Read this article if you are still using IE.6

Read this article if you are still using IE6 (or even more importantly if you don’t know what I mean by IE6) and don’t want to end up with a smart virus ruining your computer

Recently my computer was infected by a virus. A very smart virus. This virus infected me just because I visited a web page. It was not sent through an email. I did not have to download anything. All I had to have in order to let this virus onto my machine is IE6. My anti-virus software did not stop it and once I was infected my protective software could not get rid of it. The virus then disabled my firewall and windows security settings, contacted a site and began to load my machine with many other viruses and trojan horses. I went from a couple infections to 21, and then rapidly on to 75 before I quickly unplugged the ethernet (internet) cable, and then spent over a week and many other people’s time trying to repair my poor computer. read more

What it Means to be Web 2.0

You know, it seems pretty commonplace for web firms to describe their services as “Web 2.0” but if you were to ask them what that meant you’d get a variety of similar answers along the lines of “websites with greater interactivity.”

While that is part of it, it’s really something a little more specific and most people aren’t really aware of the origins. It’s not a new version of anything technical nor is it a guideline or standard you adhere to.

Remember the boom and bust? I do! I lost a lot of money while I was in school investing in overnight successes (or failures as it were). read more

The Style is the Substance

I have a weird hobby. When I’m waiting at the grocery store, or the pharmacy, or any retail establishment where the checkout lines are festooned with magazines, I like to pick them up and go hunting. Not for interesting articles on how I, too, can lose 50lbs by eating only chocolate, or pictures of the latest explosive Hollywood divorce. I’m looking for ads. Specifically, adds with nice, dense blocks of copy text.

Now, I’m not a shopper, or a big spender. I’m not even the target audience for most of the ads I read. I am a different beast all together, for I am a copy coinsure. Take, for instance, a two page spread for Revlon. An impossibly beautiful woman tosses her impossibly glossy hair across the fold, her eyes alight with the promise that all this bounty could be mine if only I would stop being such a cheapskate who buys store brands. read more

A Good Designer: Making the Cut

Good personality, sense of humor and great with kids. Just kidding!

The relationship you have with your web designer is based on one simple premise: They need to meet your expectations. If you don’t know what you’re expecting, then you don’t have a good basis to judge their qualifications.

Do you want them to be good listeners?

Do you want them to be able to guide and direct you through the process?

Do you want them to be able to figure out what you want?

Should they be business savvy or the artsy creative type? read more

Internet Topology, the effects of a zero distance landscape

If the web is said to have a super power, that would be the power of zero distance. Any public place on the internet can be reached instantly from any other place. All points of public net geography are essentially equidistant and have identical travel costs. This unique geography gives rise to the environment of pure competition that we see online. The ocean of free choices creates the need for search engines, ranking sites, and countless other ways to reduce the most common cost – the users – time (to find what they want). read more

Account Collections and Retention in a Tough Market

As a vendor in this economy, you are likely facing some difficult times. Staff lay offs, budget cuts, account losses and inflation have left you scratching and scraping to stay afloat. The once steady revenue stream from your client base has suddenly turned into a trickle. Accounts aren’t getting paid on time and you can’t meet your overhead. So, what are you going to do?

Well, it is important to remember that losing one of your accounts isn’t good for you or your client. They don’t want to drop the account any more than you want to see it go, but you’re going to have to stand out among a long list of vendors as someone they want to keep doing business with. While none of us can solve the problems created by a recession, there are some basic guidelines you can follow to maximize collections and retain current accounts. read more