Top Heavy Department Growth

3 months 1 week ago

I’ve been somewhat remiss in answering reader questions lately.  Largely, I’ve lapsed because I’m choosing to focus on my upcoming book.  Nevertheless, I apologize for the lapse.  I do appreciate all the questions you folks send my way.  I’ll try to compensate today with this post about organizations engaging in top heavy department growth. I’ll […]

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Erik Dietrich

Don’t let a spotty connection stop you from searching

3 months 1 week ago

Whether you’re a commuter reading the news with a spotty network, a farmer looking up crop prices with no service in the fields, or just driving through a tunnel, all is not lost when your search is interrupted by a bad connection. Now on the Google app for Android, even if your search fails, Google will deliver your results as soon as a connection is available—so you can keep searching with a single tap.

Mobile networks can sometimes be inconsistent or spotty, which means that even if you have a connection when you start your search, it might fail before you get your results back. With this change, search results are saved as soon as they are retrieved, even if you lose connection afterwards or go into airplane mode. So the next time you lose service, feel free to queue up your searches, put your phone away and carry on with your day. The Google app will work behind-the-scenes to detect when a connection is available again and deliver your search results once completed.

And if you’re worried about data charges or preserving battery life, don’t fret. This feature won’t drain your battery, and by fetching streamlined search results pages, it minimally impacts data usage.

So before you head out the door, make sure the Google app is running the latest version for Android, and the next time you hit a spotty network, your results are covered.

Don’t let a spotty connection stop you from searching

3 months 1 week ago

Whether you’re a commuter reading the news with a spotty network, a farmer looking up crop prices with no service in the fields, or just driving through a tunnel, all is not lost when your search is interrupted by a bad connection. Now on the Google app for Android, even if your search fails, Google will deliver your results as soon as a connection is available—so you can keep searching with a single tap.

Mobile networks can sometimes be inconsistent or spotty, which means that even if you have a connection when you start your search, it might fail before you get your results back. With this change, search results are saved as soon as they are retrieved, even if you lose connection afterwards or go into airplane mode. So the next time you lose service, feel free to queue up your searches, put your phone away and carry on with your day. The Google app will work behind-the-scenes to detect when a connection is available again and deliver your search results once completed.

And if you’re worried about data charges or preserving battery life, don’t fret. This feature won’t drain your battery, and by fetching streamlined search results pages, it minimally impacts data usage.

So before you head out the door, make sure the Google app is running the latest version for Android, and the next time you hit a spotty network, your results are covered.

Don’t let a spotty connection stop you from searching

3 months 1 week ago

Whether you’re a commuter reading the news with a spotty network, a farmer looking up crop prices with no service in the fields, or just driving through a tunnel, all is not lost when your search is interrupted by a bad connection. Now on the Google app for Android, even if your search fails, Google will deliver your results as soon as a connection is available—so you can keep searching with a single tap.

Mobile networks can sometimes be inconsistent or spotty, which means that even if you have a connection when you start your search, it might fail before you get your results back. With this change, search results are saved as soon as they are retrieved, even if you lose connection afterwards or go into airplane mode. So the next time you lose service, feel free to queue up your searches, put your phone away and carry on with your day. The Google app will work behind-the-scenes to detect when a connection is available again and deliver your search results once completed.

And if you’re worried about data charges or preserving battery life, don’t fret. This feature won’t drain your battery, and by fetching streamlined search results pages, it minimally impacts data usage.

So before you head out the door, make sure the Google app is running the latest version for Android, and the next time you hit a spotty network, your results are covered.

What makes us happy at work

3 months 1 week ago
It’s a new year, and I’ve just started a new job. Since joining the team at RescueTime I’ve been researching and writing about how people work and how we can work more effectively. This has all got me thinking about the inherent joy some people find at work, and the lack of it so many […]
Belle B. Cooper

How to Dress for the Game of Life

3 months 1 week ago
This is a guest post by Pamela J. Hobart. Being basic involves wearing regular stuff for being regular’s sake. And “normcore” is the practice of choosing certain clothes to blend in, instead of to stand out. What makes basicness and normcore very different from other fashion trends is that they must be understood referentially, in […]
Guest

How to Dress for the Game of Life

3 months 1 week ago
This is a guest post by Pamela J. Hobart. Being basic involves wearing regular stuff for being regular’s sake. And “normcore” is the practice of choosing certain clothes to blend in, instead of to stand out. What makes basicness and normcore very different from other fashion trends is that they must be understood referentially, in […]
Guest

How to Turn Requirements into User Stories

3 months 2 weeks ago

Editorial Note: I originally wrote this post for the SmartBear blog.   Let me ask you something.  When you read the title of this post, did you envision it laying out some onerous process for converting gigantic Word documents full of requirements into “user stories” in JIRA?  If so, I’ll set your mind at ease […]

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Erik Dietrich

U.S. Weekly Leading Index Up

3 months 2 weeks ago
The U.S. Weekly Leading Index ticked up to 144.9 from 144.6. The growth rate edged up to 12.2% from 12.0%, a 348-week high, highest since May 7, 2010.To put the economy in perspective please see links below:- read ECRI's "2016 Shapes 2017 Cyclical Outlook". - watch Lakshman Achuthan's recent interview on Bloomberg.For a closer look at recent moves in the U.S. Weekly Leading Index, see the chart...
ECRI

2016 Shapes 2017 Cyclical Outlook

3 months 2 weeks ago
ECRI’s 2016 track record has been posted with many of the cyclical forecasts continuing into 2017, including reflation calls for both the U.S. and global economy, a global industrial upturn call, and a U.S. growth rate cycle upturn call:September 2016: Global industrial growth boosting commodity prices, affirming ECRI's call for global industrial growth upturn.While global growth decelerates an...
ECRI

Using NDepend to Avoid Technical Debt

3 months 2 weeks ago

Editorial Note: I originally wrote this post for the NDepend blog.  You can check out the original here, at their site. The term “technical debt” has become ubiquitous in the programming world.  In the most general sense, it reflects the idea that you’re doing something easy in the moment, but that you’re going to pay […]

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Erik Dietrich

Cannon Balls, Plate Tectonics, and Invisible Elephants

3 months 2 weeks ago
This is a guest post by Hal Morris. For our pre-technical ancestors, the clockwork at the bottom of the material world was so clothed in messiness that hardly a trace of it appeared on the surface.  But you could say that three exposed bits collectively formed a Rosetta stone to the mathematical language of nature: […]
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Cannon Balls, Plate Tectonics, and Invisible Elephants

3 months 2 weeks ago
This is a guest post by Hal Morris. For our pre-technical ancestors, the clockwork at the bottom of the material world was so clothed in messiness that hardly a trace of it appeared on the surface.  But you could say that three exposed bits collectively formed a Rosetta stone to the mathematical language of nature: […]
Guest

Attack of the zombie firms

3 months 2 weeks ago

WHY has economic growth been so sluggish in the developed world? The previous post showed that productivity in the global economy had been flat or falling in the last three years. And it suggested that the existence of "zombie" firms—uncompetitive survivors—might be one explanation.

What Is Reasonable to Expect from Your IDE?

3 months 2 weeks ago

Editorial Note: I originally wrote this post for the SmartBear blog.  You can check out the original here, at their site. If you’re a software developer, there’s a decent chance you’ve been embroiled in the debate over integrated development environments (IDEs) versus text editors.  Users of IDEs will tell you that they facilitate productivity to a […]

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Erik Dietrich