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What is the best advice you have ever received? (from Quora)

This is from Quora Find something that fully engages your mind. And your heart. For that is the way to happiness. Push harder. Do better. Never give into complacency. Be wide-ranging in your interests, and decisive in your judgments. Give

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iPhone version of How To Tip app

A quick follow up to the simple tipping app for Andoroid This is the iOS version of the How To Tip app

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Trello to track life goals

I use Trello to keep track of my long term life goals.  I setup ‘organizations’ for ‘health goals’, ‘work goals’, ‘money goals’, ‘family goals’. Then setup boards for each goal. I still use Remember The Milk for single task todo.  

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Yahoo Open House on Node.js, Olympics, Personalization

’Tis the season to talk tech, have some drinks, and hang out at Yahoo!    This Thursday we’re hosting our Pre-Holiday Engineering Open House and Good Time.  If you made it to our first open house, then you know not to miss

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Yahoo Homepage and Verticals Open House

Ever wonder how often we release the Yahoo Homepage? Or how big a speed boost Yahoo Sports gets by doing Edge-side Assembly?  Curious to hear the tricks we use to keep CSS bloat free and forward-compatible with things we haven’t

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1-liner setup for your development environment

ydev setup <anything> I did an informal poll at Yahoo, and also with candidates who interview with Yahoo. When they join a new team, how long did it take to setup their dev environment.  It ranges from 30 minutes to

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Join Yahoo! to build tools to increase the productivity of thousands of engineers

Do you like to build automation to help others to productive? Do you see in-efficiencies when thousands of developers are doing something that can be done better? Join me at Yahoo!  email me directly on LinkedIn http://rfer.us/YHOJD73bB

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First Android App: How To Tip Calculator

How To Tip Calculator – Android Apps on Google Play. Calculate how much tips to pay. 10%, 15% or 20% Also includes a guideline on tipping in restaurants, bartender, barista, delivery person, hairstylist, cab driver, chauffeur, hotel housekeeper

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Link: How To Use Email To Alienate Your Users

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/02/11/how-email-alienate-users/

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28 Brilliant Tips for Living Life

Tips for living http://zenhabits.net/28/ My favorite is the one about expecting less and the one about telling the one you love that you want to spend the rest of your life with him/her.

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Picking Samsung Galaxy S3 over iPhone 5

In trying to pick iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3 to replace my Blackberry. I was torn and have switched back and forth for the last 4 days. I finally found an old document written on November 1, 2011 7:52 AM

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So far, the best Father’s day card

So far, the best Father’s day card/letter from Cate.

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Link: zen habits: The Tiny Guide to Being a Great Dad

zen habits: The Tiny Guide to Being a Great Dad http://zenhabits.net/great-dad/ “vision without execution is hallucination” – http://tonytam.wordpress.com/

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Heard In A Meeting : “Leaders Inspires Others To Follow Him, That’s All”

Also heard someone else added, either you are a leader or you are not.

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Link: NYTimes: Picking Stocks After Facebook

Picking individual stocks over the long haul is not a winning strategy. Read it at NYTimes

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Inspired By Alice Water’s Fireplace Fried Egg

inspired by alice waters fireplace fried egg

All I Wanted Was for Alice Waters to Feed Me Then she picked up a large copper spoon with a two-foot handle. She rubbed olive oil into the spoon’s cup and cracked in one of the eggs. I saw the

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link: “Happiness Without a Good Work Ethic Is Pretty Impossible.”

http://happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2012/05/happiness-without-a-good-work-ethic-is-pretty-impossible/ via Byline Happiness interview: Hugh MacLeod. Hugh is a cartoonist with a wildly popular blog, gapingvoid. He is the master of capturing a large idea in a single drawing, and a great deal of his work focuses on happiness:

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link: State of the Computer Book Market, part 4: The Languages – O’Reilly Radar

http://radar.oreilly.com/2012/04/computer-book-market-2011-part4.html Large Programming Languages — 50,000 — 200,000 units in 2011

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Link: as happy as possible

http://mnmlist.com/happy/ And I don’t believe having any of those would contribute to greater happiness than I already have. Here’s what I do have that contribute to my happiness: Time Loving relationships Meaningful work Health Books Enough

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Goodbye Facebook, it’s been 3 months and I don’t miss you

Reasons I’m disconnecting from Facebook I don’t visit it often anymore, maybe 2-3 times a week It’s hard even for a technologist like me to keep track of new privacy settings that I have to actively manage It’s not something

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link: Stanford class on Designing Happiness

2 papers from Jennifer L. Aakar from her Stanford class on Designing Happiness http://faculty-gsb.stanford.edu/aaker/pages/documents/AllReadingInsights2.pdf http://faculty-gsb.stanford.edu/aaker/pages/documents/ThePsychologyofHappiness.pdf

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Pencil Sketch Of Cate

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podcast: We Don’t Know What Makes Us Happy (But We Think We Do)

We Don’t Know What Makes Us Happy (But We Think We Do)

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What Makes Us Happy And Motivated At Work?

It’s that time of year for me to reflect on why we are here working everyday.  Please chime in with your thoughts. What motivates us to be happy and motivated at work? Money Recognition Being valued Making a difference in

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As A Leader, Do You Communicate Enough?

