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Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

Latest Episodes

452: Wine is My Travel Drink

updates on travel and packing a new notebook Merlin likes finding a notebook that accommodates both your brain and the shape of your day Merlin's bespoke six-block notebook method Dan struggles mightily with his hotel room a notional badge for gauging lifetime exposure to a ubiquitous TV celebrity some more travel talk, including the promise for a future dedicated episode on travel updates a suggestion for trying iOS Voice Control finally, in some detail, we return to Synology Corner

87 MIN2 d ago
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452: Wine is My Travel Drink

451: I Am Not a Herpetologist

Our worst episode ever. Enjoy!

94 MIN1 w ago
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451: I Am Not a Herpetologist

450: Slow-Motion Hypocrisy

Dan is getting a Synology, Merlin has been making stuff, plus the return of "Cool Things I Learned This Week."

66 MIN2 w ago
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450: Slow-Motion Hypocrisy

449: Tom Hardy Blindness

DISCUSSED: coincident birthdays; mathowie's gigantism and very online Ex Machina house; extensive actor and media talk; you probably hadn't heard, but, The Revenant was very difficult to make; Apple TV+ is getting…not great notices; success is a great deodorant, but could iPhone : 2010s Apple :: Windows : 1990s Microsoft?; hardware follow-up on Merlin's new modem and UPS setup; the value of always showing hustle, and why you should always run out first base; Dan's in a jam-up with his internet provider over a seemingly unnecessary piece of harware; further hardware follow-up from Merlin on spreading his wings with his Synology; Dan has a new keyboard he loves; praise for several Logitech products; and, finally, why Merlin just can't quit his MX Master Mouse.

77 MIN3 w ago
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449: Tom Hardy Blindness

448: Spaghetti on Spaghetti

This week, Dan and Merlin dive into the benefits (and fun) of a NAS project. Also, Merlin goes off about the horror show of letting old people determine the future. Also, also, hey, kung fu movies!

80 MINOCT 23
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448: Spaghetti on Spaghetti

447: Mating for Life

It's Infrastructure Week! Dan and Merlin start with California's power crisis and end up pivoting to phones, cable TV, and, of course, Apple. What happens when a resource we think of as a solved part of our infrastructure suddenly isn't so solved? And, what would Apple look like if it treated all of its services as seriously as it once treated the Mac? Also: lizard updates, but please don't Google "hornworms."

78 MINOCT 18
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447: Mating for Life

446: Charm Offensive

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about living in a world of hardware choices. How do you decide which device is best suited to a given task? Which ones do you find yourself preferring to use because they're friction-free—or just fun? And, in what ways do our previous behaviors, habits, and expectations end up unconsciously coloring our future decisions?

69 MINOCT 9
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446: Charm Offensive

445: Hipster DMV

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about Apple's OS rollouts, changes in Apple retail, and week two with the new Apple Watch.

75 MINOCT 2
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445: Hipster DMV

444: Seasoned Horologist

This week, Dan and Merlin focus on the new Apple Watch.

95 MINSEP 25
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444: Seasoned Horologist

443: Immediate Electric Smugness

DISCUSSED: Merlin has a cool new voice from talking to friends late last night; Dan has an automotive collision anecdote, while Merlin has thoughts on how preparation fails us in extreme moments; in follow-up, Listener Steve has terrific advice on dealing with bad hotel room technology; your hosts love insider information from pilots and other category pros; Dan ordered a watch, and Merlin is apparently not actually wrecking a plane; the guys respond to listener letters about ages of people in movies, Dan's world-destroying Disney fact (that he can't remember), plus a listener's concern about company password hygiene; and finally, Dan has great news about refreshing an iMac, but less great news about household password hygiene.

79 MINSEP 20
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443: Immediate Electric Smugness

Latest Episodes

452: Wine is My Travel Drink

updates on travel and packing a new notebook Merlin likes finding a notebook that accommodates both your brain and the shape of your day Merlin's bespoke six-block notebook method Dan struggles mightily with his hotel room a notional badge for gauging lifetime exposure to a ubiquitous TV celebrity some more travel talk, including the promise for a future dedicated episode on travel updates a suggestion for trying iOS Voice Control finally, in some detail, we return to Synology Corner

87 MIN2 d ago
Comments
452: Wine is My Travel Drink

451: I Am Not a Herpetologist

Our worst episode ever. Enjoy!

94 MIN1 w ago
Comments
451: I Am Not a Herpetologist

450: Slow-Motion Hypocrisy

Dan is getting a Synology, Merlin has been making stuff, plus the return of "Cool Things I Learned This Week."

66 MIN2 w ago
Comments
450: Slow-Motion Hypocrisy

449: Tom Hardy Blindness

DISCUSSED: coincident birthdays; mathowie's gigantism and very online Ex Machina house; extensive actor and media talk; you probably hadn't heard, but, The Revenant was very difficult to make; Apple TV+ is getting…not great notices; success is a great deodorant, but could iPhone : 2010s Apple :: Windows : 1990s Microsoft?; hardware follow-up on Merlin's new modem and UPS setup; the value of always showing hustle, and why you should always run out first base; Dan's in a jam-up with his internet provider over a seemingly unnecessary piece of harware; further hardware follow-up from Merlin on spreading his wings with his Synology; Dan has a new keyboard he loves; praise for several Logitech products; and, finally, why Merlin just can't quit his MX Master Mouse.

77 MIN3 w ago
Comments
449: Tom Hardy Blindness

448: Spaghetti on Spaghetti

This week, Dan and Merlin dive into the benefits (and fun) of a NAS project. Also, Merlin goes off about the horror show of letting old people determine the future. Also, also, hey, kung fu movies!

80 MINOCT 23
Comments
448: Spaghetti on Spaghetti

447: Mating for Life

It's Infrastructure Week! Dan and Merlin start with California's power crisis and end up pivoting to phones, cable TV, and, of course, Apple. What happens when a resource we think of as a solved part of our infrastructure suddenly isn't so solved? And, what would Apple look like if it treated all of its services as seriously as it once treated the Mac? Also: lizard updates, but please don't Google "hornworms."

78 MINOCT 18
Comments
447: Mating for Life

446: Charm Offensive

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about living in a world of hardware choices. How do you decide which device is best suited to a given task? Which ones do you find yourself preferring to use because they're friction-free—or just fun? And, in what ways do our previous behaviors, habits, and expectations end up unconsciously coloring our future decisions?

69 MINOCT 9
Comments
446: Charm Offensive

445: Hipster DMV

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about Apple's OS rollouts, changes in Apple retail, and week two with the new Apple Watch.

75 MINOCT 2
Comments
445: Hipster DMV

444: Seasoned Horologist

This week, Dan and Merlin focus on the new Apple Watch.

95 MINSEP 25
Comments
444: Seasoned Horologist

443: Immediate Electric Smugness

DISCUSSED: Merlin has a cool new voice from talking to friends late last night; Dan has an automotive collision anecdote, while Merlin has thoughts on how preparation fails us in extreme moments; in follow-up, Listener Steve has terrific advice on dealing with bad hotel room technology; your hosts love insider information from pilots and other category pros; Dan ordered a watch, and Merlin is apparently not actually wrecking a plane; the guys respond to listener letters about ages of people in movies, Dan's world-destroying Disney fact (that he can't remember), plus a listener's concern about company password hygiene; and finally, Dan has great news about refreshing an iMac, but less great news about household password hygiene.

79 MINSEP 20
Comments
443: Immediate Electric Smugness
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