Monday, October 31, 2005

What are your Competitive Goals?

What are your Competitive Goals?: "Answer these questions: Have you gone bowling lately and been
disappointed with your score? Do you know who your main business
competitors are? When..."

On Message from Wagner Communications: Backpack Is A Cool Tool For Better Productivity

On Message from Wagner Communications: Backpack Is A Cool Tool For Better Productivity: "I'm not really sure how to describe Backpack. The home page calls it an online organization system that lets you post to-do lists, notes, files, pictures and anything else you might need, all in one place."

The Entrepreneurial Mind: Selling Lessons for Techies

The Entrepreneurial Mind: Selling Lessons for Techies: "Selling Lessons for Techies


'If we build it they will come.'

Not likely.

'This thing will sell itself!'

Don't count on it.

-----------------------------------------------------

To be successful, the start-up of a business should involve attention to the product/service and how to connect with customers. For some entrepreneurs"

Entrepreneur's Guide Names Just For Small Business To Top 10 Blogs

Entrepreneur's Guide Names Just For Small Business To Top 10 Blogs: "Just for Small Business is 'Full of thought-provoking tips for small
business owners. The topics are often unexpected - not your usual small
business..."

Ten Ways To Sell Your Ideas To Anyone

Ten Ways To Sell Your Ideas To Anyone: "Permalink] [Discuss In Our Forum] Should I stay home or go back to
work? How about both? October 28, 2005 - wahm.com - More than 25
million Americans..."

Your Media Advertising: Leverage Your Ads, Classified Ads and Radio

Your Media Advertising: Leverage Your Ads, Classified Ads and Radio: "Leverage Your Ads After you run an advertisement in the local newspaper
or for that matter on radio or television, it’s an effective selling
piece..."

.NET Undocumented: 50 Years From Now

.NET Undocumented: 50 Years From Now: "I was speaking to a woman in her 80’s, and it was remarkable hearing about a different age in which she lived through World War II as a young adult. Fifty years from now, I will be over 80 and living in a changed world that will be every bit as different 1950’s were from today.

These are some of the published differences in the makeup of the US and world population. The world will look very different from today! What is shocking is the advancement of third-world and developing countries and the relative decline in Western countries."

Excel Limits

Excel Limits: "By Wes on Technology

David Gainer remarks about several limitations of Excel being raised for Excel 12. Previous versions of Excel had numerous embarrassingly outdated limitations such as a maximum of 56 colors in cells. Sixteen levels of undo was also somewhat inadequate. Excel 12 has also added support for over one million rows (2^20) and over 65 thousand (2^16) columns."

Programmer's Myopia -- Natural Language Grammars

Programmer's Myopia -- Natural Language Grammars: "By Wes on Technology

I previously wrote about Programmer’s Myopia, an affliction that a developer acquires, when he becomes fascinated and absorbed by a particular programming concept. In the writing profession, authors are warned not to become too attached to their “baby,” which is probably best edited out."

Content-Aware Desktop Applications

Content-Aware Desktop Applications: "I decided to take a middle ground and speak in generalities, and just talk about the general trend that I see towards content-aware application."

That's Impossible

That's Impossible: "By Wes on Entrepreneurship

I developed my software idea and worked on my business plan for over a year during my MBA program. As I was explaining my ideas, I had a number of students who expressed doubts based on “common sense” heuristics about my ability to produce the technology my business is based on. The doubts were centered on two things:

* The technical difficulty and “millions of dollars” in costs of creating a new desktop application.
o If it were so easy, Microsoft would squash you like a bug…
* The heavy reliance of AI technologies such as natural language processing, coupled with the difficulty that people have in comprehending that computers can actually “understand” natural language.
o Japanese companies spent and lost billions during the artificial intelligence craze in the 1980s.
o Companies and universities have research labs and tons of resources that you can’t compete with. Why haven’t they come up with anything yet?"

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

EDN: Dax-Devlon Ross: My Imagination Has Become My Refuge

EDN: Dax-Devlon Ross: My Imagination Has Become My Refuge: "Dax-Devlon's narrative provides us with insight into his learning process in spite of, as he describes, his education and social context. In other words, here is a concrete and authentic description of the power of learning via narrative. This entry is something for each of us to grab onto and explore in relation to our own lives. In it we find passion, relevance, authenticity, motivation, disappointment, a degree of suffering, hope, resilience, and many other qualities that make us human."

EDN: Learning Styles: Whose styles are these and what are they for?

EDN: Learning Styles: Whose styles are these and what are they for?

EDN: Technorealism: Values & Technology

EDN: Technorealism: Values & Technology: "Technorealism is a loosely-coupled organization with a mandate of exploring the intersection of technology and values:

In this heady age of rapid technological change, we all struggle to maintain our bearings. The developments that unfold each day in communications and computing can be thrilling and disorienting. One understandable reaction is to wonder: Are these changes good or bad? Should we welcome or fear them?

Of particluar interest are the eight principles that define the mission of the Technorealism community..."

The woes of external USB hard disks

The woes of external USB hard disks: "

Alex Scoble
writes about a friend who is using an array of external drives to
manage a large media collection. It sounds like he’s having some of the
same problems Thomas Hawk has reported:


Additionally,
iTunes would stop playing after a while for no apparent reason. Only
fix for the problem that I could find was to go into Device Manager and
disallow XP from turning off the USB hub subsystems, which it does to
save power. So far it sounds like that has worked.


Personally,
I think the decision to use SATA drives and then connect them via a USB
connection was ill-advised. External USB drives are acceptable for some
applications, but I’ve seen and heard of enough problems in demanding
digital media applications that I recommend strongly against using
them. External SATA is the only way to go.


Alex also throws in an aside:


Trust
me when I say that his system definitely requires the use of high
quality MP3 or lossless audio files. The crappy 128kbit MP3s you get
off of Napster or the Apple iTunes store definitely won’t cut it.


Amen.

"

Protect your privacy with Word documents

Protect your privacy with Word documents: "

I’m hunkered down working on an updated version of Special Edition
Using Office 2003 (this edition will be aimed specifically at people
using the Student-Teacher Edition).


In the process of working on one chapter about Word, I ran across the Remove Hidden Data
add-in. It’s a must-have for anyone who shares or published Word
documents. It’s easy to use and very good at stripping personal and
confidential information from Word documents.

"

Outsourcing falls from favour

Outsourcing falls from favour: "Insourcing - bringing business services back in-house - is a growing
trend, research from the National Outsourcing Association has revealed."

Microsoft warns of flaw in "critical" patch

Microsoft warns of flaw in "critical" patch: "Microsoft has admitted that flaws in a critical security patch issued earlier this month could leave some users unprotected."

What's fresh and delicious?

What's fresh and delicious?: "


David Wiley
brings us oishii,
a site that tells you what's fresh and delicious on del.icio.us --
which is fitting, because oishii is Japanese for delicious! David
explains:


'One of the main purposes of social bookmarking systems is allowing
people to see what other people are bookmarking. I frequently find
things that people are linking to very interesting, and thought it
would be nice to slap together a system that could tell me,
automatically, what lots of other people have just bookmarked.


Thus, oishii was born. Oishii is kind of a del.icio.us mini-zeitgeist.
oishii! polls the del.icio.us front page every 5 minutes, and returns
all sites bookmarked by at least 30 people. In the spirit of
facilitating self-organization, oishii is a kind of pheromone trail
allowing me and others to find the resources other members of the hive
found useful, interesting, humorous, or for some other reason worth
visiting again. '
"

Communication Nation: Your writing toolbox

Communication Nation: Your writing toolbox: "Your writing toolbox
Peter Clark needs to be commended for Fifty Writing Tools, his excellent collection of writing tips, from the Poyner Institute:

'At times, it helps to think of writing as carpentry. That way, writers and editors can work from a plan and use tools stored on their workbench. You can borrow a writing tool at any time. And here's a secret: Unlike hammers, chisels, and rakes, writing tools never have to be returned. They can be cleaned, sharpened, and passed on.'"

Communication Nation: Do you have trouble remembering names?

Communication Nation: Do you have trouble remembering names?: "o you have trouble remembering names?
Do you remember faces but have a hard time connecting them to names?

Remembering people's names is an important communication skill and very useful in business. Remembering people's names tells them that they are important, and it makes them feel valued. This is a great beginning to any interaction."

Attack of the Zombie Copy

Attack of the Zombie Copy: "You've seen them around the web, these zombie sentences--syntax slack
and drooling, clauses empty of everything except a terrible hunger for
human brains. Here's how to fight back."

