Since ‘brew bundle’ has been deprecated, here is a temporary fix.

Create a file named brew-bundle and write the code below.

#!/usr/bin/env sh
[ -f "Brewfile" ] || (echo "No Brewfile found" 1>&2 && exit -1)
while read line
do
  [ "${line###*}" ] && brew $line
done < Brewfile

Place file in ~/bin/ and chmod +x ~/bin/brew-bundle

You’re now able to use your Brewfile again.

I have just read The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris. Great book on lifestyle automation.
Here’s some notes I took on the book while reading.

– Limit tasks to the important to shorten work time (80/20 rule)
– Shorten work time to limit tasks to the tasks to the important (Parkinson’s Law)
Using a shorter deadline will force you to focus on execution.
Identifying the critical tasks and scheduling them with very short and clear deadlines is the best solution for becoming productive and efficient.

Ask yourself:
– Am I being productive or just active?
– Am I inventing things to do to avoid the important?

Compile a todo list that is not computerized for the next day. There should be never more than 2 items to complete each day. If there is, you must ask yourself “If this is the only thing I accomplish, will I be satisfied with today?”

Propose solutions to everyday questions, instead of asking for opinions.

I. Low information diet
A. Selective ignorance
i. Problems solve themselves or disappear if you remove yourself as a bottleneck and empower others.
ii. Increased output demands decreased input.
B. Actions
i. One week information fast; no news, no television, no unnecessary web browsing.
ii. Catch up news by asking colleagues
iii. Information should be used immediately and stored if it is important.
iv. Focus on “on-time” information and not “just-in-case”
C. Challenge
i. Ask random strangers for their number. The goal is to get out of your comfort zone.
II. Interrupting Interruptions and the Art of Refusal
A. Assertiveness
i. Learn to be difficult when it matters.
ii. Having a reputation for being assertive will give you preferential treatment.
B. Time wasters
i. It is your job to train those around you to be effective and efficient.
ii. Keep meetings less than 30 minutes, and have defined goals and objectives.
C. Time consumers: batch and do not falter
i. Batch same types of tasks together.
ii. Estimate the the value of your time and the amount of time you save by batching tasks.
iii. Calculate how much you earn by multiplying the amount of time saved by your per hour rate for different batching frequencies: 1 time per week, two weeks, month.
iv. If problems creating by batching tasks together cost more than the hours saved, scale back to less frequent schedule.
D. Empowerment Failures: Rules and readjustment.
i. Try not to micromanage.
ii. People are smarter than you think. Give them a chance to prove themselves.
iii. Empower others to act without interrupting you. Give them permission.
iv. Set rules in your favor. Limit access to your time.
III. Income Automation
A. The Renaissance Minimalist
i. Cash flow and times, without these two things, nothing is possible.
ii. The more resellers there are, the fast your product goes extinct.
iii. The more middlemen are involved, the higher your margins need to be.
B. Begin with the end in mind.
i. Find a market, define customers, then find/develop a product for them.
ii. Aim for a 8-10x markup
iii. Price range of $50-200 per sale provides most profit for the last customer service hassle.
iv. Should take no more than 3-4 weeks to manufacture
v. Options: Resell a product, license a product, create a product
C. Credibility snowball
i. Join two or three related trade organizations
ii. read the three top selling books
iii. give one free one-to-three hour seminar.
iv. offer to write one or two articles for trade magazines.
D. Art of Undecision
i. Fewer Options = More revenue
ii. Customer service is providing excellent product at reputable price and solving legitimate problems in the fastest manner possible.
iii. The more options, the more indecision created and fewer orders received.
iv. The more options, the more manufacturing and customer service is needed.
a. offer one or two purchase options.
b. do not offer multiple shipping options, offer one fast method and charge premium.
c. eliminate phone orders and direct to online ordering.
d. do not offer international shipments.
v. Policies towards low maintenance customers and attracting high profit.
a. Do not accept via western union, checks or money orders.
b. raise wholesale minimums to 12-100 units and require tax id number.
c. refer all potential resellers to an online form.
d. never negotiate pricing or approve lower pricing for higher volume orders, cite company policy.
e. offer low priced products instead of free products to capture information for follow up sales.
f. offer a lose-win guarantee.
g. Do not accept orders from common mail fraud countries.
IV. How to look Fortune 500 in 45 minutes.
A. Don’t be the CEO or Founder.
i. give yourself a mid level vp. For negotiation purposes, do not appear to be the ultimate decision maker.
B. Put multiple email contacts on the website.
C. Set up an interactive voice response remote receptionist.
D. do not provide home address

