Close to hand

It is far, far easier to use a tool that you’re in the way of using regularly, that you can just pick up and do a job. We have no trouble just picking up our phones to look something up,…

Resource: How to delay Googledrive / Backup and Sync on Windows startup

Googledrive/Backup and Sync has been eating a lot of resources on startup and slowing everything down… This fantastic howto from maketecheasier is the quickest crib-sheet for scheduling things so that Drive still starts – in my case 10 minutes after…

Podcasting resource: Anchor.fm

anchor.fm comes highly recommended as free-to-use-with -almost-no-limits one-stop-shop for podcasting. It’s apparently brilliant, intuitive and powerful, and an easy way to get your podcast onto googlepodcasts, apple, Spotify etc. It’s on the hitlist – more soon! Thanks to Ryan for…

Five Questions: Victoria Patience

1) Introduce yourself: who are you, what do you do, and why is it important? My name’s Victoria Patience. I’m a freelance Spanish-to-English translator and author’s editor, and am also a mother, reader, cook, runner, lapsed cargo-biker, and on-off vegetable…

Machine. Ecosystem. (6) – Kevin Kelly on the techium

Okay, so machines are simple, largely linear, and predictable, and systems are complex, adaptive and ‘dispositional’… but look a bit closer and the distinction gets blurry. Most systems (individual people, markets, forests to name three) are combinations of sub-systems that…

Bits for atoms

We’re repainting our house – this is one of the colours about to be mixed at our local hardware shop. A small snippet of the colour catalogue looks like this: Say you needed to have five tins of each colour…

Peter Drucker on management as a discipline

If you can’t replicate something because you don’t understand it, then it really hasn’t been invented; it’s only been done. When I published The Practice of Management fifty years ago [in 1954], that book made it possible for people to learn how to…

Byproduct

Tobi Lütke (@tobi) is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shopify. In 2004, Tobi began building software to launch an online snowboard store called Snowdevil. It quickly became obvious that the software was more valuable than the snowboards, so Tobi and…

How tools spread

How do tools – ideas and understandings, practices, and real physical tools – get to the people who need them? Some tools may only need to be seen to by copied and spread. A tool will spread if it is:…

Computers marching towards us

Computers have been on a steady march toward us. At first, computers were housed in distant air-conditioned basements, then they moved to nearby small rooms, then they crept closer to us perched on our desks, then they hopped onto our…