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Reviewing Kevin Kelly’s, “The Inevitable”

Kevin Kelly doesn’t attempt to predict any minutia, but rather large paradigm shifts. As an example, two hundred years ago, he might have foreseen the industrial revolution, but not the Ford model-T. This high-level thinking and abstraction helps us put our current progress into perspective and allows us to understand the shifts already underway. The Book Review my Larry Schmitt from The Inovo Group summarizes Kelly’s 12 main trends very nice: Becoming – We are in a state of unceasing change and are continually learning and adapting (we are constant ‘newbies’) to the new that is unlike anything that was before. Cognifying – …

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Pillars for Publisher-Platforms

Publisher’s cannot just rely on producing great content anymore–they need a delivery platform that keeps readers engaged and active. Even if a publisher solves the difficult problem of sourcing traffic, their long-term success will largely depend on factors beyond what the editorial chair can offer. In short, content is a necessary condition, but no longer a sufficient one. LA Times or Wired or fill-in-the-blank can fail, despite producing quality content in high demand. The reason for this shift is three fold and self reinforcing: (1) increased production of similar competing content with a (2) constantly evolving traffic source pipeline on top of …

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Framing Career Competition

The Competitive Landscape Despite that our corporate jargon borrows so heavily from the military and war (chief executive ____, sales forces, run up the flagpole, killing the competition, guerrilla marketing…) and despite that some of these metaphors apply, we sometimes forget that we aren’t actually at war. Limbs aren’t lost. Buildings aren’t exploded. People don’t die. Sometimes the success of our direct competitors brings us good tidings, more opportunities, and chances for new partnerships. So when we consider the landscape of our career competition in military terms, it’s important to keep that in mind. It’s also important to consider how to compete with the different …

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Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

This book spoke to me. I’m an optimist and I strongly believe in positive cultural and technical evolution (think Abundance by Diamandis). Things aren’t getting worse; things are getting better. I encourage you to challenge cliche statements that idealize the past at the expense of the present. “Things have gone to shit. In my time, we used to…” Cut it out. We’re happier. We live longer. We enjoy civil liberties, equal rights, and an overall more tolerant society. Sure we’ve got some ways to go, but if you are a gay black woman with special abilities, undoubtedly you would rather live today than at any previous …

I’m a CSM

  I’m a certified ScrumMaster now. I took a course through the Scrum Alliance and offered by Berteig Consulting (Mishkin Berteig taught). It was a good experience and I will write a detailed blog on my thoughts regarding Scrum and Agile in general.

Building Web UIs

So my new job has been keeping me very busy, which is why I haven’t written a post in a long time. However, since I have a little extra time during these Christmas holidays, I’ve decided to write a little post about some UI coding principles I now embrace. This mostly pertains to HTML\Javascript\CSS. The over-arching philosophy for this is a seperation of interests similar to MVC, but just on the view side things. Whenever possible, I try to use JavaScript for UI functionality: events, calculations, loading (ajax), ui logic, etc.; As for anything visible, I try to use HTML …

Implementing Password Reset in MVC 4 EF Code First using Simple Membership – Part 2

I apologize for the long delay between part 1 and part 2, but I’ve been really busy. I’ve created 2 new jQuery plugins (scrolling related) and I’ve put out my own RWD Grid Framework called Bare Bones. Check them out! So it took me a while to figure out where we left off and what the next step is. Before you continue with this tutorial, you should already have a working copy of where we ended up with Part 1: an extended account model that allows for email entry. That was the hard part.  In Part 2, I’m going to …

Net Monetization and Micro Payments

Some of you may have noticed the latest web trend: content monetization. Content that used to be free such as on NYT and WashPo is now limited to only so many articles, and in some cases entirely closed off. This is the new Web. Unfortunately, the future will only bring more of this. While I like free content as much as anyone, I know that’s it’s not really a viable option. “There is no free lunch,” as the old saying goes. Advertisements may pay the bills for some content providers, but it will not suffice for most. However, how does …

Implementing Password Reset in MVC 4 EF Code First using Simple Membership – Part 1

So everyone by now knows that I’m a big fan of Entity Framework Code First approach: I’m a developer and not a DBA so I appreciate anything that allows me to abstract my task away from the SQL world. A previous post explained how to setup an MVC 4 EF-Code First application. That application comes with a baked in user authentication system using Simple Membership; however, it lacks one necessary function for it to be truly usable–a password reset. I’m not sure what the Microsoft guys were thinking when they created the starting sample application without a password reset since …

Using Vim in Windows

I have a love affair with Vim. It’s the programmers text editor: with just a few key-strokes you can do just about anything. This is what programmers live for! We share a collective belief that the answer to all of the world’s problems, lay just a few key-strokes away. Vim–ever so slightly–confirms our mutual delusion. Without moving your hands away from the keyboard, you can edit, paste, search, replace, undo, redo, automate, and this and more, and so much more. Vim is especially popular among the Unix\Linux crowd where Vi(m) originated. However, there’s no need for windows power-users to lag …