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Ask DN: How to prevent your clients from destroying websites?

This will, hopefully, get more entertaining (and helpful) as the comments roll in ...

03/06/14 • 05:21 PM • DesignProgrammingSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TechCrunch: Stripe Debuts A New Checkout Experience With One-Click Payments.

Pretty. I understand Stripe only pays out once a week, rather than on-demand as PayPal does (three days from request to deposit).

Later: I think I’ve mentioned this before, but if I haven’t … do check where your payment-processor-of-choice is incorporated, and what their legal schemes are. You’ll be surprised (maybe not) to sometimes find them incorporated in Eastern Europe - or Bermuda/Cayman Islands, and limiting you to arbitration.

03/05/14 • 05:08 PM • EconomicsInternetSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CodeKit 2 is out, and looks awesome.

Here.

03/05/14 • 11:11 AM • InternetMobileProgrammingSmall BusinessSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

99U: How to Effectively Manage Your Inner Critic.

A couple of good suggestions.  I like “I’m not really going to do x, I’m just getting ready for it.”

03/04/14 • 11:19 AM • PsychologySmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

A List Apart: Delivery Logistics.

Detailing ‘I will deliver 1x Photoshop file as a final design’ in your estimate or proposal is setting yourself up for failure. We can’t ever know how many deliverables we’ll need to convey our ideas effectively, or what fidelity will work best at each step of the design process.

02/27/14 • 12:20 PM • DesignInternetMobileSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Shift: Episode 019 - All change.

Euan and Megan bring another good episode to the metacosm. Change makes me think of Zhuangzi, the great Taoist teacher. “You can’t throw a lasso around the boundless.” All is change. Rather than leashing it, be more skilled at herding employees in the direction change is going. Or simply relinquishing control and following employees’ leads. Some would want to codify such procedures; but is codification an anti-change agent in itself? Anyway, check it out.

02/20/14 • 01:27 PM • GeneralPodcastingSmall BusinessWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TopRank: What Google Hummingbird Really Means and What Marketers Can Do About It

“If Google personalizes every search experience at the individual level, how can you implement search engine optimization for an infinite number of possibilities?”

The answer is simple: You don’t.

02/05/14 • 11:52 AM • GeneralInternetSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Sploid: Pro photographer looking for people to do their job without pay.

So it’s not just a local insanity. That’s not very comforting.

02/04/14 • 10:33 AM • PhotographySmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Design Sponge: Biz Ladies - 6 Tips for Staying Creative without Colleagues.

Well-taken.

01/29/14 • 04:19 PM • PsychologySmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Early morning before-business-hours client panic.

Solved. Butt-saving is my specialty. On to look for linkage, as time allows.

01/21/14 • 11:58 AM • PersonalSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Yorker: The Open-Office Trap.

The psychologists assessed the employees’ satisfaction with their surroundings, as well as their stress level, job performance, and interpersonal relationships before the transition, four weeks after the transition, and, finally, six months afterward. The employees suffered according to every measure: the new space was disruptive, stressful, and cumbersome, and, instead of feeling closer, coworkers felt distant, dissatisfied, and resentful. Productivity fell.” Can’t stand the noise, personally.

01/12/14 • 03:30 PM • PsychologySmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Feth Element: Things are going to change, I can feel it.

Good one, Will.

01/11/14 • 07:58 PM • EntertainmentHistoryInternetPsychologySmall Business • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Web Work Garage: Helping clients as a web generalist.

If you can do enough different things well enough to build what one client truly needs, that’s marketable. It’s not about being the best in the world at some particular aspect of things. It’s about helping that one client get the best website for his/her particular business.” Hear, hear.

01/10/14 • 12:25 PM • DesignInternetProgrammingSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DN: Designers/front-end developers using a pre-existing theme for portfolio or blog?

No comments yet. This’ll be entertaining.

01/06/14 • 04:16 PM • ArtsDesignInternetSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

JeffCroft: Web Standards Killed the HTML Star.

I personally know several people who feel unequipped in today’s job market, because their skillset is a commodity now. Today, when you interview for a job titled ‘Front End Developer,’ you’re going to be grilled on everything from Backbone to Angular to Node. Prefer ‘Product Designer?’ That, too, requires a bunch of skills you didn’t learn on A List Apart. HTML and CSS gurumansship is no longer enough to get yourself a job — rather, it’s one of the quick yes/no questions you’re asked on the phone screen before you even get to talk to the hiring manager.” I was just discussing this with occasional commenter and friend Eric in Santa Fe over Christmas holiday. “Diversify or die” was pretty much our conclusion. Zeldman also comments.

01/06/14 • 11:06 AM • DesignHistoryInternetProgrammingSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Gerry McGovern: How reliable are web analytics?

Let’s say you’re a single man in a bar and you see a beautiful woman. You walk up to her, smile, she smiles back. You say a few words and then offer to buy her a drink. She says okay, then you pause and inform her that before you will buy her a drink she has to give you her phone number. How successful do you think you’re going to be?

01/03/14 • 08:30 PM • InternetMobilePsychologySmall BusinessSocial Media • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

99U: You Were Born to Sell: Dismantling the Myths of Self-Promotion.

Turn selling into an act of being yourself.” Works for weblogging, too, BTW.

12/20/13 • 05:27 PM • GeneralPsychologySmall BusinessWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

It’s that time again, people.

I’ve destroyed two more office chairs this year. Anyone found the Holy Grail of low-cost, sturdy office chairs? Wheels, lower back support … recline and arms not necessary. Thinking of going for a Banker’s Chair (wooden) this time.

12/19/13 • 10:04 PM • HealthPersonalSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Busy.

Links in a coupla hours. Everyone’s getting ‘jiggy’ to have changes up by Xmas.

12/18/13 • 11:38 AM • InternetPersonalSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WSJ: How Busy Colleagues Spread Secondhand Stress.

STOP being contagious!

12/17/13 • 11:30 AM • PsychologySmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

rc3: The costly bias against older workers.

Brilliance is great, but experience can be better, and there are plenty of people out there who are both brilliant and experienced. Age bias somehow makes it hard to see that some older workers are former young geniuses who’ve taked on a couple of decades of relevant experience since they started out.”  I vote this ‘the read of the day’.  Have at it.

12/17/13 • 10:44 AM • InternetSmall BusinessWeblogs • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Psychology Today: Workplace Relationships?

Thus we have four groups: two junior accountants, or nurses, or journalists, begin to live together and (in time) announce their engagement (open, lateral); the head of marketing makes no bones about his affair with a new recruit from sales (open, hierarchical); two divorced board members are romantically linked but trying to keep it hush-hush (closed, lateral), and the engineering director is secretly bedding his married secretary (closed hierarchical).” Oh so familiar.

12/17/13 • 10:40 AM • PsychologySmall Business • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Seth’s Blog: Eight email failures (and questions for those that want to do better).

Good advice. I need to forward this to a few people.

12/13/13 • 12:19 PM • GeneralInternetSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Inc.: The Coolest Cubicles in the World.

At first I was going to say the log cabin, but the Tetra Shed is definitely cool.  And … their website.  They multiply!

12/11/13 • 08:48 PM • DesignHome & LivingSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Altucher Confidential: Cheat Sheet for Reinventing Yourself.

Time it takes to reinvent yourself: five years.

12/06/13 • 01:57 PM • PsychologySmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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