Noah Coad

A Microsoft Program Manager on Visual Studio Platform (and an underground coder, lifehacker, hockey player)

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  • Blog Post: Capturing One's "Stream of Consciousness" in OneNote

    Much of the time on the PC is spent rapidly moving from one task to another so quickly that it can be a challenge to keep context of all the projects, web sites, files, thoughts, etc one’s been working with throughout the day. It’s the bane of all PC users to some extent. We’re frequently waiting on...
  • Blog Post: noahcoad wants to keep up with you on Twitter

    I'm giving Twitter a try!  What is Twitter?  Simply put, it's short 140 character or less 'instant message like' updates.  My take on it is that I can use it to post interesting or funny little tidbits of info that I'd normally like to blog about, but don't have the time to write a whole...
  • Blog Post: Free 411 Phone Directories

    I used to call the 411 info number of my cell phone company (AT&T/Cingular) until they jacked the price up from  $0.99 to $1.79 , what a ripoff!  Now I use Google 411 , dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (800-466-4411) from any US phone.  Quick, easy, and completely FREE.  Just say what you...
  • Blog Post: Swift To-Do List

    To Do List management on the PC has been a long time struggle for me to find the right app. A few weeks ago I posted what's proven to by my #1 most popular post yet (and it isn't even "technical"), Task Management Software . Well I'm happy to say I think I've found the answer! Out of the dozens of apps...
  • Blog Post: Task Management Software (To Do Lists)

    I'm an action-oriented fella.  I like my lists, particularly if they say "To Do", "Action Items", or some similar verb.  This way what needs to happen next is already partially thought out, you can see at a glance what actions to take, and stuff doesn't fall off the table...
  • Blog Post: Rapid Pickup Process

    Dawn says I'm good at attacking a mess in the house (papers, trinkets, living room, clothing, a messy desk, etc) and very quickly making it look picked up.  Suppose its one of those obsessive compulsive tendencies.  Well I was reading David Allen's Getting Things Done and got all inspired by...
  • Blog Post: The Multi-Tasking Myth

    Jeff Atwood has a great post on the cost of context-switching between projects . The results are amazing. There is a huge productivity loss by juggling more than one thing at a time. I can personally identify with the quality loss when trying to "do homework while watching a movie" or "browse the web...
  • Blog Post: Calculating Stats on Sent Mail - Do you do a lot of e-mail?

    It's common in today's high-tech jobs to spend a lot of time on e-mail, but just how much e-mail are we really dealing with? At MS, we're make such comments as "I'm swimming in e-mail!", "I've got x00 e-mails to get through", etc. But incoming e-mail is such a poor way to gauge e-mail activity because...
  • Blog Post: Life Hacks - Improve Your Life

    Life Hacking, which is defined as "anything that solves a problem in an clever or non-obvious way" in regards to general everyday life, is a new term I just "discovered". I'm excited because I love tools, organization, process improvement, etc when it comes to day-to-day living. I'm an avid list maker...
  • Blog Post: Driving Directions Syntax (Coad Style)

    Let’s face it, giving or using driving directions is an essential part life, but as much as we do it, its still a lot of writing and can be confusing. I like thinking of ways to improve, create a process around, and enhance everyday tasks. To this end, I’ve gradually been working towards an easy and...
  • Blog Post: Work Life Ballance, a Perspective

    In today’s busy, long hour, stressful work force, keeping a good “work life balance” is a key goal. But what does this mean for the work part? I’m working with some managers in Visual Studio to address our people staffing needs and this issue came up today. Say you work 8 to...
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