Evening Reading: 6/11/07

Newly subscribed: Jimmy Huen.  Newly unsubscribed: None, but there are several on the verge.

Zen Habits has 20 Ways to Eliminate Stress from You Life.  Lifehacker chimes in on creating a more healthy inner life.  On the other hand, if you simply want to avoid screwing up your life, there’s this.  Personally, I just want to win the lottery.

WikiHow has 11 steps for being a good boss.  I spend a fair amount of time thinking about management and group-building, and I think this is a good article.

A HD DVD Player for $199?  Even if you have to wait a little, this is a good deal.

Idiots from my home state killed a summer reading program because they talked about astrology, palm reading and whatnot.  Now the kids just sit around and eat pizza.  Unbelievable.

A whole lot of people are helping Andr*w Ke*n prove that he is, in fact, a lot smarter than we are by continuing to write about him.  He calls us stupid amateurs.  People write hordes of indignant posts about it.  He gets rich and famous.  Repeat.

Butts arrested for stealing toilet paper.  Husband Seymour had no comment.

Shelley Powers on Joost: “Joost is the most uncommunicative company I have ever seen that’s dependent on the beta process and word of mouth. Company personnel never participate in the forum, update the company weblog, or respond to bug submissions.”

David Peralty doesn’t like multiple page posts.  Me either.  Partial feeds are bad enough.  I can’t think of a single blogger who would remain in my reading list if they used multiple page posts.

Ed Bott on the dangers of unintentional data in Word documents.  This is a huge issue for law firms, and many (including mine) automatically scrub documents to remove metadata, Tracked Changes and other hidden data from documents before they are emailed.  I once got a copy of a letter of intent on a huge deal from the other side, which inadvertently showed the revisions to the letter of intent with the prior prospective buyer.  I didn’t read or use that information, but I could have.

John Tropea has a write-up on using Facebook outside the walls.  Paging Mike Seyfang, who is also experimenting with this.

Scott Hanselman has 32 ways to keep your blog from sucking.  I agree with most of them, but not number 2 (keep overtly personal stuff out of your tech blog).  Granted, there is a marginal utility to the personal stuff, but if you avoid it to an extreme, your blog becomes just another boring little newspaper equivalent churning out yet another post about something that everyone else has already written to death.  The personal stuff humanizes a blog and helps you connect with your readers.  If he changed “overtly” to “excessive,” I’d agree.  I already agree with number 30 (avoid category specific feeds).  No one is interesting enough for me to read their blog a la carte.  I’m either all in or all out.

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