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links for 2010-04-30

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links for 2010-04-29

  • The worst of the downturn may be behind us, but its lessons remain clear. For businesses to survive and thrive, they must be able to make better decisions quickly, focus on core strengths and responsibilities, and reduce costs wherever possible. Cloud computing solutions provide a fiscally responsible, productivity positive means way to deliver on these goals, eliminating waste and needless expense while strengthening the processes which make your company competitive and successfu
  • These changes to Safari to give plugins more access to native APIs will provide Flash with opportunities for much tighter integration with OS X and could hopefully solve the age old problem of Flash content spinning the fans up—Core Animation is hardware accelerated and managed by OS X, so Flash content will appear to OS X in such a way that it can throtle power effectively instead of the Flash walled garden wracking up 100% CPU with no way for the OS to peak inside.
    (tags: flash mac safari)
  • We have all probably stumbled upon stories of people frustrated about their company’s (newly installed) Content Management System that doesn’t deliver the expected results. Often the system itself and/or the implementation party are blamed. In some cases this surely is justified, but in a lot of other cases the real reasons behind the underperformance of the content management function may not be as obvious as initially thought. This article sheds light on 9 possible causes of underperformance – some of them straightforward, others hidden in plain sight.
    (tags: cms)
  • Social media has led to "social sharing," the broadcasting of our thoughts and activities. It's not a fad. It's a sociological phenomenon, accelerating at light speed. The latest incarnation of social sharing: A platform called Blippy allows you to connect to your social system and share what you bought and how much you spent at retailers like Target, Netflix, Amazon, and Zappos, to name a few. Not only can you log-in to these services quickly from an existing social network, but you can share across multiple networks. Knowing what people are buying when, and how much they're willing to spend is creating a feeding frenzy among marketers looking for the ripple effect.

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links for 2010-04-28

  • Our first guest is Indra Kupferschmid, a German typographer and writer who lives in Bonn and teaches in Saarbrücken at the French border. As co-author of “Helvetica forever”, Indra is often asked what typeface to combine with the world’s most famous font. As Indra puts it, “Helvetica is often described as the tasteless white rice among typefaces: satisfies easily, cheap and fast. But the good thing is, you can take the design into different directions with the sauce and side dishes (the typefaces you pair with Helvetica).”

    Indra shares her favorite Helvetica companions with the following guidelines in mind: “Focusing on contrast makes combining fonts easier. Better not pair Helvetica (or other Neo-Grotesques) with another sans serif (like a Humanist Sans). Instead, choose a serif or a slab. Transitional and Modern (bracketed) serifs work quite well with Helvetica. So do most Garaldes like Garamond — it all depends on what kind of atmosphere you’re aiming for.

  • We know, we know: you really want to get more involved in changing the world, but you just can’t ever seem to find the time. The kids need chauffeuring, the house needs cleaning, and the refrigerator is astonishingly empty again already. And don’t we know there’s a recession going on, for Pete’s sake?!

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links for 2010-04-27

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links for 2010-04-26

  • Reflecting on events in Gov 2.0 over the past year or so and the many blogs, web sites and reports across the globe it seems to me that there are some common threads. For example:

    * People wanting to become involved in the day-to-day affairs of government.

    * Governments increasingly realising that they need to engage with citizens to solve problems and deliver more efficiently.

    * A drive to get the complex processes of the public service on a human scale.

    * Public servants collaborating with one another despite the silo mentality of the departments or agencies they work for.

    * Demands for increasing transparency and accountability.

    * People gravitating towards causes and challenging governments that are far from engaging.

    Sitting slap bang in the midst of all this are the very technologies that, in many respects, are Gov 2.0.

  • When it comes to cloud computing, the enterprises of today tend to invest in a hybrid approach that allows customers to provision software on on-demand infrastructures which are at the same time hosted on the premises. We refer to this on demand/on-premises hybrid approach as "cloud enabling," with which the focus is on realizing all the benefits of cloud computing – including zero installation, automatic configuration, cost-savings, and immediate access in scalable data centers – while also preserving the benefits of on-premises hosting. In this paper, we talk about the current state of this research and development and its potential for enterprise products and service offerings in general.
  • Communicating a mission and group strategy through a PowerPoint deck or spreadsheet doesn't cut it in today's brand saturated, real-time media-centric society. Large quantities of raw data in formatted tables rarely inspire, spark innovation and/or act as a catalyst for change. They surely don't create an emotional connection. On the other hand, people have a positive attitude and expectation to the prospect of hearing a new story. They've heard many interesting stories in their lives and their initial attitude and expectation is positive. Stories allow readers to get inside an idea.

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links for 2010-04-25

  • Communicating a mission and group strategy through a PowerPoint deck or spreadsheet doesn't cut it in today's brand saturated, real-time media-centric society. Large quantities of raw data in formatted tables rarely inspire, spark innovation and/or act as a catalyst for change. They surely don't create an emotional connection. On the other hand, people have a positive attitude and expectation to the prospect of hearing a new story. They've heard many interesting stories in their lives and their initial attitude and expectation is positive. Stories allow readers to get inside an idea.
  • Oddly enough, news of the SEC’s porn problem is not a new revelation. In 2008, we reported [4] that the inspector general had discovered the agency’s pornography problem, and it wasn’t limited to just watching the stuff. One SEC employee went so far as to start his own private pornography business using SEC resources, “including Commission Internet access, e-mail, telephone and printer.”

