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- 01/27/2009: Top 20 Posts on Improving your Blog With the explosion in social media and the talk about how organizations can advance their mission via Twitter and Facebook, the Blog seems almost old-fashioned. Here are 20 posts by influential bloggers on how to make your organization's blog more effective.
- 03-27-2012 Bringing Desgin Patterns to Web UI. Responsive web design requires a very different way of thinking about layout that is both challenging and exciting. The art of layout was already complex enough for the centuries that it was defined by fixed elements, now things are becoming exponentially more complicated as layouts become increasingly adaptive.
03/19/2009 26 Charities and Non-profits who Tweet
The news is suddenly full of references to the
online service Twitter. But a number of
associations and other non-profits have already
built this tool into their communication
stratgey. Here's a survey of some of the
04-04-2012: Phillippe Kahn and the Future of Mobile
Philippe Kahn was known 25 years ago for
creating software giant Borland International
out of thin air and a lightening fast Pascal
compiler. Turbo Pascal fueled a lot of early PC
software development. But what's he up to
04-10-2012: HTML5 File Uploader with Drag and Drop!
Remember when those drag-and-drop file
uploaders required flash or java applets?
With HTML5, they've become no big deal!
05/31/2011 - Emerging Technology: Credit Cards with onboard computers.
These are traditional mag stripe creaitcards,
but the onboard computer enables a slew of new
security and convenience features, such as
hidden account numbers, multi-account
cards, and cards that can be turned on and off
with a pin code.
06/01/2001 Social Media Strategies for Meeting Planning Professionals
Michelle Bruno offers a variety of ideas for
the effective use of new media for promoting
and enhancing your face-to-face meetings.
06/01/2011 - Five Technologies that will Shape the Web
IEEE Spectrum's take on how the web will change
in the next several years - more video, more
mobile, and more inanimate appliances!
06/03/2011 - Microsoft Preview of Window 8
This little video from the folks in Redmond
shows the impact that smartphone and tablet OS
concepts have had on the designers at
Microsoft. And hints that web-app architectures
are poised to replace the old idea of desktop
06/04/2009 Intuit embraces 3rd party developers
New initiatives from the makers of the
ever-more-popular QuickBooks suite make it
simpler and more attractive for software
developers to interact the accounting
06/06/2011 - How the iPhone changed Smartphones forever.
An insightful piece by Dan Frommer in Business
Insider that looks at the half-dozen separate
innovations, in the spheres of technology and
business model, that made the iPhone such a
- 06/18/2009: Nonprofit Groups Outpace Businesses in Adopting Social-Networking Tools From the Chronicle of Philanthropy, this article claims that non-profit organizations are adopting social networking tools as part of their marketing and development strategy more rapidly than than the for-profit business world. "A forthcoming study by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research shows nonprofit groups are actually well ahead of businesses in their use of social-media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, and blogs."
06/23/2011 - Is Online Social Simulation Giving you Popcorn Brain?
This amusing little article from CNN is not the
usual link fare here - but I suspect it is
true. When your first urge on seeing a gorgeous
sunset is to update your status, something's
gone wrong. These researchers claim too much
online stimulation actually affects your
07/04/2011 - MIT's Sherry Turkle : Alone Together
Sherry Turkle on our relationships with
machines and with each other. A very worthwhile
07/21/2011 - NOSql Standouts
If you've been meaning to get your head around
the NOSQL movement -- the advocacy of
non-relational data-stores for humongous
data-sets -- here is a great survey article
from InfoWorld of some tools making a name for
- 07/27/2009 Mobile Giving: Donations by Phone Mobile Giving Foundation, a Bellevue,Washington -based nonprofit, provides technology for charitable organizations to run mobile campaigns in which supporters can make a gift by simply text a short code word.
- 09/14/2008: Ten Aspects of Web 2.0 Strategy That Every CTO and CIO Should Know From Dion Hinchcliffe's blog: "The Web has become the single most important driving force in many fields of endeavor as well as the leading source of both innovation and potent new modes for communicating, collaborating, socializing, and working together. It's taken a few years but businesses are now feeling the change in the air."
09/23/2011: How a spelling corrector works
This post by Google's director of research
Peter Norvig is undated; I just stumbled across
it yesterday. It's a very nice explanation of
how statistical spelling correction, like that
in Google's search engine, works. To
illustrate, he develops a complete spelling
corrector in one page of Python code. A
bit more technical than our usual link fare -
but if you are interested in programming it's
well worth the read.
1/02/10: Industry Trends: Browser market share over the last 8 years
This is a subject always of interest to
organizations concerned about their web
presence. But the reason we're sharing this is
that the way the information is displayed is so
1/06/10: IT Heresey from InfoWorld
InfoWorld blogger Galen Grumman challenges IT
orthodoxy with 5 new directions for the new
decade, including advising IT to let their
users bring in any computer they want and hook
it up at work. Its all possible now in the
world of virtualized desktops and web-based
1/16/10: Using Subqueries with Pervasive SQL
IF you're one of those power users who has
gotten comfortable issuing direct queries
against the Members Only database from the
Pervasive Control Center, now its time to learn
10-18-2012: Fixing common problems that slow down USB connections.
Examines 9 of the most common problems relating
to USB 2 and 3 connections and how to remedy
10-28-2012: Finally News you can Use - How to track a lost smartphone
Scientific American discusses ways to track
down that missing iPhone or Droid.
- 10/02/2008: Think You're Multitasking? Think Again Technology professionals often pride themselves on their abilities to multitask. But studies show that we frequently overestimate our ability to handle multiple tasks or information streams. This piece from NPR might help you regain your focus.