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Realign

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Realign: "The difference between redesigns that make you look busy and give your
stakeholders something else to argue about, and strategic overhauls
that reposition your brand and help you set and reach business goals."

HP Battery Recall

HP Battery Recall: "Today HP recalled notebook battery packs. The serial number of my
battery matches the range of the recall, but my notebbook isn’t listed
(though the..."

Hardware Organizer Deluxe 2.4

Hardware Organizer Deluxe 2.4: "Hardware Organizer Deluxe 2.4 Hardware Organizer Deluxe is a complete
program that allows computer owners, small offices, and hardware
dealers to..."

Model Money Matters

Model Money Matters: "Fred Wilson talks about the importance of having a good financial model
for a company. Though it's mostly from his perspective as a VC, he does
have..."

Globex 3.0 by Cosmin Software

Globex 3.0 by Cosmin Software: "[IMG ICON]Do you ever need to know how many Canadian dollars are in one Euro? Or maybe you need to find out what time it is in Tokyo? Globex is a..."

Globex Pro 3.0 by Cosmin Software

Globex Pro 3.0 by Cosmin Software: "[IMG ICON]Do you ever need to know how many Canadian dollars are in one
Euro? Or maybe you need to find out what time it is in Tokyo? Globex is
a..."

Teardown on Apple's New Video iPod Player

Teardown on Apple's New Video iPod Player: "Listening to: Englishman in New York - Sting Because I harbour the
desire to one day make a consumer device of some description this sort
of data..."

Selling With a Commitment Objective

Selling With a Commitment Objective: "Employers value salespeople based on their ability to Gain Commitment.
Improving this ability has never been more important than it is today.
So, what..."

Bloglines | My Blogs

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Securing Your PC"

Microsoft adds business intelligence to Office 12

Microsoft adds business intelligence to Office 12: "By editorial@computerweekly.com on Business Intelligence Products

Microsoft has announced a new product and new features in its forthcoming Microsoft Office 12 software in a bid to make business intelligence 'more mainstream' and available on every desktop."

Nokia smartphones to offer 'push' e-mail

Nokia smartphones to offer 'push' e-mail: "h' e-mail

By editorial@computerweekly.com on Mobile Computing

Nokia has become the latest company to introduce 'push' e-mail for smartphones, to allow users to receive corporate e-mail on their handheld devices."

Siebel expands Adaptive strategy with tools for custom CRM apps

Siebel expands Adaptive strategy with tools for custom CRM apps: "ustom CRM apps

By editorial@computerweekly.com on Enterprise Software

As part of its Adaptive Solutions strategy, Siebel is offering a suite of tools designed to provide users with a faster way to customise their customer relationship management systems."

Cisco offers integrated two-way radio communication system

Cisco offers integrated two-way radio communication system: "By editorial@computerweekly.com on Networking/Telecoms

Cisco has announced a new communication system that can integrate two-way radios with voice, video and data devices."

Sun links with Tideway Systems to boost datacentre service management

Sun links with Tideway Systems to boost datacentre service management: "By editorial@computerweekly.com on Servers

Sun Microsystems and IT service configuration management firm Tideway Systems are to build closer partnership links in a move that will see Sun re-selling Tideway's Foundation product alongside its own N1 software in the UK."

Fear Sells

Fear Sells: "By Dane on Marketing

Caminos. Originally uploaded by CarlosBravo.

Phil Dunn:

When considering the value of your products, pay special attention to buyers’ fears. Fears also indicate benefits, and, they can be intimately intertwined with dreams. With Tivo, for example, customers fear advertising mind control while dreaming of convenient TV watching. With soap, they fear stinking while dreaming about attractiveness."

The Only Constant is Change

The Only Constant is Change: "By Dane on OPEN Adventures

Today question from OPEN Adventures in Entrepreneurship is:

How do you manage change?

The only constant is change, and to be an entrepreneur today you really have to embrace and understand that no matter how diligently you prepare, your business will probably not be exactly the same one year from now.

I’ll post more on this question later today. In the meantime, here are some relevant links from the past:"

Managing For Change

Managing For Change: "By Dane on OPEN Adventures

. Originally uploaded by nate steiner.

Today question from OPEN Adventures in Entrepreneurship is:

How do you manage change?

This is my second answer today. My first is here.

Being in business has always required the ability to adapt. Capitalism thrives because it allows the market to route around obstacles. Today, though, the pace of change confronting small business entrepreneurs is rapidly increasing. What’s an empty niche one day can be a battlefield of competition the next. It’s no longer possible to completely manage change."

My DIY Audio and Video Production Center

My DIY Audio and Video Production Center: "By Dane on OPEN Adventures

DSC01326. Originally uploaded by BigPru.

Today question from OPEN Adventures in Entrepreneurship is:

If you weren’t doing what you are doing, what business would you launch tomorrow?

Surprisingly, this is an incredibly difficult question for me. Not because I’m not full of ideas for potential businesses and adventures, but because it requires that I stop, and take a step back from my day-to-day concerns and wonder aloud at other possibilities. One idea, though, that’s been rattling around in my mind for awhile, is to start a chain of do-it-yourself audio and video production centers."

Carnival of the Capitalists

Carnival of the Capitalists: "

This week’s Carnival of the Capitalists is up at Blawg Review.

"

Rob on What Business He’d Launch

Rob on What Business He’d Launch: "Rob has posted his answer to the final question

If you weren’t doing what you are doing, what business would you launch tomorrow?

from OPEN Adventures in Entrepreneurship:

The field that I think will drive future change more than people give it credit for - artificial intelligence. Yeah I know it’s been making huge promises since the 60s, but there is a lot there"

You Need to Be a Little Crazy : The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business

You Need to Be a Little Crazy : The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business: "iews

Sarah Bosch continues her reviews this week, with a look at Barry Moltz’s You Need to be a Little Crazy: The Truth About Starting and Growing Your Business.


A lunatic is defined in the dictionary as someone who is insane or eccentric. Additionally, a lunatic is often described as wildly and giddily foolish. That’s right. To start a business you must b"

Friday, October 21, 2005

IBM unsheaths blade PCs | The Register

IBM unsheaths blade PCs | The Register: "By Ashlee Vance in Mountain View"

What does Microsoft's new shared source mean for you?

What does Microsoft's new shared source mean for you?: "Analysis Open source advocates are doing what was once unthinkable -
giving the thumbs up to a Microsoft source code licensing program."

Premiere Issue of Intel Solutions Services Newsletter

Premiere Issue of Intel Solutions Services Newsletter: "Connected, a quarterly newsletter, untangles the major obstacles that
IT professionals face. It attempts to clear the piles of information to
get to the heart of the world of technology,..."

meryl's notes: Ruby on Rails

meryl's notes: Ruby on Rails: "Ruby on Rails

Have you been hearing a lot about Ruby on Rails? If you haven’t, you will now. Ruby is a programming language, while Rails is a framework. Ahem, excuse the jargon, but I explain it all in this week’s article, which gives you an overview of Ruby on Rails, as well as links to resources where you can learn more"

Saturn's Rust-Proof Brand

Saturn's Rust-Proof Brand: "Insight
By Diego Rodriguez

Saturn's Rust-Proof Brand
Even in lean years, the carmaker kept its fan base through sterling customer service. Every company should draw from its example"

ktoddstorch @ business thoughts: What if...? #38

ktoddstorch @ business thoughts: What if...? #38What if your competitive advantage was no longer?

This happens at lightning speed in consumer products and technology, but the Internet is changing all businesses much quicker than usual.

La

Fuzz Mail: A More Personal Email? | Kairosnews

Fuzz Mail: A More Personal Email? | Kairosnews

Open Office 2.0 Released

Open Office 2.0 Released: "

Well, the news is out--Sun has finally released Open Office 2.0.
I'm using a torrent to download it now, and will hopefully be able to
discuss its comment/track changes and autotext features (with an eye
towards migrating from Word) shortly. At any rate, 2.0 is sure to be
much better than 1.x, and I'm really hoping they've managed to improve
the speed. I'll also be taking a critical look at Impress, OO's
'PowerPoint' equivalent. Maybe--just maybe--this product will be of
sufficient quality to allow me to final

"

AbiWord Beats OpenOffice to Grammar Checker

AbiWord Beats OpenOffice to Grammar Checker: "

An interesting headline on Slashdot
today. Apparently, Abiword now has beat Sun the punch to develop the
first free software word processor with integrated grammar checker. We
all know how big of a step this is--one more reason why students still
using Microsoft Works, WordPad, or Notepad need to download Abiword.


