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How To Name Your Windows XP Machine and Join a Domain
As we are all aware, it is fall, which means time for you (or your son/daughter) to be heading off to school. This means having to configure their computer or laptop to their school's network, which (in some cases) may be quite tricky. With this in mind, I would like to dedicate this tutorial to describing how you can modify your Windows XP computer to function on a different network.
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Date: 2010-09-30
 
Auditing Your Content To Improve Your SEO
If you have a website that's been around for a few years and you're looking for ways to make some improvements, one of the tactics I recommend is doing a content audit. When you do a content audit you have a few goals in mind:
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Date: 2010-09-30
 
Using Content Auditing To Remove Or Adjust Low Quality Pages
If you have a website that's been around for a few years and you're looking for ways to make some improvements, one of the tactics I recommend is doing a content audit. When you do a content audit you have a few goals in mind:
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Date: 2010-09-30
 
The Essential Tools For Increasing Your SEO Ranking
Content is King in SEO - we all know its true, but many people still fall into the trap of focusing on everything else - except their content! It's easy to get distracted with your offsite SEO strategies and forget the fundamental rule of SEO - create valuable relevant unique content.
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Date: 2010-09-30
 
White Paper List Discontinued Due To Malware Concerns
A long-running list of white papers will no longer be issued on a weekly basis. Malware has apparently become too much of a threat for the man behind the "FREE White Paper List" to continue.
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Date: 2010-09-30
 
Yammer Launches Social Apps For The Enterprise
Yammer, an enterprise social network, has released a new 2.0 version of its site with a focus on applications.
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Date: 2010-09-30
 
Blackberry Unveils 'PlayBook' Tablet
As many people had suspected, today RIM lifted the lid off details of their planned tablet - enter the PlayBook (and RIM netbook OS). The new device measures in at less than half an inch thick and weighing less than a pound sporting a vivid 7" high resolution display.
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Date: 2010-09-29
 
Enea Releases Integrated Linux Configuration and Build Environments
Having served global requirements of system software, development tools, and many other system related professional services for 40 years, Enea has now announced the development of an Integrated Linux Configuration and Build Environment. This will serve as an integration of NetLogic Microsystems Linux software development kit (SDK) with advanced graphical configuration, build, and debug tools.
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Date: 2010-09-29
 
Coke To Invest $1 Billion In Philippines
Coca-Cola has renewed its commitment to the Philippines with a pledge to increase investments in the country by $1 billion over five years.
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Date: 2010-09-29
 
30 Leading Cloud VARs Identified
VAR specialists who are looking to pick up a few tricks - or even find a new employer - should consider reviewing a recent report published by CRN.com. In it, the site identifies "30 Cloud VARs That Get It."
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Date: 2010-09-29
 
Construct a Forensic Timeline of Events Post-Incident
Whether the cause is a malicious insider or a simple ignorant user, when a mishap occurs, understanding exactly what went wrong might not be a easy matter, especially when fault must be found. Often, the problem arises from a series of missteps and not only the last action or command that the user issued.
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Date: 2010-09-29
 
Gartner Publishes Magic Quadrant For Web Content Management
One of the most respected research firms around has named what it believes to be the top companies in the entire field of Web content management. Gartner gave five organizations an extra special place in its famous "magic quadrant" earlier this month.
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Date: 2010-09-28
 
Strong Site Structures With Silos, Architecture, And Linking
The optimal time to start consulting with the SEO on a new website is at the very beginning. And, I mean the VERY beginning... when the website is just a sparkle in it's dreamer's eye. I was recently consulting with a client who brought us on at the very beginning of a new project.
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Date: 2010-09-28
 
Building The Elements Of A Strong Linking Structure
The optimal time to start consulting with the SEO on a new website is at the very beginning. And, I mean the VERY beginning... when the website is just a sparkle in it's dreamer's eye. I was recently consulting with a client who brought us on at the very beginning of a new project.
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Date: 2010-09-28
 
Performance Tuning Through Partitioning Large Tables
Relational databases use a temporary database for storing transitory data. Some temporary data exists for the the lifespan of the connection, operation, or session. Internal operations store intermediate results in temporary tables and cursors, and user-created global or local temporary tables, and variables in the database that handles temporary data storage (e.g. TempDB). A typical infrastructure optimization is to install the temporary database on a separate physical disk from the main database files.
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Date: 2010-09-28
 
