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Top 10 Chrome Extensions That Should Have Been In The Browser

June 23rd, 2013 Leave a comment
Top 10 Chrome Extensions That Should Have Been In The Browser

Sometimes… well, sometimes browsers seem to be lacking that special something. While Chrome in particular is a great browser, there are some extensions that just make so much sense that they should be rolled into the browser itself. Here are a few quite natural extensions that we think should be part of every Chrome install! 1. TimeStats TimeStats is an awesome extension for Chrome that basically shows you how much time you’ve spent on each website. You probably already know that you don’t want to know, but having it put in front of you can definitely help you visualize the time wasted… View full post »

Working with Offshore Teams: Keys to Success

April 8th, 2013 Leave a comment
Working with Offshore Teams: Keys to Success

It’s difficult to start a piece like this without producing the same old clichés about how we now live in a globalized world, where collaborative work can take place across huge distances, etc. Yet there it is – the reality is that for some industries in particular, it has never been easier to outsource work to offshore teams that are technically proficient and competitive in cost. It’s tempting to offload the work to people who are just as educated and proficient but do it for half the cost. However, with new working practices come new problems, and it’s important to… View full post »

Technical Interview Going South: A Few Gotchas to Avoid

March 24th, 2013 Leave a comment
Technical Interview Going South: A Few Gotchas to Avoid

The technical interview is probably the most widely feared and poorly understood aspect of the job-and hunting process. A lot of candidates have misconceptions about what is expected of them, and how best to approach a process which can seem difficult to prepare for. Very often, candidates sour their chances not because they haven’t prepared enough, but because they’ve prepared in an unhelpful way, or misunderstood the purpose of the technical interview Here we’ve put together some insights on the nature of the technical interview, and what mistake you should avoid making. It’s An Interview, Jim, But Not As We Know… View full post »

Best Tips to Look for a Job While Still Employed

March 17th, 2013 Leave a comment
Best Tips to Look for a Job While Still Employed

There’s no doubt that trying to find a new job while you’re still in your old one can be difficult. On the one hand, you don’t want to give up your current job without know that there’s another one waiting for you. On the other hand, searching for a job is something that requires a significant investment of time, something likely to be in short supply given that you already have a position to look after. On top of all that, you have fraught office politics to deal with – no-one wants their boss to know that they’re leaving. In… View full post »

Top 5 Small Business Switches

January 7th, 2013 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment
Top 5 Small Business Switches

Small businesses can sometimes have a tough time buying networking equipment. The problem isn’t always a matter of knowing which networking equipment is the best- heavyweights like Cisco, Juniper, and HP have long been providing enterprise-quality switches, routers, and firewalls that are time-tested and well-known for being fast, reliable, and stable. The problem is often the cost- that equipment can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, a budget that often isn’t at all feasible for small businesses. Thankfully, however, there are high-performing, stable, and reliable switches for the small business market that come in at under $1000 and are still… View full post »

Using QR Codes on Your Website

April 19th, 2012 Leave a comment 1 comment
Using QR Codes on Your Website

Lately, it seems the Internet is buzzing about the QR code and its potential for different applications. QR codes can be used on business cards, advertisements, printed materials and other items that users can take a snapshot of with their mobile device and it will take them to our website. This article will discuss some potential uses for QR codes so you can begin using these useful items on your own website. What is a QR Code? QR codes are basically barcodes that can hold lots of information in generated images. You can create QR codes with built-in commands… View full post »

Best Mobile Frameworks: Our Top 5 Choices

April 13th, 2012 Leave a comment
Best Mobile Frameworks: Our Top 5 Choices

Developing cross-platform apps can be a daunting task; with the amount of equipment and testing required for both iPhone and Android, it can be an expensive venture as well. We’ve come up with this handy list of the best mobile frameworks to help you decide on the next cross-platform framework you’d like to use for an upcoming project! Sencha Touch One of the older development frameworks out there, Sencha Touch is no slouch when it comes to mobile development frameworks. It’s huge and expansive (though not bloated- it performs as fast or faster than some of the other frameworks out there) which… View full post »

Amazon Associates Affiliate Alternatives

July 18th, 2011 Leave a comment 4 comments
Amazon Associates Affiliate Alternatives

