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Using Component as a Variable Type in Coldfusion 8
Did you know that ColdFusion 8 adds "component" as a valid type to both the returnType attribute of cffunction and the type attribute of cfargument?
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Date: 2007-08-31
 
Review: Actionscript Cookbook 3.0
I remember starting off beta testing huge bunch of ActionScript codes from Joey Lott which was supposed to be for the ActionScript 2.0 CookBook.
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Date: 2007-08-31
 
On DNS Troubleshooting
DNS problems can cause all sorts of strange network behavior.
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Date: 2007-08-31
 
The ROI of Improved Organization, Communication and Usability
When you have scarcity you have price control. But the web makes most forms of scarcity a farce.
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Date: 2007-08-31
 
10 Essential Windows Tools for the Mac
After the initial couple of weeks using more and more the MacBook Pro I must say that I am still enjoying the experience quite a bit.
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Date: 2007-08-31
 
Direct Mail Campaigns: The Simple Solutions to Success
Direct mail may be a familiar option for most small business professionals. Only a fraction of them, however, leverage this medium to its full potential.
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Date: 2007-08-30
 
Branding For Small Business And Bloggers
A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well. -Jeff Bezos
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Date: 2007-08-30
 
25 Expert Techniques to Have a Successful Blog
Blogging has been proven and advised to attract large quantities of visitors, readers and, possibly, customers.
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Date: 2007-08-30
 
What is in a Number?
When is the last time that anyone relevant paid attention - let alone based a buying decision - on ridiculous market share claims?
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Date: 2007-08-30
 
Is the UK SEO industry in a mess?
This is a little bit of a rant about the state of the SEO industry (specifically the UK SEO industry) - we're plagued with dodgy agencies and consultants dragging our collective name through the mud - do we do something about it or just wade through and mind our business?
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Date: 2007-08-29
 
How NOT to pitch a blog
In the past I've written about blogger relations offering tips on how marketers or PR professionals ought to present their story ideas to bloggers. Pitching bloggers and print journalists are somewhat similar, but in the end, they can be very different things.
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Date: 2007-08-29
 
Does the FSF have teeth vs. Microsoft?
Reading Matt's blog today, I found this press release (via Groklaw) from the FSF.
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Date: 2007-08-29
 
CMDB Dream Team
One of the issues dogging the CMDB hype cycle is the steep requirements for architecting and implementing such systems, even when based on vendor products.
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Date: 2007-08-29
 
It Doesn't Pay to Separate Ads and Content
Any independent webmaster who has been making good money on the web for a few years has realized that blending ads in content, or distributing ads as content, is much more profitable than a clean separation of church and state.
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Date: 2007-08-29
 
Avoiding Those "Hidden" Features
I've said more than once that folks should avoid using hidden, undocumented features in ColdFusion.
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Date: 2007-08-28
 
Six reasons NOT to try to be an online retailer
The internet retailing landscape has changed dramatically over the past eight years. In a summary, it used to be very easy but now it is hard and getting harder every year. The gold rush is over, and if you are someone without much money or business experience that thinks you can build a reasonably profitable ecommerce site, you are fooling yourself.
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Date: 2007-08-28
 
CFFEED Bug to Watch out For
I've blogged before about how xmlFormat() is a bit buggy.
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Date: 2007-08-28
 
Small Business Management: Delegating Responsibility
Delegating responsibility and decision making are some of the most difficult actions for many entrepreneurs.
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Date: 2007-08-28
 
When the First Result Isn't the Best Result
You have probably tried Google's "I'm Feeling Lucky" button before.
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Date: 2007-08-28
 
5 Corrosive Co-Founder Conflicts: The Dark Side of Startups
Most of the startup writing out there (including articles on this blog) addresses issues of strategy, finance, innovation, product development and other "fun" topics.
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Date: 2007-08-28
 