Green Beacon Offers Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Green Beacon Solutions, a provider of Microsoft Dynamics business solutions, has announced the addition of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to their portfolio of offerings.
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Date: 2010-09-27
 
Creating Scheduled Content That Is Focused To Your Audience
One of the problems that website owners and bloggers encounter on a regular basis is coming up with ideas for posts. One of the tactics that I like to employ is creating a regular ongoing post series.
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Date: 2010-09-27
 
Creating Dynamic Content On A Regular Basis
One of the problems that website owners and bloggers encounter on a regular basis is coming up with ideas for posts. One of the tactics that I like to employ is creating a regular ongoing post series.
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Date: 2010-09-27
 
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Released In Beta
Whether they think Microsoft's great or view it as an enemy, just about everyone can agree that the company's moves bear watching, and recently, Microsoft took a big step in the CRM market. Microsoft Dynamics CRM was released in beta.
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Date: 2010-09-27
 
Are You Valuing Your SEO Correctly?
Pricing out SEO services can be a challenge for any business looking to invest in their online marketing efforts. It's difficult because there is no one-size-fits-all pricing metric. It seems that, no matter where you turn, you're comparing apples to oranges when it comes to pricing and services offered between SEO companies.
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Date: 2010-09-27
 
Revisiting Perl Regular Expressions Test
So a few weeks ago, I decided to put Perl's Regular Expression power to the test. The test was admittedly a quickly put together test, and thus had some flaws. I wanted to go back and revisit some of those flaws and re-evaluate Perl's status after I've cleared up these missteps.
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Date: 2010-09-24
 
Will Google Punish Your Site For Detected Affiliated Links
One of the questions that often comes up is does Google hate affiliate websites, and are they penalized in the algorithm? The answer to that is slightly nuanced but, for simplicity's sake, they don't hate affiliate websites. Nor have I seen any evidence that shows affiliate sites are penalized.
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Date: 2010-09-24
 
Is Google Able To Detect Your Affiliated Links
One of the questions that often comes up is does Google hate affiliate websites, and are they penalized in the algorithm? The answer to that is slightly nuanced but, for simplicity's sake, they don't hate affiliate websites. Nor have I seen any evidence that shows affiliate sites are penalized.
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Date: 2010-09-24
 
Nokia And AT&T Launch $10 Million Developer Contest
Nokia and AT&T have announced a developer contest with $10 million in cash and prizes.
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Date: 2010-09-24
 
Implementing Your Robots.txt File Correctly
If you're serious about your SEO, then use of a Robots.txt file should definitely be a part of your strategy. Surprisingly, many website owners forget to maintain, let alone create a robots.txt file for their websites, so here's a guide on what a robots.txt file is and how best to use it for SEO purposes.
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Date: 2010-09-23
 
The Proper Use Of Robot.txt Files To Help Build Your SEO
If you're serious about your SEO, then use of a Robots.txt file should definitely be a part of your strategy. Surprisingly, many website owners forget to maintain, let alone create a robots.txt file for their websites, so here's a guide on what a robots.txt file is and how best to use it for SEO purposes.
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Date: 2010-09-23
 
A Sneak Peak Of Aster Data
I listened in to the Boulder BI Brain Trust briefing from Aster some weeks back and then got a follow-on update last week. Aster was founded in 2005 based on research performed by a team at Stanford. The initial plan was to develop a data management platform based on commodity hardware and this was released in 2007.
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Date: 2010-09-23
 
Your Most Valuable Communications Begin With Twitter
Twitter is a human seismograph and it represents a transformative channel where everyday people possess the ability to affect actions. The cloud of collective consciousness that houses our thoughts, experiences, and conversations is also a data trove for experts to measure and mine serendipitous and organized behavior and events.
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Date: 2010-09-23
 
Let's Get Physical: Securing Your Physical Network
Often concerned about patching the latest Internet Explorer exploit, squashing the latest worm, or upgrading to utilize the newest encryption, we fail to concern ourselves with one of the most important, and easiest to secure, areas of our network: physical access.
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Date: 2010-09-23
 
Creating Random Generated Number With rand()
Whenever I am writing a program that requires random number generation, I turn to the tried and true rand(). But how random is it really? I decided to find out.
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Date: 2010-09-23
 
