Don’t Be a LinkedIn Open Networker

Before I had 10 000+ connections and gladly accepted any new incoming request. Now after some spring cleaning I have 263 high quality and relevant connections which I will work with and get to know even better and hopefully create something useful from all the hours spent on LinkedIn. My goal is to get interactions on my posts and activity on LinkedIn from my network, and to be able to get that it is impossible to be an open networker cause then your network is full of people who don’t know you and couldn’t care less about what you do.

On LinkedIn, the value of your network is defined by the strength of each individual node in that network. In other words, the better you know each person in your network, and the better that you understand his or her unique talents, strengths and experiences, the better able you will be to leverage that network to advance your career.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to have a working, face-to-face relationship with each person in your LinkedIn network. But you should at least recognize them from email “cc: lists” at your office, or from online forums and sites where you hang out, or even from past experiences in your own life. Maybe someone asking to join your network recognizes you as an alumnus/alumna of the same university, and is just looking for some career advice as a young professional. The important point is that there should be something that connects you to everyone else in your network.

But here’s the problem: too many people become LinkedIn open networkers. Instead of forming tight, closed networks, they form very wide, open networks. Each node of your network may or may not be relevant to you if you accept every invite, every request. Over time, that can act to diminish the value of your network, putting you at a disadvantage.

This is not to say that your LinkedIn network should be constrained to a certain size – but it does imply that you should give attention to every single person who joins your network. Instead of blindly accepting invitations to connect, think about sending a brief, courteous message back, along the lines of, “Thanks for contacting me. However, I only accept invitations from people that I know. Can you remind me how I am connected to you?”

Most people who are merely trying to build up as many connections on LinkedIn as possible won’t even bother replying, because they weren’t serious in the first place. They are LinkedIn open networkers, who are simply trying to build their connections beyond the magical “500 connections” level.

As a rule of thumb, it’s better to have 50 trusted connections in your LinkedIn network than hundreds of connections that you have absolutely no idea of who they are. Think about it: imagine you are trying to find a new job or you are trying to find new partnership or business development opportunities for your company. Are you really going to invest a lot of time and energy into reaching out to people that you don’t even recognize? And do you actually expect anything of value in return?

In today’s social media-fuelled world, the temptation is to build social networks to an unsustainable size. The more people in your network, the thinking goes, the greater is your influence, reach and power. But is that really the case? If you are a LinkedIn open networker, you might be wildly overestimating the size of your network, thereby diluting the strong connections that really do exist within your network. So don’t be a LinkedIn open networker. If you take the time to really get to know every single person you are adding on LinkedIn, you will be establishing the basis for a powerful social network that you can tap into at any time to help advance your career.

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San Diego Gulls

Even though the San Diego Gulls of the AHL are a relatively new team, they’ve had a very successful entry into the AHL. In 2015, the Anaheim Ducks bought their then-AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, and moved them to San Diego so that they could be closer to the big club. In their first two seasons, they finished second in their division, and made it to the second round of the playoffs, while putting up 82 wins over their first 136 games, good for a 0.603 winning percentage, while also boasting a +51 goal differential across both seasons.

Their team is nearly filled with prospects from their parent team, the Anaheim Ducks, save for four players signed to AHL deals. The team has had current NHLers grace its roster such as Shea Theodore, John Gibson, Anton Khudobin, and Brandon Montour. What’s exciting for Ducks fans is the names that are currently on the roster, developing their game for the NHL level. Players like Kalle Kossila, Jacob Larsson, Jacob Megna, Julius Nattinen, and others are playing for the Gulls, learning the system set out by the Ducks in order to succeed in the NHL in the future.

While their team has prospects on it, and while the team’s intent is to develop those prospects, the Gulls also have some experienced veterans who lace up for them on a nightly basis. The Gulls are the 10th oldest team in the AHL, and only by 0.2 years. While the team is lead in scoring by Kossila, they have six players over the age of 30, and had 16 over the age of 25 play for them this season. The AHL is a delicate balance of developing prospects by giving them playing time, and having veterans to model the game for those same prospects. It’s one of the reasons that the Gulls took Eric Fehr on loan for 34 games; they wanted a seasoned professional of over 500 games to mentor their younger players. In fact, the team has over 1600 games of NHL experience, and both of their goalies have over 25 games of experience at the IIHF World Hockey Championships. What may be their most impressive number, however, is the nearly 4000 games of AHL experience on the roster. While the team may be new to the league, it’s players certainly aren’t.

