Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Kent Council pays �10m upfront for five-year IBM hardware deal

Kent Council pays �10m upfront for five-year IBM hardware deal: "Kent County Council has paid IBM �10m to replace 9,000 client devices and then maintain them for five years."

Many e-business sites still failing disabled users, says BCS charity

Many e-business sites still failing disabled users, says BCS charity: "Shops, banks and other businesses are turning away six million
potential customers because their websites prevent disabled visitors
from accessing them fully, according to BCS charity AbilityNet, which
advises on IT to support disabled people at work and at home."

'Unified threat management' offerings point to expanding market

'Unified threat management' offerings point to expanding market: "SonicWall and Symantec are both launching new 'unified threat
management' solutions to provide comprehensive protection and easier
security management to network managers."

Men more vulnerable to internet threats

Men more vulnerable to internet threats: "Female PC users are less likely than males to succumb to computer viruses and receive junk mail in their inboxes."

IT recruiters urged to aid staff diversity

IT recruiters urged to aid staff diversity: "IT recruitment firms are being encouraged to tackle discrimination by considering a wider range of potential employees."

IT staff advised to shop around for best-value MBA course

IT staff advised to shop around for best-value MBA course: "IT professionals planning to study for a master of business
administration degree should shop around to get the best value for
money, according to a study by student information site TopMBA.com."

Atos maps its skills to aid career development

Atos maps its skills to aid career development: "IT consultancy Atos Origin has mapped the skills needed for all of the
company's job roles to help its 46,000 staff worldwide plan their
careers more effectively."

Hurricane Katrina overwhelms weather Web sites

Hurricane Katrina overwhelms weather Web sites: "Several U.S. Web sites, including Weather.com, were temporarily
unavailable late Sunday as people sought information about Hurricane
Katrina, which slammed into Louisiana and Mississippi yesterday morning."

HP warns of flaw in network management product

HP warns of flaw in network management product: "Hewlett-Packard is warning companies that use Network Node Manager, an
HP OpenView product, of a 'high risk' flaw in the software that could
allow remote attacks."

Secunia: Malware may hide behind long names in Windows registry

Secunia: Malware may hide behind long names in Windows registry: "An error in how the Windows Registry Editor Utility handles long string
names could allow malware to lurk undetected on updated and patched
Windows systems, according to IT security company Secunia."

News in brief

News in brief: "Short takes on the week's news"

Microsoft to support Linux with Virtual Server

Microsoft to support Linux with Virtual Server: "Included in enhancements to Virtual Server 2005 R2 will be support for
Linux and Solaris, technology that Microsoft is developing with some of
its partners."

Linux/Unix e-mail flaw leaves systems open to attack

Linux/Unix e-mail flaw leaves systems open to attack: "The bugs affect Elm, a venerable e-mail client still used by many Linux
and Unix sysadmins, and Mplayer, a cross-platform movie player that is
one of the most popular of its kind on Linux."

Try Linux for free: Make your own install CD

Try Linux for free: Make your own install CD: "Downloading an ISO file and burning the image to disc lets you try out Linux without a full install."

Games Business Women May Have Played

Games Business Women May Have Played: "Not long ago, a friend of mine came across a board game that might
partially explain gender roles in the workplace. What Shall I Be?, the
'exciting game of career girls,' dates from 1966 and inspires the
question: Did this..."

A Bulls' Eye

A Bulls' Eye: "For a nice take on Target's sole-advertiser week in The New Yorker (the
Aug. 22 issue of the magazine only runs ads by the design discounter),
check out Barbara Lippert's take in AdWeek. I had a similar reaction: I
too..."

Games Business Women May Have Played

Games Business Women May Have Played: "Not long ago, a friend of mine came across a board game that might
partially explain gender roles in the workplace. What Shall I Be?, the
'exciting game of career girls,' dates from 1966 and inspires the
question: Did this..."

Creative Confab

Creative Confab: "Any designers in New York next weekend might want to check out this
conference which 'delves into the creative side of design' and focuses
on 'the passion that creative people have for their work.' The lineup
of speakers looks great..."

Leading Ideas: Progress Isn't Linear

Leading Ideas: Progress Isn't Linear: "'We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first
time.' -- T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), from the poem Little Gidding
Currently I'm working..."

The Human Virus

The Human Virus: "Can the online trojan,worm and virus be equated to real people?"

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth: "Last night I laughed when I saw a Heineken TV commercial that featured
superheroes -- an obvious attempt, if you ask me, to appeal to comic
book readers and sci-fi fans. There's also an Earthlink spot in which
their customer..."

Games Business Women May Have Played

Games Business Women May Have Played: "Not long ago, a friend of mine came across a board game that might
partially explain gender roles in the workplace. What Shall I Be?, the
'exciting game of career girls,' dates from 1966 and inspires the
question: Did this..."

A Bulls' Eye

A Bulls' Eye: "For a nice take on Target's sole-advertiser week in The New Yorker (the
Aug. 22 issue of the magazine only runs ads by the design discounter),
check out Barbara Lippert's take in AdWeek. I had a similar reaction: I
too..."

Games Business Women May Have Played

Games Business Women May Have Played: "Not long ago, a friend of mine came across a board game that might
partially explain gender roles in the workplace. What Shall I Be?, the
'exciting game of career girls,' dates from 1966 and inspires the
question: Did this..."

The Flood

The Flood: "A summary of what's in the major U.S. newspapers."

Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect: "This news, about GM and Chrysler cooperating to create their own Hybrid
Cars, is an interesting development. Both companies announced their
SUVs would be using the Hybrid engine in 2007. Why only mention the
SUVs and not other kinds of..."

Book 'Em, Dano

Book 'Em, Dano: "Yesterday, I was talking to a colleague about the importance of
uniforms at work. 'When you wear a uniform, you're in a different
mindset,' he said. It's true. Whether on the job or at a trade show,
wearing a uniform..."

Into the Breach

Into the Breach: "The latest chatter in cyberspace."

Optimize the ALT Attribute...for Users...Not Engines

Optimize the ALT Attribute...for Users...Not Engines: "For years I've harped on people to keep their paws off the ALT
attribute when they are looking for places to put their keywords. While
it's fine and..."

What Makes a Good Directory?

What Makes a Good Directory?: "A new question in which I am reading in several SEO forums and blogs
recently is what really does make a good website directory? I have
recently been..."

Running an Affiliate Program? Do it Right!

Running an Affiliate Program? Do it Right!: "Affiliate marketing has been a powerful force on the Internet for about
two seconds less than e-commerce has. Many a company has successfully
used..."

Personal Trainers Need Mental Muscle, Too

Personal Trainers Need Mental Muscle, Too: "

100_1589. Originally uploaded by petechons.


Startup Journal:

About six years ago, he took a step toward a change,
going back to college to study exercise and nutrition. After several
months, he’d stopped working full time for the family firm and took his
first fitness job, teaching group classes at retirement communities.
“Once I completed that first session,” he says, “I knew I had made the
right decision.”

