The Power of WordPress Series

The release of my eBook The Power of WordPress: Building a Successful Business Site is near! As a way to build interest, I have released a free 22-page eBook on WordPress Plugins. In this eBook, I cover what I consider to be the top 10 essential plugins for any WordPress website. Plugins are at the heart of added functionality for WordPress, and understanding how to use them effectively within your WordPress site is critical. I explain what they do, why it’s important, and how to install and configure them. As many of you already know, I’m a huge WordPress advocate. […]

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iPhone 4 Woes

I’m still waiting for the dust to settle before I get the new iPhone. An article in today’s L.A. Times takes Steve Jobs to task for suggesting that competitor’s handsets share the same antenna issue that plagues the iPhone 4. It’s a little disappointing to hear that Jobs has chosen to handle this issue by attacking the competition; even if what he suggests is true. Since when does Apple want to set the bar that low? The signal issue seems to be mitigated by simply putting the iPhone into a protective skin. I thought that most people get skins for […]

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Apple’s iPhone OS: It’s No Flash in the Pan

Anyone still out there that doesn’t yet realize that Apple has become quite savvy about design, development, marketing and business strategy, is clearly brain-dead. Apple’s new developer agreement stipulates that “applications that link to documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited.” That pretty much means that Flash is prohibited as a development tool for the iPhone/iPod/iPad. This takes much of the wind out of Adobe’s CS5 announcement and the Packager for iPhone tool. It’s clear that Apple will no longer tether itself to any technology that may impede (or potentially impede) it’s innovation and […]

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iPad: The Case

Industrial design can be interpreted in many ways. Seems Apple threw a bone to itself by creating another very well designed, simple product. The iPad Case. But let’s be honest here. The iPad needed the case from the beginning. Is Apple beginning the policy of selling components? My gripe: • Apple, you just missed on the design or cut of the case-top. Another few millimeters around the edges and you would have nailed it. Otherwise, an excellent answer to the bare iPad’s predicament.

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The iPad: A 24-Hour Review

After 24 hours with Apple’s new iPad, I’m convinced of two things. First, the iPad is a game-changer. It will change our relationship to information and education technology. It will change game playing. And, it may possibly bring gaming and educational technologies closer together. Second, it has some significant evolution ahead. After a relatively short period of time experimenting and playing with the iPad, it’s clear that in positioning the iPad in the seemingly narrow niche between the laptop computer and the mobile phone device, Apple may have hit the sweet spot of where most folks use personal computer technology. That […]

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Apple iPad

The iPad? Really, Steve? That is one epically bad choice of names. I over-heard one female colleague suggest that it may be the first pad that most males won’t feel ashamed to purchase. I’m not sure that I’m convinced… Apple is making a bold statement about the viability of micro-niches with the iPad. Wedging open the position between the iPhone and the MacBook, Apple seems to want to take on the NetBook and Kindle markets in one fell swoop. One elegant and well-thought-out swoop. The iPad hits most of the major sweet spots for such a device. It has the […]

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