I haven't gotten a chance to check it out yet, but I'm wondering if
they've managed to do anything with Word's powerful track changes and
comment feature. I've grown to love the functionality I get out of Word
for grading papers--autotext comments tablet PC = RAPID RESPONSE
GRADING PROCEDURE. I'm able to offer students 40 comments (some
custom, some canned) on their papers in less than 15 minutes each. The
last version of Abiword didn't have any support for Word comments, and
OpenOffice Writer BETA had only a very primitive comment feature.

"

Next move

Next move: "by Robert Nunn
Wednesday 19 October 2005

The question: How do I advance if I don't have a degree?

I work as a product manager for a niche software firm. I do not have formal higher education, but I have attended several vocational courses and my work has given me a wide range of experience and skills. I would like to find a new role as head of product or software..."

Ensure staff understand business goals to boost effectiveness

Ensure staff understand business goals to boost effectiveness: "To be a Best Place to Work in IT, IT staff need a strong understanding and identification with what they need to do and why."

Emphasis on technology is curbing e-government success

Emphasis on technology is curbing e-government success: "The first wave of e-government projects have often failed to transform
local government business processes because they have focused on
technology rather than change management, according to public sector IT
organisation Socitm."

Companies 'can spend less but maintain security' says analyst

Companies 'can spend less but maintain security' says analyst: "by Cliff Saran
Friday 21 October 2005

Business organisations can spend less on security while being more secure, according to analyst group Gartner.

Speaking at the annual ITxpo conference in Orlando earlier this week, Gartner analyst Neil MacDonald said organisations needed to focus on processes, rather than products.

'The rest of the business is moving..."

Technology fundamentally changing business practice, says CBI survey

Technology fundamentally changing business practice, says CBI survey: "UK industry is beginning to move from automating existing processes to
the fundamental transformation of business practices, according to a
survey by the employers' organisation the Confederation of British
Industry."

New Alienware Gripes

New Alienware Gripes: "Bottom line: don't buy an Alienware computer."

Will DVD Be the Death of Television?

Will DVD Be the Death of Television?: "Several years ago there was a lot of discussion about 'convergence' -- specifically how the functionality of PCs and TVs would converge until the two devices supposedly became indistinguishable. As usual, the actual change has been slower in coming than the pundits predicted, and what has happened has not been what was expected."

The Three-Step Memo

The Three-Step Memo: "By dave

As you try to get your thoughts down, you are distracted by dozens of competing concerns and preoccupations, including the co-worker in the hallway who is describing in intimate detail his marvelous mid-winter vacation in the Cayman Islands. A hour later, after two people have walked into your office and five people have called you on the phone (each needing an immediate response) you have completed your memo, which is supposed to be an articulate, organized, cogent statement of your purpose in writing.

So what's new?

The next time you find yourself trying to write a memo in less-than-ideal conditions like these, try organizing your thoughts using this simple, three-step formula:
1. Purpose
2. Support
3. Proposed action."

Writing it down forces you to think it through

Writing it down forces you to think it through: "By dave

In Functioning Form, interface designer Luke Wroblewski points out that writing things down forces you to think them through:"

The four toughest talks in business

The four toughest talks in business: "By dave

'Your palms are sweaty. Your stomach is in knots. Sitting at your desk, staring at your screen saver, you play out scenarios that rival your worst nightmares. Before the day is out, you must force yourself to start one of the toughest conversations in business: 'I'm going to have to let you go.' 'I want a raise.' 'I've made a terrible mistake.' 'Boss, I can't do this.''

Fast Company introduces us to Bruce Patton and Doug Stone, two of the Harvard Negotiation Project's directors, who believe that 'intimidating exchanges become productive only when you overcome your dread.'

'All tough conversations put you on the defensive. Your job is to switch to offense and work toward a solution that satisfies both sides. To do this, you must understand four truths of tough talks:"

How to screw up a reorganization initiative

How to screw up a reorganization initiative: "By dave

You can't avoid losing some productivity when you reorganize. But many companies endure prolonged productivity losses, lose their best people, and end up worse off than they started. Don't be one of them."

The long tail strategy

The long tail strategy: "By dave

The long tail is already a cliche in silicon valley circles, along with other words like Ajax, web services, weblogs, Google, del.icio.us, Flickr, folksonomy, tags, hacks, podcasting, wikis, bottom-up, RSS, citizen journalism, mobile, TiVo, and convergence.

But I just learned about it last week, when it came up in a conversation with my friend Evan Williams. If this is the first time you've heard the term, read on. If the long tail is old news to you, bookmark this link and use it to answer stupid questions from people like me."

Draw your to-do list

Draw your to-do list: "By dave

From idea*idea: How to Bubble Map:

''I have checked off many To Dos... but I just do not feel like i've accomplished a lot...'.

This often happens to me (and you?), so I looked into the problem in depth. Then I realized that a To Do 'list' does not represent the importance of each item. Yes, you can 'A, B, C' the list, but your brain just does not catch how important each item is. In my opinion, it's justcounter-intuitive.

So a few weeks ago, I began 'drawing' my To Do list. Each bubble represents a To Do and the bigger the bubble the more troublesome it is to your mind. I named this map the 'bubble map'.'"

Stuck?

Stuck?: "By dave

Are you stuck?

Stuck in a job?
Stuck on a project?
Stuck on a problem?
Stuck in a rut?

It might be time to reduce your options and eliminate some resources.

Does that sound odd to you?

Creativity is driven by constraints. When we have limited resources -- even when the limits are artificial -- creative thinking is enhanced. That's because the fewer resources you have, the more you are forced to rely on your ingenuity."

Get Intimate With Your Customers

Get Intimate With Your Customers: "By Dane on OPEN Adventures

Cars and Colors. Originally uploaded by Thomas Hawk.

Rob touched on it his post, but one of the biggest advantages small business have over their larger rivals is that the people who make the real decisions in a small business typically work more closely with their average customers than do their counterparts in large companies. This intimacy allows a freedom of communication that is normally filtered by gatekeepers and the multi layered bureaucracies that most large companies employ."

Solution Marketing

Solution Marketing: "By Dane on Execution

Ty Tribble:

In order to stay in business you must solve problems. Most people assume I am talking about business problems like cash flow, inventory, and customer service issues, and while those things are important to your business, they do not keep you in business. What will sustain your business long term is how well your product, service, or opportunity solves people’s problems.

I know the term is overused, but you must add value to people’s lives. Find a product, service, or opportunity that is reasonably priced and solves a problem for the end user and you will be adding value to the lives of others. Add value to enough lives and you might just build yourself a successful business."

Big Companies Are Not Entrepreneurial

Big Companies Are Not Entrepreneurial: "By Dane on Entrepreneurial Lifestyle

Dr. Jeff Cornwall: “I decided several years ago that once a business goes public, things change enough that I no longer consider the business to be entrepreneurial any more. All of these companies were started as entrepreneurial ventures, but being a public company alters governance, corporate culture and management practices enough to make it a different animal in my mind.”"

What’s New & Essential For Small Business

What’s New & Essential For Small Business: "By Dane on OPEN Adventures

Today’s question from OPEN Adventures in Entrepreneurship:

There are a number of institutions that small business couldn’t live without–FedEx, Kinkos, Staples, Starbucks. What new functions are
essential to small businesses today? Google? Ebay? What else?

I recently experienced something that I’d long since forgotten: what it must have been like to do business before the Internet age."

New & Essential: Rob’s Take

New & Essential: Rob’s Take: "By Dane on OPEN Adventures

Rob has posted his own take on today’s question from OPEN Adventures in Entrepreneurship:

First off is Skype. Talk free with anyone, anywhere. If you want to do business in another state, or even another country, you need Skype. I’ve talked with people in Europe and it work better than the telephone.

Next on my list would be del.icio.us. What? Am I crazy? No. Tagging is huge. Tagging is a great way to do research and share what you find. Small businesses need to always be learning, finding, sharing, and del.iciou.us can help with that."