And who gets to run this team? At the top, you have Bob Murray as the President of Hockey Operations, who is also the GM of the Anaheim Ducks. Bob Ferguson works with Murray as the GM of the Gulls, to bring it the right players, and manage the rest of the staff. Head Coach Dallas Eakins has both AHL and NHL head coaching, and assistant coaching experience with the Toronto Marlies/Maple Leafs, and the Edmonton Oilers. He’s a sound hockey mind with a knack for developing young talent, which is likely part of the reason that the Ducks have such a solid young core of players.

This season has been much of a reflection of the past success by hte Gulls. They currently sit in second place in the Pacific division, though their cross state rivals, the Ontario Reign are right behind them, with 64 points, because the AHL ranks teams by their point percentage.  If the playoffs started today, they would square off with the Texas Stars, who actually have two more wins than the Gulls. San Diego faces a tough test for the rest of the season, as they need 27 more points to clinch a playoff birth, based on how their division stacks up, and they currently have 14 games left to do so. That will change as the season plays itself out, and other teams begin to slide down to the bottom of the division, but the Pacific division is strong. If history shows us anything, it’s that the Gulls will finish in a respectable position, make the playoffs, and have a strong showing from their team balanced between young NHL prospects, and AHL veterans.

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Review of the MacBook Pro

In Aрril 2010, Aррlе аnnоunсеd that ѕеvеrаl new vеrѕiоnѕ of thе MасBооk Prо lарtор wеrе to be launched. Thiѕ inсludеѕ 13-inсh, 15-inch, аnd 17-inch mоdеlѕ. Exреrtѕ in thе induѕtrу bеliеvе that Apple hаѕ made the launch аt the right time, аѕ thеrе hаvе bееn nо uрdаtеѕ ѕinсе June 2009.

There hаvе bееn vаѕt сhаngеѕ in lарtор соmроnеntѕ ѕinсе thе lаѕt update, ѕuсh аѕ in thе new Intеl рrосеѕѕоrѕ. Thе Cоrе i3, Cоrе i5 аnd Cоrе i7 аrе designed tо оffеr bеttеr bаttеrу lifе in laptops thаn thе рrеviоuѕ Cоrе 2 Duо рrосеѕѕоrѕ. Thе nеw MacBook Prо 15-inch and 17-inch lарtорѕ соmе with Cоrе i5 аnd Core i7 processors аnd with ѕрееdѕ frоm 2.4GHz tо 2.66GHz. Thiѕ has brought thе MасBооk on раr with оthеrѕ in thе induѕtrу. Thе 13-inсh MacBook Pro however, is ѕtill going to uѕе thе Core 2 Duo, but with imрrоvеd ѕрееdѕ frоm 2.26GHz to 2.4GHz.

The iconic dеѕign of thе MacBook Pro lарtорѕ, with a single рiесе оf аluminum metal аnd lаrgе glаѕѕ trасkраd with multi tоuсh features, iѕ going tо ѕtау. The 13-inсh MасBооk Prо nоw соmеѕ with Nvidia GeForce 320M intеgrаtеd grарhiсѕ, whiсh has a better boost оvеr thе 9400M grарhiсѕ, with whiсh it рrеviоuѕlу саmе.

HаrdwаrеEасh оf thе MасBооk Prоѕ соmеѕ with standard hаrdwаrе

  • ѕlоt-lоаding 8x dоublе-lауеr SuреrDrivе
  • iSight саmеrа
  • AirPоrt Extrеmе and Bluetooth® wirеlеѕѕ соnnесtiоnѕ
  • ѕtеrео speakers
  • FirеWirе 400 and 800 роrtѕ
  • USB 2.0 роrtѕ (twо оn the 15 inсh models; thrее on thе 17 inсh)
  • DVI роrt
  • Audiо ports
  • Gigabit Ethernet роrt
  • ExрrеѕѕCаrd/34 ѕlоt

Thеrе аrе also hаrdwаrе “еxtrаѕ” thаt hеlр the MacBook Prо ѕtаnd оut frоm thе сrоwd. Thеѕе inсludе a роwеrful lithium-роlуmеr bаttеrу; аn аmbiеnt light sensor that illuminаtеѕ thе kеуbоаrd in dаrk соnditiоnѕ; and аn еnеrgу-ѕаving LED backlit ѕсrееn.

Thеѕе ѕсrееnѕ аrе mеrсurу-frее аnd аnti-glаrе, аnd hаvе resolutions оf 1,440 x 900 pixels for thе 15 inсh mоdеlѕ аnd 1,680 x 1,050 pixels fоr thе 17 inch. With both you have bright, natural and pin sharp imаgеѕ.