Six Steps to be Profitable in Internet Retail
Just after I wrote my rather negative post entitled Six reasons NOT to try to be an online retailer, I read Aaron Wall's post about how hard it is to sell yourself if you are too negative. Ouch! Good thing I am not trying to be a consultant or I would be starving.
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Date: 2007-08-28
 
Selling Social Media to Your Boss
I don't consider myself a blog envangelist. My role is not to walk into every client's office and tell them to start a blog.
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Date: 2007-08-28
 
Three Lines of Code to Boost Your Search Engine Traffic
In the world of Web building, an opportunity to develop/code something quickly is a rare occasion. Mostly, you need to spend hours on research, planning and implementation (unless you code with CSS ;) ).
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Date: 2007-08-28
 
The E-commerce Balancing Act
If you operate an e-commerce business, you'll know intimately well the balancing act constantly playing out in your mind and in your strategic and tactical planning processes.
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Date: 2007-08-27
 
Moving from Print Design to Web Design
At Agency Fusion we frequently get to work with designers who are experienced in print but are cautiously venturing into the world of Web design.
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Date: 2007-08-27
 
Forced to Use Windows
One of the unexpected outcomes of a Bittorrent system admin from elite torrents is the courts order to use Windows.
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Date: 2007-08-27
 
FeedBurner CFC
I've been using FeedBurner for quite sometime now to host my RSS feeds, and when they bought Blogbeat, I was even happier since Blogbeat was a great blog-stats tool.
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Date: 2007-08-27
 
Search Engines and the Federal Government
Like a page out of a John Grisham novel, the Federal Government is using robots to help stay invisible on the web.
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Date: 2007-08-27
 
Database Explorer - ColdFusion 8 Sample App
The Database Explorer is a simple application that allows you to browse databases and write SQL. You can select a datasource, browse the tables (and columns), and then write simple SQL statements and see what they return.
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Date: 2007-08-27
 
Open Season on Companies: Wikipedia Scanner
Since Virgil Griffith launched Wikipedia Scanner, it's been open season on organizations whose IP addresses are linked to changes made to entries on the popular DIY encyclopedia. For example…
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Date: 2007-08-27
 
Does GOOG411 Lead The Way On The Mobile Web?
We have previously suggested that eventually we would all be Talking Our Way Around The Mobile Web. Doing any serious navigation on a cell phone keyboard is unpleasant.
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Date: 2007-08-24
 
Invalid Postback or Callback Argument
I've hooked a health provider up in my web.config to send me all unhandled exceptions by e-mail. See here how to do that - you just have to put some lines in the web.config.
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Date: 2007-08-24
 
Stripping out Bad Characters Generated By a Perl Shopping Cart
There is an interesting thread in the WebProWorld forum that solves a problem a member was having trying to strip bad characters from a block of text generated by his perl shopping cart.
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Date: 2007-08-24
 
What is the best Free Open Source CRM Software?
Rather than taking a look at one specific piece of CRM software today, I thought I would direct everybody's attention to a WebProWorld post in which a member is asking which one he should use.
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Date: 2007-08-24
 
Book Review: IT Risk
I was lucky enough to get a pre-release copy of IT Risk: Turning Business Threats into Competitive Advantage by George Westerman and Richard Hunter.
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Date: 2007-08-23
 
The Evolving Domain Language of IT
One of the hallmarks of mature professions is that they have a clear and detailed language - a domain (or universe) of discourse or an ontology.
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Date: 2007-08-23
 
Google Labs for India
Google released a special labs page for India. (Google Labs, as you might know, is the place where Google engineers post new projects, often still in experimental mode.)
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Date: 2007-08-23
 
Strategic Messaging For Direct Marketing Materials
When pressure surfaces to boost sales, direct marketing materials often present a logical fit for small business professionals.
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Date: 2007-08-23
 
Metadata Properties for CFFEED
When creating RSS feeds with the CFFEED tag, you can specify metadata properties for the feed that help describe the feed in general. The docs though aren't very clear on what metadata properties you can provide.
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Date: 2007-08-23
 
