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Creating Templates with Google Drive

13 Dec 2016

Creating Templates with Google Drive

Do you use Google Drive for your everyday documents and spreadsheets? Wish you could just have a template for those files (instead of opening an old file and creating a copy)? Well, now you can (again). Google recently announced they were bringing back team templates. And this post walks you through how to take advantage of that feature.

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Embrace the jargon

16 Mar 2015

Don't discourage jargon use in your domain. Embrace it. Teach it. Invent it. Help your users learn it and find chances to use it.

Kathy Sierra from Badass: Making Users Awesome

For years, I have been convincing myself that we need to speak in non-industry terms with our clients so that we don't alienate them. Now I am left wondering if we've just created a new problem.

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Portland: Opportunities and Challenges as an Evolving Tech Hub

13 Mar 2015

in general the report found that young and educated people are attracted to Portland because it’s a 'place where people come to live, recreate, and do business—differently.'

Skip Newberry, Technology Assoc. of Oregon from Evolving Portland’s Tech Economy: Livability and Stewardship Is Key

There isn't a week that goes by that I don't wonder if I would have been able to help build a company like Planet Argon in another city. There's something in the water here.

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14 Nov 2013

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Congrats to Ada Developers Academy

4 Nov 2013

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Shopify introduces a POS

28 Aug 2013

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Everything is ruined now

20 Aug 2013

Technology almost always democratizes art, because it gives us better tools, better access and a quicker route to mediocrity. It’s significantly easier to be a mediocre (almost very good) setter of type today than it was to be a pretty good oil painter two hundred years ago.

Seth Godin from Now it's ruined

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CreativeMornings July

6 Aug 2013

July’s theme was Space and the presenter, Brad Cloepfil, did not disappoint.

Brad Cloepfi founded Allied Works Architecture in 1994. His body of work is as informed by the land and the history of place as it is by formal training, and it is one that cuts a clear line through much of the infatuation with rhetoric and formal novelty surrounding the practice today. The approach to design combines a research-intensive focus on the specific character of each project with an understanding of the profoundly affecting possibilities of building. In addition to leading all aspects of creative work at Allied Works, Cloepfil has held guest professorships and given talks on the work throughout North America and Europe.

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Goodbye Doug

3 Jul 2013

If you attempt to make sense of Engelbart’s design by drawing correspondences to our present-day systems, you will miss the point, because our present-day systems do not embody Engelbart’s intent. Engelbart hated our present-day systems.

Bret Victor from A few words on Doug Engelbart

Doug, we'll miss you. Thank you for opening up our eyes.

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CreativeMornings June

28 Jun 2013

In my role as a Business Developer at Planet Argon, it’s important to keep connected to Portland’s creative and business community. One of the ways I attempt to gather local intelligence and randomly bump into interesting strangers from other companies, is to regularly attend several of the awesome networking type events around town. There are many to choose from, but this post will focus specifically on CreativeMornings.

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Wrong or Right?

18 Jun 2013

So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.

Caterina Fake

Always ask yourself, "how does this benefit our mission?"

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It's merely shinier

11 Jun 2013

Perfect doesn’t mean flawless. Perfect means it does exactly what I need it to do. A vacation can be perfect even if the nuts on the plane weren’t warmed before serving.

Seth Godin from Polishing perfect

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The lack of

14 May 2013

In part, it’s not your fault. If you grew up and went to school in the United States, you were educated in a system that has eight times as many high-school football teams as high schools that teach advanced placement computer-science classes. Things are hardly better in the universities. According to one recent report, in the next decade American colleges will mint 40,000 graduates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, though the U.S. economy is slated to create 120,000 computing jobs that require such degrees. You don’t have to be a math major to do the math: That’s three times as many jobs as we have people qualified to fill them.

Kirk McDonald from Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won't Hire You

Admittedly, I don't know who has a college degree in computer science on our team. I don't.

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