5 Ideas to Simplify Your Life with Gadgets

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Frustrated by your user experience with gadgets? We're always on the lookout for ideas that simplify the not-fun aspects of gadgetry. Most of our gadget frustration comes from managing battery life, but we've failed in other ways with gadgets, too. We like and currently use these five easy ideas to improve your relationship with gadgets: 1. Install a USB port car charger. While newer cars generally have a USB port, our vehicle is older. Putting one of these in the console power source was Continue Reading

No Matter What You Do, You Will Piss Some People Off

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Much of what passes as sound advice for users in the blog and social media space is predictable, repetitive and contradictory. After five years of blogging, and many more in social media (if you count the predecessors to Facebook, Twitter, et al), I can tell you honestly that it's the same as offline: if you take everyone's advice and act on all of it, you'll run yourself ragged into an ever-tightening knot. Guy Kawasaki - can we call him a guru? - makes an analogical case in When It Comes to Continue Reading

Great Giveaway! The $100 Startup

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In honor of my birthday month, and because our personal goal is to beef up numbers of subscribers and social media followers, we're doing a great giveaway! Two lucky winners will each receive a copy of Chris Guillebeau's best-selling The $100 Startup! It's the first of June and this giveaway could mean that June will forever be the month when your dream came alive! How? The book is all about helping you "reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love and create a new future." You can Continue Reading

Narcissists Find New Ways to Play Online

When Barbara Swafford asked me to do a follow-up guest post on narcissism for her site, Observation Mountain, we marveled that the first one (What is Narcissism and How Can You Spot a Narcissist?) is still a top referrer of visitors to PassingThru.  This tells us more than ever, people are looking for answers on how to deal with those who exhibit narcissistic behaviors and create problems for others. It's possible that social media is responsible for this increase, as Facebook and Twitter in Continue Reading

THE ONE

Image by luc legay via Flickr I had an intriguing interchange with Derek Rey on his blog, Beyond Banner, here .  Derek paraphrased an interview on NPR's Talk of the Nation Science Friday with Tim O'Reilly. Tim is known for coining "Web 2.0," when referring to the second coming of the web after the dot-com bust. The discussion looked back on social media in 2008, and Tim shared some predictions.  Tim describes Web 2.0 as "designing systems that get better with the more people who use Continue Reading