Category Archives: Business

Little things matter.

After a lifetime of using thin single-ply toilet paper at schools and jobs, I finally asked myself why we put up with it. I guess schools need to save money, but thin toilet paper is used at most businesses too, … Continue reading

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Being a grown up pays off.

If you give a kid a rule without an explanation for its purpose then she is likely to ignore it when you aren’t looking. Kids are smart and they know that “because I said so” is a lame reason. “Because … Continue reading

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What do the system requirements mean?

We get a lot of questions about how strict our system requirements are. The requirements mark out the territory where we do insanely thorough testing and are committed to hunting down and squashing every bug. We are able to provide … Continue reading

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Please, stop saving me money!

I should print this on cards and hand them out whenever I see someone on our team bending over backward to save a tiny bit of money. When I started Alien Skin I had absolutely no money but I did … Continue reading

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Marketing Tricks

I saw Dan Ariely speak at a Duke University event and loved it. His work reveals how our decision making is often not in our best interest. This is part of the new behavioral economics field. Marketers use this knowledge against … Continue reading

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Take a break!

We all know that we should take a break every hour or so while working. Get up and walk around. Stop looking at a screen. Even take a nap once in a while. I think you should also take a … Continue reading

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Marketing should not be pushy.

Yesterday I got a call from one of the well known catalogs that sells computer hardware and software. I interrupted the sales pitch and politely asked the caller to take me off of their list so I wouldn’t get any more sales … Continue reading

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Jeff’s favorite blogs and podcasts

If you enjoy podcasts and blogs then you might like these. I do! Podcasts Radiolab: Science made fun, interesting, and beautiful. Here are some related videos. This American Life: Fascinating stories. The Dinner Party Download: Hilarious bite size segments that help you … Continue reading

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Beware of foreign entanglements!

In his farewell address George Washington didn’t say those exact words, but his message was pretty clearly, “beware of foreign entanglements.” Right on, brother, and it applies to business too! The lure of collaboration, especially with larger companies, is that the other … Continue reading

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Profit Sharing

I am a big fan of profit sharing. We use a percentage of our profit for bonuses to all the employees. Bonuses are based on each person’s effectiveness in the recent quarter, not salary. The goal is to align everyone’s … Continue reading

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