Monthly Archives: May 2013

Subtask wants to fuse mind-mapping with project management


There’s a healthy market right now for project management tools, from Wunderlist Pro to the now-venerable Basecamp. And then we also have mind-mapping tools such as Mindmeister and Mindjet, which use diagrams in order to outline ideas in a structured way. German mathematics grad Michael Partheil reckons there’s value in combining both tools in a clean, streamlined way, and recently launched a new web app called Subtask to do just that.

Of course, Mindjet itself has combined mind-mapping and project management through its Cohuman buy, but Partheil characterizes the result as “hard to use and bloated with features” — what he’s come up with is a simpler (and cheaper) beast.

“Project management tools are all basically just linear lists of tasks,” Partheil told me. “I always thought it’s easier to think about your project if you can structure it and split it. … The long-term goal…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

Wind Against Current

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is The Sign Says.

On May 20, 2011, during our multi-day paddle down the Hudson River from Albany to New York City, we landed in the town of Highland for a meal in a riverside restaurant. And we saw this sign, promising Judgment Day for tomorrow. Devastating earthquakes were predicted to usher in the Rapture!

It sure looked like our trip would enter some seriously uncharted waters. Nevertheless, we kept paddling, and made it through May 21 without incident. We later learned that Judgment Day had been postponed until October 21, and then it was abandoned altogether…

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P.S. Some people have read the bottom line of this sign as “”, suggesting quite another set of possibilities…

(A second interpretation of “The Sign Says” is here.)

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Black & White Friday

Gracie Binoya Photography

I shot this image in color, just like everything else that I shoot. My original intention was to leave it in color, but when I viewed the initial PP on my monitor, the greens were too much for me to handle. It was somewhat distracting.  It needed to be converted into black and white to allow the beauty of the scene to be highlighted. I like how in black and white the details and textures of the fence and boardwalk are more pronounced, and the water created a mirror-like sheen which improved the reflection.

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Silicon Valley is now paying even less attention to climate change and that sucks


During the hour long interview that Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave this week at the D11 conference, my Twitter feed was filled with intense adoration and accolades about how inspiring Musk is and how his companies are disrupting sectors far outside of the internet. He deserves all that attention, and more. But a big part of the reason why he’s now experiencing such rock-star status is that he’s a total anomaly when it comes to focusing on using technology to fight climate change and help the planet on a large scale — few entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley these days are aggressively, and vocally, focused on this topic and these innovations.

Yes, the argument and the lamenting about how the Valley can’t solve “big problems” is one that has been covered ad nauseam in recent months. Our Om Malik had a great blog post about a viral cartoon video…

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Why the US needs Huawei more than Huawei needs the US


Huawei has taken quite a political beating lately. Not only are U.S. lawmakers calling for sanctions against the Asian infrastructure maker due to its ties to the Chinese government, but Sprint(s s) and Softbank just brokered a deal with the federal government that could ban Huawei’s gear from their current and future U.S. networks.

Recently a frustrated Huawei EVP and co-CEO Eric Xu took a rather flip position on the matter, saying his company was no longer interested in the U.S. market and had essentially stopped paying attention to the controversy surrounding it here. Xu was obviously posturing. No global equipment maker would just simply ignore the world’s largest telecommunications market.

But there is a bit of truth to his words. Huawei has done quite well for itself without landing a single major U.S. infrastructure deal. Domestic operators may have resisted Huawei’s allure, but carriers in Canada, Europe, Asia…

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