Monthly Archive for May, 2005

Heh… Unique Selling Proposition

This Wizard of Ads article is dead on. If you sell media (any kind) read it and learn.

My Blue Sportcoat

I own a blue sportcoat. This sportcoat is a pretty simple, blue sportcoat that I bought at Men’s Warehouse a year ago or two. It’s not flashy… the buttons on the sleeve are blue, not gold. It doesn’t have an embedded MP3 player built into it. It also doesn’t sing or dance on its own.

It’s my blue sportcoat, and it just works.

It’s probably the best wardrobe investment I’ve ever made, and I find myself throwing it on many times a week. When I’m “business casual” I use the sportcoat to dress up just a little more for most meetings. I also wear my blue sportcoat whenever I fly, as I’m not so concerned with the sportcoat getting torn or ripped, or spilled on, or stained, as I would be with one of my suit coats.

So, my advice to you: Buy a blue sportcoat. It’ll pay for itself over and over.

I closed my biggest deal ever wearing this blue sportcoat.

Mail for Tiger Fix

If you upgraded to Tiger, like I did, and you hate the new Mail.app buttons, download CageFighter, and use it to fix Mail’s interface to a look and feel that more to your liking.

Great little tool.

A few Apple-centric readings

Read this, if you’re interested in some of the stuff going on in the Mac-world today:

New NetNewsWire: nice! – great little write up on my RSS reader of choice. I’ve been using the NNW 2.0 Beta for a long time now, and have to agree. It rocks. The beta has been so stable, I forgot it was a beta until I saw that it was updated. Upgrade today folks.

10.4: Activate Dashboard via a PowerBook’s Fn key – Great little hack that I’ll be employing soon.

Shining the spotlight on Spotlight – good write up on Spotlight from the man behind MacOSXHints.com. I don’t use Spotlight at this point, because out of the box it’s too slow… I haven’t customized it at all, but LaunchBar does what I need it to do. I don’t typically search for files on my computer. I search for applciations… and LaunchBar just works for me in that respect. I haven’t felt the need to switch.

Ten things I like about Tiger (10.4) – again from Rob at MacOSXHints.com. Good write up from a guy that I trust.

Screenshots of the Shiira Project – a competitor built on top of the same tools that Safari is built on… looks interesting.

Aplepeels weblog – A weblog for business people that use Apple Computers, or at least that’s what it looks like today…

20 Cool Tiger Features You Might Not Have Heard About – from O’Reilly – Tech publisher extraordinaire.

Magnificent Seven: What’s New for Users in QuickTime 7 – Also from O’Reilly, and the best write up I’ve seen on the new stuff in QuickTime 7 (which as a Tiger user, I had to upgrade to). This is part one of a two part series.

Rant about Plaxo

I just want to point out how much I abhor people that use Plaxo.

In general, Plaxo users don’t enter complete contact information into their contact records stored inside of Plaxo. This sucks because after a person adds me to their Plaxo database, Plaxo then sends me an email asking me to confirm the details that were entered.

When I see that they didn’t input my phone number, my job title, company, etc… I realize how truly lazy the person I’m dealing with is.

So, then I’m guilt-ridden about not wanting to update my contact record for this lazy fuck that didn’t enter all of my contact information in the first place…

I’ll eventually update their Plaxo record, but forevermore, I’ll remember how lazy this person was/is.

I realize that this person is generally busy, and that they don’t have time to enter all of that information by hand, but damn… All of my contact information is generally in every email I send out. Is it that hard to copy/paste?

My advice to Plaxo users? Take the time to enter all of my contact information before you have Plaxo ask me if it’s up to date. Otherwise, I’ll think you’re terribly vain and lazy.

A Quote on Change

“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to management than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones.”
–Nicolo Machiavelli

Thinking

“If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.” –Lyndon B. Johnson