Interesting Bug with Query Columns
An interesting bug (not a ColdFusion bug, but a user bug) cropped up in a discussion last week in the ColdFusion IRC channel.
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Date: 2007-08-22
 
Facebook Blocking: It Doesn't Add up
Tony Molloy, from the Bolton Citizens Advice Bureau in the UK, forwarded the latest issue of ILM Newsroom, the online publication from the UK's Institute of Leadership & Management.
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Date: 2007-08-22
 
Bebo - FIrst Social Network to Integrates w/ Windows Live Messenger
Bebo, the global social networking site, and Microsoft announced an alliance to bring the Windows Live Messenger service, the world's largest consumer instant messaging (IM) network, to Bebo users.
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Date: 2007-08-22
 
The Quest for a Bluetooth Pen Device
I am a law student and have completely switched over to a laptop for all of my notes. My laptop is bluetooth and I use a bluetooth mouse. My question is do you know of any bluetooth pen devices? Sometimes it would be helpful to draw things by hand, and the regular mouse doesn't cut it. I want a pen-like device that can act as mouse. Hopefully it would be small, portable, and bluetooth.
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Date: 2007-08-22
 
Getting Space Available on a Hard Drive (partition)
I'm working on a tutorial for a client involving file uploads (which I'll be sharing on the blog). In the tutorial I talk a bit about monitoring the number of uploads and how much space they are taking.
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Date: 2007-08-22
 
Questions for Interviewing Your Next Security Engineer
This is going to be completely biased in favor of a security engineer that is not tightly wound around military grade information security for everyone at all times.
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Date: 2007-08-21
 
IT - The Machine Has No Soul
The reason the human will always be required at some relevant level in the implementation and use of computing technologies is pretty simple - the computer can execute a codified series of events much faster and more consistent than any human, but it can't write a song.
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Date: 2007-08-21
 
Do You Make These AdWords Mistakes?
The majority of our new clients and consultations come to us with their PPC campaigns in a very similar state.
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Date: 2007-08-21
 
Adobe as an Office Productivity Apps Vendor?
It is funny how Matt and I can read the same article and come up with different conclusions.
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Date: 2007-08-21
 
Writing on .NET, Deploying on Java
Having spent the better part of my career working with products that are based on JEE, I sometimes have to remind myself that .NET is still quite prevalent.
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Date: 2007-08-21
 
CMS Watch Introduces Courses on BPM
Watch, now offers certificate courses on Business Process Management (BPM) as well as Information Organization & Access (IOA), throughout North America and Europe.
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Date: 2007-08-21
 
Custom Grid Renderers w/ CFGRID
I've been playing a bit with CFGRID lately (as have others) and I found that by taking a look at Ext's documentation, there are some very powerful features hiding within the CFGRID tag.
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Date: 2007-08-21
 
Web 2.0 Site Promotion
Michelle Macphearson just released her Web 2.0 Traffic Generation Blueprint.
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Date: 2007-08-20
 
What You Really Need is a Chief Decision Officer
I saw this article in DM Review - Building the Analytic Organization - in which Peter Graham lays out a case for a Chief Analytics Officer and how that role would be part of improving the use of analytics in an organization.
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Date: 2007-08-20
 
Post Only Email Marketing Messages
I recently went to a conference in Seattle and stayed at the Sheraton hotel.
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Date: 2007-08-20
 
eBay Drops Ball with Skype Crisis Communication
Om Malik rightly asks where was eBay's management during the recent Skype outage?
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Date: 2007-08-20
 
How do I Detect an iPhone user Coming to my Site?
Amazon.com's jumped on the wagon, and Meebo has too: they automatically give you a different version of their site if you're browsing from an Apple iPhone. I want to do that too. How the heck do I detect that a visitor has an iPhone?
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Date: 2007-08-20
 
Business Disaster Management
Disaster can strike a business at any time. Crises can range all the way from failed shipments and lost accounts to natural events like hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes.
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Date: 2007-08-20
 
