6 03, 2012

Excellent Little Book on Writing

By |March 6th, 2012|Tutorials, Business|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 spot

3 02, 2012

The opposite of putting effort into it.

By |February 3rd, 2012|Philosophy, Business, Design|Comments Off on The opposite of putting effort into it.

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|Fun, Philosophy, Business, Design|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, Fun, Philosophy, Business|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 guess

26 01, 2012

Being a grown up pays off.

By |January 26th, 2012|Alien Skin Software, Philosophy, Business|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. Kids

24 01, 2012

What do the system requirements mean?

By |January 24th, 2012|Alien Skin Software, Business|Comments Off on What do the system requirements mean?

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

19 01, 2012

Please, stop saving me money!

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

18 01, 2012

Marketing Tricks

By |January 18th, 2012|Alien Skin Software, Philosophy, Business|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 our

12 01, 2012

Take a break!

By |January 12th, 2012|Alien Skin Software, Fun, Philosophy, Business|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 screen.

2 12, 2011

Marketing should not be pushy.

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