Machiine Turns 3 – Annual Book Give-Away

This blog is 3 years old. To celebrate, and to say thanks to you for visiting, contributing and/or subscribing, I will be giving away a book. How To Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie.

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

How you can win this book. 

It’s real easy. Just leave a comment on this post. I will create a PHP script to randomly select one of the comments at the end of November 2014. The contest will run even if only 1 person comments. So your odds of winning might be pretty high!

About the book.

While I’ve only just started reading it myself I’m shocked at how relevant it is to leadership and business today. Considering it was first published 70 years ago.

In it Dale Carnegie illustrates how great leaders in history have used encouragement to build great teams. He then goes on to highlight the principles all leaders need to know.

Warren Buffett referred to it as one of the best books he’s ever read, and it’s been on my reading list ever since.

Is it for you?

If you aren’t sure this book is for you, think about this. You are already leading others and you may not even know it. You have influence on the people around you. Your family, friends, co-workers, bosses, or employees.

You may be more of a leader than you realize. As such it’s helpful to be equipped when leading. So I encourage you to read this book, even if you don’t win it here.

Mac – How to clear a file’s contents using Terminal command

A quick trick to empty a file using Terminal on Mac.

1. Open Terminal

2. enter the following command in Terminal

cat /dev/null > fileName

If you get a warning Permission Denied you can do the following trick.

sudo sh -c 'cat /dev/null > fileName'

How to setup multiple sites hosted on your Mac with OSX 10.8 + (MAMP Part 5)

Welcome to part 5 of the MAMP tutorial. In this post we will go over setting up friendly URLs on your Mac server. We will be adding a new site called http://mysite.localhost

You will also learn how to run multiple domain sites on your local server. Having Virtual Hosts enabled is really useful when developing sites on your localhost. It’s also super easy to setup.

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We need to talk about the impact of Likes

Have you ever experienced information overload? Maybe I’m alone in this, but I love discovering new things. And for me learning from blogs, forums, or videos is an easy way to do it. With all that input I am influenced by the thoughts and ideas of the content. Which is part of the joy of learning, reshaping one’s frame of mind and gaining fresh insights.

Then I read Martin Cooper’s interview of Jeremy Keith in Net magazine. It was at night, I was sitting outside on my patio under the warmth of the propane heater as rain thundered down beyond the roof. In that moment I was reminded of what made the internet so compelling.Jeremy Keith interviewed by Martin Cooper

Here are the words I was reading. “What fascinates me,” Jeffrey says, “is the very basic idea of the web. This idea that anybody can publish on the web and other people can see it. People anywhere in the world. It’s a very simple idea but all the permutations of that have influenced a lot of what I do.”

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Facebook is broken

Facebook likes brokenFacebook is broken. The site isn’t down, you can still login to your account. The problem is with its business model. Have you noticed how your newsfeed is getting more filtered? When you post something to your Facebook wall, it is only seen by a few of your friends. To prevent people’s walls from being inundated with thousands of posts, Facebook shares your posts with just a few of your friends, then if those friends like your post it is shared with more of your friends.

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How to turn display_errors to on in php.ini file

This is a quick tutorial that will walk you through turning display errors on in your php.ini file.

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You have everything you need to be successful

Muhammad AliIn part 1 of this series I posed the question, are you building something bigger than yourself? “A company needs a core vision, a rally cry, that everyone on staff can come behind.” Today, I want to focus on the second half of the question, “What does it mean to actually believe that you have everything you need to build something way bigger than yourself?”

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

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Achieve great things

To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time. – Leonard Bernstein

Motivational Quote - challenge your limits

Struck by the response I received from last weeks post, Why Motivated People are Waaay More Productive, I asked myself this question, “What does it mean to actually believe that you have everything you need to build something way bigger than yourself?” If you are an entrepreneur who wants to build something great then you need to ask yourself this question as well. This is part one of this series.

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How to paint your scooter using spray paint at home

This tutorial will walk you through the steps to repaint your scooter (or any vehicle) using spray cans at home. This is what my scooter looks like after respraying it. I’m not a professional, this is my first time working with most of this stuff. If I can do it so can you.

Yamaha Vino YJ50 Scooter

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Why motivated people are waaaaay more productive

You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourselfGood entrepreneurs intentionally surround themselves with people and activities that motivate them. We know that to win we need to stick with it when the going get’s tough. For some entrepreneurs that means getting good coaches and for others it’s engaging in the stuff that inspired them to get into their line of business in the first place. When you are motivated you work harder, for longer hours and your productivity goes up. This article will discuss your role (as the entrepreneur/CEO) in motivating your employees and why that matters.

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