Monthly Archives: January 2012

How to Use RescueTime to Improve Productivity

Lately, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of tasks I need to accomplish.  In the past, I’ve tried GTD with limited success, only to create a bunch of un-prioritized lists, categorized by context.  As a result, I … Continue reading

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vWorker Marketing Fail (2012 Newsletter)

Personally, I’m not a big fan of vWorker.com (formerly rentacoder.com), especially since they jacked up their rates and added the “AccuTimeCard” spy app that periodically takes snapshots of you as well as your desktop. I do have an active account, … Continue reading

Posted in Business of Software | 6 Comments

I Fired a Real Estate Agent Today

We started looking for homes very recently.  We’re looking for an affordable starter home that we could turn into a rental.  In this area, homeowners are walking away from their homes, which is not only decimating the home values, but … Continue reading

Posted in Investing, Real Estate | 3 Comments

Are Credit Card/Airline Miles for Suckers?

Update: American Express has removed the ability to see what purchases were made through their mall.  You can no longer easily track if your bonuses will post to your Membership Rewards account.  Furthermore, they are now stating that bonus points … Continue reading

Posted in AAdvantage, American Express, Delta, Priority Club, Reward Points, SPG | 3 Comments

Sorry, the Blog has Moved (but you’re in the right place)

If you are seeing this message, you made it.  Congratulations and welcome to my new and improved blog (at least, half of it). I’ve moved my blog from my corporate web site and split the blog into two blogs: one … Continue reading

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Outlook 2010: How to View Multiple Calendars in Overlay View

Outlook is a god-awful application which is forced upon knowledge workers the world over.  Worse yet, once you get familiar with all of the obscure settings and context menus in Outlook, along comes another horrendous UI redesign wherein Microsoft rearranges … Continue reading

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Inbox Zero – I finally get it now.

I’ve always had trouble effectively managing the flood of email that I receive on a daily basis.  I have five primary email addresses to deal with on a daily basis and one that languishes in virtual purgatory.  I normally would … Continue reading

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