Heads up… Do you communication enough with your direct reports? What about your peers in the same group? What about other peers across the company? And your management chain, 1 level, 2 level and ultimately up to your CEO? How

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wow: Happy 17th Birthday Yahoo!

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Yahoo! as a company is 17 years old today. I am very proud to be part of this ship for the last 13 years. Thank you for allowing me to join as employee ~900. I’ve learn so much from being

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BJ Fogg’s Behavior Grid: How To Form Habits

This is an interesting read from a Stanford professor, on how to form healthy habits as well as how Facebook became a habit for many people. I personally have been using this model for myself to remind myself to do push

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Wedding Wishes from the kids

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Drawings from Ryan, Will, Cate for Wedding – 1 Drawings from Ryan, Will, Cate for Wedding – 2 Drawings from Ryan, Will, Cate for Wedding – 3 Drawings from Ryan, Will, Cate for Wedding – 4 Drawings from Ryan, Will,

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Chinese Word A Day For Cate 1. 从

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We Got Married!

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Valentines Day 2012

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11 Days Until…

I’ll be married to the woman of my dreams. Katherine and I have been a part of each other’s lives for 3 years.  She is the most intelligent, kind, warm and thoughtful woman I have ever met. During the first

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Whether to use parental control for a 10 year old

  My daughter has her own laptop and for a while, I’ve told her that she can use up to 30 minutes of screen time on her laptop, my iPad or any electronic devices. Recently while chatting with a family

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New Espresso Machine

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Link: “My Focus? The Overlap Between Things I Can Control and Things That Matter.”

http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2012/01/happiness-interview-carl-richards-gretchen-whats-a-simple-activity-that-consistently-makes-you-happier-carl-ge.html via Byline Is there anything you find yourself doing repeatedly that gets in the way of your happiness? Because I spend a huge amount of my time thinking about it (it’s my job!), I often find myself feeling regret

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Tony’s Metabolic Rate

I spent $40 today at Yahoo! to measure how many calories my body burns if I were just sitting down.  I spent 15 minutes breathing in a tube and out comes a chart of how many calories I burn.  It

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Link: Check out SF’s Coffee Innovators.

You can find the Podcast at http://podcastdownload.npr.org/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/151/510075/144920787/KQED_144920787.mp3. To get BlackBerryR Podcasts for free please visit http://www.blackberry.com/podcasts “vision without execution is hallucination” – http://tonytam.wordpress.com/

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Link: NYTimes: The Joy of Quiet

From The New York Times: OPINION: The Joy of Quiet Trying to escape the constant stream of too much information. http://nyti.ms/u7fIA5

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I Believe in Consistency And Persistence « Tony | This I Believe

I submitted this to This I Believe website 10 months ago, and I received an email from them that it is finally posted. Here it is: I Believe in Consistency And Persistence « Tony | This I Believe. Many aspects of

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Thankful For Good Health

I’m thankful for having good health.  I’m thankful for having enough time left on this earth to still dedicate my life to things that are meaningful.

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Link: NYTimes: How I Became a Teacher

From The New York Times: SCHOOLBOOK: How I Became a Teacher A first-year teacher writes: “As a high school student, I never once considered the training my teachers had received or what their personal teaching philosophies may have been. I

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Stupid App Idea: Goal With A Friend

I was trying to convince Cate to work on this App with me, she didn’t really like the idea and thought it can be done with pen and paper instead. App: Goal With A Friend You: Set a goal Pick

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Your Immediate Team Members Are What Matters

I love working for my manager, Cecilia. She is caring, funny, a good listener and a good person. I love working for my manager’s manager, my VP. He is strong, careful, a good listener and thoughtful. I love my co-workers,

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Podcast: Living Without Work: The Long-Term Unemployed | KQED Public Media for Northern CA

Living Without Work: The Long-Term Unemployed | KQED Public Media for Northern CA. Treat people looking for work with basic acknowledgement of receiving their resume, follow up quickly after the interview.

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How I’m Learning To Getting Things Done Using Evernote and Remember The Milk

There are many articles and personal experiences of how people are using the GTD method to get things done stress free.  I think the human bring is not built to not remember things and when you should do them.  Hence

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How Do You Manage Your Incoming Queue To Get Things Done?

Hallway conversation with 2 co-workers today went like this. Tony: “Hey L., how come you were able to get your ticket resolved?” L: “Oh I commute with G. and he did it for me” G: “Happened to walk by, yeah,

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How To Lead By Influence And Trust

I have learned a lot from John Thrall. while working at Yahoo! in the last 3 years. John became the leader for Yahoo! Media during a transition of the leadership position a few years ago. From the point of view

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Why I’m re-energized to work at Yahoo! after Livestand iPad app launched

The Livestand from Yahoo! iPad app launched on Nov 2nd and became the #1 News iPad app and #2 overall app on the iTunes AppStore in 1 day.  Today on Friday Nov 4th,  it became the #1 app in 3

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Livestand from Yahoo! – #1 App on the Apple AppStore

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Livestand from Yahoo! becomes #1 News App on Apple Store

On November 3rd, 2011 Yahoo! Livestand becomes the #1 News app on the Apple AppStore and #1 overall free App

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