Archive for the 'tech' Category

Backpack Publish Firefox Extension

April 25, 2007

Most Backpack users have probably already discovered the Backpack Extension for Firefox made by Ben Mills, which places a Backpack icon/menu in your Firefox toolbar for easy access to all of your pages, lists, calendar and reminders.

If you love the convenience of that add-on, you’ll love Andrew Kortina’s amazing and incredibly useful Backpack Publish Firefox extension. Backpack Publish gives you the web clipping abilities of Google Notebook right in your Backpack account. Clipping of images is not yet supported, but clips do include a link back to the original source.

Once you’ve installed the extension, all you need to do is highlight some text on a page, click the icon in your toolbar, choose the page you want, and select whether you want the clip to be a note or a list item. You can even turn highlighted text into a reminder. This extension provides functionality that the 37 Signals team should have implemented into their app long ago.

If you’ve been wavering back and forth between Google Notebook and Backpack for note taking and to do list management, this extension will definitely turn the tide in Backpack’s favor.

Twitter Fiction at PigPog

March 16, 2007

twitter The guys over at PigPog have a nice writeup of Twitter Fiction today. Be sure and check it out!

Twitter to be featured at SXSW

February 7, 2007

New favorite app Twitter is set for success at this year’s SXSW Interactive:

Twitter has been selected as a finalist for the SXSW Web Awards. The judges think we “revolutionize the power of publishing.” We hope we win! There’s also a People’s Choice category and we’re allowed to ask folks to vote for us. If you have a couple minutes you can help us take home the prize!

Vote here:

Speaking of SXSW, the conference organizers were kind enough to work with us to do something they’ve never done before. They’re letting Twitter take over the hallways. Everyone knows that the hallways at conferences are always brimming with action and this year Twitter is going to reflect some of that action back out with a couple big plasma monitors showing Twitter updates.

If you haven’t messed with Twitter, you should. It’s deceptively simple and addicting fun.

Joe’s Goals

November 29, 2006

As the time for New Year’s resolutions draws closer, I thought I’d share this ridiculously simple little goal tracker called Joe’s Goals. Sign up, add goals, click in the box when you’ve done that goal for the day. It’s that simple. You can even create a logbook to make notes if you like.

Here’s a screenshot – don’t make fun of my goals!


Joe’s Goals is really only useful for daily stuff.

Other things I’m using right now:
Wish lists – Kaboodle
Long term goals – 43things
Diet – Weight Watchers
Journal/notes – GTD hacked Moleskine with Pilot G2 mini

Fujifilm BIGJOB HD-3W

November 8, 2006

Fujifilm BIGJOB HD-3W

Originally uploaded by Allison Baxter.

I have so much gadget lust for this camera. It’s so rugged, so… red and black and silver! I’ve got to get one.

Pencils, pens, Moleskine, Backpack and Blackberry

September 6, 2006

It’s the beginning of the month, and we all know what that means – another exciting package in the mail from the good folks at Pencil Things. This month I received a California Republic Golden Bear 2B, a Mongol Trio, and a rare Faber-Castell Autograph HB, no longer in production. I must admit that I sharpened and tested the Autograph before reading the description, and I was just marveling at how inky and smooth it was when I realized I’d just sharpened away a collector’s item. Oh well! It was fun to use. I also received a special addition to my pack of pencils this month – a 5X5 orange Rhodia pad emblazoned with It was pretty cool since I’d just been considering picking up a Rhodia pad the other day. I like the pad, but I’m still a Moleskine loyalist all the way.

I was also able to make a trip down to Paradise Pen last weekend to pick up a yellow Lamy Safari rollerball, and I noticed a flyer for the Austin Fountain Pen Society. I didn’t even know such a thing existed! Apparently they coordinate meetings and other events on Fountain Pen Network. I hope to be able to make the meeting on September 10th.

In other news, Backpack has added a calendar feature, something I had almost given up hope of seeing from 37signals. Combined with notes, to do’s, images, shared writeboards, SMS reminders, and killer mobile access on my Blackberry, I can run nearly my entire life with my Blackberry + Moleskine + pen + pencil. Backpack remains the best $5 per month that I spend.

Relax, damnit

July 28, 2006

From Engadget:

In another rendition of games where the calmest mind wins, Steve Lambert has designed a two-player arcade-style version where participants sit down and do their very best to relax. Ironically, the game’s objective is to make your sprinter outrun your opponent’s, but getting frantic won’t help those legs move any quicker. The game senses the level of stress in your body — better known as bio-feedback — and converts your calmness into speed, while heightened stress will slow you down. So if you need a more entertaining way to get your blood pressure down from the stratosphere, just try to chill out during a high-paced, winner takes all game of competitive relaxation.

I would really love to see some Tibetan monks trained in a lifetime of meditation practice go up against each other at that game.