First, they tell us a little about how Geek and their role there.
Most Lifehacker readers have at least a passing familiarity with How-To Geek, but to understand what I do, you may need a little more information.
I started the site in late 2006, after reading an article support Microsoft’s website. Your help information was so incredibly bad that I decided it was time to start my own site. Why could not they just show me a picture to help understand what I was seeing? My time was fortuitous because when Windows Vista was released, was Geek how to do more articles about how to fix your discomfort anyone -and our items had pictures to make it easy to understand. And, of course, Vista was so upset that our traffic shot up overnight. Again their mistakes helped me.
After years of work on the site as a part-time job, how Geek made big enough for me to embark on my own about five years ago.
Since then we have become one of the non-tech sites news largest Internet with 14 million unique visitors per month, 100,000 email subscribers per day, and 10 employees.
I am the editor in chief, which means that set the tone for what we publish, approve the specific issues tone for our writers, and generally make sure the items meet our standards before publication, or more importantly, before they are even written.
But I’m also the administrator of the system for many servers, and since I was a programmer for 10 years before How-To Geek, I am also the person who writes all the code of our complicated settings. And that does not include my duties as CEO of the company that offers business and strategy, trying to balance making money with always be ethical in the terrible world of Internet advertising.
What applications, software and tools can not live without? Why?
The most important thing I can not live without loose left. I use it every day to communicate with my team of writers and assistants, no matter where I am, at least 50% of the time that I am communicating with my team, I’m doing it from my iPhone.
The second most important thing I use is Trello, which is mainly used for storage of ideas, notes rain ideas, and monitor projects. Most people think of Trello as a list of things to do, but that’s a very simplistic view of things. It is better than any other tool for capturing ideas, including Evernote, because you can organize things in tables, lists, and cards, and then even deeper into checklists and comments and more.
Everything else I use is replaceable-he switched back and forth between Chrome and Safari a few times, text editors and note taking tools are a dime a dozen, and even the operating system I use is irrelevant, although I prefer OS X and iOS and never plan to return to Windows or Android.
What is the configuration of your workspace?
I have a table IKEA Galant, a comfortable chair somewhere … and a MacBook. But my workspace is often the kitchen table or sofa, or a hotel room.
What is your best shortcut or life saving pirating time?
The most important thing saving time I have learned from my work is to hire very good people that I trust, make sure they are paid well to do the job they like, and let them do what they do best. This makes my job much simpler, all you need to do is steer in the right direction, approve the things that are working, and give constructive criticism when necessary.
On a personal level, I wake up in the morning and work on the things I feel that working. If I do not feel like work, not work … but that’s weird because I’m doing things I love to do. So what I do, and I’m excited to start work in the morning and motivated to achieve. And that’s the trick-do what you love in life is the last trick life.
What is your favorite list manager outstanding tasks?
Trello, but rarely use it as a to-do list, and a list of ideas that should probably move whenever I please. When I have specific elements that need to be done on a particular day, the Reminders iPhone app is usually what I will.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can not live without and why?
I have a iPad that I use at night in front of the television, or when I’m traveling, and now is my only other tool, but should have received my watch Apple for the time this article publishes, so you ‘ll see if that changes.
What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? What’s your secret?
This is a difficult question to answer, so he decided to ask my wife. According to her, my secret talent is finding time for my wife and baby son every day and still do the job.
I try to stop work every day at 1 pm and leave the house and spend time with family for the rest of the day. I stay in touch with my computer using Slack in the iPhone, which I conveniently notified anytime someone sends me a direct message. And then at night I caught up on email or anything else before bedtime.
Because what is the point of losing the best part of the day at work? We must turn around and spend the better part of our days enjoying our family instead.
The hours of arbitrary work during the day, because society is stuck in a mindset of the factory does not make sense, and by the time most people come home from work there only a few hours before bedtime to spend with the family, and they are tired. “We are information workers” after all, and that do not require sunlight to do our work.
What do you listen to while you work?
Most of the time, I did not hear anything while I work, because they simply do not have the time or energy to face the music. My favorite is white noise marathons see Netflix on TV while you work, it sounds crazy, but it really works for me. If I am very focused, I will not even pay attention to what’s playing most of the time. Who does not love Futurama repetition?
What are you currently reading?
Every day, I can check and read Ars Technica and column Laboratory Food Serious Eats, and now I’m reading The Art of the Start 2.0, a great business book by Guy Kawasaki. Most of my reading, however, is the items found through Twitter and stored in pocket to read on my iPhone.
Do you feel more of an introverted or extroverted?
I’m probably more of an introvert, but really I’m just quiet unless you really know or have a reason to talk.
When I was a child, I was taught that you should never speak unless you are absolutely sure that what you are saying is right, because to say something wrong makes an intelligent person with stupid face, but keeping his mouth shut makes even look a fool wise.
What is your bedtime routine like?
I’ll have to talk to my coordinator sleep … every time you learn to speak. He knows how to say “da da”, but I fear that children a year are masters of very demanding task. I usually wake up with him in the morning at 6:30, and believe it or not, is the best time of day, because he’s always smiling when he sees me in the morning.
Fill in the blank: I would like to see _________ answer these same questions.
Most people would love to see answers to these questions are dead.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Many years ago, a very intelligent man named Matt Tabrizi said “It is always better to just get started because it is easier to change direction once it is moving.” This is very similar to the opinion written by very intelligent co-founder of StackExchange, Jeff Atwood, who wrote “Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way … turn.” Through years, I have found this advice to be essential and accurate.
Stop talking. Stop focusing on planning every detail. Stop pretending you’re being productive by organizing your to-do list and reading self-help books. Just shut up and do something.
Is there anything else you would like to add that it might be interesting to readers and fans?
If there is one person I really want to thank publicly, is Gina Trapani, the founder of Lifehacker editor. Without their support and often they offer how Geek on Lifehacker in the early days, it would have been much harder to get where we are now.