Learn Project Management with Basecamp – Online

Become a Project Management Ninja. You can go from managing projects in your email to managing them in Basecamp-used by companies like NIKE, FOX, ADIDAS, TWITTER and more to manage their projects.

You can take this course on Learn Project Management with Basecamp Udemy today!

You will be SURPRISED how easy it is to manage your project from beginning to end and deliver it on-time and successfully.

I will guide you through utilizing Basecamp online project management software to get better organized and deliver projects with success that will impress everyone involved! Impress your boss, team and/or clients!

This course is 100% video based tutorial so you that you can see in real time how to add people, create a project and project manage from scratch. Included is a “5 Steps for Successful Project Management” PDF so that you can keep that with you as a way to kickoff every project.

You’ve always wanted to learn how to successfully manage a project. Now you can. Start becoming a successful Project Manager TODAY!

Some of the things you’ll be learning here are:

1. 5 Steps to Successful Project Management:
2. Adding People to Basecamp
3. Creating Projects in Basecamp
4. Managing your Project Calendar

ENROLL today and become a Project Managing Ninja tomorrow. My goal is to help everyone involved so feel free to leave my questions. My goal is for those who enroll to give feedback, ask questions and get advice on becoming an expert PM!

Sign up today — this course will only be $19 for a limited time. I will be tripling the price by October 1.

data science

What is a Data Scientist

Just like a scientist using the scientific method, a data scientist looks closely and observes data – they generate questions and are naturally curious about the data being observed. They also use various mathematical and statistical algorithms to better understand the data and better answer the questions being asked.

Data science is an emerging field of study that creatively solves problems and extracts knowledge from data using mathematics, statistics, and computer science knowledge and skills. A data scientist has the ability to take data, understand it, process it, extract value from it, visualize it, and communicate what it means. As you can see from this description, many skills are needed for a data scientist, not just database and computer science skills.

ghost blogging platform

Curious about Ghost Blogging Platform?

What is Ghost?

ghost blogging platformAccording to their website: “Ghost is an Open Source application which allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do. It’s simple, elegant, and designed so that you can spend less time making your blog work and more time blogging.”

That’s a very accurate description. Ghost, once up and running, is a very streamlined blogging platform. It’s not a robust content management system nor was it intended to be.

I was curious enough to give it a shot after reading about its Kickstarter success. It took about an hour to setup lovepoemscycle.com. It’s not for the faint at heart (although Ghost has setup its own network and this process should be easier).

Setting up a hosting account on Digital Ocean was step-one.

Thankfully they had a hosting setup with Ghost mostly ready, but you will still need to do a bunch of command line work to get the site setup. If you are afraid of command line then you might want to stick with some simpler blogging platforms like Tumblr.

The next step in the process that might scare users even further, especially those who are spoiled by WordPress’ easy theme upload and setup, is using Git. Perhaps there is a better way to get a theme to Git, but not on Digital Ocean. The only way I could figure out how to get my theme to Ghost was to setup a Git repository and SSH the theme to the server. All changes are either done through command line or Git.

It was fun for someone like me who likes to mess around with new technology, but the setup was a chore. WordPress would have been setup in ten minutes. However, if you really want a streamlined blogging platform that is fast without all the added features then Ghost is a good choice.

It will be fun to watch how Ghost evolves–especially with the release of their new hosted platform that promises setup in minutes.

Google Trends Examples: How to research your business

So what is Google Trends? I hate to start super simplistically, but the majority of those who stumble upon this blog are at that point in their internet marketing research.

Below is an example of two items that are highly seasonal. Santa Claus and Prom Dress. Why did I choose these? To make my second point for slide #2. But in this slide you can see that Santa Claus is extremely popular around Christmas time. He is so popular that he scores 100 out of 100. Prom Dress are therefore put into perspective of their overall interest even during their most important time of the year in the Spring.

Google Trends

This is where it gets good. If you were starting a website to sell Prom Dress you might think that going after the keywords “Prom Dress” would be a great idea. It seems like teenage girls might be searching for a prom dress, until you actually go into Google Trends and see how big of a difference there is in searches for “prom dresses” over “prom dress”. And finally, if you were worried that prom dresses might be losing their interest you can see that 2013 is about as good as it has been in terms of interest since 2005. And you can see that even the season for search starts a bit earlier in the year than “Prom Dress”. That does not mean you exclude the term “prom dress” as that might be closer to the purchasing funnel when someone has narrowed down their searches for a specific type of prom dress–thus it happens a bit closer to prom day.

Google Trends

10 Google Chrome plugins for SEO and developers

Broken Link Checker – is a link checker that crawls through your webpage and looks for broken links. Check My Links is an extension developed primarily for web designers, developers and content editors. When you’re editing a web page that has lots of links, wouldn’t it be handy to be able to quickly check that all the links on the page are working ok? That’s where Check My Links comes in.

