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I am a computer geek with interest in Java, C#, and Apache Solr, business models, visualization and whatever else catches my fancy.

I wrote a book on Solr: http://bit.ly/ZPSSt4 and maintain useful Solr resources at http://www.solr-start.com/


Feb
15
answered Peer review: my personal productivity system.
Dec
14
comment Good at writing Todo lists, but awful at doing them
Are they truly tasks or are they actually projects? If they look like "repaint the flat" kind of tasks, they are too big/confusing for tasks. Using the right terminology would of course get you better answers as all the ones so far seem to assume that items on your list are actually actively doable.
Dec
2
answered How do you keep tasks tagged as “unimportant” from turning into mini-disasters a month later?
Oct
20
answered How to get more experiences out of life?
Oct
20
answered How to fight over-excitement?
Sep
20
answered How to handle next actions that get blocked by new next actions?
Sep
7
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Aug
13
answered Does brain training software like “Lumosity” work?
Aug
10
comment Does a Trackball make you more productive?
@Hauser: WHERE? Seriously, I once bought a standalone IBM laptop keyboard that including Trackpoint. But it was expensive and they don't make it anymore. So, the advice, while useful is not easily actionable.
Jul
24
awarded  Enthusiast
Jul
19
answered Are there fundamental behaviors that cut across multiple productivity systems?
Jul
15
answered Is there a way to link tasks in Remember the Milk?
Jul
13
answered How do you get yourself to do “assigned tasks”?
Jul
12
comment How do I get faster at typing when you already have a decent speed?
@Tom-Wijsman: I did not mean to imply that it is hard to set Dvorak up. Rather I meant that if you are using somebody's computer, they will have Querty. And it is not particularly socially acceptable to just reset their keyboard and/or add keyboard layout. It would be (in those circumstances) the kind of thing that gives geeks a bad name. I have enough problem with colleagues using French Canadian keyboard to just extend the feel into something completely different. And I did not even mentioned that you would have to be perfect touch-typist to use Dvorak on a keyboard with no stickers.
Jul
12
answered How do I get faster at typing when you already have a decent speed?
Jul
12
comment How do I get faster at typing when you already have a decent speed?
I like the idea of Dvorak, but I think the social costs overweight the individual benefits. For example if I want to type something on another person's computer. Or in public setup. Or if somebody needs to use my computer. And so on. I think Dvorak is effectively socially isolating, and I speak that from the experience of having a boss using Dvorak. Which is a pity, but does have to be considered.
Jul
7
comment How can I transform my cycling commute time into productive time?
A couple of people tried to make text-to-speech but it did not really have a business model attached. GMail to podcast is an interesting thought but would anyone pay for it (Free to Free, pay for conversion - I don't remember if that was one of the fifty 'free' ideas in the 'Free' book)
Jul
6
answered Handling delayed delegating in GTD
Jul
5
comment How can I finish writing my Thesis as fast as possible, when I don't believe in it anymore?
You may benefit from reviewing the answers to the 'Committing to worthwhile activity' question in this forum: productivity.stackexchange.com/questions/209/… . Specifically, look around for communities of people supporting each other through dissertation process.
Jul
4
answered Tickler file for email