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Tech Talk: Don’t neglect site updates

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This column is written specifically for the smaller, family-style businesses. It’s about maintaining your website’s technology (not the content), and why it’s time to start paying attention. Companies that don’t regularly access and update their Web technology tend to operate under the natural assumption that once a website is completed and launched it can sit… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Don’t neglect site updates

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Don’t overlook Yahoo Pipes, they work

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Very rarely do I stumble across functionality that makes me rub my hands together and laugh evilly at how powerful and graceful it is. I have one for you to try this week — It’s called Yahoo Pipes. Yahoo Pipes have been around a few years now, but we’ve been so distracted by social media… Continue Reading Don’t overlook Yahoo Pipes, they work

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Hey website Functionality Junkies, I’m talking to you this time. You know who you are — if an image is on a Web page you want it animated. If we’re streaming content onto one page, you suddenly want it on 50 pages. If we create one category for content, you want 30 more. We love… Continue Reading Why more on your website isn’t always better

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Rebuilding: Look at it as an opportunity

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The entire nation has been watching. We’ve seen what’s happened to Colorado Springs, and the nation is heartbroken for your city, your businesses, your homes, and the incredible destruction of one of the most beautiful places in our country. The question on everyone’s mind is: What now? How long will it take to come back… Continue Reading Rebuilding: Look at it as an opportunity

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How to vacation like a nerd

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We’re in the height of vacation season, and I’m heading out next week for some much needed R&R. So how does a nerd manage technology on vacation? Do we spend the whole time staring at our iPad/Laptop/Phone? No way. The techie vacation First of all, we really try to make sure all loose ends are… Continue Reading How to vacation like a nerd

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Managing the ‘blame game’

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Last week I had a technical deployment that didn’t go well at all. While we had done extensive testing in development and staging, there were conflicting technologies in the live environment that caused our project to break when we installed it. It wasn’t really our fault, but it was pretty embarrassing. So what’s the best… Continue Reading Managing the ‘blame game’

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Ah, the misunderstood role of the project manager. These poor souls live at the intersection between clients, management and the company’s implementation team. They take heat from all sides and are constantly torn between who is making the better point on any given day about the projects they run. But they have a surprisingly strategic… Continue Reading Don’t downplay project management’s value

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How to identify bad software

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A few weeks ago one of my clients told me that he was going to launch an e-commerce solution that was provided by his accounting software and it operated out of a port in his in-house server. In response, I sighed in an impolitic way and he snapped back at me with, “You programmers always… Continue Reading How to identify bad software

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What exactly are trackbacks?

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This week I spent about six hours manually cleaning up more than 57,000 spam trackback links on a website, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned to save you from a similar fate. Have you heard of trackbacks? They were supposed to be a Search Engine Optimizer’s dream come true, but they’ve morphed into… Continue Reading What exactly are trackbacks?

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10 technical reasons to hire recent grads

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As a part time college professor, I can’t let May pass me by without giving all employers a 2012 Top 10 reasons to hire a recent college Grad list: No. 10: Grads know what the point of social media is (and isn’t) Instead of trying to figure out what your company should be doing to… Continue Reading 10 technical reasons to hire recent grads

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