Archive for: February, 2017

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


Announcing: The “Don’t Be the Last to Know” Workshop

On March 30th, we’ll reveal insights from almost 300 companies and 15,000 employees in a hands-on, in-depth workshop…Over the past three years as the CEO of Know Your Company, I’ve heard numerous business owners say a version of this to me:“Claire, I dig your software and the methodology behind it… but is there a way to put those concepts into practice on day-to-day basis? What are other ways that I can avoid blindspots? And is there a way to teach my leadership team and managers to do the same?”I get it. I’ve always believed that creating an open, honest working environment requires more than just using a piece of software. As with any complex problem, you’ve got to act in a different way if you want to see any changes.Because of this, I decided to pull together all our learnings over the past three years, across almost 300 companies and 15,000 employees, and…

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PHP/Drupal Developer – Feniex Industries Inc – Austin, TX

Working knowledge of CMS framework such as Drupal, WordPress, Yii, etc. Open source CMS platforms such as Drupal or WordPress are fine to use where appropriate….From Indeed – Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:31:04 GMT – View all Austin jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Web Developer – Feniex Industries Inc – Austin, TX

Working knowledge of CMS framework such as Drupal, WordPress, Yii, etc. Open source CMS platforms such as Drupal or WordPress are fine to use where appropriate….From Indeed – Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:28:17 GMT – View all Austin jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

INFORMATION SYSTEMS ASSISTANT (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporary] – United Nations – New York, NY

Performs ongoing reviews with users and developers and responds to requirements; Supports senior staff in the creation and maintenance of websites using HTML,…From United Nations – Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:49:27 GMT – View all New York jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Martin Scorsese on Faith, Film

A very powerful and poignant conversation with Martin Scorsese on faith and film and how those things come together. I’ll be honest… in many ways, I want to be Martin Scorsese when I grow up. Is there anything more beautiful than combining the sacred with the very talents and skills and experience and background that we’ve been so graciously given? I think Martin is on a quest, one of self-discovery and art and creativity and fully living life of value to others and oneself? Beautiful. The post Martin Scorsese on Faith, Film appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

Feel like a loser?

My daughter sucks at drawing.It’s not her fault. She’s two. But you can tell she’s getting frustrated her skill doesn’t match what she wants to accomplish. Yesterday, she wanted me to color alongside her. She ordered me to color inside the lines. She wanted to see how it was done, and then wasn’t happy when she tried to imitate me.Robert M. Sapolsky a professor in neurological sciences at Stanford University wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal about the “Winner Effect” (paywall). Whether you look at fish or humans, research keeps finding the same thing. When you win, you win more. When you lose, you lose more.Losers don’t just lose more, they don’t even bother to come back to compete again.Winners on the other hand, even if their win was faked (their opponent lost on purpose), gain the confidence to keep competing. For example a mouse who wins a fixed fight where the other…

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5 Tips for Turning Your Support Vendor Into a Partner

If you are reading this, chances are you are outsourcing some part of your technology investments to a third party support provider. You’ve already done all the research on the pros and cons of working in this regard and, for you, the pros outweigh the cons. Congratulations on making this leap of faith and trusting someone other than yourself to properly manage and maintain something on your behalf. This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship! Or is it? In any long-term relationship, it takes all involved parties to proactively invest time and energy into making it work. If they don’t nurture and care for the relationship, it will soon wither and die. It is no different when working with a support provider. Both parties should be proactively working on keeping the relationship healthy and thriving. You’ll hopefully be working with them for a long time so why not be…

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How to Build a Passionate Fanbase with Reddit

Reddit participation is like the guerilla warfare of social media marketing. You need to fully understand the environment and culture of the site to have any semblance of success. And if you don’t, you’ll shoot yourself in the foot and be rejected by the community. Seriously. Reddit doesn’t joke around. When executed correctly, however, it is possible to build a passionate fan base on Reddit that will benefit your business. Reddit marketing is tricky, but if your business’s brand and content fit into the site’s niches, it could pay off. In this post, we’re going to take a look at everything you need to know about building a passionate fanbase on Reddit, including the biggest mistakes you need to avoid. Why Use Reddit? Many marketers completely ignore Reddit when considering social media marketing. It takes a lot more work, and since businesses are practically required to have profiles on other sites (mainly…

