If you have Safari settings set to block all cookies, like in the image below using Safari version 9.0.2, iTunes will not let you get into your account.
Thanks to Matt Barry for the tip.
If iTunes keeps prompting you for your iTunes password when you're trying to view purchases or access your iTunes account while using your Mac, the problem could be your Safari browser settings.
If you have Safari settings set to block all cookies, like in the image below using Safari version 9.0.2, iTunes will not let you get into your account.
To fix this simple choose the button for "Allow from websites I visit", like in the image below.
Once you make this minor change iTunes will magically allow you into your iTunes account again.
Thanks to Matt Barry for the tip.
How do I import a Podcast into my iPhone?
I found myself asking this question when I wanted to find an older James Altucher Podcast interview with Nassim Taleb, author of "Fooled by Randomness", "The Black Swan" and "Antifragile".
It was not showing up in the Podcast feed on iTunes or my iPhone Podcast App. It also didn't show up in a search more broadly on the iTunes Store.
Even if it wasn't showing up in iTunes or the Podcast app, I knew the particular Podcast episode existed somewhere on the web.
I went to Google, (typed in "James Altucher" "Nassim Taleb" and the word "podcast") and found the exact Podcast on the Stansberry Radio Network site. I then downloaded the Podcast to the desktop on my Mac.
But then there was no easy way to get it from my desktop into the Podcasts app on my iPhone.
News aggregator sites can be useful tools to anyone doing a web search. And if you are new to building websites, but want to start an online side business of some kind, building a news aggregator "autoblog" site can be a fun and useful first exercise.
This article will show you how to quickly build a free news aggregator using free or premium Wordpress, a free RSS aggregator plugin, the free "Twenty Fifteen" theme and Google Alerts service. You'll also learn how you can create a simple free and great looking logo for your news aggregator site in minutes.
After you build your free news aggregator site, you may want to incorporate more functionality into your aggregator, with extensions such as "feed to post", "keyword filtering", "categories", "excerpts and thumbnails" or even content spinning if you want to save time when writing original articles. WP RSS Aggregator publishes the popular premium add-ons for the free WordPress RSS aggregator plugin that I use here.
I used this process to create a simple RSS News Aggregator site for Perovskite.com, a targeted site on a new solar photovoltaic panel technology.
The instructions below will result in a news aggregator site that looks like the image below, which as of 11/2/2015.
The look of the site will probably change constantly, though, as I plan to make regular updates/improvements.
Why Create a News Aggregator Site?
Sites such as Guy Kawasaki's AllTop have become popular because crawl the web and publish customized headlines from around the world on almost any topic. If you want to stay on top of news in a particular area, or related to a particular keyword, AllTop allows you to get this information all in one place.
However, some people prefer Google Alerts to keep up to date on particular topics or keywords. Google Alerts sends headlines from around the web right to your email, but it also has a useful but little known RSS feature.
Using Google Alerts' RSS functionality and WordPress you can create your own mini "AllTop".
For people who want to get started building an online business, but maybe aren't sure where to start, this can be a "quick win" that has four potential benefits:
Once your new news aggregator site is running, you can pat yourself on the back and think of new ways to improve the WordPress site over time with new valuable content and features.
Dropbox synchronization for uploads and downloads runs at different speeds by default. Depending on the settings in your Dropbox, you may wan to increase sync speed, for instance, if you are dealing with a particularly large file or files.
For me, I experienced this problem when trying to upload a particularly massive PST file which seemed to be taking days to sync.
After following these steps, my Dropbox sync speed increased around 500%.
Click the Dropbox icon in the navigation bar in the top right hand corner on a Mac or in your tray in the bottom right corner on a Windows computer.
Once you have clicked the Dropbox icon, next click the gear icon in the bottom right hand corner of the Dropbox dropdown menu (shown below on a Mac).
Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank describes the trait that she believes most successful business people and/or entrepreneurs have: Insecurity.