Redirect Path Checker – Redirect Path flags up 301, 302, 404 and 500 HTTP Status Codes, bringing potential issues that may not otherwise be seen to your attention immediately.

As well as flagging up redirects and errors, the plugin also displays other HTTP Headers (such as server types and caching headers) and the server IP Address at the click of a button.

SEOmoz Toolbar – SEOmoz has updated the MozBar with even more useful new features that streamline your SEO. The MozBar provides easy access to the most powerful SEO tools and data while you surf the Web.

Chrome Sniffer – his extension will help web developer to inspect web framework / CMS and javascript library running on current browsing website. An icon will appear on address bar indicates the detected framework. Version detecting is being implemented.

Google Analytics Debugger – This extension loads the debug version of the Google Analytics Javascript for all sites you browse using Google Chrome. It prints useful information to the Javascript console. These messages include error messages and warnings which can tell you when your analytics tracking code is set up incorrectly. In addition, it provides a detailed breakdown of each tracking beacon sent to Google Analytics.

Microformats for Chrome – Displays any microformats on the page. Supports hCard, hCalendar, hReview, hRecipes and geo.

Rulers Guides and Eyedropper Color Picker – For UI developers. Pick any color from webpage using eye-dropper tool; display rulers, guides and grid on the page.

Word Count – Counts the words and characters in your selection

Source Kit – A Textmate like lightweight programmer’s text editor right inside of Chrome. It saves files directly to Dropbox, so if you have the Dropbox sync software installed, the changes will appear locally as if you did so with a text editor! Changes will be stored remotely so naturally this same extension will pull up the same copy of the file everywhere!

Web Developer – The Web Developer extension adds various web developer tools to a browser. The extension is available for Chrome and Firefox, and will run on any platform that these browsers support including Windows, OS X and Linux.

Solved: How to Find the Eclipse path on Mac or Windows

If you are using Eclipse to work on Java programming and need to import a file but get an error it’s most likely your path. After a lot of searching and reading through dozens of posts I have found the solution. Create a class called “FileGenerator” and add the following code:

public class fileGenerator {      
	 public static void main(String[] args)
	    {
	System.out.println(System.getProperty("user.dir"));
	    }
}

Copy the path from Eclipse in your status screen and paste that into your file path. An example of that is:

Scanner fin = new Scanner(new File("/Users/name/java/src/filename.txt"));

The Future of College Education

Having taken courses for my Masters at major universities and also courses from Coursera, and a few others, you can’t help but note that there is a huge disruption of education afoot.

Those teaching courses on Coursera, and other online free courses, are from well-known universities such as Wharton and Stanford. The world is free to explore courses from top-notch educational institutes that were once not even possible except for the top percentage of students. College is ripe for complete disruption.

So, what might happen? Colleges might for as long as they can offer the same degree programs online as they do on-campus–and some others they may have not offered. Or, do something that has been seemingly impossible, just offer the courses across a site like Coursera and compete for students. Coursera could issue a Master’s degree providing you follow the programs. The beauty is that you could learn Java from Penn and Operating Systems from MIT. Revenue for the elite schools might look great now because they can charge a premium but the more disruption the more likely they will lose to more competitive open colleges.

The model would look like this:

  • You take course online at college co-op like Coursera. They provide you with a program list that you take to earn your degree.
  • You’d pay for a course and schools could potentially make far more than they could with only their current students alone. Instead of a few hundred, if that, for some courses, they could have 10,000 students taking a beginners course in Java to start their Computer Science degree. Imagine how many students need Psychology for a vast majority of different degrees.
  • You could do something as a hybrid. Go to a physical campus but pick up some of your other courses online–again, see the above example of psychology. The opportunity for a small college to teach psychology to thousands of students at once would change the face of education and their revenue model.
  • So what kind of degree would you get? A Coursera Masters? Maybe, or maybe a school like MIT says you must take at least X amount of MIT courses and the rest can come from the co-op schools and you get an MIT degree, or maybe its the University of Kansas or University of Vermont. The beauty is that you could end up with courses and credits that align and end up with multiple degrees from different schools.

Educators can either look at this as the end of traditional school or a pivot to something new. The opportunity to make society far more educated than ever is upon us. The good news for consumers is that competition will only make it easier and education better.

Square could make my commuters lives easier

Anyone who has ridden Metro North out of NYC has on occasion had to rush to a train without a ticket. And if you don’t have cash you are up the creek. Not only that, but paying with cash is even more expensive.

How is it in 2012 that trains in America don’t take credit cards? Not only that, but there are still conductors on trains punching tickets and they don’t take credit cards.

This is where Square comes in. You know the credit card swipe dongle that goes on the iPhone in the shape of a square? Anyway, if I was at Square I’d give every conductor on the Metro North a free iPhone and pay their monthly bill just to get them to use Square. They’d probably cover their costs in a day for a years worth of iPhones and monthly bills.

Not only that–they’d make a lot of commuters lives a lot happier!

Musings :)