Average Salaries Around The Globe

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The Comparison Trap

If you look to the lives of others,
you’ll always find yourself lacking.

Look instead at what you have,
and be grateful.

Reduce your needs,
and be content.

And your life of striving
for perfection, for the future,
will become a life of balance,
of the moment, of inner peace.

Leo Babatua

Read the full post at: http://zenhabits.net/trap


Timelapse Yosemite HD

Great timelapse by Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty. The soundtrack is an M83 track called Outro from the Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming album.

This whole project has been an amazing experience. The two of us became friends through Vimeo and explored a shared interest in timelapsing Yosemite National Park over an extended period of time. We’d like to expand this idea to other locations and would appreciate any suggestions for a future project.

Also a good example that the Internet is a great way to find people with the similar tastes and allow us to create new friendships and projects.


Owning beautiful things makes you happier

I always liked to be minimal. The less stuff I have the better, but I like the stuff I own to be beautiful. That’s why I always preferred to receive a small number of gifts in christmas and in my birthday. But I always liked the stuff given to me to be what I really needed and I always wanted them to be beautiful.

A research from UCLA and the University of Miami may explain why I am this way and why we’re all, for example, so Apple-obsessed. The study reach the conclusion that owning something with high aesthetic appeal actually strengthens your sense of self.

“We see products as extensions of ourselves, and we also see other people’s products as extensions of themselves. As a result, when you own a good-looking phone people will think more highly of you, and you’ll think more highly of yourself. The same goes for cars, houses, TVs, and anything else you own. And not only does owning beautiful things make you feel good about yourself; the study found that the ego boost bestowed by your sexy stuff would make you more open-minded. Because you feel more secure with yourself, you’re also more willing to explore new ideas and attitudes.”

Claudia Townsend, Ph. D

How to Have the Best Year of Your Life

Most good things happen without a plan: friendships, falling in love, finding a job, and so on. If you want to make your new year count, you’ll need to be intentional — not by setting goals, but by making space in your life for what really matters.

Jeff Goins

Read the rest of this great post at: http://zenhabits.net/best-year

Read more from Jeff at his blog, Goins, Writer, or get his free eBook The Writer’s Manifesto.


Farewell To A Genius

Widely considered a visionary and a genius, Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, died on 5 October this year, a victim of pancreatic cancer. In a kind of tribute to his legacy, the staff of the Graphic Info World has made an infographic that shows us some of the important moments on the life of Steve Jobs.

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Happiness is the key to life

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

John Lennon

al3x’s Rules for Computing Happiness

Alexander Francis Payne, known as “al3x” in the Internet was one of the first Twitter employees. Back in 2008 he collected a list of rules so that we can have a happier computing experience, I still totally agree with him.

Software

  • Use as little software as possible.
  • Use software that does one thing well.
  • Do not use software that does many things poorly.
  • Do not use software that must sync over the internet to function.
  • Do not use web applications that should be desktop applications.
  • Do not use desktop applications that should be web applications.
  • Do not use software that isn’t made specifically for your operating system. (You’ll know it when you see it because it won’t look right or work correctly.)
  • Do not run beta software unless you know how to submit a bug report and are eager to do so.
  • Use a plain text editor that you know well. Not a word processor, a plain text editor.
  • Do not use your text editor for tasks other than editing text.
  • Use a password manager. You shouldn’t know any of your passwords save the one to your primary email account and the one to your password manager.
  • Do not use software that’s unmaintained.
  • Pay for software that’s worth paying for, but only after evaluating it for no less than two weeks.
  • Thoroughly delete all traces of software that you no longer use.

Hardware

  • Do not buy a desktop computer unless your daily computing needs include video/audio editing, 3D rendering, or some other hugely processor-intensive computing task. Buy a portable computer instead.
  • Do not use your phone/smartphone/PDA/UMPC for tasks that would be more comfortably and effectively accomplished on a full-fledged computer.
  • Use a Mac for personal computing.
  • Use Linux or BSD on commodity hardware for server computing.
  • Do not use anything other than a Mac at home and Linux/BSD on the server.
  • The only peripheral you absolutely need is a hard disk or network drive to put backups on.
  • Buy as large an external display as you can afford if you’ll be working on the computer for more than three hours at a time.
  • Use hosted services in lieu of hosting on your own hardware (or virtual hardware) for all but the most custom applications.

File Formats

  • Keep as much as possible in plain text. Not Word or Pages documents, plain text.
  • For tasks that plain text doesn’t fit, store documents in an open standard file format if possible.
  • Do not buy digital media crippled by rights restriction technologies unless your intention is to rent the content for a limited period of time.