To me, LinkedIn’s acquisition of Lynda was brilliant.
Awhile back, before the acquisition was publicly announced, I had considered the value of online education to a professional platform like LinkedIn. It made sense to me then.
Now that the Lynda acquisition has been announced, I believe it will eventually be an absolute goldmine for LinkedIn for three reasons:
I signed up for a trial with Lynda to check it out… I am not sure I would have signed up for Lynda if it wasn’t tied to LinkedIn. There are course offerings for almost any professional interests you could have.
LinkedIn is already much more useful to me than any other social network because it is not a 100% time waster. With the addition of Lynda, LinkedIn becomes potentially even more helpful... Unlike with Facebook or Twitter, with LinkedIn there is at least a PROMISE of gaining business insight, making a helpful connection or learning something of value.
Lynda is also a genius move when you think of it as a focused (premium), curated YouTube.
By contrast, YouTube has a “made you look!” quality that reminds me of Taboola or Outbrain, which I loathe for trying to pull me down a visceral rathole through tempting me with sensational images and click on them.
As a LinkedIn user, instead of seeking an online course on YouTube, where I’d have to sit through a random, irrelevant ad from a pizza flipper, or worse, I may seek to improve myself and my career with a curated non advertised solution with the promise of payback by making me more effective.
I also think that LinkedIn does a better job of offering intrinsic motivation, through seeking a sense of accomplishment through striving for self-improvement and meaningful work.
Other networks, such as Facebook, do not do this. I associate Facebook with pure extrinsic motivation (i.e. a feeling of reward or lack of reward - did someone “like” my photo or post!?)
For instance… My field is green/sustainable building. For those who don’t know, I run a small startup providing green building training for the building, design and construction industry.
For professionals who are in this industry, studying online to earn a professional credential offers the promise of both extrinsic and intrinsic rewards.
Extrinsic in that earning a LEED professional credential looks great on a resume.
Intrinsic, in that the LEED exams are notoriously difficult, and you may genuinely care about the environment or feel strongly about efficiency and want to learn as much as possible to be as effective as possible in your career.
The extrinsic and intrinsic rewards are totally aligned with each other, and work well within a professional context. For all of the above reasons, I think this is a total homerun for LinkedIn long term.
If you're a would be entrepreneur, free or inexpensive online tools such as oDesk/eLance, Unbounce, Fiverr, Mailchimp, Wufoo, MindMeister, Flickr and many others make it easier than ever to lever your creativity, build your own "20% time" system and start something on your own.
Eventually, though, when you need to solve a meaningful problem, you may want to get out of the house or your office and hope for a really diverse "collision" with someone from a different background, a different industry, or perhaps someone who's... just plain weird. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos refers to these collisions as "serendipitous encounters." Such encounters can increase productivity.
A recent article in the New York Times certainly isn't doing any favors for would-be fashion entrepreneurs...
The author of the high chinned meditation on the demise of C. Wonder, an affordable and stylish women's retail clothing brand founded by the former husband of Tory Burch, has one quote in particular that is complete nonsense: "the problem is, starting big — or not even big, compared to the real behemoths, but bigger than small — costs an enormous amount of money, and does so for a very long time." In another quote, contemplating the potential challenges of a designer who is considering starting his own brand, the author writes, "It's too expensive."
The article is oblivious of the fact that, indeed, it has never been less expensive to create a retail brand that has meaning and connects with customers, like C. Wonder did.
Simply stating that failure should be avoided, completely misses the point of failure as a learning experience.
By doing something that might not work, entrepreneurs accept a certain amount of speculative risk. The risk of entrepreneurship isn't binary (i.e. 100% gain or 100% loss)... There is always a tradeoff.
A study on the "Anatomy of an Entrepreneur" surveyed 549 company founders in a variety of industries and found that the average number of companies started by the entrepreneurs was 2.3. The average age of these entrepreneurs was 40. Were all of their first companies successes? Doubtful.
