Category Archives: Productivity

Directory of note-taking apps

By | July 20, 2020

Roam has shaken up a once dull market. But what else is out there? For the first time in more than a decade I dust off the once-popular ‘directory’ series of blogposts to try to draw up a rudimentary directory of apps and services that offer something similar to Roam Research. It’s tough, partly because Roam is so excellent but also because it’s hard to know where to draw the line. Here’s a stab

Employee snooping is big business. Expect it to get bigger

By | July 1, 2020

I wrote previously about how snooping on employees is going to become the norm as managers scramble to deal with a workforce that is reluctant — or unable — to return to the workplace. Enabling this will be a host of tools available for companies to do this. It’ll be impossible for a lot of bosses to resist.… Read More »

How A Twitter Scrap, and Covid-19, Reveal a Disruption In Process

By | May 8, 2020

When is innovation just another stab at the past, and when is it revolutionary? When it becomes a bit of a Twitter storm in a teacup, is possibly when. Here’s an interesting case study in the offing: You might need to get your head around some unfamiliar terms, like bi-directional linking, breadcrumb navigation and transclusion. Or not. My… Read More »

Moleskines Redux

By | June 15, 2015

Of course, I claim a lot of the credit for this decade-long trend Why Startups Love Moleskines:  “The notion that non-digital goods and ideas have become more valuable would seem to cut against the narrative of disruption-worshipping techno-utopianism coming out of Silicon Valley and other startup hubs, but, in fact, it simply shows that technological evolution isn’t linear. We… Read More »