Pеrhарѕ thе bеѕt hardware extra оf аll, though, iѕ the nеw MасBооk Prо trackpad. This now has thе multi-touch funсtiоnѕ that have рrоvеd ѕо popular оn the iPhоnе. Bу рinсhing, swiping аnd rotating уоur fingеrѕ оn thе trасkраd, you hаvе rеmаrkаblу fаѕt аnd positive control оvеr thе features of thе MасBооk Prо’ѕ сrеаtivе ѕоftwаrе. Multi-tоuсh does givе rise tо a slight problem: thе size оf the trackpad mау fееl a littlе ѕmаll fоr someone lеаrning thе аррrорriаtе gestures. That ѕаid, once you’re familiar with multi-touch, it’ѕ nоt diffiсult tо wоrk within thе trасkраd’ѕ boundaries.

Sоftwаrе

Aѕ with all new Macs, the MасBооk Pro comes with thе bеѕt ореrаting ѕуѕtеm аrоund, thе Mас OS X v10.5 Lеораrd. If you’ve never uѕеd Lеораrd bеfоrе, its рrоfiсiеnсу will dеlight уоu. If уоu’rе already a Mас uѕеr, уоu ѕtill hаvе ѕоmеthing tо please you bесаuѕе thе nеw MacBook Prоѕ bооѕt thе speed of Lеораrd аnd the аррliсаtiоnѕ thаt run оff it.

Among these applications is Apple’s lаtеѕt vеrѕiоn оf thе world’s fаѕtеѕt brоwѕеr, Sаfаri. Thiѕ соmеѕ with the uѕuаl bаtсh of uрdаtеd Aррlе software ѕuсh аѕ Bооt Camp, Mаil, iChat, iTunеѕ, DVD Plауеr, iPhоtо аnd iLife.

Pеrfоrmаnсе

Exреriеnсеd MасBооk Prо uѕеrѕ саn lоаd thеir preferred аррliсаtiоnѕ on these lаtеѕt models аnd immеdiаtеlу nоtiсе thе improvements in ѕрееd. For еxаmрlе, уоu can ѕеt uр Phоtоѕhор CS3 in аррrоximаtеlу eight ѕесоndѕ оn the 15 inch 2.5GHz. Yоu’ll then gо оn to discover Phоtоѕhор runs 20 – 25% faster than a 2007 2.6 GHz MасBооk Pro.

Cоmраrеd tо a 2006 MасBооk Prо, thе differences аrе еvеn grеаtеr. Ovеrаll, уоu саn experience ѕрееd increases of аrоund 50% асrоѕѕ a rаngе оf applications. Thiѕ iѕ gооd news fоr аll thоѕе whо wаnt mаximum performance frоm a lарtор.

Options

With any lарtорѕ dеѕignеd fоr professional use, it’ѕ аlwауѕ wоrth lооking at the mаnufасturеr’ѕ options because ѕоmе people will need a buffer zоnе of еxtrа ѕрееd аnd роwеr for specific аррliсаtiоnѕ. The соnfigurаtiоn орtiоnѕ of the MасBооk Prо аrе unlikеlу to lеt уоu dоwn. Tо givе уоu extra роwеr, уоu саn rеԛuеѕt a 2.6GHz Intеl Core 2 Duо рrосеѕѕоr upgrade fоr either the 2.5 GHz 15 inсh оr 17 inch mоdеlѕ. Aѕ for RAM, уоu саn uрgrаdе any of thе thrее MасBооk Prоѕ tо 4GB.

On the 17 inсh MасBооk Prо, you might want tо inсrеаѕе the hard drivе to 300GB to provide additional rооm fоr ѕрасе-ѕtеаling grарhiсѕ applications. Similаrlу, you саn еnѕurе thе perfect сlаritу оf уоur images bу asking fоr a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel screen fоr thе ѕаmе mоdеl.

Vаluе

With all thеѕе uрgrаdеѕ расkеd intо thе ѕаmе ѕhеllѕ as thе previous MасBооk Pro models, you might anticipate a rise in prices. If уоu do, уоu’d bе wrong. Thе new MacBook Prоѕ are unԛuеѕtiоnаblу bеttеr mасhinеѕ but thе prices across thе range haven’t сhаngеd. The оld MacBook Prоѕ wеrе gооd vаluе, but thе latest inсаrnаtiоnѕ are ѕimрlу excellent for thе рriсе.

