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Wednesday: August 19, 2009

Five things clients say and what they really mean.Five things clients say and what they really mean.

Anyone who has done freelance work should be quite familiar with a few of these.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 11:09 AM | Tags (6) | clients | development | meanings | programming | web | work |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 42 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: August 11, 2009

Six ways to use your video game skills at the office.Six ways to use your video game skills at the office.

Gamers are accustomed to fighting bosses, which means that no matter how big, tough and disgustingly inhuman an office's head honcho is they will prevail. Even in the face of the menacing mini-boss -- the office brown-noser -- gamers will not falter.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:36 AM | Tags (5) | gaming | office | skills | videogames | work |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: August 10, 2009

A narcissistic boss destroys morale and hurts the bottom line says scientific study.A narcissistic boss destroys morale and hurts the bottom line says scientific study.

'Having a narcissistic boss creates a toxic environment for virtually everyone who must come in contact with this individual,' Hochwarter said. 'The team perspective ceases to exist, and the work environment becomes increasingly stressful. Productivity typically plummets as well.'

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 2:42 PM | Tags (6) | boss | company | michaelscott | morale | office | workplace |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 35 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 31, 2009

Boy sues Amazon because the Kindle ate his homework.Boy sues Amazon because the Kindle ate his homework.

The kid has got himself a brief, Jay Edelson, who is a lawyer in Chicago, and he has filed a class action lawsuit seeking punitive damages for those affected by the deletion as well as an injunction to prevent Amazon from improperly accessing Kindles in the future.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Silly @ 7:22 AM | Tags (4) | kindle | amazon | homework | excuses |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 30, 2009

A writeup on what Twitter and Facebook can learn from Phish.A writeup on what Twitter and Facebook can learn from Phish.

...there is a kernel of history set aside for Phish as pioneers in both music distribution and in creating a web community. When we look at bands and artists that foster community (and sometimes endless jams), we can see parallels to the rise of social networks.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 1:29 PM | Tags (6) | phish | social | media | networks | twitter | facebook |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 23, 2009

Four ways to get out of work around the house.Four ways to get out of work around the house.

As Bill Cosby once said: 'it takes great thinking and work to keep from working.'

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Funny @ 8:07 AM | Tags (4) | homeowner | house | lazy | work |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 31 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 13, 2009

You just might be surfing the interplanetary internet by 2011.You just might be surfing the interplanetary internet by 2011.

...development DTN has advanced quickly over the past year, and NASA missions are planning to adopt the network by 2011. In November 2008 NASA test-drove the network by sending space images to and from the EPOXI spacecraft, some 20 million miles (32 million kilometers) from Earth.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 12:40 PM | Tags (7) | internet | interplanetary | galactic | nasa | network | space | science |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 10, 2009

State of New York suing social-networking site for spamming sixty million people.State of New York suing social-networking site for spamming sixty million people.

Tagged, which has been around for five years, would then illegally get access to those new users' e-mail address books and send out more messages without those users' knowledge. Tagged will be sued for deceptive e-mail marketing practices and invasion of privacy, the office said.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 2:10 PM | Tags (9) | email | fraud | lawsuit | networking | newyork | privacy | security | social | spam |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: June 19, 2009

Setting off fireworks in the bathroom of an Arby's probably not the smartest idea.Setting off fireworks in the bathroom of an Arby's probably not the smartest idea.

He also managed to elude the authorities. How long before he strikes again?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Strange @ 8:22 AM | Tags (3) | arbys | bathroom | fireworks |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: June 17, 2009

Daily Grind: Not bitter

Name: Vin (aka mr. approachable)
How Vin feels today: Not bitter @ 8:45:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To catch up on some work projects that are just little bit behind schedule. Also, the obligatory continuation of fixing bugs on this redesign - which seems to be getting less and less thankfully.

Music Stuck in Head: NICU / Phish
Play it Leo.

