Links for May 19th through September 10th

September 10th, 2010 by Demian Turner

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Changing DNS provider, slight outage possible

July 5th, 2010 by Demian Turner

We just moved the dorisapp.com domain to a new provider, and next step is to switch over the DNS. I’m hoping it will go without any interruptions to service but it’s possible there may be some hiccoughs.

The switchover is planned for Friday at midnight, UK time, so hopefully any interruptions to service will happen over the weekend and cause as little disruption as possible.

I expect the Doris service to be fully back to normal by the end of the weekend, ie by midnight, Sunday July 11th.

Thanks for your patience.

Update Submitted for Doris iPhone App

June 27th, 2010 by Demian Turner

Thanks to all the users who wrote in about the Doris crashes after updating to iOS4, a new binary was uploaded to the App Store last night and should be with you shortly! Thanks for your patience.

Recent Doris Reviews

May 31st, 2010 by Demian Turner

March was a good month for Doris reviews – here are 3 substantial ones I spotted that appeared on March 2010

Thanks guys for the positive feedback!

1,000 True Fans

May 27th, 2010 by Demian Turner

A very inspiring piece that suggests that artists and small businesses creating their own products actually only need about 1000 true fans to generate a decent revenue.

Bookmarks for May 18th

May 20th, 2010 by Demian Turner

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Bookmarks for May 12th

May 12th, 2010 by Demian Turner

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Seven Weird Habits That Will Change Your Life

April 26th, 2010 by Demian Turner

I really enjoyed this article – still falls under productivity but may be more appealing to the philosophically inclined.

Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret

January 21st, 2010 by Demian Turner

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I found this article from Lifehacker so good I wanted to reproduce it here in case it disappears at some point.

LH Editor: When software developer Brad Isaac told us he had productivity advice from Jerry Seinfeld, we couldn’t turn down the chance to hear more. Read on for the whole story from Brad.

Years ago when Seinfeld was a new television show, Jerry Seinfeld was still a touring comic. At the time, I was hanging around clubs doing open mic nights and trying to learn the ropes. One night I was in the club where Seinfeld was working, and before he went on stage, I saw my chance. I had to ask Seinfeld if he had any tips for a young comic. What he told me was something that would benefit me a lifetime…

He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself—even when you don’t feel like it.

He revealed a unique calendar system he uses to pressure himself to write. Here’s how it works.

He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.

He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”

“Don’t break the chain,” he said again for emphasis.

Over the years I’ve used his technique in many different areas. I’ve used it for exercise, to learn programming, to learn network administration, to build successful websites and build successful businesses.

It works because it isn’t the one-shot pushes that get us where we want to go, it is the consistent daily action that builds extraordinary outcomes. You may have heard “inch by inch anything’s a cinch.” Inch by inch does work if you can move an inch every day.

Daily action builds habits. It gives you practice and will make you an expert in a short time. If you don’t break the chain, you’ll start to spot opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t. Small improvements accumulate into large improvements rapidly because daily action provides “compounding interest.”

Skipping one day makes it easier to skip the next.

I’ve often said I’d rather have someone who will take action—even if small—every day as opposed to someone who swings hard once or twice a week. Seinfeld understands that daily action yields greater benefits than sitting down and trying to knock out 1000 jokes in one day.

Think for a moment about what action would make the most profound impact on your life if you worked it every day. That is the action I recommend you put on your Seinfeld calendar. Start today and earn your big red X. And from here on out…

Don’t break the chain!

How to Block Flash

December 7th, 2009 by Demian Turner

ClickToFlash IconI wish I hadn’t waited so long to install the ClickToFlash plugin, it totally improves the web experience.  The idea is simple, all flash animations are paralyzed by default ;-)  To view flash, including videos like youtube, etc, you have to click to play.  A lot healthier for the laptop, no more CPU running at 100% nor mindless distractions when you’re trying to absorb valuable content.