While failure may be inevitable, it needn't be permanent. Attitude clearly matters in entrepreneurship. The person with a sanguine attitude toward failure, and a commitment to struggle, is more likely to eventually succeed than someone who views failure as taboo.
The point of searching for the positive side of failure is to encourage people to believe in the discipline of producing, for better or worse... and producing is all about attitude.
There's an oft-quoted, but incorrect, statistic that 90% of new restaurants fail within their first year.
Actually, the failure rate for restaurants is only around 26% in the first year, and 60% within three years.
But whatever the number is, if you're planning on starting and running a restaurant, you'll be one of the ones that succeed if you ably prepare.
In the beginning, it will feel like a roller coaster. Expect 18 hour days on your feet while experiencing every odd facet of humanity, both positive and negative, up close and personal.
In the process, though, you'll undoubtedly meet some of the best and worst people you'll ever encounter in your life... So read on to learn some tips for starting this memorable journey off on the right foot.
This is definitely the coolest "geek art" I've seen in a long time. An opportunity to own an icon designed by an icon.
Susan Kare, who worked with Steve Jobs as a founding member of the original Macintosh team at Apple, is selling hand painted reproductions of the "Pirate Flag" that flew over the Macintosh building (Bandley 3) at Apple Computer in 1983.
Susan is the designer and painter of the original pirate flag, seen at left and in these group photos with Steve Jobs, who was Chairman of Apple at the time, and the infamous CEO and his soon to be ouster, John Sculley, below.
The flags are available in either 3'x5' or 4'x6' sizes, for $1,900 and $2,400, respectively. This strikes me as quite reasonable for a unique piece of art from a professional designer who had an incredible impact on the user experience of the original Macintosh.
I mean, the artist is basically recreating her original work... The Mac "pirate flag" epitomizes the story of the birth of the Mac computer... Indeed, this flag basically represents everything Steve Jobs worked for at Apple until he died.
To suggest that many entrepreneurs can relate to what the Apple pirate flag represents could be the understatement of the century.
Dropbox is great for syncing important files in the cloud. The service allows you to sync all your important files across all your computers and mobile devices seamlessly, so you can access everything from everywhere. Change, add or delete a file and that file is updated, added or deleted instantly across all your Dropbox folders.
Keeping backups is very important in case your computer suddenly dies or you lose access for whatever reason. Indeed, an old saying goes that if an important file is not backed up in three places, it's not backed up at all.
But depending on how you look at it, Dropbox's strengths at syncing could also be viewed as weaknesses. For instance, there may be a time when things have changed and you don't want a device to have access to your Dropbox folder anymore. For instance, what if you need to have your computer fixed by a stranger, or you want to sell your computer or for whatever reason you just need to give others access.
In such a case, you may want to delete the files from that computer (or device) entirely, but want to keep them in the cloud and everywhere else.
You can accomplish this easily in three steps. When you're done, you'll have deleted the important files from your local Dropbox folder and removed them from that computer without having touched your Dropbox files in the Cloud or on any other computers.
Seth Godin has a fantastic post this morning titled "The Dorm Room Mindset".
It reminded me (I need be reminded for the umpteenth time) that it's OK to start before you're ready.
The Dorm Room Mindset reminded me that making progress is more important than getting it perfect. It reminded me that success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.
The process of building things looks different today than it did, say, 10 years ago. Back then it was harder to go to market. Today it's easier than ever to go to market with a concept only and gain feedback, or even gain money, using just an idea in order to go further in the process of whatever we're building.
Anyone with an idea and interest can contribute small amounts of energy that may add up to a lot. We can make it a hobby to chip away at building something meaningful over time.
Contrary to what I might often think, I really don't need money to test a new idea.
Good enough sometimes is.
Things got weird on Saturday morning when I went to boot up my iMac (which is a 27" from late 2009).
