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Back in summer 2008 when we were building Stack Overflow, I chose OpenID logins for reasons documented in Does The World Really Need Yet Another Username and Password: I realize that OpenID is far from an ideal solution. But right now, the one-login-per-website problem is so bad that I am... Continue »
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The world is a bell curve. Class room test scores, employee performance in a company or how many people really, really like you. No matter the population you're studying, they always fit neatly across the standard deviations of the famous bell curve. The most important thing about the bell curve is that it is always balanced. If there are high... Continue »
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Is something important because you measure it, or is it measured because it's important? Does our new ability to see things with web data make the previously overlooked now visible, or are we giving weight to things merely because we''ve... Continue »
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A few days ago an email arrived in my inbox from Chris Miles. The problem is, I don't know a Chris Miles. The subject of the email was "Need Quickbooks Help?" I suspected it was a solicitation. So I opened the email to be sure. My instincts were right. It was spam. Blech. Though my usual inclination is to immediately... Continue »
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...that's the best way to make big things happen. Write down your plans. Share them with trusted colleagues. Seek out team members and accomplices. Shun the non-believers. They won't be easily convinced, but they can be ignored. Is there any... Continue »
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Looks like the Starbucks Petri Dish experiment has ended for 15th Ave. Coffee & Tea. According to reports, Starbucks is returning/rebranding this location to become a Starbucks Coffee, again. When 15th Ave. Coffee & Tea opened up in July 2009,... Continue »
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I'm not someone who buys Cheddar Snaps. Yeah, I like the taste of these baked cheese wafers but they are never on my shopping list. However, I bought a bag of Texas Cheddar Snaps the other day. They weren't on... Continue »
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There are at least three reasons why someone might pay five or ten or a hundred times more to see a concert than the CD costs (not to mention the value difference: you can listen to the download again and... Continue »
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The next frontier in personal coaching. No need to spend time describing your problem. I can't decide which is sillier--the obviously fake photo (She used to be fat? Those are her jeans?) or the juxtaposition of the banner with the... Continue »