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Google KNOL Opportunity Kicks Down the Door

Well thought out post about Google's new Knol service. In fact it's the best post I've seen yet about Knol, very much worth the read. Shared with Flock - The Social Web Browser http://flock.com read more | digg story

8 Reasons to Quit Your Job and Start a Business

Starting a business isn't an easy thing to do or everyone would be doing it, right? Well, it CAN be done with the right attitude, knowledge base, and skills, and this article is a great start giving you 8 reasons to quit your job and start your own! read more | digg story

Are Niche Sites The Future of Social Media?

I love the big sites like MySpace & Facebook for their incredible and innovative impact on the web and social marketing, I also hate them for being such a mess to get anything really useful out of. Niche social media sites provide the missing link in social media. . They are the intermediary between Googles high relevance & Diggs "whatever goes".read more | digg story

Free Photo Resizing Software

Many of my clients use our gallery system and real estate system to upload photos to their web pages. One issue they run into a lot is not having the tools to resize photos.  The result is their photos take too long to upload, take up too much server space and the web pages get bogged down. Here are some free photo resizing packages that are useful and rebust: IrfanView Microsoft Free Photo Resizer Web based: http://www.photosize.com/ http://gui.picresize.com/picresize2/ Enjoy playing with your pictures :)

Web Design Elements You Should Avoid Having on Your Site

You've heard it before - but after floating around the Internet - it bares repeating!!!     As a web designer, you should design your websites to give your visitors the greatest ease of use, the best impression and most important of all a welcoming experience. It doesn't matter if you had the greatest product in the whole world -- if your website is poorly done you won't be able to sell even one copy of it because visitors will be driven off your website by the lousy design.   When I'm talking about a "good design", I'm not only talking about a good graphical design. A professional web design will be able to point out that there are many components which contribute to a good website design -- accessibility design, interface or layout design, user experience design and of course the most straightforward, which is graphic design.   Hence, I have highlighted some features of the worst web designs I've come across. Hopefully, you will be able to compare that against your own site as a checklist and if anything on your site fits the criteria, you should know it's high time to take serious action!   1) Background music   Unless you are running a site which promotes a band, a CD or anything related to music, I would really advise you to stay away from putting looping background music onto your site. It might sound pleasant to you at first, but imagine if you ran a big site with hundreds of pages and everytime a visitor browses to another page on your site, the background music starts playing again. If I were your visitor, I'd just turn off my speakers or leave [...]

Web Site Keeps an Eye on Crime

A nationwide Web site, CrimeReports.com, which extracts police reports from official databases, posts information in detail and maps it online, is encountering both fans and criticism. The site lists only the block on which a crime was reported, not the actual address, to protect victims' privacy, but critics say that the reports provoke paranoia anyway. Founder Greg Whisenant defends the Web site, saying that ease of information makes people cautious — and more likely to leave a porch light on or close a garage door. Sheriff Jim Winder of Salt Lake County, Utah, whose blotter reports are among those included in the database, says while it’s true that more data doesn’t necessarily equate with knowledge, he thinks the site increases public trust. He calls the site's ability to make use of his department's "Byzantine" records system "almost revolutionary." "For people to have faith in and continue to be supportive of law enforcement, they need to feel we're divulging all we possibly can," he says. Source: Associated Press, Brian Bergstein (02/04/08)

Sun Microsystems Inc. agreed to acquire MySQL AB

Sun Microsystems Inc.said Wednesday it agreed to acquire MySQL AB, developer of one of the world's fastest growing open source databases, for about $1 billion. Santa Clara-based Sun (NASDAQ:JAVA) said the acquisition accelerates its position in enterprise IT to now include the database market. With millions of global deployments -- including Palo Alto-based Facebook Inc and Mountain View-based Google Inc -- MySQL "will bring synergies to Sun that will change the landscape of the software industry by driving new adoption of MySQL's open source database in more traditional applications and enterprises," the company said. Read Full Article Here

Setting Your Web Site Goals

It’s traditional to approach the New Year with a list of goals.  We set goals for our health, our fitness, our relationships and our finances and business.  When thinking about your business and financial goals consider how a web site can help you achieve them.   Here is how to set clear, definable, trackable web site goals:   What do you want to gain from your web site? Are you looking for increased exposure, increase sales, get more connections, send out a clearer message?   Know what you want from your web site.   Try these on for size: My web site will bring in 20 new coaching clients by the end of the second quarter. My web site will sell 10,000 copies of my e-book by July 1st. My web site will clearly show my services to 20,000 new people by the end of the year. My email list will have 6,000 new sign ups by March 1st. My membership web site will have 1,000 new members by November 15th. Who are you looking to attract?   What does your audience look like? What are their income levels, profession, age? What are their feelings surrounding e-commerce or technology in general? The WHO will dictate how the web site is laid out, the language you use and the graphic appearance.  An online clothing store for children will look, feel and sound very different from a site about a self-help ebook.  A site to attract customers for your cleaning services will be vastly different then a site to attract businesses that are looking for marketing help.   How can you help your audience?     What is it you offer that will prompt your web site visitors to take [...]