Hosting a Gaming Tournament? Here’s How to Get Organized | eSports Center | Gaming Center | LAN Software | Smartlaunch.com

Source: Hosting a Gaming Tournament? Here’s How to Get Organized | eSports Center | Gaming Center | LAN Software | Smartlaunch.com

 

With major universities now offering esports scholarships, Taiwan recognizing esports as an officially, and some vying for esports at the olympics level, we are all embarking on a journey into unknown future where the competivie gaming space may very well replace a lot of the sports programs we’ve been accustomed to for our entire lives.

Moms don’t want their kids getting knocked out in high speed collisions sports. They also don’t want them getting obese from complete lack of exercise and indulging in convenience foods. Eports lies somewhere in the middle where it’s not exactly a healthy sweat, but at least it keeps Sally and Johnny out of trouble and may even pay their way to a major college.

It all starts out with building the community that supports the culture. We all want it. Lets make it happen. Who’s running tournaments today? What have you learned. Please point us to any reference that might help us out with getting started.

What’s your league? Slap your deetz in the comments below.

There are 7 types of logo designs: but which type of logo is right for you?

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Source: There are 7 types of logo designs: but which type of logo is right for you?

Design for non-designers is an interesting topic for me these days because as someone who declares to have no art skills I often have a need to create little tidbits of graphical content. I have all the industry tools and few helpful add-ons, but I don’t live there and for this reason when I crack open an app I spend WAY too much time dicking around.

I find articles like the above linked article to be very helpful because it gives me greater context to the big picture rather than shooting in the dark with an abstract concept that could entirely miss the target.

All the Vaynerchuck and contemporary guidance is SHIP NOW and CRUSH IT! I don’t think anyone ever hears, spend more time on your logo but let’s face it, choosing an appropriate logo is obviously of incredible importance to your brand’s success.

Hopefully this article helps and please please attach any links to your logo concepts in the comments below. Thanks!

Commuting Time Saved | Matt Mullenweg

Source: Commuting Time Saved | Matt Mullenweg

Why on earth would anyone chose to commute?

Our office recently considered how essential was our physical building? If our success somehow depended on it, would we be able to achieve the outcome without holding a permanent residence?

Ultimately (for the time) we’ve elected to remain in our space. Downtown in our city isn’t a bad place to be. (especially in the summer)

There are indeed physical jobs that require your presence to accomplish the duties. Assembling factory products, flying a plane (sort of), digging ditches etc…

If you’re a knowledge working chances are you live inside technological tools enabled for sharing and collaboration with distributed teams.

If you need to be in the same room with someone chances are it’s because you aren’t embracing the full functionality of tools and/or ground rules for team hygiene aren’t in place for the team to be successful.

With all the co-working solutions available it really doesn’t make sense to keep office space anymore. If you REALLY feel the need to jam in the flesh then there’s plenty of ways to accomplish that when needed. (chances are for a fraction of the cost and with a much lower carbon footprint)

I know this isn’t always a popular opinion viewpoint so it would be great to hear in the comments about your experience.

How many miles would be saving if you didn’t have to leave your house to go to an office everyday?

40 Free T-Shirt Mockups PSD Templates For Your Online Store in 2018

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Source: 40 Free T-Shirt Mockups PSD Templates For Your Online Store in 2018

Starting a drop ship business using shopify and a fulfilment partner like Oberlo has never been easier.

You just sign up for the accounts, link them and your basically done.

Except for the most crucial, which is of course, choosing and designing your myriad of products that you plan to sell.

To make this job much easier, Oberlo has put together this killer list of t-shirt mockup templates and utilities so you don’t have to be a fashion or digital graphic designer to sell a shirt.

The best part about this is the ability to play with your design and see it on a human form. This has proven invaluable in my design process and I couldn’t imagine doing the job without it.

These tools are a lot of fun and you can lose hours and days into exploring, but don’t forget that all that play can convert into great sales when you’ve made a product your customers will really love and use.

Have fun!

On Your Mark, Go to Market

While recently launching this blog and others I’ve been learning about launching and getting traffic starting from zero.

This can be a bit daunting but also I believe the most rewarding to connect with a community at grass roots level.

As I learn more about getting the word out I will post and share any good relevant references here for everyone’s benefit as well.

This isn’t just an aggregation, but a well curated greatest hits to help you not waste your time.

https://academy.hubspot.com/

https://www.hubspot.com/blog-topic-generator?utm_campaign=Offer+-+Blog+Topic+Generator

 

3 Secrets To Writing Blog Posts That Go Viral

5 Content Marketing Tips We Learned From Our Best-Performing Content

 

Free University

Whether you need to get up to speed in a hurry or just have a passion for acquiring knowledge then this list of links might be of interest.

As an emerging manager I had to soak up info at light speed or I would have drowned in the shallow end.

Learning to navigating people and relationships might be the toughest and most rewarding thing in life.

Here’s a fine list I’ve cobbled of some of the best. There’s already enough in this list to last a lifetime. You’ve been warned!

