Getting Things Done by Making Slacking Hurt

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At a certain point this year I found myself frustrated and feeling like I wasn’t getting anywhere on several different projects, while at the same time feeling like I was working too much and not having enough fun. I needed motivation, and I needed priorities. I came up with something that helps me with both […]

Podcasting Advice from Andrew Warner of Mixergy.com — Thank You!

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I wanted to do some interviews with people at a distance but was struggling with a lot of technical issues — bad audio and video quality, cumbersome and unreliable recording process. I asked Andrew Warner, who does great interviews on Mixergy, if he would help me out. Despite a super busy schedule, he consented to talk to me and just cut through so many of the problems I had. Here’s some of the advice he gave me.

You Can Always Yell Later

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My mom taught me as a child, it’s really hard to unyell once you’ve yelled. If you want to get what you want, start soft. You can always yell once that fails, but you once you’ve yelled, it’s too late for the soft approach.

Seeing All Child Nodes in Drupal Taxonomy

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I have been tearing my hair out a bit trying to figure out how to save a whole taxonomy lineage in Drupal, so that everything tagged with a child term would be tagged with a parent term. In other words, given a taxonomy like: 1. United States 3. California 4. Vermont 2. Canada 5. Alberta […]

Live Mesh Review: Big Mistake! Back to Allway Sync

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Always looking for a better way to synch my laptop and desktop, so I tried Live Mesh. After many computer crashes, narrowly escaped with my data intact. So I’m back to Allway Synch, which has, in over a year of intense daily use, put my data at risk.

Paypal Buyer Protection on EBay is Worthless

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Bottom line: Paypal Buyer Protection on Ebay is pretty much useless if you have to make a claim and can actually be a smokescreen for scammers. And more to the point, don’t buy software on EBay. I should have known better.

Three Keys to Good Decisions

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It’s hard to make good decisions, but here are three quick jedi mind tricks to avoid a lot of bad decisions:forget sunk costs, use absolute numbers rather than proportions, and be aware of confirmation bias.