Occasionally people will ask me, “What’s the hardest part of being self-employed?” While there are a variety of answers which easily fit into this box – finding and pitching new business, managing client relationships, and many others, the one which often rises to the top for me is managing your own IT. Working in a larger organization it’s easy to take for granted how easily technology…
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I’ve been an Evernote guy for years. I’ve used the service to store a variety of content including workout routines, articles I’ve read, and even draft blog posts. It’s my go to for digital note taking. I imagine this is why I was hesitant to fully embrace OneNote until last year when I started a contract role with NetHope and began to use it as my…
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When working on a project it’s easy to get caught up in the fine details. Is the writing crisp? Is the photo right? Did we anticipate every possible thing that could go wrong? While it’s important to strive for the best, it’s also equally as important to not let the fine details hold back the final product. “What’s your minimal viable product (MVP)? Start there and…
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As a hardcore Foursquare user, I hate to admit it but the service has lost a bit of its mojo with the recent update which split the service into two components – Foursquare and Swarm.The new Foursquare functions similar to Yelp and expands on the service’s previous efforts to focus on local discovery and recommendations. Foursquare continues to deliver on both aspects but now relies on Swarm,…
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Happy to announce joshuaholland.co is now live! As explained in “Adding Another Thread to the Web,” the site will serve as a central hub for me on the web and is an updated version of a childhood dream. It’s not perfect but after hacking it together from scratch I’ve learned a website shares a lot of similarities to crafting a blog post. There is no perfect. At some point you…
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After months of struggling to seamlessly integrate my various calendars, I discovered Sunrise – a calendar service created by former Foursquare employees. Using data from my Facebook, Google Calendar, Eventbrite, and LinkedIn accounts, Sunrise creates an itinerary which is emailed to me every morning in an easy to read newsletter format. This personalized email includes weather information, friends’ birthdays, and upcoming appointments. Sunrise even adds a bit of visual flair…
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Call it silly but I’m a believer in fulfilling childhood dreams. Unjaded by constraints of the real world, they often offer up a true look at the person we’re meant to be and contain a grand narrative which helps inform the person we become as adults. Looking back at my own dreams, a few main themes emerge including technology, communications, storytelling, and helping others. This post…
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