Review: Happiness of Pursuit

Chris Guillebeau’s third book, “The Happiness of Pursuit” is a perfect fit with the themes of his previous books. The logical progression of Guillebeau’s books makes perfect sense: In “The Art of Non-Conformity“, Guillebeau laid out a vision of how readers can choose a more personal path. The book offers insights for deciding what your […]

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Community-Run Conferences: The Most Bang for Your Conference Buck

I recently had the pleasure of attending Open Source Bridge and noticed several factors that made it an incredibly useful and enjoyable conference to attend. Open Source Bridge is an annual conference that takes place in Portland, Oregon (just like OSCON). It covers a variety of topics related to open source software, also similarly to […]

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Using Time Tracking Tools Effectively

One of my current projects is to more effectively track my time. While I keep decent track of the time I spend on clients’ projects, I’m not so good about watching my own time. After all, there’s less of a financial incentive at play. The question of that financial incentive is part of the problem, […]

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Why Automating Your Scheduling Is Such A Big Win

I would pay big bucks if I got an extra day a week to work. I always have more to do than I can actually squeeze in and I’m sure I’m not the only one. But while I can’t actually add more hours into my day, I have found that automating my schedule both saves […]

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The Value Of A Crap Job

When talking to entrepreneurs, it seems like everyone has a ‘crap job’ story: the tale of the a job so bad that it forced the person telling it to decide how to get out of a situation she absolutely hated. I have held a few crap jobs over the years. They all had their own […]

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The Proof Apple Has Won

From a business perspective (along with a whole bunch of other points of view), Apple has won. One piece of proof in particular has me convinced, though: consumers have opened nearly 800 million accounts on iTunes, most of which have credit cards attached. Since most people don’t bother adding a credit card to an online […]

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A Bug With A Logo?

We all know that we need to take our online security seriously, but we rarely do anything to improve our own situations. Even when we hear about data breaches, the odds that we’ll go and change passwords are relatively slim. We might get occasional emails and updates from the sites we log into about our […]

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Is There A Tech Bubble?

Economic bubbles are fascinating, provided you don’t have your own money tied up in a given market. There tends to be an element of true ridiculousness about most of these bubbles: during the first ‘official’ economic bubble, people were willing to pay up to ten times as much as they made in a year for […]

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You Need A Network That Promotes Your Stuff On Social Networks

Especially among new bloggers just starting out online, deciding just how much time to invest in networking on social media is tough. There’s no one true way to build up a great network for yourself; heck, there isn’t even a clear picture of what great connections might look at. Some people point to in-depth conversations […]

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How to Stay Connected with the People You Want to Work With

I’ve been at a lot of networking events lately and I’ve met some incredibly awesome people. I keep a list of people who I want to work with in the future and I’ve definitely added some names to that list. But I do keep running into a problem: how do I stay in touch with […]

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