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Writing Without Effort

"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure."


Samuel Johnson

Bad luck

"It is bad luck to be superstitious."


Andrew W. Mathis


Quote of the Day:

Central Ohio Day of .NET 2008

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Central Ohio Day of .NET

Making Wise Thoughts Part of Self

"All truly wise thoughts have been thought already, thousands of times; but to truly make them ours, we must think them over again, honestly, till they take root in our personal experience. "


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)


FranklinCovey Quote of the Week (2/11/2008)

Persistence Decreases Resistance

"That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do. Not that the nature of the thing itself has changed but our power to do it is increased."


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


FranklinCovey Quote of the Week (1/21/2008)

The Only Measure of What You Believe

"The only measure of what you believe is what you do. If you want to know what people believe, don't read what they write, don't ask them what they believe, just observe what they do."


Ashley Montagu

Experts Exchange yanked free content--I yanked my good will

Experts Exchange used to be a great source of free information. Invariably, I would search on Google for an answer to a question, and results from Experts' site would be returned. Well, at some point, they started hiding the answers to the questions behind a premium membership. So, unless you want to pay to see the answer (I didn't even bother checking out how much), the best you can hope for is a 7-day trial membership.

UPDATE: I looked at their prices, and they want $100 per year! No thanks. I'll Google a little bit longer and keep my money.

Bottom line: I used to be excited about Experts Exchange hits it my Google search. Now they're just noise that I wish I could filter out.

I know that not everything can be free in this world, but when you start out with free content and then yank it away, it can leave some ill will.

Sometimes businesses have to be smart about what customers they choose to serve. Best Buy was reported to have tried dumping the bottom 20% of its customers by eliminating certain cheap (read: "low margin") items and discount policies. Their reasoning was sound because they had a lot of lousy, abusive customers that cheated their way into rebates and bogus returns.

I understand the need to be selective, but if you throw up barriers immediately (like Experts has), you will definitely lose some potential consumers. Those consumers might never have paid anyway, but if you're going to yank away access to free content (user-contributed, no less!), be prepared for negative feedback.

CodeMash 2008 presentation

Well, it's over. I gave my presentation at the AWH annual kickoff meeting. It went reasonably well (I think). Of the limited feedback I received, it was mostly positive. I'll take what I can get. :-)

Here are the slides for the presentation: <a href='/files/CodeMash2008.ppt' target='_blank'>CodeMash2008.ppt

I tried to mix in some humor, so as you read the slides you may find references to subjects that are not familiar to everyone (like "Radar" from M.A.S.H.). Hopefully the jokes are clear.

CodeMash 2008 post-conference presentation

My company (AWH) graciously paid for me to attend CodeMash 2008 held January 9th-11th at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. One of the "conditions" of the trip is that I must present something I learned at the upcoming annual kickoff meeting. As I am an introvert by nature, this represents a big opportunity to get out of my comfort zone.

CodeMash was mostly exciting, so I should have something to talk about. The trick is how to be insightful and informative in a short amount of time without boring the audience.

I'm considering using this site as a place to post the presentation materials I develop. AWH also has a company blog/forum ( that I'll probably post info to as well.

Look for it soon.

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