I'm terribly embarrassed I didn't know this (until yesterday) but you can run blog-specific searches on Google using or selecting the Blog option from the "more" context menu on Google's homepage. Like everything else at Google, Blogsearch is in beta. However, I found it to be really useful when targeting a post I had read several months ago but never bookmarked. Thanks Google.


I'm not sure how long it's been out but I just discovered Google Maps runs on Palm OS based Treo's. The free app is available as a downloadable PRC file or, for convenience you can download and install it straight from your Treo (link below). Google Maps for Treo includes all the popular features of the original Google Maps including Satellite and Map View, business lookup, driving directions, and traffic information. You can use your stylus to navigate maps by dragging across the screen, zooming in and out, and clicking on items of interest like a local pizza joint. Find the business you were looking for? Just click its icon to pull up address and phone number information. With one click of a button Google Maps will connect you to the business. I'm really surprised the mobile app feels just like the non-mobile original. It's just as zippy and just as easy to find what you need.

The downside - if there has to be one - is the amount of data you will consume. In just a few minutes of browsing the Nashville area I had received over a MB of data. This won't be a problem for the professional paying for unlimited data use, but if you're on a limited plan you will want to pay attention to how much data you transfer. Fortunately, Google Maps keeps this information in front of you at all times data is being downloaded.

Google Maps for Treo


Apple Announces iPhone

Posted by Aaron West at 2:40 PM in Productivity, Mobile & Devices, Mac

Few surprises this week as Apple announces their latest hardware invention, the iPhone at the Macworld 2007 in San Fransico.

The iPhone combines a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod (with touch controls), and an Internet-enabled communications device, in one svelte handheld.


There are thousands of OS X apps out there, some of which you may not know about (for obvious reasons). For Apple's list of "10 OS X apps may not know about but should," check out this link. Of the 10 apps they list, I'm particularly fond of Paparazzi, a nifty screenshot application that can capture an entire scrolling Web page. Power Internet users - those with dozens of Internet accounts - will appreciate the power and convenience of Wallet, a tool that keeps track of all your Web site passwords and personal information in a secure, 448-bit encryption black box.

There are several apps not found on Apple's list that I personally could not live without. For that list, read on.

Continue Reading


A Lesson in Productivity

Posted by Aaron West at 10:31 PM in Productivity, Personal, GTD, Mac

Who among us does not have the desire to be more productive when it comes to spending time on a computer? Whether it's sifting through hundreds of e-mail, managing several to-do lists, or finding that obscure MP3 among thousands, it is a constant challenge to stay productive when working on my mac. Many times I find myself drifting from task to task without completing anything. Sometimes an e-mail will spawn something that I need to do, other times, I make my own lists of things that need to be done. Examples include updates to my Web site, tutorials that I want to write, e-mail that needs a response, and Adobe user group related tasks. All these items come together, at times halting my productivity, because I'm doing a poor job managing things. I equate juggling all these tasks to the term "DLL Hell" as it relates to the Linux platorm. Let me explain. When you install software on Linux, you often realize you're missing an important component (or DLL) that is required in order to get the software to run. So, you venture off to find that DLL or software piece only to discover that it too has a dependency you're missing. It doesn't take long to get lost in "DLL Hell," searching for all the necessary components. Sometimes this same thing happens to my task list. I start one task only to discover another and another.

So, I decided to combat the confusion and discover better ways to use my mac ultimately breaking bad habits and adopting good ones. What follows are changes I've made that have made the difference.

Continue Reading