Sum up your business using Delicious and Wordle

August 12, 2008

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Been using Delicious social bookmarking within the business for well over a year now. Not sure if anyone else in the business uses the account but I always find it useful. Anyway a couple of months of ago I came across Wordle, which takes your bookmarks and creates a fancy pictures like the one above. You can choose from over 10 different types of fonts, lots of colours and orientation of the words. It can also take plain text if you don’t have Delicious account. Being super busy at work I forgot to blog about it.

Warning you may waste some time on this!

http://wordle.net/

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Halfway inbetween Mobile and Laptop : Netbooks

June 13, 2008

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When you mention portable computing you might think Laptop or smart phone (iPhone, Blackberry). Last year Asus released a very small laptop for £200, kick starting this new breed of portable devices that are typically being referred as NetBooks.

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This is nothing new, Microsoft tried to kick this start this market before with UMPC (Ultra-Mobile PC) but like with its attempted at the PC tablet, it failed because of the pricing. Microsoft has tried to make these devices maintain the same power specifications of larger portable devices, which then made them the same price as laptops or more. The model above is running Windows Vista, which is a bit silly when we think lower end laptops themselves struggle to run the resource hungry OS.

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Asus had the right idea last year when it started selling the Eee PC, cut back the specifications and price it in between the cost of a Smart Mobile and standard Laptop.

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Now Dell has release details of its range of netbooks.

Dell E and E Slim revealed, taking on Eee and Air in one fell swoop

Surely it will only be a matter of time before Apple brings out a similar product to fit this emerging market. For long as Apple remember the golden rule here, make it cheaper than a standard laptop but provide more features than a smart phone.

Author: Support @ 11:41 am
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Twitter in Plain English

May 6, 2008

Since Christmas I’ve just not found the time to read or write many blogs. Tonight I decided to make effort and see that Common Craft have a new video. This time its “Twitter in Plain English”.

Enjoy

http://twitter.com/jamieclague

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Friday Humour – 24 Hours with Mr Web 2.0

March 7, 2008

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After the dust settles, which Web 2.0 services really matter?

Excellent post from Mike’s co-work, The Bearded Prophet.

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Friday Humour – Windows 2008

February 8, 2008


Video: The Lone ServerHats off to Microsoft for this!

Via Steve Clayton

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Friday Humour – Bill Gates Last Day

January 11, 2008


Video: Bill Gates Last Day CES Clip

What will Bill do when he leaves Microsoft this year?

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25 Quick Tips for deciding a Domain Name

January 9, 2008

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According to Fasthosts, 41% of businesses spend less than an hour deciding a domain name, i.e. your email and web address. 34% think they would do more business, if they had a better address. So, what should you consider when choosing a domain for your business?

Changing your company name is not the most cleverest of business moves. So when it comes to choosing a domain name for your business, its best to spend a little bit of time thinking how it will be used on daily basis. Fortunately, unlike choosing a business name, you do have the luxury of being able to purchase more than one. As they cost very little, there is no reason why you wouldn’t have more than one.

1. Purchase both co.uk and .com variations.

2. If your business is the UK market, use co.uk as the primary and .com as a forwarding address. Same principle goes for businesses not based in the UK.

3. Global markets, consider .com, .org or .net, .com are always the best.

4. Have one absolute domain name, all others should redirect to this. Doing so, ensures you don’t confuse the search engines. For example we have terinea.com which forwards to terinea.co.uk.

5. Don’t forget about the “S” variations. If your company is Edinburgh Widget Ltd, purchase both EdinburghWidget.co.uk and EdinburghWidgetS.co.uk. Someone is bound to forget.

6. Purchasing lots of domain names doesn’t help with SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), but doesn’t hurt it either, unless you don’t follow tip number 4.

7. If possible, avoid using dashes, people leave them out. If you have to, purchase variations without the dashes.

8. Research other companies with similar sound business names. People may end up at your competitors website or worst still, send them emails. One of clients had this problem, so to be completely different they purchased a .EU domain name.

9. Consider using keywords in your domain name. Especially if you don’t have a company name.

10. Don’t use longer domain names, for example EdinburghComputerShopWidgets.co.uk, unless you…

11. Consider having a short forwarding domain that is easy to remember and say over the phone. For example ecsw.co.uk would be a good idea for tip 10, but keep the long domain and make sure the short one forwards.

12. If your company name is Hastings 1066, consider purchase both numerical and alphameric variations

13. Purchase more that one, maybe one address for each of your products, they may become more popular than the company itself.

14. A decent Domain Name hosting company that allows you to change the DNS records without extra charge. This will give your web design agency or IT support company more flexibility when it comes to hosting your email and website.

15. Consider other country domain names if applicable to your business. If you have a very European presence, consider .EU.

16. Be careful when putting words together, consider these and you will understand what I mean!

17. Expired names, make sure you keep an eye on the renewal date.

18. Easy to spell, try and avoid words that are often spelt wrong or purchase variations of them.

19. Consider the differences between American and British spelt words, color (US) and colour (UK) for example.

20. When leaving links on other sites, use your primary domain name, not a forwarding domain. This will help with SEO.

21. Whenever possible use hosting companies based in your country. Again, I’ve heard this helps with SEO.

22. Setup Google Alerts for every domain you register so you can be amongst the first to hear any news mentioning your web address.

23. Check you aren’t accidentally infringing any trademarks when signing up for a domain name.

24. Consider a secure certificate for your url so visitors can be sure they have reached the correct site

25. Check your whois record to ensure your information is correct and consider using whois protection to avoid being spam harvested.

Another big thank you to Jason, for the last four tips!

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