Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I moved to a new blogging platform (Wordpress on my own domain)
please go here: http://blog.abenker.com
Thank You :-)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My Top 5 IPhone Apps for daily use

I have many different apps installed on my IPhone 3G, but most of them are rarely used.

Here is the list of my very own personal Top 5 IPhone applications, which I use almost daily.

The links on the app names will send you to the homepage of the apps – not the ITunes store.

  1. RTM – RememberTheMilk – task management
    RTM is the core part of my trusted GTD-system. Since the app stores the tasks locally, I don’t depend on internet access to know what to do next ;-)
    This app can only be used, if you sign up for a pro membership (25$ per year)
  2. TwitterfonTwitter client, free
    In the past I used Twinkle a lot, but Twitterfon feels better for me – and faster.
  3. Facebook – client for Facebook, free
  4. Fahrplan – public transit information - specific for Germany, free
    not used daily, but every time I go downtown by public transit.
  5. teXXas (server is currently down) – TV program information – specific for Germany, free
    I don’t need a printed TV guide anymore, since I have this app installed :-)

Of course the standard applications Mail, Maps, and Phone are also in daily use :-)

Which apps do you use on a (nearly) daily basis?

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Mixed Sunday

Some things that got my attention lately:

  • DIY Planner released an app (Windows and Mac) to customize their templates
    Their templates are the best thing you can use, if you choose to do GTD on paper
  • Twitter:
    • Twittastic
      Twitter desktop app: Windows only, based on .NET
      Looks promising, but it’s a very early release – they call it “bleeder” (instead of alpha/beta…)
    • great article from Chris Brogan: How I use Twitter at Volume
    • great introduction to Twitter: A User's Guide to Twittering
    • The vulnerability of Twitter – since there are so many apps for Twitter out there, you are tempted to give your password to many, many third parties
  • Browser: I have a very hard time sticking to my current favorite browser: Google Chrome. I’m desperately missing some extensions and I’m thinking about using Chrome and Firefox simultaneously.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and my public bookmarks on Diigo or del.icio.us

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Some things that got my attention lately:

  • I’m currently a very active Twitter user – sending tweets is so much simpler than writing blog posts ;-)
  • Books, books, books. What do I plan to read in 2009? I definitely want to read more “real books”, rather than online news, online articles…
    That’s why I wrote the article about the most recommended books in 2008.
    Especially I’m still waiting for my copy of David Allen’s new book.
  • Personal Productivity and Personal Knowledge Management
    this is not only the main theme for this blog but also part of my daily work and my main hobby. I’m constantly looking for new things to integrate into my current tool set and presentation/workshop files.
    A lot of my favorite blogs have written 2008 summaries and I’m planning to go through the most of them and reread a lot of their materials.