Like Mr. Calkins, many personal trainers enter the field as a
second career. “It has high satisfaction and personal reward,” says
Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist with the American Council on
Exercise, a San Diego fitness certification and education organization.
Training also can appeal to young people because of its relatively low
barriers to entry.


But building a clientele and developing the
business skills required to start and manage a gym or studio of one’s
own can be more difficult than some trainers expect.

"

Startup School

Startup School: "


StartupSchool.org:

Are you a hacker
who has thought about one day starting a startup? Then you’re invited
to a free, one-day startup school this October 15 in Cambridge,
Massachusetts.


Most hackers probably consider starting a company at
some point, but are put off because “business” seems a mystery. Our
goal is to remove that mystery.

"

Second is the New First!

Second is the New First!: "David V. Lorenzo:I have always been a big fan of being second to market
with a product, service or an idea. I find that the first mover
advantage can..."

Why Any Sole Proprietorship Is A Risky Business

Why Any Sole Proprietorship Is A Risky Business: "

Two years ago today: Why Any Sole Proprietorship Is A Risky Business.

"

Shifting advertising?

Shifting advertising?: "Rick Bruner brings up an interesting point here, but I think he’s
missing something. In the quote below, replace “Word of Mouth
marketing” with..."

History of MLM

History of MLM: "

One year ago today: History of MLM.

"

Overcoming The Expansion Trap

Overcoming The Expansion Trap: "

The Business Plan Coach:


Employees.
You can’t grow a business without them. When there is more work to do
then can be completed, the answer seems to be in hiring and adding new
staff! Yet simply hiring new employees to do the work you used to do
could be a trap.

"

Success is Where Bold & Aggressive Meets Preparedness

Success is Where Bold & Aggressive Meets Preparedness: "

This week’s Startup Nation is online:

On this weekend’s radio show, a caller from Long
Island, New York was extremely bold & aggressive (”ring the bell
babe” is what he said at the beginning of his elevator pitch) but he
wasn’t properly prepared. His elevator pitch
received high marks from the Sloan brothers for passion but low marks
for properly communicating the most important facts. You can listen for yourself and see what you think.


Yes, you gotta’ be bold and aggressive. But even that won’t bring you
success if you’re not prepared. We invited John to fine-tune his pitch
& come back on the radio in a few weeks. Let’s see what happens.

"

Brain Brew Radio

Brain Brew Radio: "

Brain Brew Radio This week’s Brain Brew Radio episode is online. This week:

David finds out that guests often take Doug’s advice and sometimes it even works…

Hershel and John find out from the Brain Brew Crew how they can educate the public on their unique photography service


Ellen
works with Doug and David to figure out the best way for her and her
partners to organize their brand new organic gardening company…

"

The Race to be Second

The Race to be Second: "

David V. Lorenzo:

I have always been a big fan of being second to market
with a product, service or an idea. I find that the first mover
advantage can be overcome by a person or company who watches carefully
and corrects the mistakes made by the first mover.

Now you have a better product and you can take advantage of the
recognition of a need (more appropriately the “wants”) for your product
in the market.

"

Cubicle Escape Pod #42

Cubicle Escape Pod #42: "

Cubicle Escape Pod This week’s Cubicle Escape Pod podcast, episode number 42, is now online. Highlights from the show notes include:


"

Success is Where Bold & Aggressive Meets Preparedness

Success is Where Bold & Aggressive Meets Preparedness: "

This week’s Startup Nation is online:

On this weekend’s radio show, a caller from Long
Island, New York was extremely bold & aggressive (”ring the bell
babe” is what he said at the beginning of his elevator pitch) but he
wasn’t properly prepared. His elevator pitch
received high marks from the Sloan brothers for passion but low marks
for properly communicating the most important facts. You can listen for yourself and see what you think.


Yes, you gotta’ be bold and aggressive. But even that won’t bring you
success if you’re not prepared. We invited John to fine-tune his pitch
& come back on the radio in a few weeks. Let’s see what happens.

"

Zoup!

Zoup!: "


zoup.com


Zoup!
is a dining experience that features 12 always-rotating soup varieties
each day, including at least one low-fat, vegetarian, dairy-free and
spicy recipe. They also offer made-to-order salads, and grilled panini
sandwiches.


Zoups founders believe, and their extensive
testing shows/ that there is a strong demand in the marketplace for the
kind of authentic, hand-crafted, fresh soups that customers love to
eat, but seldom cook for themselves. With this in mind, the partners
teamed up with a talented chef who understood their aspirations and
believed in the strength of their concept. Then, they spent two years
on a careful trial-and-error process that involved hundreds of recipes,
and weekly focus group tastings in which scores of participants
completed formal evaluations of each potential recipe.


Zoup!’s
first store opened in 1998 in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. The
restaurant was an immediate success and within five years the company
opened five more Detroit-area locations. They began offering franchises
in 2004.



Contact Information


Zoup! Fresh Soup Company

28290 Franklin Rd.

Southfield, MI 48034

248-663-1111


info@zoup.com


"

How to Get an SBA Loan

How to Get an SBA Loan: "

Coyote Blog:


I
recently went through the process of obtaining an SBA (Small Business
Administration) loan. These are loans that are what I call “cash flow”
loans, secured more by the companies earnings rather than collateral
(though collateral may be required, see below). SBA loans are written
by private banks to standards set by the government. If these standards
are met, then bank loans under this program get a partial guarantee
from the US government.

"

Appreciating the Advertisers

Appreciating the Advertisers: "

Today is Tuesday, the day of the week I publicly thank my paid sponsors.


Thank you:


(If you’re interested in advertising or sponsoring the site, please contact Tim at advertising@business-opportunities.biz or call me at 209-765-1656.)

"

How to Beat the Home Business Blues

How to Beat the Home Business Blues: "

Pub. Originally uploaded by zorilla.


Yaro Starak:

The solution to this problem is simple – get some
friends, communicate with humans and make plans to get away from your
business on a regular basis. The real key however is to be proactive
and seek out socialization otherwise it is all too easy to spend a
night at home alone with your email, web statistics and/or content
writing.

“But I just have this bunch of email to respond to” or “there is this new software tool I’d like to test” are two examples of excuses you might use on yourself to “get out” of socializing. Believe me when I say this – you have to make the effort, even break your comfort zone,
to keep things in balance – and your business will thank you for it
when you wake up super-motivated because you are back to being a happy
human.

"

Not Us vs. Them -- Old vs. New

Not Us vs. Them -- Old vs. New: "

Nancy White, Alan Levine
and others are having an interesting discussion about the us vs. them
attitude between users of blogs and message boards. Alan's post Conversations: Tree People and Cave Dwellers offers food for thought via the attitudes shared by users of Moodle. They make Alan wonder if we're all using the same Internet.



My perspective is that the relatively short life of blogs is at the
root of the 'Us vs. Them' attitude. The idea that an individual can use
a personal web site to connect and interact on a level equal to that of
a discussion forum is still fresh and a little heretical in some
circles.



When we hear criticisms of a blog as a viable
communication/community platform, we're hearing a lack of understanding
thanks to the young life of the blog as compared to other platforms.
Remember, cars used to be called 'horseless carriages'.



