★ Making Steel and Getting Things Done with Money and Web Applications

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Apparently modern steel is just not good enough anymore. As we create new technologies, we must turn more and more to fiction for inspiration. Okay, so I doubt anyone was sitting in the meeting suggesting that an attempt to make Rearden Metal be made, but that’s essentially what scientists are seeking to create — a new miracle metal. On the anniversary of 9/11, it is good to see that research surrounding the collapse of the Twin Towers has led to information that could better our technology and our world.


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David Allen’s popular book, Getting Things Done, details a method that involves 43 folders for a “tickler file”. The total is from a combination of 31 folders (one for each day of the month) and 12 folders (one for each month of the year). It looks like a patent filed in 1888 was the inspiration for this part of the GTD method.

Erin says,

> And, if you have some free time, I highly recommend reading the text of the patent. Smith details the problems he hopes to fix and how someone should use his office tickler system. If you are a history buff, you’ll likely find it fascinating. And, to explore this topic of lack of revolutionary ideas even further, you should check out Leo’s post on a similar subject from last week at Zen Habits.

Interesting evolution of an idea into a productivity system. I have tried the GTD system and failed miserably at it, but the one take-away I have kept because it works so well is the 43 folder tickler file. Everything else is pencil and paper (but I do highly recommend DEVONThink Pro if you’re a Mac user).

(via Consumerist)

Writer Dad wrote a wee book about compound interest and saving money. It’s a great little read and carries a powerful message. I have long kept an online savings account because the rates are much better than brick-and-mortar banks. I recently took a look at SmartyPig because they have added features to the service that go beyond a normal online savings, making it more like a game, which makes it fun to save. Consumerist has a quick review of the service along with some links to more reviews (NetBanker has a comprehensive review). If you’re looking for an easy way to save money and good rates, SmartyPig is worth a look. It’s particularly useful for children’s savings.


(via Ars Technica)

Lastly, I want to mention a new web application, or rather web desktop, that is in beta testing. The name of the service is Schmedley. Ars Technica takes a closer look at the service.

> Bringing a desktop UI approach to the start page, Schmedley offers the typical array of widgets—nay, “a suite of powerful web applications”—accessible via a bottom toolbar that looks and functions much like the Mac OS X Dock.

I have signed up for a beta account and just began using the service. I will have more to say about Schmedley and other web applications in the upcoming weeks.