ERP Found Useful For SMEs
Small and medium-sized enterprises often hold back when it comes to using new products and services, and this is reasonable enough; non-Walmarts don't have billions of dollars with which to experiment, after all. However, a new report suggests that SMEs should definitely embrace ERP solutions.
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Date: 2010-09-22
 
Will Google Instant Effect Your Site Ranking?
A couple of weeks ago we told you about a test that Google was running which gave you search results as you type typed your query. This test has now become ‘Google Instant' and it has many asking if it will spell the end for SEO
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Date: 2010-09-22
 
How Does Google Instant Effect Your SEO?
A couple of weeks ago we told you about a test that Google was running which gave you search results as you type typed your query. This test has now become ‘Google Instant' and it has many asking if it will spell the end for SEO
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Date: 2010-09-22
 
Canonical’s Gnome Contributions Being Called Into Question
Remember these past few months where Ubuntu/Canonical's contribution to Gnome (or lack thereof) was called into question and the topic was on the tip of every Linux news website tongue (see closing thoughts for info links)? Let's throw some gasoline on that fire for your Friday!! It's time for a Barbecue!
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Date: 2010-09-22
 
Gaining More Business Success Through Local Strategies
For years and years we have touted the Internet as the great equalizer for the SMBs (small and medium business) of the world. We have talked about the greater reach and the ability to be bigger than you are.
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Date: 2010-09-22
 
Is It Time For Your Business To Be Rebranded?
Every so often I hear a client utter these fateful words… "I'd like to change the name of my business or completely redo my logo". Now you'd think that, as a marketing consultant this would be music to my ears. Sometimes it is. But not always. Why?
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Date: 2010-09-22
 
Making Your Content Social Media Gold
With the growing momentum of content marketing, a lot of companies get hung up on making investments in quality articles, white papers, videos and other media only to find they're not getting much traction.
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Date: 2010-09-21
 
Is Your Corporation Ready For Social Media?
Even though a company sees the value of social media, it doesn't mean the organization or its members are ready for it. Have you started something you really weren't ready for? Sometimes it works out and other times it doesn't.
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Date: 2010-09-21
 
How To Increase Your SEO Rankings
Here is the presentation that I put together for the Performance Marketing Expo SEO session originally scheduled for the first day of the event. Unfortunately, the entire slate of Monday sessions was canceled, so I am sharing this with you here on The Web Optimist. The target audience is beginners looking for easy, non-technical, best practice SEO tips. I'm transcribing the slides below with additional comments included.
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Date: 2010-09-21
 
Using Simple Guides To Increase Your SEO Efforts
Here is the presentation that I put together for the Performance Marketing Expo SEO session originally scheduled for the first day of the event. Unfortunately, the entire slate of Monday sessions was canceled, so I am sharing this with you here on The Web Optimist. The target audience is beginners looking for easy, non-technical, best practice SEO tips. I'm transcribing the slides below with additional comments included.
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Date: 2010-09-21
 
Top Mobile Apps Of The Week
Continuing further with that on-going series of blog posts on My Top 5 iPad Apps of the Week, here I am, once again, sharing with you folks another round of interesting and worth while checking out iPad Apps I have bumped into over the last few weeks and which I have been enjoying quite a bit. This time around we are going for Week #4 where I have got something for news junkies, road warriors, weather addicts and, of course, the game of the week! So, let's do it!
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Date: 2010-09-21
 
Performance Tuning Apache for Heavy Loads
Apache provides a small article on general performance tuning, and it breaks issues down between Hardware/OS, Run-Time Configuration, and Compile Configuration. In many practical applications, you may not have the budget to control hardware resources, and typically we run into performance problems after Apache is already compiled and running. Thus, focusing in on the various configuration options available to boost performance is appropriate for most cases.
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Date: 2010-09-21
 
Google Apps Boost Security
Google has announced that it will be adding an added layer of security to their 'Google Apps'. This comes in the form of a two-step authentication method which utilizes cell phones to verify identity.
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Date: 2010-09-21
 
Lessons To Learn From The Death Of MySpace
Once the undisputed king of social media (at least in the U.S.), MySpace last week declared what amounts to a post-modern armistice, announcing that they will integrate status updates with Facebook (and Twitter). MySpace used to be Janet, and now it's LaToya - at best.
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Date: 2010-09-20
 
