For years, I used a Target desk I bought for about $50 to do all my work on at home. It was made of cheap particle board and was ornamented with coffee cup stains, dents, and a sea of blemishes. The desk was compact and useful for the times, but now that I do even more work at home and have a little more room- It was time for a “big boy” desk.
6 months ago, I started dreaming up what would be a nice, minimalist-style desk that I could put together or make. I knew I wanted, in some degree or fashion, the ability to keep only te basic elements for the desk: Wood, hardware, and steel or some other kind of metal; no frills in other words. After numerous scouring of Pinterest and other blogs like Ikea Hack – I combined some various approaches to fit what I was looking for.
Here is a step-by step process of how I did my IKEA natural desk conversion. Enjoy!
I just recently purchased a nice 6 1/2” pair of Dayton B652 speakers for my new desk setup. These things were out of stock on Amazon for several months- luckily, I snatched up a pair just last week. With the setup, I wanted a good way to manipulate the sound for optimal performance, based on what was coming out of the speakers (old classics, to new stuff). I am definitely the type of person to tweak the settings just right but couldn’t find a good way to do it.
I recently came across this article that explains how to do it – using two FREE programs: SoundFlower and Mac’s now free AU Lab. Basically, you pipe your inputs through SoundFlower (which is basically a multivariant gateway so you can direct your sound to any program you want) and then select soundflower from AU labs document setup to take advantage of AU’s features of setting presets, boosting bass, or just applying cool features (like pitch bending).
Have you listened to Planet Money lately? I – practically every week. On one of their recent episodes, they visited the Buckeye Tool Expo in Dalton, Ohio to talk with members from various sectors of the Amish community to learn more about how they do business. Whilst listening, two areas worthy of highlighting in a blog post, came to mind:
- How people use technology, and some insightful thoughts on how the Amish use it that can influence how you view technology in your personal and professional life.
- How people can still be innovative, regardless to their decisions of using the latest and greatest technology.
Continue reading to find out more.
I am always looking for ways to make both my work processes or personal tasks faster, easier, and more efficient. I think we all are, right? If I am working with someone they might passively ask me, “how did you send that screen capture so quick?” or ”what did you use to create that?”. Well, I figured I’d share a list of my top pick tool that I use almost everyday. In no specific order:
Quora is great for finding something specific to either learn about or to help someone else learn about by answering a question. One thing I always wish I had was a list of Quora questions that are interesting by nature; either by the insightful questions or the answer streams that follow them.
I’ve got a lot of ideas, much like anyone else in the world. On weekends and evenings I occasionally put those ideas to the test and see if I can create something meaningful. I am still on that road to it, and boy, it is a great journey and learning process.
When I talk to other entrepreneurs that have the same regiment sometimes I encounter the all too common roadblock: ” I have this great idea but I don’t know how to code or don’t know a web developer to turn my idea into fruition.”
When a problem or failed expectation of a result happens: Do you blame a person for the problem or a process?
I have discovered, as human beings, we have a tendency to look at an issue or problem and trace it back to it’s most tangible, living, organism that might have been the cause for the problem to occur in the first place. This is interesting way to conduct root cause analysis and in this post I’d like to break down, in “process and people elements”, where to frame the source of issues when they occur.
You login into netflix and the “Top 10 recommendations for [your name]” suck and are not worth viewing. How do you find out what is new on Netflix without spending HOURS searching through the library of the boring. Here ya go:
Each morning I wake up and read several different news sites— several of them being technology focused. Often times the information, viewpoints, or arguments found in these news reports by the reporter/editor (or even other viewers in the comment section) highlight the “uniqueness” of startups or companies that have made it big (Facebook Instagram, Pinterest, etc.). Let’s reset our thoughts here.