So, let the critics have their say. We bloggers are the early
adopters of something different, but not necessarily better than other
platforms for communicating on the web. I think we'll find that
blogging will fill a niche that is altogether different
than the niche currently being filled by discussions forums and both
will exists for a long time to come. The world on online communities is
not either/or, it's neither, both or whatever combination works for a
specific group.

"

Not Us vs. Them -- Old vs. New

Not Us vs. Them -- Old vs. New: "

Nancy White, Alan Levine
and others are having an interesting discussion about the us vs. them
attitude between users of blogs and message boards. Alan's post Conversations: Tree People and Cave Dwellers offers food for thought via the attitudes shared by users of Moodle. They make Alan wonder if we're all using the same Internet.



My perspective is that the relatively short life of blogs is at the
root of the 'Us vs. Them' attitude. The idea that an individual can use
a personal web site to connect and interact on a level equal to that of
a discussion forum is still fresh and a little heretical in some
circles.



When we hear criticisms of a blog as a viable
communication/community platform, we're hearing a lack of understanding
thanks to the young life of the blog as compared to other platforms.
Remember, cars used to be called 'horseless carriages'.



So, let the critics have their say. We bloggers are the early
adopters of something different, but not necessarily better than other
platforms for communicating on the web. I think we'll find that
blogging will fill a niche that is altogether different
than the niche currently being filled by discussions forums and both
will exists for a long time to come. The world on online communities is
not either/or, it's neither, both or whatever combination works for a
specific group.

"

Blog comments: Help for all bloggers

Blog comments: Help for all bloggers: "
Writing comments on other people's blogs helps everyone.


Comments on another blogger's post helps them. Writing well thought
out comments on other blogs helps you. Talk about your win/win
situation.


When you visit other blogs, adding a comment makes the blog post
writer very happy. This is true for several reasons. When you submit a
comment to a post that you like, or even one where you disagree
entirely, you show the blogger that you actually read the post.


Not only did you read the post, but you cared about the subject
matter and the opinion offered, to voice your approval or dissent. Your
blog comment could add more information to the post, or send the
discussion into new and exciting directions.


Additional comments are gratifying to the blogger because it's nice
to read other people's thoughts and ideas. It's nice to know that your
thoughts have affected others in some way. In effect, comments start a
back and forth interaction between writer and reader.


As my good friend David St. Lawrence of
Ripples
is so fond of saying, 'Blogs are conversations'. What that
conversation can lead to is a new friendship, or a more involved
business relationship. The entire chain reaction is set off by simply
writing a blog comment.


One of the most important, and some would say the most important,
reason for starting a business blog is to develop that two way
conversation. The interaction between blogger and reader has many
wonderful results from both sides. The writer finds an interested, if
not always in agreement, reading audience. The reader finds an
individual who they like and trust. Over time, that two way dialogue
can translate into a business arrangement.


Since the comments offer links back to the writer's blog, or to the
person's e-mail, a return visit or response can take place. Many
blogging conversations begin on the blog comments section, and transfer
to e-mail. Often followup telephone calls take place and they may lead
to live meetings. As a starting point, the blog comments section can be
extremely powerful.


Blog comments are like an introduction service and conversation starter rolled into one.


It's often suggested that writing comments is a great traffic
builder for your own blog. Many other very knowledgeable bloggers have
agreed on that point. Of course, that is a rather narrow and self
centred viewpoint. It's still an important consideration, however.


Comment writers get more visitor traffic, and that's a proven fact.
That is great for everyone involved. Even more important than visitor
traffic is the start of the conversation between yourself, the blog
post writer, and other commenting bloggers. The interation can lead to
some fascinating possibilities.


Talking together via comments and e-mails has very often led to
telephone discussions, and some very rewarding in person meetings
between bloggers. Lifetime friendships can be formed. Strong business
alliances are created. Entire companies have been built from the start
made on a blog comment.


Simply taking a few seconds to write a comment on someone else's
blog can open up new doors to exciting new possibilities. In effect,
you can change not only your own future, but that of the other blogger
as well. Talk about how such a simple act can alter the future.


Write some blog comments on the blogs you visit frequently, and
create some new timelines for your future and that of other bloggers.


Today.



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"

Viral marketing

Viral marketing: "Another big Microsoft release, another >mysterious viral marketing
campaign. Echoing the cloaked message of Halo2's hugely successful
ilovebees, and..."

thick and big, thin and small

thick and big, thin and small: "Robert Scoble claims that thick clients are coming back. Robert, I
support you wholeheartedly! Hopefully that is also the Microsoft view
of the world..."

What to Do and Not Do as a Startup

What to Do and Not Do as a Startup: "Wouldn't it be great if someone could give you a 'to do' list when you
were ready to start your company that would guarantee your success?
Even..."

marketing strategy pyramids

marketing strategy pyramids: "When I discuss a new venture (and I have been involved in a few) with
marketing-well-versed 'business-persons', one of the first things they
do is to..."

Microsoft Buys VoIP Startup

Microsoft Buys VoIP Startup: "Microsoft Buys VoIP Startup 12:39 am on August 31, 2005 | In Business,
VoIP | Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Teleco Inc.,
a small..."

Creative wants Apple Pie

Creative wants Apple Pie: "[IMG] Creative wants Apple Pie [IMG] Creative Technology, the Singapore
maker of the Zen digital music player, on Tuesday said that Apple
Computer's..."

Camera Phones may be Increasing Digital Camera Sales

Camera Phones may be Increasing Digital Camera Sales: "Cingular Expected to Sell Motorola’s iTunes Phone 9:31 pm on August 30,
2005 | In Business | No Comments Cingular Wireless, the number one
wireless..."

Camera Phones may be Increasing Digital Camera Sales

Camera Phones may be Increasing Digital Camera Sales: "3Com and Ingate Announce VoIP Partnership 9:36 pm on August 30, 2005 |
In Business, VoIP | No Comments Ingate Systems and 3Com Corporation
announced..."

ABC to enter fund market with French partner

ABC to enter fund market with French partner: "THE Agricultural Bank of China, the country’s fourth-largest lender,
plans to set up a joint-venture fund management company within this
year..."

IM Behind Firewalls and Proxy Servers

IM Behind Firewalls and Proxy Servers: "I Love IM is web-based instant messaging that apparently works behind
firewalls and proxy servers. I just got a very gleeful email from my
friend..."

Express Yourself

Express Yourself: "Focus groups may be losing cred in the business world, but in the music
realm, they appear to be something new. For an upcoming album, Madonna
has been secretly testing out songs by watching video of clubgoers
dance to her..."

Creative Confab

Creative Confab: "Any designers in New York next weekend might want to check out this
conference which 'delves into the creative side of design' and focuses
on 'the passion that creative people have for their work.' The lineup
of speakers looks great..."

Leading Ideas: Progress Isn't Linear

Leading Ideas: Progress Isn't Linear: "'We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first
time.' -- T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), from the poem Little Gidding
Currently I'm working..."

