Nov 26 2014

Thankful For My Team

Donna Campbell

by Donna Campbell I was able to make a perfectly-timed engineering joke during a client conference call this week and everyone laughed. This was not out of character for me because I like to goof around. What made it memorable was that I’m not an engineer. I am RightBrain’s communications manager. I provide the narrative […] …

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Feb 7 2013

Something Every Freelancer Needs to Learn (as Soon as Possible).

Jamie Begin

There’s a great scene in Netflix’s new “House of Cards” series that illustrates an important lesson for freelancers. Kevin Spacey’s character, a US congressman named Frank Underwood, is meeting with a Warren Buffet-like billionaire. Frank is asking this business tycoon for a large favor and, after a bit of back-and-for …

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Dec 22 2012

Entrepreneurship and Pain Tolerance

Jamie Begin

A couple of years ago, as part of a health kick, I took up weight training. I quickly realized that this was something I had a genetic gift for doing well. As my desire to lift heavy things increased, it drove me to begin seriously training for competitive powerlifting. It felt more purposeful and interesting […] …

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Apr 8 2010

Use Asterisk to give your cell phone a break while travelling.

Jamie Begin

If you travel frequently, you’ll often find yourself in an airport, hotel, or eatery that offers wi-fi access. Combined a few other technologies, you’ll be able to use that wi-fi to make and receive phone calls using your company’s phone system rather than your cell. You’ll save cell minutes and your battery, plus have access to the power a …

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Mar 5 2010

Your high IQ will kill your startup

Jamie Begin

I don't normally like to write "drive-by postings" that merely link to someone else's blog with minor commentary. However, I believe that "Your high IQ will kill your startup" is one of the most insightful blog postings that I've ever read. It's an excellent reminder tha …

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Jan 28 2007

Who Killed the Webmaster?

Jamie Begin

Back in the frontier days of the web–when flaming skulls, scrolling marquees, and rainbow divider lines dominated the landscape–”Webmaster” was a vaunted, almost mythical, title. The Webmaster was a techno-shaman versed the black arts needed to make words and images appear on this new-fangled Information Superhighway. With the rise of the W …

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Dec 18 2006

Dear PHP, I think it’s time we broke up.

Jamie Begin

Dear PHP, We’ve been together for about five years now. I’ve had a lot of good times and I’ve really enjoyed being with you. However, the more we work together, the more concerned I get about our future. I’m sorry, but you don’t have the elegance that inspires me to want marry you. I think […] …

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Dec 11 2006

Using Linux to Get Internet Access on your Verizon Phone for Free

Jamie Begin

I recently dumped Sprint for Verizon because Sprint provides such shoddy reception in my area. When researching phones online, I came across a few mentions on how to get free Internet access on some of the models. However, because the suggestions included routing through public proxies, I opted not to do it. However, finally purchasing […] …

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Oct 25 2006

Changing WinXP’s boot screen to look like Win 3.1 in two minutes flat.

Jamie Begin

It’s been a short while since I’ve updated this blog. I spent almost a week camping in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I go every year in the autumn to take in the spectacular colors—definately a place you want to visit at least once in your lifetime. I’ve also been knee-deep in several time-consuming projects. So, I’ …

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Sep 20 2006

Using Google Sets to find related terms

Jamie Begin

Google is always coming up with cool little widgets and technologies. A lot of their ideas sit dorment in their labs, seemingly because they haven’t yet figured out how to make a buck off them yet. One of my favorites is Google Sets. At first, like a ball peen hammer, it’s one of those tools […] …

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