Archive for January 2019

NCurses Disk Usage

Ncdu is a disk usage analyzer with an ncurses interface. It is designed to find space hogs on a remote server where you don’t have an entire graphical setup available, but it is a useful tool even on regular desktop systems. Ncdu aims to be fast, simple and easy to use, and should be able to run in any minimal POSIX-like environment with ncurses installed

Source: NCurses Disk Usage

On Ubuntu, it can be installed using APT

sudo apt-get install ncdu

On OS X, it can be installed using Homebrew:

brew install ncdu

How the Tech Press Forces a Narrative on Companies it Covers

I don’t remember who told me company narratives were like a clock. I was at Google, where I’d taken a job on the communications team despite zero experience in communications. During my early days there, I tried to navigate my new profession by listening to the many comms experts already at the company from whom I would learn so much. One theory about narratives stuck with me:

Source: How the Tech Press Forces a Narrative on Companies it Covers | WIRED

Free Adobe Alternatives

Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.concept art

MediBang Paint is a FREE lightweight digital painting and comic creation program that comes loaded with brushes, fonts, pre-made backgrounds, and other resources.

Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It’s free and open source.

Scribus has evolved into one of the premier Open Source page layout program

Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor.

HitFilm Express. Perfect for students, YouTubers, and beginner filmmakers.

Apple and the Next Big Thing

Bingo. There will be major new products from Apple, someday, when they’re ready. There is no rush for them. If you’re worried about Apple’s near-future success, the key is their execution on their existing products. The Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch are all businesses that any company would kill for. Apple has all of them, and none of them are going anywhere. Apple needs to keep them insanely great where they already are, and raise them to insanely great where they aren’t.

Source: Daring Fireball: Apple and the Next Big Thing

I have always said, Apple doesn’t release because they can or people want them to or to “be first”, they release when are fully ready and only very rarely when they have to.

Mass Adoption: Why Design Is The Missing Link

As a result, only 200 machines were manufactured. However, the newly-formed Apple had grander ambitions and, following subsequent Apple II and Apple III models, the company created the Macintosh — an updated, “user-friendly” version of its predecessors that was designed to feel more like a home appliance and less like an industrial machine.

Now, 35 years later, the Macintosh is largely considered to have pioneered the mass adoption of home computing. So what happened? Why did the Macintosh achieve success where previous Apple computers failed? In short: User experience (UX).

It’s safe to say that Apple has mastered the UX dilemma. However, we’re starting to see similar obstacles appear in a new tech industry that’s similarly struggling to bring cutting-edge innovation to the everyday consumer — cryptocurrency.

Source: Cryptocurrency Mass Adoption: Why Design Is The Missing Link – BlockTribune

IINA – The modern media player for macOS

IINA is born to be a modern macOS application, from its framework to the user interface. It adopts the post-Yosemite design language of macOS and keeps up the pace of new technologies like Force Touch, Touch Bar, and Picture-in-Picture.

Source: IINA – The modern media player for macOS

Tesla critic changes tune on Elon Musk: ‘I think it’s time to re-evaluate the man’

“I think it’s time for a re-evaluation. I think it’s time to look at the man’s achievements, rather than his public image. Like him or not, Elon Musk is surely the prime example of a brilliant entrepreneur.

“He makes state-of-the-art electric cars. OK, he leaned heavily on green tax credits, but the Tesla is a stand-out vehicle. He had the vision. A lot of people talk about their “vision,” but he went out and did it. You’ve heard of SpaceX. That’s an Elon Musk company. He had a vision for reusable rockets, and he went out and did that, too… That’s an achievement.

“You’ve heard of the Boring Company… This is Musk’s contribution to future mass transit. The point is, he did it. He just offered a tour of the tunnel he’s already built in southern California. It’s not just talk.

“In the age of social media, we tend to fixate on the negatives. It’s easy to pour scorn on someone who behaves like Elon Musk. But step back, and look at what he has actually done: He’s in the car business, the space business, the mass transit business. He’s got a product in all three industries. That is tangible success. Give the man credit.”

Source: Tesla critic changes tune on Elon Musk: ‘I think it’s time to re-evaluate the man’

HTML5 UP!

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Source: HTML5 UP! Responsive HTML5 and CSS3 Site Templates

Why So Many Companies Fail The Hiring Game

The CEO is the root of the success or failure of his/her company and team. The most important step of the strategies below is the first one. Without it, everything else begins to unravel.

1. Know that your team will never outperform you. If you are a B-player, even your superstars will eventually become C- and D-players. Step up your game.

2. Notice the superstars you encounter. They can be CEOs, salespeople, customer service reps, etc. Today, start making two lists: one of superstar qualities and one of traits you never want to deal with — or have. Continually update these lists.

3. Be honest. For every item on the lists, rate how much of that is you on a scale of 1 to 10. On the superstar list, if you’re below 7, that item needs work. On the slacker list, if you’re a 3 or above, that one does. Commit to this by finding five colleagues and two to three members of your leadership team who you trust, and ask them to rate you.

4. Rate your leadership team on the same list, and have them rate themselves. Have a thoughtful, compassionate conversation with them about your new standard (the superstar list) for yourself and the company. Discuss areas for improvement, how to make that happen, and a timeline for reevaluation.

5. Hire and promote true leaders. These are not people who are promoted because they made the most sales or closed a big deal. Doing that is a testament to their selling skills, not their leadership skills. Using your superstar traits list, create a checklist for evaluating where candidates rank in terms of traits that qualify them for promotion.

6. Create a leadership training program. Bring in outside expertise if necessary.

7. Hire for traits, not resumes. Evaluate each employee position. What are the traits you want each person who fills this role to have? Traits are different than skills. Closing sales is a skill. What are the traits exemplified by someone who has this skill (e.g., tenacity or creativity)? When you interview, look for the traits you want, and train for the skills you need.

8. Create an onboarding program for all new employees. While we’ve been talking about leadership, these are skills and traits you want in all employees. Many will not have them when they start. You may need to hire people who have strong potential. When you do, start molding them into superstars the minute they walk in the door.

9. Invest in creating a superstar culture. You can find specific strategies here. Remember, living this culture applies to everyone, including the CEO.