Anita’s Small Biz Essentials

Anita’s Small Biz Essentials: "By Dane on OPEN Adventures

Anita has responded to today’s challenge from OPEN Adventures in Entrepreneurship with her own style of answer, and lists the top five websites that small businesses wouldn’t be able to live (as well) without. Two of my favorite from her list are:

SCORE Biz Powerlinks - SCORE’s (Service Corp of Retired Executives) website is impressive. While many of the resources are directed toward startups, you can find useful business information for established businesses, too. The Power Links section of the SCORE website is an exhaustive collection of links to helpful business websites.

CEO Express -
The fifth information website was a tough call. I actually could have named a dozen or more sites I find valuable. But CEO Express aggregates hand-selected links to a wide array of business tools and information sites, on topics ranging from travel sites, to office tools and calculators, to international newspapers, to health information. Definitely worth bookmarking."

Do You Have an Entrepreneurial Mind?

Do You Have an Entrepreneurial Mind?: "By Dane on Entrepreneurial Lifestyle

Inc.:

So just what makes an Inc. 500 CEO tick? To better understand the mind of the Inc. 500 CEO, strategy consultant Keith McFarland teamed up with Inc. magazine and administered the Test of Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) to nearly 250 leaders of Inc. companies. TAIS has been in use since the 1970s and was first developed to find the common strengths shared by Olympic and professional athletes. In the 1980s, it was adopted by the U.S. military to select and train special units like the Navy S.E.A.L.s. Since then, businesses from Citicorp to Harley Davidson to House of Blues to small and midsized firms have been using TAIS to better identify managers’ strengths and weaknesses."

The 7 Essential Steps to Successful eBay Marketing

The 7 Essential Steps to Successful eBay Marketing: "

R. F. Parker, a reviewer on Amazon:

The title of this book makes it sound like a
white-paper or a report, but it is really 200 pages of conceptual,
well-written marketing advice. Each “step” is actually a high-level
concept and each forms a different section of the book. Each “step” is
then broken down into many significant concepts and terrific bits of
advice.

I think the people who will gain the most value from this book
are those (like me) who have had some experience selling on eBay, but
maybe have had to wing it a bit and maybe have not been doing things as
effectively as they could. This book approaches eBay selling from a
marketing perspective and doesn’t deal very much with the actual
mechanics or “Nuts and Bolts” of selling. This alone makes it worth its
weight in gold for anyone who is running web-based businesses without
the benefit of formal marketing training. Having said that, this book
is also very accessible to those who have not yet sold on eBay (but you
might need supplemental material).

"

Mr. Jalopy on the openess of the Apple II

Mr. Jalopy on the openess of the Apple II: "Mark Frauenfelder:
Over at Hoopty Rides, Mr. Jalopy writes about wonderful design of the Apple II.


Before my Apple II, I had a TI 99/4a and then an Atari 400
but though the specs were impressive, they didn't inspire like the open
architecture of the Apple II. The Atari had sprite graphics and four
joystick ports but BASIC came on a cartridge. And the TI was a 16-bit
machine, but it was screwed shut and if you wanted an interface bus,
you had to buy an external box. Apple did it all first and Atari still
didn't get it. TI was even worse.

Woz got it. Thirty seconds after unwrapping an Apple II, you were opening the lid and connecting ribbon cables. It was respect.

...

The Apple II became a platform for invention. A modem in every
slot to create the first online chat? Music keyboard controllers years
before MIDI? Digitizing audio through the cassette input jacks?
Controlling teletypes through the joystick ports? Big Trak and
Armatrons connected as $30 robots? The first time I heard Van Halen's
'Ain't Talkin' About Love' was through a tiny Apple II speaker. All 15
scratchy seconds of it. Where'd I get it? I downloaded it from a
bulletin board.

Link"

BeConnected: When Caller ID is a Good Thing: Automated Customer Service Phone Systems

BeConnected: When Caller ID is a Good Thing: Automated Customer Service Phone Systems: "This week I had the pleasure of calling my cable company to report an service outage. In the past I've dreaded this because they have routinely practiced what I consider the Number One Irritation with Customer Service Call Centers. The automated system asks you to enter your phone number before connecting you to a human agent who starts by asking for your phone number. Arghhh!

Caller ID to the rescue. Today's systems can readily detect a caller's phone number and pull information from a database before a call is even answered. Yes, there are times when customers call from phone numbers other than those in their customer records but those are the only callers that need to be prompted for their identifying info. Why aggravate all callers to find those few."

When Caller ID is a Good Thing: Automated Customer Service Phone Systems

When Caller ID is a Good Thing: Automated Customer Service Phone Systems: "This week I had the pleasure of calling my cable company to report an service outage. In the past I've dreaded this because they have routinely practiced what I consider the Number One Irritation with Customer Service Call Centers. The automated system asks you to enter your phone number before connecting you to a human agent who starts by asking for your phone number. Arghhh!

Caller ID to the rescue. Today's systems can readily detect a caller's phone number and pull information from a database before a call is even answered. Yes, there are times when customers call from phone numbers other than those in their customer records but those are the only callers that need to be prompted for their identifying info. Why aggravate all callers to find those few."

BeConnected: Storytelling vs. Story-crafting

BeConnected: Storytelling vs. Story-crafting: "These days marketing is all about the story. It's the story of the idea that lead to the creation of your business, the history of your company, the creative uses of your product, the experience of your service, the transformation that results from your experience. Whatever it is, it's all about the story and thus the storytelling. The storytelling techniques and venues are constantly changing. Just as mass communication grew through newspapers to radio to television the new media is evolving communication and storytelling. Electronics and internet connectivity are changing the game from mass communication and storytelling to individual communication and story-crafting."

Bloglines Tips

Bloglines Tips: "


I know that many of you are using Bloglines as your newsreader of choice. Here's a nice list of tips you should know about to optimize your blog reading experience.


5 tips for Bloglines via


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OpenOffice.org 2.0 released

OpenOffice.org 2.0 released: "OpenOffice 2.0 is out. With its full support for the Open Document
format, will it be able to challenge Microsoft's hegemony over the
productivity software space?

"

Build Web site Traffic From Article Marketing

Build Web site Traffic From Article Marketing: "
Article Marketing is one of
the best methods of build web site traffic to your site. Whether you
are selling your own products or someone else's, you need people to
come to your site and see what you are offering. Only then will they be
in a position to buy your product. Article Marketing can also be used
for increasing your search engine rankings by having high page ranked
sites publish your
"

Urban Trekker Blog: Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs

Urban Trekker Blog: Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs: "Phoenix and Charlotte top the large city rankings. Ok, Phoenix is far
from a model in pedestrian-oriented planning, but the housing is that
inexpensive and the weather is that sunny to compensate. Now, just
imagine if they had a Riverwalk like San Antonio... Charlotte's quality
of life is already highly regarded, and so is their affordable housing,
as this recent entry explains."

Diggers Realm: Northwest Airlines To Charge Smokers More For Insurance, Fat People Next On List

Diggers Realm: Northwest Airlines To Charge Smokers More For Insurance, Fat People Next On List: "In the continued assault on every person in America, Northwest Airlines
is implementing a plan to charge smokers more for health insurance
starting in January. An internal memo laid out the plans."

Search Engine Optimization: Credit card processing offers a whole new world

Search Engine Optimization: Credit card processing offers a whole new world

"Net" nuggets- Marketing in the new Millenium.

"Net" nuggets- Marketing in the new Millenium.: "The Power of One."

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Ken's Meme Deflector: The Five Ways to Accelerate Revenue

Ken's Meme Deflector: The Five Ways to Accelerate Revenue

http://www.newlifeforu.com/

http://www.newlifeforu.com/: "Mr. McAlindon, President of the Parthenon Group in Nashville, Tennessee
said, “There is a difference between creativity and innovation.
Innovation is a creative collaboration. Converting creativity to
innovation is a team sport.”"

JensofNorway.com � Mirror Marketing

JensofNorway.com � Mirror Marketing: "I have been thinking about a “new” concept of marketing. I have called
this mirror marketing, and the name makes sense once you get to hear
what it is all about. I am not sure if there�s something else like
this, I have not seen it and some of the people I have mentioned this
to have not experienced it either."

High Context Consulting � Blog Archive � Using the Bottom of Your Page

High Context Consulting � Blog Archive � Using the Bottom of Your Page: "When you’re designing pages - specifically content pages - what is the
best possible thing that could happen? I mean after the user has bought
a computer, gotten internet connectivity, figured out how to use a
browser, and somehow found their way to your site … what is the single
best thing that they could do?"

Revenue Journal :: Is your website stabbing you in the back?

