Personal Capacity Management? Reading it later…

January 6, 2010

Do you always have time/energy/… (capacity) to read everything you need to? No? Well neither do I.

So what typically happened? I become aware of something (digital) to read.  Its just too long, but it looks interesting.  Good add a bookmark.  Later when you remember wade through the bookmarks and read it.  Was it interesting? Not always, but I tend not to remove the bookmarks and sooner than later I have gazillions of bookmarks i can do nothing with as it turns out it was never really interesting anyway.

However, some time ago (maybe a bit more than a month ago, cannot remember exactly) I learnt about the Read-It-Later add-on for Firefox.  This allows me to manage some of my personal capacity management problems, while my request for a 48-hour day is being approved.

What does this wonderful tool allow me to do?  In some way or another I still become aware of the page (twitter, facebook, email, google, ….). I go to the page and see that it will take more time to read than what I have available… No problem I click on the  in my address bar, it turns to .

Later, when I have some reading time available I can catch up by clicking on the Read-It-Later button  in Firefox and see my whole reading list

When I am done, I can bookmark it (I use delicious.com) directly from the reading list. Of course if was not so useful, or don’t have a need to be gone back to I can just delete it from the reading list.

But wait, there is more…

I can also synchronize my reading list between different computers – so tonight at home I can read something I saw at work computer at leisure. Not at your computer, no problem view your reading list through an RSS feed… Google Reader also allows me to natively integrate ReadItLater, very convenient to add reading items from RSS feeds. Apparently I can make pages available for off-line reading, but I did not need this yet – waiting for the next roadtrip alone in non-cyberspace…

Of course, there are other ways to add items: right-click on a link and save to reading list.  There is also a click-to-save mode – it can be handy when you just want to filter through a lot of possible link quickly to come back to some.  This gives you something sensible to do in those odd 3-5 minute periods which tends to be too long to do nothing, yet too short for most things.

(I don’t own an iPhone, but I see there is also an app to take your Read-It-Later to your iPhone… I also note that it can be used with Explorer, but that’s not something I am likely to test…)

After starting to use Read-It-Later my personal capacity for reading from the Internet are definitely better managed!

Now which other personal capacity management tools are out there that I don’t know about? Please let me know.




Taking control over my desktop

November 29, 2009

People tend to laugh when they see my desktop. Maybe its because it resembles my office and study… I can win the prize for the most unorganized person around, easily.  While I would not exactly say that I had sleepless nights about this, I was wondering what I could do to become a bit more organized.  When my favorites on browser and the handful of machines i used got out of hand, delicious.com helped me sort it out.  Don’t really use it as a social bookmarking tools (but feel free to browse my bookmarks) but for now the fact that I can access it from anywhere is just great and the tags is much more natural than some immediate-outdated hierarchical organization. Don’t know what took me so long). Anyhow, so I was wondering how I can solve my desktop organization issue…

After reading on Scott Hanselmans blog about Fences, I downloaded it immediately.  This was about ten years too late… Wow, exactly what I needed – a mechanism that allow me to group my icons in sensible groupings, hide most (or all) of the icons in a double click, and restore a previous snapshot of the desktop after Windows messed up my layout after switching between screen resolutions and/or mulitiple screens.  To get it going took, I don’t really know, way less than 5 minutes to get all my icons in a decent place (it even populate some default fences for you…)  I am truly amazed. Thanks to the guys from Stardock!

Right now few people will look at my desktop and deem it unorganized – fullish maybe, but unorganized, definitely no…

Go and download it for yourself from Stardock’s site and see what I am fussing about.