On Specializing. This Indie Arsenal post supports what I’ve been espousing for a long time, the need for freelancers to specialize. My specialization as you probably know is .NET Online Community development. “Specializing allows you time and energy to focus your skill set. You have more time to stay up-to-date. Becoming known as a specialist in one or two services means you are the ‘go-to-person.’ Specialization leads to expertise.”
Community Interaction is King. Rich Millington with today’s Community Management tip on the value of community member interactions. “If you increase the number of interactions (comments, likes, ratings, blog posts, befriending etc..) your online community will be better. If the number of interactions decrease, your community will decline.”
Don’t Listen to Customers. Sort of. Mark Cuban in Why You Should NEVER Listen to Your Customers reminds us that our job as entrepreneurs is to invent the future. “Listen to your customers. Make them happy. But they won’t create the future roadmap for your product or service. That’s your job. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Words that should always be part of your product or service planning.”
Removing Interruptions. Jason Fried in this Big Think video and transcript on removing workplace interruptions gets everything right. “My feeling is that the modern workplace is structured completely wrong. It’s really optimized for interruptions. And interruptions are the enemy of work. They are the enemy of productivity, they are the enemy of creativity, they are the enemy of everything. Interruptions are actually really an arrogant sort of move because you’re saying that whatever I have to ask you is more important than what you’re doing. One of the best ways you can remove interruptions is to shift your collaboration between people to more passive things.” He then mentions his products Campfire and Base Camp that put the worker in control of the interaction.
CD/DVD Repair Reference Link. Lifehacker article on using Vaseline to restore the playability of a scratched CD or DVD. Several good alternatives like toothpaste were mentioned in the comments, one of which read “Everything I’ve read matches up with this: ‘Gently rub the cloth on the scratch or scuff in a radial motion, (start at the center and rub out to the edge, like spokes on a wheel). Do this 10 or 12 times all around the CD. Rubbing in a circular motion can cause small scratches that throw off the laser tracking system in the player’.’"
A Third Renaissance of Software. A KurzweilAI summary of TechCrunch’s Next Big Thing article. “We see the iPad (and other tablets) enabling users to interact ‘fluidly on full and fast screens with vast information stored locally. And that will start a third renaissance of software.’ It’s time to move beyond spreadsheets and word processors, beyond web sites limited by browsers to interactive, connected applications with incredible simplicity, speed, and fluidity. What’s important is the new ways tablet computers will be used. They won’t just be reactive, responding to commands. They’ll also be proactive, working seamlessly, unobtrusively, and comfortably in the spaces between us, between you and me and others.”
Solar Paint. Now THAT’S what I’m talkin bout! “According to chicagobusiness.com writer Paul Merrion, Argonne’s solar technology can be applied to many types of building surfaces, including windows. It goes on like paint, then dries to form microscopic interconnected solar cells.”