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I recently wrote a post about how I'm learning to take insanely great pictures. This is the first follow-up community post on that topic, with more to come as I learn the ropes.
First things first: I'm already taking better pictures than I ever have before. So even with just a bit of motivation, the right camera, and some patience, you can definitely take pictures that are orders of magnitude better than before.
I'm not yet taking world-class pictures -- I know that will take years of practice -- but as an example, here are a few of the pictures I took this past weekend at a friend's wedding:
Trello is a super lightweight agile project management tool. The great thing about Trello is that it makes it easy to see what's important, and where it is in a workflow. I've known about Trello for a while but have never tried using it -- until now.
But there are some quirks and limitations as well. Does anyone know workarounds to these?
How Trello Works: "Cards" are individual items. You can move cards up & down in a stack, and left and right. Higher in the stack = more important in that column. Columns are configurable by the creator of the project but generally cards will move left to right as they are worked on.
Labels issue: Labels can be customized and can be applied to cards. You can then filter by labels. But you can't create a custom view or a URL of all cards with a certain label. This is also a limitation of Trello.
I had an employee ask me what the process was to buy stock options, so I figured I'd answer this question publicly so anyone interested could understand & benefit from it.
The way company stock options work is as follows:
As an employee, a company will grant you a pool of options. Let's say you get 10,000 options. Those options typically won't "vest" all at once, meaning that although the company has promised you those options, you receive them on a specific schedule known as a vesting schedule. That schedule is usually something like the following: "4 years, with a 1 year cliff". What that means is that they vest over 4 years (so 25% of the options become available to you each year) on a monthly basis for as long as you're an employee. So if you're an employee for the next 27 months after the option grant, then you'd vest 27/48ths of the total, or 56.25% of your total options (and 10,000 x .5625 = 5,625 options vested). The "cliff" means that in the first year, you don't vest monthly, but rather annually. So in the first year, if you only stay for 11 months, then you don't vest any of the options. But if you stay for 12 months, then boom-- you vest 12/48ths (or 25%) of the options granted. The reason companies do this is so that if an employee doesn't work out in the first year, they don't have an obligation to grant any options. (It would be awkward to hire an employee for 3 months who it turns out isn't a good fit for the company, then have to fire that employee, but still have to vest 3/48ths of his or her options).
OK so you have these vested options. Now what?
Granted options have a "strike price" -- the price at which you can pay to turn them into stock. Let's say that the strike price is 50 cents each. That means that if you stayed at the company for 27 months after the grant, and you vested 5,625 of your options, it would cost you $2,812.50 ($0.50 x 5,625) to purchase your options and turn them into stock.
I've had people ask me how to download pictures from my photo gallery.
It's easy; here's how:
Hi Daniel, apologies if this is the wrong blog/section. As a fellow data/design-obsessed gearhound (I mean that in the healthiest way possible), it's been great to go through your archives while researching pop-up truck campers.
I'm curious to see if there will be some kind of trip report for your recent XP Camper V2 adventure. I've seen a number of your videos of factory visits but it seems this recent trip was your first actual journey in an XP?
It seems we have a lot of the same asks/needs from our rigs:
good offroad capabilities in order to reach remote locations (our family is pretty outdoorsy), smart and functional design, high-quality build (I want this thing to outlast my tech industry days when I can no longer afford to replace it!), some comforts of home, and perhaps more recently for you - the ability to travel in a pack of three (congrats!).
For me, it's come down to a Hallmark of some kind vs an XP V4, but we haven't ruled out going smaller, like the V2, especially since we will likely be taking similar week-long trips with our two-year old while we continue to work. I guess I'm mainly wondering if there were other advantages of the XP that really stuck out to you during your trip (your short video of the air compressor for example). Did it seem sufficient compared to a V4? Roomy enough for a week of travel?
What I Wish I Knew Before Pitching LinkedIn to VCs
I believe some Berkeley MBAs will be coming by ShareThis next week to talk about startup life. I'd like to share a few links with you so you can get some background, and then I'd love to hear from you ahead of time -- what would you like to spend our time talking about? Just comment in the thread below.
Here are a few things you can look at before we meet to give you some ideas of areas I can dive in more deeply:
And here are some other related articles for MBAs: http://www.danielodio.com/?search=mba
Last year, my wife and I decided to get really good at taking insanely great photos. (You can find a gallery of my favorite pics -- like the one above-- right here).
Over the years, we've amassed almost three terabytes of photos & videos. And now that we have a beautiful baby daughter, that number is only going to grow faster.
I've always wrestled with how to have appropriate backups for those pics. I've tried cloud backup services, multiple hard drives + CarbonCopyCloner, exporting to other services like Google+, but nothing quite fit the bill.
Then I realized that SmugMug might have the answer.
You are one of the most socially enabled individuals I know so I would love your input. I have recently become fed up with my crappy system for keeping track of and maintaining my personal contacts. Do you use something to Salesforce, Xobni, etc? I would love to have a smart contact list that brings in physical addresses when I just have email and vice versa. It would be great if it could include other social elements, especially Twitter and LinkedIN data and posts from those same contacts. I would love to be able to sort it in multiple ways by adding various tags. Last, and this may just be pie in the sky but, it would be great if I could see visualizations of the data. Specifically geographically, I mean how great would it be if I could put a pin on San Francisco for my upcoming trip and see that Daniel and 50 other of my contacts are there. It would be a great recommendation tool for who to reach out to as I plan my trip.
Any ideas and/or thoughts are welcome...
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Via The Verge:
Search has always been closely tied with Google Now, and it's receiving some much-appreciated attention today. Search results no longer ignore the apps on your phone. Google is now crawling through mobile apps to find their content and bring features directly to the fore, just like the company has done for years on the web. For example, a simple search for a restaurant will offer a link directly to that restaurant page in the OpenTable app if you have it installed, allowing you to set up a reservation. Or a recipe search will bring you to the result directly inside of the AllRecipes app — rather than the mediocre mobile website. Pichai says the new feature will be rolling out by mid-November with a select number of apps, and an API that will allow all developers to enable their apps will be available "in the coming months."