Office Theft: What To Do Next?
A couple of nights ago someone broke into our office (and the office across the hall) and stole a laptop computer. Since they left everything else and didn't ramsack our offices, we assume it was a quick smash-and-grab for drug money as opposed to corporate spying.
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Date: 2007-08-20
 
Development of Google Browser Confirmed
At the end of July, I wrote that it looked like the Google Browser might actually be in the works after all, based upon their recent hire of a browser security expert.
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Date: 2007-08-17
 
Running FxCop & the Quirks
Earlier today I did a code maintenance session on BlogEngine.NET using the excellent FxCop tool.
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Date: 2007-08-17
 
Quick Tip on Preventing PHP Exploits
Exploits happen but with some planning you can prevent the worst of them.
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Date: 2007-08-16
 
ColdFusion 8's Ajax Debug Works Well with Spry
Wow - this was a surprise. I was trying to debug a Spry issue this morning and not having any luck at all.
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Date: 2007-08-16
 
Trying to Measure the Web
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I like what Quantcast is doing in trying to measure the web.
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Date: 2007-08-16
 
Hitwise Internet Usage Trends Widget
Hitwise, announced the launch of a new Hitwise Widget featuring online usage trends from Hitwise To Go, an RSS-based service that provides statistics on online usage behavior for the US, UK and Asia Pacific markets.
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Date: 2007-08-16
 
Will IBM Compete with Facebook/Web 2.0? - Sorry, No Competition.
Last week I had a very enlightening and energising conversation with Dennis Howlett on several various topics.
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Date: 2007-08-16
 
Content Development for Large Sites
This is the second in our series about building multi-million dollar web sites. In the first article we provided a general overview of the major elements of the process.
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Date: 2007-08-16
 
What is Motivating Spammers?
I don't get it, Dave. I get reams of lame, idiotic spam email and occasionally read through them to see what offers are being made, and they're just so incredibly dumb that I can't imagine that ANYone would ever respond. So why do they send 'em?
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Date: 2007-08-16
 
Good staff are Hard to Find
Good staff are hard to find.
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Date: 2007-08-16
 
Text Replacement with Flash - Dangerous?
If you use Flash replacement techniques could Google misinterpret your pages and apply a penalty?
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Date: 2007-08-16
 
The Best Thing to Happen to Networked Storage since Networked Storage
VMware might be the best thing that's happened to networked storage since, well, networked storage.
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Date: 2007-08-16
 
Automating Decisions for Customer Service
Mike Schaffner had a nice post that I saw this morning - Some Technology Suggestions for Airline Customer Service.
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Date: 2007-08-16
 
