80/20 on Tech

I needed to install a new monitor so I could test it and write a review.  Using a stand-alone monitor meant I needed a separate keyboard; couldn’t use the one on my laptop.  Bought the keyboard.  Tested it.  Fine.

Opened the monitor box; carefully slid the Styrofoam packing out of the cardboard and onto the bed.  Heart sank.  Parts.  Cables.  Cords.  I understand that comparatively speaking, this is plug-and-play, but still, my heart sank, for a moment.

ViewSonic Monitor and parts in the box.

ViewSonic Monitor and parts in the box.

I’m an artist who worked for a tech giant for 20 years and now teaches social media. I’m not incapable, but you hire me for my art and writing and ability to explain, not for being able to connect things that have to be connected correctly.

My partner, on the other hand, does this stuff for a living. His job involves keeping a serious number of PCs and Very. Big. Monitors. connected and working smoothly, running complicated programs.

“Oh, John!,” I said. “I need some help here!”

Sure, I could have done it. But it would have taken me more than twice as long and left me with a headache. He does this in his sleep, will get to laugh about it at work on Monday, and feels good for being able to play to his long suit.

ViewSonic monitor, installed.

ViewSonic monitor, installed.

80/20 on using talents; problem solved. Here’s the review.

Keep Your Enemies Closer

Wake Up Wednesday PM at the Pittsboro Roadhouse

(Admitted, I spend too much time on Quora, and now I’m trying to at least get some business value from that time.) Last week, I saw this question: Am I right to remove competitors from a company event? No, dear heart, you are not right. My answer: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. […]

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2 @ 21 <> 1 @ 42

Business Plans from Jenkins MIE 410

Several friends met on Thursday to listen to presentations from undergraduate business majors in the NCSU Jenkins School of Management, MIE 410: Business Opportunity Analysis class, aka “Pitching.” It’s fun. Today, on Quora, I found this question:  What is your advice for two 21 year old entrepreneurs? This is easy.  My answer: In short?  You need a […]

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Facebook Image Layouts

Layout defaults for images attached to Facebook posts: It's all in the aspect ratio of the first image selected.

A client asked me about how Facebook decided how to display images in posts. Sometimes it worked right, and sometimes it didn’t. I had noticed the same thing, but I’m selling products, not running for office, and getting a politician’s pictures displayed correctly is more important. A little bit of research led to Daniel Coleman’s […]

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Social Selling for Red Hat

Fountain in Detroit airport.

NCSU’s Technical Training Solutions unit was asked to develop a Social Selling class for Red Hat’s sales employees. Martin Brossman, Greg Hyer, and Karen Tiede worked together to develop a six-hour course, with an additional set of homework to be completed outside of class. Holly Sullenger, director of TTS, travelled with me to Palo Alto […]

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80/20 and the Dog Washing Machine

Heading for the door after his bath.

The 80/20 rule says that 80% of the water distributed during a dog washing exercise will be distributed by 20% of the dogs. Wooster stepped up to be the water distributor extraordinaire. I was dry until his turn. (He’s a dog who shakes while he is being sprayed.) Pound for pound, he’s closer to 26% […]

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80/20: The Next Round

Beaded fringe attached to sheer curtains with fabric glue.

In July, I wrote about cutting a bolt of fabric into three equal lengths, draping it over an existing curtain rod, and calling the “make curtains for the guest room project” DONE.  However, there was that fringe-y bit. Even more eventually, I’d love to buy and apply the beaded fringe from the Cloth Barn discount […]

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80/20 Curtains in the Guest Bedroom

New sheers in the guest bedroom.

(This is a bit off my normal topics on this blog, but hang with me.  The drapery lesson works for productivity readers, too.) I’ve been studying how the 80/20 rule can be applied to productivity, and to participation on social media platforms, and in other parts of life, for a while now.  Today, a Saturday […]

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Pinterest Board Ideas for a Craft Brewery

Four Saints Brewing Company, Asheboro, NC

(Recommend minimum 10 boards, 10 pins on each board) Our Beer (Brews):  pictures of each of the different beers in a mug. Put the name of the beer in the image, as well as in the pin description. Our Brewery:  pictures of the brewery and staff Asheboro Eats:  pins of local restaurants; use a Map […]

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Marketing with Pinterest at the MIAR Convention, Mt. Pleasant, MI

I was invited to teach Marketing with Pinterest to REALTORS attending the 2013 MIAR convention at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, MI.  The course focused much more on MARKETING than Pinterest, and then also with a focus on real estate.  Changed over all of the examples in the presentation. We set […]

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