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WolframAlpha: A new tool for online research

Ever student knows that they can go to Wikipedia for an overview of a subject, that they can go to Google for a wide variety of perspectives and popular media,  Google Scholar for academic journal references, and Google Books for searching within books, both current and obscure.  The new Google Squared even organizes output into a table of key concepts to help you organize your research. But there is a key weakness to all...

7 Reasons Why I Love OmniFocus (and Why You Should...

“You can’t expect to meet the challenges of today with yesterday’s tools and expect to be in business tomorrow.” One of the biggest challenges of GTD lies is finding the right tools and system for you. There are many tools available across all platforms, including online. The hardest part is choosing a single tool that fits your personal needs, and ultimately something that you will stick to and not...

Review: Personal Development for Smart People by S...

How many of you have heard of Steve Pavlina? He is well known for his personal development blog in addition to his personal experiments on things such as raw foodism and polyphasic sleep (see his blog if you want to know more), Steve is certainly an interesting guy. Lately, he has been working on his first book, Personal Development for Smart People, which I have been looking forward to for a while now, after he...

Mac Addict: Papers Review

Welcome to the first post of Mac Addict. Your first stop for Mac only software, hardware, and gadgets reviews with students in mind. With school comes textbooks, workbooks, and of course, journal articles. The hard drives of college students and professors alike are littered with dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of articles. How do you tame the chaos? Enter Papers Papers is like iTunes for your budding journal article...

GTD Mastery 100: Step 15

To read my complete journey to GTD Mastery see the main post. Step 15 to GTD Mastery is: I have a paper file system which is fun and fast to use, perhaps using an automatic labeler. A couple of months ago, I put out a call for help to our readers for the creation of my paper file system. Many of the responses advocated a paperless system. After weighing my options, I chose the Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 scanner (Mac version...

Student Tools: OneBigU

OneBigU’s slogan says it all, “Answer Questions, Help Darfur.” OneBigU is the brainchild of Eric Cheung, a University of Toronto graduate. The idea came when I was stuck on an assignment for school. Sure, I could call up a friend or pester them with messages, but why do that? I was pretty sure I wasn’t the only student in the world to be stuck on this particular problem. If only there was a place...