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Thinking No Computers

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The other day I happened to see a curious exchange in one of our businesses. The cashier swapped a torn, but carefully restored by taping it together again, Euro bill for a new one with the manager. Inquisitive, I asked the manager what he was planning to do with that Euro bill. "Once a month, I take all those ripped up or badly worn bills to the National Bank, and trade them for new ones. All you need is one piece of the bank note for them to give you a newly printed one."

While he started
taking care of some other paper work, my mind started racing towards how the National Bank made this system work. I had noticed before that bank notes have an identifier on each side. I figured the National Bank probably stores the identifier of each note they trade, so people don't go ripping up bank notes with the intent of trading them twice. That seems easy enough, no?

Once the manager finished up his paperwork, I wanted to confirm my idea and asked if he knew how that system worked. How do they avoid people cheating? "It's...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Runtime Apps How to #12 – How to Add a Application Bar in Windows Phone 8.1 App ?

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If you are looking for a way to add Application Bar in your Windows Phone 8.1 App (Windows Runtime App) , you can use the BottomAppBar to add App Bar. Add the Command Bar under the BottomAppBar and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Creating a Company Where Everyone Gives Their Best

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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” —Steve Jobs What does it take to create a company where everybody gives their best where they have their best to give? It takes empathy. It also takes encouraging people to be zestful, zany, and zealous. It takes bridging the gap between the traits that make people come alive, and the traits
that traditional management practices value. In the book The Future of Management, Gary Hamel walks through what it takes to create a company where everyone gives their best so that employees thrive and companies create sustainable competitive advantage. Resilience and Creativity: The Traits that Differentiate Human Beings from Other Species Resilience and creativity are what separate us from the pack. Via The Future of Management: “Ask your colleagues to describe the distinguishing characteristics of your company, and few are likely to mention adaptability and inventiveness.  Yet if you ask...(Read whole news on source site)

APress Deal of the Day 19/Aug/2014 - Beginning Windows 8

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Originally posted on:’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is Beginning Windows 8. “Beginning Windows 8 is the complete guide to understanding the power and flexibility of Microsoft’s latest operating system to help you get the very best out of your computer.”

#1,139 – Value Converter Example for Input

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The ConvertBack method of a value converter is used to convert from a binding target (e.g. the attribute of a control) to a binding source (e.g. a property).  Below is a simple example, showing how we can convert from a Slider value to the square root of the selected value. In XAML, we have a Slider that ranges from 1-100 and […]