Monthly Archives: June 2005

new Tech section

Attention, RSS feeders! There’s a new “tech section”: on the site with “its own RSS feed”: (Site visitors may have already noticed the new link at the top.)

I’ve been exploring a lot of new technologies lately, and I wanted to write about them without flooding the main site with esoteric techno-commentaries. Readers, take a look. Authors, let me know if you’d like me to add it to your admin interface.

Gee! (your app smells terrific)

The worst part of having multiple e-mail addresses is keeping on top of new messages without spending every waking moment checking each account in sequence. That’s why I love “Gee!”:, a functional little GMail notifier for Mac OS X.

Gee (I’m going to stop exclaiming it) checks GMail’s Atom feed for my messages and updates a small blue circle in the menubar with the count of new ones. Pretty standard, but Gee goes one louder: clicking on the circle drops down a list of the senders’ addresses (or subject, or a combination depending on preference) so that I can quickly tell the difference between spam and an important message without pulling up GMail itself. If that’s not enough, Gee also lets me reset the counter so I can _choose to ignore it_ until something newer comes in.

That combination of simple features provides the best attention-span booster I’ve had in weeks. Of course, I just blew any productivity gain by blogging about it, but I had to share the love.