Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Emotional Intelligence, Strategy, and how Igor Ticks @

If you're interested in learning more about How Igor ticks,  Emotional Intelligence and Strategy, check out my alpha "blog" @

It's currently very rough but has a few interesting properties:

From a content perspective, it's focused on less technical topics - book reviews, strategy, emotional intelligence, and my own self discovery.

From a technical perspective, it's a jekyll static  markdown blog, something I've always wanted to try because I can use powerful editing tools, keep the content under source control, and never need to worry about being at the mercy of my service provider.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Cool Tools: Remote Tech Support

We all have to support our friends and families on their broken computers. Recently I was introduced to teamviewer. It's a remote support application that free for non commercial use, and works perfectly.   May your next "mom's computer doesn't work" incident be less stressful.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Monitor Sizes And Ratios

Computer folks spend LOTS of time on monitors, so getting the right ones matters.  Monitor dimensions are incredibly important, so here's the dimension table for the high resolution monitors

Diagonal Ratio Size
27" (2560x1440) 1.77 (13.2, 23.4)
30" (2560x1600) 1.6 (15.8, 23.7)
34" (3440x1440) 2.3 (13.5, 31.1)

In case I need to do this again, here's the computation in R

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Soft Skills:Principles vs Values

TL;DR: Principles are unchangeable objective truths, values are your subjective prioritization.  The better you can align your values and actions with principles, the easier your life will be. 

Differentiating principles and values sounds pedantic, but it's important to differentiate the concepts. You choose your values, but your values have no impact on principles. Conversely, principles, can have a huge impact on your ability to live life according to your values.   When your values and principles are out of alignment, you're bound for some suffering.

Stephen Covey differentiating principles and values:

Principles apply at all time in all places. They surface in the form of values, ideas, norms, and teachings that uplift, ennoble, fulfill, empower, and inspire people. The lesson of history is that to the degree people and civilizations have operated in harmony with correct principles, they have prospered. Correct principles are like compasses: they are always pointing the way. And if we know how to read them, we won’t get lost, confused, or fooled by conflicting voices and values

Principles, unlike values, are objective and external. They operate in obedience to natural laws, regardless of conditions. Values are subjective and internal. Values are like maps. Maps are not the territories; they are only subjective attempts to describe or represent the territory. The more closely our values or maps are aligned with correct principles—with the realities of the territory, with things as they really are—the more accurate and useful they will be.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Soft Skills: Igor's personal mission infographic

It's important to uncover "how you want to live your life", and to review it frequently.  Much of how I want to live my life is based on the 7 habits of highly effective people, and I've created a handy infographic to help inspire, remind, and encourage me.

ps. If you're curious how often I review this infographic, I'll tell you a story. Turns out I drew this infographic in December 2013 while on vacation, and promptly forgot about it.  A few days ago, I was rummaging through an old sketch book, found the infographic and decided it was perfect.  To avoid forgetting it again, I'm adding it to my blog, and  am setting a weekly reminder to review it :)

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Startupville: Start with a skate board.

Imagine a Fortune 500 company trying to build a car.  

Because the company has lots of resources, they likely have a customer research team dedicated to understanding what the customer wants. They have lots of engineering experts each of which is able to produce products of technical complexity. Finally, and probably most importantly they have a culture which rewards accomplishing big things, often before they hit the market. As a consequence, at a large company a car would probably be developed one functional component at at time.  However, the risk here is that the customer never wanted a car, and you build the wrong thing.

By contrast a startup has almost no resources, and is usually evaluated by customer growth rate.  This has the virtuous side effect that product is constantly being guided by customer need. In Startupville it's essential you are always building something the user wants to achieve their goals, in the car analogy, you'd progress by building a skateboard, then a scooter, etc.

Building skateboards is a no brainier at a startup, but may also be the optimum solution for your project at a fortune 500 company.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Startupville: Staying motivated as a solopreneur

TLDR:  When you're disheartened, do something that you can control and succeed at. Succeeding recharges your motivation and lets you take another run at your most important problems.

Staying motivated is easy when you're having wins, or executing again a plan you believe will succeed.   Unfortunately, there will be long stretches where you won't have wins, and the longer it has been since a win, the farther you will be from believing your plan will succeed.

When it's been too long since I've had a win, my motivation will tank, and I'll find you stop doing much of anything.

For me to get back on track, I need to start working on things I can control and succeed at.   Often that means working on things that are less important then the things that have me disheartened. Except that's a fallacy.  See, the thing that's most important when I'm disheartened is finding my mojo.

So, when you're disheartened, do something that you can control and succeed at. Succeeding recharges your motivation and lets you take another run at your most important problems.