Initialization seemed slower than usual and when the Apple logo appeared I got this long, oval shaped progress bar below the spinning wheel. I had never seen such a thing on my Mac in over 5 years... And the progress bar on my Mac was seemingly not making any progress, which was worrisome.
When you start in Recovery Mode, you have a few options to check out what could be going wrong with your Mac and have options for fixing it.
To start your Mac in "Recovery Mode" do the following steps:
Once you have started in Recovery Mode you will see the Disk Utilities screen above. From here you have a few options. (To leave recovery mode, restart your Mac normally without holding down any keys during startup.)
Booting in "Recovery Mode"
Fortunately, when a Mac becomes unresponsive, to diagnose the problem on your own you can shut down your computer and start again in "Recovery Mode", which will provide you with a menu of diagnostic options from OS X Utilities at the start of your Mac.
FWIW in the days/weeks before this happened, I noticed that the computer would start seizing up intermittently for 3-5 minutes at a time while I was working. While it was seized up, no applications would respond, only the beach ball would be doing the death spin thing... Not even trying Command, Option, Escape to force quit applications would work.
This computer had been a total workhorse for me, putting in 12 hour days, easily, and more or less handling everything I've thrown at it for over five years. But now it was not working at all. The progress bar would never advance, the spinning gear kept spinning and then the iMac would shut down automatically, and not reboot.
My sister recently sent me a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's called "10% Happier" by Dan Harris.
The book is a true story about an ambitious news anchor who, thanks to learning about the practice of meditation, successfully navigates both the highly competitive world of major network television news and the largely misunderstood and ignored world of personal emotions and self control.
The book is excellent and extremely funny at times. I found myself laughing out loud because the author's tone is one of the "everyman", not some glib TV celebrity. His choice of language in describing his experiences and encounters while on self-help safari is very smart. The author conveys an awareness and understanding of everything from the contemporary technology to human psychology.
While not necessarily meaning to, in an extremely readable 237 pages, "10% Happier" repeatedly examines a critical question for many entrepreneurs: How do I do my best work, while ignoring the fact that I may fail?
Indeed, a central message of the book, "Nonattachment with results" invokes Seth Godin's mantra to do work that matters, while acknowledging and accepting that "This might not work".
Strive for the best outcome for yourself, but understand that certain things (indeed most things) are outside of your control.
By being unattached to the results, whatever they may be, it frees you up to focus on the work.
If you find yourself quitting an entrepreneurial project (or any project for that matter that you started in earnest to better yourself), you must remember that the enthusiasm you experienced for the idea at first will (must!) be met by a challenge of opposite and equal strength.
In other words your initial excitement will meet a repellent force of negativity at the first real work to be done. There is truth in the saying that nothing worth doing is easy. Indeed, if your excellent idea is not challenged, it may not be that great in the first place.
Remember that although your idea is unique (because you thought it), someone else could have had an idea almost exactly like it.
They felt the same enthusiasm. Maybe they even started to write the idea down. Maybe they talked to someone about it. Maybe they... In the end it doesn't matter.
Be reassured. 90% of the people who hatch good ideas doom them to dying from lack of interest. The first challenge kills the next 8%, leaving 2% who actually may get something done.
Before embarking on your great idea, beware of your first challenge.
If you are struggling with how you seem to be working so many hours, but not getting where you want to go, you may want to really examine how you are spending your time.
This is a wonderful quote by Arnold Bennett on time. It is the great equalizer. We all have 24 hours a day, the difference in productivity and results is what we do with our time, how we measure it and examine that activity against our goals.
Our success and happiness depends on our most effective use of the time we have left.
Time is the inexplicable raw material of everything. With it, all is possible; without it, nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it. You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions. No one can take it from you. It is unstealable. And no one receives either more or less than you receive.
"Greenwashing" is the practice of deceptively marketing a company’s products or policies as environmentally friendly.
The environmentalist Jay Westerveldt coined this term when he encountered one of those hotel cards advising him on eco-friendly "towel management" practices, way back in 1986 (this one is from a recent hotel stay of mine). Of course this is nothing new, smart marketers have cleverly invoked the best interests of the environment for years to get us to choose their products and causes.
