Posts Tagged ‘developers’

Weekly Small Business Roundup – September 23, 2011

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Weekly Small Business Roundup

This week’s Small Business Roundup includes my recap of International Freelancers Day, Facebook changes, and how to work with a web designer/developer.

International Freelancers Day 2011 Recap – My recap of today’s International Freelancers Day presentations. It’s hard to beat free, especially when you get good information out of it.

4 Secrets Happy Entrepreneurs Know – Or, how to run your company and not go insane. These 4 secrets are so very true.

Sleep = Productivity – I’ve talked about the power of sleep and napping here before. I’m a huge fan because sleep fixes things. It can help you solve problems. It can wipe out stress. It can give you distance and perspective. It can keep you healthy. It can be like a huge reset button. And so much more. What can you do next week to get a little more sleep each night?

Facebook wants to be big among small businesses – Facebook is going to give away free $50 advertising credits to small businesses. It might not go very far but it might be enough to make a difference. Can’t hurt to try, right?

How To Work With A Website Designer – This is one of the best articles I’ve read on hiring and working with a web designer/developer. The author really nails every point and I could not agree more.

“The bottom line is that unless you are that rare creature who possesses an extremely good sense of design combined with a highly evolved programming prowess — you should not be creating your own website.”

- Karen Leland

Five things to know about the new Facebook – If you’re on Facebook you saw the big changes they released this week and probably had an opinion about it. Whether you like the changes or not, it’s just the first in a long line of changes announced yesterday. If you really, really, really hate the changes to the news feed, here’s how to change it back: How to restore Facebook’s Most Recent news feed.

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Weekly Tech Roundup – September 16, 2011

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I’ve had an unusually busy week so this week’s roundups are short & sweet – links only and no comments from me. I’ll be back to full posts next week.

This week’s Tech Roundup includes how to get started with the PayPal API, a trio of Windows 8 articles, and social networks for dev & design.

Getting Started With The PayPal API

14 Social Networks for Designers and Developers

Mozilla, Firefox and the Version Number Chaos

5 Tips for Becoming a Better WordPress Developer

The Best PCs You Can Build for $600 and $1200

A trio of Windows 8 articles:
Download the Windows 8 Developer Preview Now
How Do I Install Windows 8 in a Virtual Machine?
Try Out Some of Windows 8’s Lesser-Known Features This Weekend

 

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Weekly Tech Roundup – April 15, 2011

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

Net neutrality: End of the Web as we know it? – What is net neutrality and what does it mean for your small business? Don’t think it won’t affect you. This article explains it all in Geek -> English terms. I’ve always been a strong supporter of net neutrality. It allows the little guys to compete with the big guys (and sometimes even win). The point is, it gives everyone a fair shot.

How (and Why) to Set Up a Secondary Browser Optimized for Slow Internet Connections – This article got me to install Opera on my laptop. (I usually use Chrome for slow connections.) It will be an interesting experiment. I think we all have times when we are on a slow internet connection – whether it’s at a coffee shop or a hotel. What tips do you have for staying productive with slow Internet access?

Lessons from mobile web design – Some great ideas and tips for mobile web design (not apps). A good mobile site is simple while still being useful, has less content than its traditional version, and is task oriented. For example, if you go to your airline’s website on your mobile, do you want to wade through all the specials and ads for the best deal to Hawaii or do you just want to check flight status or check in for your flight? Mobile sites are best when stripped down to just what you need, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice good looks. Clean and simple can still look amazing.

Freelancers Face-off: Designer vs Developer – A fascinating Q&A with several designers & developers about their roles in website creation, how they are each perceived, who has the harder job, etc. Really long, but you can easily skim and read the parts of interest to you.

Is Your Business Prepared for Online Growth? – A huge traffic spike to our website: a problem we’d all like to have, right? But will your system hold up if it does happen? According to the report referenced in the article, most (73%) SMBs would be unable to handle a doubling of their website traffic. There are several fascinating statistics that seem to indicate cost, rather than performance, is the greater factor for most companies when setting up their hosting. Some providers, like Gandi and Amazon, offer the ability to increase your performance on demand. Something to think about – what’s your plan if you had this happen?

I’ll be at WordCamp Seattle tomorrow. I’ll have a report next week if I learn anything interesting.

Have a great weekend!