Freebie of the week

One of my favorite cross-platform apps (web, iOS, Android), Instapaper, has been honored as “App of the Week” by Apple. Congratulations, Marco!

How to get it:

What this means to you: this week, it’s free.

What it is: it’s an application and a service which allows you to save web content, including multiple pages, with all the ‘extras’ stripped out, for reading later. Similar functionality can be found in the Safari ‘reading list’ and the ‘Pocket‘ app…but Instapaper was an early player, and has a web presence, and download to Kindle, and all kinds of pleasant surprises.  Terrific for saving news to read later, or a fast ‘I need this for something I’m researching and I don’t want to put it into a notebook app.’

Recommended. If you have an iOS device, it’s free this week. If not, or you miss the free week, it’s still worth supporting the app, it’s worth it.  Please support authors of things you like!

Posted in cheap, do it now, frugality, investment, management, time management, value

Productivity hints: Get a better monitor (today)

One of the best things you can do for your personal productivity (and the productivity of those you manage) is to make sure that people have the right tools for the job.

To keep it brief:  monitors are cheap, your time is expensive.  23″ and even 27″ 1920×1080 monitors are regularly on sale.  Check the usual suspects: SIG Electronics, Newegg, NCIX, TigerDirect. Full disclosure: I have no financial interest, and I don’t get an affiliate marketing fee; I just feel strongly about this, and I worked on a laptop with a great external monitor both in my home office and my corporate and consulting offices for years.  It makes a big difference!