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May 2014


Kill Your Darlings

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Kan-Do for iOS has always had a tabbed interface.1 Back when the app was named “Now & When”, I labelled the tabs thus: I had wanted only two tabs, “Now” and “When”, to reflect the name of the app, but I didn’t have a good place for history. So it got its own tab. The

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What’s in a Name?

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When it came to naming the time management app, I had a few ideas: Quotidian Chores & Devotions The Time of Your Life Now & When [TimeBox] I’m fond of the “something & else” construction — it became my intention to name every app I produced in this form — and I was partial to

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Resource starvation

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So you’ve avoided the perils of attention-depletion and capture. Good job. Now you need to avoid starving yourself. With multiple processors, modern computers are able to do a bunch of things at once, but sometimes that’s an illusion. Instead, a computer’s processor divvies up its time across multiple threads1. If all threads have exactly the

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Time is not on your side

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You can make more money. You can’t make more time. You can go a day, a week, a year, years without spending a dime, but once that time’s elapsed, it’s gone. So what can you do? You can marshall the time of others to contribute to your efforts, but for them to give up their

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What is logical time?

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I tried to find an existing name for this concept, without success. If you know the proper term, please write a comment or contact me.1 To understand what I mean by logical time, let’s pretend it’s 11.59p on Monday night. The clock ticks and turns midnight, and then 12.01a, then eventually 1.33a. Do you think

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