I just finished Mark Cuban’s book How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It . It is an absolute buy at $2.99 for the Kindle.

The book was inspiring and included great lessons that an entrepreneur should learn.

  • The best skill in life is selling. Learn to sell, you are always selling when you own a business. Don’t sell your product, sell the solution to their problem.
  • Customers will work with you if you have other customers.
  • Business is a competition that is 7 x 24 x 365 forever.
  • “Going to college should be about experiencing as much academically as you possibly can, but more importantly, it should be about learning how to learn and recognizing that learning is a lifelong endeavor. School isn’t the end of the learning process, it’s purely a training ground and beginning.
  • “All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.”
  • “Everyone has got the will to win; it’s only those with the will to prepare that do win.”
  • One thing we can all control is effort. Put in the time to become an expert in whatever you’re doing. It will give you an advantage because most people don’t do this.

Found a bug in the .has-feedback icon alignment in bootstrap 3. Add the following to your css file to fix it.

.has-feedback .form-control-feedback {
    position: absolute;
    top: 3px;
    right: 15px;
    display: block;
    width: 34px;
    height: 34px;
    line-height: 34px;
    text-align: center;
}

Nearly all startups follow the same set of steps you see in the infographic below, created by Funders and Founders. The infographic shows the steps you usually have to take when making billions from a startup.
Formula-Startups-Use-To-Make-Billions

The Gap by Ira Glass

February 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

Inspiring and motivating video from Ira Glass who offers some words of wisdom that reminds us that it takes multiple failures until one succeeds.

THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo.

In the process of committing this poem to memory.

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Source: A Choice of Kipling’s Verse (1943)

One of my role models when it comes to entrepreneurship is Mark Cuban.

He started Broadcast.com in 1995, growing to more than 300 employees by 1999. Broadcast was sold to Yahoo for almost $6 billion. He is probably most famous as the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks. Over his career, Cuban has spoken at length about his experience as an entrepreneur, small business man, and investor.

One of my favorite quotes from him:

… it doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and either should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because…

All that matters in business is that you get it right once.

Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.

Sometimes, we need an inspirational to get up and do something! It is a great blog post from him and I definitely suggest your read it.

Source: Shark Tank & Success & Motivation

The ADT Bundle provides everything you need to start developing apps, including a version of the Eclipse IDE with built-in ADT (Android Developer Tools) to streamline your Android app development. If you haven’t already, go download the Android ADT Bundle.

Install the SDK and Eclipse IDE

  1. Unpack the ZIP file (named adt-bundle-.zip) and save it to an appropriate location, such as a “Development” directory in your home directory. You can also rename the folder “android” if you like.
  2. Open the adt-bundle-/eclipse/ directory and launch eclipse.

Brew Install

      Even easier is installing via brew.
      brew install android-sdk

That’s it! The IDE is already loaded with the Android Developer Tools plugin and the SDK is ready to go.

Many startups and companies create coding challenges to find engineers and developers that are capable and creative in algorithms and code. This is a great opportunity to get noticed by these companies.

Startups/Companies
Quora
Evernote

There are also other sites that allow you to compete or practice code.
Other Sites
Project Euler challenges you in mathematics and algorithms.
TopCoder has open competitions where you can win prizes.

If I don’t have one listed, please comment below.