:: Online Safety
The proliferation of computer technology
and emergence of the Internet has enhanced the
lives of children and adults. Increasing productivity
and efficiency, the Internet is a powerful educational
tool, and it provide youths a vast amount of
information. That said, it is important to remember
that the Internet can also be very dangerous.
Criminals are using modern technology to prey
on innocent victims.
According to research, one in five youths, ages
10-17, were approached online sexually or were
sexually solicited. The tool for the solicitation
was the Internet. In fact, 89% of those solicitations
occurred via chat rooms or with predators using
instant messaging. Additionally, nine out of
ten children online, ages 8-16, have viewed
pornography online. In most cases the children
unintentionally encountered pornography while
searching for an alternate item, but the statistic
is very telling.
:: Downside to Businesses
Relying on Web Applications
Because of a scheduled vacation I had
planned to work this weekend. When I logged
into Writely (Google's online word processor)
I received a message that it was closed for
1. I did not receive any notice or forewarning
that indicated it would be down. If it was scheduled
why were there customers/users not given notice?
2. I rely on these documents being accessible
at all times to my staff for collaboration,
many of whom work on weekends because of flex
This has reinforced my belief that desktop applications
will always have a home in my business.
:: Branding Winners
Branding, branding, branding ....
The strongest brand in America -- drum roll,
please -- is Reynolds Wrap.
Yes, the thinly supported brand of thin-sliced
aluminum owned by heavy-industry titan Alcoa,
which got all of $7.5 million in media support
last year as measured by TNS Media Intelligence,
has the strongest brand equity in the U.S.,
according to Harris Interactive.
Read more about Branding
:: Security Software
Great concise list of security software tips for home users
and business. Learn how to protect your computers
and protect from intrusions.
:: Tips for Podcast Promotion
As podcasts increase in popularity,
listeners have more choices. So while you might
be ahead of the competition, you should still
be thinking about ways that you can make your
podcast unique and stand out from similarly
:: Small Businesses
to Get More Action
Small businesses will now have access
to an estimated $16 billion in federal spending
once reserved almost exclusively for larger
firms, under a Senate bill passed Wednesday.
Because federal purchases under $2,500 made
by credit card are not subject to bidding --
unlike major government contracts -- small businesses
have traditionally lost out to larger, more
established competitors. The Purchase Card Waste
Elimination Act, passed unanimously, seeks to
level the playing field.
:: Googles Hold on Search
Google held on to its commanding
lead as the preferred search engine in the U.S.
in May, processing almost 60 percent of all
queries filed, way ahead of its two closest
competitors Yahoo and Microsoft.
Google nabbed 59.3 percent of search queries,
followed by Yahoo in a very distant second place
with 22 percent and Microsoft's MSN with 12.1
percent, market researcher Hitwise said Thursday.
Google's Hold on Search
:: Security Concerns
and How to Stay Aware
Stay up to date on security concerns.
Visit Security Protection to locate security
feeds that are specific to the security industry.
RSS feeds available include virus alerts, security
alerts, information about Internet security
and more. If security is still a concern visit
Security Port for general information.
:: Google Spread Sheets
It appears that Google will be shortly
adding an online spreadsheet to their offerings.
Looking at their online tour it appears that the collaborative
tool will work similar to Writely.
:: RSS Feed Promotion
In order to reap the benefits of an
RSS feed, it is important the feed be properly
publicized. Taking simple steps to promote an
RSS feed will go a long way in ensuring a feeds
RSS Feed Promotion
:: GoogleBase is Replacing Froogle
According to ThreadWatch:
Google has announced that it is replacing Froogle
with Google Base.
:: Modern Betas and
Very cool site to learn about new products and services available
on the web.
:: How To Send a Mail Merge
You spent months developing and testing
your software program and were confident it
was ready for prime-time. You uploaded your
program to your website and waited eagerly for
customers to download and order your program...
and waited... and waited... and perhaps are
'Build it and they will come' may work for
Hollywood baseball fields, but not in the real
world. This article will focus on how to let
your registered users and potential customers
know about your new product or service using
mail merge - even if you don't have Word or
How to Send a Mail Merge Press Release