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I am At Inbox Zero

I am At Inbox Zero

I am at Inbox Zero!

Feels weird to have nothing to feel busy about.

And to actually sit and think on what I really need to PRODUCTIVELY do, instead of merely responding to this or that query.

This is a very strange feeling to be honest, and my gmail is kinda acting up, as if it cannot comprehend the state of Inbox Zeroness.

Disney’s MagicBand: Admission ticket, room key and payment method, all-in-one wristbands.

Disney's MagicBand: Admission ticket, room key and payment method, all-in-one wristbands.

MagicBands and cards are secure all-in-one devices that allow you to effortlessly access the plans and vacation choices that you’ve made with My Disney Experience.

MagicBands are colorful, waterproof wristbands—resembling a watch or bracelet—that you can quickly and easily touch to a sensor called a touch point. Cards work in a similar fashion, but physically resemble a plastic credit card or driver’s license. Both MagicBands and cards allow you to travel lighter throughout your vacation.

You can use your card or MagicBand to:
Unlock the door of your Disney Resort hotel room.
Enter theme and water parks (with valid admission).
Check in at FastPass+ entrances.
Connect Disney PhotoPass images to your account.
Charge food and merchandise purchases to your Disney Resort hotel room (only available during your hotel stay).




The media is awash with different perspectives on the Laptop for Kids Project being implemented in Kenya.


I find it interesting that very few of the contributors to this very important discussion care to quote or review other global instances of children being exposed to technology at an early age.


The global experiences of OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) in its various formats, of The “Hole In the Wall” experiment by renowned educationist Suguta Mitra all point to this program being an opportunity to spark the next level of professionals ready for the information age.





I feel blessed to have gotten got early exposure to technology.


I was fortunate enough to get a feel of DOS,Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, Lotus 123 (and a lot of Paratroopers, Digger, Chess, Prince, TD (Test Drive), Lotus, Budokan… I clearly played more games than anything).



Under the tutelage of The Late Steven Barasa Wamalwa, at The Computer Centre, Eldoret, I experienced one of the first child-focused computer educational programs in Kenya in the late eighties-early nineties. Under his direction, some of the most influential Kenyans in technology, like John Walubengo learned and honed their craft.


I was never particularly interested in code, thus I did not end up as a developer. Yet in my view this early exposure to command prompt and the basics of  how computing works has aided me to be the formidable Information Worker I am now.


In all fields today, computing is melded in the substratum of process, communication and output. Yet we still find people claiming a computer is not working, yet they haven’t turned it on, or being less productive because of screens like this:






I can quote the venerable Bitange Ndemo stating,

Bitange Ndemo ‏@bantigito18 Jul

1m kids will join std 1. If 10% of them become computer literate, that is 100k. If 10% of these end up in ICT, you have 10k experts


False, some might say, but I was one of those kids who had been working ({sic} playing) with computers since I was 7 or 8; the benefits to me have been invaluable.


Working with computers may not necessarily guarantee us a Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. We may have a higher chance of forming a Larry Flint or a world ranking member of Anonymous, or none at all.


Of this, though, I am certain, we shall have a more productive and more effective workforce as a whole.

Ribbon Hero 2: Return of Clippy


It is always the simple things, the littl things, that make the greatest difference in our lives.

Proper knowledge of wordprocessing and spreadsheets is not so prevalent, and it stops a lot of people from being productive in the workplace.

Ribbon Hero is a great productivity game by Microsoft that lets you play Office in the Office.

Not like how you play house…that is an entirely different game altogether. 

Ribbon Hero lets you learn tools, tips and tricks within the whole Office Suite.

It is one of the best things that you can let yourself, your team and staff do when they need to take a break during work.

Get it at : http://www.ribbonhero.com




Depth in categorization has been a gargantuan challenge to most productivity applications. The typical approach, a stance taken by Evernote, Producteev, and RTM, has been to follow the user everywhere you are, and allow you to submit tasks, attach notes, links, references, pictures from various sources both offline and online.This is the where the differentiation battles have been; in the depths of interactions with other apps, gadgets and platforms as they arrive.

So you get to centralize your work from anywhere. But our categories and documentation styles are different. This increase in complexity of software integration and interface is the challenge to app makers as it of course stretches their r&d budget.

