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1. Determine What To Do

Slice ePub May 14, 2014

The first step in the Productivity Workflow Formula is to determine what you should be working on. When you implement this step correctly, instead of having 117 things on your to-do list, you may end up with just ten tasks, or five, or even three … but they’ll be the right ones. And don’t worry: Once you have the proper processes in place, you can revisit all the others systematically and get them done in their place.

In this chapter, I’ll show you how to reduce your commitments to an efficient core group of tasks. In the end, you’ll produce for your organization at a record level and work fewer hours than ever before.

Workplace productivity, in its most meaningful sense, is all about achieving high-value goals—preferably in the shortest time possible. And make no mistake about it: At the end of the day, all that truly matters is results. What did you actually accomplish? Did your accomplishments advance the organization’s goals in some measurable way? If not, why not? If you just kept busy while not appreciably moving forward, why did you bother?

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First Album

Slice PDF May 13, 2014

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3. Corrections: Improvements on Reality

Slice ePub May 27, 2014

In this Chapter

Correction Basics

Adding Texture to an Image

Using the Clone Tool

Neutralizing Images

Brightening Images

Changing Image Colors

When I say "correction," I am not talking about your run of the mill correction like when you are asked to make a banana appear more yellow. I am talking about making corrections that can not only make that banana appear more yellow, but add greater shape and pizzazz so it really stands out from the rest of the bunch. The beauty of such corrections is that they can be applied to any image and changed to the point that people can't believe what you started with. Let's dive in and see how to really make those images sing.

The corrections I will discuss here are described in CMYK because anything being printed on paper by a printing press will be of a four-color process, with the occasional special Pantone color. The basic principal of a correction can also be applied in RGB. When I speak of four-color process, to clarify, some ink jet type printers are called RGB devices, but for the most part this means that they like to receive an RGB file. They will then use their internal conversion process to convert the file to CMYK, as the inks used in these printers are CMYK. Some printers use additional ink colors as well to enhance the image.

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Green Spaces

Slice ePub May 27, 2014

No matter where you are in the city, you won’t have to travel far to get a dose of nature. Rio has abundant parks and green spaces, some quite small and manicured (Parque do Catete) and others veritable wildernesses (Floresta da Tijuca).

Rio’s wide rainforest-covered expanse (Click here) is teeming with plant and animal life. You can take scenic or challenging walks, including rewarding scrambles up its 900m-high peaks.

Far west of town, but worth the trip, the gardens (Click here) of Rio’s famous landscape architect bloom with thousands of plant species. The lush estate is full of history, which you’ll discover on a guided tour.

The landfill-turned–green space (Click here) is best on Sunday when through-streets close to traffic, and runners and cyclists claim the long curving paths skirting the bay.

These stately royal gardens (Click here) make for a fine break from the beach. Here you can take in rare orchids, see massive Vitória Régia lilies and other Amazonian flora and admire the royal palms planted when the Portuguese royals ruled from Rio.

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8. J2EE, EJB, and JMS

Slice ePub May 27, 2014

Java 2, Enterprise Edition ( J2EE) is a specification that unites several other Java enterprise technologies, including JMS, into one complete platform. J2EE is built on three main components: Enterprise JavaBeans, Servlets, and JavaServer Pages ( JSP). Many other technologies, such as JMS, JDBC, JavaMail, JTA, CORBA, and JNDI. are also included as services in J2EE. The Java Message Service actually has two roles in J2EE: it is both a service and the basis for a new enterprise bean type.

To get a better understanding of what J2EE is, and why it is important, we need to discuss the three main components and explain how they are drawn together to form the unified J2EE platform. It is important to keep in mind that all the technologies discussed here are paper specifications licensed and implemented by vendorsa central theme in Sun Microsystems' enterprise technologies.

Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 2.0 defines a Java component model for component transaction monitors (CTMs). A CTM is a marriage of two technologies: distributed objects and transaction processing monitors (TPMs). Distributed object technologies such as CORBA, Java RMI-JRMP, and DCOM provide a networking and routing infrastructure that allows applications to access objects hosted on other processes or computers. A TPM, such as CICS or TUXEDO, provides a robust, secure, and scalable environment for running transactional applications. A CTM combines these technologies into transactional distributed objects that run in a robust, secure, and scalable environment. There are three main CTM technologies today: Sun's Enterprise JavaBeans, Microsoft's COM+ (a.k.a. MTS), and the Object Management Group's CORBA Component Model (CCM). J2EE is built on EJB, which provides it with powerful transactional components that can be used to model and run an organization's business logic.

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