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GSD(or GTD) Like a Boss with Focus Booster App

Recently I found out about a really cool app designed to help you increase your productivity. Focus Booster like many productivity apps out there are based on the “Pomodoro technique“. Pomodoro is a time management technique created in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo. The technique is super simple system to take focused work periods and divide them up into 25 minute intervals and then take scheduled five-minute breaks in between set intervals.

The most important parts of this technique are as follows;

  • decide on the task that is to be done
  • set the Pomodoro timer for 25 minutes
  • focus on that task until the timer rings, of update status of that task in your task management program ( I recommend Tracky.com)
  • take a short break for 5 min. Really get up and stretch this legs and get the circulation flowing
  • and for every 4 Pomodoro cycles take a longer break (15 to 20 minutes)Focus Booster unlike most of the other Pomodoro timer apps out there this one is totally free, works on Mac, PC and Linux. Focus Booster also has an online Web app version at focusboosterapp.com/live.

In this video I give you a quick review on Focus Booster and I hope you find that it works to help you get more things done.

“Day One Journal” Review & Tutorial

Day One Journal for Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Day One is a simple and easy journal, note taker, dairy, text logger that takes the burden out of daily writing. It is totally cross device compatible via the Day One universal iOS application complete with iCloud and Dropbox syncing.

The Application has a very nice feature set but is so easy to use anybody can use it right way thanks to a very intuitive UI/UX design. Functional and pretty at the same time.

TUAW TV Live with @StevenSande and @docRock via Ustream.


Streaming live video by Ustream

Today was the second installment of TUAW TV Live with @StevenSande and @docRock via Ustream.

In the show we covered a lot of topics ranging form the happenings of Macworld Expo to The Mac App Store one month after launch. We covered a lot of software titles form a games to utilities and got a few recommendations from the chat room. I am a big fan of TextExpander 3 and PDF Pen Pro both from Smile, while Steve gave us the rundown on Glympse and well as a few more gaming gems(you’ll have to excuse me for not remembering the games, you can watch the video though). What is Glympseâ„¢? Glympseâ„¢ is a groundbreaking new way to share your location with anyone for a specified period of time using patent-pending GlympseWatchâ„¢ timer. @Macbitz a commenter in the chatroom said this looks like  great way for parents to see how fast their kids are driving when the take the family cruiser out for a night on the town.

We also covered getting your stuff covered. My TUAW blog mavens and I have been on a mission to find some of the best bags and protections devices for your mac wares. I stock Swiss Army Backpack is not going to cover it these days. Aiming for both style and protection we talked about some great bags from SG Bags, Rickshaw Bagworks and Tom Bihn Bags.

I just love doing the TUAW TV Live show with Steve and hope I will be doing it a more often. Stay tuned to TUAW or just join the crowd on the TUAW TV Live Ustream Channel.

Please leave a comment and don’t forget to follow In My ‘Skine or Doc Rock. You can check out my personal blog Sleeve of Wizzard at http://mrdocrock.com

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Rip DVD’s on Your Macintosh for Cheap

Rip DVD’s on a Macintosh?

A question I give very often about people switching to the Macintosh from the Windows environment, as well as from longtime seasoned Mac users, is how does one rip a DVD using the Macintosh platform. DVD ripping for a long time has been stuck somewhere between mysteries of lost treasure and geek speak that only the highly trained technical professionals could do without the aid of really clunky, expensive and malware laden programs of the Windows environment.

Welcome Mac DVDRipper Pro a very nice easy-to-use and polished DVD ripping tool for the Macintosh platform. DVD Ripper Pro allows you to copy your DVDs to your Mac so you can easily view them without having to waste your battery spinning your optical drive.

Here’s the Deal!

Mac DVD Ripper Pro user some pretty smart decrypting algorithms to make sure that you get the best quality videos from your original DVDs (and when we say your DVDs we mean DVDs that you really own; although, I’m not the freaking cops so do you feel is right).

One of the great things about Mac DVDRipper Pro (version 2.0.1) is it does allow one to have a free trial and will work totally as the full version of the software without any hidden limitations with the exception of your abilities not only rip five initial DVDs to test them out. If you decide to rip your DVDs in the disk image format you can also use popular disc burning software to actually make physical copies to blank DVD recordable media.

Mac DVDRipper Pro (version 2.0.1) normally retails for $9.95 but for the next day you can purchase this wonderful ripping tool for an exceptional $5.95 that equates to 40% off the normal retail price. If for some reason you don’t decide to purchase it within the next day Mac update Promo.com will also study this software within the next eight days for $8.46 which is roughly 10% off. Basically for the price of the large jumbo juice with 1,000,000 pounds of sugar you can go ahead and buy yourself a great DVD ripping tool like Mac DVD Ripper Pro. I strongly suggest you jump on over to Mac update promo website and grab yourself a copy before that 595 price runs out.

What’s new in Version 2.0

*Main movie only extraction: skip the previews and extras and save space!
*Faster and more reliable ripping
*Revamped interface

Requirements
Any Mac with a DVD drive and Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

Looking for a Bluray ripper? Check Mac BlurayRipper Pro.