Stuff to do today:

  • Note the triumphant return of DotComic (look a couple posts back)
  • Draw up idea for next comic before idea falls out of head
  • Figure out why my xmlhttp requests are failing on Safari (and possibly other browsers)
  • @#%&**!
  • Debate going over to Blockbuster and renting the new Ghostbusters game
  • Figure out time in which to actually play said video game
  • Meh, reviews have been so-so anyway (again, look a couple posts back)
  • Note that 1 vs 100 on Xbox Live is actually kinda fun
  • If it goes to a pay model though, I don't think I'll be playing as much
  • ...
  • ...
  • (look a couple posts back)

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 9:45 AM | Tags (3) | dailygrind | projects | work |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 16, 2009

Take a photographic tour of Facebook's new campus over in Palo Alto.Take a photographic tour of Facebook's new campus over in Palo Alto.

Looks like a fun place to work.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 3:27 PM | Tags (4) | facebook | headquarters | workplace | tour |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 129 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: April 16, 2008

Annoying Corporate Email Issue of the Day.

So I get an email that goes like this:

Dear Vincent,
I phoned you and left a voicemail regarding this issue. Please listen to it and email me back.
Thanks so much

Let's analyze this for a second; this is an email alerting me that a message has been left on an entirely different medium of communication. Doesn't this negate using the original mode of communication entirely? Why not bother to just take a second and type the issue in that very same email that that was used incorrectly to begin with?

For a list of other things about corporate email that bug me refer back to this now ancient verbose post:
The seven deadly sins of corporate email.

Posted to Verbose filed in Silly @ 9:47 AM | Tags (2) | work | corporate |  | Discuss (2) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Friday: January 5, 2007

Hiatus

True story.

Posted to DotComic filed in Comics @ 1:00 AM | Tags (6) | dotcomic | comic | flu | humor | blogs | work |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: September 6, 2006

The seven deadly sins of corporate email.

Many of us work in a corporate environment. My job falters between information technology and marketing (such is the fate of the web developer these days). As such, I am often bombarded with the annoying email habits of people who lack the basic understanding of...well, email.

  1. People who set an away email message for every single meaningless event.

    I do not need to know that you are out to lunch at from 12:15 to 1:15. Most people know that it is lunch time and chances are you're not around. Do not bother me with your personal digital answering machine. Really, it's not necessary. I also don't need to know that from 3:30 - 4:00 pm you will be getting your teeth cleaned. This does not influence my day to day operations one bit. Stop it; you're making Outlook cry.

  2. People who can't remember to turn their away message off when they are, in fact, no longer away.

    So you're back from vacation, yay. I'm quite happy for you. Now turn off your away message that keeps responding to me in stereo with your normal emails. I don't need dual responses every time I reply to one of your emails reminding me that you were gone fishing last week. How was the dentist by the way?

  3. People who write the entire message of an email in the subject line.

    You'd think telling the difference between two distinct areas when composing an email would be an easy thing. I can't tell you how much fun it is deciphering an email when it is sprawled across the subject line (see 'before and after' below).

  4. Read receipts.

    This habit makes me want to throw a chair out of a window. It is the act of people who feel they have to attach a read receipt to EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF EMAIL they send out - no matter how trivial the subject matter. I guess it makes people feel important. Therefore, I take great pleasure in hitting the cancel button to your paranoid sense of self confirmation. Even more annoying: people who send read receipts on emails regarding whether or not the last email they sent (which had a read receipt too) was actually read. Pure genius!

  5. People who love to respond to emails marked distinctly as DO NOT REPLY.

    When the subject line AND the first line of the body of the email read in big, bold letters DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL why do you still hit Reply? Let's try this together: D-O N-O-T R-E-P-L-Y.

  6. Incredibly overloaded signatures.

    It's not enough that I have to see the scribbled signature of the person who sent me the email, but they also insist on changing the entire style of the email. So when I reply to you, I am stuck with your ugly, yet 'calming' wallpaper. Please fire yourself out of a cannon.

  7. Pasting entire web pages into the body of an email.

    Another act that greatly affects my day to day mood: receiving an email that has an entire (or partial) web page pasted into the body of the message. Outlook is not meant to show web pages (this is why we have web browsers), and by doing so, you are now disrupting the natural order of the Universe. By replying to you (and if I'm too lazy to clean out said pasted web page), we start tracking in piles of HTML code throughout our conversation like mud. Clean your feet and just email me the link to the article, dummy.

And there you have it. Now print this list out and pin it up by the company water cooler. The email-challenged will thank you... hopefully.

Posted to Verbose filed in Life @ 0:51 AM | Tags (3) | corporate | work | email |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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