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10 Tips for Succeeding with LinkedIn

If you're just getting started with LinkedIn or if you've had a profile for ages, here are some tips to help you optimize your LinkedIn effort.

In summary, here are the tips in no particular order:

  1. Flesh out your profile
  2. Request recommendations from old colleagues
  3. Congratulate people on job changes
  4. Support people who are unemployed
  5. Reach out to old contacts every once in a while
  6. Pay attention to who views your profile
  7. Answer questions, Join groups, Run a poll
  8. Update your status with professional achievements
  9. Properly structure your employment history descriptions
  10. Do good work

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My Goal Journaling Strategy

This strategy describes a very simple system for simultaneously setting goals and keeping a short daily journal.

Generally speaking, both setting goals and keeping a daily diary are nearly impossible to keep up for most people. I've designed this simple system so that I can do both and I've been able to (mostly) stick to it for the last 4 years.

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How to Always Start VIM with ‘syntax: on’

I don't know why it's so hard to find this simple answer on the web. So, I'm writing it myself.

Add this to your ~/.vimrc file:

syntax on

If you do not have a ~/.vimrc file, just create one:

vim ~/.vimrc

VIM looks here for configuration instructions before starting.

This solution is meant to avoid having to type ':syntax on' every time you open VIM.

In case you're not familiar with 'syntax: on' is basically enables smart syntax highlighting/coloring.

Common Mercurial Commands

This post will mainly be a reference for me on the most used commands that I tend to forget. Hopefully you find it useful as well. Also, feel free to make suggestions and I will add them.

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Learning Web Design: Adding Structure with CSS using Positioning, Floating, & Clearing

Positioning, Floating, and Clearing are three fundamental pieces you need in order to add visual structure to your site. This is the second post of a two part series discussing how to add structure to your site with CSS. The first post can be found here.

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Learning Web Design: Adding Structure with CSS using Resets, Grid Frameworks, & LESS CSS

You may have learned how to write rudimentary HTML, or even have come from a background of creating websites using tables, or neither. In any case, you're at the point where you need to bring your site to life by giving it some structure. I will introduce several components of HTML & CSS you'll need to know, and a few tricks as well. This is the first post of a two part series discussing how to add structure to your site with CSS. The second post can be found here.

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Common Git Commands

These are some common and useful commands to help you along with using Git. This post will grow as I think of more to add for future reference. Also, feel free to recommend any that you think are relevant.

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Learning Web Design: Basic JavaScript

JavaScript is the most popular language in the world [citation]. It is the modern way to add dynamic behavior and interactivity to web pages. This article assumes you know nothing about JavaScript. This article is a precursor to the Intro to JavaScript lesson in my Web Design 1 class at Parsons New School for Design. I will be covering a few fundamental aspects of JavaScript and then promptly recommending that you just use jQuery (at least to start).

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Learning Web Design: Basic CSS

CSS is the modern way to add style to an HTML web page. There are only a few fundamental concepts you need to grasp before getting started with CSS. In order of importance:

  1. How to connect CSS to HTML elements
  2. Specificity (order of importance)
  3. The box model

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Learning Web Design – Series Introduction

Starting January 27th I started teaching Web Design 1 at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. I will be producing quite a bit of content in the next few months and I'll use this blog to expound on the in-class discussions.

You may follow along via the course website:
http://dennisplucinik.github.com/Parsons

You can access the syllabus, all the slides and additional resources as well.

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