    So yes, it’s true that while the nation’s financial system teetered near collapse, senior staffers at a major financial regulatory agency spent hours surfing pornographic websites on the taxpayers’ dime.

  • Of the roughly 996 million business mailboxes worldwide, IDC estimates, only 2%–20 million–were software as a service in 2009. But when it comes time for companies to upgrade their e-mail, they must consider SaaS options. GlaxoSmithKline, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Panasonic, and the city of Los Angeles are among the jumbo accounts–tens of thousands of employees–that have moved their e-mail to the cloud.
    Although Microsoft is the e-mail market-share leader on-premises, it's betting that most customers will move to the cloud. "We'll look back in five years and say, 'Why would anyone run their own e-mail?'" says Tony Scott, CIO of Microsoft, whose 90,000 in-boxes run on the vendor's own SaaS environment.
    (tags: blog cloud email)
  • Google Chrome is a wonderful web browser of choice for web designers and web developers. With Google Chrome extensions, you can add more features to the browser to help you with designing, debugging, and working on websites. We share with you the top ten Chrome extensions for designers and developers.

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links for 2010-04-24

  • Here are some ideas on the main topics you need to cover in creating an impressive, yet realistic social media plan that garners executive buy-in and a clearer path to success.1. Paint The Picture of The Big Opportunity of Social Media

    Start your social media plan with some startling statistics and pithy quotes about the huge shift away from traditional publishing towards social media.

    If you wrote this plan 2 years ago, you leaned on endorsement of old media with quotes like this:

    “Consumers are flocking to blogs, social-networking sites and virtual worlds. And they are leaving a lot of marketers behind.” – The Wall Street Journal
    But now you can tell the big opportunity of social media by just relying on social media’s accomplishments:
    * 4 of the top 7 highest-traffic websites (Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Blogger) are social media websites
    * Two-thirds of the global internet population visit social networks — Nielson, Global Faces and Network Places

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links for 2010-04-23

  • From guest panels about the challenges women face in the technology sector, to interviews about the challenges they face in a male-dominated work environment, this collection of videos shines a light on women in tech.

    The list includes Caterina Fake explaining how she became co-founder of Hunch and Flickr, as well as Dianne Marsh speaking about the under representation of women in computer sciences. Also included is a video about a data center a women built, and an interview with a college student majoring in computer science. Best of all is the top video She's Geeky, which is about an all-female unconference facilitated by Kaliya Hamlin. (ReadWriteWeb's Mobile Summit on May 7 is going to be facilitated by Hamlin.)

    (tags: women tech videos)
  • So to recap to completely opt out you need to

    1. Go to your to your privacy settings ->Applications and Websites and uncheck box at the bottom.
    2. Then click on the links to Yelp, Pandora and MicrosoftDocs.om on Facebook and click on “Block Application”

  • Last week, Tim Ash, one of our Website Optimizer Authorized Consultants, gave a webinar on the 7 Deadly Sins of Landing Page Design. In this webinar he exposes common errors in landing page design that might be holding back your conversion rate and shows you how you can fix them. If you missed it, or if you just want to review your sins, you'll be happy to know the webinar is now on the Website Optimizer YouTube channel.
    (tags: landing SEO)

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links for 2010-04-22

  • Last week, Tim Ash, one of our Website Optimizer Authorized Consultants, gave a webinar on the 7 Deadly Sins of Landing Page Design. In this webinar he exposes common errors in landing page design that might be holding back your conversion rate and shows you how you can fix them. If you missed it, or if you just want to review your sins, you'll be happy to know the webinar is now on the Website Optimizer YouTube channel.
    (tags: landing SEO)
  • A lot of communication is hopelessly confusing. Annetta Cheek, director of the Center for Plain Language, talks with Kai Ryssdal about the how the nonprofit started and who the worst offenders are in corporate America.
  • The government's plan to make its online presence more user- and owner-friendly has been a long-term plan of the Obama administration. Last year, the White House switched from a proprietary content management system to Drupal, and on Wednesday it went a step further, announcing the release of some of its custom code "for anyone to review, use, or modify."
  • Why aren't enough women seeking angel and VC money? And why aren't more women-led startups getting funded? Consider these little known facts:

    * Women-run tech startups generate more revenue per invested capital and fail less then those led by men, according to New York Entrepreneur Week.
    * "Companies, including information technology, with the highest percentages of women board directors outperformed those with the least by 66%," according to research by Catalyst.
    * "Gender diversity [is] particularly valuable where innovation is key," according to studies by Illuminate Ventures.
    * In 2009 angel investors dished out $17.6 billion to fund startups. Wonder how many funded startups were women-run? 9.4%, according to the 2009 angel investor report Center for Venture Research at University of New Hampshire.

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