Since the environment can't respond to marketers directly or speak for itself, in 1992 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released their first “Green Guide” offering clear guidelines for manufacturers, marketers and publishers in making environmental claims so that they could avoid greenwash. The FTC guidelines boil down to:
An example of an exaggeration would be a statement from your bank that reads, “Go Paperless to Save the Environment.” An example of an outright lie would be claiming that a product is biodegradable when it isn’t.
Amazon.com's customer recruiting email that it sent to all its customers yesterday (August 9th, 2014) was disingenuous, but also sometimes funny, in invoking (incorrectly) a quote by dead author George Orwell who coined the term "Big Brother" in his book "Animal Farm".
Amazon's propaganda email aimed to 1) sway and recruit me in their e-book battle with Hachette, claiming that taking Amazon's side in the massive e-book war was in my (and every author's) best interests and 2) convince me that this war is simply a battle of "old school" thinking vs. "new disruptive" thinking (with Hachette being the old school and Amazon being the innovative disruptor).
The email frames Amazon as the friend of the author, the defender of reasonableness and that it is fighting for the sake of "book culture". I thought this was pretty absurd and that this marketing approach might be termed "carewash". Indeed, the 800 LB gorilla of online publishing is not acting on behalf of many authors, including Robert A. Caro, Junot Díaz, Malcolm Gladwell, Lemony Snicket (the pen name of Daniel Handler), Michael Chabon, Michael Lewis, Jon Krakauer, Scott Turow, George Saunders, Sebastian Junger, Philip Pullman and Nora Roberts. It essentially already controls the market for e-books.
Hachette's influence in e-book pricing simply reduces the scope of Amazon's power. Of course, I don't believe that Hachette (which is "part of a $10 billion media conglomerate" to quote Amazon's email) cares any less about money than Amazon does, but I do believe that Amazon.com (itself a much, much more influential $146 billion business) does not care more about "book culture" than it does about increasing its control of e-books and e-book pricing to feed its increasingly strategic Kindle and Fire Phone mobile shopping channels.
What do you think of Amazon's email? A copy of the full email from Amazon is included below.
Because I recall being a poor student, I sometimes rail on conventional schooling. However, if you have an open mind, education of almost any type is extremely helpful because theory is the step before simulation... Simulation being the closest thing to actually doing something.
Liberal arts schools provide perspective, while business schools help students think strategically and quantitatively. Some of my best friends do not agree with me, but I believe that there is not enough emphasis on solving real world problems in conventional, formal education. This is the case in the public school system, and is even true in private business schools.
Some education startups are emphasizing practical application more in their curricula. For instance, new online schools that reach coding will even hire their own students, eating their own dog food, if you will.
Teaching entrepreneurship is hard. Babson, where I earned my MBA, prides itself on its history and innovation in the area of entrepreneurial thinking... But no matter what, though, schools will always lead with the lesson, then deliver the test. The best thing most business schools know how to do is be a simulator.
But business school has to be controlled. After all, how could they gauge your performance (and give you a grade) otherwise?
Entrepreneurs know that the real learning happens outside the classroom. Where there are essentially no rules and no control. What may start out as abstract, must eventually be tested as being practical in the real world. Solve a real problem.
The lesson of entrepreneurship can't be learned except by taking the test.
That "you suck" voice that comes from within may not be you talking to yourself.
But you'll think it is...
As the saying by French poet Baudelaire goes, "La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas," translated to "The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist."
The quote is from a short story called The Generous Gambler, published posthumously in 1869, about a meeting between Baudelaire and the Devil.
In the poem, the Devil recounts to Baudelaire that he heard a preacher once make this statement about the Devil's "trick" to his congregation, and it was the only time the Devil had ever been scared...
Rob is the founder and CEO of Green Buildings Online Inc.
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