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20 Rising Web Development And Design Blogs To Follow In 2017

A year ago I listed 25 promising digital design blogs to follow. When you look back, you notice how much have changed. If you’re aiming to become a successful entrepreneur or a freelancer, you must learn marketing, design and web development.<p>Today I’m sharing a handy list of 20 rising web …

Web Design

Is It Safe To Tell My Boss I'm Unhappy?

Dear Liz,<p>I am a devoted reader of your columns. I tend to doubt myself, and reading your advice has helped a lot. Now I’m wondering what to do about the fact that my career is stalled.<p>I’ve been in my job for two and a half years. The first six months was a steep learning curve, but after that the …

My Qualifications Scare Hiring Managers Away

Dear Liz,<p>When I was in college, it was considered a good thing to pursue a field of study as far as you could.<p>I earned my BS, MS and PhD and then another Masters degree. It never occurred to me that I might have to worry about intimidating people with my educational credentials and certifications, …

Bexley Pens: American Made

Drawing inspiration from classic designs from the past, the Bexley pen company has thus far led a relatively short—though eminently successful—life, having been founded in 1992 by a handful of pen enthusiasts. After decades of admiring, collecting and restoring vintage writing instruments, their …

Ten Signs Your Boss Is Holding You Back

Dear Liz,<p>I had a wake-up call this weekend that got me thinking about my career.<p>My girlfriend Arielle and I had Thanksgiving dinner at Arielle’s parents’ house. During dinner Arielle’s mom (another Liz) asked me “Tyler, do you still like your job?”<p>“My job is okay,” I said. “The work is interesting …

No -- I Won't Work All Weekend For Free

Dear Liz,<p>I have a problem at work. When I started my job six years ago, the company was a very relaxed place to work.<p>We worked hard but everybody left the office by 5:45 or 6:00 at night.<p>Now we stay late almost every night. There always seems to be an emergency. I don’t mind the evening hours so …

How Hong Kong's Property Tycoons Risk Fortunes With Marriage & Mistresses

Who gets the home?<p>That’s normally the first question that springs to mind when a couple gets divorced. OK, the kids might actually come first. But real estate is always a key issue to get resolved.<p>Asia, though, doesn’t operate according to your typical norms. And the ongoing soap drama involving …

I Don't Respect My Boss -- And I Think He Knows It

Dear Liz,<p>I’m in a bad spot at work. Our manager Ellen left the company in February and we got a new manager, “Sam.”<p>Sam worked in a different department before and we barely knew him. We had no opinion about him, either positive or negative. Sam has been in the company for two or three years. I’ve …

Career Development

'Rocky' Turns 40, Still Leads Top-Grossing List Of Boxing Movies

Forty years ago on this day, a movie about an underdog Philadelphia boxer was released. No one could known then that the $1-million budget <i>Rocky</i> – which ultimately was a story about the American Dream – would spawn a lifetime of films, inspire generations of viewers and be nominated for no less than …

Apple Can't Produce The iPhone It Wants For 2017 Because Of Samsung

If you follow my writing you probably know I’ve been harsh with the iPhone 7. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good phone in a vacuum. But for a product sold at the highest price on the market, coming from the biggest company in the world, and getting five times as much press as all other phone coverage …

Threat Of Obamacare Repeal Might Steer Women Toward Contraceptive That's Not Their Top Choice

If Google and the Twitterverse are any indication, one unexpected result of Donald Trump’s election is a surge of interest in a highly effective, long-lasting contraceptive.<p>But is the fear of losing free contraception under a Trump presidency driving women to switch to a birth control method that …

The Mini NES Classic Edition Is Sold Out Almost Everywhere

If early sales are any indication, the mini NES Classic edition is bound to be one of the most in demand gifts this holiday season. Nintendo released its nostalgia machine to an eager crowd today, and already the things are becoming impossible to find. I’ve been calling all around the greater …

Another American Revolution

Donald Trump’s electoral victory surprised no end of pundits, not just because the polls were so off-base, but also because they couldn’t imagine the American people turning against a Western consensus in favor of globalization, big state government with expanding power, and political …

My Coworkers Hate Me Since I Got Promoted

Dear Liz,<p>I started a new job at a marketing agency a year ago when I finished grad school. It’s been a fantastic job. One month ago I got promoted. It wasn’t a situation where I applied for a posted job.<p>The partner in our firm who supervised my last two projects said “Harper, you’re doing a great …

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Diablo III's New Necromancer Class

At long last, we’re getting a new playable class in <i>Diablo III,</i> though perhaps “new” isn’t exactly the right word.<p>The Necromancer is a throwback to <i>Diablo II</i>, just like the Crusader class, which was added in the <i>Reaper of Souls</i> expansion way back in 2014. The Necromancer comes out in 2017, meaning …

The Recruiter Said 'You're Lucky To Even Get An Interview'

Dear Liz,<p>I’ve been job-hunting since I returned to the States from a two-year stint in Dubai three months ago. I’ve applied for for-profit, not-for-profit and government jobs and so far I’ve had two interviews but I wasn’t interested in either opportunity.<p>I’m not picky but I’m not going to work in …

Career Development

I Can't Give Allison A Good Reference -- But How Do I Say No?