Workflowy takes a different stance. Workflowy is lists on steroids.

Their differentiators are clear.

1.  Centralization.

No online offline business, no multiple apps for this and for that. Just their site, http://www.workflowy.com

The steps to take, in their own words:

      1. Go to workflowy.com.
      2. Create top-level items called ‘Personal’ and ‘Work’.
      3. Click the bullet point next to ‘Personal’ to zoom in.
        • Create a ‘Chores’ item. List under it everything you need to do in the next week.
        • Create a ‘Goals’ item. List under it everything you want to get done in the next month and year.

Zoom out and start on the ‘Work’ section.

This should be enough to get you started.

2.  Free-Form.

WorkFlowy is free-form and you can use it however you like.

This free-form format is their separator from the other applications and it drills down to categories and subcategories as deep as you are willing to go.

Given a list of similar applications,It would be the simplest to use. Being the closest thing to your regular notepad, it is fun to use too.

It allows you to write your lists or notes the way you want to write them, the way it works for you. If you favor the GTD method, use it, if your form of categorization is no categorization, go ahead, if you prefer my method of Future, Now and Past, go on.

3. UI

It has been largely a race towards deeper complexity in getting things done, so much so one  requires to study books to utilize methodologies to accomplish ones own goals. This is no jibe at all, a book like Sally McGhee and John Wittry’s  “Take Back Your Life!Using Microsoft Outlook to Get Organized and Stay Organized” has been my personal productivity bible for a while, and I just heard about Darren Crawford’s Getting Things Done Using Evernote.

But what happened to just having a notebook and writing it all down? Finding the drive to achieve what you want to achieve from negative experiences, positive experiences and measurable goals?   Writers too, are encouraged to write on a paper scrap book for ideas to flow and come to fruition.

Well Workflowy have done just that. It’s the closest thing you can get to a magical notepad that shrinks to a few headers, or digs deep into other specific content.


Working with teams. It seems at present to be geared specifically for the individual user, I am unsure how the team aspect that has been well incorporated in Producteev and Evernote would be executed here.

Content Types. Can you draw? Sketch? Yes you can add links, but I think, at first glance, that that’s it. So its limited in scope, It is very specific in what its intents are, the outline of a project or a GTD plan.

Beels & Whistles. I talked of Asana, which, while being challenged in the depth of categorization sector, takes a deeper step in alerts on milestones attained and unattained to email and other media.

Workflowy is a turbo-charged list. That’s it.

I was inspired to write this post on gamification of GTD (Getting Things Done) after reading this Blog post by a certain Ikaruga on the possible design of GTD tools around game theory.

This post was written I believe, quite a while before everyone was talking about enterprise gamification and the writer lays out the principles around which gamification of GTD would be optimal, being:

  1. GTD needs a compelling story
  2. GTD Needs clearly defined and easy to understand rules and objectives.
  3. GTD Needs unnecessary obstacles (it needs to be fun)

The writer was way ahead of the curve, the idea of gamification of GTD and now the term GAMIFICATION is now THE subject of discussion in enterprise productivity and not just personal productivity. 

Of course market leaders like Microsoft and IBM have for a while been toying internally with workforce gamification for a while now.

For example, Ross Smith, then director of Test at Microsoft, writes out a compelling case study on internal use of gamification at Microsoft since 2006.

The goals they defined for gamifcation of their work environment were:

It is a pretty detailed case study, providing the history and ideologies behind gamification of the enterprise, the challenges,solutions. At its end he outlines the following lessons:

  • Games appeal to everyone, especially at work! 
  • Collaborative play builds trust.
  • Games don’t work everywhere or in every situation.
  • Leverage core player skills.
  • Leaderboards and scoring compete with the paycheck for motivation – be careful. Prizes don’t necessarily help – and can sometimes hurt. See this Dilbert as an example of prizes gone bad.
  • Experimentation is critical.
  • Amplify skill with volume
  • Reduce cost with Discovery & Instrumentation
  • Reduce Risk with Diversity
  • Trust and transparency increase effectiveness.

Given this background, one would think, with FourSquare as a success story, that the market would be rife with gamified getting things done,task management,productivity and the enterprise applications.

