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November 10th, 2011 by admin

We're not all serious all the time, sometimes we like to cut loose and have some fun! [caption id="attachment_167" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Brian, Miles, Anna, Andrew, Sarah, Jeannette & Veronique"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_168" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Miles...
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Posted in: fun,

How images influence your users

September 12th, 2011 by admin

Have you ever gotten to a web page and been completely uninspired? Silly question, I know, of course you have, it happens all the time. A great way to spice up your page and get your message across is to use some slick professional images: Use images that convey the concept of your site, is...
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Posted in: web tips,

World Wide Web Turns Twenty!

August 8th, 2011 by admin

Hard to believe the World Wide Web isn't even old enough to drink (in the USA at least)! This past weekend was the twenty year anniversary of the first web site going live. August 6, 1991 the very first web site went up at http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, it gave an overview of...
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Posted in: random thoughts,

Got free forms?

August 5th, 2011 by admin

Every year I kick myself for failing  to order tax forms (1099, w4, etc) from the IRS in a timely manner. This year I got smart - I marked my calendar in August to order the forms! If you go to http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html you can order what ever forms you need for FREE -yes, something free...
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Posted in: business help,

What's with social media?

June 14th, 2011 by admin

Working on the Atomic Marketing Program has shown me that not everyone knows what the social media sites are intended to do, especially with regards to our program. While it would be great if these sites could sell any and every product, this is not always the case. What social media sites can do for...
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Posted in: business philosophy, products,

Traveling Laptop EeePC

May 5th, 2011 by admin

We ordered a couple of these Asus EeePC 1215N laptops last Christmas for two of our partners.  Really, they've exceeded our expectations nicely and have turned out to be real quality machines for handling business wherever we might be. First off they have a good 12.1" screen, which anybody who's used...
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Posted in: products,

Karma....

April 9th, 2011 by admin

Over the years we've had customers come and go. Some left due to economic reason (ie. they are no longer in business) and some have left because they thought they found a better/different company to fulfill their needs. We really pride ourselves on handling the exiting of a customer with grace. We do...
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Posted in: business philosophy, web tips,

Splash Page or Flush Page?

March 11th, 2011 by admin

Imagine you ran a hot-dog stand.  Now imagine that to every 3rd or 4th customer that walked up, instead of greeting them and taking their order you instead told them, "get lost, punk!"  Not to particular customers mind you, just every 3rd or 4th however they happen to come by.  This probably doesn't...
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Posted in: web tips,

The Power of CSS

February 19th, 2011 by admin

So, I have decided that I should go back to school, and what better to learn about than my job? I enrolled in a basic html/xhtml class as the first step towards getting a web development AA, and this week we are learning about CSS. CSS, for those who don't know, stands for "Cascading Style Sheet", and...
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Posted in: web tips,

Our Movie

February 17th, 2011 by admin

Check out this video we made a long time ago! ...
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Posted in: products,

Top 5 Reasons you shouldn't have a Flash website

February 12th, 2011 by admin

Flash is a technology that has regrettably made its way into web design over time. There are certainly places where flash has proven to be useful such as videos and browser based games, but for some reason the trend became building an entire website out of flash because of the "interaction" and "movement"...
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Posted in: web tips,

"I don't show up when I Google for my business."

January 25th, 2011 by admin

We frequently see comments that a company doesn't show up in their business area, yet the content on their site is unclear what that area is. Sometimes it isn't even clear what kind of business is being provided. Make sure the information on your "home" and "about us" pages provide relevant and specific...
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Posted in: products, web tips,

Don't Click Here

January 22nd, 2011 by admin

Please stop!  The reign of "click here" ended quite a few years ago.  Not only is it cliché and dated but also assumptive; there are many, many other interface possibilities ranging from screen readers or other adaptive technologies for the disabled to the ever popular and constantly underestimated keyboard....
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Posted in: web tips,

Sell your goods online

January 20th, 2011 by admin

Did you know we offer a hosted shopping cart that is absolutely jam packed with features and can be designed to look and feel just like your website? We do! It's a great product and has really been flying off the "shelves" this year. The shopping cart is easy to use and has every feature you could possibly...
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Posted in: products,