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Archives for January 2008
Online Backup Options
I've been trying out several online backup tools. I plan to write in more detail about my experiences with each one later, but here is an overview. My wife and I travel quite a bit. While I can take an extra hard drive with us for backups, but this seems a bit pointless since the biggest threat to my equipment is probably theft. If someone breaks into my hotel room and steals my laptop, they probably aren't going to overlook an external hard drive. I need a solution that will give me quick access to all my information if my computer is stolen or damaged. Here are three services I've tried. If you have any suggestions of other services I should check out please post them in the … [Read more...] about Online Backup Options
Tuesdays Tip: Time for Reading
This might be a personal idiosyncrasy, but I bet I'm not the only one it applies to. When I don't spend some regular time reading, I start feeling drained of creative ideas. And I'm not talking about spending some time reading articles on the web, I'm talking about sitting down with an actual physical book and doing some good old fashioned reading. I suppose this makes sense. If you are constantly trying to produce using the creative part of your brain you need to be feeding it new stuff, but I suspect that the effect goes well beyond just having some new ideas to think about. Reading (at least for me) seems to trigger new ideas about totally different subjects. So spending some time … [Read more...] about Tuesdays Tip: Time for Reading
Understanding How Different Genders Think
One of my consulting clients has a company thats purpose is to help lower the divorce rate in America. One of their big goals is to teach people how to understand each other. Here is a short excerpts of one of their videos explaining the difference between the way men and women think. Obviously this is a generalization, but it is a useful reference point for planning discussions with people of the opposite sex--not just your spouse. For example, if you are a woman trying to negotiate a business agreement with a man you should be aware that he is less likely to see the holistic benefits of the arrangement. He is more likely to view the deal in isolation instead of seeing the advantages … [Read more...] about Understanding How Different Genders Think
Thinking For Yourself
This morning I read a news article that started out: SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Some women in Springfield are regretting their decision last week to get a tattoo from a door-to-door tattoo salesman. link Um. I think I would have seen that one coming. One of the biggest differences I noticed in Mexico was the fact that people expect to rely on their own good judgment. In the US I find people tend to think: If it is legal it is right. If it is for sale, it must be safe. If I'm not physically prevented from doing something it must be ok. In the US if you are near a cliff there would be a rule that says you aren't allowed to go near the edge. There would probably be a fence or other … [Read more...] about Thinking For Yourself
Best Time to Look for a Job
The best time to look for a job is when you don't need one. That probably sounds counter intuitive, but let me explain. When you need a job, you are in the worst bargaining position possible. Anytime you put yourself in a position where you can't walk away from a deal--or where it is hard to walk away--you lose your advantage in negotiating. I found out about a job opportunity that would have been the perfect fit for a friend of mine. I told him about it, but he didn't want to apply because he was happy with his current job. This is they way most people think. If I like my job, why should I go to the trouble of getting my resume ready and talking to someone else? What most people … [Read more...] about Best Time to Look for a Job
In the next few weeks I'm going to start posting answers to reader questions every Friday. I'm going to start off with some existing questions that have come in via email or on Google searches, but I wanted to open it up to everyone. If you have a question you think would be interesting to see answered here, please send it to [email protected] … [Read more...] about Reader Questions
Advice for Setting up a Home Office – Group Interview
If you like this post, why not subscribe to the RSS feed or email feed for this site? I recently emailed a number of bloggers asking them for the most important non-intuitive piece of advice for setting up a home office. Here are their responses along with my thoughts. If you find a response that seems especially relevant to you, consider subscribing to the author's blog rss feed (included below). I learned this from Tannaz Sassooni, one of my favorite Wise Bread bloggers: Put an old fashioned egg timer on the desk. When I start a long or boring project, I'll set the timer at 15 minutes, and no matter what happens, I'll force myself to take a break when the alarm goes off. At first I … [Read more...] about Advice for Setting up a Home Office – Group Interview
How to Jump Start an Economy?
Right now the US is trying to figure out how to jump start the economy. Most of the proposals involve sending people money from the government or temporarily lowering taxes. The idea on sending everyone a "rebate" goes like this: When people have extra money they spend more, when people spend more businesses have to hire more workers. When more people have jobs, the earn money and in turn have more money to spend. So the idea is to "prime the pump" and get the cycle started. The idea of lowering taxes follows the same thinking, but there has been some talk of lowering corporate taxes. The idea here is that if businesses are charged a lower tax rate, investors will be more willing to … [Read more...] about How to Jump Start an Economy?
