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Google Apps + Chrome Efficiency Pro Tips

Anyone who knows me knows I really stress being able to play a computer like an instrument (and if you think you can, then prove it).  Us geeky types are in front of our computers for 12+ (often 16+) hours per day, so every loss of efficiency translates into a huge cost in time -- and time is the most precious asset of any hardcore entrepreneur.

One thing I've done is to really customize my Google Apps email pane, with functionality from Rapportive (THANK YOU for the Highrise raplet, guys!), Boomerang, TwitterGadget, Gmail Auto BCC, Labs custom keyboard shortcuts, Send & Archive, etc.  I've also found some great Chrome extensions, including 1Password, Bit.ly, Awesome Screenshot, and by far my favorite -- a Basecamp text auto save extension that saves what I've written in Basecamp when the page is closed.

You might also like my blogs on playing a computer like an instrument, cloud app + vanity URL, and switching to Gmail from Mail.app.

Here's what my email pane looks like, with a detailed video below that walking you through how I use everything.

My favorite feature?  The awesome picture of my wife, of course!  If I'm going to be looking at email for hours each day, I might as well make it enjoyable!  I just replaced the standard Gmail logo with a custom image.

Anyone who knows me knows I really stress being able to play a computer like an instrument (and if you think you can, then prove it).  Us geeky types are in front of our computers for 12+ (often 16+) hours per day, so every loss of efficiency translates into a huge cost in time -- and time is the most precious asset of any hardcore entrepreneur. One thing I've done is to really customize my Google Apps email pane, with functionality from Rapportive (THANK YOU for the Highrise raplet, guys!), Boomerang, TwitterGadget, Gmail Auto BCC, Labs custom keyboard shortcuts, Send & Archive, etc.  I've also found some great Chrome extensions, including 1Password, Bit.ly, Awesome Screenshot, and by far my favorite -- a Basecamp text auto save extension that saves what I've written in Basecamp when the page is closed. You might also like my blogs on playing a computer like an instrument, cloud app + vanity URL, and switching to Gmail from Mail.app. Here's what my email pane looks like, with a detailed video below that walking you through how I use everything. My favorite feature?  The awesome picture of my wife, of course!  If I'm going to be looking at email for hours each day, I might as well make it enjoyable!  I just replaced the standard Gmail logo with a custom image. >

Samsung Chromebook (Review)

On Huan M. Nguyen

I bought the Chromebook a couple weeks ago, not totally sure what to expect.

Chrome OS was a mystery, and it was a split between searching for a cheap Android tablet and buying this. Then, after doing some "research", which consisted of looking at reviews on Amazon and reading opinions about the Chromebook on reddit, it seemed an oft-repeated opinion was that the Chromebook made a great companion laptop, not a primary one, and especially so for students.

I'd also heard about its ability to enable speedy productivity and mobility, with blazing fast boot and shutdown times, as well as a great battery life. Swayed by that, I ordered it.

Hands down, the Chromebook has been the best tangible productivity booster for me.

Upon opening it, the first thing that caught my eye was how great the resolution is. It works extremely well for me. The battery life is enough I can charge it the night before, while I do work or hang out, and work a lot without needing an outlet the next day. The processing power is just enough to play Pandora (which I use to stream instrumental music to help studying) and do my online math without trouble, but it's too slow to handle Youtube and other things in parallel. This is great for keeping me from becoming distracted.

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