On pricing structures and how to increase prices

The following observations are fairly self-evident to me, in all likelihood because I have been reading a number of books about economy and economic theory over the last few years. As it turns out, they are not obvious to everyone. Hence this post. Some time ago, I talked to a photographer who was about to change how much she charged. Her pricing structure was a flat fee – 3000 NOK – per job, including 25 edited photos, travel, and setup. For...

Reviewed: Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business

Author: David J. Anderson Publisher: Blue Hole Press Year: 2010 ISBN: 9780984521401 Having (re)read the Phoenix Project, I decided to dig a bit deeper into Kanban, and the underlying concepts and methods used in its application. One of the first books that showed up in my searches was David Anderson’s Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business. Unlike the Phoenix Project, Kanban is not a fictionalised account, but rather shows how the thoughtful application of the concepts of kanban and...

Reviewed: GoPro Studio

Recently, I’ve covered how to use GoPro Studio; first the basics, and next how to add a bit of flair to your video. In writing those posts, I’ve also thought quite a bit about what I like about GoPro studio, as well as what I don’t like. Here are my thoughts. As of this being written, GoPro Studio is absolutely free of charge, no purchase of anything what so ever is required. Using it is a fairly intuitive process, and the end...

GoPro Studio: Adding some flair to your videos

Two weeks ago, I showed you the basics of working in GoPro Studio. This week, I want to show you a couple of techniques that I use to add some flair to my videos. First off; I’ve made a one-second file that is simply a mesh grid background. I like to use it as the opening card. The way I did this, was to import a jpeg of the mesh grid, convert it, then use the process I showed you last...

Facebook adds longed-for admin tool

Back in september of last year, I lamented the lack of what I view as a crucial admin tool on Facebook; the option to close a thread for comments while leaving the original post there for everyone to read. Since then, this is something I have found myself wanting time and again, as I have been forced to delete entire threads that, though interesting, simply created too much of a heated debate. Now, I don’t know when it changed, but I...

GoPro Studio: Video editing basics

Action cams are made – more or less literally – to create content for streaming video services, such as YouTube or Vimeo, and while you could certainly just upload your raw footage straight to such services, a better option is very likely to be to edit them before you do so. For the time being, my needs are very simple, and I am able to get what I want done using just GoPro Studio, GoPro’s free video editing suite. The first step...

How to shoot time lapses on GoPro Session

In last week’s review of the GoPro Session I mentioned that the Session can record time-lapses, as well as regular videos. As I spent a frustrating amount of time trying to set it to record time-lapses (each and every one of them failing, I might add), I wanted to put it out there, for people to find when they google GoPro Session Timelapse. (To be fair; this information can be found in both the Quick Start and User Manual documents that...

Reviewed: GoPro Hero Session

I’ve been on the fence about getting an action cam until this winter, when I finally pulled the trigger on a GoPro Hero Session. I’ve been using it for a few months; here are my thoughts: The GoPro Hero Session is the result of GoPro looking at the market for action cams, realizing that they are no longer anywhere near unique, and deciding to see if they can’t reinvent themselves. They did that in much the same way that...

Stop iTunes from opening when connecting an iOS device

Last week, I showed you how to disable the feature of iTunes and iPhoto opening when you connect an iOS device. The same issue occurs on Windows computers, too. Here’s how you resolve it: If you want to disable it for all devices, you need to disable the iTunesHelper.exe login item. To disable it for a single devices do as follows: Open iTunes Click the iPhone/iPad icon in the top right Scroll down to options Disable the setting “Automatically...

Manage login items in Mac OS X

Last week, I showed you how to manage login items in Windows 8 and 10, and the week before that how to do so on Windows 7 and previous versions. This can be useful knowledge for Mac OS X, too. Here’s how: Open System Preferences Go to Users and Groups Add or remove login items as you wish Yet again I caution you not to disable login items just to have the leanest possible boot. I would only recommend disabling those...