Not just yet. As such there seems to be no refined market leader in this niche. These are some of the applications available.

Personal Productivity Gamified

1. Epic Win, an iPhone Application that gamifies your life into an RPG (role playing game).

Epic Win

2. Chore Wars– An App that gamifies household tasks for a family.

Chore Wars

3. High Score House- Another app that gamifies household chores.

Highscore House

4. My Life Organized- An Android GTD App that organizes your tasks,projects and goals into a tree, with progress bars on each line item. Of course there’s a lot more to gamification than a progress bar.

My Life Organized

4 Aherk- A Facebook app,dubbed “goal oriented self blackmailing service” that challenges to post embarrassing photos if a task remains undone!


5. Emailga, The Email Game, that targets better productivity around email use and mailbox management.


6. If you method is offline and you work with spreadsheets, and need a progress bar to egg you on, there’s several spreadsheet templates with that.

Here is one I’m currently fiddling with on IBM’s threat to Microsoft Office, IBM Lotus Symphony, and it is free to download.(Both the spreadsheet template and IBM’s Lotus Symphony). This will be the subject of another post. 

To Do list with Progress Bar 


Enterprise Productivity gamified

1.The folks at Bunchball  have APIs that let you gamify your website and applications, and have plugins for Salesforce and even IBM. 

2. Gamify also target enterprise clients by offering the tools, portals and APIs allowing any company to gamify their internal enterprise management processes.

3.DealMachine  also target the salesforce, and aims to incentify and intensify the selling game. 



4. Red Critter tracker, Gamified Project Management

red critter tracker

Social Causes gamified

1. Games For Change– an aggregator portal that links out to games with causes. It seeks to promote games that educate, that promote social awareness and influence society positively.

News Gamified

News games take any past or present global happening and turn into an interactive game. Newspapers and television inform and educate; so do games.



I feel as though, at this time, most of the companies in this sphere are shying away from providing the solution to gamification of GTD, but want to provide the platform, which is what Bunchball and Gamify are trying to do so as to have more enterprise clients.

This list is definitely not conclusive,I am certain, of course, more apps will emerge soon.

7 Simple Steps to Get More Out of Your Day

Sales Homepage

Let’s face it – time is probably our greatest resource. We never seem to have enough of it and it seems to pass so quickly. Well we won’t get any more of it and we can’t slow it down.

What we can do is make the most of the time we have. Here are some simple steps you can take to get the most out of your day.

1.    Plan your day the night before – At the end of each day write out all the things you need to do the following day to achieve your goals. Pull together all the information you’ll need, phone numbers and relevant paperwork.

2.    Prioritize the list – Number each item and do the nasty jobs first. There’s always the temptation to do the easy jobs first. However, think how the thought of doing the nasty jobs hangs over you as you do…

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A 15 Minute Fix for the Productivity-Challenged

The DMT Idea Board

Infinity time spiralMy project load is vast and all-consuming enough (thank you, new and loyal clients alike!) that I’m going to step away momentarily from the next DMT Artistry, LLC rebranding adventure – logo redesign – and attend strictly to my clients.

However, that won’t prevent me from imparting a piece of productivity wisdom that I learned ages ago from my father, and resurrected from my memory files only a few short years back.

I know for a fact that I’m not alone in quietly pipe dreaming that I could multiply myself 10 times over. SOMEONE needs to tackle all those career, social, family and life obligations that strap on army boots with cleats and gleefully trample our schedules and our sanity.

Happily, 15 minutes in the morning can solve our dilemma.

The Extreme To-Do List Makeover

Before you stride purposefully out the door on your mission to make something of your…

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Boston City Flow


We are built for action. We are built for action. every time I say it it feels silly even saying it, but we are built for action. We are built for action because we are placed between three, the future, the present and the past.

I have showcased different productivity and GTD tools on this site. As said before,for action and reaction to be effected in our lives,  simplicity is key, read John Maeda’s The Laws of Simplicity. I simplify my broad categories to the three, Future, Present, Past. The present, or now, is, in my view, interchangeable with action.