Dear Liz,<p>I am in a bind. Four years ago I had an employee working for me we can call Allison. She was a very sweet lady to work with, but completely unsuited to working as an account manager in a marketing agency.<p>When I got to the agency Allison had been there for six months. She had no idea what …

Ten Signs Your Manager Doesn't Respect You

Dear Liz,<p>I am coming to the harsh realization that I might have to look for a new job.<p>I liked my job for the first two years but the past year has been difficult. Our manager Marcia quit and the General Manager of our location took over our department rather than hire someone new to manage us.<p>I …

IBM: From Firing To Hiring Spree

There was a time when International Business Machine Corporation (NYSE:IBM) was on a firing spree, letting thousands of people go as sales declined. That was prior to 2015, as the company was in the middle of a transition, scaling down its old computing business to plow resources into new business …

IBM

Stripped, stomped and sprayed: Former police officer Yvonne Berry breaks silence on Ballarat arrest ordeal

A woman who was captured on CCTV being stripped, stomped on and kicked in the Ballarat police cells has spoken out for the first time.<p>Until now she …

Crime

Samsung Puts Out The Fire, But Repairing The Damage Won't Be Easy

With the death of the Galaxy Note 7 made official, it might be surprising that contrarians were already spinning a happy tale. “Is It Time To Buy Samsung?” <i>Barron’s</i> asked. This column rarely ventures into stock-picking advice, so we’ll leave that aside for a moment. But whether consumers believe …

5 Business Lessons From Nigerian Oil Multimillionaire Muhammadu Indimi

Nigerian oilman Muhammadu Indimi is one of Africa’s most successful businessmen. Indimi, who has a net worth of $500 million according to FORBES Magazine’s 2015 ranking of Africa’s richest people, is the founder of Oriental Energy Resources, a leading privately owned Nigerian oil exploration and …

Africa

Sheldon Adelson Still King Of Asia's Casinos: How He Struck Gold In Macau, Singapore

Las Vegas Sands founder Sheldon Adelson heads the annual Asian Gaming Power 50 for the eighth time in nine years. (Full disclosure: As editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, which publishes the rankings, I’m a member of the selection panel for the list.) Like the rankings, Adelson often generates …

Top Five Japanese Crazy Inventions Include Cristiano Ronaldo's Mouth Trainer And The Wasabi Alarm

Japan has a proud history of science and inventions that can seem crazy to the outside observer.<p>Most of it is just – crazy – but, as you will see at the end of this list, some of the products below could actually end up in your home.<p>Here is my – very unofficial – reverse ranking from 5 to 1 of the …

Five Reasons To Rescind A Job Offer

Dear Liz,<p>I’m in an awkward position at work and I could use your advice. I am the Regional HR Manager for an educational software firm. We’ve been hiring quite a few people this year and my problem has to do with one of our new hires.<p>We made “Jerry” a job offer last Tuesday, when he was at our …

Career Development

Five Excellent Lessons Bad Bosses Taught Me

I don’t remember much from the time I spent working for bad bosses except the feeling “I can’t wait until I don’t work for this person anymore.”<p>I was too young and inexperienced to realize that working for a bad boss is only painful if you take the bad boss seriously. Of course, it is your lousy …

Nine Things To Cover In Your Year-End Performance Review

As we move into the fourth quarter and end of the year, it is performance review time at many companies. Even if your company already has a specific structure for its performance reviews, you want to design your own agenda – you will always be your own strongest career advocate. Here are nine items …

A Year Into The Era Of Chip-Embedded Credit Cards, What Have We Solved, Exactly?

As of October 1, U.S. shoppers will have been under the payment card industry mandate called “EMV” for one year. By all accounts, it has not been an easy ride. Lawsuits, delays, unwarranted chargebacks, and customer confusion seem to rule the day. And that begs the question: What exactly have we …

You've Never Been On A Hayride Like This Before

The best way to kick off Fall is by jumping on one of the most extreme hayrides of your life.<p>For Melissa Carbone, it’s not just about the ghouls and goblins that lurk in her haunted hayrides, but the story and theme behind them.<p>She’s the CEO and president of Ten Thirty One Productions, the company …

China's Devaluation Danger Is Small But Nagging

A little more than a year ago, China’s currency, the RMB, roiled markets by undergoing an unexpected 1.9% devaluation. While the devaluation was said to be conducted in order to bring the yuan into line with a basket of currencies, already troubled markets coming off of a stock market plunge sold …