Mario Cardinal

"The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" – Marcel Proust

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Create a real to-do list by focusing on “Today”

In this post, I explain why DayTickler allows to focus on “Today”. Why should you separate your “Today” list from the master “To-do” list of everything that need to be done?

“The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists, through catalogs, through collections in museums and through encyclopedias and dictionaries. There is an allure to enumerating how many women Don Giovanni slept with: It was 2,063, at least according to Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte. We also have completely practical lists — the shopping list, the will, the menu — that are also cultural achievements in their own right.”

Umberto Eco

“The list is the origin of culture,” said Umberto Eco in a fascinating interview with the magazine Der Spiegel  about his book The Infinity of Lists: An Illustrated Essay. It seems to be in the genes of human nature to make lists. Unfortunately, lists always end up being too lengthy and in which the significant items are too often hidden. Exhaustive lists are useful to document and catalog the culture of a society but are little use to list things to do.To-do lists invariably crop up when we have so much to do that we can’t memorize all in our heads. Which means that we end up with lists far too long for us to complete. A to-do list with 20 or 30 items is not only daunting, it’s depressing: why even start when there’s no way you will ever finish.

scheduleDayTickler solves this problem by allowing you to create a list for things to do today, right now. Pick three or four items off your to-do list that will make the most difference and schedule them in your “Today” list. The action to schedule does not necessarily implies a temporal dimension, you can plan to do something in terms of a place, for example, when you are in your car or at your computer.

Separating your “Today” list from the master “To-do” list of everything that need to be done is a clear incentive for action. The “Today” list lets you focus on what you must do today, while the “To-Do” list gives you a place to dump every little task you think that someday must get done.

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Speaking at the Ottawa Dev Day

For those of you living in the Ottawa area, Saturday morning (May 30th), I will make a presentation at the Ottawa Dev Day.  This event  takes place at the Ottawa Algonquin College. I am speaking at 9am.

I will do a talk about “A Personal Perspective on Designing Mobile Applications”.  For those of you who follow this blog, you know that I am involved in the design of DayTickler, a personal task manager for Apple IOS, Google Android and Microsoft WP8. During this presentation, explore with me what I learned during this unique journey.


Registration is $25. It is not free, however, in addition to my session, here is what you get by attending this event:

  • full day access to 10 of Canada’s Top MVPs and two MS employees;
  • full day focused on four highly technical Microsoft focused tracks;
  • free lunch;
  • able to get solutions towards your real-work problems;
  • networking opportunities in Ottawa;
  • prizes and give aways, including THREE Lumia 1520s from Microsoft!

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Speaking at the MsDevMtl Community

For those of you living in the Montreal area, Monday night (May 11th), I will make a presentation at the MsDevMtl Community.  This event takes place at the Montreal Microsoft Office (2000 McGill College, 5th floor). I am speaking at 18h30.

I will do a talk with Erik Renaud about //build/ conference. Both, we attend the conference in San Francisco. During this presentation, we will discuss the announcements made by Microsoft. Please note that this talk will be in French.

Titre: De retour de //build/
Conférenciers: Erik Renaud et Mario Cardinal
Cette année, un tas de nouveautés ont été annoncés lors de la conférence Build qui s’est déroulée du 29 avril au 1er mai 2015 dernier.Lors de cette présentation, nous tenterons de faire une synthèse éclairée de ce qui a été annoncé et d’en faire sortir l’essentiel.

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Podcast about //build/ conference

Last week, I was attending the //build/ conference in San Francisco. I took advantage of my presence at this event to record a podcast with a panel of Microsoft MVP.


Live from San Francisco, as part of the //build/ conference, I talk with Erik Renaud, Laurent Bugnion, Florent Santin and Rudy Huyn about the announcements made by Microsoft. Among other things, some of the panelists share their experiences with the HoloLens.

Please note that this podcast is in French.