Nirvana GTD App - Documentation, Tips, FAQ

  • Contexts:
    • I tag things with people's name that I want to talk with them about when I'm later talking with them.
    • The only true contexts I really care about are: att ("am I working?"), kpk ("am i not working"), errands (which I treat as a project because it makes Mobile search easier), and the-person-i'm-talking-with
  • Sub-projects: You can turn an Action (task) into a sub-project by embedding a task list in the Notes field. They call this an "Inline Checklist".

    Hide Folders With Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013

    • Close Outlook
    • Download MFCMAPI from
    • Run it
    • Login to MAPI with it
    • Double-click the folder for your mailbox (e.g. "Lastname, Firstname" in a corporate environment)
    • Expand the Root item
    • Look in IPM_SUBTREE
    • Select the desired folder
    • From the menu: Property >> Advanced >> Edit
    • In Property Tag type; 0x10F4000B
    • Press OK
    • Put a check-mark in front of Boolean
    • OK/close your way out of all windows

    How to Pair Motorola H730 Bluetooth Headset With an iPhone

    • Turn off the headset, by flipping the mic bar closed
    • Turn on Bluetooth on the iPhone, and navigate to the Bluetooth screen
    • Hold the big silver button on the headset and, while holding it, flip the mic bar open
    • When the iPhone asks, tell it that you do want to pair.

    OneNote Tips

    Open new window^M
    open existing note as SideNote^M, F11
    Open new SideNoteWinkey-N, N
    • Some useful enhancements to OneNote: OneTastic

    Places Where Windows Commonly Runs Things From the Registry

    Windows auto-runs things from your Startup folder (see Start/All Programs/Startup) when you login to Windows. It also runs things via the registry.

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run*
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run*
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run* (Note: This one is relevant for running 32-bit programs on 64-bit Windows.)

    There are others, but these are the common ones.

    Voice Control and the Connected Home

    A man signed up for the 'connected home' with voice control.

    As he was leaving his bedroom, in order to extinguish the overhead light, he said, "Lights off!" The overhead light turned off, but a table lamp turned on.

    He repeated himself: "Lights off!" The overhead light turned on and the table lamp turned off.

    He repeated himself: "Lights off! Off. Off! OFF!"

    One at a time, each of his connected clothes hangers dropped its garment to the ground.

    (This is not original. I do not remember the origin.)

    How to install Edimax EW-7811UTC AC600 Wireless USB - Linux Ubuntu (Lubuntu 15.04)

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential git 
    git clone
    cd ~/rtl8812au
    sudo make install
    sudo modprobe 8812au

    Worked for me 2015.05.20. Tips

    I wasn't using Fluid. I was a heavy Chrome user and I opened many, many tabs and pinned them. That worked well for me except that Chrome started draining my battery too fast. Firefox wasn't any better. Safari seems to be less demanding on my battery, but it won't pin tabs and, in general, it doesn't work so well with many tabs open. So I'm using Fluid apps in order to move my constantly-present tabs into apps.

    Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition Install Fails/Crashes

    I was totally unable to get the install for Visual Studio 2013 to run to completion. I kept running it. It kept running a little farther than the previous time and silently quitting. There are 3 parts to the answer:

    1. Download and install the 8 GB DVD ISO file from Do not use the much smaller online installer.
    2. After it appears to run to completion, there will still be a vs_community.exe plus two "vs...KB....." processes running in task manager. Let them run to completion.
    3. Then reboot and it will complete installation.

    Make GMail the Default Email Client for mailto URLs in Chrome

    • Open a window in Chrome and load GMail in it
    • Press Ctrl+Shift+J (or Cmd+Opt+J on a Mac) to open Chrome's JavaScript console
    • Paste this code into the JS console


    • It will tell you "undefined".


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