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Making the iPhone 4 more cow-like

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 by Emily Boyd

We were ridiculously excited to get hold of the iPhone 4 here in Australia, at long last. After the thrill of unboxing, though, we discovered a serious issue with the device.

Nope, not the antenna (that works just fine). It was much, much worse: the iPhone 4 didn't have enough cow. In fact, it had no cow whatsoever. Admittedly, cow wasn't an advertised feature… but surely the good folks at Apple would have realised how much better the iPhone 4 could be with just a little bit of cow?

Fortunately, thanks to the magic of custom GelaSkins, we've been able to fix this issue:

iPhone 4 with Gelaskins

Whew, crisis averted. Moo.

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Join the team on our quest!

Monday, April 5, 2010 by Emily Boyd

Unicorn

Are you nuts about tasks, and want to join a team of cool people who are equally nuts about tasks? Here at Remember The Milk, we're on a magical quest to make the world more organized and productive.

If that sounds like fun to you (there might be unicorns!), check out the newly listed positions on our jobs page and get in touch.

* Unicorns not guaranteed.

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Two million organized people

Monday, April 5, 2010 by Emily Boyd

Bob thanks you!

Well, we're a step closer in our plans for world domination quest to make the world more organized and productive. We recently passed the two million user mark, and we just wanted to thank everyone who's supported our little team along the way.

As always, we're thankful to each and every one of you who've upgraded to Pro over the last few years, and have continued to renew your Pro account since! Without your support, Remember The Milk would no longer exist (really!). Before we launched Pro accounts, this thing went a tad bit closer to sending us broke than we'd like to admit; just imagine all the milk (okay, and more important things) that would've been forgotten…

These days, we're no longer just two people and a stuffed monkey in Sydney, Australia. We have a growing little team of awesome people spread across three continents (check out our jobs page if you'd like to join us!).

We're continuing to work on cool stuff that we're hoping you'll like, and love receiving feedback and suggestions just as much as we've always done (you guys have really made sure we have a never-ending to-do list :). Bob and the rest of the team thank you for being Remember The Milk users!

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Join the team: Community Manager (Japanese language)

Friday, February 5, 2010 by Omar Kilani

Bob tries his best to learn Japanese

Despite our best efforts, we just haven't been able to get Bob fluent in Japanese (who would have thought that teaching a foreign language to a stuffed monkey would be so difficult?!).

While that's bad news for Bob, it might be good news for you! We now have a part-time position available for a Community Manager (Japanese language) on the Remember The Milk team.

Do you love communicating online and practically live on Twitter? Are you passionate about helping other users get the most out of Remember The Milk? Oh, and do you speak Japanese too?

If this sounds like you, and you'd like to join us in our quest to make the world more organized and productive, head on over to the jobs page and get in touch!

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Bob T. Monkey explores "The Infinity of Lists" at the Louvre

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 by Emily Boyd

Bob at the Louvre  Bob checks out some lists  Bob with Mesopotamian tablets  Bob with hieroglyphics

What exactly does a list-loving stuffed monkey do on his vacation? If you thought he'd be kicking back at the beach in his Sydney hometown, you'd be wrong! Bob hopped on a plane to Paris (you have no idea of the trouble we had in getting him a passport) to check out Umberto Eco's "Mille e tre" exhibition at the Louvre.

The exhibition "traces the evolution of the concept of a list through history and examines how its meaning changes with the passage of time". While Bob had a little trouble understanding the captions on the exhibits (he speaks excellent JavaScript, but his French isn't so great), he thoroughly enjoyed checking out lists of all kinds.

Bob's favourite examples of lists were the hieroglyphics from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamian tablets, and the menu of Tepemankh. While at the Louvre, Bob also relished the chance to see the Mona Lisa and, ever on the lookout for cows, was amazed to discover some Ancient Egyptian ones in the Louvre's collection.

Check out the photos from Bob's Louvre visit

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Join the team: Scala hacker

Thursday, October 29, 2009 by Omar Kilani

Scala logo

Did you fall in love with Scala at first sight? Do you dream of actors, DSLs, implicits and pattern matching? We have a full-time position available for a Scala Hacker (Server-side Engineer) at Remember The Milk. If this sounds like you, and you'd like to join us in our quest to make the world more organized and productive, head on over to the jobs page and get in touch!

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Birthday #4

Monday, October 12, 2009 by Emily Boyd

Bob celebrates our 4th birthday

Four years ago yesterday, we breathed a sigh of relief: after more than a year of development, our super-secret project was finally ready to launch! Little did we know that the adventure of Remember The Milk was only just beginning…

Five days after our launch, there was already a crazy 50,000 tasks being managed with RTM. Perhaps that should've given us some indication of what we were in for, but it wasn't until 2007 that we figured out that, well, we might need a little help. (It turns out that two people and a stuffed monkey working full-time on a free app with some serious hosting bills does not a sustainable service make.)

So, we introduced Pro accounts, and we're extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us! :) We've been able to grow our team to six people, develop new stuff including a bunch of Pro features, and keep Bob well-nourished with a constant supply of bananas (something that I'm sure will please those who were concerned for his health).

