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March 20th, 2011

Tweeting an Entire Ebook: Take Control of Your Paperless Office

Well, I’m doing something kind of crazy: I’m tweeting the complete text of one of my ebooks! That’s right, the entire contents of Take Control of Your Paperless Office is about to be released for free—in plain text, one 140-character segment at a time. You can watch the exciting drama unfold in real time (at the rate of one tweet every 15 minutes) by following @zapmypaper on Twitter. It’ll take 17 days to tweet the whole 118-page ebook, but anyone who’s sufficiently motivated (or crazy) can read the whole thing on the Twitter Web site or via their favorite client. For those who would rather read the book in a more conventional format, Take Control is offering the book at a 30% discount for the duration of this project.

In my ebook, I talk about scanning paper documents and then shredding the originals. So this is my attempt to “shred” an ebook via Twitter—and the first time I know of that anyone has tried to do anything quite like this. I don’t know if this is going to turn out to be the best idea ever or a complete waste of time, but either way, it should be entertaining.

I wrote up a separate page detailing how I’m pulling this off, and talking about things like special styles I use to give Twitter followers some sense of the original style and structure of the ebook. You can read all the gory details at Tweeting an Ebook.

The tweeting commences at noon Eastern time on Monday, March 21, 2011. I hope you’ll join me at @zapmypaper and help spread the word!

March 17th, 2011

Joe Talks Backups on MacVoicesTV

Over the years I’ve done lots and lots of podcast interviews about various things I’ve written, and I’ve become one of the more frequent guests on MacVoices, hosted by Chuck Joiner. Now Chuck is moving more into video with MacVoicesTV, and as a result our most recent interview is available in either video format (embedded below) or audio format. In this episode we talk about the latest versions of my two Take Control ebooks about backups—Take Control of Mac OS X Backups and Take Control of Easy Mac Backups.

Due to bandwidth constraints and the limitations of my Mac’s built-in iSight camera, the video on my side is a bit choppy in places, and the sound is slightly out of sync. We discussed how to improve this next time (I’ll try to obtain a better camera; we’ll also do simultaneous recording on both ends and then edit together the footage), but it’s passable as is. Now I need to work on my video presence—I can see that years of doing audio-only interviews have led to some bad habits. And with some luck, we’ll move to a larger apartment in a few months so we can get that playpen out of the background!

May 27th, 2010

Soren Thomas Kissell

One week ago today, Morgen and I welcomed our son, Soren Thomas Kissell, to the world. In the days since, I’ve been much too busy and sleep-deprived to pay much attention to things like writing blog posts or answering email. But we’re thrilled to have this new addition to our family, and if you’d like to see pictures and videos and keep up with the latest news, you can visit a separate site we set up for that purpose: Morgen & Joe’s Baby.

January 3rd, 2008

The Latest News

It’s like this: I just have too many blogs. Not that I’ve had time to write anything for any of them recently, but the problem is compounded by the fact that there are at least two different places where I’d write about stuff going on in my personal life if and when I had the time to do so (here and on Truffles for Breakfast). In theory, TFB is for stuff relating to our life in Paris, but since that sort of encompasses pretty much everything, it leaves little that feels like it belongs here. One of these days I’ll figure out what really belongs where, but in the meantime, for an update on what’s been going on in my life, please read New Year’s Update on Truffles for Breakfast.