MacWorld 2009, A Somber Crowd

I expected a change in mood for this year’s MacWorld, and that is what I found. First came the news that this would be a Steve-less MacWorld. Then, Apple announced that this would be their last year at the event. This double sucker punch to Mac fans couldn’t help but change the normally happy and excited event to a somber and dour chore. Well, ok, it wasn’t quite that bad, but the crowds were way down this year. The MacWorld Expo folks tried to minimize the poor turnout by cleverly pushing in the dividing curtains on either side of both […]

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End of An Era? Or, Apple 2.0?

With the recent news that Jobs will not be delivering the Keynote at this January’s MacWorld Expo, and that this will be Apple’s last appearance at MacWorld, we are left with a sense that a transition is near for the Mac world. It seems that there’s more at work here than a weakened economy. There has been much speculation about Job’s health, and what a change in leadership may bring to the direction of Apple. Speculation and rumor aside, there is no doubt that this will an historic MacWorld Expo. I will be attending with a careful eye, and ear, […]

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Creating The Sustainable Website

Parts of this post were used in an article I wrote for Work.com In my years of website development, I’ve typically seen two scenarios when it comes to small business websites. The first scenario is the do-it-yourself business owner who learns just enough HTML to cobble together a website either from scratch or from some template or model site. Typically, the website is just adequate, and maybe not quite as professional looking as expected. “But it’s just temporary until I get the time to really do it right,” says the owner. Often the site remains neglected because additions and modifications […]

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Co-Location For Your Server

If you’re interested in having a website which runs on OS X, having full control of the server with multiple fail-safes and redundencies, and a very large pipe to it, then you might want to consider the offerings from MacMiniColo.net. These folks are part of a larger operation run by Switch Communications in Las Vegas, Nevada. Switch runs one of the biggest high-speed data centers in the country. MacMiniColo specializes in running MacMini servers with OS X server. You can send them your MacMini, or buy one from them. The monthly costs start at $35, and go up from there […]

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Web Design For Small Businesses

I’ve done web design and development for over 10 years. In the past, it was done in the typical way: I design and develop the site for a client, and deliver and launch the site. Then, typically, every time an addition or change is needed, the client must come back to me because they don’t want to invest the time into learning DreamWeaver, CSS, XHTML, PHP, etc. This was expensive for the client, and not very interesting work for me once the original site was complete. So I’ve been working on a new model of site design for small businesses […]

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