TCLP 2010-08-04 Habits of an Infovore

This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

In the intro, sharing Steve’s badge photo, last month’s revenue update, and a reminder there will be no feature cast next week as I’ll be out of town.

The hacker word of the week this week is finger trouble .

The feature this week is a monologue my habits as an infovore. How I consume information is very much informed by current thinking on multitasking.


View the detailed show notes online. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

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3 Replies to “TCLP 2010-08-04 Habits of an Infovore”

  1. Outstanding monologue, Thomas! I always enjoy hearing about the tips, methods, and habits others have developed for churning through information, and your discussion gave me some needed clarity. We use similar techniques, but I had developed some “bad” habits (trying to read too much in first pass) that we really starting to bog me down. Reapplying myself to “triage first, study later” has already made a difference in just the past couple days, in both my feedreader and my inbox! FTW. Thanks.

  2. Excellent Podcast. I almost passed this one up since I just had a chance to listen to it now. I can relate with your your hyper-serial tasking, and have some suggestions on tools that have worked for me. I will not say that these are the best tools out there, but they have been working for me and wish to share them:

    1) Look at the book Get things Done, by David Allen. While he does not show some specific tools and techniques on how to process actions, some of which seem a little dated, for me his methodology on collecting and processing information is very good.
    2) Look at a program called getontracks This is a tool that is based upon David Allen’s GTD methodology. The key things that I like about this tool is that it is a web application so it does not tie you to one computer or device that it has to be accessed from. I found that using a program that was installed on only one computer or one PDA forced me to always go back the tool on that single point. With a web service, it gives more flexibility on accessing it. If there is a need to get the tool up and running fast without understanding or troubleshooting on how to get it running, bitnami. ( has an excellent set of pre-compiled package for this application in either windows, linux or mac.
    3) pen and paper in your pocket for those really quick issues.


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