I spend a lot of time online. I wake up daily between seven and eight, and I'm usually at sitting on the couch with my MacBook Pro within 30 minutes. During the day, I alternate between work and playing with Winter (who is super interesting these days, having hit the 3 year old mark). In the evenings, my wife is usually putting Winter to bed while I'm online. On the occasions when Angela doesn't come back downstairs because she's fallen asleep with Winter, I'm online until after midnight.
On average, I'd estimate I'm online anywhere from nine, maybe ten hours to about twelve, maybe thirteen hours a day. Some may say that's excessive, but when your business is online, you naturally spend a lot of time online.
I'm writing this from 30,000 feet in the air, on a Southwest Airlines flight. I've got the MBP working for me, and my iPod is playing Angels & Airwaves (say what you will, I like 'em). I fired up the notebook because now that The Big Book of Spam, Volume One: Subject Lines has been published, it's time for me to get back to work on my other projects. That means scheduling updates for Artistic Opinions, Modest Opinions, The Big Book of Spam and this site – not to mention I've got other projects that need some love, too.
I wrote all that so I could write this:
Last year I installed a program called iGTD, a task manager. The premise is simple enough – define projects (each of my sites would be a project), then schedule tasks that need to be completed for each project. I can't figure out how to make a task repeat weekly. Here's where things break down.
I'm on a plane at 30,000 feet. I'm trying to use a new program, one that, although I installed it last year, I'm just now getting around to trying out. I'm not online.
The help files are.
Software developers: there is no excuse for not including your help files with the application. None. Your customers aren't always online. I know, I know, there's a big push to have everything online – Google, Microsoft and a host of others would love to have consumers own machines that are little more than dumb terminals in their always-connected homes. That's not reality – and I'm not picking on iGTD here, which looks to be a great little app that will be quite useful to me – presuming I can access the help files eventually.
Put the help files on my local machine, dammit.