If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Listening to the click-click-click of some else’s iPhone as they tap away makes me want drive my car off a cliff. If you’re an offender, try this. Go to Settings–>Sounds Scroll down to bottom Slide Keyboard Clicks off. Thank you.
I am a terrible, disloyal man. In 1994, I sent about ten letters to technology companies asking for free stuff. I was in the Navy then, but I wanted to get out and start a publishing company. I needed computers, printers, and software. I figured the easiest way to get that stuff was to ask. One company came through: Microsoft. I even got a personal letter from Bill Gates about a week after my shipment arrived. He commended my chutzpah but asked me to never tell anyone Microsoft gave me free software. They sent me two licenses for everything they sold at the time. Windows for Workgroups, Windows 3.1, Office 4.3c, etc. I promised loyalty. In 1995, my company was flailing, but I’d gotten a job as MIS Director for a small healthcare company. When our CEO agreed our mix-and-match technology needed to be standardized and upgraded, I repaid Microsoft. I had also learned VB,
“What did you learn today?” My dad asked me that question every night at dinner. “Nothing,” I said. Dad didn’t press. He wasn’t like that. But he planted a seed that’s been with me ever since. It was the curiosity seed. Even though I never—or rarely—told him what I learned, I learned. And I noticed it. You know those productivity tips that always say “do the most important thing first?” For me, the most important thing is to learn something new. Here are the 5 best blogs in the world for learning something new every day. Barking Up the Wrong Tree (science-packed stories on why we do what we do) Don Peppers on LinkedIn (business and life) Letters of Note (great letters that you might have missed) Dan Ariely (psychology you can use) Lifehacker (everyday tips for better living) From neuroscience and psychology through everyday practical tips, these are the 5 blogs that teach me
I thought I’d made a mistake. Three of the first four apps I opened after upgrading my iPhone 5 to iOS 7 crashed. They just disappeared. “Crap!” But when I opened them a second time, they stayed open. And worked. So I asked my friend Tim, a tech guru who’s been experimenting with operating systems and languages for years. Apparently, the apps that crash weren’t ready for the upgrade to iOS 7. They needed to update some bit. That happens the first time you open them with the new operating system. After that, the apps sync and everything’s fine. But if they keep crashing, then blame the app maker. Some app developers didn’t test their apps on iOS 7 after Apple released the new OS to its developer network. There’s no excuse for that. App developers should have been on the new OS the minute it was available. But people are people. So remember, if
I love the features they don’t pump. I found one thanks to Marc Ambinder’s column on The Week: Siri can now read you any bit of text you select. Accessibility –> Speak Selection –> (On), Voices –> Select. And choose the speed, too. Then, when you select text, you move the black bar to the left until you see the “Speak” selection. I just tried this, and it rocks. I just listened to a blog post on www.zerohedge.com. Not only could I learn something hands-free, the whole experience was like the greatest xtranormal video of all time: Quantitative Easing Explained. Watch And if your iPhone goes black and won’t respond to anything, see my most popular post of all time.
We have two big mirrors in our bathroom. It’s hard to go through morning and evening routines without seeing yourself. Shower. Shave. You have to keep your eyes open. But I managed to avoid my reflection for a couple of years. I also avoided the pool and beaches. In December of 2011, most of my pants were tight. They all had 38-inch waists. I’m 6’1″. So I book Timothy Ferriss’s awesome book The Four-Hour Body. I read it in two nights. I tried everything: the diets, the workouts, the ice baths. (Yes, there’s ice baths.) Of all the great advice–and a wonderful writing–one tip stood out. Now, I weigh 180. And I’m still 6’1″. That’s 35 lbs. I’m also running three miles three times a week and doing weights and full-body, high energy workouts two days a week. And I take two or three weeks off everything four times a year. And 34-inch waists are
I understand odd combinations. I don’t understand what people sometimes do with odd combinations. Part of my job involved running Persuasive Design Labs™. These labs help people in big companies design much, much more effective motivation, incentive, and loyalty marketing programs by building for the people in the programs instead of for the brand. One of our techniques involves rapid-fire idea generation by combining odd things, like television sitcoms and new participants to the program. (It really works.) What we don’t do is bring the raw ideas to market. We filter and add to them. We combine concepts into higher-order ideas. And we test the concepts. But if we did just bring the raw ideas to market, we might have come up with this remarkable new product: Fried Chicken and Waffles. Is your mouth watering? (My mouth waters when I’m about to puke, too.) Look at the picture on the front. A fried chicken drumstick
I had three devices operating simultaneously, and somehow still managed to be wrong about everything. My flight from San Francisco arrived at 11:45 p.m., and I was exhausted. My car needed gas, extending my hour drive home (without traffic) to an hour fifteen. I just wanted to crawl into bed. Sucked Down the Information Sewer Then the damn local news and talk radio station started telling stories of a shooting in Boston at MIT. A campus cop was shot, according to the news, during hold-up at a convenience store near campus. Dozens of police SWAT vans, cars, and helicopters were on the scene. So I got home and flipped on a 24-hour news channel on the television. The radio news was at least two hours behind. The flashing lights and black panel vans had migrated to a suburb of Boston. Residents—now witnesses—reported a minute-long gun battle in their sleepy streets. (One minute may not sound
The police in Watertown responded magnificently. But the most brilliant strategic move gets little notice from the press. For about sixteen hours, hundreds of law officers, FBI agents, helicopters, and satellites scoured a relatively tiny area of Boston suburbs for one wounded terrorist. At the same time, they kept the public relatively safe, off the streets, and out of the way of their manhunt. But they didn’t find their man. By seven o’clock, Col. Timothy Alben admitted they didn’t know where Dzhokar Tsarnaev was. They believed he was still in the Greater Boston area, but they couldn’t know for sure. So authorities lifted the “shelter in place” request, allowing people to leave their homes with a powerful admonition: remain diligent. Col. Alben made clear that there was no “all clear.” The world is a dangerous place, but Watertown, Massachusetts was beyond dangerous. Somewhere in that quiet neighborhood lurked a dangerous, desperate, wounded animal who knew
The clock is ticking. Three people are in a small frame house: a woman, her five-year-old son, and a man bent on killing them both. And the clock is ticking. Outside the house is a team of expert killers. And the clock is ticking. How this ends is up to you, and there are three possibilities: no one dies, someone dies, everybody dies. And the clock is ticking. You have only three tools: a video feed from the scene, a phone, and your brain. What’s your first move? You Are an FBI Hostage Negotiator Whether you’re a CEO, a marketer, or a mom, you live in a scaled down version of the hostage negotiator’s world. How so? Another party wants something, you want something, but on the surface your wants don’t seem to go together well. You’re about to learn how to bring those conflicting desires to a happy ending. Whether you’re trying to close