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How to Deal With High Pressure Jobs and Work Stress

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To keep things simple, let’s talk about 3 possible directions you could go from here:

  1. You can keep on living the same way you have been up to now. Change isn’t easy and for now you’re just going to hope you’ll make it through somehow, and figure it all out sometime later. This choice might not look so attractive, and you might even get a sense of dread in the pit of your stomach when you consider this option.
  2. You can make a break for it. Just get out quick while you still can. The pressure inside you has built up over so long that this option sometimes feels like the best choice. Your professional reputation might suffer if you choose this option, or it might not. The main thing is that you need to get out now, so you’re just going to jump and figure out the landing later on!
  3. Learn how to deal with your stress right now, so you can let go of some of that tension you’ve been building up all these years. Feel better right now, start to get healthy again, and be in a more relaxed and clear headed place so you can make good decisions about what it is you really want to do in the future. From this place, you can make a graceful exit from your high stress job, or you can stay and start to shape your environment to better suit you.

    If you do decide to go, you have the the space to chart out where you want to land, what your future might look like. What your new job or business or passion might look like, and how best to get there from here.The only danger in that 3rd choice that we see is that sometimes we try to use stress management as a kind of band-aid. Sometimes, and this is true for those high performing, type A types among us especially, we think that poorly managed stress is the only thing we need to look at in out lives. That if we can just learn how to let go of some our tension and calm down a bit with some stress management techniques, then we can keep driving ourselves at 200 miles per hour.

Source: http://www.harmonicrelaxation.com/work-stress/high-pressure-jobs-and-stress/

3D Printer – Replicates Anything

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In this video, one sees how a wrench is copied in a 3D with a workable copy. This is just very high-tech.

Asking price ranges from $15,000 – $75,000.

I have become SNL’s Nick Burns the Computer Guy!!!!!

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Many of the older generation in the IT field remember comedian Jimmy Fallon when he was on Saturday Night Live (SNL). One of the skits he played was as Nick Burns the Computer Guy. Here are some clips:

You’re Welcome

Nick Burns with Jennifer Aniston

Snl – Nick Burns With Jennifer Aniston – Your Companys Computer Guy from Steve on Vimeo.

Nick Burns with Jackie Chan

Snl – Your Company Computer Guy – Nick Burns And Jackie Chan from Steve on Vimeo.

As hilarious as the skit is, sadly, I feel like I have become the very person I’ve dreaded becoming – Nick Burns, for two reasons:

  • I have been put under lots of stress from many different angles, not just IT.
  • Not only that, but when there are tight deadlines, I’ve displayed little patience for people who don’t get it the first 100 times. Some people just don’t get it, and some just like to have their hand held without first searching Google – you become their Google for everything so they don’t have to work so hard. It’s frustrating when projects needed to be done 2 weeks ago, you’re putting in 150% effort, and someone needs help for the 101st time for creating a hyperlink and meta tags after explaining and even diagramming it multiple times.
  • If no tight deadlines needed to be met, I could train with ease, but that’s not the case.

Matt Cutts, Google and the Allegation that Bing Stole Search Results from Google

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A short while ago Google had accused Bing, rightfully so, about stealing click data from and piggybacking Google’s Search results. Google’s basis was that they had, as a test, given laptops to Google employees to use at home for testing purposes. These laptops contained Google search results with specific weird “test” keyword phrases which users were to click on. They also were to test these results on the Google toolbar on the Internet Explorer browser with “suggested sites” turned on.

Needless to say, the results posted on Bing within a matter of days are pretty damning (screenshots courtesy of Matt Cutts):

Google-Bing Screenshot Set 1

Google-Bing Screenshot Set 2

Google-Bing Screenshot Set 3

Google-Bing Screenshot Set 4

Google-Bing Screenshot Set 5

Google-Bing Screenshot Set 6


In a debate between Google’s Matt Cutts, Bing’s Harry Shrum, and Rich Skrenta of Blekko (moderated by Vivek Wadhwa), Matt pointed out the above data, which Harry all but sidestepped the question. Some excuses included:

  • We use Google’s results with 1,000 other algorithms.
  • We are continuing to research and learn from data provided by other sources.
  • Overall, search is becoming very complex.
  • And more

The full interview can be seen here:

While we at iRISEmedia highly respect Microsoft and its products, and believe that they want to make a great search engine, it’s nonetheless surprising that some Bing employees, like Yusuf Medhi, would outright deny piggybacking from Google’s results. In his words:

“We do not copy results from any of our competitors. Period. Full stop.”

Nevertheless, the results above do look pretty damning on Bing.

Original post: http://irisemedia.com/blog/matt-cutts-google-and-the-allegation-that-bing-stole-search-results-from-google/

Apple Doesn’t Have Twitter Account, But Writes About Twitter

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Go on Google and type “Apple Twitter.” You won’t see a single Apple account verified on Twitter. You won’t find. Apple, which uses Facebook for Social Media campaigns, doesn’t use Twitter, although some of their employees do.

