Living on the south-east coast of England, working American hours as a night owl, dabbling in his home studio, and exploring new and interesting ways of growing the marketplaces. Meet Shane Freer, who recently joined the Marketplace Growth Team. Continue Reading
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Have you ever thrown, smashed or destroyed a gadget – be it a phone, laptop, camera or even desktop – in anger or frustration? The “Hardware Abuse” section of Computer Stupidities says you’re not alone.
Tell us your story – including the consequences and how silly you felt afterwards – in the comments. I’m really looking forward to reading all about it!
Sometimes I can sit at my desk for days and I just won’t get any ideas. It’s like it is just blocked, you know?
The other day I was sitting at my desk for hours thinking, and I just couldn’t come up with anything. Out of frustration and boredom I took an shower. And BAM! There it was again – good ideas spilling out of my head. Good idea’s always seem to occur to me in the bathroom for some reason.
Where do you get your best ideas? Let us know in the comments.
Decades ago my great-grandmother said that a day she didn’t learn something was a wasted day. That’s even more true today.
The rate of change of technology, software and techniques is incredibly rapid. How do you manage to keep up?
Formal education is still important, but struggles to remain up-to-date. And more and more educational institutions are making their material available online, for example through iTunesU.
The Tuts+ Network and other blogs offer more current education, but without accreditation. Podcasts, YouTube channels and other video streaming sites also contain educational material, and forums are also often educational.
And books remain an excellent source of educational information, and are handier still now they are often available electronically and as audio books.
So how do you maintain your education? How do you make the time? And do you have any hints for us?
Web pages can be pretty busy, making reading a blog post or article very distracting. There are a bunch of browser plugins that remove those distractions, showing you just a cleanly formatted version of the article. Do you use them?
The first I came across was a Firefox extension called Readable, which “is an application that helps you read more of the web. It transforms text on any website using fonts, colors, and layouts of your choosing.” It was later purchased by Evernote, who added a button for sending pages to Evernote, and renamed it Clearly. Apple added Reader to their Safari browser, which does something similar. And there are other options.
Do you find browser extensions like this helpful, or prefer to view the page as the author intended, complete with distractions? Or do you prefer to send articles you intend to read to a separate app, like Readability or Instapaper? Let us know in the comments.