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Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin on productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Back to Work is a regular podcast scheduled for live broadcast every Tuesday at 2PM EST. Episodes may sometimes be rescheduled or cancelled due to Mann's travel schedule.

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin on productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Back to Work is a regular podcast scheduled for live broadcast every Tuesday at 2PM EST. Episodes may sometimes be rescheduled or cancelled due to Mann's travel schedule.
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Austin, TX

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Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin on productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Back to Work is a regular podcast scheduled for live broadcast every Tuesday at 2PM EST. Episodes may sometimes be rescheduled or cancelled due to Mann's travel schedule.

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@5by5

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English

Contact:

5by5 Broadcasting 5114 Balcones Woods Drive Suite 307-292 Austin, TX 78759-5273


Episodes

345: Chow Mein Hour

10/10/2017
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TOPIC: Surface Tension. This week, Dan and Merlin discuss names of cities in Florida, wireless neckbands, elliptical bikes, chore systems (and parental withholding), iOS battery life, canny Mac laptop battery monitoring, how battery cycles work, Todd, and things you already know (unless you don't already know them). Two pretty good YouTube channels are recommended. Your hosts talk about that weird thing where iOS throws up a password pop-up, including some recent bad news on how it might be...

Duration: 01:21:58


344: The Microwave Moment

10/3/2017
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TOPIC: You're not supposed to pet the car. This week, Dan and Merlin discuss Nest Cam updates, Ring doorbell tracking, Echo family additions, HDMI questions, the fraught landscape of 4K HDR TV stuff, and how shopping makes Merlin feel kind of vulnerable. Two excellent music podcasts are recommended. Dan has a new MacBook Pro and a lot to say about it. Merlin introduces something he calls "Power Puttering."

Duration: 01:40:19


343: Lo Sierra Mucho

9/26/2017
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TOPIC: Publix Hustle This week, Dan and Merlin talk about grocery store promotions, transactional help, the racket of school photos, Occam's Razor for public schools, Time Machine troubleshooting, the scourge of The Crackle, and BMO the salesman. The boys help a lot of people by responding to listener questions about the state of Siri, making friends after college, and the seeking of universal truth.

Duration: 01:22:24


342: Ultraman Scenario

9/19/2017
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After some Followup and Front Matter, your hosts dive into iOS 11. (Spoilers: it's really good.)

Duration: 01:21:09


341: Rich Boy Phone

9/12/2017
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This week, Dan and Merlin convene to talk about today's big Apple event.

Duration: 01:36:00


340: It's-a Me, Dan!

9/5/2017
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This week, Dan has useful updates on Windows backup options and answers questions about building a Hackintosh. Both of your hosts extoll the virtues of their new Apple TV remote case dinguses. The big topic this week is Nintendo Switch, and Dan has a lot of great stuff to share about his family's first weekend with their new console. (Spoiler: everybody likes it!) Your hosts respond to listener questions about iOS wishlist items and how to freshen up a moribund OmniFocus setup.

Duration: 01:32:27


339: True Love Weighs

8/29/2017
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TOPIC: Don't provoke Dan. This week, Dan and Merlin (once again) complain about what works and what just kiiiinda works with smart devices. Who's winning the voice control game, and who's struggling to play catchup? Ecosystems! Next up, the boys talk about some surprisingly handy and useful cases for that befuddling Apple TV remote. Also, Dan needs your help to back up Cash's Windows box. Merlin has an important request, too. Also provided are scientific updates on how much a scale weighs....

Duration: 01:26:50


338: Ambush Site

8/22/2017
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TOPIC: It's like elevator buttons. This week, Dan and Merlin talk a lot about komodo dragons. Also, homework sucks, seed codes rule, and @Movesapp drools. How do we get so scared about things? How cool did flying used to be? Your hosts respond to listener questions about the state of self-tracking, and the scourge of extraneous device notifications.

Duration: 01:26:45


337: Cognitive Bottleneck

8/18/2017
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TOPIC: How do you know when you're legitimately overwhelmed? This episode, your hosts catch up on Florida, schedule and sleep consistency, ladders vs. walls, travel mania, and the fraught landscape of personal device security. Your hosts respond to listener feedback and questions regarding feeling overwhelmed and dealing with dumb clocks.

