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merlin_at_tekserve Last night I went to see MBW co-host, and productivity sensay Merlin Mann with OmniNerds Ken Case and Ethan Schoonover at Tekserve in NYC. They came to demonstrate the unbridled power of OmniFocus (which is still in alpha). Created to compliment & support the principles behind David Allen’s Getting Things Done, it’s a sophisticated yet easy-to-use organizational tool that I’m still coming to grips with. Here’s a snip about the product:

OmniFocus is a personal task management system, designed to quickly capture your thoughts and allow you to store, manage, and process them into actionable to-do items. Tasks can be assigned to projects and stored within contexts (for example: “Home”, “Work”, or “Garden”), with built-in visual cues to highlight the next action you need to take care of. With OmniFocus, you can narrow your field of concentration to only those areasÃ?¢ââ??‰â?¬Âtasks, contexts, projectsÃ?¢ââ??‰â?¬Âyou wish to view, which helps you stay on track and organized.

The power trio demoed the software with some “real-world” scenarios and it was great to see it in action. If you have the time or inclination, head on over and sign up to get in on the alpha testing (beta soon?), kick the tires, and see what you think! I’ve been using for a couple of months, but after the demo, I really look forward to digging into it at my next ‘weekly review’…

I’m sure the event will pop up somewhere – there were cameras all around. Also – thanks to Tekserve for the free beer, soda, snacks & all ’round cool event!

Picks from MBW 59: We Will, We Will, Brick You.

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Who would you buy new shoes from? Since my idea of athletics is dialing a phone – surely the guy on the right!

skate …… no skate

Picks from MBW 58: Repeal The Nerd Tax

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With all of these picks over the weeks, which ones have worked out the best for you? For me, it’s TextExpander by far. I started using it for little things like my email signatures, and for that crazy latin that everyone uses for dummy copy on websites. Over that last few months, I’ve filled it up with HTML shortcuts, auto-replies to emails, tons of things – even does most of my spelling corrections.

What’s worked for you?

Picks from MBW 57: ET Ring Tone

wordpress for dummiesSoftware:

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Leo Laporte has a new blog

Ã?â??Ã? leoville shot

An interruption to your regularly scheduled programming.Ã?â??Ã?  Was just clicking around this morning and saw that Leo redid his blog – LOVE the theme!Ã?â??Ã?  You can check it out here:Ã?â??Ã?  http://leoville.com/blog/

Picks from MBW 56: The Beat Goes On

ipod touchWell, no picks this week. This was more of a “special episode” focusing on the iPod announcements. From the cheap seats, the new Nanos looked cooler than I originally thought, and I’m not sold on the iPod Touch yet. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what the final device has when it ships.

What do you think of the new goods? What’s good, bad, or ugly?

Picks from MBW 55: Cage Match

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Scott Bourne’s belly button actually recharges his iPhone.

From episode 54 – many rumors started to circulate re: Scott Bourne and his collection of iPhones, ala the “facts” that surround Chuck Norris.Ã?â??Ã?  What have you heard?

Picks from MBW 54: HiDef LoTech

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Special Note: Andy Ihnatko needs your help for a TV appearance (Saturday morning – CBS)! Send him your favorite “urban legend” on ways to resurrect personal electronics that have gotten wet. Actually – this would be a good thing for the comments too. Anybody have a good one?

Picks from MBW 53: Bill In A Box

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What’s your fav this week?Ã?â??Ã?  I’m going with Quicktime Pro.Ã?â??Ã?  I don’t have it – but I think about the upgrade every time I go for one of those grayed out features.Ã?â??Ã?  $350 for an ear piece that makes me look like a bigger dork isn’t going to happen.