. I like working around people, but I prefer when those people are strangers. As much as I enjoy my bi-monthly trips to my organization’s headquarters 200 miles away, I get the most done […] Read more »

As you may have read on GigaOM and elsewhere, new Google acquisition GrandCentral got themselves in a bit of a pickle this week. Due to some issues with a small pre-acquisition local carrier, they were forced to change the “one number (not so) for life” for […] Read more »

“How do you poll multiple people via email?” Send the question out to 10 colleagues, invariably get 30 replies back and you dig through the banter to try and get a consensus of opinion. CircleUp proposes a solution anytime you need to compile opinion, get feedback […] Read more »

NewTeeVee: Score one for Comcast in their battle against DirecTV over false quality claims by their rival. NewTeeVee: With all the video, will there be enough bandwidth to go around? Earth2Tech: Where the venture funding hits the pavement. Literally. A report on venture-funded green cars. Found|Read: […] Read more »

While we’re sitting here moaning about the fact that Microsoft won’t be releasing the next version of Office for the Mac until early next year, Apple throws their hat into the ring with iWork, their suite of “Office-like” productivity desktop applications. Pages to challenge Word, Numbers […] Read more »

By Tim Ferriss This week I realized once again how “not-to-do” lists can be just as effective—often more so—than to-do lists for upgrading performance. The reason is simple: what you don’t do determines what you can do. Here are nine stressful and common habits that entrepreneurs […] Read more »

I just got back from a business trip. I flew from Philadelphia, PA to Columbia, SC and back on a tiny little Canadair CRJ with cramped seats, no leg room and a few peanuts. My laptop started running low on juice halfway through the flight, which […] Read more »

2004 seems so long ago. That was the year of the last version of Microsoft Office for Mac users. In Microsoft-speak, 4 years is about right. After all, Microsoft went from Office 2003 to Office 2007 for Windows. This time, Mac users have more at stake. […] Read more »

Web workers have a love/hate relationship with Backpack. On the one hand, it’s an incredibly simple tool for collecting information. On the other hand, it’s an incredibly simple tool for collecting information. That simplicity is the application’s greatest strength…and its greatest liability. As part of their […] Read more »

It’s hard when no matter how good you are, your brother is still everyone’s darling. Mozilla Thunderbird is a rather amazing email client in its own right. It’s quick on its feet, it’s customizable, it’s cross-platform, and it handles IMAP email and identities better than most […] Read more »

Facebook has to be the most talked about, and the most misunderstood, web service/platform right now. If you haven’t gotten drawn in by the hype, it may surprise you to learn that many people have already found Facebook to be an essential addition to their web […] Read more »

What’s in your wallet? If it’s big and bulky and you’re sitting on it, you may be at risk for piriformis syndrome. According to Wikipedia: Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder that occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or otherwise irritated by the piriformis muscle. […] Read more »

Lifehack.org has a post entitled, Getting Off the Treadmill of Life. In this entry, K. Stone lists 8 really great ideas for slowing down, disconnecting and changing pace when life gets overwhelming. The tips include things like playing hooky, changing perspective or location, taking naps, etc. […] Read more »

If you pick up the buzz on the most popular blogs lately, it’s like the online world woke up and suddenly discovered Facebook at exactly the same time. What a difference an open API can make when developers want to connect with millions of users. Some […] Read more »

Have you ever thought about print-on-demand publishing? My friend Jason recently self-published a children’s book. I asked him to share his experiences for those of us who browse the aisles of Barnes & Noble thinking, “I could have written that.” It may not be as difficult […] Read more »

Remember Flock? Billing itself as the “social web browser,” Flock takes Firefox’s browser code and tightly integrates social networking tools within the application. While much of Flock’s functionality is already available through Firefox add-ons, Flock focuses on drag & drop usability of all those services. Nearly […] Read more »

Everyone knows that Mozilla has a web browser or two. Most folks know about Thunderbird, Mozilla’s free desktop email client. What you may not know is that Mozilla also has a calendar project. The code is available in two forms. Sunbird is a stand-alone desktop application, […] Read more »

Now here’s a welcome surprise for my fellow AT&T wireless customers who aren’t on, or planning to be on, an iPhone line today. According to Wired, Endgadget, and this Howard Forums thread AT&T has flipped a switch on this fine iPhone launch day, and EDGE download […] Read more »

Plaxo has finally lifted the veil on Plaxo 3, opening their new interface and strategy to the world for public beta testing. If nothing else, Plaxo is one of the biggest from-evil-to-useful stories around. As Plaxo VP of Marketing John McCrea says in an interview with […] Read more »

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