Jennifer Zelazny

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Finding Your Pace

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We all work at different paces. Some like to try and do everything really quickly so they can relax later. Others wait until the last moment and race to get things done (they find energy and excitement in the challenge to finish). Still others prefer to keep a grueling pace throughout the entire project in order to get everything plus more done. Although I have done all of the above – if nothing else – Oregon Trail taught me one thing: pace is everything. While some of these routes to the end result will work some of the times, the... Read More » Read more

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Jappler Recommends: Work/Life Balance

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Over the last few years I have, like most other business owners, struggled with a good work/life balance. While I do not feel like I am at an optimal balance yet – I know and I a lot closer than I once was. This can be tricky – but here are some tips that will help you achieve it. When working with clients – clearly state your business hours. I generally do this on the initial call or email as well as on my voicemail so when a client calls after midnight or tells me they are available until 11:30pm... Read More » Read more

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Old Hard Drives Laying Around? Try This…

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A few weeks ago I decided I needed to upgrade my Mac Mini’s internal hard drive from 200 Gig to a 500 Gig so I could finally take a stab at getting my media in one place. For under $100 – I bought a 7200rpm 2.5″ Seagate drive and had it installed in no time. After running a simple Time Machine restore from backup – my Mac Mini was set. I now could consolidate my media – but I was left with a 200 Gig drive that was going to realistically find a home in one of my card catalog... Read More » Read more

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Jappler Recommends: Best Tools of the Trade

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In the last year or so I have really found a great set of tools that I use for almost any/all projects if needed. If you are considering building a web site or a web application – consider taking a look at the following (and consider using this as your “WWJU (what would Jen use) list: CMS: WordPress Javascript Library: jQuery Slideshow: jQuery Cycle Accordion: jQuery Accordion Open Source Flash Player: Flow Player JS UI Tools: jQuery Tools (overlays, tooltips, etc) JS QA Tool: JS Lint (find/correct those errors!) Web Site Best Practices: Yahoo! Recommendations Minify Tool: minify (minify your... Read More » Read more

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Jappler Recommends: Hey Okay

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About mid-day I need a pick me up as I have been working, on conference calls, and in need of something that will make me smile. Enter: http://www.heyokay.com/. If you are not familiar with this site – take one minute to look at this picture and tell me it is not at least a little funny – especially with that title:http://www.heyokay.com/2010/happiest-place-on-earth/. I recommend subscribing the RSS feed. The site will not disappoint. Read more

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Jappler Recommends: 2009 Finds

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I have found a lot of really cool things over the last year and wanted to share my 2009 favorites before the year was over. General Cleaning Service The money spent on hiring someone to clean is worth every penny. Dog Trainer With two more kids on the way – it was time we taught our dog some commands and respect. We have a trainer come to our house weekly and it is making a difference. Find a Trustworthy Non-Dealer Car Repairman for the Non-Dealer Essentials Generally I am a car snob, but when a brake job is double at... Read More » Read more

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Jappler Recommends: iTeddy

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Believe it or not, there are some days when I do not feel like watching Wall-E. My son Evan does not seem to agree with me, but that is ok because he has an iTeddy The iTeddy is like a iPod within a stuffed animal. It hold music, videos, and pictures and allows Evan to quietly enjoy what he wants to watch on trips or whenever he wants to watch movies, listen to music (before bed), or to look at family pictures. iTeddy charges by USB, comes with a 1 gig memory stick to start with, and has a wonderful... Read More » Read more

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Jappler Recommends: Skitch

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My new consultant Ben yesterday was troubleshooting an issue with me and he sent me several links using a service called “Skitch“. I finally checked it out because I am constantly taking screenshots and low and behold – Skitch kicks ass. Check out this image I created in a matter of seconds for an example: http://skitch.com/sdacinc/bm5yq/jappler.com-add-new-post-wordpress. I took a picture. Made some notes with text and also was able to circle content and with a touch of a button – it was uploaded to my skitch site. Very slick! You can take a picture with your web cam, upload the... Read More » Read more

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Jappler Recommends: jQuery

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If you ever wanted to do something cool (slideshow, lightbox, accordion, pagination, table sorting, drop down menus etc) – please do yourself a favor and look at jQuery and all the great jQuery plugins that are available. About a year or two ago I really liked some of the different javascript libraries (YUI, prototype, etc) but over the last several months 99% of all my projects have required some sort of functionality that made me look at and then use jQuery. Why jQuery? Unlike some of the other libraries, jQuery is very lightweight and does not suffer from a lot... Read More » Read more

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Jappler Recommends: Less Plastic and More Green

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After watching Sometimesdaily With Amanda Congdon – she playfully suggested using jars for drinking glasses to save money. As a big fan of drinking out of mason jars already – this episode got me thinking… Amy is always complaining about BPA leaking into our food when we use and reuse our plastic/tupperwear containers which I hate. This on top of the fact that we end up throwing away a lot of cool glass containers (we recycle them) – I decided to start throwing away (recycling) the plastic containers and to start using the jars for food storage. Sure – some... Read More » Read more