Month: March 2008

Unclutterer » The Real Cost of Financial Clutter on the Road to a Remarkable Life

Some tips that sound like good advice. Now I’ll have to follow up on these sometime:

Every time you spend a dollar, you sacrifice a bit of your future.

Calculate the true value of your time.

Physically unclutter your living space.

Set some big goals – and remind yourself of them all the time.

Use the true value of your time – and those visual reminders of your big dreams – every time you consider making a purchase.

Go through every. single. monthly. bill.

De-clutter your debt.

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Jott’s Web 2.0 Sites Integration

I started using this week and it’s useful. I tried it November 07 but the transcription service wasn’t that great and I didn’t get my email very quickly. Seems they’ve worked the bugs and it’s worth checking out again. As I setup more contacts, I noticed that I could even twitter from my cell phone now. That’s cool. They also have a ton of other sites integrated like blogger, Xpenser, and bunch more which I’ve never heard of. Here’s the full list:


PsyBlog: The Attitude-Behaviour Gap: Why We Say One Thing But Do The Opposite

I try to remember this little tidbit below when speaking with most people. They will take their perceived stand but when faced with the situation they will probably bend. I include myself in this category.

that people don’t do what they say they will in many situations – has been backed up by countless later studies, although in more sophisticated fashion. The question is: why?

PsyBlog: The Attitude-Behaviour Gap: Why We Say One Thing But Do The Opposite

Screencast: Enable Server Mode using LINQ (ASPxGridView & XtraGrid)

In a previous post, I showed you how to use the powerful Server mode feature in ASPxGridView and XtraGrid against large datasets. The response to Server mode was so good that we’ve extended the ways that you can enable it.

You can now use a LINQ provider to work with our .NET grids in Server mode. The latest release, 2008 Volume 1, introduces two new datasources to support LINQ.   LinqServerModeDataSource supports the ASPxGridView and the LinqServerModeSource supports the XtraGrid. To use these datasources against either the ASPxGridView or XtraGrid, try the steps demonstrated in the short screencasts below.

ASPxGridView Screencast


XtraGrid Screencast


The LINQ support in Server mode is bleeding-edge technology which gives you the performance gains for your projects. Check out this cool feature then let me know how you’re using LINQ and how you plan to use these new LINQ datasources.

Hand-Eye Coordination: Can You Improve It?

I started researching this topic to see if there is something, late in life, that you can do to improve this type of coordination. While I doubt I’ll get much better at Tennis, I’ll certainly give the eye focusing exercise a try.

Can you improve your “sports vision?” Are there exercises that can help your eyes? Because I treat so many professional and high-level athletes, I am often asked if vision can be improved as it relates to sports performance.

While I don’t think there are exercises that can improve your vision per se, you can improve the way your body tracks moving objects by doing some simple drills. This will help on the field and on the court.

Try playing catch with a friend. Use a large Wiffle Ball (or any larger ball). Write large letters and numbers on the ball with a Sharpie. Try to call out the last number or letter you see before catching the ball. Also practice quickly focusing on a near, then far object. Keep going back and forth – faster and faster, focusing on your ability to focus properly.

Hand-Eye Coordination: Can You Improve It? on Yahoo! Health

"Power Shift" – How to Boost Your Memory

If you see someone doing a Felix the Cat impression then they might be trying to remember something. According to this article below, moving your eyes left to right can help you remember. I’d be interested to know if anyone actually does this or has used to this trick to help them remember.

A recent study suggests that merely glancing from left to right (the traditional “shifty look” of spies and sneaks) can boost memory power and help people differentiate between real and imagined memories. Moving the eyes up and down had no such effect. The trick may work because the specific left/right eye movement engages both the left and right hemispheres of the brain at the same time. As little as 30 seconds of the activity could be enough to help you remember where you left your wallet, or the number sequence needed to deactivate that bomb.

“Power Shift” -How to Boost Your Memory | The Daily Galaxy: News from Planet Earth & Beyond

ASPxperience Screencasts: Customization & Client-Side Events

Check out these 5 new screencasts. Three show you how to customize the ASPxperience products and one shows you how to discover and use the client-side events.

image The first lesson shows how to handle one of our ASPx control’s client-side event. You’ll also learn how to use the online documentation to learn more about client-side APIs. You may find the related blog post useful as well:

Client-Side Manipulation: Using Client APIs and Handling Client-Side Events


In the second you’ll learn how to use the default.css file to customize the appearance of an ASPx control:

Appearance Customization: Using a Custom CSS File

image In this screencast you’ll learn how to create a new AutoFormat based on a web control’s customized visual properties and apply it to other controls of the same type.

Appearance Customization: Creating and Applying a New AutoFormat

image This screencast shows how to create a new theme based on a web control’s customized visual properties. You can then apply it to other controls of the same type.

Appearance Customization: Creating and Applying a New Theme


The last screencast shows how to create a toolbar emulation with the ASPxMenu. You can also read the technical post on it here: Create Ribbon-Like Toolbars with ASPxMenu

ASPxMenu: How to Create a Toolbar Emulation


You can also access all these screencasts on the DevExpress Channel here: ASPxperience lessons.


Tortoise-Pigeon-Dog – Advice from 256 year old man

It’s not certain whether Li Ching-Yun actually lived to be that old but his advice is useful: “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”

Here is the excerpt from the Time magazine article from 1933:

In the province of Szechwan in China lived until last week Li Ching-yun. In China where Age means something he was a great man. By his own story he was born in 1736, had lived 197 years. By the time he was ten years old he had traveled in Kansu, Shansi, Tibet, Annam, Siam and Manchuria gathering herbs. He continued to gather herbs for the rest of his first 100 years. He lived on herbs and plenty of rice wine. When asked for his secret of long life. Li Ching-yun gave it readily: “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.” The “Scholar War Lord” Wu Pei-fu. not satisfied with this formula, took Li into his home and was lectured on “how to get the most out of each century” by maintaining “inward calm.” Some said he had buried 23 wives, was living with his 24th. a woman of 60, had descendants of eleven generations. The fingernails of his venerable right hand were six inches long. Yet to skeptical Western eyes he looked much like any Chinese 60-year-old. In 1930 Professor Wu Chung-chieh, dean of the department of education at Chengtu University, found records that the Imperial Chinese Government had congratulated one Li Ching-yun in 1827 on his birthday. The birthday was his 150th, making the man who died last week—if it was the same Li Ching-yun, and respectful Chinese preferred to think so—a 256-year-old.

Tortoise-Pigeon-Dog – TIME