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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

End Goals VS Mean Goals

Are you heading towards the wrong goal? People sometimes loose track as Steve Paulina points out in this article about End Goals VS Mean Goals.

"A common goal-setting mistake (in my opinion) is to confuse end goals with means goals. End goals define outcomes where you’re unwilling to compromise — they describe exactly what you want. Means goals, on the other hand, define one of many paths to reach your end goals."


Erika Jackson over at Lifetrekinc has a Goal Setting 101 to check out also.

G5 Extension from Apple

Apple has extended the warranty period for all first-generation G5 iMac desktops.
The warranty extension, which provides for the free-of-charge repair of faulty kit, only applies to iMac G5s that have experienced "scrambled or distorted video", or no video at all. Machines that won't start up due to an apparent lack of power are covered by the extension too.




The extension covers machines sold worldwide. The serial numbers of machines that may be susceptible to the problem are:

W8435xxxxxx - W8522xxxxxx
QP435xxxxxx - QP522xxxxxx
CK435xxxxxx - CK522xxxxxx
YD435xxxxxx - YD522xxxxxx
All these systems were sold between September 2004 and June 2005. See the Apple Support site for more details.

Use your Calendar to stop your Worries

We can all feel overwhelmed at times. Peter Flaschner over at To Done has some thoughts on how wo love your schedule.
"I’ve got about twenty projects on the go at any one time. Some are long term, some are on hold pending outside responses, some are at the proposal stage, and some are at the wrap up stage. I’ve tried every method under the sun to stay on top of my work. But they have all failed in one important way: they never stopped my mind from wondering “What should I be working on now?”

Use your Calendar to stop your Worries

We can all feel overwhelmed at times. Peter Flaschner over at To Done has some thoughts on how wo love your schedule.
"I’ve got about twenty projects on the go at any one time. Some are long term, some are on hold pending outside responses, some are at the proposal stage, and some are at the wrap up stage. I’ve tried every method under the sun to stay on top of my work. But they have all failed in one important way: they never stopped my mind from wondering “What should I be working on now?”

Welcome to the Mothership

Do you use a USB FLashdrive for your travels? A new line of USB flash-memory devices from Xmultiple called Flashpoint Sharedrives, can transfer files to and from other flash drives and memory devices equipped with a USB connector without requiring a connection to a computer.

When alone they work just like your regular drive AND they can act as a USB hub. When you are not at a PC, a small lithium in battery lets you transfer files from either the Sharedrive or from another USB drive that is plugged into it.

Cool Huh?

If you have to recover data from a flash drive, check out this nifty utility for doing just that.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Avoiding the pitfalls of new employee problems Bert Webb over at Open loops has some suggestions. Along with those Christine over at The Monster Blog says:

"Many companies don't train their workers properly -- or at all, in some cases -- and then wonder why they can't perform all their job tasks or otherwise don't meet expectations. Granted, a worker's personality, experience and talentcome into the mix, but every workplace is different. Having done a specific job at one company doesn't guarantee you know how to do it somewhere else."


In her article "For best Results, Teach your workers Well". Read what can happen to your productivity otherwise.

There's no crying in baseball....uh...at work

Taboo or not it does happen. What you can do for your workers (or yourself) is the key. An article from WomensMedia.com called There is No Crying in Business give some insight and tips on what to do. Here is a report on the management side of the coin and Real World Training sites a New York Times article called Don't Cry Now.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Just the FAQ's Ma'am

Voice over IP is becomming fast and faster more than just a Buzzword. Ben Cheney at ZDNet has a article that demystifies the ins and outs of VIOP.
"As the popularity of voice over Internet Protocol surges, and lawmakers put more pressure on Net phone providers to fully support 911 services, many consumers are asking what exactly they need to know about the technology."

Friday, August 12, 2005

Driven to Distraction

Ina Fried at ZDNet News has a great article on how to handle the current rise in the technology of the office and the problems it can create. Maybe you or someone you know is Driven to Distraction.
The typical office worker is interrupted every three minutes by a phone call, e-mail, instant message or other distraction. The problem is that it takes about eight uninterrupted minutes for our brains to get into a really creative state.

Veritas Vulnerability announced

Exploit For Unpatched Veritas Backup Bug Circulates.
"An exploit targeting a previously undisclosed flaw affecting Veritas Backup Exec Agent has been released to the public by the Metasploit Foundation," Symantec's Friday alert read.


Find the entire alert here.

No need for Hot pokers

Management is getting the job done through people. Bert Webb over at Open Loops has a great article about How to improve you ability to motivate others.

In short, people are motivated by someone who cares for them and trusts them. They are motivated by those who respect their professionalism and expertise.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Data Disposal: A Crushing Problem?

Debora Ashbrand at Desktop Pipeline has a good article about the options and concerns in regards to getting rid of old Data supplies.

"While the security hazards of disposing of old storage media grow, so do the options for safe disposal of old computer disks and equipment."

Monday, August 08, 2005

Your Online Backpack

Organize your Photos, GTD lists, notes, self reminders and even files online. Call it "Online Project managament" for personal and business use. They can be accessed from just about any internet connection and even shared between the world and just some. Content can be uploaded via e-mail, direct login, or

Sites like

backpackit.com, for all of
the above (free/subscribe)
tadalist.com, for quick lists (free/subscribe)
usetasks.com
for tasks management on your own (software/subscribe)

help you keep track of what you need to do...and what you've already done.

Friday, August 05, 2005

10 Steps To Better Meetings

To Done has a great article on how to make your meetings a better way of doing business.
Throughout my professional life I think meetings have been one of the biggest sources of frustration. I’m one of those people who really likes to work at work and while I do find some meetings very useful, and the occasional meeting totally necessary, I think the majority of meetings I’ve attended over the years could be done away with.

Security out of top-5 IT priorities

Chris Jablonski over at ZD Net has posted the latest rankings.
"August's IT priorities data reveals a reshuffling of the most important projects as reported by IT pros. Security dropped from the fourth position down to six, opening the door for the first time for both Web technology and IT management to secure spots in the top-5 list. "

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Does Multitasking Actually Get Anything Done?

Entrepreneur magazine has a great write up of a of a challenge to a Productivity expert that is a quick and easy read. "Just take your time"

Secret Word Processing

Techweb has an article on an Add-on for Microsoft word that can "Black out" sections of a document. The add-on can be downloaded here.