After several weeks of experimenting, I have to say that Rdio is the best desk accessory. Pronounced “ar-dee-oh”, this streaming service is sleek and efficient. It syncs with your iTunes and adds all the songs from your library to your collection on Rdio. It can then make recommendations based on the artists you like. You can also listen to what your friends and co-workers like (— although sometimes, its better not to know that the burly guy in the next cube is jamming out to Britney Spears).
If you are like me and work on multiple machines, Rdio makes it easy to bounce from work to home to laptop to iPhone and have all your music in one place. Build playlists or just have Rdio pick a random assortment.
Get a 7-day free trial, then pay either $4.95 a month for the online only option or $9.95 for online and mobile which lets you set-up playlists on your iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Android or Blackberry. There is a desktop app that runs via Adobe Air for Mac or PC.
Sometimes, I read something and it just lingers with me, making reconsider my preconceived notions about how things are and how things should be. The article below, by illustrator Frank Chimero (and its subsequent follow-up), made me seriously reconsider what tools I need to have a truly well-appointed desk. How much power do I need? How mobile do I need to be? What software do I really use regularly? What can I do “in the cloud”?
I hope you find his article as compelling as I did.
A few weeks ago I mentioned on Twitter I’m using a top-of-the-line 13” MacBook Air as my primary machine. The 27” behemoth of an iMac is gone: I sold it to a kindly soul on Twitter, and watched him as he threw his weight to one side and awkwardly dragged the giant box out of my apartment. I offered to help, but he said he could handle it. Super nice guy.
For some reason, this decision was of interest to other people. I got mixed responses, ranging anywhere from simple curiosity to guffaws. A few asked for me to write something up about this, so here we sit. If this type of stuff bores you, go ahead and skip over this post. It’s long, hairy, and thorough, and I realize this is of interest to maybe 3 of you. For you three, let’s get into it.
Rickshaw Bags scaled down its Commuter Messenger for the new mini Commuter. Its designed to comfortably carry a Moleskine, netbook, e-reader, iPad and other petite-proportioned electronics while maintaining all the features that made the Commmuter 2.0 the “bag of choice” for on-the-go technorati.
Some of the extensive features:
Wipe-clean waterproof liner
Exclusive magnetic Velcro silencer
Velcro and clip shut closure
Quick-adjust should strap w/pad
Zip-shut front organizer
Zip-close slash pocket
Place for pens, ID, phone and keys
Rear organizational pocket
Padded stand-up handle
Assembled-to-order in SF
11”W x 7”H x 4”D
$100 (currently available in 15 different colors and materials)