26 01, 2012

Being a grown up pays off.

By |January 26th, 2012|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|2 Comments

If you give a kid a rule without an explanation for its purpose then she is likely to ignore it when you aren’t looking.

19 01, 2012

Please, stop saving me money!

By |January 19th, 2012|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|1 Comment

I should print this on cards and hand them out whenever I see someone on our team bending over backward to save a tiny

18 01, 2012

Marketing Tricks

By |January 18th, 2012|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|Comments Off on Marketing Tricks

I saw Dan Ariely speak at a Duke University event and loved it. His work reveals how our decision making is often not in

12 01, 2012

Take a break!

By |January 12th, 2012|Alien Skin Software, Business, Fun, Philosophy|1 Comment

We all know that we should take a break every hour or so while working. Get up and walk around. Stop looking at a

20 12, 2011

2011 Thanks for Sharing Awards

By |December 20th, 2011|Alien Skin Software, Announcements, Fun, Philosophy, Photography|8 Comments

We really enjoyed the photo submissions to our Flickr group this year. Some of the work is simply stunning. Since April we have done

2 12, 2011

Marketing should not be pushy.

By |December 2nd, 2011|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|6 Comments

Yesterday I got a call from one of the well known catalogs that sells computer hardware and software. I interrupted the sales pitch and politely asked

29 11, 2011

Jeff’s favorite blogs and podcasts

By |November 29th, 2011|Business, Design, Fun, Philosophy, Photography|Comments Off on Jeff’s favorite blogs and podcasts

If you enjoy podcasts and blogs then you might like these. I do!

Radiolab: Science made fun, interesting, and beautiful. Here are some related videos.
This American

19 10, 2011

Beware of foreign entanglements!

By |October 19th, 2011|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|1 Comment

In his farewell address George Washington didn’t say those exact words, but his message was pretty clearly, “beware of foreign entanglements.” Right on, brother, and it

12 10, 2011

Profit Sharing

By |October 12th, 2011|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|2 Comments

I am a big fan of profit sharing. We use a percentage of our profit for bonuses to all the employees. Bonuses are based

10 10, 2011

What have you tried so far?

By |October 10th, 2011|Business, Philosophy|Comments Off on What have you tried so far?

Here is a great little management tool I learned from Fred Brooks when I went to school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He never used it