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“One thing I actively work on, and have been actively working on for sometime, is maintaining a non-reactive mode of working.”

via MacSparky – Blog – Home Screen – Kourosh Dini.

Same reason I turned off almost all notifications, especially Mail and even, more recently, turned off push mail all together. Rarely check it aside from at my desk and I can’t say it’s affected much other then my sanity!

Sparrow announces new features

“Sparrow promises some future Twitter and LinkedIn integration. Clearly Sparrow isn’t just a Gmail client, it is becoming a powerful messaging and context platform in itself.”

(Via Sparrow announces new features at TechCrunch Disrupt.)


Love Sparrow, not 100% behind the idea of any sort of social inbox. Facebook mail is obvious, and support for Twitter DM’s only in an app is very appealing.  I think it would help make people view Twitter as a real form of communication rather then another broadcast mechanism that some see now.

(And Yeah, I kinda hate that I’m linking to something related to TechCrunch)

Contact Forms

I find nothing more annoying then a contact form on the contact page of a website. Put some info on there. PLEASE! We have amazing spam filters and other ways to hide your address from spam crawlers.

Put your email address on their already.

Another plus, now people will know your email address to connect with you in LinkedIn!

Sleep and EMail

I don’t know why but, I’ve not really been sleeping all that well. It’s not that I can’t sleep, I’m just not that tired. Usually I’d be in bed by 8 and sleeping before 9. That said I’m an early riser as well, usually up somewhere between 5 and 5:30. Lately I’m up at the same time but I was in bed at 8, watched a few episodes of Weeds (I’m not addicted) and still wasn’t tired.

So not I’m up on the couch, computer in lap, while Michelle is sleeping.

I think it’s a result of my running. I’ve got more energy and I don’t need the sleep as much. Oh and when I do sleep, I’m out like a light! I kinda dig it. I’m getting a lot more done. Last night it was moving the blog, tonight I’ve been trying to figure out how I broke my email. Currently don’t mail me at my @deys.ca address, GMail is your best bet.


Self Twitter Ban

So I’ve banned myself from Twitter for the weekend. I’m pretty much staying offline too! I’ll likely be casually checking email and Reader, and if you catch me on Skype (billdeys) I’m more then happy to chat but don’t count on it. I not out of contact, you can still get a hold of me, just email!I’m doing it as a bit of a test of myself and just to decompress and step away from the hustle. I’ll be back full force, and maybe more force, Tuesday morning!Anyways, I’ve been thinking a bit about social media things in general and one of the first things I’ve noticed is how well I’ve trained my brain to think about Twitter. I’m always thinking “Oh I should tweet that!” I’m thinking they should change their line from “What are you doing right now?” to “What are you thinking right now?” I realize that that is how I use Twitter. A small part of the way I use it is what I’m doing, it’s so much more what I’m thinking about. I use it to push ideas out and talk to people about it!Now you will see a tweet about this but it’s automatic! I’m NOT on twitter!Bye for now, maybe I’ll blog more this weekend if I’m not on Twitter! We’ll see!

Email just isn’t a Player

I love email, in the right place it works great! I know who I can get fast email responses out of when I need them, and if it’s not real important no big deal if it goes unopened for a while. BUT the key is “in the right places!”.In my day job our customers don’t “do” email. Some, or most, have email addresses but you’ll be lucky to get a response in a week! The bulk of our orders are handled via Fax, a great technology for sending purchase orders and custom measurment forms. Because of this the office work flow is setup to efficiently process orders via fax. Email just doesn’t fit. When the one person who handles the “general mailbox” for orders is on vacation guess what, stuff piles up and there is a pretty good chance something will get missed..You may say but Bill there are some great email-fax and fax-email solutions out there. Yes there are, but when two out of 600+ people use it, I’m sorry just not gonna happen. Get with the 1980 people, we still need fax machines..This is aside from the fact that some people get hundreds of emails a day. Few people are efficient enough at sorting and filtering through all that to find those important orders.All I’m saying is know your place, if your customers and you have a good workflow via email then great, but you may have to act as a digital to analog convertor when you pass it on!.One question I do have, how many of you still have fax machines in your offices? What kind of office is it? Tech?