Author Archives: Daniel

What Can I Do If I Hate Windows 8?

There’s one main thing to complain about when it comes to Windows 8 – that Microsoft changed EVERYTHING.  When I first started using it about 18 months ago, I wasn’t a fan at all. But there’s one simple change that’s made it tolerable and given me back a normal experience....

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Do You Feel Ignored or Stuck?

There’s a group of people being ignored. You’re one of them. Does this describe you? You work for a company. You’re not getting paid enough. The company doesn’t really care about you. If 2008 happened all over again, you could quickly be out of a job. You have a hobby...

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Who Are You?

Hi. I’m Daniel Hill.  I have to ask you a couple of things, if you don’t mind.First, I don’t know who you are. You’re kind enough to come to my website and read my writing, but I don’t know a lot about you other than that. I read a number...

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How To Be Happier

  Everyone wants to be happy.  In 2011, 33% of Americans claimed to be happy, a drop of 2% from 2008. That means 66%, or most people, aren’t happy. And I know why. I’m a people-watcher. I could do it all day, every day. My favorite part of vacations is...

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What’s Your Worldview?

How do you view the world? What statement defines your personal outlook? When building a following, it’s necessary to determine your worldview before doing anything else, because it gives prospective members of your tribe something to identify with.You don’t need everyone to identify with your worldview – but the ones who...

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My Idea to Improve Social

Twitter has been described as the world’s largest cocktail party. I think that’s a great description. But with that comes the sheer volume of information that goes 24 hours per day.  Managing that flow of information can be hard. To help manage it, the phrase “Follow easily. Unfollow even more...

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Are You Trying to Be Great At Everything?

Everyone has strengths and other things that they’re … not as good at. In 1993, after winning 3 championships, the greatest basketball player in the history of the sport quit to play baseball. His father had always wanted him to play professional baseball, so he tried. And while he wasn’t terrible,...

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What No One Is Doing in 2014

Everyone wants to have more followers. When you get one on social media, you think “yay! New follower! I must be doing something right!” And typically, you’ll look briefly at the person’s profile. If you go the extra mile, maybe you’ll Google them. Maybe you’ll even try to reach out...

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How To Build A Following

If you’ve read the first article I wrote, you know “Why A Following Is Important“. Now, let’s talk about how you grow one of your own. The first step is to start figuring out a way to tell others what you’re passionate about.  It doesn’t have to be huge steps....

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8 Mistakes You’re Making on Instagram

  Instagram is an amazing platform and a great way to connect with people. Want more followers?  Make sure you’re not making these mistakes:   1. Being set to private: If you want get more followers, people need to see who you are and what you’re about. Setting your account...

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Know Anyone for Social Media Marketing Platform?

Earlier today, one of my contacts, Rachel, posted on Facebook the following: Know anyone that needs an internship (there is a small stipend) …See below: message me for the inside scoop.   Successful Construction and Real Estate Services Company is seeking an Intern to assist with Setting up our Social...

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Why (and How) To Get An Online Following

In my daily life, I often ask people to tell me about themselves.  I usually start with the question – “what do you love”? The responses I get frequently amaze me.  People tell me incredible stories about their passions, including lengths they’ve gone through, money they’ve invested into their passions...

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Dashboard Confessional Set To Words

On Wednesday, October 9, 2002, I was walking out of a Dashboard Confessional show at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan. A guy was standing outside the show, yelling “Read my book! It’s like Dashboard set to words!” I stopped and went over to talk to him, because I like books. “You...

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Taking Back the Word “Friend” in 2014

A friend of mine who lives far away and who I haven’t seen in 8 or 9 years recently posted on Facebook that it’d been one year since her doctor became her hero. I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about, but it sounded bad. It sounded like...

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My Biggest Problem

I read a blog post by Jon Morrow the other day that really got me thinking. It was called “How to Be Smart in a World of Dumb Bloggers” (I’ll give you the link to read it at the bottom).  The post impacted me because in my career, I’ve firmly...

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Interview: My Only Friend with a Book and a Brand

Do you want to start building a following of fans? Do you want to get recognition in your chosen field? Do you want to start building a “brand”? If so, keep reading. As part of my efforts at TooDifficult.com, my goal is to help people use technology to accomplish great...

