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  • Subinkrishna Gopi 12:00 pm on October 10, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , repost, success, Tips   

    Repost from fastcompany.com: 5 Things to Do Every Day for Success 

    5 Things to Do Every Day for Success

    BY FC EXPERT BLOGGER DAYNA STEELE
    Tue Mar 1, 2011

    This blog is written by a member of our expert blogging community and expresses that expert’s views alone.

    “You get up at what time?” I hear that a lot along with “you are so lucky.” So, I’m going to help out here and let you in on the secrets of my success. Well, not all of them but enough to show you the foundation I build on every day.

    1. Wake up early. For the next week, get up a half an hour earlier that you normally do–and get going. If you get a few more things done, then get up even earlier the next week. Early in the morning is a great time to get work done because most of your associates have not started emailing, tweeting, IMing or posting yet.
    2. Read the headlines and watch the news. Not only should you know what is going on in the world, you will also be the first to recognize opportunities (if you followed #1) for you and your business–long before the competition has even had their first cup of coffee.
    3. Send something to one person who can hire you or buy your product–something you promised to follow-up with, a quick email with a link to something relevant or a “hey just checking in to see how thing are going” email.
    4. Touch base with an old friend or associate you haven’t talked to in ages. Ask how they are, what are they working on and ask or suggest how you might help. You’ll make their day.
    5. Write a handwritten note to someone. Seriously. It is a lost art and makes quite an impression. There is always someone you can send a thank you note to–or you aren’t doing things correctly.

    A simple yet highly effective list. Try all five every weekday for a month. Then, tell me I’m right. If I’m wrong, I’ll buy you a cup of coffee. When you finally wake up …

    Dayna Steele is a serial entrepreneur and author who travels the country creating rock stars with her “Rock Star Principles of Success.” Follow her on Twitter @daynasteele. You can listen to the podcast version of herFast CompanyLeader blogs on iTunes.

    Source: http://www.fastcompany.com/1733248/5-things-to-do-every-day-for-success

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  • Subinkrishna Gopi 6:11 pm on October 8, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , readability, , Tips, ,   

    Today’s read: 16 Pixels For Body Copy. Anything Less Is A Costly Mistake. 

    Smashin Magazine

    16 Pixels For Body Copy. Anything Less Is A Costly Mistake

    A very good article on why we should keep bigger (and better) font sizes. I totally agree with the author. I hate the small font size Facebook uses. That gives me a bad head ache and I always use the browser zoom for better readability.

    I know what you’re thinking. “Did he just say 16 pixels? For body copy? Obnoxiously big! 12 pixels is ideal for most websites.”

    I’d like to persuade you otherwise.

    Have a nice read.

     
  • Subinkrishna Gopi 11:01 am on October 13, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , archives, build, , , , script, Tips,   

    How-to: Get timestamp in ANT scripts 

    We use a lot of ANT scripts to build our archives. And archives without version number/timestamp is a big pain. We faced a lot of issues mainly integration issues. This is a small piece of script which can be used to add timestamp to an archive’s name.

    This is done using the tstamp task in ANT. tstamp is highly configurable and uses the java.text.SimpleDateFormat date/time patterns.

    <target name="timestamp.target">
    	<tstamp>
    		<format property="current.time"
    			pattern="yyyyMMdd_HHmmss" />
    		<format property="archive.name"
    			pattern="'MyArchive_'yyyyMMdd_HHmmss'.jar'" />
    	</tstamp>
    	<echo>${current.time}</echo>
    	<echo>${archive.name}</echo>
    </target>
    

    I got the following output when I tried to run the above build script:

    Buildfile: /home/subin/sampleProject/build.xml
    timestamp.target:
         [echo] 20101013_103329
         [echo] MyArchive_20101013_103329.jar
    BUILD SUCCESSFUL
    Total time: 524 milliseconds
    

    So, we have tstamp, which formats (format) the time/date information and assigns the result to the specified property. The echo statements demonstrate how we can use those values further.

    Hope this helps. Have a nice day.

     
  • Subinkrishna Gopi 12:16 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: apple, , bing, , cell phone, , fastcodesign.com, , , , iloveny.com, market share, , pilothandwriting.com, , search engine, skype, smashin magazine, Tips, today's read,   

    Today’s read: Various ! 

    It’s been a while since I wrote anything here. I was kinda busy with so many things and that made me to stay away from writing for these many days.

    Today I’ve found a few articles in fastcompany.com (via twitter), fastcodesign.com & Smashing Magazine. And I’m really surprised by some of the facts which I found and some facts are really cool.

    1. You Can’t Appreciate How Completely Apple Has Humiliated The Cellphone Industry Until You See These Charts (Article page)
    This really surprised me. This article talks about how Apple rules the cell phone industry in terms of the profit they make even though they sell only 3% of the handsets! Don’t miss the charts in that page. They tell lot of stories.

    2. Google Steals Ideas From Bing, Bing Steals Market Share From Google (Article page)
    This made me happy. I am a big Microsoft fan though I work most on open source ! And I am really happy with the way how Bing works for them.

    3. Create a Font From Your Own Handwriting (Article page)
    This is what the article says !

    If you’re nostalgic for the days of long, handwritten letters, Pilot Pens has unveiled a new Web-based app that’s perfect for you: PilotHandwriting.com will turn your handwriting into your very own digital font, which you can then use in a letter to someone.

    Source: fastcodesign.com

    4. Designing Style Guidelines For Brands And Websites (Article page)
    The article talks more about the branding guidelines, usage of colors, text and fonts with the help of guidelines followed by some of the well known global brands like BlackBerry, I love New York and Skype.

    Have a nice read !

     
  • Subinkrishna Gopi 4:19 pm on June 14, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: facebook, , , , , Tips, , user,   

    Today’s read: How To Permanently Delete Your Account on Popular Websites 

    How To Permanently Delete Your Account on Popular Websites via Smashing Magazine.

    I had to struggle a lot to get rid of my orkut account! It was not very easy. When I was doing that I really wished to have some FAQs and guidelines which I read and understand. But tough luck, I didn’t find anything then. But I found this article in Smashing Magazine today, and I think this is really useful.

    We all have an increasing number of sites and online services we’re members of, and sometimes it all gets a little overwhelming. At times, we just need to delete our memberships to some sites, either in an effort to simplify our lives or just because we’ve grown tired of a particular site or service.

    What we often don’t realize when signing up for all these accounts, though, is how difficult it can be to permanently delete our accounts when we’ve had enough. Some require complicated, multi-step processes that can stretch over the course of days (or weeks). Others take less time, but still require multiple steps by the user.

    Read the article

     
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