Yet, you will see a page from Apple’s website that Twitter uses Apple Mac computers for their operations!

Most businesses will expand their presence on Twitter with news updates, etc. Apple will write about Twitter and make it as if Twitter should market with Apple, not the other way around.

I reserve comment.

Blackberry: Clear Your Browser Cache

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Someone recently approached RJH Solutions with a simple, yet not so easy request. He wanted his browser cache on his Blackberry Smart Phone cleared.

After Googling the answer, I came across this one from Technipages:

  1. While in the browser, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Cache Operations.
  4. Next to a cache type, click Clear.

And there you have it!

Businesses, and Corporate America, Failing Due to Free Requests: A Huge Price to Pay

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Businesses failing in many cases are the consequences of people asking to buy things on credit, or to take things for free. When this happens, the government eventually collapses.

Case 1: Banks

Banks are the most obvious. To put it simply, people not paying banks on time was the number 1 global cause of our current recession. They would extend loans and ridiculously low down payment options on homes to families with not the greatest credit scores. Apparently, houses were expensive and banks were dying to unload the houses on people so they could make “some money” off them. As a result, most deferred on their mortgages and ran away when approached with the dirty word “money.” When this happened, banks were undergoing a tailspin. This may be a simplistic explanation, and there’s more to it, but this sums it up.

Case 2:  Fruit Palace’s Demise and Pomegranate

Fruit Palace was a small Kosher convenience store based in Flatbush, New York, owned by “heimish” people. They supplied produce and groceries, and competed with larger places by catering to the the hard-pressed middle class in extending credit to them. As a result, most other religious Jews took advantage of these guys and bought things on credit that was so extended, one could not see the end to it.

Many stores in the area and especially in communities like Boro Park and Williamsburg keep such black ruled school notebooks with pages of family names where groceries are routinely charged. Sources say Fruit Palace’s book included “a crushing debt of thousands of dollars” that had resulted in a growing accounts payable by the store’s owner. One Boro Park store told a source close to KosherToday that his book was “worth over $26,000.” A worker at Fruit Palace said that customers would frequently drop of checks of a fraction of the debt, “say $100 on a $400 bill.”

While many customers blamed Pomegranate, a nearby kosher produce store, as severely impacting business of local retailers, distributors and other food sources said that most of the stores “while hurting, are pretty much holding their own.” In the end, it boiled down to asking for free stuff.

Case 3: Restaurants and lack of tips in NY

In New York, the culture there is to eat out more often than eat at home. As a result, people neglect to pay respectable tips. Restaurants therefore have to be tough to survive, or crash and burn. However, between the failure of most customers to pay sufficient tips, the incredible amount of stress on the very profession, and incredibly high property taxes, restaurants are among those businesses that are dying.

AJAX Can Sing to Search Engines!

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“We do have a challenge, and that is how to utilize the benefits of AJAX and but at the same time make the architecture sing on the Search Engines.”

-Client

♫♪ La la la la la! ♪♫ Clearly the uninformed client isn’t aware that Ajax cannot mix with search engines.

Email Wars and Toxic Partnerships – End Both Now!

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Don’t you just love it when you’re involved in an email war with a BPCW (boss/partner/coworker) and are continuously CC’ing the client? My, the tension it creates!

Those kinds of situations should be an early indicator of a toxic partnership worth dropping like a hot potato. Work with harmony with your BPCW’s and partners and all will go well. The client and everyone else will take notice and appreciate you for it.

Tip: If it’s necessary to email or CC the client on certain issues, only do so when it’s absolutely necessary. The client generally has a million other things on his plate, therefore a quick read of your emails may brand you and your co-workers as complainers, and who needs to pay for that kind of service? The client only cares about results – that’s all he paid for, nothing else. Only contact the client in case of emergencies, and email the BPCW independently when doing the project. While this keeps the client out of the loop for a while, it’s much safer to not clutter up his inbox until the very end.

Drop nasty emails and toxic relationships with BPCW’s ASAP!

Clients – Dance!

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The customer is always right, so they say. With the economy being what it is and competition being fierce, employers are doing everything to make potential clients happy and clients sense this. Therefore, clients will do anything to take what they can for free and run.

I’ve seen cases where a client will ask something at the very end of the work day and it would be due before the new work day began. This could be a new client with a quote request, or an existing client asking for a favor that should have been asked a few hours prior. In other words, they’re asking us to dance to their tune.

What makes things worse is when the client demands a quote immediately, gets it, and takes his sweet time in getting back. More often than not, the client will end up going with someone else. This happens all the time. More hours wasted on preparing quotes. To make things worse, some demand service for free! AARGH!

When will there be a time when someone can say “no” to a client? Is money the ONLY factor in today’s day in age? What about a proper division of business and personal/family time?

I’m leaving this as an open ended question.