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For years, I kept hearing how awesome Evernote was: how it could store everything you possibly needed, make it available everywhere, and how scores of people couldn’t live without it. I tried it multiple times, and never saw the appeal until now. Here’s what I was missing.
What’s All the Fuss About Evernote? Should I Be Using It?
Dear Lifehacker, It seems like everyone is always raving about Evernote, but I don’t really understand its appeal.
Isn’t it just a notes…
Any time we talk about Evernote, a good number of you say the same thing: you’ve tried it time and time again, but you could never really “get into it.” I was in the same camp, but after reading the other side’s experiences in this article and its comments, I decided to give it another shot. If you’re like I was and haven’t yet experienced the greatness of Evernote, here are some things you should try.
A video featuring GoPro footage shot by an eagle (!!!) soared to the top of Reddit’s video page recently, delighting all who laid eyes upon it. Before anyone watching has the opportunity to shed a tear for the purple mountain’s majesty, etc., though, a caption on the video mentions that this was shot in the Chamonix valley of France’s Mer de Glace. Is it animal abuse to weigh down such a majestic creature by strapping a camera to it? Considering how gracefully this winged treasure swoops around this scenic tableau, the answer is no.
For years I’ve had the idea to travel the entire European continent. I wanted explore its main attractions, but from a different point of view: in unusual way and without being crowded among the other tourists.
To help marketers learn this critical skill I created a comprehensive video tutorial that goes through several charting techniques. Some of these include:
- Creating column, bar, pie, line, area, and scatter charts (and what to use when)
- Adding and removing data from charts the easy way (hint: if you’re using Select Data, you’re doing it the hard way)
- Working with a secondary axis
- Working with Excel’s built-in chart styles
- Customizing colors to match your branding
- Creating combination charts
- Cleaning up Excel’s noisy default formats, like tick marks and gridlines (or at least less obtrusive)
- Applying custom number formatting to chart axes
- Going totally Spartan/minimalist with your charts
- Using text boxes and shapes in charts
1. Use a Contract
If you do nothing else: write a legally binding contract for you and the client to sign. Yes it’s boring, but create a reusable template which is easy to modify. Keep it concise but include:
- An outline of the project, the prices and delivery dates
- The client’s payment schedule. Highlight fees and interest charges for late payment.
- The ownership of all code, media, etc. Ownership should only be transferred following the final payment.
- Review and approval terms (see below). Add a clause about “unreasonable rejections” to ensure clients cannot continually change scope or add features.
- What happens in the event of a dispute.
- How long the contract terms remain valid prior to signing. 28 days is normally enough — it’ll focus the client’s mind and prevent them from delaying the project.
For smaller projects I normally use a short 2/3-page contract which provides links to web pages containing detailed information. It’s less daunting to read but the small print is still available.
While verbal agreements are legally binding, it’s far more difficult to prove what was agreed. Put everything in writing…
We all know that WordPress is awesome — but being awesome isn’t always enough. Does it perform well under pressure? Can it deal with traffic from millions of visitors every month? There’s no question that WordPress can be used for your or my blog, but what about multi-author blogs with thousands of comments? How do developers make it scale and perform?