$119 Seven-Inch Windows 8.1 Tablet

Sep 16, 2014

You know I am a fan of Windows tablets, so this caught my eye: an up-to-date Windows 8.1 tablet, new, for a standard price  of $119. This is getting into inexpensive Android tablet price territory.

http://www.winbeta.org/news/deal-toshiba-encore-mini-windows-81-tablet-available-119-microsoft-store

It’s light on RAM (1-gig) and storage, (16-gig) but it has an SD slot so storage can be increased. No pen, and resolution is low, but it does use an up-to-date Atom Bay Trail processor, so performance should be pretty good.

Productivity Tablet? Continue reading

Windows Phone App “2Day” Updated for Start Date Syncing

Sep 16, 2014

The Windows Phone app called 2Day was recently updated to include start date syncing with Exchange. That was the missing feature to make it work with MYN, so it’s good to hear it’s now in there. I have been meaning to test this out but have not had a chance to do that, so report back in comments below if it works for you or not.

And this new feature means the software now works with MYN on both Toodledo servers and Exchange servers, which is convenient.

I first wrote about 2Day back in August (for use with Toodledo) here: http://www.michaellinenberger.com/blog/2day-a-windows-phone-tasks-app-that-syncs-with-toodledo-and-works-with-myn/

Something I did not mention, 2Day is also available on Windows device (desktop and tablet) as well http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/2day/e1617809-eb8a-4f5c-bfdf-68f1cb023118

Michael

 

Next-Year’s Windows Tablets

Sept 13, 2014

During the last 12 months I’ve recommended two Intel processors for Windows machines, each for a different class of device:

  • Haswell for laptops (any size) and mid-weight (1.7 to 2 lb) tablet/hybrids (like Surface 3).
  • Bay Trail Atom for light-weight (1.3 lbs or less) tablets like the ASUS T100 or Lenovo Thinkpad 10.

The Haswell chip is very powerful–it has full computing capability but at the cost of a higher weight machine. The Bay Trail Atom is “good enough” for most light processing and excellent for tablet use–a good trade off for very light weight and long battery life.

Well, it was inevitable that Intel would march ahead with new processors, and so Intel is releasing a new processor that may merge these 2 functions. It’s called the Core M. Read about it here:

http://www.cnet.com/news/intel-with-core-m-theres-finally-a-reason-to-upgrade-your-laptop/

Note that even though some laptop makers have already announced machines with the Core-M, I’d say it’ll be 6 months or more before we see enough variety of models to make shopping easy.

I do hope they release some very light weight (1.2 lb) Windows tablets with it because as I switch between my very speedy Haswell laptop and my Bay Trail tablet, I am getting irritated with the lag in simple things like loading web pages on the Bay Trail–enough so that I am starting to reach for the laptop just to browse the web–which is sad.

Keep an eye on Core-M machines for a Spring purchase.

Michael

 

Limiting the Critical Now Section to 5 or Fewer Items

Aug 18, 2014

As I work one-on-one with MYN and 1MTD users, probably the biggest issue I see repeatedly is allowing the Critical Now section (the High priority tasks section) to get larger than 5 items. Doing that will lead to failures of the MYN and 1MTD task systems. Here are some links to articles where I remind you how to get that back under control. The first is directed toward the Critical Now section, and the second link give tips for getting the whole system cleaned up.

http://www.michaellinenberger.com/blog/use-the-going-home-test-to-keep-your-priorities-under-control/

http://www.michaellinenberger.com/blog/getting-caught-up-with-1mtdmyn-tasks/

Get your task list down to size now, and keep it there, doing that will really help your workday.

Michael Linenberger

2Day: A Windows Phone Tasks App that Syncs with Toodledo and Works with MYN

Aug 10, 2014

This is just a quick mention of the app 2Day. It’s a Windows Phone tasks app that syncs with Toodledo and can be configured for MYN. A few readers mentioned it some months back, and I finally took a look at it. It seems to work very well with Toodledo. It can be set up to work with MYN, but the steps to do those configurations are a bit cumbersome. If there is big interest in this I’ll write up those steps, so mention in comments if so.

Not an Exchange/MYN Candidate

The app also syncs with Exchange, but when it does that, it does not sync start dates. Same with Outlook.com. So because of that, this is unfortunately not an MYN candidate for those platforms. [Update 8/14/2014: the developer said the app will sync start dates with Exchange in an upcoming release]

2Day should work with 1MTD on those platforms.

Give it a Try

Again, I just took a quick look, but the app looks real nice with lots of powerful features. So if you are a Toodledo and Windows Phone user, give it a shot and report here how it goes.

Michael Linenberger

Tasks: A Windows Phone Tasks App the Syncs with Exchange and Works with MYN

Aug 10, 2014

The Windows Phone (WP) OS has been increasing in market share—and by most counts it’s now higher than BlackBerry—so I’ve been meaning to search for more Windows Phone apps that fully work with MYN (and 1MTD). In the past I recommended TaskTask for use with Exchange on both iOS and WP, but the WP version, while pretty good, isn’t an exact fit for MYN yet. I will continue to keep my eye on TaskTask, but wanted to find other apps too.

On my recent search I did find another app that syncs with Exchange and it is pretty much a perfect fit for MYN settings. It is simply called Tasks (by In The Hand Ltd).

Continue reading

Two New Videos Added to the Full MYN Toodledo Video Training Course

Aug 9, 2014

We just added two new video lessons to the paid Full MYN Toodledo Video Training Course. They are Lessons 13a and 13b, and they replace the old Lesson 13.

Lesson 13a describes the optional paid feature packages in Toodledo, packages that were revamped in 2013—this video updates the older Lesson 13 that described them.

Lesson 13b zooms in on one of those optional paid features: File Attachments. The way Toodledo accomplishes file attachments was completely revamped in 2013, and this new Lesson 13b shows those updates. It shows you how to attach files and how to manage files after they are no longer needed.

These new videos are available free to all subscribers of the Full MYN Toodledo Video Training Course, no matter when you paid for the course (even several years ago). If you already own that video set, you can log in here.

As you may know, Toodledo is the software we recommend you use for MYN task management if you can’t or don’t want to use Windows Outlook for tasks.

Michael Linenberger