Monthly Archives: January 2006

Redacting the rules

Redacting the rules.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday in support of airport regulations demanding the display of identification by travelers — and in support of the existence of secret laws, laws that our government can prohibit people from scrutinizing yet can impose on those same people. (The decision, in PDF form, is here.) As reflected in my feelings back when the case (Gilmore v. Gonzales) was being argued, this is somewhat disappointing; it seems perfectly contrary to the ideals of our country for there to be laws whose words exist behind lock and key, but whose force exists in the lives of each of us.  [Q Daily News]

What to do after you've been hacked

What to do after you've been hacked. has posted a checklist of 11 things you should do when you've been the victim of a hacked system.

We preach quite a bit on this site about how to prevent security breaches, and hopefully you take it to heart and play an active role in hardening your systems. But sometimes even that ounce of prevention and pound of cure isn't enough to defend against a predator and the resulting penetration of your protections can be a mind-boggling experience.

Where do you begin? Here's a brief list of some steps to take “post-hack” to ensure you have the best chance of determining who did what and how it was done.

Even if you don't read this all right now, it's a good article to keep in mind just in case the worst does somehow end up happening and you find your computer has been compromised.

6 metaways of Getting Things Done

6 metaways of Getting Things Done.

Starting a micro-ISV and putting bread on the table and having a life of some sort is definitely a tall order. . . .

here’s my 6 metaways of Getting Things Done both for my clients, my editors and my micro-ISV. These are the biggies. Call them lifehacks if you prefer.

  • Like with Like. Clump the things you do. Errands with Errands, Marketing with Marketing, Tech Support with Tech Support and so on. It takes you a hell of a lot longer to switch types of tasks than you PC, so group what you can group and flow from discrete task to discrete task.
  • Time Shift. Be it shopping at the store or returning email or watching TV or just about anything else, you can pick up significant yardage by doing it on your schedule and not when everyone else is.
  • Move your body, focus your mind. Unless you happen to be an AI on the Internet, that means treating your body as something more than a pudgy container for your overworked brain. Moving your body – commonly called exercise – focuses your mind. The biggest timesaver in the world is thinking better. It is not coincidence that David Allen of Getting Things Done fame comes from a martial arts background. Twenty years ago for me it was taekwondo and aerobics; starting 6 weeks ago it's kickboxing and strength conditioning, and my productivity is twice that of two months ago.
  • Get your To Do List out of your head. Now, I use the software I wrote and sell (MasterList Professional) to do this, but there are plenty of other good desktop and web based and plain old paper-based ways of doing the same thing. Simply put, you have got to get your To Do List out of your mind and out of your way so you can think and work.
  • 1440 is the Law, get over it. You have 1,440 minutes a day and that’s it. What you get out of that time most depends on how you spend it, so start treating the commitments you make, the deadlines you agree to and the way you do things like you were paying cold hard cash for each and every thing, because you are. That means, you are not going to get everything done everyday, or perhaps most days. What matters is did you get the more valuable things done or not?
  • Persevere. I’m not the smartest guy in room, and I’m definitely not the best programmer in the world. But I’m the most persevering son of a bitch on this planet and I do not give in or give up. Nor should you. So don’t waste time trying to do everything all the time, every time, because there’s no way that is going to happen. On the other hand, if you preserve, if you keep coming at what you need to get done, there’s no way you can’t succeed.

Make no mistake: doing your day job, starting your micro-ISV and not ending up estranged or just plain strange makes the product development and marketing stuff look easy, but it is doable, I just know it is! [My Micro-ISV]

Guy's 11 micro-ISV Commandments

Guy's 11 micro-ISV Commandments.

Guy Kawasaki's latest post on the Art of Bootstrapping is such good advice, every micro-ISV should print it and read it until they know it by heart.

Here's the bullet point version, just to whet you appetite so you go read Guy's post:

  1. Focus on cash flow, not profitability.
  2. Forecast from the bottom up.
  3. Ship, then test.
  4. Forget the proven team.
  5. Start as a service business.
  6. Focus on function, not form [in what you buy].
  7. Pick your battles.
  8. Understaff.
  9. Go direct.
  10. Position against the leader.
  11. Take the “red pill.”

I'd add a #12: Pick carefully your place on the Long Tail. That is, find, define and be relevant to an unmet need out there that can be Googled with a few keywords. [My Micro-ISV]

Thought Crime in the US

Thought Crime in the US

Katie Hafner at the Times has a good overview of the fears people have over the government getting access to search engine records. She's entirely right. The Web is such a close extension of your mind (at least for those that use it all the time) that government eavesdropping is an act that causes fear and doubt. This isn't entirely unfounded. We live in a country that can eavesdrop on you without a warrant, snatch you off the street without a formal arrest, and torture you without limit (particularly if they whisk you off to a third party nation).   [John Robb's Weblog]

Do What You Love

Do What You Love.

The always inspiring Paul Graham has written another great essay. This time it's about doing what you love.

Once, when I was about 9 or 10, my father told me I could be whatever I wanted when I grew up, so long as I enjoyed it. I remember that precisely because it seemed so anomalous. It was like being told to use dry water. Whatever I thought he meant, I didn't think he meant work could literally be fun– fun like playing. It took me years to grasp that.

Thanks to Alex and Damion for the tip.

How to Do What You Love [Paul Graham]  [Lifehacker]

UX Magazine

UX Magazine.

UX Magazine
I must say I am impressed with this magazines grid-design layout. Quite possibly the most appropriate layout/design for an online magazine I’ve seen. Not to mention the entire site is dedicated to the discussion/review of User Experience (Something a lot of us have a hard time convincing our clients to pay for).

Here’s a pull from thier site…

Every month we combine original articles with the best from blogs and online media to deliver an online magazine that covers the best new thinking on design, strategy, technology and common sense. We believe that the more businesses can bring ideas from these 4 critical disciplines inside their business the better the user experiences they deliver will be.