Hi, I am Martin.

This is my blog on mainly technology, entrepreneurship and design. Links about just about anything comes through now and then though. I also run a site on photography called Digital Photo Guide! If you are into photography, why not check that out?

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Will 3D printing change everything?

3D printing really took of in 2013. For me living in Sweden there has been lot of buzz surrounding a company called Arcam that sky-rocketed on the Nasdaq OMX (Stockholm Stock Exchange).

For the everyday Joe it might be hard to grasp what all the fuzz is all about. When I get asked about 3D printing I often chose to explain by the spare part problem solution. If a machine breaks down, using 3D print a spare part can be built that can be used until a real spare part get delivered. Since it will be a temporary part it can be created by a cheaper material and be used as a solution not to loose momentum by waiting for spare parts from the other side of the world.

The medical world has also discussed some way 3D printing can be used to make specific meds or individually fitted prostethic parts or even organs.

I found a short informative movie on 3D printing I thought I’d share to shed even some more light on the subject.

3d movies are the mini discs of our time

Sometimes there is a rapid development in technology which opens up a gap between the consumer and the industry. The consumer wonders what the new technology has to offer  and the industry see it as a quick way to generate an alternate income stream. In some cases the sad part is that the industry keep on beating on a dead horse even though the consumers have left it a long time ago. This is about 3d movies in cinemas and on your TV at home.

Context switching and why you should disable all notifications

Information overload is happening all around us today. We get too many mails, read too many notifications from social networks and at the same time try to post as many updates as we can on what we are doing. All this at the same time as we should maintain good workers munching through tasks as the Cookie Monster eat cookies. But how to stay on top of this and maximizing productivity? Should we break down tasks into microscopic parts just so that we will be able to check some of them off before we leave the office and get home?

Productivity today is not as much as finishing of tasks as to manage context switches. Zero inbox might be a goal for some but if you walk home without any idea what you did since you arrived zero inbox is doing you no good.

First of all and most important – stop checking your mail. Most of us have been lured into the trap that if we constantly check our email and keep notifications in our phones as soon as a mail arrive we can be more productive and act faster. Most of us who actually tried this have found however that this not the truth. By being interrupted every time anything happen we end up doing nothing else then trying to stay on top of what is going on instead of acting.

If you were to cut down on you mail checking to three times a day you would still be on top of that inbox wouldn’t you? The longest a mail would remain untouched in you inbox would be a couple of hours, that’s a fact. But do you get mad if you need to wait two hour on a mail after sending you question? Would you really?

Productivity today is not about finish the most tasks, it’s to switch between them with minimum loss. And the most efficient task switch is not to switch at all and instead finish what you do before you go for something else.