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Don’t Stop the Presses

Illustration by Nate OttoIn 1989, Deborah Maris Lader had recently moved to Chicago and was looking for a studio where she could make prints and meet other artists. She couldn’t find a place like that, so she opened her own: the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. Deborah also took the unconventional step of setting up the print shop and gallery as a business rather than a non-profit. She’s learned how to run a sustainable enterprise without grants or donations, which are the lifeblood of other arts organizations, and to balance her dual roles as business owner and artist.https://medium.com/media/8a056765ebcbb2b6de230f1d6d196f3c/hrefTranscriptWAILIN WONG: In printmaking, there’s a technique called linocut where you carve a design into a sheet of linoleum, roll ink over it, and then press a piece of paper on top, transferring ink from the raised parts of the design to the paper. I’m at a studio and gallery called the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative watching a…

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Computer Science Distilled, Chapter 2: Complexity

This is a full chapter excerpt from Wladston Viana Ferreira Filho’s brand new book Computer Science Distilled which he has graciously allowed for us to publish here. In almost every computation, a variety of arrangements for the processes is possible. It is essential to choose that arrangement which shall tend to minimize the time necessary for the calculation. —Ada Lovelace How much time does it take to sort 26 shuffled cards? If instead, you had 52 cards, would it take twice as long? How much longer would it take for a thousand decks of cards? The answer is intrinsic to the method used to sort the cards. A method is a list of unambiguous instructions for achieving a goal. A method that always requires a finite series of operations is called an algorithm. For instance, a card-sorting algorithm is a method that will always specify some operations to sort a…

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Computer Science Distilled, Chapter 2: Complexity

This is a full chapter excerpt from Wladston Viana Ferreira Filho’s brand new book Computer Science Distilled which he has graciously allowed for us to publish here. In almost every computation, a variety of arrangements for the processes is possible. It is essential to choose that arrangement which shall tend to minimize the time necessary for the calculation. —Ada Lovelace How much time does it take to sort 26 shuffled cards? If instead, you had 52 cards, would it take twice as long? How much longer would it take for a thousand decks of cards? The answer is intrinsic to the method used to sort the cards. A method is a list of unambiguous instructions for achieving a goal. A method that always requires a finite series of operations is called an algorithm. For instance, a card-sorting algorithm is a method that will always specify some operations to sort a…

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Computer Science Distilled, Chapter 2: Complexity

This is a full chapter excerpt from Wladston Viana Ferreira Filho’s brand new book Computer Science Distilled which he has graciously allowed for us to publish here. In almost every computation, a variety of arrangements for the processes is possible. It is essential to choose that arrangement which shall tend to minimize the time necessary for the calculation. —Ada Lovelace How much time does it take to sort 26 shuffled cards? If instead, you had 52 cards, would it take twice as long? How much longer would it take for a thousand decks of cards? The answer is intrinsic to the method used to sort the cards. A method is a list of unambiguous instructions for achieving a goal. A method that always requires a finite series of operations is called an algorithm. For instance, a card-sorting algorithm is a method that will always specify some operations to sort a…

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Websites to Generate SVG Patterns

These aren’t particularly hard to web search for, but just in case you didn’t know they existed I figured I’d drop them here. I’ve used all three of these in the past and I think they do a good job of driving home how cool of patterns you can make in SVG with such little code. Hero Patterns A collection of repeatable SVG background patterns for you to use on your web projects. SVG Patterns Gallery SVG images are typically smaller than bitmap images and remain sharp on high-dpi screens. Unlike CSS3 gradients, SVG images are supported on IE9. SVGeneration Scalable Vector Graphics are crisp and clear and can be rendered in all modern browsers. Websites to Generate SVG Patterns is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