60 Seconds With Erik Weihenmayer

60 Seconds With Erik Weihenmayer: "'People get trapped into thinking about just one way of doing things.'

-Erik Weihenmayer , Blind Rock Climber

"

Fast Talk: Brand Revivers

Fast Talk: Brand Revivers: "The only thing harder than developing a hot brand is turning around a
once-popular one. We spoke to five brand stewards going through the
process of breathing life into iconic names to see how they're doing it."

Of Proteges and Pitfalls

Of Proteges and Pitfalls: ""

Brand Aids

Brand Aids: "The always-slippery topic of branding becomes more so on the Web, where
'brand' bloggers typically spill the most ink on, well, blogging. We
found three that offer on-target insights."

Who's Zooming You?

Who's Zooming You?: "You're out there. On the Web, there are dozens, perhaps hundreds of
references to you -- in company newsletters, college alumni notes, and
friends' blogs. (As a tech writer, I'm especially promiscuous: Googling
my name turns up 10,700 results.) So how can you monitor and manage
your online reputation?"

Invaluable

Invaluable: "You know those corporate values statements? Turns out they have weird correlations to performance."

``I Can Only Compete Through My Crew.``

``I Can Only Compete Through My Crew.``: "'Knowledge dispels fear.'

-Simon Walker Managing Director, Challenge Business

"

When ads go bad

When ads go bad: "

I've expressed my displeasure before with the hideous ads from Vibrant Media.
These are the hyperlinks that appear within stories where certain
keywords appear; the links are usually indicated by a double underline
or an underline of a different color.



My objection is that these links are usually completely
inappropriate; some advertiser 'bought' a keyword and the ads pollute a
medium where hyperlinks have a traditional meaning.



Today I saw the ultimate example of how bad these ads can get. In a
story about the horrible floods in Mississippi and Louisiana (no, I
refuse to link to the site where the story originally appeared - I just
stumbled across it through Google News), I read these two paragraphs:



Meanwhile, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said a levee
holding back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain breached, forcing the air
evacuation of 90 patients from a hospital.

'The city of New Orleans is in a state of devastation,'
Nagin told WWL-TV. 'We probably have 80 percent of our city underwater.
With some sections of our city, the water is as deep as 20 feet.'



It's a horrible human tragedy. But thanks to Vibrant Media, I was able to mouse over the word devastation and see this pop-up ad:



That's disgraceful.

"

A welcome change in Microsoft licensing terms

A welcome change in Microsoft licensing terms: "

For the past few years, OEM copies of Windows and Office have been sold under licensing terms
that are just plain silly. Yes, you could buy an OEM copy of either
product, at a substantial savings over the retail versions, but you had
to purchase a 'qualifying non-peripheral computer hardware component'
with it. This resulted in the absurdity of people buying a 99-cent
cable for a power supply to make the purchase legal. It also created
lots of confusion in the marketplace



That's now changed. The new licensing rules
allow resellers to distribute unopened packs of Windows and Office to
any 'system builder' without requiring a trivial hardware purchase:



If you don't open the pack, you can redistribute to other system builders without any hardware.


The new rules also specifically recognize hobbyists and PC enthusiasts as system builders:



OEM system builder software packs are intended for PC
and server manufacturers or assemblers ONLY. They are not intended for
distribution to end users. Unless the end user is actually assembling
his/her own PC, in which case, that end user is considered a system
builder as well.


So, go build yourself a PC!

"

Speech Recognition Eases Life on the Road

Speech Recognition Eases Life on the Road: "Staying in touch with customers and colleagues becomes not only easier
but also safer for road warriors when less dialing is required to leave
and retrieve messages."

RSS: Not on My Desktop

RSS: Not on My Desktop: "Like cell phones and IM, RSS is losing its luster for me."

Wanted: Good, Open Source E-Mail Client for Windows

Wanted: Good, Open Source E-Mail Client for Windows: "Mozilla's Thunderbird has too many shortcomings, Chandler is too raw,
and Novell's Evolution won't be out for Windows anytime soon, so the
field is open."

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Development Release: FreeBSD 6.0-BETA3

Development Release: FreeBSD 6.0-BETA3: "The third beta of FreeBSD 6.0 has been available from download servers
since last week, but the release announcement was only published today:
'The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the
availability of FreeBSD 6.0-BETA3. This BETA includes a full set of
packages for amd64 and...

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"

Development Release: BLAG Linux And GNU 40000 Alpha

Development Release: BLAG Linux And GNU 40000 Alpha: "The first development release of BLAG Linux And GNU 40000 is now ready
for download and testing: 'BLAG39999.20000 ('dents') has been released.
It is an ALPHA (test) release of the forthcoming BLAG40000. BLAG is a
single-CD distribution with everything desktop users 'expect' from a
desktop, plus a collection...

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"

Distribution Release: pocketlinux 1.2

Distribution Release: pocketlinux 1.2: "pocketlinux is a new Slackware-based distribution created by former
developers of the Bonzai Linux distribution. Its main features are a
simplified Slackware installer, one application per task, and KDE Light
desktop. Version 1.2 was released over the weekend: 'pocketlinux 1.2
has been released. There are only minor changes...

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"

Development Release: Red Flag Linux 5.0 Snapshot

Development Release: Red Flag Linux 5.0 Snapshot: "Red Flag Linux 5.0 is the first product to be based on Asianux 2.0,
launched earlier this week in Beijing. This is a desktop product and
the snapshot, made available for free download this week, is a testing
release. Red Flag Linux 5.0 intends to be a comprehensive...

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"

Unplanned outage today

Unplanned outage today: "

Qwest decided this morning to cancel my DSL account. I had paid the
bill, and there wasn't a problem that required it. But based on a
conversation I had with them last week they needed to make a
configuration change. And to do that, apparently, they had to
completely eliminate my DSL connection and then create a new one - a
process that can take up to eight hours. If you think that's a dumb way
to handle technical changes, well, you and I think alike. If you think
it's kind of rude to your customers to make changes like this without
notifying them, well, so do I.



It all seems to be fixed now, but whatever plans I had for today didn't happen, needless to say.

"

Media Center hits the mainstream

Media Center hits the mainstream: "

Market research firm Current Analysis says sales of Media Center PCs have skyrocketed since July 9:



For the week ending August 20, 2005, Media Center PCs accounted
for 43% of all desktop personal computers sold in the U.S. retail
market, based on data from a sampling of U.S. retailers.


Accounting for this phenomenon was a decline in pricing for
Media Center systems, with the average price dropping below $900 for
the first time ever. In addition to the more affordable price points,
Microsoft has lead [sic] the charge to promote Media Center PCs at
select retailers in an attempt to generate a higher level of interest
for the platform.


More than 70% of the PCs sold had no TV tuner, which
suggests that Media Center features are being incorporated into Windows
as a basic feature.