Growing Beyond Your Core Site Development
Once the undisputed king of social media (at least in the U.S.), MySpace last week declared what amounts to a post-modern armistice, announcing that they will integrate status updates with Facebook (and Twitter). MySpace used to be Janet, and now it's LaToya - at best.
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Date: 2010-09-20
 
Building Clearly Defined Customer Benefits Of Social Computing
In my presentations I oftentimes reference a quote from Gartner which says the following: "By 2010 more than half of companies that have established an online community will fail to manage it as an agent of change, ultimately eroding customer value."
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Date: 2010-09-20
 
Creating Better Customer Interactions Through Better Decisions
William Band at Forrester (@waband) recently tweeted that his next research project was: When to use CRM apps vs BPM tools to improve customer interactions? Pros & Cons of each?
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Date: 2010-09-20
 
CIO Forum Wins SAMMY Award
CIOs who are looking for a way to exchange ideas with colleagues - and who don't want to rack up thousands of dollars in travel expenses flying to conferences - may want to check out a certain online forum. The CIO Forum on LinkedIn won an award this week.
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Date: 2010-09-20
 
AutoVirt Partners With NetApp On Enterprise Storage
AutoVirt, a provider of file virtualization software for data tiering and migration, announced its membership in the NetApp Alliance Partner Program as an Advantage Alliance partner.
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Date: 2010-09-20
 
Does Your SEO Work In Every Language?
People often ask me how to break into international markets. Big companies struggle with this all the time, but the great thing about the Internet is that small companies have a better chance of going global than ever before. But when you're planning that new country Web site, have you thought about search engine optimization?
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Date: 2010-09-17
 
Building Site Links Through Content Scrapers
If you publish a blog on Wordpress, Blogger, or other platforms, then it probably didn't take long to discover that your content can end up on all kinds of websites.
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Date: 2010-09-17
 
Using Content Aggregators To Build Your Online Reputation
If you publish a blog on Wordpress, Blogger, or other platforms, then it probably didn't take long to discover that your content can end up on all kinds of websites.
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Date: 2010-09-17
 
Gaining Strength To Become A Great Speaker
Just got back from yet another conference where I was a speaker and organizer -- it's getting to be a habit! -- and was struck by what some of the speakers did right, and what speakers did wrong that adversely impacted both the attendee experience and, by extension, their experience in the front of the room.
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Date: 2010-09-17
 
Hardware Communication Aquisition Could Mean Big Improvements for ISPs
When dealing with ISPs, many people don't factor in the components which work in the background to provide our internet. The USA doesn't have the speeds other countries do, simply because the greatest materials aren't being used to provide the connection.With the network hardware specialist, Calix, buying Occam Networks, we could be looking at a large step forward for ISPs around the country.
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Date: 2010-09-17
 
NC State Supply Chain Program Gets New Co-Director
The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at the North Carolina State University College of Management now has a new co-director. Yesterday, the College of Management made an announcement about Clyde Crider filling the position.
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Date: 2010-09-17
 
Finding And Promoting Your Top Ranking Keywords
This post is part one of a two part series discussing how to identify and strengthen the top performing organic keywords delivering traffic to your website. The idea is to help create a sense of priority amongst SEO tasks by using analytics, a rank checking tool, and Google's webmaster tools.
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Date: 2010-09-16
 
How TO Start Your Social Music Experience With Ping
I've been hearing a lot about Ping, the music-based social network that's been added to Apple's iTunes 10 system, but don't really get it. Can you show me how to get started and share some thoughts on whether it's worth the effort to join or not, Dave?
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Date: 2010-09-16
 
Could Listening Tools And CRM Become Merged System?
Call me crazy (as many of you have), but I don't see the separation of "listening tools" and "CRM systems" lasting too much longer. We have actually seen a few acquisitions over the past few months such as Jive acquiring Filtrbox, Lithium acquiring Scout Labs, Meltwater acquiring Buzzgain, Attensity acquiring Biz 360, and several others. We haven't really seen CRM companies acquire listening tools (have we?).
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Date: 2010-09-16
 
Skype Launches Channel Partner Program
Skype has introduced the Skype Channel Partner Program to help businesses that are looking to use its communications platform.
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Date: 2010-09-16
 
