Beyond Success – Chapter 2

JOHN WOODEN'S SEVEN-POINT CREED

1. Be true to yourself.

2. Make friendship a fine art.

3. Make each day your masterpiece.

4. Build a shelter against a rainy day.

5. Help others.

6. Drink deeply from good books.

7. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

— An excerpt from, “Beyond Success” by Brian D. Biro.

Key Xing Still Rocks!!

Yes, I know I already wrote about this, but I had to reiterate it. I put in a feature request to John Scalo of LumaCode about 3 weeks ago. He immediately wrote back with some questions on how I would use it to clarify my request. Well, as luck would have it, I just got the latest beta announcement from John and TaDaaaa! My feature is in there. I paid $7 for the product that already rocked, and now I'm going to buy a few more copies just so I can send him some money. This little $7 program is worth every bit of $30 or $40 and with each release, he raises the value by an exponential factor.

If you do any type of repetitive tasks, repetitive typing, or just plain wish you could use that row of function keys on your keyboard, do yourself, and John, a favor; Go Buy Key Xing. — andy

Beyond Success – Chapter 1

“No one knows when each team member will have the greatest impact: the greatest element in stardom is the rest of the team.”

— An excerpt from, “Beyond Success” by Brian D. Biro.

An Irish Wish

MAY THERE ALWAYS BE WORK FOR YOUR HANDS TO DO;

MAY YOUR PURSE ALWAYS HOLD A COIN OR TWO;

MAY THE SUN ALWAYS SHINE ON YOUR WINDOWPANE;

MAY A RAINBOW BE CERTAIN TO FOLLOW EACH RAIN;

MAY THE HAND OF A FRIEND ALWAYS BE NEAR YOU;

MAY GOD FILL YOUR HEART WITH GLADNESS TO CHEER YOU.

OS X comes with a list of all the words in Webster's 2nd International Dictionary (234,936 of them to be precise). These words can be found in the file /usr/share/dict/words. I find it useful to search this list if I'm not sure how spell a given word by using the following command:

% more /usr/share/dict/words | grep [pattern] | more

This should return a list of words from the dictionary that contain your [pattern] (don't type the square brackets) of interest.

Another interesting file is /usr/share/dict/propernames, which is a list of common (mostly Western) names (useful if you're having difficulty coming up with a name for your newborn).

Making Radio Fly

Yesterday, after helping a friend install Radio on XP, I realized how blazingly fast his usage was versus mine. I had read that there were some 'issues' with using Radio server on the same Mac that you browse from, but even when I switched from IE to Chimera, the speed up was minimal.

Since Radio is not yet available for Linux (HINT HINT!!) I thought I'd install Radio on the XP box I have here and see if I could move my files across platforms. It took a bit of hide & seek in the migration of the files, but after about 30 minutes, everything transitioned smoothly.

I'm excited to say that Radio has never been this much fun! It is SOOOO fast now and I'm a much happier Radio user. In this new setup, I'm able to access my Radio install from the public Internet as well as from my local network so I still have the same great access at close to a 5x speed increase.

Of course, this leaves me wondering why, with all the great improvements in OS X and its use of BSD and Apache, is Radio so much slower on a Mac. Any ideas?

Grasping XML

A great resource for XML and XSLT tutorials can be found at:

http://www.xfront.com/

A Gentle Introduction to XSLT through HTML Templates can be found in the collection here.

Rescuing XSLT from Niche Status. XSLT is one of the most exciting technologies to come out of the XML family. Unfortunately, its incredible power and associated complexity can be overwhelming to new users preventing many from experimenting with it or causing them to quickly give up in disgust. In fact, unless the method of teaching and the common style of use for XSLT is radically changed to make it more accessible, XSLT will be relegated to niche status like SGML and other powerful technologies. — David Jacobs

“zeldman.543jh” [PHP Everywhere]

Beyond Success

“As we communicate the vision we have for others and the expectations we hold for them, we create an almost magnetic pull that draws them in the direction of those expectations.”

— An excerpt from, “Beyond Success” by Brian D. Biro.

The 15 Secrets to Effective Leadership and Life based on legendary Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Sucess.