Posts Tagged “work”

  • Fast, fuzzy directory navigation for Tag Filer

    This script provides an easy way to jump around the filesystem if (and only if) you're using my Tag Filer system. In that system, you tag main "context" folders with "=Tagname," and target subfolders (project folders) with "@projecttag." The Tag Filing system allows me to tag individual files and folders with a "#Tagname" (target context) and ":project:chain" tags to have Hazel automatically move them to their destination and maintain both a shallow folder system and a tag-based search system.…

  • Brett's new adventures and how you can help

    Ok, so here's the official announcement. I left my job at AOL Tech to go off on my own (for now). Feel free to skip to the end to find out how you can support my move.…

  • Mavericks and Tagging

    The next version of OS X (Mavericks) is going to have file tagging capabilities built directly into Finder (as well as save dialogs and iCloud browsers). In fact, it works in the same way as OpenMeta -- the system I've espoused all these years -- using metadata on the file itself to store the information and expose it to Spotlight. Apple is on the tagging train, and I'm certain they'll be conducting it in short order.…

  • Some suggestions for better tagging

    Since publishing my first article on tagging and appearing on MacPowerUsers, I've been asked many times for more specifics on my tagging system. I'll start by telling you that I don't have all of the answers what I'm sharing here is what I've learned after a few years of constant tagging.…

  • Totally TaskPaper

    I've been switching back and forth between The Hit List and OmniFocus for a while now. I like the simplicity of The Hit List combined with it's tagging/filtering capabilities, but the overall power and scriptability of OmniFocus keeps drawing me back. Plus, the forecast and review modes in OmniFocus for iPad are amazing. You can criticize me for fiddling if you like I mess with my systems in my free time, but always make sure they're stable before Monday morning comes...…

  • An office for every mode

    Moving into a new house has meant more space, and a chance to separate my various modes of work a little. I'm more efficient at switching modes (working, writing, playing, etc.) if I can switch spaces. Now, I have three work spaces.…

  • The Mac and iOS mind mapping app extravaganza

    Most of my projects start out as mind maps (which I may have mentioned before). Whether it's a packing list, a blog post or a TextMate bundle, I find it easiest to organize my (often scattered) thoughts using what Tony Buzan calls radiant thinking. Lists and outlines are rarely as effective as the non-linear format of a mind map. For me, if it involves brainstorming, it involves mind maps.…

  • The one monitor experiment

    I'm fascinated by this whole minimalism concept. I don't practice it very well, and I don't feel terrible about that. I have to admit, though, that all of those pictures of barren desktops and minimal computer systems actually appeal to me. That was the first motivation for this experiment.…