Stages of Marketing Accountability
The five stages of Marketing Accountability are:
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
How Can a Small Business Compete?
There's a secret about Internet marketing. Some small businesses are ecstatic about their success on the Internet, but others can't seem to get any traction.
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
SQL Server Express & Remote Access
What a pain this has been! I've never dealt with Microsoft SQL Server before but now that Vista runs acceptably on VMware Fusion, I figured that it would be a good opportunity to install SQL Server Express as a test database.
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
Why Not to use XML Sitemaps
First of all: I do want you to use Google Webmaster Tools. It's an incredible useful toolbox, so please, please use it.
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
UN Site is Hacked
The United Nations web site was hacked over the weekend, and was hacked very well by a group that used a common SQL injection escape ' in the code allowing them to put up anti war notes all over the web site.
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
Having Email From my iPhone Automatically Saved on my Mac
I have a new Apple iPhone and have been greatly appreciating all your iPhone help, but am still a bit baffled by one thing: when I send mail from my iPhone, I can see how I can Cc myself, but then I see my own messages in my [Microsoft] Entourage mailbox. That's daft. Is there some smarter way to set things up?
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
Google Services Give You More Storage, If You Pay For It
Google has finally unveiled a system under which you can pay them for more storage in Gmail, Picasa Web Albums, and eventually, a bunch of other Google services.
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
Bloggers Plus Dots Equal Business
Bloggers are connectors. Everyone who creates a blog, and shares part of the world of citizen publishing and citizen broadcasting.
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
Vista, IIS7 & BlueDragon
I'm trying to set up a full-blown development environment on Vista, just to see how I get on and to compare it with my regular development environment on OS X.
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
Why SQL Gets it
There has been some discussion about MySQL's recent moves to clarify the targeting between MySQL Community Server & MySQL Enterprise Server.
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
Do Marketing Blogs Lack Quality?
Greg Howlett started an interesting discussion on Friday with a post Is this the best we can do? in which he wonders if the overall quality of posts on internet marketing blogs is not what it could or should be.
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
Ajax Security Features in ColdFusion 8
There are some interesting new features in ColdFusion 8 related to security that I thought I'd share.
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
Shrinking the Cursor & Icons in Windows XP
HELP ME DAVE! Ok my computer broke you know. i went to the shop and had it repaired. when i hooked it back up the text and mouse and icons and everything etc. you know is HUGE! H-U-G-E! how do i fix this problem. where it is normal size and not huge! please help!
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
Yahoo SiteExplorer API with C#
If you are interested in using Yahoo's SiteExplorer API and are coding in the ASP.NET environment using C# (web pages) then the following method might be of use to you.
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
Sony Vaio SZ4XWN-C - First impressions
In my search for a new portable computer, it wasn't too hard to succumb to the allure of a Sony Vaio SZ series notebook.
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Date: 2007-08-14
 
A Look at Balanced Link Building
A link is not just a link, they are much more than just a simple way to move from one page to another. Rather, Links are the glue of the Internet!
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Date: 2007-08-13
 
Securing a Wireless Network Connection with WEP or WPA
I have just set up a wireless connection at home - whenever I log on it says that the connection is unsecure - how do I secure it? I have a new Toshiba Laptop and a Phillips Router. I saw something about a WEP key....where do I enter this?
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Date: 2007-08-13
 
CSS: Getting Safari to behave
Safari is one of those tricky browsers that aren't the most cooperative but there aren't many hacks for it that will work.
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Date: 2007-08-13
 
Get Prepared for Growing Projects
You've probably tried it a hundred times before. You start a web project and when you are finished the code is robust, simple and down right beautiful to look at.
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Date: 2007-08-13
 
What You Shouldn't Do With Your Business Blog
This morning, and I mean really early morning, I went about my weekly perusal of about 50 or so SEO and SEM blogs.
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Date: 2007-08-13
 
New Home Page Launched for Windows Live
Microsoft has launched a new beta home page for Windows Live, available now at home.live.com.
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Date: 2007-08-13
 
SEO Learning Life-cycle
I think the idea of breaking SEO down to the white hat and black hat camps really misses where the real divisions are.
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Date: 2007-08-13
 
Coldfusion: Structure as an Argument
Joel asks:
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Date: 2007-08-13
 
Online Relationships: Virtual Reality, or Just Reality?
Since the early days of Internet-based communities and chat rooms, individuals found that they could invent new online personas for themselves.
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Date: 2007-08-13
 
White Papers vs. Reports: Different Beasts
Someone who recently requested a copy of my "How to Write a White Paper: A White Paper on White Papers," asked: "What is the difference between a white paper and a report?"
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Date: 2007-08-10
 
Ping using XML-RPC in ASP.NET
Many blogs have the ability to ping different ping-services, such as Ping-o-Matic, Feedburner and Technorati, whenever some content is created or updated.
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Date: 2007-08-10
 
YSlow Performance Challenge
Simone wrote a post about the YSlow Firebug extension where he listed different websites and their YSlow performance ranking.
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Date: 2007-08-10
 
Reacting to Grid Row Selection in Coldfusion 8
This week must be grid week. First we have Bruce Phillips' post on cfgrid, and Todd Sharp posted on it as well.
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Date: 2007-08-10
 