Duration: 01:11:21


336: Town Centre Plaza Spot

8/18/2017
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TOPIC: Keep your hand away from the giant's mouth! This week, Dan and Merlin look back on summer and forward to the new school year. Also, some excellent ad hoc Business Analysis about the past and future of malls and other retail outposts. Your hosts respond to listener feedback and questions regarding domain name speculation and options for tracking multiple currencies

Duration: 01:05:31


335: Personal Assistant to Darius

8/1/2017
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TOPIC: Start treating yourself like a dummy today. This week, Dan and Merlin talk about iOS 11, the trade-offs of running betas, and waking up to how we're using devices differently. Merlin has thoughts on the usefulness of the will to live. Dan has a new approach to dealing with PR pitches, and the boys undertake an exciting new social experiment. Your hosts answer listener questions about the mechanics of calendar scheduling and best practices for building new habits.

Duration: 01:32:56


334: The Little White One

7/25/2017
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TOPIC: Mapping Your Focus and Motivation This week, Dan talks about a cool new addition to his Fireside.fm service, and Merlin interviews him about how he likes to choose, plan, and evolve the features of an app. Two questions this week, both from Listener Jonathan. First, your hosts address the era of Peak TV, including how they choose their TV services and how they recommend narrowing in on finding the best stuff to watch (and when). Next, the evergreen topic of calendars and todos...

Duration: 01:15:36


333: Your Whiteboards Will Not Survive Reality

7/18/2017
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TOPIC: Help! My bosses are doing a really dumb thing! This week, Dan and Merlin help a listener and his youngster get started with Spider-Man. Also, hey, support your Local Comic Shop! Listener Molly asks how to help prevent a terrible, damaging change from happening inside her company. Dan talks about War for the Planet of the Apes, and Merlin knows when to exit on a good bit.

Duration: 01:20:03


332: Piggybacking on Anger

7/11/2017
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TOPIC: Making the spice flow. This week, Dan and Merlin dive into the thriving ecosystem of Florida's ad hoc roofing and lawn care professionals. Merlin gets The Boeing Contract, and Dan leaves a check under the mat. Your hosts admit they don't really understand the big kerfuffle over 1Password, but they admit to feeling the pain of being an indie developer today. Dan just wants the beef ribs he'd been promised. Around 1:19:30, the spoiler horn fires off for a squee-filled celebration of...

Duration: 01:40:32


331: Hidden in Wigs

7/7/2017
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TOPIC: Time Tetris in Difficult Mode This week, Dan and Merlin do a VERY deep dive on one listener's question about life with an excruciating shared Google Calendar. Merlin, unsurprisingly, has a lot to say about this. No. Like, really. A lot a lot. Other topics include Food Lion bleach meat, God's only sandwich, Adventure Time Mashup Pack (Finally!), Agape love, and, importantly, "What’s Happening To Sleep Train?"

Duration: 01:31:21


330: Frowny Face for You

6/27/2017
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TOPIC: Drawing effective water. In this week's tight and bright episode, Dan and Merlin do dome followup on food bars and CBD oil, then discuss how to get better at letting people just enjoy what they like. In this week's main topic, your hosts address how to think more productively (and more realistically) about what you need from a task management app.

Duration: 01:01:35


329: Stop all the OTUS

6/20/2017
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TOPIC: Thirty cable boxes. This week, Dan and Merlin talk about beloved late night talk shows, Planet of the Apes, and the future of TV. Dan introduces his new thought technology about "Protoforms." Your hosts also respond to listener questions about using Chromecasts and how to start the day.

Duration: 01:51:03


328: Donkey in a Biscuit

6/13/2017
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TOPIC: Asterisks and Question Marks. This week, Dan and Merlin cover corgis (and other pets), asking for lettuce wraps, high-floor sandwiches, bread in a tube, John Wick (no spoilers), and the wonderful comic infographics of Kate Willaert. There is some ecosystem talk regarding ride sharing statistics and Apple's announced addition of podcast listening analytics. How many bits of identifying information are you sending? Your hosts answer Listener Tim's question about when to accept that...

Duration: 01:43:05


327: Slightly Semitic Bird

6/6/2017
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TOPIC: She was only 15 years old! This week kicks off with some thoughts on yesterday's WWDC Keynote and some potentially promising signs for Apple's future. Dan declares YouTube videos from The Trip to be the greatest thing Merlin has ever shown him, and he is correct. Merlin is infatuated with Nebo. Then, the boys answer listener questions about calendars, GTD and Buddhism, and how to choose a browser.

Duration: 01:26:20


326: The Ronald McDonald of Feeds

5/30/2017
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TOPIC: "The results have been increbidle." This week, Dan and Merlin opine about various Apple feelings and wondering where the heck things are going. Merlin is sanguine. Merlin is mad at KFC, and Dan reminds us how great 1974 was for movies. Finally, your hosts respond to listener feedback.

Duration: 01:37:09

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