21 Bytes of Wisdom

Shrikant has a nice post to think and live life by. A few of the nuggets:

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Dont believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR. When ! you say, I love you, mean it.

FIVE. When you say, Im sorry, look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyones dream. People who dont have dreams dont have much.

The Beauty of Simplicity

Fast Company writes:

Here is how [Google’s] Mayer thinks about the tension between complexity of function and simplicity of design: “Google has the functionality of a really complicated Swiss Army knife, but the home page is our way of approaching it closed. It’s simple, it’s elegant, you can slip it in your pocket, but it’s got the great doodad when you need it. A lot of our competitors are like a Swiss Army knife open–and that can be intimidating and occasionally harmful.”

It’s often that tension–between the desire to cram in cool new features and the desire to make a product easy to use–that makes delivering on the simplicity promise so hard, particularly in companies where engineers hold sway.