  1. Future: This category holds anything undone. Ideas, plans,concepts,meetings,dates,you name it, thy fall under subcategories within the future category.
  2. Action (Present): This holds everything that needs getting done now. The present encapsulates the imaginary constant we call NOW. Now does not exist. We are built for action, for we are constantly hurtling into the depths of time and space creating a past imprint in memory, hurtling towards a future in design. Now is a reflective gulp of time,that is seen as it passes by,soon falling into past.
  3. Past: The past reflects achievements, notches on the wall,milestones,benchmarks, and its existence “proved” by memory, and that which has been achieved.

So the last item really causes one to look at actionable tangible goals, when it is in your past, when you measure your action, are they of value?

We are built for action, action is all we are, into a future that is seen, into a past that remains to be seen.

Drafts: Idea Inbox

The Overthinker

Drafts is an “idea Inbox”. Launch the app, type your text, and then decide where it needs to go or be used. You can send it in an email or a text message, post to Twitter or update your Facebook status. Send the text off as a new note in Evernote or save it as a text file to Dropbox. You can hand it off to the clipboard or other writing apps, and it’s the fastest way you’ve ever entered a new event in the calendar app.

Drafts launches fast so you get the idea down first, and then decide what to do with it. After you use it about three times, you’ll wonder how long before Apple will buy the developer out and add it to iOS.

Check out my tips for using Drafts.

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Inspiration in So Many Words

Maggie's Blog

I’ll admit it: reading books about writing always makes me feel a *little* like I’m cheating, because when I’m reading them, I *feel* productive, but am not actually getting words on the page, and also because although I’m reading, I’m not taking a chunk out of the massive To-Read list (and by list, I mean stack) I’ve accumulated over the years. It’s so easy to feel like “A Writer” when I read books like these–the same way I feel like “A Writer” when I chat writing with other aspiring authors, sit on convention panels, and/or read blog posts about writing (like this one! OOO! Self-reflective!). None of them get words down on the page, despite all the warm-productivity-fuzzies I get from them.

I’m also extremely picky. There are a million and one books on How To Write out there, and in this realm, all are most decidedly NOT created equal…

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How to Focus When You’re Juggling Lots of Different Tasks

Joe The Flow

Have you ever noticed that the times when you really need to focus are the times when it’s toughest?

On days when you have far too much to do — an overflowing inbox, meetings to prepare for, chores to complete — it’s easy to end up darting from one task to the next, never making any real headway.

When you’ve got a lot to juggle, you need a battle plan. Here’s what to do: [read]

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Avoiding Complacency

Rob Taylor Blog

This past week I sent the email below (verbatim) to my leadership team, not as a critique, but as a challenge.   I really find my own personal motivation goes in cycles and I have to fight through this issue from time to time.  The title of the email was the same as this post, “Avoiding Complacency”.


Guys, I wanted to share a simple technique I use every week to ensure I’m staying motivated and focused on the right stuff.  To be clear, this is not a critique on our/your work ethic, commitment or anything else other than my normal “challenging” the team to stay awesome.  I recognize everyone is working hard. 

Candidly, one of the issues I personally have to wrestle with is avoiding complacency, becoming “comfortable” in my role and most important, losing a sense of urgency and paranoia that I believe is critical for any…

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Asana- Productivity at its simplest

There are always artists who are in the periphery of the mainstream music circles,with unbelievable music, but unknown worldwide, because of insufficient marketing muscle,on principle,an unfortunate twist of fate, or some other obscure reason.

Often it is a friend who shares this strangely beautiful music with one, or some chance flick to a strange channel,or soundtrack to a movie…

It always feels like discovering a theretofore unbeknownst jewel…

 my precious

This is how I discovered Asana.

I was discussing Service Management,Project Management and CRM software with industry colleagues and of course all the billboard artists, the blockbuster chart toppers came up.

Microsoft Projects, IBM Tivoli Service Management, Salesforce, Sugar CRM…

The lightweight online versions like chatter and Free CRM also came up.

A friend mentioned Asana. “Never heard of it”, was the general consensus.

But she stated that we should all give it a try.

I got the invite in my mail, and promptly sent it to junk.

Later that week I got a client request for a cheap and lightweight online project management software. I did not want to respond with a system of GTD solutions like Evernote, RTM and Producteev, as they require a systemic change in how things are done, change which is sometimes too daunting for some to do on their own.Actually, come to think of it, Producteev would also have suited them just fine. Neither did he require the overkill of IBM’s Lotus Live or MS Projects.

