September 18th, 2012
Shep McAllister over on Lifehacker:
But you could try voicing a contrary opinion in a meeting, or occasionally saying no when someone asks you for a favor.
I go out of my way to be a nice guy but I’ve also never been accused of being quiet or of not voicing my opinion. Being nice doesn’t always mean being quiet. In fact, in some ways it is nicer to let people know how you feel rather than keeping it to yourself.
September 12th, 2011
Earlier this year I wrote a rather blabbering post about how you should reward yourself while you’re doing tasks that you don’t like doing. I gave the example of treating yourself to your favorite drink for filing your quarterly taxes.
Well, it turns out I’m not alone in thinking that this is a good idea. Timo Kiander has come up with 6 ways to tackle boring tasks and one of them is to praise yourself.
“Remember, as soon as you get started with your tedious task, you have already done something that most people are not willing to do.”
When Alan Henry of Lifehacker linked to Kiander’s post he added:
“When you’ve finished all of the work you normally have to do and are left with only the toughest, most undesirable tasks left, consider rewarding yourself for mustering the effort to get started-it’ll go a long way towards making sure you’re content enough to finish the task at hand.”
We’re all saying the same thing; set yourself up for success. Kiander thinks you should praise yourself, Henry says reward yourself, I say combine the two and add a bit more.
Give yourself a great environment to do the task, make the task as easy as possible, and reward yourself for completing it and the most mundane tasks of our lives may just turn into the most fun ones.
June 3rd, 2008
Prior to even upgrading to Mac OS X 10.5.3 I had heard about this feature, from my co-worker Kyle Slattery on Twitter, that you could sync your Mac OS X Address Book to your Gmail contacts.
“Sigh, I was excited about Google contact syncing in 10.5.3, but it turns out it’s only for iPhone and iPod touch users. Lame.” — Kyle Slattery on Twitter.
I didn’t care too much about this at the time because, well, I have an iPhone and I figured I’d have the feature once I updated to the latest version of Leopard. Â But then I got to thinking. Â Why would Apple, or Google for that matter, want this feature to be limited in such a way? Turns out, even the daring John Gruber thought the same thing.
I have no idea. Â But such as limitations are, someone took the time to figure out a way to hack it. Â And so now it is up on Lifehacker and all of you out there without iPhones and/or iPod touches can rejoice.
Source: Lifehacker:Â Enable Google Contact Sync Without an iPhone or iPod Touch.
July 23rd, 2007
Today I’m working out of the offices of Ma.gnolia, in downtown San Francisco, and it is turning out to be quite a day!
This morning I was, finally, able to begin uploading some video from WordCamp onto Viddler. I noticed I was having a few hiccups while doing so, but wasn’t sure where the problem was; between my computer, the Internet connection, and Viddler itself. Turns out, Viddler is now being used by Download.com. Combine that with the amount of traffic we’ve been seeing lately, and with a few of our videos ending up on Lifehacker, Digg, and a few other popular destinations lately – and you can see why our network is being put to the test. But these are good problems…
Today I’m meeting with the CFO of Opera to discuss some things about community. The My Opera Community has recently surged passed 900,000 users – so congratulations to their team.
Between work, play, San Francisco, trying to be a tourist, meetings, and the traffic issues – today has been pretty crazy.
How is your day going?