Scaling SVG Clipping Paths for CSS Use

A legit CSS trick documented by Eric Meyer! So there is polygon() in CSS and <polygon> in SVG. They are closely related, but there are all kinds of weirdnesses. For example, you can use path() in CSS to update the d attribute of a <path>, but you can’t do the same with polygon() and <polygon>. Part of the problem is that polygon() in CSS only accepts numbers with units, like px, %, em, or whatever. .clip-me { /* Works! */ clip-path: polygon(50% 0, 100% 25%, 100% 75%, 50% 100%, 0 75%, 0 25%); /* Does NOT work */ clip-path: polygon(50 0, 100 25, 100 75, 50 100, 0 75, 0 25); } Which is exactly the opposite in SVG: <svg> /* Works! */ <polygon points=”50 0, 100 25, 100 75, 50 100, 0 75, 0 25″></polygon> /* Does NOT work */ <polygon points=”50px 0px, 100px 25px, 100px 75px, 50px 100px,…

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Scaling SVG Clipping Paths for CSS Use

A legit CSS trick documented by Eric Meyer! So there is polygon() in CSS and <polygon> in SVG. They are closely related, but there are all kinds of weirdnesses. For example, you can use path() in CSS to update the d attribute of a <path>, but you can’t do the same with polygon() and <polygon>. Part of the problem is that polygon() in CSS only accepts numbers with units, like px, %, em, or whatever. .clip-me { /* Works! */ clip-path: polygon(50% 0, 100% 25%, 100% 75%, 50% 100%, 0 75%, 0 25%); /* Does NOT work */ clip-path: polygon(50 0, 100 25, 100 75, 50 100, 0 75, 0 25); } Which is exactly the opposite in SVG: <svg> /* Works! */ <polygon points=”50 0, 100 25, 100 75, 50 100, 0 75, 0 25″></polygon> /* Does NOT work */ <polygon points=”50px 0px, 100px 25px, 100px 75px, 50px 100px,…

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Drupal Global Training Day #4 Omsk

Start:  2017-03-18 10:30 – 15:00 Asia/Omsk Organizers:  paych adcillc Event type:  Training (free or commercial) https://www.adcisolutions.com/our-events Drupal Global Training Day is a unique program, which is held around the world since 2012. On 18th of March Drupal Global Training Day will take place in Omsk. Drupal Omsk community invites everyone to a one-day training. Its main goal is to introduce Drupal to everybody and to teach some basics. This is a good choice for someone who: has heard about Drupal or knows something about it; has programming skill and wants to extend his/her potential; is interested in web-development in general. This is a free event to all participants, but please register at drupal-omsk.timepad.ru/event/452571/ to guarantee that you’re in.Then come to our training and learn how to make professional websites based on Drupal CMS. Source: https://groups.drupal.org/node/512931/feed

Senior Drupal Backend Developer – Four Kitchens – United States

We are looking for a full-time Senior Drupal Backend Developer to join our team of talented developers, designers, and strategists…. $80,000 – $90,000 a yearFrom Four Kitchens – Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:28:40 GMT – View all jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Drupal 8 Module (Distro!) of the Week: Panopoly

This week: The Drupal 8 Panopoly distribution // Drupal 8 has more and more features available practically every day. Alongside module migrations and new projects, the Drupal community’s latest major release also offers new ways of solving common problems. Some functionality has moved to Drupal core and new modules have taken up the torch along the way. In this series, the Acquia Developer Center is profiling useful solutions–modules, themes, distros, and more–available for Drupal 8. I chatted with the maintainer of the Panopoly distro and co-founder of myDropWizard.com, David Snopek (dsnopek). He calls himself “a Drupal developer, consultant, and entrepreneur.” He contributes a lot to Drupal and its community: as a member of the Drupal Security Team, maintaining or co-maintaining “20-ish” projects on Drupal.org, and co-organizing Drupal414, the local Drupal meetup in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Panopoly is a success story of the open source contribution long tail: lots of people giving…

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What is someone going to stop doing when they start using your product?

Stop using a key, start pressing a buttonWhen you’re building a new product, you’re often thinking about all the new things people are going to be able to do with it. Now they can do this, now they can do that. Exciting!But there’s a better question to ask: What are people going to stop doing once they start using your product?What does your product replace? What are they switching from? How did they do the job before your product came along?Habit, momentum, familiarity, anxiety of the unknown — these are incredibly hard bonds to break. When you try to sell someone something, you have to overcome those bonds. You have to break the grip of that gravity.So, when you’re thinking about your product, think about what it replaces, not just what it offers. What are you asking people to leave behind when they move forward with you? How hard will that be for them? How can…

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