I just came across Kustom note today, and wow. It really adds some depth to Evernote in that it allows for pre-formatted notes. What a great addition to an amazing system!
I also came across Chime, a plugin for nearly every social network that works inside of Chrome (search for Chime in the Chrome Web Store). It’s lovely, and simple and has a nice scrolling feed of all the updates as they come in. It can be a lot (sip slowly from the firehose) but very useful already.
Luckily I have some mildly magical tools around like thermoformable plastic (that just takes hot water). My phone is an HTC Vivid, and I didn’t want to go out and buy anyting.
I warmed the plastic, after first wrapping my phone in saran wrap (since getting it wet/crushed/horribly deformed by sticky plastic seemed a bad idea).
I then used a 1/4 x 20 threaded insert I had (fits on standard tripods) and wrapped it onto the plastic as I formed it.
I pulled the phone (eventually, keep in mind any odd/non-drafted areas,, like the headphone jack may make it hard to remove,, think about that FIRST!)
Then came back in and used my dremel tool (I destroyed a flex shaft,, arrrgh!) to cut out the holes and openings to use the home buttons, volume, camera, flash, and power buttons.
Voila, when it was all ready (and still rather hideous) I’m able to put my camera on any tripod and fire away! Next up,, making a quickie steadicam so I can shoot action easily,, and maybe finishing/painting my contraption to reduce the hideousness.
Oy, vey. A standing desk would be great. However, that’s not happening any time soon, unless a Turnstone.com piece magically appears (not likely). Probably need to build one in the coming year to get away from the current folding table. Then on to dealing with the pink little girl’s room paint. This one isn’t bad either (but in standing form).
I’ve got a bunch of little items in my pack that I need to carry around that are just plain bugging me. So what’d I do, I slammed them together. I simply cut out the foam to fit the items I carry (yes I trimmed down the size of the original square shipper to fit in my bag better. Oh, and I put my business card on the other side! Now, it doesn’t get lost, and if it does, it can find me (though everything is easily replaceable). It’s just a little hack (sometimes I don’t enjoy that word, but it’s effective.)
I hope that makes you want to chop something up, fix something, or make a quick change on a product of your own to make a more effective use of your own materials and resources.