(via Mavromatic)

"

Coming soon: A new e-book on mind mapping software

Coming soon: A new e-book on mind mapping software: "During the last few months, I have been working steadily on a new
e-book, which will tentatively be entitled 'How to Master Mind Mapping
Software.' It will be available for sale hopefully by mid-September. It
will focus on several key areas"

Knowledge sharing: The key to marketing innovation

Knowledge sharing: The key to marketing innovation: "According to Stephen Pierce, writing in his Creativity and Innovation
Blog, one of the biggest innovation challenges that organizations face
today is managing 'marketing innovation.' One way to do it effectively
is cross-functional knowledge sharing."

10 Innovation Strategy Tips

10 Innovation Strategy Tips: "Stephen Pierce, author of the Innovation Blog, has posted an article
where he outlines ten tips for successfully implementing an innovation
strategy in your company."

Biomimicry: Innovation inspired by nature

Biomimicry: Innovation inspired by nature: "What models do you use for uncovering potential new innovations?
Chances are, you're not looking to nature for ideas. But according to
Janine Benyus, you should be."

A 7-step approach to creative problem solving

A 7-step approach to creative problem solving: "Stephen Pierce from Innovation Marketers has posted an interesting
'how-to' article in his Innovation Blog on the topic of creative
problem-solving."

PC World looks at Windows Vista

PC World looks at Windows Vista: "

Kudos to PC World's Yardena Arar for a straightforward first look at Windows Vista. And extra kudos for putting the October 2005 issue online as soon as it's ready.


Arar notes that the new Virtual Folders feature is 'a bit puzzling,'
and I agree. This feature needs to evolve a lot over the next few betas
so that it becomes more usable.

"

Vinculos multiples

Vinculos multiples: "


V�nculos m�ltiples




A ver si alguien sabe o se le ocurre como hacer esto (es
perfectamente posible que sea una chorrada soberana y simplemente no se
me haya ocurrido :-)


Tengo la costumbre, desde que empec�a utilizar Firefox, de hacer
lo siguiente: en cualquier ordenador en el que estoy sentado, mantengo
abierta una sesi�n de Firefox con cinco o seis pesta�as abiertas
(Bloglines, StatCounter, el blog, Blogger y Haloscan, m�s Gmail si
estoy fuera de casa o del despacho). Lo que hago, claro, es meter esa
serie de favoritos en una carpeta a la que llamo 'Sesi�n', y cada vez
que llego a ese ordenador, simplemente abro esa carpeta de favoritos y
le digo 'Abrir en pesta�as'. Desde esa, voy lanzando nuevas ventanas, y
como soy de 'naturaleza difusa' o 'discont�nua' cuando trabajo, las voy
agrupando por temas. Eso hace que cuando por fin decido escribir sobre
un tema, normalmente tenga varias fuentes sobre el mismo abiertas en
una ventana de Firefox y desplegadas en varias pesta�as. Cuando escribo
mi post, normalmente las referencio, pero se me ha ocurrido que podr�a
ser muy �til si un lector pudiese simplemente hacer clic en un v�nculo,
y que eso, directamente, le abriese Firefox, si lo tiene instalado, y
le desplegase varias pesta�as a la vez. Algo as�como 'la lista de
fuentes que han sido utilizadas en la creaci�n de ese post', todas
disponibles para ser curioseadas en un s�lo clic. Ser�a como una
especie de 'v�nculo m�ltiple' que provoca en el ordenador del usuario
el despliegue de una ventana con varias pesta�as.


�Alguien sabe si es posible hacer algo as�? �No ser�a algo relativamente �til?





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"

LANDesk ships network access control software

LANDesk ships network access control software: "LANDesk Software is shipping LANDesk 8.6 network access control
software that will be implemented for 500 users at Swire Coca-Cola in
the western U.S."

Brief: DOJ deploys software to track crime data

Brief: DOJ deploys software to track crime data: "The Bureau of Justice Statistics is using predictive analysis software
from SPSS to analyze crime data and produce reports on a number of
justice-related topics."

Piracy crackdown spurs shift in online file sharing

Piracy crackdown spurs shift in online file sharing: "EDonkey, the dominant peer-to-peer file-sharing network in South Korea,
is now roughly on par with BitTorrent in the U.S., China, Japan and
Britain, according to Internet analysis firm CacheLogic."

Upcoming IBM software continually backs up files

Upcoming IBM software continually backs up files: "IBM plans to release new software on Sept. 16 for backing up files automatically on laptops and desktop PCs."

'Loverspy' program creator indicted, on the run

'Loverspy' program creator indicted, on the run: "Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara, the creator of Loverspy spyware software,
has been indicted for allegedly violating U.S. computer privacy laws."

Microsoft releases Windows file system beta

Microsoft releases Windows file system beta: "Microsoft has released a test version of its next-generation file
system, WinFS, to Microsoft Developer Network subscribers. The software
wasn't expected until sometime next year."

Panasonic, Intel tie on battery research

Panasonic, Intel tie on battery research: "A new battery that should be available in April 2006 could help extend
the lifetime of notebook computers and other devices such as cell
phones and digital still cameras."

Distance detection may help secure Wi-Fi

Distance detection may help secure Wi-Fi: "Precision location technology is one of several key ideas for the next
few years that Intel showed off during a keynote presentation on the
last day of the Fall Intel Developer Forum."

New GoldenGate tool finds database discrepancies

New GoldenGate tool finds database discrepancies: "GoldenGate Software today announced a tool designed to root out discrepancies between databases while they're still in use."

Q&A: Rational exec explains app life-cycle management focus

Q&A: Rational exec explains app life-cycle management focus: "Lee Nackman, vice president of product development at Rational
Software, talks about his company's application life-cycle management
strategy, plans to work with IBM Tivoli and Microsoft's new team
development tools."

Carnvial of the Capitalists at CaseySofware

Carnvial of the Capitalists at CaseySofware: "

This week sees a software approach to the travelling business show,
recognized by one and all as Carnival of the Capitalists makes a visit
to technology and business blog CaseySoftware.
This week's edition of Carnival of the Capitalists highlights some of
the best bloggers writing on the internet today.
Blogging topics presented include entrepreneurship, management, market
trading, internet
"

Free teleseminar: Conversations with experts - Dan Poynter

Free teleseminar: Conversations with experts - Dan Poynter: "





Conversations with Experts: How to Build Your Business On and Off-line

Hosted by Denise Wakeman and Patsi Krakoff of Build a Better Blog System.

Wringing More Value out of your Work

Wednesday, August 31, 2005, 8:30 p.m. ET

Guest Expert: Dan Poynter, of Para Publishing

Write it once, sell it forever; there are many ways to sell your work over and over. You’ve heard of Blogs-to-Books. Dan
"

Rich Dad’s Before You Quit Your Job

Rich Dad’s Before You Quit Your Job: "

Business Know-How is running a four part excerpt from Rich
Dad’s Before You Quit Your Job: 10 Real-Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur
Should Know About Building a Multimillion-Dollar Business
:

When I was growing up, my poor dad often said, “Go to
school, get good grades, so you can find a good job with good
benefits.” He was encouraging me to become an employee.

