I received a reader question that basically relates to how to choose what to write about for your blog/book/etc. Here’s the full question I received – [Read more…]
A few weeks ago, I started drastically paring back all the tools, feeds, news sites, and networks that I use. And the ones that I do use everyday – I started figuring out how to simplify, automate, and gain more control.
It started with reducing the number of task “gathering places” (Getting Things Done parlance) and snowballed into affecting pretty much my entire digital life, and has now become a full-fledged start-2013-off-right kind of deal (and apparently I’m not the only one).
Here’s a few lessons I’ve learned that you can apply to make your digital life a bit better… [Read more…]
Last week I was doing work on a WordPress eCommerce site – and ran into a particular problem.
I needed to be able to sort products independently within a category (I was working with WP eCommerce).
It allowed you to sort products in WP eCommerce.
Handy plugin – just $25, so it was a big timesaver versus writing it myself (not too good at hacking together PHP) or outsourcing it.
I installed it – it worked on the backend, but not on the frontend.
Annoying. So I had a back and forth with their support guy to no avail – mainly because he couldn’t figure out what I was talking about.
It was the type of thing where it wasn’t the software, but the context where I was running the software that was creating the problem (that shouldn’t exist).
The tech support guy seemed cool and wanted to be helpful, but both of us were getting a bit tired with the back and forth.
If he had been standing right there – the problem could’ve been fixed in a minute. But he wasn’t. [Read more…]
I know a ton about you right now. Well, maybe a half-ton – but very soon I’ll know everything – especially if you’re logged into Facebook, Quora, Twitter, Google+, or anything else while you are browsing the Internet.
Because right now – those companies already know everything about you…and are realizing that they can make money by making it public.
Up until now, I’ve been able to track where you are, what browser, device, ISP, and language you use. Like this… [Read more…]
Here’s a career and business idea that seems to be bubbling up in America right now… Your credentials don’t matter. Your career sequence doesn’t matter. And your career choice doesn’t matter.
All that really matters to have a solid, high-paying career is to be really freaking good at whatever you do.
Over at Slate, a pharmaceutical chemist critiqued the idea that “America needs more scientists and engineers.” He argues that we don’t need more scientists – we need better scientists.
Scientists who are really freaking good. Mediocre American scientists don’t have a job – they aren’t needed. Mediocre work doesn’t work anymore – and what remains can be done by cheap Chinese scientists. See the full article here.
Over at The Economist, Babbage discussed a group of programmers who are “tenXers.” In other words, programmers who, through insight, versatility, and sheer productivity create 10x the amount of code that an average programmer can create – in less time, with better accuracy. Read the full article here. Here’s a quote of a quote from the article…
In his delightful guide to recruiting top talent (“Smart and Gets Things Done”), Joel Spolsky, a company founder and ten-x programmer himself, as well as a former paratrooper in the Israeli army, wrote in 2007 that the trouble with using a lot of mediocre programmers instead of a couple of good ones is that no matter how long they strive, they will still produce something mediocre. “Five Antonio Salieris won’t produce Mozart’s Requiem. Ever. Not if they work for 100 years.”
And this trend applies to every field now. Mediocre doesn’t cut it. And if mediocre is needed…well there’a a few million Indians, Chinese, and Filipinos who can do mediocre. [Read more…]
Imagine if every time you recommended something – a product, store, service, whatever – the person was somehow tagged so that if they ended up buying that certain something – you automatically got a kickback – be it cash, credit, or kudos.
Would that change how we behaved and spoke with people?
I’m curious because there’s a trend that I’ve noticed towards automatic affiliate programs with internet services. [Read more…]
Shopping for invoicing software.
Now that I have your full and rabid attention, here’s why you should not trust free software by default.
The Quick Story
After 6 months of ignoring my invoicing system, and working with [Read more…]
So there are thousands of photo-sharing services out there – and I’ve used my fair share.
Panoramio is different – even if unloved by the masses or by Google (it’s owner, who hasn’t even integrated it with Google Dashboard).
It’s focused around landscape photography and there’s several reasons why even though it’s not hot, not huge, and not loved – you should at least check in on it once in a while. Here’s why. [Read more…]
But every free social network dies – and it’s time to move on to the next one (as I did in December). Here’s why. [edit 3/23/2011 I reactivated Facebook primarily for business reasons, but found a way to strip the profile down to nothing via Don Caprio. The idea still stands in my mind] [Read more…]