Optimizing Assistance Efforts in the Developing World

Pippa Biddle, in a very frank post on her personal blog, reflects on her assistance efforts in the developing world, beginning with where she started: Our mission while at the orphanage was to build a library. Turns out that we, a group of highly educated private boarding school students were so bad at the mostContinue reading “Optimizing Assistance Efforts in the Developing World”

How to charge what you’re really worth

A bit back Mike McDerment, the founder of FreshBooks, and Donald Cowper, published a free eBook called Breaking the Time Barrier — How to Unlock Your True Earning Potential. The tagline is “Learn how to charge what you’re really worth. Read this book and find out how you can earn twice as much as you do today.”Continue reading “How to charge what you’re really worth”

15 ways to get paid with less hassle as a freelancer (or consultant)

These are the techniques I’ve found most effective to get paid fast when doing technology freelancing. 1. Ask for a portion of the fee upfront. This one seems obvious to me now, but I went several years before I moved beyond the “work a bunch of hours then send an invoice and wait” model. YouContinue reading “15 ways to get paid with less hassle as a freelancer (or consultant)”

Are you making these backup power generator mistakes?

Personal lessons from managing a critical facility. A very common problem for facilities with critical loads is that the power generator doesn’t start when it is needed. Fortunately[1] this can be remedied in the vast majority of cases. When I say critical loads I am talking about computer data centers, hospitals, schools, stadiums, police stations, 911 centers, officeContinue reading “Are you making these backup power generator mistakes?”