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When I read Melissa Dahl’s piece for New York Magazine a few days ago, I had a strong sense of recognition.

Not only do I often feel the same way as she does but, in over a decade of working as a Technologist-for-Hire, I’ve also met so many people like her who feel totally overwhelmed by their digital workspaces. When I sit down in front their computers, I find that they – almost invariably – have a web browser with dozens of tabs open. Sometimes it’s so bad that not even a single character of the title bar is able to be displayed.

“Why don’t you bookmark these pages or, you know, just come back to them from your browser history?”, I’ll ask. “I’m afraid I’ll lose track of where I was!“, they’ll say.

Now keep in mind – they’re telling me this while we’re both sitting there, watching that rainbow pinwheel spin around and hoping that it stops without the browser crashing.

I understand their anxiety: After all, they’re using Safari or Chrome as their To-Do lists, their Outlines, and their Notepads. Each open tab is a reminder of something that needs to be done: A bill to be paid, a gift that they need to buy, an article they need to read. At the pace of modern working life, it isn’t always easy to clean up the mess you’re making… and browsers crash all the time.

So – What should we do?
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A List of the Winners!

The winners of the Creative Professionals Giveaway have all been contacted and their prizes are now on the way. Congratulations to all of the people below – and many thanks to all of you for making it another a great success!

The Winners

Kyle C.Nuance Dragon Dictate 3 for OS X
Randy B.Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 Portable Document Scanner
Carl H.Alfred Powerpack
Fabrizio L.TextExpander by Smile Software
Josh L.PDFpen Pro by Smile Software
Matteo C."60 Mountain Lion Tips" by David Sparks and Brett Terpstra
Brad C.The Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide
Murat Y.The Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide
Jean-Philippe G.The Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide
Justin S.Paperless Document Organization Guide
Darren P.Paperless Document Organization Guide
Annie H.Paperless Document Organization Guide

Creative Professionals who complete a very short survey can win prizes including Dragon Dictate 4, a ScanSnap S1100 scanner, an more!

I’m in the process of relaunching Veritrope as a place where technologists and creative professionals from all over the world can meet, learn from one another, and share their tools and inspiration. Last month, I reached out to the hardcore Mac people to find out what they like (and need), and now it’s time to hear from all you Creative Professionals!

I need your help to do that well. So, for this week only, I’ve put together a Giveaway to thank people who complete a 7 question survey. Everyone is welcome to enter, but I really want to hear from designers, writers, non-profit workers, and artists.


Some fantastic prizes are in the mix for all you Veritrope supporters, including:


The widget below is the entry form.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You get 5 chances to win for completing a very short survey.
(Seriously — It’s only 7 questions).

Extra Chances to Win

If you like, you can also get extra entries for following Veritrope on Twitter, App.Net, or signing up for the mailing list.

I’m really trying to reach out to as many smart, creative people as I can in order to find out what they want and need. If you’re lucky enough to know some people matching that description, you’ll get up to 10 bonus chances to win for each one who completes a survey (See the “Share This” button at the bottom of the entry form to get your special link to send them).

Thanks for your help — and good luck to everyone!