Where Does the Mysterious Method Added to your CFCs Come From?
If you've been working with CFCs in ColdFusion 8, you may come across a mysterious method. Consider this screen shot from a CFC descriptor:
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Date: 2007-08-10
 
Q&A: What Should We Look for in a Web Design Company?
Dear Kalena...
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Date: 2007-08-09
 
Increase Your Productivity While Rebooting
How frustrated are you when you have to reboot your PC in the middle of the day? A full shutdown and reboot cycle can take a several minutes - instead of staring at your screen watching the icons flicker to life, the hourglass grind away, etc., why not capture a few minutes of productivity?
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Date: 2007-08-09
 
Server & Data Center Energy Efficiency
Slashdot reported that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delivered a study on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency.
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Date: 2007-08-09
 
Souce Code's Value
In the past week I heard about two fairly large companies who are in a bit of a jam. Back in the days of the Internet Boom, they purchased an "E-commerce server" from one of two separate niche software vendors (i.e. ISVs).
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Date: 2007-08-09
 
Acopia Sells to F5...
For 210 Million reasons. It's a bit melancholy for me, however.
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Date: 2007-08-09
 
Demystifying Conversion Rates
Conversion rate optimization has grown to buzz word status within the online marketing industry. Some of the original "conversion marketing" firms like Future Now, Inc. has spent significant time over the past ten years educating the market about the importance of improving conversion rates.
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Date: 2007-08-09
 
Small Business Marketing Report From PresenterNet
PresenterNet just sent out an advance invitation to preview a publication entitled "Seven Steps To Small Business Marketing Success."
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Date: 2007-08-09
 
Driving Customer Loyalty
The BrandingWire team takes on car dealerships this month. And what we've uncovered is straight out of Jurassic Park.
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Date: 2007-08-09
 
Indicating Web Page Expiration
I have been building a set of Web pages for events hosted by my local temple, and the Rabbi is complaining that when he uses Google to search for upcoming events, it's the older events that have already passed that are showing up, not the upcoming events.
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Date: 2007-08-08
 
Seeing Through the Bearishness About 'Hyperlocal'
Whether it's just cyclical investing fads, journalistic boredom, or recent business failures of startups like Backfence, I'm noticing a strange lack of enthusiasm for local and so-called "hyperlocal" online content and listings business models.
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Date: 2007-08-08
 
How To Find Time To Blog (When It's Not Your Day Job)
The one question I am asked most often by people who are considering starting their own blog or struggling to keep momentum up on a blog they have already created is how to find the time to do it.
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Date: 2007-08-08
 
Responses to "Why Microsoft should buy Red Hat"
Earlier this week I wrote a "what if" post suggesting that Microsoft buy Red Hat. The comments here and on Open Sources at InfoWorld were lively to say the least.
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Date: 2007-08-08
 
Preselecting a Tab via the URL in ColdFusion 8
A quick and simple tip - ColdFusion 8 lets you set a default selected tab by using selected="true" in the tab.
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Date: 2007-08-08
 
Why Are Search Engines Looking for Your Name?
Part of me would like to get hysterical over the news that a new search engine wants to index the names of every single person on the planet. The idea that anyone can locate and learn about me at the push of a button freaks me out.
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Date: 2007-08-08
 
Web Analytics Jobs Trend: August
Here is the latest update on "Web Analytics" jobs.
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Date: 2007-08-07
 
Conversational Marketing and the Online Branded Advertising Experience
Many of the most useful publishing formats and many of the most widely used sites are hard to effectively monetize.
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Date: 2007-08-07
 
The SEO Content Management Solution
There seem to be a million and one open source content management systems these days. Just look at Open Source CMS.
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Date: 2007-08-07
 
Eclipse Based .ASC Editor for FMS Released
This is huge. Darren Lee of fczone.com has released an Eclipse plugin which adds support for FMS's AS1-based server side code to Eclipse or Flex Builder 3.
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Date: 2007-08-07
 
