9 Tips for Managing a Virtual Team

9 Tips for Managing a Virtual Team

I have an office with my name on the door just like my father used to have. My office is 2,700 miles from my house or the length of the longest non-stop flight in the continental United States. With that kind of commute, you might understand why I am only work from that office one …
The Building that Almost Killed a Company

The Building that Almost Killed a Company

Accomplishment I remember how proud we were the day we moved into our new offices. I walked around with Peter the CEO of Talk City and there was a sense of accomplishment. The tallest building in the Pruneyard is visible for miles and was, we were told, the tallest building between San Francisco and Los …
TypeIt4Me – Don’t Waste Time Typing Things Twice

TypeIt4Me – Don’t Waste Time Typing Things Twice

I get asked all the time how I can get so many things done. One of my favorite tools to help get things done is a text macro program on the Mac called TypeIt4Me. Everyone who sits in front of a computer for extended periods of time or who answers a number of emails should …
Increase WordPress Website Speed for Free (using .htaccess and robots.txt)

Increase WordPress Website Speed for Free (using .htaccess and robots.txt)

I run this websites and a few others, including my more popular Amateur Traveler website on a bluehost.com account. I started to run into problems with performance as my site started to push past 2000 page views a day, especially when I would get bursts of traffic from sites like StumbleUpon. I started to get …
Organized is the not the same as Productive

Organized is the not the same as Productive

I had a number of things that I needed to get done today. I had 2-3 podcasts to produce and a few blog posts I wanted to write. It was not my intention that this be a lazy Saturday. But while I still lay in bed I had the overwhelming desire to re-organize the apps …
Improve Your Writing – Tell A Story

Improve Your Writing – Tell A Story

I had a non-profit pitch a story for the Amateur Traveler recently and in the process of getting that story ready for publication I think there is a valuable lesson. What the author had missed was the chance to make the story personable and therefore more memorable. The first version of the story about volunteer …
The Internet Is Like Your TV – Explaining the Internet to My Father

The Internet Is Like Your TV – Explaining the Internet to My Father

My father is 84 years old and grew up, for obvious reasons, without computers and the internet. So I sometimes get requests from him that I can’t accomplish because he does not understand how the internet works. My father will ask me to change something on the Yahoo mail site (I setup his browser to …
Looking for a PHP/Java Wizard for TripAdvisor in Boston

Looking for a PHP/Java Wizard for TripAdvisor in Boston

For my new position as the Director of Engineer for TripAdvisor Flights I am looking for a great engineer. I am looking for someone senior who other people describe as a code wizard (not that they describe themselves that way because that would be weird). Position Description A Senior Software Engineer, Flights is responsible for …
For the Want of a Salesman

For the Want of a Salesman

As an engineer by training I have had a love / hate relationship with sales people. “Why can’t they just sell the product we have instead of some product we don’t yet have” was a constant lament. Don’t get me wrong, my father was a salesman and was, in fact, the top salesman for his …
Blogging for Profit – Short Course – November 20th

Blogging for Profit – Short Course – November 20th

On November 20th  I will be teaching a one day short course at DeAnza College called “Blogging for Profit”. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will look at How to pick a topic for blogging How to use keyword research How to setup and maintain a blog using WordPress How to personalize your blog using templates and …