''New Twitter'' May Prove Valuable To Businesses
A new version of Twitter's arrived, and for businesses attempting to make contact with consumers on a personal basis, that could be good news. The upgrades should make it easier in several ways for businesses to attract and maybe hold individuals' attention.
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Date: 2010-09-16
 
Microsoft Security Essentials - A Great Alternative
For quite some time, many Windows users have been scrambling to find a great, free, and effective virus protection program without having to pay for it. Most have been trolling P2P and Warez sites for free/hacked versions of well-known virus protection programs, such as Norton/Symantec AntiVirus, and McAfee. Just recently, Microsoft has joined the virus protection game and released its own protection software called Microsoft Security Essentials.
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Date: 2010-09-16
 
Preventing Your Site From Leaking Its PageRank
Last week I wrote about the importance of flat website architecture and how cross linking can help to improve the ranking of sub pages on your website. This week I'd like to cover this in a little more detail by discussing the concept of PageRank leakage and how you can prevent this happening on your website.
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Date: 2010-09-15
 
Fixing Your Site's PageRank Leakage
Last week I wrote about the importance of flat website architecture and how cross linking can help to improve the ranking of sub pages on your website. This week I'd like to cover this in a little more detail by discussing the concept of PageRank leakage and how you can prevent this happening on your website.
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Date: 2010-09-15
 
Changing Reading Habits Through Tablet PCs
While I may be on the leading edge of consumption trends (translation: I'm a spoiled geek who likes new shiny gadgets), I think it's important to understand how things work and how they might look to the public at large in a few years.
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Date: 2010-09-15
 
Investors Bullish On Chinese Economy
Investors have a defensive mindset but new hopes are emerging about China's economic prospects, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Survey of Fund Managers for September.
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Date: 2010-09-15
 
Is This Line Secure?
The question asked by spies and agents in countless movies. Given an unsatisfactory answer, the agent does not divulge the sensitive information. With a solid acknowledgement, both parties know that the important contents of the conversation cannot be intercepted. Government agencies are not the only entity privy to private phone conversations, nor are they the only organizations in need of secure communications.
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Date: 2010-09-15
 
Adventures in Upgrading Fedora
I recently decided that I had waited long enough and it was time that I finally upgraded my computer from Fedora 12 to Fedora 13. I figured it would be a fairly painless process, especially since my office-mate had already upgraded and assured me it only took about 30 minutes and ran smooth as silk. Ha.
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Date: 2010-09-15
 
Four White Paper Lead Generation Tips
White paper enthusiasts who are looking to improve the rate at which they attract new customers may want to pay close attention. A pair of experts recently weighed in with two tips each regarding how best to generate leads.
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Date: 2010-09-14
 
Advanced Searching in MySQL
How many times have you been in a situation where you've needed to do some advanced searching in a database, but felt as though the only way to get what you needed was to write a script in Perl or PHP? One that retrieves your information from the database and runs a regular expression on each row extracted? There is a better way.
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Date: 2010-09-14
 
Personal Sites Are In The Forecast-ed Future
It's not the times of yore, when most of the users preferred social networks just to socialize and make friends. Many online social networks whizzed past each other, and the most well remembered among all is - Orkut. Over the years, the only site which has maintained to keep users hooked to itself is, of course, Facebook.
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Date: 2010-09-14
 
Mark Zuckerberg Sees Future In Personalized Sites
It's not the times of yore, when most of the users preferred social networks just to socialize and make friends. Many online social networks whizzed past each other, and the most well remembered among all is - Orkut. Over the years, the only site which has maintained to keep users hooked to itself is, of course, Facebook.
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Date: 2010-09-14
 
WordPress Cleans Its Trademark Policy To Be Less Confusing
Close to 4 years ago trademark policy with WordPress was confusing. Automattic registered the WordPress trademark and began sending out letters to domain owners who provided goods and services around the WordPress brand. They actually started sending out these letters and emails before the trademark was even published for opposition.
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Date: 2010-09-14
 
Google Launches Scribe Keyword Tool
Google Scribe is the latest Google Labs project, that offers keyword suggestions in an open text box, as the user types. It is a text entry box for auto word completion suggestions. It uses the information given by the user to complete a statement or phrase.
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Date: 2010-09-13
 