Revenue Journal :: Is your website stabbing you in the back?: "Your
website is one of the most important 'employees' in your company. It is
your company's most important salesperson and service person."

Java Technology Blog - What you need to know

Java Technology Blog - What you need to know: "What's a Singleton?"

jasonspage.net � Blog Archive � The Force is with them.

jasonspage.net � Blog Archive � The Force is with them.: "buys TV rights to all six Star Wars movies"

The Ivory Tree � Training the future Enron CEOs

The Ivory Tree � Training the future Enron CEOs

Common Sense Technology �Blog Archive � Why tech careers are short

Common Sense Technology �Blog Archive � Why tech careers are short: "“Technology firms in short product life markets, and thus with high
R&D spending, must have a mix of engineers dominated by the new
skills required for the new technology with a small emphasis on
engineers with experience on the last generation of technology.”"

View From a Height

View From a Height: "The second half of the Two-Year Anniversary Special is up."

eWasteInsights � Blog Archive � EBay Posts Record Revenues

eWasteInsights � Blog Archive � EBay Posts Record Revenues: "ebayEBay
has posted record net revenue for the quarter. Notably, computers and
consumer electronics continue to dominate overall sales, just behind
cars, clothing and accessories. Note that EBay now does a solid 50% of
total sales overseas, where it is experiencing its strongest growth in
membership. No figures for the ReThink section were made available."

Website and Business Growth go Hand in Hand

Website and Business Growth go Hand in Hand: "Although it was a pretty good article, most of the points made were pretty much a given without the survey being done."

Hispanic Trend - Cutting Edge Hispanic News, Because We Know! � Hispanic Women Show Higher Earnings

Hispanic Trend - Cutting Edge Hispanic News, Because We Know! � Hispanic Women Show Higher Earnings: "Earnings are positively correlated with education, though different
groups show different average earnings for the same educational level.
Hispanic men show higher mean annual earnings than both Hispanic and
white women at every educational level. This may be due to differences
in experience, tenure, or occupational choices. Hispanic women show
higher average earnings than white women in the categories of not high
school graduate and those with advanced degrees."

Hispanic Trend - Cutting Edge Hispanic News, Because We Know! � Wachovia expands Spanish-language offerings

Hispanic Trend - Cutting Edge Hispanic News, Because We Know! � Wachovia expands Spanish-language offerings: "October 19, 2005
Source: Charlotte Business Journal

Wachovia Corp. is expanding its services for Latino customers by introducing bank statements in Spanish."

Business NLP Blogs: Persuasion Engineering - A different way to increase sales

Business NLP Blogs: Persuasion Engineering - A different way to increase sales

You pay for what you get, or do you?

You pay for what you get, or do you?: "The old adage “you pay for what you get” is one often cited in the business world and in particular in that of IT and hosting."

Annotatia � Blog Archive � Web 2.0 Bubble

Annotatia � Blog Archive � Web 2.0 Bubble: "“Frankly I do not care if you are Web 2.0, Web 1.0, etc. All I care
about is what your service or product does, why it is valuable to the
end user, why it is uniquely different from the competition, what the
barriers to entry are, and how you plan on reaching your customers and
how you will ultimately make money.” Ed Sim is frustrated with the buzz words and bubble-like mentality of Web 2.0."

What Is Productivity?

What Is Productivity?: "Productivity = Value / Time

(productivity equals value divided by time)"

lifehack.org � Seven Questions Employees Should Ask Before Joining a Startup

lifehack.org � Seven Questions Employees Should Ask Before Joining a Startup: "David Beisel has a very good article listing 7 questions that a
candidate should ask before joining a startup. It is good to view from
this perspective, because in employee point of view, joining a start-up
company do have some considerable risks. Asking the following questions
will give you more in-depth details about the company hence decrease
the risk on joining a company that does not suit you:"

Why I still Hate Hype | Define Blog

Why I still Hate Hype | Define Blog: "Every time something is built up to be this magnificent idea, this
fantastic product or this revolutionary new twist on something; it
typically falls short of the users expectations. This has been
discussed many times recently, but the truth is I still continue to
hate hype. It is a bad idea and even though it has the potential to be
a great marketing tool; its implementation by those who practice it is
overly excessive."

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Customer World: Customer Experience - Opportunities for improvement series - Maruti Suzuki Service

Customer World: Customer Experience - Opportunities for improvement series - Maruti Suzuki Service: "Customer Experience - Opportunities for improvement series - Maruti Suzuki Service"

Customer World: Will customers benefit if FDI in retail opens-up in India?

Customer World: Will customers benefit if FDI in retail opens-up in India?: "Will customers benefit if FDI in retail opens-up in India?"

Michael Martine � Blog Archive � Beating the Big Box Stores Through Localization

Michael Martine � Blog Archive � Beating the Big Box Stores Through Localization

Ned Batchelder: October 2005

Ned Batchelder: October 2005: "I've decided to choose a real license for the software I post on this site,
since responsible readers have asked me what license I use.
I find the array of open source licenses baffling, so I dug up some resources:"

The Triple Bottom Line: Sustainability--A Job For Every Manager

The Triple Bottom Line: Sustainability--A Job For Every Manager: "Sustainability--A Job For Every Manager"

Customer World: "Not my job" - The virus that will kill customers and your company

Customer World: "Not my job" - The virus that will kill customers and your company: "'Not my job' - The virus that will kill customers and your company"

Monday, October 17, 2005

How to Save the World

How to Save the World: "Why Google's Business Model is So Revolutionary"

How technology is changing the way we report and write news - CyberJournalist.net - How technology is changing the way we report and write news

How technology is changing the way we report and write news - CyberJournalist.net - How technology is changing the way we report and write news: "How technology is changing the way we report and write news"

Ed Bott's Windows Expertise � Tweak or troubleshoot?

Ed Bott's Windows Expertise � Tweak or troubleshoot?: "Alice Hill complained that her PC was taking 30 minutes to boot up.
So what does she do? She finds one of those “tweak everything under the
sun to squeeze out every nanosecond of performance from your PC” sites
and gets busy."

Ed Bott's Windows Expertise � Tip of the day: Troubleshoot slow startups. Part 1

Ed Bott's Windows Expertise � Tip of the day: Troubleshoot slow startups. Part 1: "What should you do if your system is taking longer than it should to
start up? Don’t start randomly tweaking system settings. Instead, go
through basic troubleshooting to see if you can narrow down the
problem. This week, I’ll list five separate steps you can take to
quickly narrow down the source of the problem."

Ed Bott's Windows Expertise � Shuttle’s new HTPC - wait till next year

Ed Bott's Windows Expertise � Shuttle’s new HTPC - wait till next year: "Shuttle’s new HTPC - wait till next year"

Wired News: Spyware: What You Need to Know

Wired News: Spyware: What You Need to Know: "It can turn your system against you, slow your browser to a crawl and
inhabit your computer like some grotesque parasite. It can cling to
your Windows registry with its grasping mandibles and sucking away its
very life. And those are just the side effects of spyware -- those
annoying, privacy-invading programs you'll spend the better part of the
Thanksgiving holiday removing from your parents' computer."

Wired News: The Media Player of My Dreams

Wired News: The Media Player of My Dreams: "I've tried Winamp. I've tried iTunes. I've tried a half-dozen other players, often side by side."

Writing for the Web: A Neo-Techie's Morning

Writing for the Web: A Neo-Techie's Morning: "Alex Aylett has a very interesting article in The Tyee today: A Neo-Techie's Morning taught me a lot about how people are using new technologies. Very much worth reading."

Microsoft Befriends Some Competitors - Yahoo! News

Microsoft Befriends Some Competitors - Yahoo! News: "SEATTLE (AP) -- Here's a possible slogan for Microsoft Corp.: If you
can't beat 'em, join the guys who are having the same problem.
Microsoft struck two deals this week with sometime adversaries aimed in
part at taking on mutual competitors."

Goldman says Internet is back, but with provisos - Yahoo! News

Goldman says Internet is back, but with provisos - Yahoo! News: "

Reuters

Goldman says Internet is back, but with provisos"

Friday, October 14, 2005

Fast Company Now

Fast Company Now: "It's a small thing, but handshakes can matter. What stories can you
tell about first impressions and characteristics -- physical, personal
-- that made a difference in your work? What stock do you put in the
humble handshake?"

This Time With Feeling!

This Time With Feeling!: "Going in to negotiate a new job's details? Don't leave your emotional barometer behind."

Are You Being Coached?

