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Relevant, short, and insightful newsletter highlighting emerging technologies that could benefit your organization.
By Charlie Marval on 9/5/2012 8:57 PM
Lynx BrowserSearch Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the most vexing issues with maintaining an online presence. While it is more art than science, there are some basics that you must do to improve your odds of being found. 

Search engines like Google are constantly scanning your pages. They make page rank decisions based on how well your page...
By Charlie Marval on 12/12/2011 6:49 PM
A recent program to become effective in January 2012 by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the not-for-profit organization that controls Internet domains, is coming under fire by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA).

The program would allow any organization to buy their own generic top-level domain...
By Charlie Marval on 11/12/2011 11:59 AM
From micro-blogging, to geo-location, to flashlight apps -- the endless stream of apps surely suggests there is an incredible demand.

However, consider the following:

Weather it still one of the top 3 most used apps. Only about 10% of people contribute 90%...
By Charlie Marval on 8/13/2011 8:10 PM
WebGLThe quest for a better user web experience has led to a number of web technologies that continue to shatter expectations.

JavaScript, for example, is a special programming or scripting language that runs in a web page. The technology has been around for years and has proven successful in providing developers the ability to turn dull and boring web pages into...
By Charlie Marval on 7/20/2011 8:15 AM
Businesses often forget to include their web application/website as part of their ongoing efforts to ensure business continuity. Picture this scenario: Your old web guy is no longer accessible. You get a hold of a great web guru referred to you by a highly trusted source. The new web guy or gal indicates that he or she is more than glad to help you. He or she begins to ask you for a number of pieces of cryptic information. You not only not have this information but find out that it will cost practically...
By Charlie Marval on 6/22/2011 11:14 AM
ICANN, the folks that manage most everything related to domain names, approved a new plan to dramatically increase the number of Internet domain name endings -- called generic top-level domains (gTLDs) -- from the current 22, which includes such familiar domains as .com, .org and .net.

The plan allows any company to become their own registrar for any particular TLD. Take for example, Coke could...
By Charlie Marval on 5/21/2011 4:41 PM
Trying to figure out how to leverage Facebook with your online strategy. A new shopping cart specifically developed for Facebook now offers the ability to have your own Facebook store. Payvment,  a Facebook e-commerce solution, is offering a FREE public beta. Their offer will remain FREE even after the beta period ends. In their words, "shopping on Facebook is naturally the next step in the evolution of e-commerce, ... with social sharing...
By Charlie Marval on 4/6/2011 8:11 AM
Business demands on web applications stretch what is possible on the antiquated web protocol. HTTP, the protocol that runs the web, started as a simple architecture that provided a way to do research based on inter-linked documents. The protocol assumes that once you fetch a document you won't need to stay connected. The second you fetch a document, your connection to the server is gone until the next click.

This constant connect and disconnect makes real time transactions challenging. 

By Charlie Marval on 3/4/2011 12:00 AM
Web 2.0 is one part of the "cloud" concept that has been able to successfully deliver on the web promise. However, just like with any shift in paradigm, it does have its thrills, frills, and perils.

The concept of Web 2.0 is primarily based on using the web or "cloud" as a replacement of the traditional operating system installed...
By Charlie Marval on 2/25/2011 11:21 PM
One of the most misunderstood aspects of a web application is how well it works with different browsers. Whether it be a corporate web presence website, a storefront, or a single web page, the issue of cross-browser compatibility is often confused with the capabilities of the chosen platform.

Take content management systems for example. Content management systems (CMS) are web applications that generate content dynamically. The mechanics of how they work is virtually the same. A web designer...
By Charlie Marval on 1/4/2011 11:58 AM
Project failures are an enduring enigma pondered by experts. While the experts offer amaranthine advise, it all  comes down to happiness … mind you, we’re not talking about the ‘pursuit of happiness’, we’re talking about the ‘attainment of happiness’. In a presentation at TED, a nonprofit conference, Dan Gilbert explains how individuals achieve happiness.The probability of Happiness

By Charlie Marval on 12/23/2010 10:33 PM
Using Quickbooks and tired of having to re-key transaction information from your website into Quickbooks? Quickbooks Web Connector, a free open source framework, makes the integration of your site with Quickbooks very feasible.

The what and how:

Intuit, the makers of Quickbooks, offer a free add-on to Quickbooks called the 'Quickbooks Web Connector.'...
By Charlie Marval on 12/16/2010 9:43 PM
Hard to keep up with Google these days. Google has a tool called Image Chart Editor where you can create any kind of chart imaginable online. Sure there are a number of charting applications and components. But why send an entire spreadsheet, for example, when you can send them a link. The chart editor allows you to select the type of chart, add your data, and it supplies with you with a link to your creation. To begin charting yourself silly, go to http://imagecharteditor.appspot.com/
By Charlie Marval on 11/12/2010 8:18 PM
Interesting development in the web browser war. RockMelt, a new web browser, promises to take social media to a new level. Built on the same technology that Google Chrome's uses, the creators of RockMelt have heavily integrated Facebook into the user experience. The browser is packed...
By Charlie Marval on 10/10/2010 1:09 PM
What content engages your customers? Tough question until you do some guided role playing … "Be your customer" … it’s a market research technique … OK, so market research is expensive and time consuming for a small biz owner … so, let’s make "Be your customer" a visualization technique … it’s like "be the ball" … OK, so that’s a bit too metaphysical … maybe we can combine the research with the visualization and come up with some actionable answers to "what type of content is most likely to engage...
By Charlie Marval on 9/15/2010 6:15 PM
Adding video to your site is not only a great way to deliver your message to customers but is also great for SEO as illustrated in this TechCrunch article.

The key of course is coming up with video content. xtranormal, is an online application that allows anyone to make movies using characters, animation, sounds, and even camera shots....
By Charlie Marval on 9/6/2010 11:08 AM
Over the last couple of years, the email marketing sector has continued to grow exponentially which makes the selection process ever more challenging. While the decision on what package to use should still be based on your needs and budget, here is some info that will help.

There are a number of resources that offer their reviews and comparison of features, pricing, and other factors:

http://email-marketing-service-review.toptenreviews.com/ ...
By Charlie Marval on 8/21/2010 6:43 PM
Windows Live Writer is a free tool from Microsoft that makes it easy to post entries to almost any blog service like Windows Live, WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, Posterous, and TypePad. The tool allows you to post content with photos and videos.

A not so well known fact is that Live Writer can do much more with the use of plugins. Live Writer supports third party plugins that extend the base functionality well beyond text and photos. You can download out of the box plugins from http://gallery.live.com/default.aspx?pl=8

By Charlie Marval on 8/19/2010 12:21 PM
Frustrated not being able to use the fonts you want to use in your site? In the past, using your favorite fonts in your site required creating an image or using other quirky approaches like using Flash. The problem is that the content embedded using those approaches is generally not visible to search engines and thus not indexable.

There are now a number of sites that allow you to upload your font and get a bit of code to place in your websites's stylesheet, a global file where your site's...
By Charlie Marval on 8/14/2010 5:39 AM
jQuery is a standardized scripting library used by web developers to enhance web pages with effects, animations, and more. The library speeds up the development process saving time and money. While there have been mobile device interface implementations using jQuery such as the iUi project, jQuery is now launching a version of their library for mobile devices. 

Currently they are planning on supporting the following smartphone platforms: IOS, Android, BlackBerry, Bada, Windows Phone, palm...

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