Archives July 2013

The Battle Of The Brews: Coffee vs. Beer


Web design is one of those professions where being both creative and detail-oriented are integral to success.  How fortunate, then, that I came across an article extolling the virtues of coffee and/or beer when applied to those two traits!  We all know that coffee (that is, caffiene) can energize you, and help you focus on quickly and efficiently completing the tasks at hand.  Beer (i.e. alcohol), on the other hand, loosens the reins on focused activity, and actually helps enhance your creativity.

This well-written article breaks down the results of drinking each beverage in an easily digestible (pun intended) yet scientific matter, then gives reasons why you might consider imbibing each.  Moderation with both beverages is the key, of course, as drinking both too much caffeine and too much alcohol make getting any quality work done impossible. Of course, water should always be your drink of choice for optimum health, but sometimes you just gotta hit that deadline! 🙂

Read the full article here:
Drink Beer for Big Ideas, Coffee to Get Them Done

As educational as this article is meant to be, my favorite line is still: “There are lots of famous drunk artists, but no famous drunk accountants.” So true!

LinkedIn Profile Photo No-No’s

say_no_to_generic_profileThose of you who have been through my LinkedIn training sessions know how much I can harp about not having a photo of yourself as part of your LinkedIn profile.  🙂  Here’s a great article from The Undercover Recruiter about all the OTHER things you shouldn’t do when it comes to your profile pic:

Top 7 LinkedIn Profile Pictures You Should NEVER Use

And yes, “not having a picture” makes the list as a bonus no-no, and I quote:

“The ultimate no-no is not uploading any kind of image to represent yourself! Any viewer to your page will most likely move along without a picture. Don’t you? So, if you don’t have a photo you like yet, use an image of anything, as long as it’s appropriate and follows the guidelines above.”

If your profile pic is lacking, what are you waiting for?  Get to it!

Tracking Your Personal Data Online

EVERY website has the ability to track certain basic data about you when you visit, such as time and date, your IP address (and therefore general location), and third-party referrer data (meaning how you got there from here). For the majority of websites, this information is merely passively collected and rarely, if ever, used.

If you’ve ever had experience with Google Analytics, you know that this data-tracking can be expanded much further, to include your computer’s operating system, type of browser, what you looked at on the site, where you went when you left the site, and so on. Many businesses (ostensibly) use this expanded information set to improve your user experience when you visit their site.

But you might be surprised to learn exactly how MUCH data is collected about you when you go to the 5 biggest (and most-visited) technology company sites on the ‘Net: Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Yahoo. Check out the infographic below to see what’s collected, and what that information is actually being used for. And remember, in most cases you provide, or allow, this information to be collected…


Article source: VentureBeat Infographic source: Baynet