Merlin speaking at Macworld Expo 2008

MBW host Merlin Mann will be speaking at Macworld Expo‘s User Conference US923 (aka Living with Data).

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Here’s what to expect on January 16:

Session Description:

Our “always on” habits (and the technologies that enable them) have left most of us feeling stressed-out, anxious, and perpetually behind on _everything_ we do. We’ve ceded full-time access to anyone who wants it – we drink from a fire hose all day long, then wonder why our lips feel so chapped.

Merlin Mann parts the seas of interruption and procrastination to reveal the emerging skills that are re-defining how we choose to live and work over the next five years.

You will learn – How to begin regaining your time and attention – focusing where it brings the most long-term value to your world.

Who should attend – Whether you’re a stay-at-home caregiver or a startup CEO, you’ll benefit from learning how to build smarter walls and how to make faster decisions about who gets access to your world at any given time.

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OmniFocus available at half price…

omnifocus logoWhile Merlin’s out on paternity leave, I thought it would be a good idea to jump in and an let everyone know that “OmniFocus” is now available for pre-sale. It ships on January 8, but if you order now, you can get it at half price.

I mentioned this app as a “future pick of the week” in an earlier post (pure speculation though Merlin’s a contributor to the OmniFocus project). I’ve been using the “alpha” for a few months now and really like it. If you need a todo/project management app, head over to the site, download it, kick the tires, and get in on the bargain price.

Isn’t it getting to that time when everyone starts to get things in order for a new year? OmniFocus might come in handy…

Here’s a clip from the site:

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. Includes Universal support for both Intel and PowerPC-based Macintoshes.

OmniFocus is still in beta. If you pre-purchase now at the discounted price, your credit card will be charged immediately, and you will receive a license code for the final version of OmniFocus, which will ship January 8, 2008. In the meantime you will have access to the weekly expiring betas until the final version is released. We will notify you via email when the final version is available for download.

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Picks from MBW 64: Hello Leopard!

pm2milWith the release of Leopard, it’s not the traditional show, and there were no traditional picks. Instead, the guys did highlight certain aspects of Leopard and what they thought about them. So, in this post, I’ll just highlight and summarize the discussion as they went around the horn.

Is it a major upgrade/revision?

  • Leo Laporte — Wasn’t expecting much, but was very impressed.
  • Andy Ihnatko — Thinks most of the juice is under the hood. Feature-wise — nothing too awesome, but everyone will find a key feature or app that makes it worthwhile for them.
  • Scott Bourne — Curious to how long the honeymoon will last and if Leopard will experience the criticism ala the iPhone.
  • John Siracusa — Pointed out that it’s been a long time since the last release and of course there will be a number of changes. He wrote about 30,000 words on Leopard over at ars technica.

Time Machine – what do you think?

  • Leo Laporte — Calls it “backup for mom.” Not a fan because if there’s a fire – both drives are toast. Good for the “unwashed masses.”
  • Andy Ihnatko — Not a fan either, but prefers SuperDuper!. However, he thinks it’s great for people that can’t really be bothered with a backup.
  • Scott Bourne — Perfect for Aunt Fay and the millions that “don’t backup squat.”
  • John Siracusa — Thinks EVERYONE will use it.

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