In any case, as I had forgotten the name of the service my friend had recommended, I dug back into junk and retrieved the mail, clicked the link and got onto Asana.


Asana is a simple online task management software. It makes the whole concept easy by using the Asana portal as the sole task and activities management area.


Its structure is simple, structured as most email services are structured, quite like Evernote, the Task pane on the extreme left, the task and item particulars in the middle and a third pane on the extreme right with project details.

This familiarity in user experience makes the site very easy to adapt to whether you knew of it or not.

An administrator gives the standard admin rights, manager rights, or view only rights to anyone by email.


Having just read the Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda, ( A must read by the way,)I admire Asana for staying true to the task of simplicity in getting things done. Its made to simply get whatever needs doing to get done. Its simple.

Cool factor two, it integrates with Gmail. If you use gmail and have extended its notifications to mobile, then this, for you, automatically means the project management of Asana extends to your mobile phone.For Free. COOOL.

A third cool factor, notifications of all tasks go to an active email, whether internal or external this expands the users who can access and easily attend to the tasks whether they know about Asana or not.


Depth of classification: From my assessment, Asana has two levels of project depth, the project itself, then line tasks within the project. However I think allowing for deeper stratification would make it seem more complex, as it is its target is people who want to manage simple projects. I think its whole concept is simplicity.

Creation of Tasks and Assignment: Some may see it a a detriment that one cannot assign and create  tasks from multiple external methods like SMS, twitter, Facebook,and the plethora of online links and media.

Again,I think that its purpose is productivity on specific projects. Simplicity is one of the key principles of any productive GTD methodology. In reality our e-mails are the main area which we work from, where we receive and delegate projects and tasks and evaluate results.


Despite it not being a mainstream artist, Asana is extremely effective.

If you need to Get Things Done, Asana is for you. Simplicity through a single collection point and management point on evaluation gives clarity on what is and is not performing well, and Asana does it. Very well.


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So I previously threw out some babies with the bathwater, the toddlers being RTM and Producteev.

In a nutshell, I shunned the so called Productivity  notes that follow you with multiple collecting points in your social networks and emails.

The premise is that notes are at the execution and daily rote tasks of your productivity cycle, part of short term and long term goal execution.

I have been forced to rethink the effectiveness of Notes.

I was souping up a new laptop, and asked @gbatosai to give me his list of software must haves for PC.

And in there I find a baby the size of an elephant.

The Elephant in the room is Evernote.

Evernote is a very well thought out sticky note mod with similar aims as Producteev, Microsoft OneNote,Delicious and RTM.
The others can be likened to Japanese cars, (with MS Onenoteclearly an American Muscle car with too much power and no control),while Evernote is clearly German perfection.


They describe themselves thus:

“Use Evernote to save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer or device you use.”

Their logo is a grey elephant enveloped in mint, with the fitting byline, “Remember Everything”.

Seriously, these guys worked with someone with serious UI,GUI and UX skills.

The first attribute it trumps the other platforms with is Familiarity.

It has the look and feel of most modern email providers, with the tab with notes, notebooks,trash, attributes, saved searches,et al on the left of the screen,  your “inbox” or list of notes in the middle, and a note on the left of the screen, which you can pin and unpin.

The mint green and high chrome finish on the GUI gives it a polished look.


*  Click New Note and take down an idea or task.

*  Clip and save a webpage using a Web Clipper.

*  Use Evernote on your phone to snap a photo of a whiteboard, business card, or   wine label.

*Evernote automatically makes text in your snapshots searchable!

*Take notes, save images, create to-dos, view PDFs, and more

*  Access your Evernote notes from any computer or phone you use

*Search and find everything, even printed or handwritten text in images


It goes a step further by challenging the existence of Delicious by letting you create tags of websites you like.

Copy and paste the URL, it allows for a thumbnail view and plain hyperlink. On the bottom right of the interface on the screen are mint green and grey  Evernote adverts, so unobstrusive they do not disturb you, you actually do not mind the adverts…*Oh my, there goes a cute  one with very cool Evernote T-Shirts.*

The File drop down menu has the standard options, but includes the option to import from Microsoft Onenote.