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The Book I’d Love to Read

On Wednesday, I came across a promotion for a domain and web hosting from Dreamhost, so I sent it a couple of friends who had mentioned to me recently that they wanted to set up a website. One of them, my friend Dan, emailed back to say that we should...

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The One Phone Call I Should Have Made Sooner

It was 2002, and we were sitting in the Pennsylvania Hotel across from Penn Station. I was 22. Across the table from me was the head of IT security for the FAA, and my boss, Tom Yon. We ordered soup. I’d made a million cold calls, and gotten this meeting....

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What Everyone is Doing Wrong with Technology

What Everyone is Doing Wrong with Technology: Don’t worry, even I’m guilty of some of these … 1.  You’re on your Phone or Tablet too much. Phones and tablets aren’t generally made for creating content, but rather for consuming. I consume content on my phone all the time, but I...

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My Biggest Failure

So This Is What Failure Feels Like: My boss had called me into his office.  I was responsible for selling software no one seemed to want.  On his desk was a piece of paper listing all the issues he had with my performance. Some of them were true, some of...

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5 Things Blackberry Can Do To Save Itself

  Every morning, I walk past a giant screen advertising Blackberry’s latest devices.  I have a Blackberry for work, and I am not interested at all in their devices, mostly because I’m already invested in an app eco-system – Android.  Which got me thinking – what could Blackberry do to...

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Keeping Up With News Using RSS and Live Bookmarks

Recently Amazon announced that customers who purchased music on CD from them over the past few years were going to be given access to MP3s of those albums for free. This was a huge announcement since I’ve spent thousands with Amazon on music since 1998 (when I got my first...

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How Can I Download from YouTube?

How To Download from YouTube (Video and Audio)   YouTube has great content. But what if a video gets taken down? Or what if you want to enjoy that content without being online?   To download content from YouTube, I recommend JDownloader. It’s a free program that allows you to...

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What Should I Do When Setting Up My New Computer?

New Computer Set Up Process When people get a new computer, after plugging it, they often don’t know what to do next. Here are the steps I take. 1. Turn it on, go through whatever process is necessary to get to your desktop (or Windows 8 Home Screen). Install Windows Updates...

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Cojourneo Event – Meeting James and Jerry

    On Thursday night, I had the opportunity to attend a Cojourneo event hosted by James Altucher and Jerry Colonna.  I wasn’t familiar with Jerry, but it turns out that he was one of the founders of Geocities, and sold it to Yahoo for … a lot.  (Full disclosure: I...

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How To Convert Your Physical Media to Digital

In the 2nd article of our two part series on getting the most out of your media, we’ll discuss how to convert movie discs into digital files that can be watched on a variety of devices. First, we’ll need the following things: 1. A Computer with plenty of free hard...

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Review – The Avengers – 9/10

My Avengers Movie Review – 9/10 Last night, we had the opportunity to see the Avengers in 3D as part of a prescreening, thanks to Cinemit.com. Here are my thoughts – and I’ll try not to give away any spoilers. If you enjoy summer blockbusters, you need to see this...

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How Can I Redownload Microsoft Office?

How Can I Redownload Microsoft Office? When you need to re-install Windows, you often need discs to reinstall your software, and Microsoft Office is the one you need first.  This creates a panic – where are your installation discs? Did you put them software safe – and now no longer...

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Why Google Needs $0.10 Apps

In recognition of reaching the milestone of 10 billion apps downloaded, Google has offered select apps for $0.10 over the next few days.  This is a great promotion, but Google has needed to do something like this for a long time. Here’s the reason why: Android does not build loyalty...

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Review: The Muppets Movie

Thanks to Cinemait.com, we had the opportunity to see the new Muppets movie earlier today.  We’ve been anxiously anticipating this movie for months, watching trailers, parody trailers, and listening to the soundtrack.  This movie has been thoroughly marketed – so did it live up to the marketing?  After watching it...

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Why You Need to Stop Using Windows XP

  Before 2000, Windows was not great. It had it’s good points, but there wasn’t anything worth writing home about.  Windows XP was first the consumer focused operating system  built on the Windows NT kernel, generally agreed upon to be more stable and memory efficient than Windows 95/98/98SE/ME.  Over time,...

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