Google Adds Aid To Keywork Research With New Tool
Google Scribe is the latest Google Labs project, that offers keyword suggestions in an open text box, as the user types. It is a text entry box for auto word completion suggestions. It uses the information given by the user to complete a statement or phrase.
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Date: 2010-09-13
 
Improving The Adoption Rate Of Your CRM
Here's some great advice from John Paterson, CEO & Founder of Really Simple Systems, CRM Systems, 10 Pitfall to Avoid: One of the keys to making the most of a CRM system is getting the whole of the company to embrace it.
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Date: 2010-09-13
 
Keeping Track Of Your SEO To Stay Accurate
Clichés are a funny thing. We don't like to hear them... especially in movies, TV shows, or blog posts, but we frequently use them in everyday conversations. Clichés are a great way to make a point because the meaning of them is pretty much universally understood, even if not entirely true.
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Date: 2010-09-13
 
Will Duplicate Keywords Hurt Your Site On Duplicate Content?
A couple of months ago, I posted on the search engines' so-called "duplicate content penalty," where pages that contain similar words are often hidden from the search results because the search engines (rightly) conclude that searchers would rather see different pages.
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Date: 2010-09-10
 
Can Using Duplicate Content And Keywords Damage Your Ranking?
A couple of months ago, I posted on the search engines' so-called "duplicate content penalty," where pages that contain similar words are often hidden from the search results because the search engines (rightly) conclude that searchers would rather see different pages.
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Date: 2010-09-10
 
Taking The Best Approach To Customer Engagement
I've been reading Dan Pink's book, "Drive," and while I'm only 50 or so pages in, I can say that so far it's a pretty interesting read. One particular area of the book mentions the difference between algorithmic vs heuristic ways of getting things done.
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Date: 2010-09-10
 
Understanding The Nature Of IT And Its Limitations
The following passage is draft material from my new book. Yes, it is MIS 101 type material, and therefore critical to get precisely correct. Comments, especially from computer scientists, appreciated. It is important for any professional engaged in the use of computers to understand their nature and limitations:
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Date: 2010-09-10
 
Putting Perl Regular Expressions to the Test
Over my various years of experience in programming, it has been reiterated to me that Perl boasts amazing speeds in string manipulation. However, I realized that I had never really come across a study supporting this idea.
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Date: 2010-09-10
 
Building A Dynamic Site Footer
Ah...the website footer. Aside from meta keywords and descriptions, it's hard to think of an area that's been more abused. A common spot for selling run of site links, turning into a link brothel (looks in the direction of you Lendingtree), or for stuffing content below the copyright information that you can't even argue is for bots not humans (looks at you Match.com).
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Date: 2010-09-09
 
Adding Usability And Visual Appeal To Your Footer
Ah...the website footer. Aside from meta keywords and descriptions, it's hard to think of an area that's been more abused. A common spot for selling run of site links, turning into a link brothel (looks in the direction of you Lendingtree), or for stuffing content below the copyright information that you can't even argue is for bots not humans (looks at you Match.com).
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Date: 2010-09-09
 
Creating A Successful Enterprise CRM Strategy
Fifteen years - at least - of CRM technology provides a heavy history and ample advice of best practices that will help guide you to successful CRM implementation and usage.
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Date: 2010-09-09
 
SansDisk Launches Small USB Flash Drives
SansDisk has introduced its smallest USB flash drive to U.S. and Canadian users. The SansDisk Cruzer Blade is about the size of a standard paper clip and weighs about the same as a penny, that can fit on a key chain or mobile phone dongle.
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Date: 2010-09-09
 
Sharing Your Knowledge To Increase Survivability
I just wish that Patrick Lambe would be on Twitter. I surely do! That man has got plenty of golden nuggets to share around the topics of Knowledge Sharing, Collaboration, Communities, Learning and Enterprise 2.0 to just be scattered around in multiple blog posts alone. Here and there.
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Date: 2010-09-09
 
Intro to C, an Interpretive Language
Yes, you read that right. In Google Code there is a project called picoC. PicoC is described as a "very small C interpreter" and is available under the New BSD License. It is very small in fact, only around 4000 lines of code (written in C).
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Date: 2010-09-09
 
Making A Plan And Setting A Commitment To Social Media
Here is some sound advice from Marketing Expert, Ardath Albee, 5 Things to Consider Before Using Social Media.  Check out her complete post for much more on her five recommendations:
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Date: 2010-09-09
 