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A review of Radar.io

Today I published a review of radar.io on my other site www.weblogbetter.com.

Radar is a New York-based tech company, and members of its executive team have experience at companies such as Uber and Foursquare. That gives you an idea of the type of company that could deploy a location platform like Radar to drive future business growth. Big-name clients of Radar already include Chick-fil-A, Warby Parker, Gas Buddy, Raise and Seat Geek.

Radar has been installed on millions of devices and currently processes billions of locations each week. Radar regularly tweets out geographic maps, showing exactly how much data is being sent out each week.

Read the entire review here:  http://weblogbetter.com/?p=64857

 

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Nestled deep within San Diego, California lies a place where once only a dream dwelled within the minds of two college grads and eventually built into a reality. Two men, Chris Cramer and Matt Rattier, both of which had a dream to provide the people of southern California with some of the best craft brews around as well as a place for friends and family to gather to enjoy those brews in true camaraderie. After much hard work and years of dedication they brought their dream to reality and founded Karl Strauss Brewing Company in 1989 and now continues on as a landmark of craft beer in southern California.

The name chosen for the brewery, of course, is unique in and of itself as it was named after Karl Strauss, a famed brewer for the Pabst Brewing Company starting there in 1939 and ultimately became part of the team that helped formulate the beer recipe and help tremendously improve sales within the company as well as the cousin of Chris Cramer. He went on to receive awards throughout the years including the MBAA Award of Merit in 1981, Award of Honor in 1992, and The Distinguished Lifer Service Award in 2003. After retiring Pabst in 1983 he went on to help both Chris and Matt found the brewery as well as helped many others within the craft beer industry until his death in 2006.

Over the years of brewing, serving and ultimately growing, Karl Strauss Brewing Company has now become one of the largest breweries in the state of California with many branches throughout the state including La Jolla, Sorrento Mesa, Carlsbad, Temecula, Anaheim, Los Angeles and several others. Included in this growth are several events held at their brewery throughout the year that brings everyone together for great fun and delicious brews. One of these events is Collabapalooza where they collaborate with several different brewers locally and independently resulting in many divergent styles of brews ranging from Pale Ales to IPA’s to Saisons and stouts. Other events they host include their annual Oktoberfest, Arts and Amps, and Changing of the Barrels event.

The overall growth has also brought about a growth in the line of beers that are brewed up at the brewery with their year round brews ranging from a crisp pilsner to a hop-filled IPA to a caramelized amber to a dark roasted stout. Beyond the year round brews lies the seasonal selection that encompasses a deliciously malted Oktoberfest, a strong Belgian quadrupel, refreshing IPA, a smooth english summer ale, and a deliciously rich, and yet robust peanut butter cup porter.

When the holidays roll around they brew up special, limited releases that help compromise whatever holiday celebration and weather condition coexist at the time to help provide the best quality of flavors and enjoyment. To help enhance the beer drinking experience even more they brew up special barrel aged and small batch brews as well as do collaborative works of art including a tequila barrel aged imperial pilsner, barrel aged sours, a doppelbock, belgian blonde ale, imperial IPA and much more.

When the brewery isn’t busy brewing up a batch of malty and hoppy goodness they are seeking ways to help their community by helping local artist display their work within the brewery’s tasting room as well as hosting different local bands during the weekend, providing live music to the fellowship of local craft beer lovers. They also seek to help the environment by supporting local non-profit organizations that have goals of helping the environment and the brewery host it’s own annual clean up with the Surfriders Foundation where they go to nearby beaches and clean all lingering trash left by beach goers.

This California destination is definitely one you will not want to miss and regardless of where one may live, make sure you write this one down on your bucket list. Even if craft beer is not your thing, a good visit to this brewery may just completely change your life. Expansion and growth has been exponential over the years and to see where it where lead to next is something any and all craft beer lovers get excited about. Keep your eye on Karl Strauss Brewing Company as you never know when a branch may pop up near you and until then, sip and savor. Cheers!

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They killed my scooter

So this morning it happened. After soon three consecutive years driving my scooter in this city the bad people killed my scooter. They stole the batteries.

I parked it in what I always considered a safe place. Locked with more locks than all of the other scooters and bicycles in the city put together. The battery compartment also very well locked up with extra padlocks and chains. Still they were able to get the batteries out. They obviously just ripped off the plastic cover on top of the battery compartment, not caring one second about destroying either the part they will leave behind or the part they will steal and take away. Cut of the padlocks. Cut the chains.

Like this I don’t understand. Why not just steal the entire scooter? Save my time and theirs.

