We have helped scores of Real Estate professionals integrate QR Codes into their marketing with great success. However, it is really great to see that this simple technology is being tested, and hopefuly adopted, in creative ways to solve every day problems.
“ICANN has opened the Internet’s naming system to unleash the global human imagination. Today’s decision respects the rights of groups to create new Top Level Domains (TDLs) in any language or script. We hope this allows the domain name system to better serve all of mankind,” said Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN.
It appears that while some of us weren’t looking, blogger.com has been doing some very nice things. Not the least of which are template designer, real-time stats, comment spam filtering, mobile templates, web fonts among others.
It may be high-time to take another look at blogger.com and put it back to work!
Microsoft released a work-around that was dumb (although effective) that blanked out the icons making them ugly white boxes. August 2nd they release an actual patch but with mixed results, all the way from successful to blue screen of dead.
The effectiveness of the patch is only one issue. The actual procedure to install it has gotten mixed results depending on whether you applied the work-around or not. Some say to reverse the work-around before installing the patch, others say reverse it after. Too confusing and unclear as Michael Horowitz describes on his post at http://blogs.computerworld.com/16677/when_to_install_a_patch_is_not_always_obvious. But we are not ones to give up. We found a better solution. Even though Microsoft doesn’t endorse third party apps this one works. The great folks at Sophos.com created a Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool. Feel free to download and install it. They have made it available free of charge.
If you want a full explanation of the bug and fix, watch the video below, then install the fix. You don’t want your computer hacked, do you?
Maisha Walker posted some great information regarding using LinkedIn to help your business. This link will take you to the full article.
We have been really big proponents of using LinkedIn as a modern version of the roledex to promote and grow relationships. the more we stay in touch with people we care about, in a consistent and productive manner, the better the chances of our businesses growing the way we want them to. Check it out, tell us what you think. Most importantly, put some of the ideas to good use.
I was reading an article this morning by Sarah Beckham about password security. It was a good reminder to freshen up my security by changing my passwords. Sarah gives a couple of simple tips but most importantly serves to remind us.
You may want to also to take three minutes and watch this video by Graham Cluley at Sophos (the authority in security) talking about the same important subject.
Quietly, last thursday, Microsoft unveiled Bing. Their latest attempt at taking some search marketshare from Google. Yesterday Twitter was buzzing with all kinds of opinions about it. Personally, I like the look of the interface with the nice interactive pictures. The search capabilities seem to be on-par or pretty close to Google when I do my favorite search – my name 🙂
Give it a try and judge from yourself. www.bing.com .
It may be nice to have an alternative to Google. I am still not convinced this latest foray will make Microsoft a credible competitor in this space.
Following on the heels of a similar attack claiming to be from Western Union, now there is one claiming to be from UPS. This one appears to be a bit more sophisticated as the tracking number seems to chane over time.
As with the previous attacks, please exercise your best judgment and delete any suspicious emails. I am sure you don’t want to spend the rest of the week indoors with this glorious Portland weather.
You can read the complete post from Sophos here.