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January 4th, 2005


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10:03 am - Sigh...
I'm quiet because I broke Xjournal again.

I spent all of yesterday trying to design a UI for an app that will help with Getting Things Done. In the end, I failed. I don't know whether this is because I don't understand the methodology enough, or because the methodology inherently lends itself to simple, already-available tools. It's certainly true that I don't understand GTD well enough, but I don't know if that's why I failed. I had some decent ideas for the UI but, frustratingly, all of them ended up feeling more complicated than the system I'm already using - an OmniOutliner 3 document.

I'm excited about MacWorld SF, because I'm excited about the rumoured iWork suite. I have a pretty high regard for Thinksecret's rumour-mongering. I well recall xmusouka and I dissecting their Tiger rumours the day before the WWDC keynote and dismissing everything they postulated. In fact, we were 100% wrong, and Thinksecret was 100% right :-) So, iWork. Appleworks didn't deserve to die the slow lingering death that it has. It was an innovative app in its day, it's just that its day was 1992 and not 2005. I'd love a new productivity suite.

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From:merlinmann
Date:January 4th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Sadly I’ll not be at Macworld. An 11,000 mile round trip is a bit much :-)

Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion. ;)

I trawled through all the comments to the recent threads on 43Folders about the apps people use and how they use them. We should kick some ideas around sometime though. Maybe catch me on AIM? I can show you screenshots of my sketches.

That sounds swell. I’m “hotdogsladies.”

I think it’s heartening to see so much enthusiasm for app development but it reminds me a little of that scene in Jaws where everyone’s crowding into separate boats, firing off pistols, and nearly running into each other right in the harbor.

Having said that, those other folks didn’t build my fave LJ client. :)

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From:fraserspeirs
Date:January 4th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC)
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I've tried to be super-cautious about writing a GTD app. Reinventing the wheel is the last thing I can be bothered doing. That said, if there are improvements that can be made, we should make them.
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From:merlinmann
Date:January 4th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Totally. You're talking to someone who's tried practically everything in search of a notional "perfect" system.

See you online today.

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