Are You Being Coached?: "From reality TV to rock bands, coaching has gone mainstream. A guide to get you started, if you're ready to play."

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal: "When you think of Budweiser, lots of adjectives probably come to mind,
but 'sleek,' 'stylish,' and 'futuristic' likely aren't among them. Dan
McHugh, vice president of trademark brands at Anheuser-Busch, is
looking to change that with a new 16-ounce aluminum bottle that's
putting an upscale spin on the middlebrow brewer."

The Man From CHAOS

The Man From CHAOS: "'Factories are complex organisms,' preaches Richard Morley, unofficial
leader of a movement to overthrow the old notions of how to run a
manufacturing plant. Morley and his band of fellow visionaries want to
replace the control-freak mind-set of the Industrial Age with an
approach derived from chaos theory. 'You don't have a prayer in hell of
ever understanding factories. You really don't have control. By
striving to get control, you only make it worse.'"

Picasa 2.1: Digital Photography Review

Picasa 2.1: Digital Photography Review: "What's new in Picasa 2.1?"

Ricoh issues service advisory: Digital Photography Review

Ricoh issues service advisory: Digital Photography Review: "October 11, 2005


With an investigation on the
image sensor device, or CCD, it has recently come to our attention that
a limited number of the products below (Applicable Products) that
incorporate CCD of specific production lots may exhibit the following
condition:"

Kevin Kelly -- Cool Tools

Kevin Kelly -- Cool Tools: "Frybrid"

Column Two: The promised land of prototyping

Column Two: The promised land of prototyping: "To reject prototyping as an essential part of a development project can
be compared to a builder depending on the workmen to think something up
along the way instead of having an architect work out plans for the
building."

Column Two: Collaborative tagging: how networking sites connect people by interests and goals

Column Two: Collaborative tagging: how networking sites connect people by interests and goals: "Collaborative tagging: how networking sites connect people by interests and goals"

Column Two: Authority

Column Two: Authority: "But then, authority was appropriated by the Technorati mob, where it
swiftly lost definition in a tangled tag soup of popularity, power,
trust, credibility, and relevance. These words were tossed around
indiscriminately in a Bacchanalian festival of semantic anarchy."

Phone borrows laptop power | News.blog | CNET News.com

Phone borrows laptop power | News.blog | CNET News.com: "Azio designed the charger for the road warrior, traveler or student who
lacks easy access to public outlets and who doesn't want to worry about
varying voltage requirements around the world. The product also
eliminates the need to tote one of those sometimes-cumbersome
transformer-type chargers that typically comes with a cell phone."

What's next for the Web? Ask these folks | CNET News.com

What's next for the Web? Ask these folks | CNET News.com: "At the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Internet executives sound
off on the future of entertainment and media. Also: You're nobody if
you're not blogging."

Blog Business World - Marketing, Public Relations, Search Engine Optimization

Blog Business World - Marketing, Public Relations, Search Engine Optimization

Business Opportunities Weblog | Your Idea Isn’t Good Enough To Keep Secret

Business Opportunities Weblog | Your Idea Isn’t Good Enough To Keep Secret: "For big companies, secrecy is expected. Google doesn’t want Microsoft
to know their plans because, if MS found out, it could present a very
real threat to the success of a new product. Personal entrepreneurship
is different. You’re small and scrappy and you need to relentlessly
market yourself. Don’t worry about your idea being stolen–worry about
it succeeding."

Business Opportunities Weblog | Should eBay Sellers Incorporate?

Business Opportunities Weblog | Should eBay Sellers Incorporate?

Business Opportunities Weblog | Welcome Back, Home Based Businesses

Business Opportunities Weblog | Welcome Back, Home Based Businesses: "Ultimately, and for most of the 20th century, working away from the
home or farm became the norm in America. Indeed, home-based businesses
actually became so rare as to be considered an oddity. And based on
many community zoning ordinances, sometimes even illegal."

Business Opportunities Weblog | Not As Good, But Not As Bad

Business Opportunities Weblog | Not As Good, But Not As Bad: "I have a saying about Network Marketing. Network Marketing isn’t as bad
as the critics say, or as good as the promoters say. Keep that in mind
when looking for an opportunity."

Business Opportunities Weblog | Business is Hard Work, But Kind of Fun

Business Opportunities Weblog | Business is Hard Work, But Kind of Fun: "As a creative I’ve never been to keen on “the business stuff.” But then
again, I wasn’t working for myself. Working for yourself, when you’ve
got a serious stake in how things pan out, is incredibly exciting and
pretty darn scary at the same time. It’s also hard work and a whole new
set of lessons and skills you’ve got to learn.

But don’t take it from me. You’ve got to try it yourself to get a real idea what it’s like.

"

Business Opportunities Weblog | Don’t Let The Paycheck Stop You!

Business Opportunities Weblog | Don’t Let The Paycheck Stop You!: "The guarantee of a weekly paycheck is no longer a enough of a reason to
not startup a business yourself, as Frank Ross explains in this post, Why People Avoid Starting a Business:
"

Business Opportunities Weblog | Do Some Sleuthing

Business Opportunities Weblog | Do Some Sleuthing: " StartUpNation:
"

Business Opportunities Weblog | What Small Businesses Need To Know About Market Research

Business Opportunities Weblog | What Small Businesses Need To Know About Market Research: "A research or business library can prove helpful for studying the
manner in which other small businesses have approached their target
audiences."

Oze Parrot Blog � Blog Archive � Cheap Yahoo Domain Names-Now!

Oze Parrot Blog � Blog Archive � Cheap Yahoo Domain Names-Now!: "You can now get a domain name for only US$2.99 which is currently the lowest price on the planet."

TheOpenForce: Web 2.0 and the Modern Enterprise

TheOpenForce: Web 2.0 and the Modern Enterprise: "Check out the links below for more coverage and some of the interesting
new companies that were launched at Web 2.0.  The USA Today story
is good for a balanced (if skeptical) perspective."

hyku | blog - Blogs: 90% Personal / 10% Business? Getting the 90% to do the Work for the 10% - by business blog consultant Josh Hallett

hyku | blog - Blogs: 90% Personal / 10% Business? Getting the 90% to do the Work for the 10% - by business blog consultant Josh Hallett

Chris Abraham: Google Purchases

Chris Abraham: Google Purchases: "'Google is planning to launch its own PayPal-like online payments
service, industry watchers this week uncovered a new page on the search
giant's site called 'Google Purchases.''
I am happy because these days PayPal is unusable for me. Via Beta News."

� Web 2.0 for dummies: Web 2.0 and You

� Web 2.0 for dummies: Web 2.0 and You: "If all this new technology, or even the Internet itself, is going to be
sustainable over the next 10, 15, 25 years - it needs to be about
people. When we get that right - the balance between the powerful
possibilities intrinsic to social software and the needs of the user -
we have a winning combination."

I Gotta Ask Why ?: Wiki's for the Corporation

I Gotta Ask Why ?: Wiki's for the Corporation: "NRG78 mentiones Confluence
which is an enterprise wiki solution to do just what is being talked
about.  Now, I've played with Confluence and I'm going to have to
look back but there was a reason why I started to look for the
'wiki-in-a-single-web-page'' solution."

TechBlog � The Curly Tail Concept

TechBlog � The Curly Tail Concept: "The Curly Tail Distribution: Realize that the content is a work in
progress. Make your work available for free. Nothing spreads like free
but having a good distribution system helps. The distribution goal is
to build a fan and critic base that provides you continuous comments,
suggestions and feedback. Improve your content, re-distribute."

Donna Knight’s Internet Marketing Tools and Reviews � How To Start Your Own Teleseminar Business

Donna Knight’s Internet Marketing Tools and Reviews � How To Start Your Own Teleseminar Business: "15 years ago there were only two ways to learn a new subject. You could
go to a trade school, college or adult education school. Or you could
study a book on the subject on your own. If you didn’t have time to
travel back and forth to school, especially after a long hard day of
work, the first method was too time-consuming. If you weren’t very
disciplined, learning by book wasn’t right for you either."

Entreprenuer Geek � Blog Archive � Learning to Delegate is Not Trivial

Entreprenuer Geek � Blog Archive � Learning to Delegate is Not Trivial: "I taught a management tutorial at the Better Software conference this
week. One of the points I discussed (and asked participants to discuss)
was delegation. The managers in my tutorial said they ran into these
problems when trying to delegate:"

Does Your Website Make a Difference?

