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Entries from June 2007

Jun 29, 2007

iPhone mania!

Okay. I can’t breathe. Soon, my hands will be wrapped around a brand spanking new iPhone. In a little bit, I’ll be heading down to wait in line with my colleagues from Dubberly Design Office, Ryan and Thomas. The flagship store in downtown San Francisco looks like a madhouse (there are literally clowns in line). […]

Jun 27, 2007

Two new interviews with yours truly

Two blogs recently interviewed me about my own productivity and money management habits. These are my very first interviews as a blogger, so I thought I’d share them with you: The first interview is with Noah Kagan on Mint, a soon-to-launch personal finance tool. Find out about my current financial strategy, what tools I use […]

Jun 26, 2007

iPhone: A sweet and simple setup

The iPhone debuts to crowds of feverish fans this Friday. I’m definitely waiting in line, though I probably won’t be camping out in a tent like I did at the Apple Store San Francisco grand opening. Everyone and their momma is buzzing about the numerous iPhone features (and lack of). But the most revolutionary feature […]

Jun 26, 2007

15 ways to maximize your lunch hour

In our obsession with productivity, you might think this article is about how to multi-task and use your lunch hour to work more efficiently. It’s not. In fact, your lunch hour should be the least “productive” moment in your day. Lunch is a micro-vacation from work. It should be relaxed, pleasurable, and enjoyable. If your […]

Jun 20, 2007

10 tips for beating blogger's block

You’ve been there. You sit down, ready to write the next killer blog post, only to have your mind go totally blank. Then, your brain clutters up with fluffy thoughts of melted chocolate, lust-inducing iPhones, and unicorns. (Or is that just me?) Even if you don’t blog, you know the agony and frustration of losing […]

Jun 18, 2007

One t-shirt, millions of possibilities

Sick and tired of having the same t-shirt everyone else has? Check out Usman Haque’s Configurable T-shirt. The shirt lets you create your very own design by simply “turning off” pixels with a permanent marker. Here’s the story behind its design: I was asked to design a t-shirt for my country.This presented me with two […]

Jun 13, 2007

Get clearer audio chats on your laptop

Graeme Dollar, a Senior Product Manager for voice services at Yahoo!, has a fantastic trick for reducing annoying audio feedback during voice chats. His tip is specific to MacBook Pro users with Skype, but it can be easily adapted to just about any laptop and audio conferencing service. The trick is to simply change the […]

Jun 12, 2007

In memory of Mr. Wizard

Don Herbert, famously known as Mr. Wizard, died today at 89. I still fondly remember waking up in the wee morning to watch his show just before going to school. He made science fun, entertaining, and inspirational. I was so enamored, I scoured the public library for his books. That way, I could enjoy the […]

Jun 10, 2007

Watch free full-screen TV on your Mac

Most major TV networks such as ABC, NBC, and CBS post reruns of your favorite shows on their websites for free viewing. I’ve been happily enjoying these free shows for quite some time. Sadly, most of the sites don’t offer true full-screen viewing without the distraction of the website, browser windows, and other interface elements. […]

Jun 4, 2007

The Helvetica movie is selling out fast

Helvetica, the first film about everyone’s beloved and hated typeface, has been touring the world and selling out quickly to hungry typophiles and designers. I almost got shut out of the upcoming San Francisco screening, but due to fervent demand, a second screening was added for the same night on June 13th. As of today, […]