Monthly Archives: January 2012

How to avoid LinkedIn to use your information in it commercials without you knowing you allowed it?

Without attracting too much publicity, LinkedIn has updated their privacy conditions this summer.

Without any action from your side, LinkedIn is now permitted to use you name and picture in any of their advertisements.

The following simple actions can be taken to regain control over your image:

  1. Place the cursor on your name at the top right corner of the screen. From the small
    pull down menu that appears, select "settings"
  2. Then click "Account" on the left/bottom
  3. In the column next to Account, select the option "Manage Social Advertising"
  4. Finally un-tick the box "LinkedIn may use my name and photo in social advertising"
  5. Save


Ballast: A Tool for Finding Work-Life Balance – Sabina Nawaz and John P. Williamson – Harvard Business Review

Ballast: A Tool for Finding Work-Life Balance – Sabina Nawaz and John P. Williamson – Harvard Business Review.

An interesting analogy between the needed balast for a boat and the one needed for a well balances life.

Using 1 mouse and keyboard across computers

When working from home I often prefer to us my desktop to my work laptop: faster (i7!), larger screen, etc. However it lacks my work files and access to corpnet (well unless I RAS in, but who wants to do this when you have direct access on your work laptop).

Until recently I was therefore often plugging an extra keyboard, mouse and the VGA cable of my large screen to my laptop: dual screen, comfort of a real keyboard and mouse. Seems almost perfect isn’t it? Well yes, except that I need to have an extra set of keyboard + mouse gathering dust on my desk most of the time, and my laptop is really not that fast so this can be very frustrating at time.

Here comes “Mouse without borders”. This simple free app developed by Microsoft developers on their free time allows you to move your mouse seamlessly across computers are if they were one with multi-screens. Use also one keyboard and even copy-paste computer to computer as if they were the same one. The only thing you need is for all the computers to be on the same network! I love it! Expecially now that I’ve been stuck working at home for 3 days because of snow in the Northwest.

Check it for yourself:

Tip for Getting More Organized: Don’t – Michael Schrage – Harvard Business Review

Tip for Getting More Organized: Don’t – Michael Schrage – Harvard Business Review.

Interesting research but I don’t buy it.

It misses several points:

  • People have different personalities. Some like sorting, some like searching. There is no one size fits all
  • This only focuses on short term. What if you are looking for something after 3 months? 6 months?
  • This ignores the aspect of running multiple projects in parallel. I know I always have a folder in Outlook with all my current top projects (most of the time 5 to 7 of them) and being able to go to this folder and, if needed fo a seach in it, helps a lot.

Bottom line: you can’t simplify something like organization habits with one little study like this. Context and personality are too importants parameters to be able to reach a conclusion with such a narrowly focused study.