I’ve Been Using Evernote All Wrong

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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.

http://lifehacker.com/5989980/ive-been-using-evernote-all-wrong-heres-why-its-actually-amazing

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Eagle eye view

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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.

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Don’t look down

http://dedmaxopka.livejournal.com/71750.html

1. Heading to outer space.

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.

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A Comprehensive Guide To Excel Charts

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http://www.annielytics.com/a-comprehensive-guide-to-excel-charts-for-marketers/

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

http://www.annielytics.com/a-comprehensive-guide-to-excel-charts-for-marketers/

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5 Steps To Guarantee Client Payment

http://www.sitepoint.com/how-to-guarantee-client-payment/

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…

http://www.sitepoint.com/how-to-guarantee-client-payment/

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Secrets Of High-Traffic WordPress Blogs

http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2012/09/12/secrets-high-traffic-wordpress-blogs/

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?

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Never-before-seen photos from 100 years ago tell vivid story of gritty New York City

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2134408/Never-seen-photos-100-years-ago-tell-vivid-story-gritty-New-York-City.html

Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public for the first time on the internet.

The city’s Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database.

Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the 870,000 photographs feature all manner of city oversight — from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.

Delancey Street Always moving: Workers dig in Delancy Street on New York’s Lower East Side in this photo dated July 29, 1908. The historical pictures released online for the first time show New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

 

Brooklyn BridgeA bridge too far? Painters hang from suspended wires on the Brooklyn Bridge October 7, 1914 — 31 years after it first opened
Manhattan BridgeGenesis of a icon: In this June 5, 1908 photo, the Manhattan Bridge is less than a shell, seen from Washington Street. It wouldn’t be opened for another 18 months and wouldn’t be completed for another four years
Grand Central TerminaThe main concourse of Grand Central Terminal, in New York, is seen from the Campbell apartment in this 1937 photo. The posh apartment, in one of America’s grandest train stations, was the playground of financier John Campbell in the roaring 1920.

The project was four years in the making, part of the department’s mission to make city records accessible to everyone, said assistant commissioner Kenneth Cobb.

‘We all knew that we had fantastic photograph collections that no one would even guess that we had,’ he said.

Taken mostly by anonymous municipal workers, some of the images have appeared in publications but most were accessible only by visiting the archive offices in lower Manhattan over the past few years.

Researchers, history buffs, filmmakers, genealogists and preservationists in particular will find the digitized collection helpful. But anyone can search the images, share them through social media or purchase them as prints.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2134408/Never-seen-photos-100-years-ago-tell-vivid-story-gritty-New-York-City.html

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EXCERPT FROM THE WINDS OF WINTER

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http://www.georgerrmartin.com/excerpt-from-the-winds-of-winter/

A R I A N N E

They struck out north by northwest, across drylands and parched plains and pale sands toward Ghost Hill, the stronghold of House Toland, where the ship that would take them across the Sea of Dorne awaited them.  “Send a raven whenever you have news,” Prince Doran told her, “but report only what you know to be true.  We are lost in fog here, besieged by rumors, falsehoods, and traveler’s tales.  I dare not act until I know for a certainty what is happening.”
War is happening, though Arianne, and this time Dorne will not be spared.  “Doom and death are coming,” Ellaria Sand had warned them, before she took her own leave from Prince Doran.  “It is time for my little snakes to scatter, the better to survive the carnage.”  Ellaria was returning to her father’s seat at Hellholt.  With her went her daughter Loreza, who had just turned seven.  Dorea remained at the Water Gardens, one child amongst a hundred.  Obella was to be dispatched to Sunspear, to serve as a cupbearer to the wife of the castellan, Manfrey Martell.

http://www.georgerrmartin.com/excerpt-from-the-winds-of-winter/

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5% Rule? Make that 20.

http://www.pixillion.com/blog/2013/5-to-20.html

5%

It was during the development of The Work Cycle that I learned about the 5% rule at a conference. The 5% rule refers to applying 5% of your time or your budget to activities that are not directly related to client work. Or when it’s on the client’s time or budget, applying an extra 5% to their brief. Most of the time that relates to R&D activity and ultimately benefits the company and/or its clients. It’s about having the resources to explore other options and generate and execute ideas without the pressure of deadlines in a culture that encourages failure: understanding why something doesn’t work, and then applying that learning to making things better. You do this again and again, it’s a culture of execution.

Looking back on the side projects we’ve done, mainly The Work Cycle and Pixillion Sessions, 5% was roughly the time we spent on it.

20%

In the Autumn of 2012 I realised 5% was not enough. We had trouble keeping momentum up with The Work Cycle and literally no time to do something new as well. I wasn’t content with missing out on the chance to do something which could possibly have a similar, or bigger, impact on our agency, and have the opportunity to enhance people’s lives, create jobs or contribute further to the economy as well. Doing something genuinely worthwhile takes a lot of commitment and needs the right environment to blossom. We also needed a plan that would eventually make this self-sustainable, or even better, create a new business that would fulfil everything that we look for in a job, and takes care of us financially as well.

http://www.pixillion.com/blog/2013/5-to-20.html

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