Coding 101: How to Communicate Briefly but Effectively with Your Web Developer

 

Thursday February 15 2018

We get it. You want it like that, but not like that. You want it like this – but oh man not like this! Your web developer tries to understand too. But translating your vision into lines of code is tough. We at TDB are all about good communication and digital building.

That’s why we’ve created a quick and helpful primer for anybody looking to build a website, and looking for a quick and easy cheat sheet to refer to when talking with their web developer. OK, Let’s jump in.

Why do I want to know this?

 

HTML. CSS. JavaScript. PHP. Together these 4 languages are the most popular when it comes to building websites online.


They do not account for the backend AKA server-side creation of sites. That’s where it gets quite complex as terms like remote server and full-stack developer start getting thrown about. But even if you’re not a web developer or especially tech-savvy, an understanding of these languages can make the fulfillment of your website needs far more quicker and efficient.

It is also just good business. If you’ve hired a web developer odds are good they’ll know a Click to continue reading

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So You Wanna Be a Writer? How to Find the Perfect Keyboard for You

 

Sunday February 25 2018

Ahh keyboards. We know them, we use them. We occasionally marvel at them. Why does the paint erode so quickly on certain keys? Do I really use the keys ‘A’s and ‘S’ so much compared to all others? Whatever the case, keyboards are universal, but sometimes they can be painful.

You know what we’re talking about. Keyboards that are slow. Keyboards that are awkward. Keyboards that take away all the pleasure of writing, and make you lament anytime you type.

This is a big deal for anybody anywhere, but its a particularly big problem for a writer. For writers spend every day, day in and day out at the desk typing away, so hating a keyboard is hating life.

On the other hand, when a keyboard is a pleasure to use? It’s surely a heavenly experience. The touch of the keys feels like liquid velvet. The tap of the keys sounds like heavenly choirs.  The ACCIDENTAL USE OF CAPS IS? – still irritating. But all up? Great keyboards are great.

So, what things do you need to understand when seeking out the perfect keyboard for writing?  Let’s look now.

1. How does it type?

It’s Click to continue reading

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Remote Work Versus Real-World: Your Essential Briefing

Monday February 5 2018

“Remote Work: a role that allows you to write a report on your couch, prep
a presentation from a cafe, or even work a whole job from a tropical island.”

 

In the world of productivity today remote work is right up there is the Pomodoro timer and the Getting Things Done as a way to boost productivity and enhance careers. It’s a buzzword, it’s a lifestyle – but it often remains misunderstood. With numerous statistics showing the trend towards remote work rising in the global economy,  ensuring you’ve a clear understanding of its pros and cons is vital.

Defining Remote Work

First a brief definition is useful here. In its simplest form, remote work is defined as any work undertaken away from a business HQ. Remote work is commonly an employee working outside an office, at home, or out in the field. It can also mean someone who always works outside the office, such as an employee who works in a satellite location away from the main office, as well as an outsourced employee.

The exact requirements of a remote role vary from job to another, and one business to another. In fact, many freelancers Click to continue reading

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What Does GoPro’s Decline and Kodak’s Comeback Mean for the Future of Video?

 

Wednesday January 31 2018

January saw two particularly big stories in the world of cameras. Stories that would have been laughable just a few short years ago. The details of the stories is where the real significance comes in, but in just one sentence the stories at are their most scintillating.

This month GoPro announced plans to cut 20 percent of its workforce on January 8, as Kodak stock rose 147 per cent on January 9. Talk about your plot twists, eh?

Now, let’s be clear. The stories are not directly related to one another. Sure, the folks at GoPro may have thought till recently that Kodak were old dinosaurs. And OK, they may still be a veteran or two at Kodak who is still marveling at the Super 8, unsure what this GoPro fuss is.

Nonetheless, beyond the headlines these stories are related, and do speak to deeper trends. Let’s look at these a little more now.

Goodbye GoPro?

Handheld camera

Cool people doing cool things with a cool camera. This is the public identity GoPro found success in.

Like what Tesla is to electric cars, GoPro has been to the camera industry. A name not only for a particular Click to continue reading

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‘Online and On My Mind: Jason Cahill on How Sales is Evolving in The Digital Era’


Tuesday January 30 2018

Nobody likes a salesman who are all about themselves. Jason Cahill knows this, and prides himself on doing things differently. He has built a successful career and roster of clients across a variety of roles doing a simple but elusive thing: always putting his clients first.

And that is a real shame. Make no mistake, Jason is happy with how it’s going. He loves his work, his clients love him, and the worst thing he has done lately is accidentally grab the wrong order at Starbucks (‘Gerald’ sounds like Jason when your tired, and a peppermint latte instead of a strong cappucino dosen’t help it). 

It’s a shame though because anybody who reads Jason’s regular blog and knows of his wider career recognises – this is a salesman with an outstanding story.

Its known every industry has its old cliches and stereotypes, and sales is no exception. It might be slicked back hair or a loud tie, If accountants are to be boring, librarians to be called bookish, then anyone in sales knows they’ll often be asked ‘what’s your personalised license plate say?’

Jason is looking to change all that. Working out of, and proudly hailing Click to continue reading

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Where have you been Ed? 2017-2018 Update

Summer and sunshine over Melbourne, Australia’s iconic Dendy Street Beach. Image: edkennedy.co

January is a month many Australians will spend some time on holidays. But once Australia Day has passed – and with the great event now on in my hometown Melbourne, I’ll note the Australian Open finishes! – the vast majority are back to work, with all pistons firing for the year ahead.

It’s been some time since I’ve published here. I know with the span of time and the new year year many have wondered what’s up?  I always prefer to make my stories the stories‚ but having spent some time at the desk over Christmas and New Year’s break, it was recognised it’s indeed been 6 months since my last article here.

 

So ‘where have you been Ed?’

The past 6 months have been quite busy.

I’ve expanded into a new area of business.

I’ve recently moved home.

I’ve also been working on a new project which I look forward to unveiling when it’s ready.

This alongside remaining a keen nerd doing some ongoing study in evenings and on weekends.

I’ve continued my day by day work in journalism‚ ghostwriting‚ and web development. Ghostwritten pieces Click to continue reading

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The 3 Pages You Need When Starting a Simple Website

 

Saturday January 20 2018

Starting a website is a little like founding a circus. It is totally OK to aspire to have a bunch of gymnasts bounding about the top rope high above everyone else – but you REALLY want a safety net below first, and some basic entertainment to get the show on the road. 

Just as a business is built step by step, so too it is the same principle with a new website. You can look to have blog posts, social media links, and all manner of attractions in time, but the initial planning of a website lends credence to the value of simplicity.

So, where to start when starting with website content? Let’s look in-depth now..Click to continue reading

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