Taking your life back from technology

I’ve always been a reluctant consumer of twitter and social media in general, with a strong preference for RSS feeds that allow for batching incoming information. This was a very practical discussion of implications of social media addiction in the business world. Apparently the average American adult between 16-64 spends 3 hours / day on social media sites! At the very least the author is spot on suggesting one of the easiest decisions to make is to at least remove social media apps from your phone..

Cal Newport on taking your life back from technology

Check out TwitRSS.me if you’re stuck wondering how to get off the Twitter escalator but not lose some great content that gets posted there.

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F.lux twilight etc. optimal coordinates

I’m a fan of Paul Jaminet’s underrated take on circadian rhythms, boiling things down to generally having a day to day lifestyle with 12 hour days and (12 hour) nights year-round. He gives a good overview of his take in this podcast episode transcript here. Interesting what he says about a strategy with his newborn which I think makes more sense than anything I’ve heard from what I read on the subject when my daughters were < 1 year.

Tools like F.lux for computers and Twilight for Android etc. are quite popular but I think most people use the default approach of syncing to the users specific location to mimic sunrise/sunset. Alternatively in both of these that I use you can manually set the coordinates to for example for me on EST time I can use 0.00, -111.0 to use the equator’s latitude and adjust the longitude depending on the best 12 hour daytime hours around my schedule.



Odd shut down of Scope android app

Bummed that my favorite social news feed app Scope for android seems to have been killed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this happen with so little reported about what has happened over the last 72 hours or so. Searching for news reveals almost nothing aside from a few users also reporting their feeds just stopped updating.

Not that I am big fan of twitter or facebook for that matter, but this app did exactly what I needed to scan a few feeds that can’t be done with RSS in a really slick way. Even better than the also killed TweakDeck.

I can’t handle the bloat of apps like hootsuite and it feels painful to have to actually open a facebook or twitter app individually. What to do?


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Getting up to speed on online shopping techniques

I thought this article from last week on finding back to school computer deals was worth checking out for more than just computer shopping. It’s a great summary of the online tools out there that have creeped in to the modern day bargain shopping toolbox. Amazing how far we’ve come from paper coupons and crappy Groupon (sorry).

Going Back To School? Save Money On A New Computer With 7 Secret Tips.

Some of these startups are amazing I wish I had thought of some of these things… Personally I have need to step my game up and try a few of these things. Recently I have been impressed even with just checking RetailMeNot before buying something online, more often than not if a website has any coupon or discount field on the checkout page that should trigger you to take a look around.

And double plug for the Chrome extension Page Monitor, which solves a huge challenge of keeping track of pages without RSS feeds. For example, I have a niche industry news site that sells an expensive insider newsletter that flags new stories, but all I really want is to get notified of the latest news headlines that they report. So this extension notifies me and takes me to the exact new headlines highlighted on the page which I can use for searching on my own to get the details. Awesome stuff. I have added hundreds of sites and it works spot on.



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