November 11, 2012

If, When, And How To Avoid Hiring A CEO
You don’t have to be good at everything if you build the right team and have the self confidence to learn from it. Be willing to hire people who are better than you and who have skills or experience in areas that you don’t.

Why It Makes Sense To Move Finance, Accounting To The Cloud
Many small and midsize businesses end up relegating the bulk of their financial operations to underpowered accounting and financial packages that will begin to eat into the quality of services and the speed at which transactions are processed. That’s not good for business.

Visitor Tracking Without Cookies (or How To Abuse HTTP 301s)
To illustrate one of the ambiguities in the law, I’ve implemented a tool which tracks site visitors almost as effectively as cookies (or similar technologies such as Flash Objects or Local Storage), but which must necessarily fall into one of the larger grey areas. My tool abuses the way that “permanent” (301) HTTP redirects are cached by web browsers.

First Rule of Management: No Whining
Yet most managers don’t utilize the “no whining” rule. Today it’s easy to whine and deflect responsibility, because so much seems out of our control — the economy, regulatory requirements, technological changes, costs of raw materials, and many others.

An inside look behind Romney's loss: An epic failure of its Orca big-data app
The system was designed to identify likely Romney voters who had not yet voted on Election Day, and then get them to vote. But it continually crashed and people didn't know how to use it. Here's what Politico has to say about the consequences

Innovating India: Government to Set Up Rs 5000 Crore Fund
The money will probably be provided under the National Entrepreneurial Mission headed by Prime Minister and could also be linked with National Skill Development Mission also headed by the Prime Minister. Currently India provides only about INR 1,200 per year for innovations which is nothing in front of US’s INR 29,000 crore and China’s INR 3,000 crore. Even smaller European countries provide more for entrepreneurs than India.

Team Unmotivated? Get Out a Clean Sheet of Paper
The clean slate approach works when an employee is has issues, that is, in a current position or even a former position. Such issues include behaviors that rub people the wrong way, or prevent the employee from getting along with others including a boss. Behaviors are rooted in poor communications, lack of respect for others, and often an outsized ego.

LED Glasses Make Programming Fun and Fashionable [VIDEO]
Though these LED glasses might look like something rapper Lil Wayne would wear, they’re meant to encourage people to get involved in the process of coding — something that has become an important language in today’s ultra-tech society.

SEO Smackdown: Information Architecture vs. Technical Architecture
Believe it or not, many SEO professionals, developers and other IT professionals do not understand the role of information architecture (IA) in the SEO process. In fact, this group often does not understand the role of IA in the Web development process. These misunderstandings and misconceptions lead to bruised egos and frustrated clients. To get all web professionals on the proverbial same page, let’s review some of the differences and sources of confusion.

Quotes for the day:

"Execute like there's no tomorrow, strategize like there will be" -- Aaron Levie

"The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed." -- Lloyd Jones

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