• GTD done Web 2.0: Nozbe

    Through entries on the blogs of Marc Orchant and Web Worker Daily I found a new web application that's geared to support the Getting Things Done organization approach: Nozbe

    From what I read, Nozbe seems to be inspired by Backpack, but made strictly to implement the GTD concept of next actions, contexts and projects. I currently use Backpack to organize my tasks, but I have to implement contexts and projects by putting them on different pages which sometimes makes shifting things around a bit complicated. I've tried other online GTD solutions, but Nozbe seems to be the most appealing to me at the moment, because it combines the simplicity of Backpack with the complete GTD concept and nomenclature.

    Marc is excited, too:

    So when I saw Nozbe, I smiled. Here's an application that gets the essence of David Allen's approach exactly right in the browser where I can conceivably touch my projects and next actions from any of the devices I use in any of the locations in which I work. It's a matter of a few clicks to define a new Project, add a few actions, assign a context and estimate to the action, and capture some related notes.

    Judi Sohn from WWD points out that there's still a bit of work to do, but finds it an interesting solution, too:

    Nozbe still needs work. In addition to the uneditable contexts and the limit on projects, it doesnt work with any other on or offline system. No importing/exporting tasks or projects to work with a favorite calendar or email application. No RSS feeds. No reporting. No date-specific tasks. Sometimes you have to do something because its due, regardless of the accessibility of the context. I think all of these things can be added without losing the simplicity that makes this application stand out.
    Its a good start. If youre a GTD fan, this is a web application to watch.

    I'll give Nozbe a try over the next days.

    Update (2006-02-12): Today, Judi reviewed Vitalist and gives it a thumbs-up in comparison to Nozbe:

    If stuck on a desert island and forced to use one online GTD application, Id be bookmarking Vitalist. Nozbe is more straight-forward, but I appreciate Vitalists reminder, date and XML/feed features.

  • World of Whorecraft

    Okay, now I'd like to play on the Alliance's side. :-)

    The blood elves may be as pretty as the night elves, but their attitude is much worse. You probably wouldn't live to tell about having seen one naked.

  • Farewell, floppy disk!

    German news service Tagesschau sings the swan song,,OID6385352_REF1,00.html about a storage medium I grew up with: the floppy disk. The article describes how the floppy gradually got replaced by ZIP disks, CD ROMs, DVDs and USB sticks. Today, computer manufacturers don't bother with installing a floppy drive any more.

    But the author not only knows about the reasons of the floppy vanishing but also about its emotional consequences:

    It's time to finally say good bye to the floppy disk. But whoever saw the moist eyes of PC nostalgics when talking about the 5 1/4 inch disk, the bigger, somewhat floppier predecessor of the smaller quadratic disks, knows: that won't be easy for some of the hardcore hackers.

    Oh yes, it's hard. Here's a picture of my first 5,25" floppy disk:


    It came empty with my Commodore C128, so it's 20 years old now. The label says "128: The First" and was written with a typewriter.

    Today, it's hanging on the wall at my desk at home. Above a Mac Mini that will never know what a floppy disk is. Or was.

  • Really, it's not a cow!

    Although I keep trying to explain the issue to them, my colleagues seem to have a really hard time to understand that a Tauren druid is in so many ways different from a cow.

    And judging from the "enhancements" I got as a present last week, it's even more difficult for them to distinguish between me and my World of Warcraft character than it is for me.

  • Error: Too many flies

    No, I didn't mean files". It's flies. Tiny, pesky flies (they're called "sciaridae). And our plant pots at home are infested with them.

    When the first ones appeared in our flat a while ago, Carolin prohibited me from swatting them; she found them cute and called them her little friends". Well, when she returned from a weekend at her parents yesterday, she had to sweep away "more than a hundred fly corpses, including the ones she had instantly swatted herself. She had been warned.

    Choose your friends wisely, or as Seneca said:

    Ponder for a long time whether you shall admit a given person to your friendship; but when you have decided to admit him, welcome him with all your heart and soul.