5 things design clients really want (but probably won’t tell you)

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You can maximise the word-of-mouth publicity that money can’t buy if you keep your existing design clients happy. But how exactly? The thing is this: clients typically won’t tell you what they want. At least not out loud. They might hint at it or suggest it. But it’s often up to you to read their minds. For example, clients want…



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Understanding People

Technology and market conditions change so quickly.

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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

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The Single Most Effective Change I Made to My Digital Presence

Chris Brogan People ask me quite often whether the world of social media has changed much. The answer is yes. It’s changed a lot. There are lots of details to think about. I’ll give you those. But I also wanted to share the single most effective change I made to my digital presence.

What’s Changed In Social Media

Here’s a quick list:

  • Then: conversational. Now: promotional.
  • Then: thoughtful sharing. Now: shovel it over the wall.
  • Then: “I’m hungry for lots of great information.” Now: “I’m drowning in information.”
  • Then: just being here is great! Now: where are MY people?

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Critical thinking skills

A recent study of executives showed that their number one concern is not having people with the critical thinking skills to fill the corner offices.
Another study showed that the average American student shows zero increase in critical thinking skills after four years of college. Whoa! No wonder employers are worried!
But critical thinking has to be more than a vague buzzword, and that starts by knowing what it is and isn’t.

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Announcement: More blog posts coming up

As for most of the last year I was not able to write any new blot posts except the one in february highlighting my Auto Skype
application for OS X.

Those new posts might not be really long or but rather be smaller bits and bytes of thing I pick up daily on my trips through the highly inspiring environment we have around us.

Reason

This blog post isn’t for naught either. It should count as a credibility meter for myself and boost my daily throughput on posts.

Frequency

The idea was to post at least one small post every day and maybe revisit those ideas in a later blog post. So count on some nice stuff coming up daily.

There will also be some #IFTTT sugar involved for automating certain junds of blog posts.

Content

The contents of those blog posts will absolutely not only be about the geeky stuff I’m involved with in a daily basis – e.g. Programming, nerding, frameworks abd tools but those will be about people, items, gadgets and of course all the cool experiences that were of essence in that particular moment.

With those words I’m off to start working on the next topic!

Skype: Automatically answer calls from certain contacts on OS X

There have been times I wanted to automatically accept Skype-Calls from certain people.

Some of you might think: “Hey wait there! There already is an answer-automatically feature in skype!!1″

Yes, that might be true but you cannot filter the contacts who are allowed to call you..

After getting some inspiration at the Skype Desktop API Reference I also found a nice example at Brett Terpstra’s Blog.

And used the sample code written in AppleScript to create a workaround for me:

set desired_callers to {"user1", "user2"}
set autoVideo to true # enable video automatically
set timespan to 10
 
# starting skype if not running
tell application "Skype" to activate
 
repeat
	tell application "Skype"
		set calls to send command "SEARCH ACTIVECALLS" script name "AnsweringScript"
		set callID to last word of calls
		if callID is not "CALLS" then
			set status to send command "GET CALL " & callID & " STATUS" script name "AnsweringScript"
			set caller to send command "GET CALL " & callID & " PARTNER_HANDLE" script name "AnsweringScript"
			if last word of status is "RINGING" and desired_callers contains last word of caller then
				send command "ALTER CALL " & callID & " ANSWER" script name "AnsweringScript"
			else if desired_callers contains last word of caller and autoVideo then
				send command "ALTER CALL " & callID & " START_VIDEO_SEND" script name "AnsweringScript"
			end if
		end if
	end tell
	delay timespan
end repeat

Just export this snippet from the AppleScript Editor as an application and set it as a hidden Login Item for the current user.

The state of StackOverflow

I totally agree with Steven K. Hicks on the state of StackOverflow (a Q/A community for programmers)

In the computer science world, there is never only one solution to a difficult problem.

The down voting of correct, but not exact-answers. This gets to be an issue when there are questions that can have multiple answers. For an example: A question about optimization of a Java application, the common answer will be to use a more efficient algorithm. That answer will probably be the most voted answer. However, another valid answer is that the process could be rewritten in a more low-level language and connected to via a pipe [Socket, inproc, JNI, etc] to the main application. The latter is better suited for rather unique situations, but it is still a valid and workable answer. From my experience, the second answer will be downvoted, despite that it gave correct information. I have had a discussion with a moderator about this [Shog9] and, according to him, that strategy is a perfectly acceptable strategy to down-vote a creditable answer.

Read more on: Stackoverflow Is A Difficult Community to Participate In | skh:tec.

Advertisement before a video begins should be banned!

Seriously.

What the hell,
I was just reading through news and  the video associated with the article required me to watch an ad for about twenty seconds.
I left the page. Removed it from the favorites.

UX equals minus 2139082834 right now

BAN THIS IDEA.

k, thx, bye

Python in Space!!!!

Well,

Is there Python in the space?

After reading following blog post on pydanny.com demanding topics for the upcoming PyCon US, 2013:

I want to hear any talk on how Python is used in space exploration or research. That includes NASA, SpaceX, ESA staffers or citizen scientists.

I really got interested in that idea and would like to see some comments from you guys if you know of concrete Python projects in space?

Found one on Python Sucess Stories.