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Hi! I’m Devin and I work at Smartsheet. I’m sensibly impulsive, consistently non-committal, and passionately impartial.

One of the best companies…

I sit here debating whether or not to publish this post; I’ve never been keen on writing about my employers. But, I have a really good point I want to make: employers need to take care of Gen Y. Why? Because we’ll take care of you, too. My employer is one of the best companies to work for.

I love brevity

I tend to write more ‘asides’ (they’re the pink ones on here) than ‘articles’. I like concise writing but it takes more thought. I know people who write long-winded paragraphs and essays in email, blogs, 9rules notes, and comments. Do your readers (message receivers) a favor: the more to the point, the better responses you’ll get. I’m personally starting with this policy: Can’t you be more brief?

Happy iCal Day!

Happy iCal Day! If you use a Mac and have iCal in the tray you’ll notice the icon always shows July 17th. Well, for once it’s right! I find this especially humorous because I’ve started using my Mac as my primary computer (I’m going to be out of town for 3 weeks, I need to carry my life in my backpack).

Community Next Rundown

I had a blast last weekend in San Francisco. My buddy Noah (and Adam) hosted the second Community Next conference. Luckily I was invited. I’ve put some photos online and my quick thoughts are found below.

Forbidden City Starbucks

The Starbucks in the Forbidden City (China) was closed. I think I’m going to make myself a t-shirt and try to sell it. “I went to the Forbidden City and all I got was this lousy latte.” But seriously, I went to that Starbucks and now nobody else will be able to. Crazy.

Community Next in California

I was up at 4:00am, on a plane by 6:00am and on CalTrain by 8:00am. Now I’m hanging with Noah in downtown Mountain View for Community Next tomorrow.

What are your strengths?

Ryan pointed to the very cool online quiz (slash hardcover book) called Strengths Finder 2.0. It’s a great tool (over 150 questions) that helps you determine what you should really focus on.

T-Mobile @ Home

Amongst all the noise surrounding the iPhone last week, did anyone notice slash care about the announcement of T-Mobile @ Home? Free calls when originated in a WiFi hotspot? Excellent.

Checking email at designated times

I’ve thought a lot (more) about how I operate since reading The 4-Hour Workweek. One big part of my life, and probably everyone’s reading this, is email. It was almost like a game refreshing Gmail, trying to spot the elusive ‘Inbox – (1)‘. I’ve stopped playing that game! I suggest you do, too.

Chasing Daylight

From the flap: “At 53, Eugene O’Kelly was in the full swing of life. Chairman and CEO of KPMG .. he enjoyed a successful career and drew happiness from his wife, children, family and close friends…Then in May 2005, Gene was diagnosed with late-stage brain cancer and given three to six months to live. Just like that.”