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How to Focus

Focus Map by Learning Fundamentals

In today’s digital world of distractions it is difficult sometimes to focus and be productive. The Map of Distractions developed by Learning Fundamentals and Focus by Leo Babauta offer great tips on how to tame digital distractions and manage information overload in our daily activities. Some of these tips are really helpful, especially managing your inbox, since I have to deal with my overloaded inbox every day.

Steve Jobs: Be Hungry

Steve Jobs

Big news in the tech industry this week…Yesterday, Steve Jobs founder of Apple resigned from the company because of his ailing health. Jobs is one of the most innovative and visionary leaders in the tech industry. He holds over 313 patents and has led the company from near bankruptcy to the most valuable company in the world exceeding $350 billion. He reshaped many industries and technologies we use today. Apple will never be the same with out him. He is an inspiration to all of us in the tech industry. The resignation of Jobs marks the end of an era.

One of his best speeches was given at Stanford commencement in 2005, which I watched several times over the years. Enjoy!

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
-Steve Jobs

10 Reasons to Switch to Mac OS X Lion

Mission Control on OS X Lion
I am currently running Snow Leopard on my iMAC which I upgraded earlier last year. When the new OS X Lion came out, I wasn’t sure why I should upgrade again. But after reading Tom Negrino’s review of the MAC OS X at Peachpit, I know I will be upgrading my machine later this month. Here are Tom’s 10 reasons to get the Lion upgrade:

  1. Better browsing (Stable Safari, Less crashes)
  2. Improved Apps (Mail, iCal, iChat, Addressbook)
  3. Full Screen Apps
  4. Mission Control
  5. Launchpad
  6. Auto Save and Version Control
  7. Resume (Improved Restart/Shutdown)
  8. Better File Management (Cover Flow Style browsing)
  9. Gestures and Scrolling (Trackpad)
  10. AirDrop (File Sharing with another MAC Over Wi-Fi)

Combination of these improvements and 250 new features makes the upgrade worthwhile. Plus it is only $29.

What is Google+

Interesting interview of two guys behind Google+, Vic Gundotra and Bradley Horowitz by TechCrunch TV. According to these top Googlers, Google+ is a key platform to turn Google from “search” into “social” company and will be a major driver of Google’s future products.

Best iPad Note Taking Apps

According to PC Mag Top 5 iPad note taking apps are:

  1. Note Taker HD
  2. Penultimate
  3. Notability
  4. Evernote
  5. Next!

Notesplus iPad App

My favorite from that list is Evernote, it is free and can also sync up all your notes between your iPad, iPhone and computer in the cloud.However, for drawing and sketching I really like Wacom’s Bamboo Paper.

Bamboo Paper

Bamboo Paper is awesome, it is easy to use with fingers, if you want to sketch more precisely you can also buy their styles pen.

Bamboo Styles Pen