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18 posts from October 2011

Today is the first day of the rest of your data's life. #li

Online backup is a wonderful thing, but you can't assume it will always be there. Use these services to protect yourself but don't become dependent on them. Firefox is the cloud's biggest enemy, 2011-Oct-28, by Sebastian Anthony

The browser is the portal through which the entire web is experienced, after all. In actuality, cloud-based computing represents a serious conflict with Mozilla’s primary purpose. In the words of Mitchell Baker, Chairperson and Chief Lizard Wrangler, Mozilla’s mission is to “build user sovereignty into the fabric of the Internet.” User sovereignty means that you are in full control of the surfing experience — it means that you are in the hot seat with regard to how much information you share and with who. User sovereignty literally means that the consumer is king and should never beholden to any other user or corporation on the web. You can see how this doesn’t really jibe with the centralized, all-your-data-are-belong-to-us aspect of modern web usage.

As Daniel Kahneman suggests, today I'll focus being happy and remembering it happily, too. #li

Thanks to Maria Popova for directing me to Daniel Kahneman's inspiring TED presentation about the difference between being happy and thinking of yourself as happy. 

Brain Pickings: Thinking, Fast and Slow: A New Way to Think About Thinking, 2011-Oct-26, by Maria Popova

Among the book’s most fascinating facets are the notions of the experiencing self and the remembering self, underpinning the fundamental duality of the human condition — one voiceless and immersed in the moment, the other occupied with keeping score and learning from experience. Kahneman spoke of these two selves and the cognitive traps around them in his fantastic 2010 TED talk

Failure as a strategic advantage. #li

People who haven't failed recently think they have it all figured out, but they are deluded. In fact, if you don't see failure in your life, you are the blind one. 

How we move: Why it is good to fail sometimes, 2011-Oct-27, by Carolin Dahlman

Research shows that people who are rich are less altruistic than those who are poor. It is like you can´t relate to people who are in a situation different from yours. It´s the same psychological mechanisms that are making us seek groups, look for enemies and find tribes – we hang out with those who are like us, and shun those who are not.
I used to be on top of the world, and up until I was in my early 30´s I couldn´t understand those who were not. I´m wiser today. I´m richer as a human being, having a broader range of experiences.  
Some days I say “screw it” and I write another article or book. Some days I whinge about life and don´t feel like being hungry and foolish at all. I´m not judging myself for it anymore. I´m human.

How to make your resume serve your future. #li

Don't just dump your past into your resume. 

Advice at the Intersection of Work and Life: Resume Advice You Never Hear, 2011-Oct-5, by Penelope Trunk

The most important thing about a career is that it is a tool to create a vibrant future. Your career is a mutable, dynamic story that you control. If you cannot tell stories about yourself from multiple angles, then the single story you have on that paper controls the rest of your life. You deserve more than that.