13 03, 2012

Support Makes All the Difference

By |March 13th, 2012|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|Comments Off

The two best marketing tools are great products and great support. Nearly all companies try to make great products. They don’t all succeed, but

6 03, 2012

Excellent Little Book on Writing

By |March 6th, 2012|Business, Tutorials|3 Comments

I recently discovered another great book on writing named Writing That Works by Roman & Raphaelson. It is a very short read and the advice is

3 02, 2012

The opposite of putting effort into it.

By |February 3rd, 2012|Business, Design, Philosophy|Comments Off

I just found a big envelope in my mailbox with the following messages on the outside.

Yawn. Those messages make it 95% likely that I

31 01, 2012

Put some effort into it.

By |January 31st, 2012|Business, Design, Fun, Philosophy|2 Comments

Today I received a package.

The card is pretty fancy, similar to a real wedding invitation. Inside is a sales pitch to advertise in a

30 01, 2012

Little things matter.

By |January 30th, 2012|Alien Skin Software, Business, Fun, Philosophy|2 Comments

After a lifetime of using thin single-ply toilet paper at schools and jobs, I finally asked myself why we put up with it. I

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.

24 01, 2012

What do the system requirements mean?

By |January 24th, 2012|Alien Skin Software, Business|Comments Off

We get a lot of questions about how strict our system requirements are. The requirements mark out the territory where we do insanely thorough

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

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