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May 29, 2020
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Remember Google Wave?

Gmail had quickly become the most popular email service, enough that invites to the free service were bid up on eBay. Google Docs made modern collaboration possible, spooked Microsoft enough to build free, web-based versions of its Office tools. Google itself had become a…

May 19, 2020
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“The human mind does not work that way,” wrote Vannevar Bush of filing cabinets and alphabetical organization, in his seminal 1945 essay As we may think. He might have as easily invoked today’s computers, 75 years of progress notwithstanding.

Of all the metaphors computers could have used for data…

May 11, 2020
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When the team that built Wunderlist set out to build something new, its whimsically designed landing page got all the attention.

Wunderlist itself was a final hurrah to the skeuomorphic design that the early iPhone popularized, launched only a couple years before iOS 7 decreed flat design was the…

Apr 30, 2020
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When Wirecutter set out in 2011 to review and recommend the best gadgets, it was only natural they’d send prospective buyers to Amazon. With its promise to stock “everything, from A to Z,” Amazon carries most products Wirecutter recommends. And if you send customers to Amazon, they’re happy to send…

Apr 29, 2020
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https://twitter.com/awwstn/status/1163206040759857152

A pricing page that only says “Call Us!” isn’t exactly a pricing page, is it?

Almost every day I come across tweets and comments from people who are frustrated with this strategy from software vendors.

Some people simply refuse to sit through…

Apr 22, 2020
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Write the first draft on your computer at a desk. Add a few random extra ideas while in line for lunch. See the changes a colleague made among your phone’s other notifications when you first wake up tomorrow. Rediscover the document years later, go back in time and see the first sentences you edited…

Apr 1, 2020
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It’s perhaps the most difficult time to run a small business or startup in years, decades even. Even if your family and team aren’t directly affected by COVID-19, there’s a high chance your sales and cash reserves are down and your team members need more time off work to care for family. Fundraising…

Mar 17, 2020
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It wasn’t supposed to happen this way.

For those who have worked remotely for years—decades, even—it often started as a gradual process. We worked freelance first and figured out collaboration remotely on individual projects. That’s easy enough: One task, one set of deliverables, a deadline and a…

Mar 13, 2020
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9 years ago, a new startup in Germany proved to-do lists didn’t have to be boring and sterile. Wunderlist was the perfect to-do list for 2011, when the iPhone still had bubbly buttons and the popular new apps looked more like real-world items than software. And here came Wunderlist with its…