My wife and I have been planning on joining the local gym for several months, but we've been on the road so much that it hasn't been practical. Now that our travel schedule is slowing down we went ahead and filled out all the paperwork and signed up last week. When we turned everything in we asked about the schedule and what was the busiest times of day. The receptionist told us, "oh January is really busy with New Years resolutioners, but they will all be gone by February." One of the biggest mistakes people make with resolutions is shooting too high. Some people think, "if I shoot for 100 maybe I'll hit 51 which is better than if I shoot for 50." In reality it doesn't work that … [Read more...] about Gym Membership
Last night I got a new electronic book device. It was the size of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and had 600 dpi resolution. The quality was excellent. It worked in bright sunlight without a problem. I put all my scanned documents on it and found it was just as easy to read them as it was on paper and it was even easier to navigate and find documents than using the filing cabinet. I loaded it with all the PDF articles I wanted to read and found it worked flawlessly. Then I woke up. I was very disappointed. Should I be concerned that I'm now dreaming of becoming more paperless? … [Read more...] about Last Night
Habit List Web App
Tom from App Engines put together a web app based on the Habit List. (Thanks Tom!) It keeps all your data in a cookie on your local computer. (If you delete your cookies your data for the app will be gone.) Check it out here. … [Read more...] about Habit List Web App
Tuesday’s Tip: Kind of Like a String Around Your Finger
You've brushed your teeth and you are headed to bed. Suddenly you remember something very important for tomorrow. You can't forget. You can go write it down, send yourself an email, etc. but you really just want to go to bed. How can you make sure you remember? Simple. Grab your shoe and put it on top of the toilet. In the morning, you'll stumble into the bathroom, see the shoe and groggily think "What in the world is that doing there?" As your brain clears you'll remember you put it there for a reason and soon you'll be awake enough to recall what caused you to put the shoe there in the first place. This is very similar to tying a string around your finger. You can do it with about … [Read more...] about Tuesday’s Tip: Kind of Like a String Around Your Finger
My Desk Layout
This weekend I rearranged my desk. My goal was to remove some equipment that was no longer essential and try to reposition everything where in a way that reflects my work pattern. Here is a diagram of the current layout. I've experimented with the 30 inch display in several different positions. When I started moving things around I originally had it up against the wall, but I found I couldn't see it from that distance. When I got the new display a graphic designer friend of mine asked if I found myself pushing back from my desk because the screen was so huge. I've found the opposite is true. The high resolution means there are quite a few more pixels per inch that what I had … [Read more...] about My Desk Layout
Time Machine in the Real World
Today I used Time Machine on my first real world data loss problem. I'm embarrassed to even describe what happened, but here it is, anyway. I am working with an online store that sends me an email each time an order is processed. At first this was done just for testing, but there is some automation that happens when certain types of orders come into my mailbox. This is a temporary setup, so I don't want to take the time to move everything over to a separate mailbox. The downside is, one of my email accounts gets 10 to 40 emails that are just copies of sales confirmation. Each one represents an interruption to my day. So the logical thing to do was to setup a rule to take these out … [Read more...] about Time Machine in the Real World
Is Acrobat a Necessity for a Paperless Office?
As work toward creating a paperless office, I'm coming to the conclusion that Acrobat is a necessity. Not the free version but the multiple hundreds of dollars standard version. This isn't a problem for me because my ScanSnap came with Acrobat 7 Standard. I was hoping to find that there was enough capabilities built into OS X or free tools to have something less expensive to recommend. Here are the things that I can't find good ways to do outside of Acrobat: Rearrange Pages - And Acrobat isn't great at this, but I can extract, remove, rearrange, or add pages as needed. In 7 it isn't particularly user friendly, but it is a whole lot easier than any other way I've found to handle … [Read more...] about Is Acrobat a Necessity for a Paperless Office?
Tuesday’s Tip: Throw Away Those Extra Pens
If you are like most people you probably have a coffee cup or pencil holder full of writing instruments sitting on your desk. If you are like me, a good percentage of those pens and pencils are ones that you don't like and will likely never use. So why are you letting them still clutter up your desk? Go ahead and throw them out or give them away. If you have things on your desk that you never use it just introduces visual "noise" into your work environment and a bunch of pens and pencils that you dislike aren't going to do anything to help you be more productive. My problem is that my pen and pencil holder is full of things that my wife likes and that I hate. I don't like cheap bic … [Read more...] about Tuesday’s Tip: Throw Away Those Extra Pens