We've also been busy continually improving and upgrading our infrastructure; there's a whole lot of you guys using RTM now, and collectively you're adding or updating over 2,200 tasks every single minute. Our hardware hamsters have their work cut out for them!

We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us along our adventure over the past four years: thanks for all your support, your invaluable feedback, and simply using RTM (what can we say? seeing people get organized makes us happy!). We're excited to continue to improve RTM for you guys in the future. :)

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Meet the Remember The Milk team: Andrew on support

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 by Emily Boyd

Everyone knows about Bob T. Monkey, but who else is part of the RTM team? In this new series of "Meet the team" posts, I'll introduce (and quiz!) my fellow human team members. First up, I'd like you to meet Andrew Conkling, tech support engineer.

Andrew Conkling

Andrew, what were you doing before you joined RTM? What brought you here?

Before I joined RTM, I was working at a technical support company in Philadelphia, PC Helps. I specialized in mobile devices and enjoyed helping people be as productive as possible in their work.

My wife's company recently decided to relocate to Atlanta, and I heard about the open position at RTM just as I was looking for a job, so it was pretty excellent timing.

Tell us a little bit about what you do at RTM.

I answer the questions and help identify the problems that our users ask and report, whether on the forums or via email. I try to identify any larger issues and help identify what people would like to see.

You're the newest member of the team; what's your favorite part of the job so far?

I have most enjoyed answering questions about how to do particular things with RTM. Plenty of people have a few lists of tasks, but it's interesting to combine a lot of the different features that RTM provides—e.g. tags, locations, and some clever searches saved as Smart Lists—to use their tasks in dozens of ways, all at once! It's really fun to be a part of that, to help think of new ways RTM can be used, especially when I hadn't thought of them before. The forums are brimming with excellent ideas and I wish I'd spent more time on them in years past!

Can you describe how you use RTM? What does your set-up look like?

My setup has evolved a bit since I started using RTM a few years ago. I'm a big proponent of GTD—well, its principles at least: having one list for everything, getting everything you need to do out of your head, organizing your list by contexts; my RTM setup has mirrored that from the beginning. While I had a BlackBerry, I had a List for each context and two additional ones, one specifically for wedding plans and one for shared tasks with my (now) wife. So I had about a half dozen or so Lists… and probably about 20 Smart Lists—easily my favorite RTM feature! I just got an iPhone, however, and plan to reorganize my Smart Lists more by tags and less by List.

As far as services, I typically use the website for my semi-weekly review (it's the most efficient for "heavy lifting"), use the iPhone app heavily for day-to-day, and love the Gmail Firefox extension for helping me clear my Inbox.

Besides tech, what are your hobbies and interests?

I do have a lot of tech hobbies, but aside from that I enjoy others too. Particularly being in a new city, I enjoy getting out and exploring international cuisine—Thai, Szechuan, and Indian are probably my favorites. I'm also becoming more interested in drinks of all kinds: coffee, tea, beer, and wine. It's amazing the worldwide trip you can take with just those four!

I am also a big fan of music. I grew up playing the piano and the guitar, and while the last few years have seen less playing, I hope to get back into it soon. I love classical music, and I also listen to a lot of post-rock. I also enjoy watching films across all genres; my list is far too long for my incredibly slow pace! I'm currently partway through an Ingmar Bergman marathon that has long ago exceeded my wife's patience for his films. :)

Thanks, Andrew!

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Join the RTM team: Technical Support Engineer

Monday, May 4, 2009 by Omar Kilani

Bob testing things

Are you a great troubleshooter and on the lookout for a challenging technical support role, but also love to tinker with code on the side?

If you're a technically-minded people person, and want to help over 1.5 million people use RTM and all its services, then this position might just be for you. Our mission is to make the world more organized and productive; if you’d like to join us in this quest, head on over to the jobs page and get in touch!

Update: This position has now been filled. Thanks to everyone who applied!

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5 RTM humans + 1 monkey meet in Sydney

Friday, February 13, 2009 by Emily Boyd

Arty and Bob  Team at the Opera House  Meeting a koala  Bob meets some giraffes

Last week was an especially exciting one for the RTM team: we held our very first in-person development team meetup since Michael and Arty have joined us, and we got to meet our newest team members for the first time!

Michael flew over to Sydney from Mexico City, and Arty came all the way from Moscow, joining the three of us who live in Sydney (plus Bob of course); thanks guys for bearing 20+ hours of flying time to meet with us!

We had a packed week of RTM development discussion, but still made time for the obligatory sightseeing around this beautiful city. We took the team to see the Opera House, check out (then walk across!) the Harbour Bridge, visit Taronga Zoo and meet some of the animals, and of course visit a Sydney beach.

The zoo visit was particularly special for us; RTM is a sponsor of the monkeys (what else?!) at Taronga Zoo, so it was great to see all the fantastic work that the zoo is doing. Bob even met a zookeeper!

Check out the photos from the RTM development team meetup

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