- 10/10/2008: 9 Steps to Prioritize Nonprofit Social Media Training and Experimentation Techsoup's Britt Bravo asks "What are the key questions nonprofit orgs should ask to help them determine how to prioritize social media training and experimentation as they do their technology planning?"
- 10/17/2008: How a recession can undermine your fundraising program and what you can do to combat it This article from the Non-Profit Times looks at the relationships between the overall economy and the various components of non-profit fundraising. Thanks to Amy Kincaid of "Fundraising Breakthroughs" for pointing this out.
- 12/05/2008: The Mysteries of the Email Open-Rate People are always asking us about tracking email open rates. A friend just alerted us to a posting from a few months ago on the Beaconfire Consulting blog that gives a very good explanation of how popular software calaculates the "open rate" and why it really does not tell you what you think it does.
2/15/10: Moving to Windows 7? Still using IE6?
Our friend Esther Schindler is an expert on the
issues facing companies finally leaving Windows
XP behind and taking the step to Windows 7. In
this piece she talks about the importance of
testing all your software for compatibility,
especially custom apps -- and about facing the
fact that you will finally be forced to leave
behind IE6 -- and any web apps that require it.
2/24/2010: 13 Ways to Move your Facebook Fans to Action
Perhaps you have a Facebook Fan Page and even
some fans. But now what? How can
you encourage your fans to act and interact?
Food for thought if you want to make your
Facebook Fan page a real part of your
organization's social marketing.
- 3/09/10 - High Speed Cisco Routers promise faster video delivery. Cisco Systems, has announced the launch of a super-fast and efficiency-focused router technology which will be at the heart of "the next generation of the Internet". A key impetus for its development is keeping pace with the growing demand for video, which Cisco calls today's "killer app."
- 3/10/2010 - Should Social Media Gurus Know their Tech? Jollie O'Dell warns of the dangers of working with non-technical social media consultants who "couldn't distinguish a line of code from a badly punctuated haiku."
4/22/2010 - Diaspora: A reaction to Facebook Privacy Issues
Maybe you've been following the uproar in the
past few weeks about privacy and control over
one's one material on Facebook. In reaction, a
group of four NYU students have been
crowdsourcing investment to build a
distributed, open-source social networking site
and have garnered a lot of press.
5/01/2010 - Twitter Brand Do's and Don'ts
Everyone has heard that they should be
promoting their org on Twitter - but what is
the best way to do that? This article from Mashable can
help the Twitter newbie use this tool to create
a valuable piece of online presence that
promotes their organization's brand.
5/01/2010: Conjouring Clouds - great overview of Cloud technology
This article from MIT's Technology Review
provides a comprehensive introduction to the
technology breakthroughs that have made cloud
computing possible - and are pushing it on to
new levels. Definitely worth the read if your
organization is trying to assess what role the
Cloud might play in its future.
5/05/2010 - City of San Francisco network turmoil lands SysAdmin in Jail
Creating a formal Information Security Policy
may seem like just one more bureaucratic
exercise. But this news story, and consultant
Peter Campbell's commentary on it, make the
business case loud and clear.
5/18/2010 - 21 Rules for Social Media Engagement
We've talked before on this site about the
importance of engaging rather than just
broadcasting if you want social media to work
for your organization. In this article Brian
Solis looks in depth a what Social media
Engagement really means.
8/01/2010 - What Google's Data Center Can Teach You
There is a lot that those of us responsible for
keeping a rack full of servers up and running
can learn from the way Google thinks about its
8/15/2010 - The Networked Non-Profit
This little book, by social media gurus Beth
Kanter and Alison Fine, can help you get your
non-profit off the "we ought to be doing more
with social media" dime by helping you
understand exactly how these new technologies
can relate to, and differ from, your existing
marketing and development efforts. The the new
media have your staff or board somewhat
stunned, this is must-read!
8/25/2010 - Fire Protection and the Data Center: The Industry Standard You Didn’t Know About
Simple and commonsensical, the National Fire
Protection Association's NFPA 75, Standard for
the Protection of Information Technology
Equipment, is a
detailed, explanatory almost-checklist for how
to keep your business
heart beating in case of a fire. While the
standard was written for
large data centers its advice is applicable to
smaller setups as well. This article by Lisa
Nadile will introduce you to another aspect of
9/01/2010 - Defending a New Domain
The Sept/Oct issue of Foreign Affairs has a
piece by Deputy Secretary of Defense
William J. Lynn III on the threats facing
critical US computer infrastructure and the
steps being taken to secure against those
threats. Foreign Affairs is published by the
Council on Foreign Relations, a Members Only
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Leaving no stone unturned in the search for
knowledge, Science published a study searching
for evidence of time travelers posting on
Twitter and Facebook.
Debunking Five Cloud Computing Myths
Paul Barsch takes on five common myths about
It's Time to Get over the BYOD Obsession
Galen Gruman argues that BYOD is not a new
phoenomenon and it's time to IT decisionmakers
to stop talking about it the way they have
been. The proliferation of devices people want
to bring into the workplace confront you with
exactly the same problems that laptops and
jumpdrives did a few years back - making
and enforcing clear policies on security and
Speech recognition - the unreachable frontier
Siri didn't realize you were asking her on a
date? Don't feel too bad. James McKendrick
feels that usable speech recognition by
computers is a long way off.
Speech recognition. 1/3/2014
The ABCs of Advanced Persistent threats.
The nature of malware has changed over the last
several years. Today's insidious infestations
are known as Advanced Persistent Threats -
persistent in that they remain quietly in your
network, compromising device after device. And
the "hacker" in charge may just be a government
or an international criminal