My rich dad often said, “Learn to build your own business and
hire good people.” He was encouraging me to become an entrepreneur. One
day I asked my rich dad what the difference was between an employee and
an entrepreneur. His reply was, “Employees look for a job after the
business is built. An entrepreneur’s work begins before there is a
business.”


"

Don’t Take on the Big Boys: Go for a Niche

Don’t Take on the Big Boys: Go for a Niche: "

Times Online:

It can be easy for small-business owners to become
downhearted when faced with endless red tape, tax and regulation. But
the good news is that when it comes to making the most of lucrative
business opportunities, small can be beautiful. You do not need a
sledgehammer to crack a nut. This is why, when it comes to exploiting
new high-margin markets, small businesses often have an edge over much
larger competitors.

Daniel Ronen, director of Portman Business Consultancy, said that
being small could be a positive advantage. “Being a small company means
that you can get into markets that are not viable for large businesses.


“Big
companies sometimes find that it is just not worth investing in a
market because the returns would be too low to justify the effort. But
as a small business you generally have a lower cost structure. So where
markets are not big enough to support a number of large companies,
smaller suppliers of niche products or services can make very good
profits.


via Bizinformer.

"

Starting Up Always Feels the Same

Starting Up Always Feels the Same: "

Go Big Blog Go Big Blog:

It’s funny that no matter how many times you go into
startup mode, it always feels like doing it again for the first time.
There’s the wild-eyed enthusiasm of the brilliant new idea, quickly
followed up by the sleep-deprived anxiety of having risked everything
to develop that idea. Then somewhere along the line the idea turns into
a real profitable company and everyone looks back and wonders how it
all happened.

For as serendipitous as this entire process may seem, it’s almost
formulaic. The fears and emotions that we experience in startup mode
are shared uniformly across just about every entrepreneur from the most
brazen to the most timid. What I learned after being in the early
stages of over a half dozen startups (some great, some bad) is that the
process is almost exactly the same every time.


I’ve broken the
process down into three phases. I’m willing to bet that just about
anyone who’s started a company can appreciate the process and that
anyone who is starting a company now can take comfort in the fact that
wherever they are now it’s a perfectly normal place to be.


via Ken Dyck.

"

How to Make a Reality Television Show

How to Make a Reality Television Show: "

One year ago today: How to Make a Reality Television Show.

"

SCORE

SCORE: "

SCORE Jeff Cornwall:

I recently had the pleasure of being a luncheon speaker to the Nashville SCORE chapter. This group may be retired from their business careers, but they are not ready to retire from the world of business.

SCORE
is a national organization with chapters in 389 cities. The SCORE
volunteers include people with expertise in a variety of areas of
business and most industry sectors. Many chapters also include more and
more retired entrepreneurs. SCORE is a “resource partner” with the SBA.


The national SCORE website
offers several tools to find assistance, including an “Ask SCORE for
Business Advice” feature that allows for on-line counseling. They also
have features to help find counselors by locality or area of expertise.
The site also has some good generalized written information about
entrepreneurship and small business management.

"

testing



Mobile adaptive security systems - why a patch in time saves both money and effort

Mobile adaptive security systems - why a patch in time saves both money and effort: "A common criticism of many operating system suppliers and their history
of patching is either that the patches themselves cause new problems,
or that they are not developed and released quickly enough to address a
known exploit."

How to Get Funding: Traction and Trajectory

How to Get Funding: Traction and Trajectory: "

Paul Allen:

Today I decided that in order to be compelling,
business plan presentations really need to have two things: traction
and trajectory.

It’s pretty hard to convince anyone, especially an investor who
is naturally protective of his/her own money, that your idea will
actually work.


Entrepreneurs often count their chickens before
they hatch. In fact, we count our chickens before we have ever sourced
the eggs. We just believe. We just have faith that somehow it will all
work out. So we invest time and energy in our idea.


Investors
aren’t “full of faith” like that. Investors have wealth and they want
to protect it. They want to grow it too, but there are myriad ways to
do that, some with very little risk. If they even consider investing in
high risk/high reward startup companies, they know they will have to be
careful because most businesses fail. Investors don’t want tothrow
their hard-earned money away.

"

Online services deadline will be met but will public be won over?

Online services deadline will be met but will public be won over?: "Councils may fail to attract people to access services electronically
despite meeting the government's end-of year deadline to get services
online, public sector IT managers group Socitm has warned."

Proving the value of technology

Proving the value of technology: "You know that technology helps your organisation to remain competitive,
agile and effective - but can you prove it? Demonstrating the value of
technology investment is a constant challenge for IT directors.
However, only a third of senior executives surveyed by Forrester
Research earlier this year said they had a formal framework in place
for measuring the value that technology delivers to their business."

IBM offers 'continuous' back-up system

IBM offers 'continuous' back-up system: "IBM has launched new 'safety net' software that continually backs up
files, protecting them from viruses, file corruption or accidental
deletion of data."

The right fit for public IT

The right fit for public IT: "IT-enabled business change in the public sector needs to be supported
by an approach that harnesses the full potential of technology within
an overarching vision of public service delivery. This can only be
achieved if it is based on an understanding of what citizens are
demanding from public service providers. In other words, services that
are tailored to their users."

Firms face fierce competition for business skills, warns Forrester

Firms face fierce competition for business skills, warns Forrester: "Companies will find it harder to recruit IT people with business skills
as they compete with specialist outsourcing advisers in a shrinking
labour market, Forrester Research has warned."

Business continuity spotlight falls on SMEs

Business continuity spotlight falls on SMEs: "The London bombings have raised fresh concerns that small and
medium-sized enterprises are failing to plan for unexpected disruptions
to their business."

Continuity plans are going public

Continuity plans are going public: "Once, business continuity was a matter between a company and its shareholders."

Sygate acquisition should provide security boost for Symantec users

Sygate acquisition should provide security boost for Symantec users: "Symantec's acquisition of security company Sygate earlier this month
should benefit users by bolstering the company's network quarantine
products, according to analyst firm Forrester Research."

M�s acerca del evento de Apple este 7 de septiembre

M�s acerca del evento de Apple este 7 de septiembre: "

En la tarde enlazamos a un rumor confirmado
acerca de un evento para medios organizado por Apple para este 7 de
septiembre. A partir de ah�hemos encontrado un poco m�s de
informaci�n, v�a MacSlash:



Chuq Von Rospach, empleado de Apple con un weblog escrib�a ayer:




Esta ha sido una semana ocupada pero este fin de semana ha sido la calma antes de la tormenta en la “tierra de Apple”.




Por otro lado en la noticia filtrada [sobre la invitaci�n a medios] la descripci�n dice:




1,000 canciones en tu bosillo cambi�todo”, [en referencia al iPod origintal de 5GB], aqu�vamos de nuevo.


"

Links for 2005-08-28 [Furl]

Links for 2005-08-28 [Furl]: ""

Search Engine Visibility - Why Don’t You Have It?

Search Engine Visibility - Why Don’t You Have It?: "Enquiro's Marketing Monitor says, 'There is also a belief that their websites deserve to be highly visible on all the major search engines. Unfortunately, the search engines do not feel that way. Search engines believe that you have to earn your search engine visibility.'