Better IT Management for Banks Points to EDM
The McKinsey Quarterly just published Better IT management for banks (subscription required). A nice little summary of some research into the IT operations of banks around the world.
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Date: 2007-08-07
 
CFC's in ColdFusion 8 use Java's Serialization API
One of the handy new features in ColdFusion 8 is that CFC's are now serializable.
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Date: 2007-08-07
 
Soundings 2 Released (Shock the Monkey)
It's very late and I'm very tired, so hopefully I didn't miss anything obvious, but I'm happy to announce the release of Soundings 2.0.
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Date: 2007-08-07
 
Ethics of Sectoral-Based SEO Services
As titles go, this post title is sure to have some people scratching their heads - ‘What is this guy on about now? I can hear some people saying.
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Date: 2007-08-07
 
Truthy Statements about Access to Source Code
It was a long weekend here in the Toronto and I met up with two friends from university. They told me of a "guaranteed" system for winning at Blackjack that they had discovered.
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Date: 2007-08-07
 
Improve Your Customer's Web Experience
I am a strong believer that by creating a more satisfying experience for your customers and helping them achieve their buying process goals; businesses in turn increase their website sales.
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Date: 2007-08-07
 
The Average Conversion Rate
A question I am asked frequently is what is the average conversion rate for an e-commerce website or for any website for that matter.
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Date: 2007-08-06
 
Defining a Clear Goal for Your Site
Back in the days, everyone and their dog wanted to have a website for any reason. Even just to display dog/cat photos.
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Date: 2007-08-06
 
Design Your Way to Higher Conversions
During the design phase of building a website all too often we find that the end result is really nothing more than what somebody decided "looked good".
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Date: 2007-08-06
 
The Logo & Home Page Credibility Requirement
When visitors land on a website, the first thing they do is mentally evaluate in an instant whether they can trust the information on the site enough to continue.
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Date: 2007-08-06
 
Using EDM to Win with Operational Automation
Charlie Bess over on the EDS Next Big Thing Blog had a great post on Operational Automation will Always Win Out in the End in which he argues that a focus on low cost locations is never going to work better than operational automation.
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Date: 2007-08-06
 
What a lot of Social Networks Do That People Hate
I sign up for a lot of social networks. Part of my job involves reviewing new sites and knowing what is being launched and as a result I end up signing up for 2-3 new sites a week.
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Date: 2007-08-06
 
Managers and Lousy Internal Communication
It will come as no surprise to anybody who has ever held a job that managers are often lousy communicators.
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Date: 2007-08-06
 
Ways To Improve Your Blog
Blogs are an evolution, and keeping it up is a big commitment.
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Date: 2007-08-06
 
Coldfusion: Counting Word Instances in a String
Yesterday in the IRC channel someone asked if there was a way to count the number of times each unique word appears in a string.
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Date: 2007-08-06
 
Simple "Filter as you Type" ColdFusion 8 Demo
I was writing some samples for the new CFWACK and built something short and cute that I thought was worth sharing now. If you look at the search form on ColdFusionBloggers you will see that it does a dynamic replacement on the main content area when you perform a search (if you are on the home page).
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Date: 2007-08-06
 
Forms and ColdFusion 8 Ajax Containers
While this is covered in the docs, it can be a bit surprising. When working with ColdFusion 8 Ajax-based containers (cfdiv, cflayoutarea, cfpod, and cfwindow), any form inside the area will be posted to the area itself.
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Date: 2007-08-06
 
Web App Shortcomings
Conventional wisdom is that web-based applications are the Next Big Thing.
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Date: 2007-08-03
 
Making your ASP.NET App Extendable
People have asked me how we build the extension model into BlogEngine.NET. There's nothing to it - really, there isn't.
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Date: 2007-08-03
 
