Bill Gates, 16. November 2004 at IT-Forum in Copenhagen
Innovation of one's own is key; there is a great lesson to be learned from a short Bill Gates quote that urges business people to not compare themselves to others.
The quote from Mr. Gates is this: "Don't COMPARE yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are . . . INSULTING yourself!"
I love this for a number of reasons that I think are applicable in today's business world.
Firstly, trying to emulate competitors and colleagues for mimicking sake is generally poor practice. That is not to say that studying the successful endeavors of industry leaders and then trying to cut out what you think is their weak points while improving upon many of the high points that you like is also a bad practice, because it is a great way to help improve yourself and your business model.
The gist of what Gates hints at is that you really need to look to yourself, as you are valuable and unique for your own reasons, and you can make your own mark.
Gates spent most of his life being tied to and compared ruthlessly with the ups and downs of Steve Jobs in the computer world, i.e. Apple Vs. Microsoft, business-wise and product-wise. Ultimately Gates seems to not care all that much about any comparison to himself, because he considers his own work too valuable, and with his success you cannot deny he is on to something there.
If you make the sky the limit, because that is what everyone else does, then you've just limited and insulted yourself. Make your own way without limits.
By R.J. Huneke
In Microsoft's infinite wisdom, they have finally relented to return the Start button to their current operating system (OS) Windows 8, but you'll have to wait until the fall for the geniuses working there to figure out how to get this 8.1 update's functionality to work without burning down your computers.
I say "your computers" not to shun you, or to desist all solidarity with you the computer users, because I am one of you, but because I have personally gone from desktop builder and laptop tinkerer to a faithful Mac OS user and have never owned, nor will ever own a piece of hardware sporting Windows 8.
For the PC's that I own or play with, for myself and for friends in need, I prefer to use the tried and true Windows 7, XP, or even 3.11 with DOS capabilities OS over the smorgasbord of poorly organized, terribly tested, and virtual pain-in-the-ass known as Windows 8.
There are a few computer users out there who enjoy the fresh new experience as they gum up their screens on the touchscreen tablet and laptop alien hybrids that they own with Windows 8 OS installed. The problem of course is that anyone who has never used a computer interface would all too quickly become frustrated and infuriated by the lack of any sense to cascading through the force-fed buttons that deny the ability to easily get to anything other than pictures and social media quick feeds.
Some of the myriad problems with Windows 8 will be cleared up with the Windows 8.1 update this autumn. The Start button is a small change that will not mop up this mess of data, but will at least allow some of the users who have not already downloaded third party Start buttons, like Samsung and Pokki, to be a little less uneasy about their machines.
Considering Microsoft wisely eradicated and liquidated all stock and working Windows 7 machines to force feed the public the 8 OS, they still have some explaining to do.
8.1 represents an acknowledgement from Microsoft that it's approach to the radical changes in Windows 8 could have been better handled, though technically they are only bringing back the old Start button and still have a lot of work to do if headaches are to cease.
by R.J. Huneke
Are you already on Facebook for personal use? If not, get there, make a business page, and join us! We're on Twitter too!
They say who you know is what is important in the business world, but in the online universe there is one litmus test: Google, and its not who you know but how you connect.
Connectivity is officially king. And since Google's search engine comes in at a whopping 80% of total search volume [Search Engine Land], playing up your connection to this giant Internet force to better your SEO (search engine optimization) rankings is simply smart marketing.
Seeing that they have the luxury to make their own rules when they hold Aces backed by Eights (to coin a card phrase), Google moved their locations to a specific Google Local section to somewhat coax and somewhat force users to involve themselves in the new social media network kid on the block (a move Microsoft often makes too, since they also run near 80% of the operating system (OS) on the desktop market). If you want special treatment and a nice looking, highlighted, and easily found business location in Google Maps and the Google search engine, then setting up a Google+ profile, off of Gmail, and a Google+ business page is essential.
Join and become connected with Google. All of these tools are useful, organized, and free, which is more we can say for Windows and Office products, isn't it?
by R.J. Huneke
Are you already on Facebook for personal use? If not, get there, but make a business page, and join us! We're on Twitter too!
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