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Getting Things Done, for students February 7, 2007

Posted by Timothy Li in book, GTD, management, stress.
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I started practicing David Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done) time and stress management method 11 months ago.

It works.

If you have an overflow of tasks and they induce unnecessary stress, GTD is for you.

The full GTD targets at business professionals, it has 7 steps and 9 different task categories, each associated with an action.

My two motivations for simplifying the GTD method for students are:

1. the fully system is overly complicated for student needs, no we don’t have 100+ tasks at any given instance, we have 20 to 40 usually.

2. waterloo students require high mobility, we spend most of our working time at school and at libraries, everything has to fit into a school bag.

Here is the simplified GTD method:

  1. read the book first
  2. invest in a pocket notebook + calendar, I prefer a PDA with a to-do list + calendar
  3. try the simplified GTD below and tell me (or Mr. Allen) how it works for you



On Management January 8, 2007

Posted by Timothy Li in Books, Personal MBA, PMBA, wind.
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the essential drucker

I finished reading ‘the essential drucker’ as a part of my Personal MBA reading list. Surprisingly, about 30% of the book deals directly with management in startups and small firms. It’s a very rewarding read.

Mr. drucker laid out the following rule for successful operational management:

Unless 97 percent or so of its flights proceed on the original schedule and flight plan – or within a very limited range of deviation from either – a well-run airline gets another operations manager who knows his job.

Many more sources indicate the importance of management for startups, the common message is that loosely managed projects will fail. regardless how well your teammates work together, focus on objectives cannot be overlooked.

Merry Christmas December 25, 2006

Posted by Timothy Li in christmas.
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ho Ho HO, Merry Christmas.

disclaimer update December 23, 2006

Posted by Timothy Li in wind.

As of today, I no longer work for IBM, so I’m removing the corresponding disclaimer from the sidebar of this blog:

I work at IBM Rational, but the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.

Invitation to CUTC 2007 November 5, 2006

Posted by Timothy Li in wind.

To give back and show my appreciations for the Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference 2006, I’m helping out as the PR organizer for CUTC 2007.

The point of CUTC is to inspire: Companies come in to inspire students and students come to be inspired. What set CUTC apart is our coverage – 600+ delegates, 23 universities, all across Canada.

For example, before CUTC 2006, in many undergraduate students’ minds, Yahoo! is a company of the past, something from their high school memories. But Bradley Horowitz‘s keynote set things straight. A talk and a live demo of cellphone upload to Flickr left a brand new image in many, some even started talking about getting a coop job at Y! .

So here is what we are looking for:

  • Keynotes: speaks directly to all 600+ delegates, keynotes are full
  • Speakers: speaks in smaller workshops to 100 students each. Contact me (at the end) and I can arrange the speech for you.  [update 20061217, speakers are full]
  • Sponsors: set a booth at the job fair and talk to students one on one. Contact me (at the end) and I can forward you the PR package.
  • Delegates: come and hear what successful tech companies are made of. Register and contact me if you have any questions.

Reach me at: seenlie at gmail dot com

JotSpot is Googleized October 31, 2006

Posted by Timothy Li in google, JotSpot.
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The word on Google and JotSpot
This is interesting, from the JotSpot FAQ page.

“We will no longer be billing customers for the use of the service […] we won’t charge you anymore when your current billing cycle expires. “

so, buy a 2.0 company that actually has a revenue model and make it free?

c’mon, there must be something hiding behind this deal.

Ubuntu on laptop – Dell Inspiron 1100 October 25, 2006

Posted by Timothy Li in dell inspiron 1100, laptop, ubuntu, wind.

[dear readers, if you got xgl to work on this laptop, could you leave a comment please? I need some help.  ]

I followed a guide to install Ubuntu, plus a few posts from various support forums. If you have the same laptop – Dell Inspiron 1100, here are some hidden pieces that might come in handy for you.

After reading a dozen good reports about Ubuntu, the simplicity for installation still blew me away. It’s drop dead simple, all I had to do to have Ubuntu booted was

1. insert the disk
2. power on
3. press [enter]

Once Ubuntu is booted, two notable features are:


which card would you keep? October 18, 2006

Posted by Timothy Li in wind.




take your pick – maroon, orange or blue?
tack sa mycket =)

– inspired by Hugh MacLeod

Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Watch September 29, 2006

Posted by Timothy Li in sony ericsson, wind, wrist watch phone.
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They are taking one giant step towards fashionable electronics design.

two news press releases yesterday reveals SE’s plan to release a Bluetooth Enabled watch, giving users some controls over their cell phone through a tap on the watch.


“The Bluetooth technology enabled-watches are a convenient and efficient way for people to stay connected without compromising fashion

and here

“the analogue watch will go on sale globally during Q4 of 2006 with a guideline retail price of approximately EUR 300.”

Guy Kawasaki’s speech at Waterloo September 24, 2006

Posted by Timothy Li in Guy Kawasaki, wind.

Guy Kawasaki will be speaking at Waterloo on Oct 6th as a part of the Entrepreneur Week

Guy is the author of “the Art of the Start”, a brilliant intro for anyone who wants to make meaning by starting something meaningful: an organization, a company, or even a church. 

If you’ve already read the book, now you get to see Guy present his teachings in person. 
If you haven’t had the chance, come to this short presentation and decide =)