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DIY web site Instructables details how to build a simple gadget dock for the low price (less than a dollar) of a large binder clip and a small rubber band. In a nutshell, you just pinch the plug with your binder clip and use the clip's arms as buttressing supports for the dock. I didn't have a large enough binder clip, but after fumbling a bit with a smaller one with my iPhone, I can see how this could actually work—though it might put undue stress on heavier gadgets, especially if they use small plugs.

The Ridiculously Clever Dock

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Post-it notes are a mixed blessing. They can seem oh-so-handy for adding notes to files, flagging salient points in a document, or scribbling down notes while you're on the phone. But they can be a curse if they get lost or moved; and all too often they're misused or overused. If you want to keep the information and be able to track or file it, don't place it in a post-it. It's no good saying "I noted that on the file!" if you did so on a post-it which has since disappeared. Post-its also making copying paper files a pain - to be thorough you have to copy the document with and without the post-it, and that's a waste of time. I freely admit I'm a post-it junkie. I'm trying to curb my usage. In that spirit, here's a link to some nice photos of artists making better use of post-its!

Productivity in many colors

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Gmail Tips and Tricks Monster Roundup"Ever since I bought my first Gmail invite for five dollars off eBay over 2 years ago, I've been all about squeezing every last productive drop I can out of Gmail." Geek to Live: Tech support with UltraVNC SingleClick"Grandpa called from Florida, and he needs your help uploading pictures to Yahoo! Photos.... If only you were looking over his shoulder - except he's states away." Technophilia: Forget the TV and watch the web"You can even use the web as your own (free!) personal TiVo so you watch your favourite shows anytime you want..." How to portscan your computer for security holes"Open ports on your computers are invitations to criminal hackers and other evildoers to wreak havoc - and if you don't protect yourself, no one else will." Download of the Day: myFairTunes6 (Windows)"Open source program myFairTunes6 is designed to remove the digital rights management (DRM) from your iTunes Music Store-purchased songs." Ask the Readers: Best music for studying?"What do you listen to when you're trying to study or write?" How to save $$ without a 9 to 5"Saving for retirement - or hell, even next month's mortgage payment - is hard when you're a freelancer who doesn't get the same check every two weeks."

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Wired magazine's How To Wiki has a short and sweet article on how to make your emails more efficient with a defined structure. Here's what the perfect email consists of: brevity, a set context, clear requests, and a deadline if necessary. How do you make your emails more efficient - what's your secret sauce? Thoughts in the comments.

Write a perfect email

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Smart Company has run a networking advice column for people who are self employed. The main gist of it is "If you work alone, make special efforts to connect with others."

As a writer who's worked freelance for a few years, I can certainly relate to the feeling that when working alone you can lack contact with your peers which can help you develop in the job and network successfullly. This article has a few useful tips on how to build or maintain relationships.

It recommends a few American professional organisations to join for networking and professional development. If you're a member of a professional organisation, let us know in the comments section what group you're a member of, and what you get out of it.

Relationships for the self-employed

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Kevin Kelly has written up a post about buying artwork online at the Cool Tools blog. His post about Tiny Showcase reminded me that we've got a really nice Australian-based art site, RedBubble. I'll give a detailed roundup of Red Bubble, but first here's what Kevin had to say about Tiny Showcase:

"Keeping tabs on the art world is tough and time-consuming. Being a collector is tougher -- and downright expensive. This site does all the work for you and allows you to amass your own hip, limited edition prints for cheap."

Once a week, Tiny Showcase emails out a newsletter alerting subscribers about the artist they'll be featuring that week - a limited number of prints are sold for $US20 each. A proportion of the proceeds go to a charity chosen by the artist. Tiny Showcase Cool idea, but let's look at something a little closer to home - Red Bubble. Red Bubble describes itself as an online art gallery and creative community. You can browse via tags (eg cats), or by artist name. You can create a watchlist for the artists you like, and there's a 'favourites' tag so you can find out what other artists and users of the site recommend. Some artists, like Melbourne based Vicki, just use the site to share their artwork: Sydney-based stealthflower uses the site to sell her photography: Others use it to sell wall art, greeting cards and tshirts. My favourite tshirt was by ScottA: So do you buy artwork online, or would you rather go the oldfashioned route and go to galleries to check out the artwork 'in the flesh'? If you can recommend any online art galleries, please post in comments!