For
anyone with a website, whether company or individual, this reality is
still often a stark and shocking one. Enquiro cite some of the common
errors people make with sites that damage their SE position. And, at
the following URL, they do also offer advice on gaining your 'rightful'
position and a 'really free’ Search Engine Intelligence Report (SEI)
tool.

Search Engine Visibility - Why Don’t You Have It?"

Corporate Blogging, Wikis, RSS All On The Fast Track, Says Gartner

Corporate Blogging, Wikis, RSS All On The Fast Track, Says Gartner: "'Gartner has published their most recent 'Hype Cycle' report, this one
covering emerging technologies. The report covers 44 technologies, and
prognosticates when they will reach the 'plateau of
productivity'...that is, mainstream business use and acceptance.
Corporate blogging and RSS are flagged as technologies that will take
'less than two years' to reach the plateau, with wikis on their tail in
the 2-5 year window.'



The Social Customer Manifesto:


Corporate Blogging, Wikis, RSS All On The Fast Track, Says Gartner"

Your Own Personal Research Assistant

Your Own Personal Research Assistant: "One of, if not THE, biggest problem for home based internet marketers is that days don't (unfortunately)
contain 48 hours, but, in order to manage a business, you need to keep
up with diverse subjects and, to generate sufficient online income
usually dictates having fingers in multiple pies. You need help!



Hired help though, don't come cheap, so this is where you need to
learn what you can automate and how you can harness the power of all
the available tools to cover the most ground in the least amount of
time.



RSS is one of those tools that, when used effectively, can set you
free. But, we are all still learning new ways to get the most out of
RSS. I find new ones almost every day, but, for me, this has been a
slow process.



It can only be to your benefit therefore to get the jump on this,
so I recommend you take a look at the 'teleseminar intensive' that Andy Wibbels of Easy Bake Weblogs is running tomorrow, Saturday August 27th.





It'll cost you (but nothing like the cost of an employee). Full details here �





(NB: Hey, I'm not getting paid to tell ya this. But, just to further prove the power of blogs,
having followed his for some time, I am fully confident that Andy knows
what he's talking about and has a lot to offer you with this event.
)
"

Why So Many Get Ripped-Off Online!

Why So Many Get Ripped-Off Online!: "Willie Crawford, whom I respect considerably because he's never been a man to mince words, observes that 'Over the past nine years, I watched literally hundreds of people getting ripped-off online. It IS a big problem.'



But, after asking himself why this is happening, he concluded that, 'So many people get ripped off on-line because they want to!'



How can that be, what basic facts are people chosing to ignore and
what is one of the biggest rip-offs in the Internet marketing arena?



Better read: Why So Many Get Ripped-Off Online!"

Affiliate Marketing - The 10 Keys To Success

Affiliate Marketing - The 10 Keys To Success: "Mike Gates, who describes himself as a 'corporate America castoff' - I
take that to mean that he has a good grounding in real business - has
written an excellent, sober, 10-point basic on affiliate marketing.



You may wonder why I think this article is worthy of mention. Does
he say something new and exciting and that will be the 'final secret'
that pulls everything into place to guarantee your success? In a way he
does.



Of course, if you are looking for a 'magic pill', he doesn't, but
he does reiterate many of the same points that genuine experts have
been telling us for years and, which so many would-be marketers still CHOOSE to ignore.





Affiliate Marketing - The 10 Keys To Success"

Online Bookkeeping Service

Online Bookkeeping Service: "Bookkeeper-For-You, a new service to be offered by Phil Tanny from Links-For-You.com, is now beta testing.



'Bookkeeper-For-You will provide self employed small business
people with an easy way to keep track of income and expenses for one or
more projects.' Bookkeeper-For-You is not open for business yet. They are soliciting comments during a pre-launch test period.



Whilst I would have reservations about putting sensitive financial
data online, from a security aspect, in retrospect, this may be no more
risky than keeping it on any computer that is connected to the internet - including your own. And you probably have to do your tax filing online anyway, so it makes sense to have the data there too.



Apart from that and, as a former accountant knowing what
bookkeeping costs, Phil's proposed monthly account cost of $8 is a
steal.



That he is also going to be offering data entry services, again at
a very reasonable hourly rate, makes this a very interesting
proposition for a sole business person who needs help at an affordable
cost.





Bookkeeper-For-You -- Online Bookkeeping Service"

FELLOWSHIPS: Training for Biz Journos

FELLOWSHIPS: Training for Biz Journos: "AWARD OPPORTUNITY FOR BUSINESS JOURNALISTS SAJA & Knowledge@Wharton
are offering one award each for members of AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA and
SAJA..."

Links for 2005-08-21 [Furl]

Links for 2005-08-21 [Furl]: ""

You are ALWAYS selling...

You are ALWAYS selling...: "This concept that 'Everyone is a sales person' within an organization
should really be pushed toward the top of the business education heap.
From CEO..."

Persist Or Perish, The Choice Is Yours

Persist Or Perish, The Choice Is Yours: "Don't believe in myths!



'Everybody wants quick profits. The phenomenon is
more prevalent on the net as compared to offline business. The
situation is only worsened by those ever coming awe inspiring success
stories where a previous 'nobody' made millions overnight. While these
stories may invigorate the desire to be rich overnight, there is always
'the other side' that is never brought into the picture and never asked
too.'





Persist Or Perish, The Choice Is Yours"

Tips on using LinkedIn

Tips on using LinkedIn: "As you're probably aware I'm doing a project of finding best practice
for both face to face and electronic networking. Here are three useful
posts on..."

RSS jobs at Yahoo! and Microsoft

RSS jobs at Yahoo! and Microsoft: "Yahoo! and Microsoft are definitely paying attention to emerging forms of data transport such as..."

Customer Experience - Opportunities for improvement series - MTNL, India - Part I

Customer Experience - Opportunities for improvement series - MTNL, India - Part I: "[IMG Mtnl] Over the last year or two, the government owned telecom Co.
MTNL, has been constantly improving its service due to some aggressive
telecom..."

Building Affiliate Sites - Miniseries

Building Affiliate Sites - Miniseries: "Dr. Andy Williams (ez SEO), rightly says that, 'There
is a lot of planning and decision-making involved in starting an
affiliate site. It is tempting to take short-cuts because everyone
wants to see quick results.
'



But he also asserts, 'The reason why I think a lot of people
don't make a success of online marketing is not that they are following
an incomplete plan, it is more in the execution of that plan.
'



So he's going to go over the plan with us, not just the what but complete, detailed steps on how to execute it properly. The miniseries began last week with an 'Overview of building a 'FAT' Affiliate site' Link.



And it's free, by the way. Like everything else Andy has done, he
is sure to give away more for free than most people sell for good
money, so this would be a great time to subscribe to his newsletter or grab his RSS feed (link on this page), so you can follow along with the series.



"

Why Attacking The Rich Means The End Of Prosperity

Why Attacking The Rich Means The End Of Prosperity: "If you haven’t read Paul Graham’s stuff yet, you’re way behind the curve. he’s an absolute genius on..."

