Website registration is useful but it has to be set extremely low

Fact is, most sites don’t offer enough immediate value to overcome the inertia (or patience level) of a casual consumer. Except for gaming and pornography sites, the burden of consumer registration for the rest of e-commerce has to be set extremely low if you want to keep customers coming through the front doors.

Faced with the choice of creating mnemonic information or not, it is all too easy for a customer to enter invented information – especially when there is no requirement to verify an account through an email address – or just to walk away and find a site that will usher them in without the hassle. (How many times have you abandoned a promising Website as soon as a screen-full of empty boxes pops up, prompting you to explain, yet again, your life story in data?)

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Disrupted Worlds

It is just so exciting to read what people think about Disrupted Worlds and I appreciate so much the effort that reviewers make, so thank you to Yacouba T for making my day with a review on amazon.com under the heading
“Great sampling of indie authors” quoted below in warts and all style:

“Independent authors and publishers need more offerings like Disrupted Worlds. All too often, independent works get rushed to market without thorough editing or a professional look.

This collection provides a good sampling of what indie authors and publishers are capable of when they respect the readers enough to work on their craft and present a clean product. So thanks to the authors and editor!

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Blue and Pink Wii Remotes-WTF

The people at Nintendo Wii continue to amaze me with their creativity just recently they launched the new pink and blue remotes embedded with the new MotionPlus technology. They’ve taken the normal Wii controller and added color, better technology, and cool grips, to give gamers the ultimate, interactive gaming experience while making your Wii accessories look great too.

This new MotionPlus technology is aimed at improving the overall gaming experience for the gamer. Just connect the MotionPlus remote accessory to your remote and feel the difference yourself, your Wii remote will respond to even your slightest turn of the wrist. Most new games come equipped with this technology.

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Writing an Effective Resume to Create Positive Impression

Your resume is the first step that speaks about you and your ability. It contains all the basic information and helps the interviewer to have a certain impression about you even before the interview.

A perfect resume can help in getting a job or to get admitted to a renowned college. It gives you the opportunity to speak for yourself.

Your resume contains the outline of your experience, skills, and achievements which helps in framing certain perceptions in the mind of the interviewer so it is necessary to give the appropriate information in a suitable format.

Resumes are written differently depending on the purpose. Generally, resumes are on a single page as too much of information is often ignored.

Steps for writing a successful resume

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What does it take for a paradigm shift?

A paradigm shift is a shift in the way in which you look at a particular topic, subject, knowledge area or way of approaching how to do something.

The interesting thing is that people get stuck in paradigms because of what they believe to be the truth, i.e. an absolute truth.

When in reality there are only facts and ‘the truth’ is just a way of looking at those facts.

People usually feel comfortable with their, “truths”, or their version of reality. When I say this to people they often think I am ’splitting hairs’ and that ‘facts’ and ‘truths’ are the same. Well, actually nothing could be further from the truth.

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Plan Ahead to Beat the Holiday Blues

Some people take the season head-on, putting up the holiday decorations before the Thanksgiving dishes have grown cold. Others go with the flow and brave the mall crowds at the last minute.

Some just wish the whole season would go away. No matter what your style, a little planning and preparation will make it easier to cope with holiday stress.

“The key is to be proactive,” said Ron Bale Ph.D., staff psychologist at Community Memorial Hospital and a private practice since 1979. “If you know that the holidays are a difficult time for you, get together with a close friend and bounce some ideas off them.”

The temptation to overdo is a lot stronger during the holidays. There are so many choices and so many expectations that it’s easy to overeat, overspend or simply run yourself ragged trying to keep up with the festivities. Decide ahead of time how you want to celebrate the season. Share your plan with your family or a friend who can help you stick with it. Read More “Plan Ahead to Beat the Holiday Blues”

How To Recover Lost Files From A Crashed Disk Drive

comuterThis article takes a fresh look at some different ways to recover lost files from a hard drive that has crashed.

Each approach has its own associated cost and benefits, with each being suited to certain types of faults.

The first method you could try involves removing the internal hard drive, installing it in an external HDD case and attempting to read the contents via a second computer.

These type of external drive casing devices are widely available in computer peripheral shops. They are often used by people who wish to swap their existing drive for a new one, and still get some use from the old drive as an external storage device.

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Apply head to keyboard. Repeat.

I HATE COMPUTERS. I should (theoretically) be able to make a remote desktop connection from my laptop at a client’s site to my desktop computer in the office.

Three times today I have been able to do this, and others have been able to also connect on their accounts.

Randomly and whenever I actually NEED the connection for something urgent, it doesn’t FREAKING WORK. I wait an indeterminate amount of time (anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours) and then it works again.

ANGER. RAGE. FRUSTRATION. Know what this is? It’s called ICARUS FLYING TOO CLOSE TO THE BLOODY SUN.

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How to Value Your Support Staff

You don’t need to go to a business school for your MBA degree to know that need to value your support staff. The best managers truly listen and respond to their support staff.

As I am considering taking an MBA course (I am choosing one without the need for a good GMAT score) I’m interested in what separates good from great managing practices.

During my pre-MBA  course we talked about one cardinal factor, it is the degree to which the practice operates like a true team, which boils down to the physicians being attentive to the perspectives of their staff, and both the physician and support staff displaying genuine levels of mutual support.

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New To New York

Emily Carr once referred to Canada as something “sublime” that you are born into, a “great rugged power that you are a part of.” From my very beginning, I understood what she meant: I was a west-coast Canadian.

Most of my west-coast Canadian towns were small: White Rock, before it was a haven for wealthy downtowners, and islands two steps off Vancouver Island and one away from being completely unknown.

During these defining years, the places I lived had an average of about 3,000 occupants, provided you didn’t count summer residents (and you never should).

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