Chris Olstrom

Chris Olstrom


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13 years ago @ Chris @ Olstrom (.com) - Getting Feedback with ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give that a once-over, and add it to the list.

The lack of branching or skip logic is a minor concern, but using optional fields can substitute for that, and it isn't terribly difficult to filter out bad data from a limit like that. If there is an API for those forms, it wouldn't be too hard to write something around it that DID support conditional logic.

13 years ago @ Chris @ Olstrom (.com) - On Limitations and Sel... · 0 replies · +1 points

That's exactly the stance I was trying to communicate, thank you.

There is no limit to the time that can be wasted thinking that something can't be done. Taking the leap and actually doing it often reveals that we haven't given ourselves the credit we deserve.

So don't let doubt slow you down, get out there and find out for sure!

13 years ago @ Chris @ Olstrom (.com) - Getting Feedback with ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Some of the unlimited ones are outstanding for the price (4Q comes to mind here), but if you don't require high volume, some of the ones with minor limitations are also worth considering. SurveyGizmo is excellent, and 250 responses per month is a fair bit of data.

Are Response Limits Crippling?

In short, no.

Creative Research Systems suggest that a sample size of 249 should accurately reflect a population of up to 180,530 with an 88.8% confidence level or higher.

While the method used to arrive at this number is not disclosed, it does align with similar calculations by MaCorr Inc. It presumably assumes a sufficiently randomized sample base (which may not be a controllable factor for an online opt-in survey).

Survey Monkey is also a viable option. While the limit of 100 responses per survey may not be as flexible as the 250/month offered by SurveyGizmo, it may be more valuable to create multiple surveys aimed at different audiences.

Finally, if you really want maximum flexibility, a self-hosted solution such as LimeSurvey may be the right answer. I have a bit of experience with it, so if you find it giving you trouble, or just need some pointers, let me know.

13 years ago @ Chris @ Olstrom (.com) - On Limitations and Sel... · 0 replies · +1 points

It's always nice to know that you've had a positive impact on another person. A simple but powerful reminder of why I write, and how important it is to share.

Thank you.

13 years ago @ Chris @ Olstrom (.com) - On Limitations and Sel... · 0 replies · +1 points

Hi Lisa, thanks for adding your perspective on this!

"I am human."

I draw two things from this. The statement "I am human" is generally used to imply that failure is inevitable. If failure is bound to happen or time or another, surely it's not all that bad. It is something we can pick ourselves up from, dust off, and try again.

The danger here is when the "I am human" mindset leads to expecting failure. Worse still are the cases where we do not assess how we failed, and simply write it off as a "human error". If we do not learn from out mistakes, are we not doomed to repeat them?

"I am alive."

A constant reminder that we have had a lifetime of learning to equip us for success, and that each decision we make will only add to that arsenal of knowledge, whatever the outcome of that choice.

"The only reason I am having a bad day is because of my current perspective."

Absolutely. Regardless of the events up until now, what happens next could go in any direction. How you view the situation colors the decisions you make. If you allow a few unrelated bad calls to affect your confidence, then you plant the seeds of doubt. All that does is leave you second-guessing yourself, even if you know what to choose. Taken from the other side, successive good decisions can lull you into carelessness.

Keep a level head and treat each decision as independent from all others in a day (unless a sensible relationship exists between the events), like a series of die rolls.

13 years ago @ Chris @ Olstrom (.com) - On Limitations and Sel... · 0 replies · +1 points

Hi Glen, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

I'm going to disagree with you on a few of these points, so if that bothers you I would suggest not reading further. ^_~

The impression I get from your comment is that my phrasing of "I don't want to make time" implied it was negative. I'll change that to "I choose not to make time", to clarify my intent. The phrase "I don't have time" is never true unless the person uttering it is moments from death, but choosing not to make time is the point.

Given the choice between ways to spend our time, we must decide. The choice to not create time for something is one of those options. There is no implication that not making time for something is a bad decision. Far from it!

The idea is not to pack our time as tightly as possible. The idea is to own our choices, and draw strength from the fact that we made a decision.

With that in mind, I'd like to discuss the "dimensions" you describe.

Those who wish they had the resources.

Regardless of available resources, we are never powerless. If time (or energy, money, etc) is scarce, we choose the things we value most to spend it on.

Those content to do less have already chosen. They have recognized what is important to them, and are remaining true to it. This is an honorable mindset, worthy of praise.

You mention intensity, the on-the-go, fast-paced lifestyle, and the "never still" mindset, and I wonder if that's what you thought I was talking about. I don't advocate a "do it now, do it all" lifestyle, but I think people tend to sell themselves short when it comes to their limits. Sometimes overburdening yourself (even temporarily) draws out strength you didn't know you had. We don't ever really know our limits until we push past them, and accepting those limits as constants is dangerous.

It's one thing to think. It's quite another to know.

Those who do not realize that they have choices (and are making them) are the ones most in need of empowerment. And yes, there are systems in play designed to discourage choice, and promote acceptance of things as they are. We need to break these systems, and the best way to do that is to promote awareness.

13 years ago @ Chris @ Olstrom (.com) - Non-Referrals in Affil... · 0 replies · +1 points

That's actually something I explained in "Why Create an Affiliate Program".

13 years ago @ Chris @ Olstrom (.com) - On the Benefits of Sel... · 0 replies · +1 points

My choice of words did not convey my meaning as accurately as I would have hoped. My intent was to suggest potentially reduced versatility within a given discipline, with more aptitude in areas that inspire, and less in those that do not.

A diminished variety of disciplines is not something I believe to be an effect of self-directed learning. Being driven by passion has the wonderful perk of freedom to follow that desire. In my case, that path has led me to delve into programming, writing, photography, and other (shorter term) adventures.

I must agree though, passion is indispensable when it comes down to the wire.

13 years ago @ Chris @ Olstrom (.com) - On the Benefits of Sel... · 0 replies · +1 points

I suppose versatility isn't exactly what I'm trying to suggest is given up. More that the self-taught focus where their passion takes them. So when a given subject doesn't ignite that fire...

I'm not entirely sure what the word I'm looking for is. Any ideas?

13 years ago @ Chris @ Olstrom (.com) - Proxies: What They Are... · 0 replies · +1 points

You raise a good point. There are many uses outside the realm of privacy that should be considered. One issue with services like Hulu is the strain they put on proxy servers. The bandwidth used to support one individual consuming video could serve many more users accessing non-multimedia information.

That said, is it the place of a proxy operator to prevent access to content, even if it is equal denial to all content of a certain data type?