Your phone is for so much more than calls, texts, games and photos. Play with the other features of your phone some time. Have some fun.
Bookmarklets galore. I’ve used Instapaper, Pocket (even back when it was called Read It Later) and a few others. What typically happens is that I end up creating a list of things to read that either becomes too daunting to jump back in start reading, becomes too dated, or I’ve lost the contextual meaning I had to the page at the time I saved it. Joking leading to the moniker: My Read Never List.
Permanently open tabs kind of became my natural replacement to those tools. But it is a task in and of its self to stay productive when you have 50-60 tabs open. Not to mention those sites that auto-refresh their pages – for the ad dollars, yo – or have the timed media auto-play audio/video.
A couple months ago I started using TabSnooze. Chrome only right now, but a Safari and Firefox version are coming soon.
The nice thing about TabSnooze, you can control when that tab reopens in your browser. During the workdays, I’ll collect links here and there that are for non-work-time reading. This is what makes this so fantastic. This Evening, Tomorrow and This Weekend are my go to scheduling options, although there are few others including a date/time scheduler if you need to go that level (concert tickets maybe?).
I neglected to write about this, but my 30 Day Challenge for April was to switch my default search engine on my browser to Bing instead of Google. I still have a few days left in the month, but I think this is better suited to a recap instead of a before statement.
Admittedly, Google is Search and I probably went in to this with a chip on my should about how badly the search experience would be. For many straight-up daily search queries, Bing was decent enough to use without any issues. A much better result than I expected.
Where I really had a hard problem with the results were times when I wasn’t able to contextually frame my searches properly. Google excels massively in this arena.
Bing also fails at the local level. Maybe I should rephrase this. Google has integrated local/geo so well in to the natural results that is seems seamless. Bing fails to that by either disregarding anything local related or going full-on over the top.
I joked on Twitter that I hit Gold Rewards Status on Mobilegeddon day.
I just earned Bing Rewards Gold status…on #Mobilegeddon Day
— Shawn Hartley (@shartley) April 22, 2015
Bing rewards is an interesting beast. It probably draws a fair number of non-tech user searches with it, but for me, I think it is a laughable ploy. Oh well.