Does Your Website Make a Difference?: "If you have a website, yours is counted in that total.  Now let me
pose this question.  Out of those nearly 75 million websites, how
many are making a difference in regards to business growth, new client
and customer retention, new streams of income and the like."

A Little Ludwig Goes A Long Way: Teaching Me To Be Rich

A Little Ludwig Goes A Long Way: Teaching Me To Be Rich

Rantlust � Blog Archive � Ready, shoot, aim

Rantlust � Blog Archive � Ready, shoot, aim: "Driving home tonight, I was listening to NPR as usual and there was
this business consultant suit talking about the power of positive
thinking. Have you ever heard a business consultant talk about anything
other than the power of positive thinking? I haven’t."

SapiensBryan Blog - The Latest Tech Breaking News Blog.

SapiensBryan Blog - The Latest Tech Breaking News Blog.: "Quite a number of acquisitions and merger are going on in the IT industry lately, here come another one, though it’s still in the proposal stage."

� Thank You Mr Telstra - For Nothing : Pig Work : Weblog of Freelance Designer Steven Clark aka Norty Pig, Hobart, Tasmania

� Thank You Mr Telstra - For Nothing : Pig Work : Weblog of Freelance Designer Steven Clark aka Norty Pig, Hobart, Tasmania: "Is this really good advertising for either dstore or Telstra? Making me
happy and then pissing me off isn’t the way to get any more cash out of
me - try being genuine, honest (especially about the shipping fee) and
accommodating. Yes for $14.95 I would have been happy with the
Highwayman #1 disc - but of course there was that $5.95 shipping fee."

One Dollar Blog � Blog Archive � AMR Converter

One Dollar Blog � Blog Archive � AMR Converter: "Title : AMR Converter

Description : Fast and easy to use batch AMR converter software
supports two-way conversion among AMR and MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, AC3,
AIFF, AU, VOX, GSM, A-LAW, u-LAW, MP2, MPC, and many more audio
formats."

Nokia Introduces Enterprise-Level Smartphones � Telecommunications Industry News

Nokia Introduces Enterprise-Level Smartphones � Telecommunications Industry News: "Wireless Technology"

EU says Internet Doomed by [H]ardOCP

Bloglines | My Blogs: "EU Says Internet Doomed"

PSP 2.5 Update by [H]ardOCP

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Sony Releases PSP 2.50 Update"

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Waxy.org: Daily Log: Yahoo and Upcoming, Sitting In A Tree

Waxy.org: Daily Log: Yahoo and Upcoming, Sitting In A Tree: "October 04, 2005"

No Place Like Home By Michael Brus

No Place Like Home By Michael Brus: "today's papers"

Marantz OPSODIS ES-150 virtual surround - Engadget - www.engadget.com

Marantz OPSODIS ES-150 virtual surround - Engadget - www.engadget.com

Ed Bott's Windows Expertise � Phish with high irony content

Ed Bott's Windows Expertise � Phish with high irony content: "Well, two weeks after installing Service Pack 2 for Office 2003, with its new Outlook anti-phishing filter,
I finally received the first message that Outlook suspected might be a
phishing attempt but didn’t move to the Junk E-mail folder. I didn’t
notice the Info bar message at first, but when I clicked on a link in
the message, this dialog box appeared."

Ed Bott's Windows Expertise � Apple recycles Media Center

Ed Bott's Windows Expertise � Apple recycles Media Center: "I do hope the people who were so outraged about Microsoft ripping off
Apple “innovations” - the Windows Vista interface, Microsoft Gadgets,
etc. - are slamming Steve Jobs right now for Apple’s blatant (and
frankly pretty lame) ripoff of Windows Media Center Edition, Front Row. After all the buzz earlier this year about what a cool media platform the Mac Mini would be, this is a big letdown."

Canon EOS-1D Mark II and EOS-1Ds Mark II firmware: Digital Photography Review

Canon EOS-1D Mark II and EOS-1Ds Mark II firmware: Digital Photography Review: "Canon
has today posted firmware updates for the EOS-1DS Mark II and the
EOS-1D Mark II. Both updates fix problems with file numbering that
occurred when shooting bulb exposures and also improves communication
when using some CompactFlash cards. Version 1.1.4 for the EOS-1Ds Mark
II also addresses a problem of horizontal line noise appearing when
P.Fn-21 is set to ON."

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 review: Digital Photography Review

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 review: Digital Photography Review: "Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 review"

Bloglines | My Blogs

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Canon Digital Photo Professional v2.0.3"

How to Save the World

How to Save the World: "Wicked Problems"

Digital Tech News: Apple iMac G5 - Digital Entertainment Hub

Digital Tech News: Apple iMac G5 - Digital Entertainment Hub: "Apple iMac G5 - Digital Entertainment Hub"

Blog Business World - Marketing, Public Relations, Search Engine Optimization

Blog Business World - Marketing, Public Relations, Search Engine Optimization: "9 Lives of Leadership"

Is Dignity Deadly? by Dane

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Is this a good thing?"

Going Solo While Employed by Dane

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Try to build the business up to a reasonable level before jumping ship.
Don’t start cold turkey if you don’t have to. At least have a few
things going — no matter how small."

Bloglines | My Blogs

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Personas and scenarios are meant to make an abstract, intangible
interaction process more concrete. But more often than not, they fail
miserably: offering a simplictic, waffly caricature of something that
is complex and nuanced. I am beginning to think that both tools are
more dangerous than useful, and give user centered design a bad name by
pretending to be user centered when in reality these techniques rely on
assumptions, distortions and conjectures."

Reading customers: Birds of a Feather

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Does your sales staff complain that marketing isn't sending them high
quality leads? Maybe they need to know what good customers look like so
they can better qualify the leads they are generating."

Ars tecnica article

Bloglines | My Blogs: "China has announced that it will be launching its second ever manned
space flight tomorrow, with vastly increased media coverage. Is this
the beginning of a new Space Race?"

A sneak peek at Intels roadmap

Bloglines | My Blogs: "By hannibal@arstechnica.com (Hannibal)"

User Research Stategies: What Works, What Does Not Work

Bloglines | My Blogs: "By Steve Portigal"

Article by Joe L. Golson

Bloglines | My Blogs: "If you have an online home based business,the need to increase targeted
web site traffic to your web page is incredibly important. Not only in
order to make sales and increase revenues but to continue your
business. However, you probably have realized that getting increase
targeted web site traffic and getting a high ranking result from the
search engines is difficult. In light of that, here are a"

FRAMING EFFECTS in Technorati Marketing

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Framing Effects Definition: Rule #1: People act differently when
something is framed as loss vs. gain (losses seems larger than gains).
Ruke #2:..."

PROSPECT THEORY in Technorati Marketing

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Prospect Theory Definition: Kahneman&Tversky: Law of diminshing
returns suggests that we should segrate gains (e.g. giving rebates) and
integrate..."

Endowment Effect on Technorati Marketing

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Endowment Effect Definition: When we feel that something is ours. Once
we have something, we tend to value it a lot more. By giving customer a
chance..."

Nooked, Marketing made simple...Technorati marketing

Bloglines | My Blogs: "I have a problem with most things that claim to make anything ‘simple’.
While I don’t question that Nooked has a lot to offer and is willing to
share..."

Technorati article:

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Simple and Easy Marketing Techniques"

Technorati article:

Bloglines | My Blogs: "An agreement has been made between Google and the technology firm, Sun
Microsystems, which involves the two companies entering into a..."

Technorati article:

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Jack Welch: Organizations Need More Candor"

Bloglines | My Blogs

Bloglines | My Blogs: Found on Technorati "Smart Camera"

Bloglines | My Blogs

Bloglines | My Blogs: [Technorati] "Telecom stocks look good"

Bloglines | My Blogs

Bloglines | My Blogs: Technorati article "MSN==Yahoo Messenger!"

Bloglines | My Blogs

Bloglines | My Blogs:[H]ardOCP review "Apple Unveils Video iPod"

Bloglines | My Blogs

Bloglines | My Blogs:{H]ardOCP review "Home Theater Projector"

Bloglines | My Blogs

Wes has posted...Bloglines | My Blogs: "I often wondered what it takes to get acquired by Microsoft. I have
often heard the refrain “talent and technology” in the annual report of
Microsoft and other technology companies, so it seemed that all that
was needed is to bring together a group of smart people and develop an
interesting, innovative technology."