Upcoming Webcast To Center On CIOs, Twitter
Many interesting and important people, including tech execs, politicians, and top-notch reporters use Twitter these days. Of course, so do the likes of Paris Hilton and Justin Bieber. But an upcoming event may prove the value of Twitter to CIOs.
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Date: 2010-09-09
 
Be a System Dictator: Prescribing Configuration Policies
In an era of networked, highly-available devices, where disparate technologies co-exist, tethered to each other through wired and wireless vectors, the notion of remote administration became a reality, BIOS refinements led to the prevalence of networked installation of operating systems, and rapid hardware advancements provide quick turnover of key nodes in an infrastructure.
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Date: 2010-09-09
 
Amazon Drops EC2 Cloud Computing Prices Again
The price of Cloud Computing continues to fall as Amazon announced in their blog recently that they are once again reducing prices for their cloud services.
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Date: 2010-09-09
 
What You Could Miss Backing Up Your Blog
You are backing up your self-hosted WordPress blog, aren't you? Well, if not, you're not alone. Most people I've surveyed are not backing up their WordPress site. That's because up until recently, there haven't been many good solutions for it.
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Date: 2010-09-08
 
NetSuite Launches ERP Program For Accountants
NetSuite, a provider of cloud-based financial ERP software, has introduced the NetSuite Accountant Program, aimed at helping accountants use cloud computing.
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Date: 2010-09-08
 
Building Your Trustworthiness Through Testimonials
Reviews and testimonials are the ultimate way to offer would-be customers proof that your business is trustworthy and your products/services do actually provide the right results.
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Date: 2010-09-08
 
Google Begins Testing New Vertical Whitespace
So what? This is an extension of the tests Google seem to be doing with the number of search results that I spotted over the weekend.
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Date: 2010-09-08
 
Google Testing Double Results Per Page
So what? This is an extension of the tests Google seem to be doing with the number of search results that I spotted over the weekend.
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Date: 2010-09-08
 
Using Locate To Find Your Files
Many Linux users use the ‘find' utility when searching for files using the command line on their system. They'll do a simple:
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Date: 2010-09-08
 
IT Market Making Slow Recovery
In today's economy many CTOs and human resource professionals continue to be required to do more with less and will not be able to restore budgets and head count to pre-recession levels, according to a new survey by Gartner.
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Date: 2010-09-07
 
Using Node.js to Create More Scalable Applications
Node.js, a new open source JavaScript-based server side framework has become a hot new technology for web developers. While still early in its maturity and adoption lifecycle, Node.js recently gained HP/Palm's endorsement with its inclusion in webOS 2.0. Learn about Node and its future prospects before your developers begin to endorse its use in the enterprise.
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Date: 2010-09-07
 
Offering Something Different Than Your Competition
I do quite a bit of networking, and regularly work with clients in my programs and one-on-one. So I'm exposed to tons of examples of small business marketing. Some of what I see is amazingly well thought out and effective. But for the most part I see the exact same mistakes made time and again.
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Date: 2010-09-07
 
Application Review: iSSH For iPhone And iPad
If you're running an online business like I am, there are times when you need to connect and log in to the server to tweak or check things. It can't be helped and while the Cpanel solution and related are often splendid, sometimes I just like to get bits all over my hands as I "go old school" on my server and use a command line.
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Date: 2010-09-07
 
Adding Author Images To Your WordPress Install
There are a number of plugins and tutorials for adding a gravatar image to the meta info for WordPress posts. But my client wanted the ability for each other to upload/maintain their own images within their WordPress profiles.
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Date: 2010-09-07
 
Building A Custom WordPress Install With Author Images
There are a number of plugins and tutorials for adding a gravatar image to the meta info for WordPress posts. But my client wanted the ability for each other to upload/maintain their own images within their WordPress profiles.
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Date: 2010-09-07
 
Buying Links Could Cost You More Then Revenue
I was reading a copy of the Inc 500 issue on my flight back from Dallas this weekend and came across an article about a seasonal online retailer that was "penalized" right before the Holidays for paid links and estimated the loss of organic search visibility at $4 million in sales. Now he's "thanking" Google for the spanking because he's mended his ways and is reborn as a social media enthusiast.
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Date: 2010-09-03
 