You can export notes in Evernote *.Enex format or as html. One can also attach and save file attachments, Email the note, and guess what, create a WebCam note!

The Edit and View tabs are standard. Format offers the cool options of encrypting selected text,inserting tables, a stripped down onenote with the enhancements in all the right places.

Of course it works seamlessly with your online Evernote account, thats why there is a Sync button.

Another cool feature is the Evernote Trunk, a catalog of Evernote addons which you choose to add.

Unlike Onenote, Producteev and RTM which literally bombard you with other possible collection points online and offline,(which Evernote have too) Evernote lets you go into the trunk and pick your add-ons.

Other tabs are a quicklink to email a note, which sends it from your Evernote account.

On the top left is a monthly upload limit of 60MB which of course makes you more productive by not having a mass of notes, this limit is aimed at ensuring you are productive.


I know. You are a Producteev user and you want to tell me that I just listed all the features that Producteev has. Its not in what you have; its how you present your features. I ts in the execution. What more can I say. This is the best and most practical note application I have experienced so far!

NB: I used Evernote to write this blog post. The imaging is not as crisp as Windows Live Writer, which I use for blogging, proving my point, notes are for notes, and execution of productivity plans, and should not take the functionality of premium productivity tools.

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The realm of enterprise and personal productivity has become quite complex, with the most popular email integrating the use of online documents, instant messaging,tasks and scheduling for personal or team use, reminders on mail and to phone via sms, and integration with projects and meetings, and bookings for rooms.

The latest versions of Hotmail and Yahoo have even integrated social networks and IM.

Google with Google + attempt to integrate it all, with social networking, personal communication and productivity on Gmail, search, Document storage and collaboration on Google Docs, Feeds on Reader, and a host of other applications.

The greatest triumphant result of Google+ is the unmatched number of new gmail accounts the social network has created.

These services have made existence very challenging for startups that built specific productivity tools for personal or enterprise use.

Online Task management suites are built on the premise that email alone is too busy with activity and that ones tasks may get lost in the traffic and spam.

Thus they track your activities from wherever you are, on twitter, Facebook, Gmail,Iphone, Hotmail, desktop, email and others.

They provide aggregation accounts from which your reminders are put together, after which you select a mode to which the reminder will be sent .



Remember the Milk is a program that has been around for a while. Some time back, RTM was the de facto application for simple tasks, to dos and reminders.

The simple single note book reminder was very well done, with new notes note being detached from the rest of the screen aided their market penetration. Most other notepad applications ran on the general engine of Microsoft’s notepad or wordpad, with twists on the fonts and a few tweeks here and there.

RTM had a simple concept, a single white list with a cow at the top corner. You then write your to dos for today and tomorrow and the week ahead. After all its for simple to do’s , not a fully fledged calendar.

They tweeked this by creating a desktop application that fed into the online profile. They then integrated Ical to allow feeding into other calendaring applications like Outlook, Gcal for integration with Gmail and the mail calendar. Month after month they add different ways with which you can send your reminders into their database like Iphone, Ipad, and all the other fadgadgets of the day.

However with the rate of development and integration on all communication suites their relevance has fallen by the wayside.

So why then, is the new personal productivity startup, Producteev, able to raise eyebrows?


Producteev is an online task management portal. Apart from having the backing of a couple of the VC entities, (one of whom is I.O ventures who use Producteev forms for applications)


what would endear one to Producteev apart from the hype and the shiny new toy sensation, and make it an application that will be here for a while?



To be quite honest, in my interactions with both applications, RTM wins due to its simplicity. It works well and is built for simplicity.

On the other hand, Producteev offers team and solo editions, adding levels of complexity, which makes it seem like a minor pugilist attempting to fight with heavyweights like Microsoft Office 365,MS Projects,Lotus Notes. Moreover,even though you would like to utilise free team management of tasks, Google’s Gcal,Google Wave and Gdocs or Hotmail’s Calendar and Skydrive are by far more superior tools for team communication and project management.

Its amazing, even on Producteev’s Blog for why one should switch from RTM to Producteev, there are no concrete reasons.


My take is, whichever email suite you prefer to use,the productivity applications integrated therein today are by far superior to external applications.

