Archive for November, 2012
The 50 Free Apps We’re Most Thankful For
It’s the time of year where we all give thanks, and among many other things, we here at Lifehacker are thankful for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 of our favorites.
We asked you which free apps you’re most thankful for, you offered hundreds of suggestions both classic and new. Here, we’ve taken your votes (and added a few of our own) and ranked our 50 apps using those votes as a guide. So without further ado, here are 50 free apps for your downloading feast.
The 50 Free Apps We’re Most Thankful For
Category: Cloud Storage
See also: Top 10 Clever Uses for Dropbox, The Cheapskate’s Guide to Getting Free Dropbox Space, How to Get 8GB+ Extra Dropbox Space for Free with Google AdWords,How to Supercharge Your Dropbox with Wappwolf, and more Dropbox coverage
Category: Web Browsers
See also: The Always Up-to-Date Power User’s Guide to Chrome, How to Really Browse Without Leaving a Trace, Which Browser Should I Use: Firefox or Chrome?, How and Why Chrome Is Overtaking Firefox Among Power Users, and more Chrome coverage
Jenna Goudreau, Forbes Staff
I write about navigating success for professional women.
10 Phrases That Are Holding Your Career Back
“The difference between the almost-right word and the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”—Mark Twain
Whether dealing with clients, coworkers or superiors, how you phrase and frame your message colors the way people perceive you. The words you choose may be the difference between being thought of as problem-solver or a problem.
“Words are very important because they shape not only how other people hear you, but how they feel about you,” says Karen Friedman, author of Shut Up and Say Something: Business Communication Strategies to Overcome Challenges and Influence Listeners. “If you garner some kind of positive emotion, then you’ll make people care. Then you’re in a much better position for them to listen.”
However, too often business communication is peppered with filler words (umm, uh huh, well) that muddle the message, qualifiers (sort of, kind of, mostly) that diminish authority, and negative framing (can’t, impossible, never) that is discouraging and unproductive. In an informal poll of communication experts and career advisers, these 10 phrases were voted the worst things to say in your career.
That’s not my job.
“This makes it about what you can’t do as opposed to what you can do,” says Friedman. “It paints you as not being a team player.” Furthermore, it flies in the face of crucial career assets like flexibility and the willingness to learn new skills, which are required for leadership roles. Take it to a positive place by saying, “It’s not really my area of expertise. Let’s see who might be able to better help with this.”
Steve Denning, Contributor
Why The Paradigm Shift In Management Is So Difficult
In 1539, Copernicus overturned more than a thousand years of doctrine that the sun revolves around the earth with his theory that the earth is one of a number of planets revolving around the sun. No amount of tweaking the old theory led to progress. Scientists had to look at the problem in a totally different way to solve the problem.
In 1865, Gregor Mendel presented a paper in Moravia that eventually jettisoned decades of scientific work in genetics. The prevailing theory was that all genetic characteristics were passed from parents to the next generation in an average fashion. Mendel’s work in pea plants showed that genetics works over multiple generations with hybrid, dominant and recessive genes. No amount of tweaking the old theory led to progress. Scientists had to look at the problem in a completely different way to solve the problem.
In 1982, scientists knew that stomach ulcers were caused by stress, spicy foods, and stomach acid. So they ignored Barry Marshall, an Australian physician, when he presented evidence that peptic ulcers are caused by a bacterium living in the stomach. They knew that no bacterium could possibly live in the human stomach, given the presence of acid as strong as that found in a car battery. The breakthrough that won for Marshall the Nobel Prize for Medicine didn’t come by improving the conventional theory of stomach ulcers. He had to look at the problem in a totally different way to solve the problem.
I’m liking what I’ve seen from Windows 8, and the Microsoft Surface looks like a really great tablet/laptop hybrid. But can it really replace my laptop? I don’t want to get one if I can’t do any real work on it.
Suspicious of the Surface
The Surface does look more like a hybrid than it does a tablet: it’s thin and lightweight, comes with a keyboard cover for better typing, allows you to run the traditional Windows desktop, and is cheap enough that it would seem to make a great laptop replacement. However, while it’s a solid tablet, Windows RT makes it fall a little short as a laptop replacement. We’ve been using the Surface for a few weeks, and here’s what we’ve found.