Perfectly Coded AJAX with Fallbacks & Still no Google Love?
You've probably seen it too… Great looking websites coded with all sorts of fancy AJAX functions, and it's done absolutely right.
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Date: 2007-08-03
 
What The People Want: SEO with Usability
If you are in the business of optimizing web pages and promoting web sites in search engines, in all likelihood you've never personally experienced the product or service you're paid to market.
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Date: 2007-08-03
 
Justin.tv: Behind the Scenes
You know Justin, don't you? The guy who's broadcasting himself 24/7 with a camera strapped to his head.
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Date: 2007-08-03
 
Writing User-Friendly Content
The content of your website is your #1 sales tool. Pictures, tools, and other fun stuff can be important in making your site visibly and functionally appealing, but it is the content that sells.
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Date: 2007-08-02
 
Do Comments Add Value To Your Blog?
Do you comment on blogs? Do you read blog comments? Do you think comments can add value to a blog?
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Date: 2007-08-02
 
Personalized Search - a Bump in the Road
I've written before about personalized search-several times. I think it is the biggest change to come to search marketing since pay-per-click.
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Date: 2007-08-02
 
Keyword Research for Organic SEO
So you have decided to venture out into the world of SEO.
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Date: 2007-08-02
 
Learning from Experience & Turning Failure into Success
A lot of business/marketing/webmaster blogs are filled with speculation - sales-speak which defines success with a subject in generic terms.
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Date: 2007-08-02
 
Tips for Improving Sales Follow-ups & Closing More Leads
If you are like most B2B marketers, lead generation is at top of your priority list. But as you may already know, generating tons of "leads" doesn't guarantee sales will follow.
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Date: 2007-08-02
 
Google Removies Supplemental Index Label
Google has announced the removal of the "supplemental index" label in their search engine results pages (SERPs). For the time being the labelling appears to be all that has changed and there is still a difference in the way pages in the supplemental index are treated.
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Date: 2007-08-02
 
Hidden Factors in a Web Site's Value
Where is the true value in a web site? It's a question that you will think about deeply if you are ever involved in the purchase or sale of a web site.
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Date: 2007-08-02
 
10 Rules To Ensure Usability
Everyone has their own way. I've been around many development environments and witnessed or experienced the blood, sweat and tears borne by the web development team.
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Date: 2007-08-01
 
Startup Marketing: Be The Lesser Of Two Evils
Before I offend any of you or scare you off, when I say "necessary evil", I'm speaking in a broader sense about things we simply don't like.
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Date: 2007-08-01
 
Lessons In Getting Quoted, Linked & Discussed
As most bloggers know, one of the main benefits of having a blog is the media hits and recognition from multiple sources that you end up getting accidentally and by design.
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Date: 2007-08-01
 
Affiliate Summit Invades UK
For the first time in its history, Affiliate Summit will be travelling outside the continental US to the UK and I had an opportunity to find out more about the event from Affiliate Summit co-founder Shawn Collins.
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Date: 2007-08-01
 
FCC Agrees to Most of Google's 700MHZ Bid Demands
The Federal Communications Commission has made its decision on the ground-rules for winning the 700MHZ wireless spectrum.
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Date: 2007-08-01
 
Microsoft is Still Product-Driven
According to the New York Times, Bill Gates is leaving his position at the head of Microsoft in a time of great change.
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Date: 2007-08-01
 
What Facebook ToS Change Means for Developers
Facebook pulled the wildly popular music sharing Audio one week after it changed its terms of service.
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Date: 2007-08-01
 
Emails that Appear to Fail When They Really Don't
I am concerned regarding eMail that I send to a variety of people.
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Date: 2007-08-01
 
Decision management to Complement ERP
Aberdeen just published this nice little report - Aligning IT to Business Processes: How BPM is Complementing ERP and Custom Applications (sponsored so free in return for your email address) - which makes for interesting reading in terms of how much agility is possible for those companies who rely on ERP applications.
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Date: 2007-08-01
 
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