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Daily Tip: Stop Perfectionism

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This year, a handful of gaming studios suffered massive issues with their high-profile games. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, the latest in a series of historical adventures from Ubisoft, hit the market buggier than a square acre of Amazon rain forest. Destiny and the latest Halo likewise released with problems, some pretty significant. Those games’ snafus hint at developers pushed up against intractable deadlines. While nobody sets out to create an unusable product, sometimes a schedule prevents tech pros from tackling some… continue…

3 Signs Your Perfectionist Streak Is Hurting You

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You pride yourself on delivering work that’s as close to perfect as can be. After all, that’s your job, right? Well, yes and no. Organizations want quality, but they want it created within predictable time frames. That often puts you in the position of having to deliver something that’s merely “good enough.” “Building software is a fusion of quality and speed,” observed Ben Hicks, a partner at recruiter WinterWyman in Waltham, Mass. “Engineers who work too hard to be perfect… continue…

Tour ‘Minecraft’ Creator’s Mansion… In ‘Minecraft’

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Markus “Notch” Persson released the Minecraft beta in 2010. Although he intended the world-building game as a fun side project, it quickly grew into an international phenomenon, enriching him to the tune of millions of dollars even before he sold the rights to Microsoft for more than $2.5 billion earlier this year. Although a 2013 biography of Persson portrayed him as highly ambivalent about fame and wealth, he recently overcame that quandary long enough to purchase the most expensive house… continue…

Daily Tip: Getting to Inbox Zero

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For people who receive hundreds of emails per day, having a totally empty inbox seems like an impossible goal. Follow a subset of developers and startup mavens on Twitter, and sooner or later you’ll see a gleeful Tweet from one of them about approaching the semi-mythical “Inbox Zero.” While there’s no way to stop the flood of email into your inbox—at least, short of leaving the grid entirely and living in the woods like a hermit—there are ways to eliminate… continue…

Navigating the ‘Brogrammer’ Culture

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How you embrace and fit in with the culture of your company can have a huge impact on your happiness and success. Unfortunately, melding with a bunch of “brogrammers” can be tricky, especially if you feel like the odd person out. Brogrammer is a slang term that refers to a new breed of macho, male tech professional. They love to play hard, code hard, party down… Well, you get the picture. Should you try to be one of the bros, or… continue…

What Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Teaches About Management

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A new profile of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in the New York Times isn’t very kind to her two-year tenure at the flailing tech giant. While Yahoo invented the online-advertising business, and enjoyed initial success in everything from search to discussion boards, its rivals have managed to seize the lead in a number of different segments; meanwhile, Mayer has tried to revitalize Yahoo by cutting away some core products, acquiring some smaller firms (Tumblr, for starters), and focusing more on… continue…

Sorry, Your Online Privacy Is Doomed: Report

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What’s the future of privacy? The Pew Research Center (a nonpartisan think tank) recently asked 2,511 privacy experts and “Internet builders” to offer their predictions on how security and privacy online will evolve over the next several years. To those experts, Pew posed three questions: Security, liberty, privacy online—Will policy makers and technology innovators create a secure, popularly accepted, and trusted privacy-rights infrastructure by 2025 that allows for business innovation and monetization while also offering individuals choices for protecting their… continue…