Why I Love My iPod (Yes, This Is Work-Related)

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I never listen to music on my iPod. And yet, I listen to my iPod for a minimum of 30 minutes every day and often for several hours. Instead of music, I fill my iPod with audio podcasts. I don't watch the news on TV or listen to the radio, so I rely on podcasts as my primary way to consume some types of news. Maybe I'm not as "hip" as the cool people in the iPod commercials, but I am a more productive web worker as a result.…

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So, What Do You Do?

During the rest of the year, my life is filled mostly with other technology workers and freelancers who easily understand what I do for a living. However, the holidays can be a different story when I'm faced with people who know little about what it means to be a web worker.…

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Filter Your RSS Feeds with Yahoo Pipes

I spent some time over the Thanksgiving holiday reviewing my feeds and getting rid of the poor performers, which really helps me get more value while spending less time in my RSS reader. However, pruning is not enough. I also use quite a few filtering techniques to further reduce the clutter. My favorite filtering techniques involve Yahoo Pipes, which looks and sounds much more complicated than it is.…

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Where Is Your Community?

While the solitary web worker life can get lonely occasionally, most of us have found ways to engage with communities of our peers in less traditional ways outside of an office. There have been many posts on this blog about engaging with coworkers and clients via Twitter, IM, Facebook, and other social networking sites. Those are a great first step to keep in touch with real people throughout the day, but what about those times when you just need to get out of the house?…

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Planning for Holiday Productivity?

With any luck, you might also have a few slow days during the holidays: clients are on vacation, the family is driving you nuts, and you’re caught up on “real work”. What now? I even have a wish list that I hope will help me turn this into a productive holiday.…

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