Bloglines | My Blogs

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Growing up, I was afraid of acquiring the overhead of a stay-at-home
mom with kids and a mortgage and working for a job, I didn’t enjoy,
with the highlight of my day being, figuratively speaking, to “punch
the clock” at the end of the shift, only to come home to additional
pressures and count the days till I retire."

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Don’t Abandon the Yellow Pages, Yet

Don’t Abandon the Yellow Pages, Yet: "

Yellow Pages. Originally uploaded by soundkiosk.


Startup Journal:

Nothing looks more lumpy and anachronistic than that
fat yellow directory squatting on a shelf. It requires too much effort
to wade through its many business categories. I’m annoyed when the new
directories show up on my doorstep and I have to lug the old one to the
trash.

Yet I think it would be a mistake for your business to suspend
advertising there. It’s true, of course, that the Internet has changed
so much about how we conduct commerce, particularly advertising. It’s
opened up ways to reach customers around the world with ease. I can’t
think of a serious business that isn’t served in some way by having a
clean and engaging Web site. But as you think of yourself trolling for
new customers, consider how those yellow books narrow the universe down
to a single geographic area.


Whether or not the directories
are still relevant “is a very good question,” says Maria Mitchell,
assistant vice president of advertising for Yellow Book USA in
Uniondale, N.Y., one of the biggest directory publishers. At a recent
industry conference, she said, “Every presenter touched on the subject.
There are people who have forecasted the demise of the yellow book for
some time and have been proven wrong time and again.”

"

The Myth of the Great Idea

The Myth of the Great Idea: "

Ramit Sethi
has begun, what will undoubtedly be an excellent series of posts on
what he call “personal entrepreneurship” and I refer to as “the
entrepreneurial lifestyle.” You may not be actively starting, improving
and flipping companies, but you can think and function like one:

The myth of The Great Idea is a dangerous one. It makes
you constantly search and search for something that you’ll probably
never find. My friends, for example, are still searching, and it’s two
years later. How many of you know an older person (maybe a parent?) who
is always tinkering and muttering about the Great Idea he wants to
find?

Success almost never comes from a mind-blowing idea, so sitting
around trying to find one is a waste of time. Success comes from a
basic idea executed amazingly well. Ideas are rarely found by thinking.
They’re found by doing. I didn’t come up with the idea of IWillTeachYouToBeRich
one night, staring out at the beach through a rain-drenched window. I
thought of it after getting a $2,000 scholarship check, investing it in
the stock market, and losing half of it immediately. (And really, is
the idea of a personal-finance site really that compelling of an idea?)
I’ll answer my own question: No!


It’s all in the execution.

"

Buying a Business

Buying a Business: "

BizInformer:

There are a lot of things to consider when making an
offer for a business – price and terms are two of the big ones. But
you’d be wrong to assume price, cash, scheduled payments, and ability
to finance are the chief considerations of any deal.

People are the most important consideration in every deal.

"

Partnership Agreements

Partnership Agreements: "

Bplans Blog:

If you are planning to go into business with a partner,
then it is critical that you set up a partnership agreement. This is
easy to do, but often overlooked during the business planning process.
Without an agreed-upon strategy on how you will handle certain
unforeseen events, how will you know how your partners will react? If
you have a disagreement, will they be willing to exit the business and
sell you their shares? These are important questions to address in the
early stages of planning your business. It is easiest to come to a
consensus when all the partners have the same interest in mind—building
a successful business. Once the business begins to operate, the
partners’ personal interests may vary considerably, so it is vital to
negotiate all of the terms while you all have similar objectives. This
could prevent major issues from arising further down the road, and it
allows everyone to clearly understand and sign off on the “rules”
moving forward.
"

Entrepreneur Exchange Wiki

Entrepreneur Exchange Wiki: "

Brad Feld:

Ross Mayfield – CEO of Socialtext – just put up a new wiki called Entrepreneur Exchange.  He’s seeded it with a number of links from around the VC / entrepreneur blogging set – see the Venture Capital and StartUp Kit categories for examples.  Contribute freely!
"

Management Consultant

Management Consultant: "When trying to get employees to set results-oriented goals, which goals
should usually be, most people will tend to list their many job
activities, not their critical few job results. That's fine, as a
starter. Let them list activities, and..."

Monday, October 10, 2005

On RSS and the coming wave of content theft

On RSS and the coming wave of content theft: "A reason to avoid commercial-use-allowed Creative Commons licenses."

TECHNOSIGHT � Five Ways to Improve Web Based Feed Aggregators

TECHNOSIGHT � Five Ways to Improve Web Based Feed Aggregators: "The Great Web and Web 2.0
Main
Blogging The Ultimate Marketing System
"

Who I Am Reaching?

Who I Am Reaching?: "

Through my blog, I attempt to -



  1. Gain credence with my peers.


  2. Gain credence with my clients (or potential clients).


During the first session of The Ultimate Marketing System,
I was challenged to think about my target market and realized that I
couldn’t achieve those goals based on the organization of my blog. My
writings and work really have appealed to two completely different
groups but I hadn’t provided a way for each of those groups to quickly
access the information that was relevant to them.


The first
group that I reach out to is those in the technical or early adopter
community. These are the people who are comfortable with or have a firm
grasp of Web 2.0 and social software, who have subscribed to RSS feeds,
and who are keeping pace with ever changing technical landscape. They
visit my blog to read my analysis, to participate in my blogoposiums, or to check out my more geek-like tech tips.


On the other hand, many of my clients have no clue or care about the finer points of how to implement WordPress as a complete content management system. This second group visits my blog to be educated about technical basics, such as understanding what RSS is. These people can be more finely segmented into my typical client - the small biz - and just the “average joe” web surfer.


The
result of thinking about who I reach out to, is a vastly altered
sidebar and a more focused content strategy. I now consider the
featured section of my blog to be my “Tech Tips”, with a category for
each one of the groups I mentioned above. The day after I changed this
format, I already received some good feedback.


What
do you think? Am I trying to do too much on my blog? Is the new sidebar
helpful? Is it easy to get the information you want?

"

Elicit

Elicit: " Ken from Technosight has written:

I am trying out a new product called Elicit to write this post. It is a blog client by Bingo Bango Software. WordPress 1.5.x does not offer me a WYSIWYG interface or spell checking and so I find it quite an annoyance to write and edit my posts solely online.


I’ve tried other similar programs such as BlogJet, RocketPost and Qumana.
BlogJet inserted way to much markup into my posts, making it tough to
edit them once they were in WordPress. RocketPost never actually
connected to my blog. Qumana did not seem to offer a way to post
something as a “draft”, which is important if you start to write, are
running out the door, and then want to save it to WordPress for future
publishing.



As a result, I have been using w.bloggar
for some time but it does not give me a real-time WYSIWYG (you have to
switch over to the “preview” tab) and also has a pretty poor dictionary
for spell checking. I haven’t been thrilled by it but it is free and
the best blog client I’ve found to date.


Elicit has much more to offer than other blog client software. With built in doclets that let you search Technorati, Flickr, and del.icio.us
tags, you don’t have to leave the application to do your research - and
that’s nice. Unfortunately, I think it fails at some of the basics.



  1. It’s not intuitive to create a new post. In order to do so, you have to double click in the Schedule area.

  2. In the Entry Editor,
    there are all sorts of buttons except the essentials - buttons to
    insert links, images, etc. You have to access these functions via menu
    options.

  3. No “more” tag support. When pulling up an old post that had the “more” tag in it, Elicit did not recognize the additional text.

  4. My WordPress categories were not pulled in, so I could not assign them and had to select them in WordPress itself.

  5. There seems to be a snag while writing a post where
    some of my words would come out liket his while I wast yping (those
    examplesa ctully ocurred without me trying to explictily show them
    - I obviously edited all the other times it happened).

  6. Spell checker only indicates there is a mispelling, it does not fix the error.

  7. Similar to BlogJet, Elicit puts all mark-up elements into
    the post (p tags, ‘ ’, etc.), making it nearly impossible to
    read and edit once it is pushed up to WordPress.

  8. The install required additional software support -
    Microsoft Visual J#. If I wasn’t so interested in finding a better blog
    client, I would have cancelled it then and there.


Elicit has some potential but I am sticking with w.bloggar
for now. Hopefully, at some point, someone or some company will get
this right. I’ve read that Flock
offers a cool WYSIWYG editor and drag-and-drop blogging tools - maybe
that will be my answer (but no invite love!). If not, I will gladly pay
for the software that offers a comprehensive and bug-free solution.

"