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Back to My Mac through iChat
“Back to My Mac allows a user log into another Mac remotely via internet. This is a great feature but it is only available if you are a .Mac subscriber… This quick tutorial will show you how set up iChat to do just that.”

Dabbawalas: Low-tech and lean delivery system
“A dabbawala is a person in the Indian city of Mumbai whose job is to carry and deliver freshly made food from home in lunch boxes to office workers. More than 175,000 or 200,000 lunches get moved every day by an estimated 4,500 to 5,000 dabbawalas, all with an extremely small nominal fee and with utmost punctuality. According to a recent survey, there is only one mistake in every 16,000,000 deliveries and the system has registered a Six Sigma performance at 99.999999 rating.”

The original 43 folders
“I stumbled across a delightful little gem. Apparently, not only did the David not invent the tickler file (news to me), but it’s been around since at least 1934.” via Ryan

How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour
“How long does it take to learn Chinese or Japanese vs. Spanish or Irish Gaelic? I would argue less than an hour. Here’s the reasoning–¦ Before you invest (or waste) hundreds and thousands of hours on a language, you should deconstruct it.”

The 7 Bad E-Mail Habits that Make People Want to Kill You
“E-mail is a shallow way to communicate. It’s easy, fast and lacks the depth of understanding most people have face-to-face. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize just how much of this understanding is lost. As a result, they pick up bad habits and start driving coworkers, bosses and friends crazy. Here are seven particularly bad habits, and how you can fix them so people don’t want to kill you.”

3 Comments

  • Keith

    gravatarNov 9, 2007
    11:36 am

    Your “Original 43 Folders” link is broken. Goes to norbauer.com, despite what the tooltip says.

  • Chanpory

    gravatarNov 9, 2007
    12:33 pm

    Oops, it’s fixed now. Thanks for catching that.

  • Nev

    gravatarNov 14, 2007
    10:27 am

    The Royal Mail (postal service) here in the UK could learn a thing or two from those dabbawalas!