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Staying Inside the Box with Drupal
Written by Graham Clarke   
Thursday, 17 September 2009 13:09

The Project - www.tnbuildcommunity.com

Three weeks ago Mark Shiffman from Nomad Communications asked me to build a web site to support local organizations participating in an episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition.  Cool, but what's the catch?  First, the site had to be ready in time for a press conference on September 15. Second, the requirements were vague and scope creep was a sure bet. Third, this is a charity project so no money.  A challenge for sure.

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How to use social media for business: The Three C's of Social Media
Written by Graham Clarke   
Thursday, 03 September 2009 17:21


@johnrogers
founder and CEO of Local-Motors.com tweeted for help in pulling together a talk he's giving on social media for an upcoming executive education program at Harvard Business School.  I don't personally know Jay.  We were both at an Ultra Light Startups event on crowd sourcing in Boston last May and follow each other on Twitter.  At #ULS Boston Jay told a good story about Local-motors.com and I immediately became a fan.  Cool cars built in small local factories!

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Choosing a domain name
Written by Graham Clarke   
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 18:33

I've been spending some time trying to choose a domain name for a new web service.  Turns out this is a lot easier said than done.  James Simonoff has written a comprehensive article "How to buy domain names like a pro" with a lot of great information and resources.  Here are some tips I've picked up along the way. 

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WolframAlpha Computational Knowledge Engine
Written by Graham Clarke   
Monday, 18 May 2009 13:44

Wolfram|Alpha Computational Knowledge Engine launched over the weekend.  Rather than attempting to be another Google like search engine trying to help us find information on the web, Wolfram|Alpha tries to answer our questions with precision.   Want to know "how many physicians are in the united states?"  730,801 (2000 estimate).  Cool!

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OneRiot: Real time search in action
Written by Graham Clarke   
Thursday, 14 May 2009 16:50

For the past couple of months I've been using the "real time" search engine OneRiot.  Real time search sounds cool, but what the heck is it? And more importantly, what can I get from OneRiot that I can't already get from Google? 

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A quick primer on PCI compliance
Written by Graham Clarke   
Friday, 10 April 2009 19:46

So what exactly is PCI compliance and why should you care?

In a nutshell, if you accept payment with credit cards or transmit or store any cardholder data, then the PCI requirements apply to you.  PCI requirements apply to ANY credit card transaction - online, telephone, or in person.  So who doesn't take credit cards for payment?  PCI Compliance applies to just about everyone doing business today.  While PCI compliance is not a federal law today, Fritz Young of CISSP says "there are state laws that are already in effect (and some that may go into effect) to force components of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) into law".

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How to use a CMS
Written by Graham Clarke   
Monday, 06 April 2009 13:25

Using a CMS like WordPress, Joomla!, or Drupal for your web site is a good idea.  A primary function of any CMS is the separation of content and presentation (look & feel) from each other and from the underlying CMS application. To get the most benefit from your CMS it's important to understand that the CMS has constraints and standards that that allow it for function properly.  Following is a list of things to keep in mind when using a CMS.  My list is far from authoritative, so please make suggestions and comments.

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53 Technology in BusinessWeek
Written by Graham Clarke   
Saturday, 14 March 2009 04:04

businessweekIn April 2008 John was interviewed by Amy S. Choi from BusinessWeek for an article titled Entrepreneurs Fight a Recession.  For the article BusinessWeek interviewed small business owners in Bisbee, AZ, Hanover, NH, Burlingame, CA, and Austin, TX to find out how we were preparing for the down turn in the economy.  A followup article will appear in the April 10 issue of  BusinessWeek.  So what's happened to 53 Technology since April 2008? 

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Using social media to market your business
Written by Graham Clarke   
Thursday, 26 February 2009 10:53

Chances you are already using social media as part of your marketing strategy or you wish you were.  There's no shortage of social media platforms to choose from ... Twitter is hot today.  FaceBook is the rage with the "masters" (over 35) crowd.  Then there's MySpace, YouTube, Digg, LinkedIn, etc, etc ... Hard to keep track of them all.  So where do you start? 

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Adding Snap Shots link preview to a Joomla blog
Written by Graham Clarke   
Monday, 26 January 2009 13:14

Recently I've been experimenting with a variety of semantic web tools and web widgets lookig for easy ways to add semantic web capabilities to existing web sites.   Here's a quick and easy way to add Snap Shots link previews to your Joomla! blog.  Mouse over any link in this post to see what Snap Shots does.  This takes about 10 minutes.

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