 

…or almost

https://www.manager-tools.com/all-podcasts

https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/best-podcasts-for-management

 

http://www.vpl.ca/ebooks

https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/

https://www.academia.edu/

 

DiY Harvard

http://jfornear.co/diy-harvard-mba/

 

The Personal MBA

http://personalmba.com/

http://www.angelfire.com/amiga/gstroop631/holes.html

http://www.logic-puzzles.org/

http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/bloom.html

 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/body-language-for-leaders?trk=eml_ny-ss-rem_learning&fromEmail=true

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/communicating-with-confidence?trk=eml_ny-ss-rem_learning&fromEmail=true

 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/finding-your-introvert-extrovert-balance-in-the-workplace?trk=eml_ny-ss-rem_learning&fromEmail=true

 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/gretchen-rubin-on-creating-great-workplace-habits?trk=eml_ny-ss-rem_learning&fromEmail=true

Get your Head in the Cloud

The Cloud: (def’n) The symbol on the diagram indicating the portion of the server and network infrastructure that was far too complex and obfuscated for anyone to spend the time to accurately draw.

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Where I keep my iphone selfies; the thing that streams my TV;  the place where I accidentally on purpose leaked my sextape.

In all serious it’s a concept that’s changed our understanding our IT and computing forever.

In some ways it’s just a billing exercise to see if we can bill for cheap commodity compute utilization the same as we do other utility billing for power, gas and water consumption.

The technology that’s arisen around this is what gives it real potency. Being able to tie enterprise and consumer applications into just-in-time burstable resources via API using code. Sounds advanced? It is! And it’s advancing by the second.

If you haven’t I encourage everyone to investigate public cloud providers as potential option for spinning up your next server. You’ll learn a ton I guarantee it.  Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Engine, Microsoft Azure and many others offer free-trial and heavy discounts for personal and educational use.

The real beauty of cloud is to be able to use code to build infrastructure using configuration tools like puppet and docker. The flat files and containers used to configure the environment can be version controlled, unit tested and stored in repository.  This is a vastly different concept than running around with a windows server dvd.

If an application misbehaves the entire environment can be instantly destroyed and rebuilt from runbooks. This shift in mindstep is know as  Pets Vs. Cattle

https://www.engineyard.com/blog/pets-vs-cattle

 

Making the decision to go to cloud isn’t difficult. Preparing your existing workloads for migration is entirely different kettle of fish. While there are many tools available for converting physical workloads into virtual, let’s just say your results may vary. Simple server environments are no problem, but if someone has been spending years perfecting the static monolith, it’s likely going to be a hell of a chore to migrate it, and you’ll almost certainly be rebuilding on the new virtual resources.

Sooner or later you’ll have to get there so might as well have at it hoss!

Helping Clients With Cloud Assessment

http://searchcloudprovider.techtarget.com/tip/Helping-clients-with-cloud-assessment-decision-is-a-critical-value-add

 

I’ll compile a list of every useful link that might help someone get up to speed in a hurry:

https://www.openstack.org/videos/summits

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur | How to Publish a Book

I recall thinking as a youngster, “Writing a book must be the toughest job anyone would ever need to accomplish”.  Sitting in front of a blank page trying to come up with some way to fill the 3-5 assigned pages on such- and-such topic.

I’ve since become a windbag and keeping ideas succinct so someone might actually READ the book remains the greatest challenge now.

If you’re like me you might have a pile prose sitting around collecting (probably digital) dust. Well if you have a blog or are passionate to the point of being an open faucet then you might consider collating your masterpiece into a table of contents and put the suck up for sale.

As you’d imagine with everything, modern technology has taken much of the pain of getting your words out to the presses.

Here’s great insight from the book by one of my heros, Guy Kawasaki, who always reminds me to bring my humanity to work. Thanks!

Get paid!

Source: APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur | How to Publish a Book

And also this:

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US?ref_=kdpgp_e_us_mm_l3

 

Learn to code | Codecademy

Learn to code interactively, for free.

Source: Learn to code | Codecademy

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A few years ago Lifehacker had a “coding bootcamp” series that would frequently refer their audience to codeacademy and I always had it in the back of my mind that If I needed some coding skills, that would be the first place I turn. Well as luck turns even after 15 years of solid IT admin/engineer experience I’m finding my skills becoming obsolete and I absolutely do need to learn how to code in order to work with the modern DevOps toolkits like Puppet and Chef.

Over the Christmas holidays I started plunking my way through the html and css modules, then javascript, jquery and angular js. Before I knew it I had dome well over 500 exercises. I should mention that I’m no stranger to the command line and I’ve worked with some scripting in the past with vbs, powershell, batch and bash.

The cool thing about codeacademy is the learning interface. It splits the screen in two with one half showing you the instructions like a cookbook and the other half showing you the terminal or browser output. It’s very similar to working in a development environment where you can split your screen to see the interpreter and output at the same time. The flow is so smooth because the errors they’ve coded are way more intuitive that what you’d see in your interpreter. So you’re constantly learning from the error instead of trying to avoid them at all cost.

They also make learning fun by awarding you with badges for achievements like completing a module or logging in for a 3 day streak. It’s all very fun an encouraging and not intrusive at all. It’s actually quite addictive.

I can’t say enough good things. I now have around 80 examples of sites I’ve coded in my github here. I intend to use this as my portfolio to get a job. I encourage everyone to give it a try and you may find a new talent that was hidden away. Please let me know if you have any recommendations for languages or tools I should learn next. Have fun!