Macworld Review: TopXNotes brings top-notch note taking to your Mac.
Nice. You can, of course, do the same thing in just about any text editor with project pane capabilities. Sublime Text. BBEdit. Or even Textwrangler. They’re just not optimized for such minimal function. I use BBEdit for this note-saving purpose, on top of all the other things it does.
blog.gibbon.co: The Grumpy Designer Syndrome.
“This feeling of being grumpy and not satisfied is on the one hand very inconvenient and annoying (in particular for your coding colleagues) but on the other hand it might be absolutely necessary for any designer that has the goal of becoming the best he/she can be.” Familiar!
Meeting Boy: The Cult Of Positive Attitude and Always Saying Yes.
PBS NewsHour: The Truth About Entrepreneurs—Twice As Many Are Over 50 As Are Under 25.
“Twice as many successful entrepreneurs are over 50 as under 25; and twice as many, over 60 as under 20. The vast majority—75 percent—have more than six years of industry experience and half have more than 10 years when they create their startup.”
Two interesting finds from Hacker News ...
Magnus Schifter-Holm: The Tragedy of Perfectionism.
“Perfection depends on passion — you cannot create passion for your work out of thin air, but if you are really passionate, perfectionism can very well be a trait born out of your love, determination, and dedication.”
Ice Lab: Go Hard Early.
Mashable: Use 5 or More Social Networks? You’re a Better Employee.
“So should we conclude that more social media make you better at your job? Not necessarily. As the folks at Evolv point out, it could just be a leading indicator of your computer literacy.”
SiliconValley.com: Steve Jobs’ first boss—‘Very few companies would hire Steve, even today’.
will melt your brain. Be sure to note the hourly.
Telegraph.UK: Literary success? Don’t give up the day job, advised Oscar Wilde.
WSJ: Take Your Search for a Job Offline.
“While the Internet has made it easy to apply for work, career experts say that offline networking efforts to meet people and get introductions are a far more effective way to land jobs — especially since 80% of jobs aren’t publicly advertised …” My italic emphasis.
Later: Come to think of it, all I know about employment I learned from Passepartout. Nothing wrong with being a man-of-all-trades, and ‘enjoying the journey.’
The Atlantic/Cities: America—A Nation of Permanent Freelancers and Temps.
“We are quickly becoming a nation of permanent freelancers and temps. In 2006, the last time the federal government counted, the number of independent and contingent workers—contractors, temps, and the self-employed—stood at 42.6 million, or about 30 percent of the workforce.”
New Scientist: US patent change angers inventors.
Posting a letter to yourself is no longer enough. You’ve got to spend the $$.
Inc.com: Small Business Advice from Jason Fried of Inc.com.
37 Signals tells us how it’s done.
ZDNet: Google—Do what you want with Reader, but don’t kill CalDAV.
99U: You Never Win Playing Someone Else’s Game.
“We should always define what success means to us, and attack it aggressively. Even if it doesn’t capture headlines or win approval from others.” If you’re a trust-fund baby. But I understand what he means.
UStream: SXSW Interactive Keynote — Tina Roth Eisenberg.
Refreshing, in that at 22:00 she introduces her team. You don’t make big waves as a solo act; you need the vitality of other creatives. And you understand (between the lines) that her ‘Creative Mornings’ series and her choice of being in the melting-pot of NYC helped create her successes [I chafe in Santa Fe; too many ideas, no way to develop them]. Unfortunately, it sounds like the best advice here - setting up Creative Mornings to highlight her enthusiasm and talents and make important social connections - wasn’t premeditated. Perhaps it would have sounded too mercenary. I would have found that of more interest than miracles landing in her lap. We’ve heard the ‘miracle’ story a million times from every self-help book out there, and it’s never helpful. It would have been even more helpful to hear how you break from solo act to your first employees … in specific. Overall, however, a very informative video.
Webdesigner Depot: Is mobile in decline?
“For my part I’m still looking at log files before I recommend anything to clients.” Seems logical on its face, but … I disagree. You’ve heard the term ‘thirst comes with drinking’? For those I’ve ‘mobilized’, the mobile interest [and statistical success] came *after* the mobile-friendly redesign.
Happy Cog: Good work isn’t enough.
“The truth is, I have hired people based on their attitudes alone, and it’s rarely been a bad move. People who have positive attitudes want to learn. People with great technical skills and lousy attitudes may find themselves combing through LinkedIn before they know it.” Oh, well-stated, sir. Bravo.
I used to hire some brilliant freelancers, but their behavior on-site would become so problematic, that I would only use them in-house, never on the road. They needed constant management to salve their ginormous egos. I’d get them in, focus them down on the task, get it done, move ‘em out. Fast as possible.
The Atlantic: 11 Most Interesting Facts From the New Mega-Survey of American Media.
BufferBlog: How To Rewire Your Brain for Positivity and Happiness.
“In fact negative impact of setbacks in your work is three times as powerful in affecting motivation than positive progress. It’s just easier to remember the bad stuff that has happened to you during the day than the good.” A little fluffy and condescending, but still useful.
NY Times: What Constitutes Good and Bad Web Design?
“But the principal problem with many Web sites is that their designers were neither rigorous nor imaginative enough in planning the way we will navigate them. Ideally, they should anticipate all of the individual items of information that we will wish to find, and how we might choose to combine them. They must then organize the site so that the requisite data is delivered promptly.” It’s not necessarily the web designers.
Client: “I work on the internet everyday, and I want my site to look like this.”
Designer: “That’s not something we’re doing on the internet these days. That was current in about 1994. I’d suggest another strategy … something like … that.”
Client: “I don’t care what you think. This is what I want.”
Designer: “Even if you don’t get the audience you clearly want?”
Client: “Oh, no. People will come in droves.”
Designer: “Can I ask you something? If you had a broken leg, would you go to your doctor and tell him how to fix it?”
Therein lies the challenge.
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe police probe downtown shooting incident.
“Santa Fe police said no one was hurt Monday night when an “ongoing feud” between two business owners on West San Francisco Street apparently led to an exchange of gunshots about a block from the Plaza.” It’s still the Wild West out here.
Slate: Telecommuting may be terrible for your work/life balance.
“… the most interesting finding is that telecommuting, instead of restoring work/life balance, may have resulted in workers doing more work—but from home. As the authors put it, one plausible interpretation of their findings might be that ‘telecommuting has become instrumental in the general expansion of work hours, facilitating workers’ needs for additional work time beyond the standard workweek and/or the ability of employers to increase or intensify work demands among their salaried employees.’” It’s not just working at home. The wide acceptance of the smartphone seems to have eroded the ability to schedule and prioritize. The mentality of ‘me first’ has impacted ‘constant contact’ head-on. If someone can reach into your attention and break your concentration, they expect priority. See Tim Ferriss’ suggestions on prioritizing email, in “The Four Hour Workweek.”