For example, for both Gmail and Hotmail, the tools provided therein allow you to manage your tasks with reminders to phone via sms (to me this is the most efficient method of reminders).

QUICKPULL STEELTHORN SOFTWARE – Automated Battery Pull for Blackberry


He sees me removing the battery of the phone while still on and asks quietly: won’t you crush the hard disk?
Following the above tweet by my good friend @matrixster , I noted that a good number of people in Africa have not upgraded from their oldschool Blackberry phones to newer products.
The old 8*.*  Blackberies  boot like a 286 computer, especially when you have alot of applications running on it.
So I guess you have your :
  1. Facebook for Blackberry
  2. Twitter App ( Socialscope, Ubertwitter,tweetme, etc)
  3. wordpress For Blackberry
  4. Snaptu
  5. Opera Mini
  6. Insert preferred app/apps here

Your Blackberry will boot and refresh and boot quite slowly.

Having a large amount of images, ringtones and or games stored in the device may reduce available free memory.

If the BlackBerry’s memory is at or near capacity the handheld will begin to delete the oldest Call Log and Text Message (SMS) entries in an effort to free up memory space.

In order to prevent this, free memory must be increased.

.Your old school Blackberry is configured to delete messages to increase memory so that your phone applications can run optimally.NOTE: Saved messages will not be deleted

The advise given at most sites to stop this is, each day at certain points , to hard reset the phone, which is, a Battery Pull.

A battery pull is when you pull out the battery. Simple.

Here are some key suggestions on optimising you Blackberry memory:

Reduce Allocated Media Memory
      1. Scroll to and select the Media icon.
      2. Select the Pictures icon.
      3. Select the Device Memory icon.
      4. Press the Menu key, select Options.
      5. Change the Device Memory Limit to 12MB.
      6. Press the Menu key, select Save.
      7. Hard Reset the BlackBerry.
   Reduce Calendar Keep Appointments to 60 days or less
      1. Scroll to and select the Calendar icon.
      2. Press the Menu key, select Options.
      3. Scroll to and select Keep Appointments.
      4. Select the desired amount of time to keep appointments.
      5. Press the Menu key, select Save.
      6. Hard Reset the BlackBerry.
   Reduce the amount of time Messages are kept on the handheld.
      1. Scroll to and select the Messages icon.
      2. Press the Menu key, select Options.
      3. Select General Options.
      4. Scroll to and select Keep Messages.
      5. Select the desired amount of time to keep appointments.
      6. Press the Menu key, select Save.
      7. Hard Reset the BlackBerry.
   Clear Cache and Cookies
      1. Scroll to and select the Browser or Media Net icon.
      2. Press the Menu key.
      3. Select Options.
      4. Select Cache Operations.
      5. Select Clear History.
      6. Note: Clear History will no longer appear once it has been selected.
      7. Hard Reset the BlackBerry.
   Delete Unused Languages
   Note: If deleting both the unused languages and the sample video wait to restart the device until both processes have been completed
      1. Scroll to and select the Settings icon.
      2. Select the Options icon.
      3. Select Advanced Options.
      4. Select Applications.
      5. Scroll to and highlight each of the unused languages under the Input Support and Language and Input Support subheadings.
      6. Press the Menu key.
      7. Select Delete.
      8. Select Delete.
      9. When prompted to Restart select No until all unused languages are deleted.
     10. NOTE:Repeat steps 4-8 until all unused languages are deleted then select Yes when prompted to restart.
     11. Hard Reset the BlackBerry.
   Delete Sample Video
   Note: If deleting both the unused languages and the sample video wait to restart the device until both processes have been completed. The sample video is the pre-installed video for the blackberry and is ~2.2MB in size.
      1. Scroll to and select the Settings icon.
      2. Select the Options icon.
      3. Select Advanced Options.
      4. Select Applications.
      5. Scroll to and highlight "Blackberry Sample Video".
      6. Press the Menu key.
      7. Select Delete.
      8. Select Delete.
      9. When prompted to Restart select Yes.
     10. Hard Reset the BlackBerry.
   Change Call Log Options
      1. Scroll to and select the Phone icon.
      2. Press the Menu key.
      3. Select Options.
      4. Select Call Logging.
      5. Select either Missed Calls or None.
      6. Hard Reset the BlackBerry.

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