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A Mercury wallpaper and Parkinson’s law

Do you know Parkinson’s law? Well, maybe you do not know that you know it.

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

Sounds familiar? You know what happens if you give a task a certain amount of time. You will use it. Or fill the spare minutes with things you do not need to do. It seems that the application of Pareto’s law gets better when time is not available.

Maybe you take the wallpaper (which will fit a screen with 16:9) and let Mercury remind you that there are tasks which need to be done. Parkinson’s law and Mercury seems to be a strange combination – if you think of Mercury as a god of trade and travel, the importance of effectiveness over efficiency clearly makes sense. But this is a different story…

The uncropped version of the picture can be seen on 500px.com

Mercury by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Mercury by Stefan Steinbauer

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Tale of the new Macbook – Stamina googling, Filesystems and Wunderlist

I would not have expected the following events to happen when I got my new Macbook Air. What would a follower of Windows paradigms expect? Maybe some “I do not understand”-fun with the user interface. Well, I also had these but they were more fun then annoyances.

The keyboard – oh how I still love those keys with backlight. OK, now where is the DEL key? How can I make those square brackets and how can I do a print screen without a print key? Google finds answers for everything if you ask the right question.

And so by the way I learn, I can record screencasts with the built in quicktime? Does it work on Windows too? I will find out, but not now.

Applications: Office was no problem – the Mac version looks nicer than the Windows one but how a developer can break a paradigm like that the button for full screen is in the upper right corner. My lightroom runs much better than on the Windows PC, the plugins also come in Mac flavor.

Plugging in the new external HDD for my girlfriend: readonly? But how? After asking Google the question number 10^23 I find out: Mac does not speak NTFS and uses a different file system. I should have remembered that Linux/Unix based do not speak NTFS. But there is a cure for everything… …the one for this user-unfriendly behavior is called OSXFuse, but you might already know this and lie laughing because of the newbie behind your Mac or do not care because you use Windows.

BUT

Do you know Wunderlist? I have tried plenty of software products for ToDo lists, but this one rocks!

If you look for a cloud based todo-list which works offline as well as online you found it. It works in your Webbrowser, as an App on your Windows PC, your Mac and even your Linux machine. And if you want it to be mobile just install the client on your blackberry, iPhone, Android phone and even your iPad. See for yourself and try it. Make your lists, administrate them, send them or share them.

This list tool is definitely a Wunder (german for wonder).

It is not what you see…

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