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Exporting “My Sounds” From my EnV

I spent time this morning trying to copy recorded audio files off my LG EnV via BitPim. However, the files were in some format called QCP. I had previously converted files like these to WAV format, but couldn’t remember how I had done it. After a bit of head-scratching, I remembered: if you go into My Sounds, select the file you want to convert, and Send it to your email address, Verizon Wireless is kind enough to convert the file from QCP to WAV before attaching it to the email.

I love Verizon Wireless.

“The RPC server is unavailable” and “Access is denied” in Windows Printer Sharing

I really don’t like system administration.

I ran into an odd issue today with Windows Printer Sharing. My parents have a desktop with a USB-connected printer, as well as a laptop. I could connect the laptop to the shared printer just fine and print to it. However, whenever I would restart the laptop, I would get “The RPC server is unavailable” or “Access is denied” when trying to print again. After a lot of searching and checking the typical firewall and services settings, I discovered that the computers were simply in different workgroups. Once I changed the workgroup on the laptop to match the desktop, things worked perfectly.

Thought I’d post this in case anyone else on the Interweb has the same issue.

Bit Literacy by Mark Hurst

A few years ago my dad, Bo Lotinsky, got me hooked on David Allen’s Getting Things Done. I’ve enjoyed a lot of conversations over the years with him about implementing GTD and even got to go with him to one of David’s seminars in Washington, DC. It was one of those memorable father-son bonding times.

I’ve been following Mark Hurst’s blog for awhile now and bought my dad his popular book Bit Literacy. (People send my dad way too many emails.) After weeks of listening to my dad rave about it, I finally got a chance to scan and read it myself. Everyone must read this book. Although a lot of the ideas and techniques can be picked up elsewhere, there are a few that will have a huge impact on how I handle the bits in my life:

Chapter 4: Managing Incoming E-mail and Chapter 5: Managing Todos

  • We have a natural inclination to spend time managing todos rather than actually accomplishing them.
  • Get your inbox count to 0 (yes, zero) email messages per day. (Also known as Inbox Zero.)
  • Todos must be tracked in an external program or service. (I personally like Backpack.)
  • Track follow-ups to emails sent to others externally. (This is why Mark built Gootodo.)

Chapter 6: The Media Diet

  • Regularly prune RSS feeds.
  • If it’s not helpful for what you do in life or provide a high level of satisfaction or enjoyment, don’t read, subscribe, or pay attention to it. Distance yourself from it.

Chapter 12: Other Essentials

  • Learn to use the Dvorak keyboard layout instead of QWERTY. You don’t need new hardwar–all major OSes supposedly have it baked-in.
  • Utilize a bit lever to save time typing common phrases and sentences. Bit levers are much like Microsoft Word’s AutoComplete, but work anywhere you can enter text.

The book is filled with lots of bit management goodness, so check it out.