Paying For Links Can Be Extremely Costly
I was reading a copy of the Inc 500 issue on my flight back from Dallas this weekend and came across an article about a seasonal online retailer that was "penalized" right before the Holidays for paid links and estimated the loss of organic search visibility at $4 million in sales. Now he's "thanking" Google for the spanking because he's mended his ways and is reborn as a social media enthusiast.
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Date: 2010-09-03
 
Reinstall XP Without Losing All Your Stuff
I was recently given the task of reinstalling XP on my coworker's machine. He had contracted a nasty virus and despite my best efforts, I could not oust it. So I decided that reinstalling would be the best course of action. Of course, the first question asked was "what about all my stuff?"
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Date: 2010-09-03
 
Supply Chain Council Executive Summit Planned
Supply chain professionals who are a comfortable drive (or maybe flight) away from Texas might want to start making travel plans for the time between October 13th and October 15th. The Annual Supply Chain Council Executive Summit has been scheduled for those dates.
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Date: 2010-09-03
 
Sonic.net Shows Innovation Can Be Found With Independent ISPs
When people attribute progression in the ISP market, the major brands tend to get the most limelight. This is a shame as there are plenty of smaller, and mid-sized companies which are pushing the boundaries of providing internet.Sonic.net is one of these independent companies which looks to shake up the landscape of broadband internet.
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Date: 2010-09-03
 
Making Your Homepage Dynamic To Increase Interest
One of the problems I encounter on large client websites-or with clients who constantly add or update existing content-is getting this content into the index as quickly as possible. One of the tactics I recommend is using the homepage.
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Date: 2010-09-02
 
Making Your Site Dynamic To Improve Content Indexing
One of the problems I encounter on large client websites-or with clients who constantly add or update existing content-is getting this content into the index as quickly as possible. One of the tactics I recommend is using the homepage.
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Date: 2010-09-02
 
A Shared Understanding And Collaborative Business Evolution
Over the past few months (and perhaps more so over the past few weeks) I've noticed a growing tension between the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and the social media folks. In some instances this has led to direct name calling in public mediums - which is rather unfortunate.
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Date: 2010-09-02
 
Using Gmail To Make Phone Calls
I've been reading about Google introducing a dial out to regular phone service for Gmail users and I'm a bit puzzled. I have been on Google Gmail for years, but don't see any sort of phone dial out capability. Am I not eligible?
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Date: 2010-09-02
 
New White Paper CRM Website Launches
A new CRM white paper website has launched called CRMWhitepaper.org which features information and tips about what to look for in a CRM white paper.
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Date: 2010-09-02
 
UK Firms Support Twitter Use
When it comes to using social networks for a corporate purpose, businesspeople in the UK favor Twitter, according to a new study. And Virgin Media Business found that Facebook and MySpace are popular alternatives, too.
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Date: 2010-09-02
 
Keeping Your Audience Engaged
In my last post, I talked about training your text to "engage", "inform", "speak" (call to action), and "convert". The first step is to make sure the content doesn't overstay it's welcome.
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Date: 2010-09-01
 
Giving Your Visitors What They Want
In my last post, I talked about training your text to "engage", "inform", "speak" (call to action), and "convert". The first step is to make sure the content doesn't overstay it's welcome.
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Date: 2010-09-01
 
Why The iPad Is A Great Tablet
Late last week you would remember how I put together a blog post where I started collecting a number of the Daily #iPad Apps that I keep sharing across over in Twitter, for those folks who may be potentially interested.
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Date: 2010-09-01
 
Cisco Acquires CMS Provider
Cisco has acquired ExtendMedia, a provider of software Content Management Systems that manage video content via monetization for pay media and ad-supported business models.
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Date: 2010-09-01
 
Is There A Possible SAP And RedHat Merger?
Though there seemed to be quite a few rumors of a possible buyout plan being staged by SAP to takeover RedHat. Various industry executives believe otherwise; stating that the likelihood of such an acquisition to take place are quite slim.
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Date: 2010-09-01
 
CRN Names 2010 ARC Award Winners
An organization that exists mostly to provide info to value-added resellers has named the winners of this year's Annual Report Card (ARC) Awards. Dominant companies included Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, though other firms came out on top in multiple categories, as well.
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Date: 2010-09-01
 
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