Category Archives: Philosophy

2011 Thanks for Sharing Awards

We really enjoyed the photo submissions to our Flickr group this year. Some of the work is simply stunning. Since April we have done Best of Flickr articles. Now we are picking five of our favorites for the 2011 Thanks for Sharing … 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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What have you tried so far?

Here is a great little management tool I learned from Fred Brooks when I went to school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He never used it on me, but I’m sure that’s just because he wasn’t my advisor. I certainly deserved it. … Continue reading

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Try it!

A recent interview for our tech support position drove a point home for me. Here is the conversation I had with the candidate. Jeff: Suppose a customer asks how long it would take for Blow Up to enlarge an 8″x10″ … Continue reading

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So long, Steve Jobs.

I’m sad to hear that Steve Jobs has died. We will all miss his influence on our industry and the world at large. Steve’s life taught me some useful lessons, such as the myth of the great idea and not waiting … Continue reading

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Use your smart bombs now.

Remember smart bombs in the video game Defender? Use one and everything on the screen explodes. You only have three, so of course you save them for a special occasion. Sadly, I usually died with some smart bombs left, sometimes … Continue reading

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Share your knowledge.

When I started writing about how we run Alien Skin Software a friend asked me if I was concerned about our competitors listening in. Not at all. As you’ve seen from my numerous articles, we have many tricks and techniques … Continue reading

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