For those Amazon affiliates living in California, a rather crushing blow has been dealt recently by California’s government. A new bill, ABX1 28, has forced all online retailers with a physical presence in the state of California to pay taxes in the state of California, and this bill rules that affiliates, such as the ones in Amazon’s affiliate program, count as a physical presence. In response, Amazon shuttered its affiliate program practically overnight and left some 25000+ affiliates floundering for a way to supplement their affiliate income. Like many California webmasters out there, we’ve had a few articles on our… View full post »

Should You Be a Hybrid? 5 Design Skills for Developers

June 24th, 2011 Leave a comment
Should You Be a Hybrid? 5 Design Skills for Developers

If you watch a lot of science fiction, you might think that I’m talking about some sort of part-human, part-alien hybrid. What I’m really talking about is a hybrid of a web developer and web designer. For a long time, the two roles have been somewhat separate. Web designers often had a background in graphic design or art and focused on the front end look and feel of a web site. On the other hand, web developers had a background in computer science or software development and focused their skills on the backend development. Today’s… View full post »

How to Help IT Recruiter Get You Hired

November 23rd, 2010 Leave a comment
How to Help IT Recruiter Get You Hired

If you are just starting out in your IT career or trying to find a position in a slow economy, you might want to consider being a contractor or consultant. Typically, consultants are hired by IT firms and they then work on-site with the firm’s client on a specific project. Typically, a consultant’s contract will be 3-6 months in length and will specify the role they will fulfill on the client’s project. The first step to getting a contract position is to get noticed by an IT recruiter. Recruiters are not Technical IT recruiters work for IT consulting firms… View full post »

What’s Next for Twitter?

March 2nd, 2010 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment
What's Next for Twitter?

I am not a big Twitter fan and in fact wasn’t taking them seriously from the very beginning. The idea of letting people know what are you doing right now just never made sense to me, and yet here we are – at one of the vendor conferences in San Francisco last week, one of the Twitter folks declared they finally building their own data center. They’ve been hosting their services with someone else up till now. That’s great news! Who would have thought that the dumbest business idea could attract millions of unique visitors and grow… View full post »

Online Gaming – Feel the Buzz

March 1st, 2010 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment
Online Gaming - Feel the Buzz

Electronic Arts, the long time leading maker of computer games has been on the big slide since about 2007, loosing lots of money to online games, which is becoming a new and cheaper alternative to computer games. Confronted with the rapid rise of social networks and online gaming companies like Zynga, Electronic Arts hasn’t wasted their time and acquired a gaming company Playfish in November 2009, a company producing social games for Facebook, MySpace, and other social networks. Their CEO, Riccitiello publicly admitted company is in the big hole now and to climb out of that hole might… View full post »

Reason For Outage (RFO)

February 19th, 2010 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment 1 comment
Reason For Outage (RFO)

ZDNet site was down for several hours during recent Apple’s iPad event in San Francisco. Their VP of technical operations decided to reach out to the site users and wrote a post-mortem on their blog, explaining what happened: Post mortem: Our site fail Wednesday and what went wrong. You have to give him credit for reaching out to the site users, trying to explain things on a non-technical level. One thing that immediately caught my attention was the size of this post-mortem and the content… The goal of these post-mortems, or incident reports, or RFO (Reason For Outage) as many folks… View full post »

Your Skills are Your Biggest Assets

February 1st, 2010 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment
Your Skills are Your Biggest Assets

2009 has obviously been a tough year for many folks that either lost their job or have seen their salaries reduced by X percent. Several friends of mine and people I used to work with in the past, have gone through this and it was hard to swallow. It’s a terrible feeling that can de-motivate you and take back the confidence level you’ve obtained over the years of your hard work. For some, it’s a feeling of being cheated and discarded. After giving 100% of yourself to the business (or at least that’s what you thought!)… View full post »

Technorati Verification

January 27th, 2010 Leave a comment
Technorati Verification

Technorati seems to have this, IMHO, ridiculous way of verifying your blog. You have to create and publish a post just for them that contains their code. Perhaps I’m missing something here, but searching on Google for “technorati verification” yields a slue of similar posts that make no sense whatsoever. Here is the note from them: “Technorati will need to verify that you are an author of the blog by looking for a unique code. Please put the following short code 5DGGP7XBB5U8 within a new blog post and publish it. Once it is published, use the “Verify Claim Token” button… View full post »