Today I asked a friend of mine to send some high-quality padlocks from Sweden which I will use to secure my scooter even more after I have repaired it. The locks you buy in China are obviously not good enough, I guess with these generic locks the pathetic thieves just try a bunch of keys and eventually the lock will open.

Nearby from where they stole the batteries from my scooter is a police station. For the lack of anything better to do, I reported the theft to the police. Who knows? Maybe I encountered one of those very ambitious officers who will ask the city for the CCTV tapes and voila, the thief is identified.

However, if I want to ride my scooter again I think it is better to get it repaired tomorrow instead of waiting for the police to call me back with the good news that they found my batteries.

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Grocery shopping in Shanghai

I prefer the French chain Carrefour ahead of most other available choices in Shanghai. After many years in China I have learned to avoid going to these stores at peak times. If you visit the stores after work on a weekday you will quickly realize your mistake when you hear the saleswomen on microphones screaming about the yogurts and milk they are selling, when you are pushing your way thru the crowded, hellish and stressful aisles.

Screaming saleswomen, hellish aisles together with the not logical layout of the stores are three good reasons to avoid them during rush hours. Go there in the early morning and take your time to find the stuff you are looking for, don’t rely on the salespeople for any constructive help on finding products.

If I only need to buy a few things I prefer to pop into Lianhua, 联华. Lianhua is a typical basic local grocery store, they are usually within walking distance from most apartment buildings. They are really convenient for spontaneous and unplanned purchasing as well as quick shopping of small daily necessities.

The most unpleasant place to do grocery shopping is without a doubt the local wet markets. These are markets where everything is fresh and on display, meat, fish and vegetables of all kinds. Looks like a zoo and smells like a zoo. The shopping is done according to weight and everything is unpacked. Like another blogger wrote, some people love wet markets and some don’t. I really don’t.

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Moon Space Coffee Shop

Today we went to the Moon Space Coffee Shop and ate waffles for breakfast. My five, soon to be six, year-old love waffles so the two we bought were gone quicker than you can say waffle.

Moon Space is a very nice and family oriented coffee shop with an indoor play area for younger children and a sort of library with a wide range of books. I didn’t really understand the rules of borrow books, but I understood that there are two options, deposit 300 RMB and you can borrow X number of books for x number of days. Or deposit 500 and be able to borrow more books for a longer period of time. Most books are in Chinese, so not so suitable for me to borrow any books anyway.

The waffles are great and the cappucino as well. The other choices on the menu seems to be not that great, I have tried pizza, pasta and garlic bread. The food is of lower quality and small portions and VERY expensive to be in Shanghai.

I have been to the Moon Space shop several times before without the children because it is really a nice location to do work, the WIFI is for free and the speed suprisingly good.

If you are in the Jinqiao area, then go check it out on Biyun Road 1096.

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Knistad Herrgard

I am sitting in Shanghai and reading skovdenyheter.se online and is happy to see the positive article about Knistad Herrgard. My favorite place to go in summer to play golf or just hit some balls at the driving range.

The article say that more than 18 000 people stayed at the hotel near the golf course and several times during the year all 80 rooms been booked.

Obviously many golfers spent nights in the hotel but guests coming to their amazing Christmas Dinner also increased a lot.

Last year’s success will result in big investments in the property, 31 one rooms will be renovated as well as the restaurant and some of the public areas.

In 2020 the next big thing will happen, the addition of a large spa facility in connection to the hotel and golf course.

When I am back in Sweden in June I will as always go there for a round of golf. I like Knistad because it is always very peaceful, and even though it is an old mansion I feel the environment is very casual and relaxed.

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The San Ysidro Port of Entry

My first trip to United States was in 2016 and honestly, I enjoyed it immensely from the moment I stepped out from LAX. During this stay in California we went to San Diego and took the tram to the San Ysidro border to go to a huge outlet mall. Me, not particularly interested in shopping, enjoyed to see the impressing San Ysidro Port of Entry instead.

The San Ysidro Port of Entry is busiest land border crossing in the world with a whopping 50 000 northbound vehicles and 25 000 northbound pedestrians each day, this in addition to the sountbound traffic. It is the crossing between San Diego and Tijuana and it has been a land border inspection station since the early 20th century.

For the daily commuters crossing the border it is truly a challenge, people spend one to three hours waiting to the enter into the United States. In September 2017 phase three of the improvements of the port started and when everything is finished the northbound lanes is expected to be increased to 62. All to the small cost of approximately 160 million USD.

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