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links for 2010-07-12

  • If you’ve got boxes of old prints and family photos you’d like to salvage from those awful sticky photo album pages, SnapHaven will scan them for free. For a limited time, the photo storage and backup service is offering free unlimited scans for customers with an active membership — though you’ll have to pay to ship your own prints.

    SnapHaven is still the only dedicated photo backup and storage site. They also offer services for making prints, photo books, and other photo gift accessories.

    (tags: photos archive)
  • We are a creative, entrepreneurial school, but Knowmads is also much more than a school. It is a platform for entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in this world.

    Knowmads (students and staff) are nomadic workers who can work anywhere, with everybody. We are brave, responsible, creative, imaginative and entrepreneurial. We work in a one year setting, combined with a socio-economic enterprise. We build blocks for a more colourful and better world.

  • The Watson Wyatt Worldwide report on Capitalizing on Effective Communication [pdf] is essential reading for internal communications professionals. Here are the key findings:

    1. Effective employee communication is a leading indicator of financial performance and a driver of employee engagement. Companies that are highly effective communicators had 47 percent higher total returns to shareholders over the last five years compared with firms that are the least effective communicators.

  • As someone who works with start-ups and SMBs, finding low-cost, high-impact tools is an absolute necessity. Fortunately, the usability world has been blessed by dozens of new tools over the last couple of years. While many excellent blog posts have been written about these tools, I decided that it was time to take a deeper dive. Most importantly, I wanted to test these tools on User Effect and try to provide real data and screenshots.

    In the end, I decided that a blog post just wasn't going to cut it this time around, and so my second e-book was born. I'm happy to announce that I'm making that e-book available for free as of today. It's a guide to 20 online usability tools, all of which have free or low-cost versions.

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