Listened to the latest podcast from the David Allen Company (22nd Sept 2011) on the ride home today. It’s a discussion of the benefits of Holacracy approach, described as GTD for an organisation in the podcast, it sounded really interesting, worth a further look.
This is why everyone should blog: Seth’s Blog: Talker’s block.
Red Hat has begun to expand its Brisbane headquarters, with plans to boost engineering and support staff for the Asia Pacific region after it added a third level to its facility. via Red Hat expands Brisbane office.
Oh yeah!, I’d LOVE one of these babies:
..a brand new entry level desktop laser engraver and cutter designed for hobbyists. The manufacturer, Full Spectrum Laser, has designed this machine as inexpensively as possible to make laser cutting a possibility to a larger audience that can’t afford an industry standard machine… via Inventables.com.
Seth Godin has a new book out called “We Are All Weird”, to quote:
The bell curve is spreading, normal isn’t what it used to be and the age of mass is over.
We’ve lived with mass all our lives, and now it’s gone. What are you going to do about it?
How much longer will we isolate and denigrate people because they don’t fit our mass-market definition of the way people should choose to act?
via We Are All Weird.
John F. Mercer has posted an article in which he
…identified four things that I’ve found were fundamental to my particular learning style… via Four tips for learning how to program – 37signals.
The four tips/points resonated with myself also. The first tip essentially is “get started”.
Good read, if you’re into tech stuff:
This guide represents our advice on how to get the most out of Outlook 2010. However, it is not a comprehensive guide. A few core scenarios are covered to help you leverage Outlook into your information management needs. Best practices for Outlook 2010 – Outlook – Office.com.
So I ran into an issue I’ve not seen before yesterday. Couldn’t get Microsoft Outlook 2010 configured to talk via IMAP to Microsoft Exchange 2003, although the username and password was correct, it just would not connect. Turns out the answer is in this Microsoft KB article: Users Cannot Log On Using POP3 and the Error 0x80040920 Is Logged. Although about POP3 and not IMAP, the fix is the same, make both the account name and the alias in Microsoft Exchange the same.
Three adverts with a twist:
I found these quite funny actually. YMMV.
..however superior Apple’s design is, it’s their business and operations strength — the Cook side of the equation — that is furthest ahead of their competition, and the more sustainable advantage. via Daring Fireball: The New Apple Advantage.
Amazing video to watch:
…Rather than fleeing those two flaming vehicles, a dozen bystanders rushed toward the blaze, lifted the car and pulled the injured man out by his ankle… via Bystanders Lift Flaming Car to Save a Man – NYTimes.com.
@StevieHamilton pointed me to this:
…Uncertainty, though, cannot be overcome and it can be more debilitating if players don’t know where they sit. You can manage this process when there is an end goal, but as you near this goal the need to eliminate uncertainty also arises… via England’s all-black strip fails most important test.
Although writing about the current 2011 Rugby World Cup this principle also applies to the business workplace. Uncertainty is crippling. Having a defined method of dealing with situations of uncertainty can help.
Richard Brust has written a blog post on:
..not so much about the setup and inner workings, rather more of a “what you get” in the integration… via CRM Tips, Tricks, and Technical Info: SageACT! Google Integration.
Good run down.
Cartoon from xkcd: Working re the cost of fuel vs. cost of your time.
Horses for courses:
Freemium can be a great tool for businesses, but before you commit to using freemium, you need to understand your business model and how your customers are going to respond to it—so do your homework. You are in business to make money… via 6 Ways Freemium Can Kill Your Startup | Chargify Recurring Billing Blog.
Jakob Neilsen has an interesting article titled How Long Do Users Stay on Web Pages?. One of the interesting comments made is “…the average is not the most fruitful way of analyzing user behaviors.” He then shows how user behaviour fits a negative Weibull distribution (based on research by Chao Liu and others at Microsoft Research).
Link roundup of what I’ve just read that I feel is worthy of a mention:
Mike Schneider and Aaron Strout guest post on Logic+Emotion: Location-Based Marketing: What’s in it for Me?
Wayne Schulz has two posts: You’d Have To Be Crazy To Ignore Email Newsletters and Use Boilerplate Replies To Pre-Qualify.
James Huff writes Ten WordPress Features That You May Have Missed.
Some valuable, yet free, advice:
One of the most effective ways to get your ideas implemented is to…
Of course, you’ll have to click to find out.
via Seth’s Blog: “Do it tomorrow”.
Interesting article about why people “check-in” on foursquare or facebook:
..these reasons, or the ‘need behind the need’, vary from user to user. However, there are two core sets of behaviours that are easily recognizable to everyone.