Tax reform (and GST?) back on agenda

Tax reform (and GST?) back on agenda: "Strong voice is being given to further reductions in personal tax
rates. Reducing tax levels for the community is a welcome topic for
discussion..."

The Latest Editions of Blawg Review and Carnival of the Capitalists

The Latest Editions of Blawg Review and Carnival of the Capitalists: "If you are looking to explore some new blogs and see what your fellow
citizens are saying in the blogs about business and legal topics, then
I've got..."

Work From Home and Business Opportunities - Self Employment Development Initiatives (SEDI)

Work From Home and Business Opportunities - Self Employment Development Initiatives (SEDI): "Self Employment Development Initiatives (SEDI) SEDI welcomes new
entrepreneurs and policy researchers seeking information on self
employment issues..."

SeatGuru.com - Your Enlightened Guide to Airplane Seating

SeatGuru.com - Your Enlightened Guide to Airplane Seating: "the ultimate source for airplane seating and in-flight services information"

CFO: Lend Lease chills out

CFO: Lend Lease chills out: "Australia's brightest and best new buildings use state-of-the-art
technology to cut costs and make employees happy. CFO 01 April 2004.
Tenants want at..."

Finishing Sauce

Finishing Sauce: "Google has launched it’s own IM-service Google Talk. It uses the Jabber
protocol as a means of communication and happily it’s open source so
it’s good..."

CFO: Old enemies join forces

CFO: Old enemies join forces: "Commercial and regulatory pressures are forcing CFOs to take a closer
interest in marketing. CFO June 2004. Traditionally, finance and
marketing have..."

Is it a Secret?

Is it a Secret?: "Network marketers frequently utilize a ‘curiosity’ approach when
they’re ‘prospecting’ for new team members. For whatever reason, they
keep their..."

Keeping Faith : Guiding Principles

Keeping Faith : Guiding Principles: "Keeping your 'faith' in the workplace impacts how we perform as an
employee, supervisor, manager, and owner or boss any other name. It
also impacts..."

The Workplace of Tomorrow

The Workplace of Tomorrow: "What does internal customer service have to do with Millennials?
According to the article 'Managing Millennials' this generation is the
hottest..."

Time Tracking

Time Tracking: "Time Tracking August 29th, 2005 After many years of trying to find the
best way to track my time I’ve used many different methods. I’ve gone
from..."

Greatest Business Leaders of the 20th Century

Greatest Business Leaders of the 20th Century: "Fastcompany comes with a list of the top 50 business leaders of the
20th century, based on a survey of 7000 executives... Remarkable: 1)
There�s only..."

Sixteen ounce hammer

Sixteen ounce hammer: "A number of recent debates have involved decisions on how to best solve
a problem. Usually, people are trying to fit a square peg into a round
hole or..."

Sorry the Tag Soup is Off

Sorry the Tag Soup is Off: "
Tomato SoupTomato Soup
Warhol, Andy
The folks at TagCloud, the automated Folksonomy
tool, seem to be tinkering under the hood, because, currently, when you
click on any of the tag links in any of the clouds, you get an error
page, which says:

'Thank you for visiting TagCloud.com. This page is currently down for maintenance and will be restored shortly.' It has been like that since the weekend.

Perhaps there will soon be a significant update to the service, which was BETA released June, based on this original idea Yahoo! News Tag Soup.

One reason for mentioning this is, of course, because of the (presently broken) tag clouds you will find on these pages, which are built from this site's feed. This provides you (in theory) with a kind of subject index to the site, based on words or topics that are mentioned most often.

That is, theoretically,
you should be able to click on any of those linked words (tags) and see
a list of posts related to that subject. This is partly to make up for
Blogger's lack of a facility for categories and my laziness in simply
not wanting to hand manage a categorization system.

To me, that was the first and most obvious use for TagCloud.

As a side dish to that, I find it interesting to see what the heck I am talking about. On my personal blog, this seems, not unexpectedly,
to be a lot of completely unrelated nonsense. On others, seeing the
content of the clouds and the topics that rise to the top and appear in
big, bold lettering, reassures me that I am sticking to the point of
the niche.

Hopefully, therefore, building sites that will be
recognized as an authority on those subjects by both humans and search
engines.

However, there is much more that can be done with tag clouds, as you can read in this Wired article, RSS Service Eases Bloggers' Pain.

The
article will give you more details and ideas, but by making clouds from
single or multiple feeds from the almost infinite selection online, you
can sort and keep up with any topic in which you are interested.

If
you are blogging about a specific topic, or even several topics /
niches, I am sure you already subscribe to a multitude of related feeds
for news and source material. And I bet you find it hard to keep up
with too.

As a great time saver, you could create yourself tag
clouds for each to do some pre-selection. You can then quickly hone in
on only the posts and news items that are most important and relevant
for you to cover.
"

Where are you going?

Where are you going?: "This is Sunday. Tomorrow is the start of a new week, and in a few days we will be into September.

School
will be open soon, vacations over, and people all over the world
settling back into their daily routines. What does that mean for us in
the Home Biz Market?

It means that we are entering into the biggest boom of the year!

Why?
People are back in 'work' mode. They want extra money to cover what
they spent over the summer. They have more time with the children in
school. They want to earn a little money for Christmas. There are all
kinds of reasons why, but the fact is, there are more people starting
business right now than at any other time of the year.

So what are you going to do about it?

You
can either work hard for the next three months, or you can continue to
do what you have been doing. Either way, that won't change the industry
statistics. People all over the world will be starting a business at
the rate of some 8000 a day.

I heard something on a conference call the other day that has fueled my fire.

The speaker said, 'what you do over the next 90 days will determine your income for the next 2 years!'

So what are YOU waiting for??

(if you are one of those who are 'looking' why not check out my new web page.
Business Op Central- Lexxus International then send me an email and tell me what you think!

Shelley Penney is a network marketing and internet marketing specialist
with 7 years in the field. She is currently mentoring a small group of
people to achieve financial freedom from home. If you would like to be
part of her group, please go to
Lexxus Vision
and fill out the form for consideration.

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Nate: W3C Toolkit Widget

Nate: W3C Toolkit Widget: "Nate:

Yes, you can setup a bookmarklet, or use the
Firefox web-developer toolbar, or just go to the website, but if you're
into OS X widgets, you'll like this W3C Tool Kit. You put in a URL, and choose the CSS validator, HTML validator, or Link checker.

Also, don't forget to checkout Lisa McMillan's list of other widgets that are potentially useful to web developers.

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Nate: Twinsparc Redesign

Nate: Twinsparc Redesign: "Nate:

Hello. Yes, we finally redesigned twinsparc. Check us out at: http://www.twinsparc.com/.
And, just so this isn't a lame self-promotion with no payoff - we've
put together a little something for our web designer friends. We call
them 'HTML Stamps' a symbol set for Adobe Illustrator CS2. Plus, there
is a movie where you can see/hear me explain how they are installed and
used.

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