Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Updated Script: Yahoo! Mail Ad Removal plus Better Layout

As with most user scripts they break from time to time when webmasters introduce changes to their sites. In this case, Yahoo! looks like it implemented some new standardized CSS strategy into its Mail app. In the process the userscript code broke because it was looking for old IDs that no longer exist. The script has been updated to work with the new CSS for Yahoo Mail and works well both in Firefox and Chrome. Please download it again if it has stopped working for you. Original post about the script  

Available for Firefox* & Google Chrome  
Download the user script directly or from the Userscripts.org script page>

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Slate Culturefest Dry T-Shirt Entry

I had hoped they were going to include my entry in the Slate Culture Gabfest T-Shirt contest.  I guess I'll just stick to business, SEO, analytics, and coding....leave the "art" to others...

If you like this one.... you can at least put me in as a write-in candidate.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Modern motivation philosophy: more companies need to understand this

Today, not enough companies (or more broadly organizations) understand yet the need to adapt the way that they approach talent and intellectual resources.  Although so much of our work has moved from the factory to the office, so many firms still maintain an outlook on management and labor relations that reflects the characteristics and aspects of an industrial age, low to semi skilled economy.

Perhaps it was the way I was brought up, the friends that I have been fortunate to have during my life as well as the mentors that have helped me, I have always known inside that the traditional mindset to managing organizations does not fit with the informational economy we live in today and have been moving towards since the explosion in IT and personal computing.

Two years ago, I read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and it struck a nerve because it was one of the first times that I came across something very digestible that focused on the importance of meaningful work.  I recommend the book (as well as his other writings) quite often because it is so relevant to everyone, from parents to leaders.  We all want some sort of success, however you want to define it, for someone.  Understanding the points he makes in that book can give people a clearer sense on how to achieve success (again, however it is defined).

Now I had the fortunate chance to come across this talk about motivating teams.  This encapsulates in a short and entertaining way, so much of what I believe is necessary for successful organizations today and tomorrow.