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Faxes for the Landline-less

This is a quick gem for today: I don't have a landline. (Yes, in our house, we have 3 Nextel cell phones, in 3 area codes, but not a single landline.) So when a client needs an invoice faxed or wants to fax a print project markup to me, I end up having to get [...]

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Welcome! and Online Contact Management with HighRise

Welcome to Web Technology for Entrepreneurs! The goal of this category is to bring entrepreneurs news of web applications and technology that they can start using today to help their businesses. I'll bring you the latest and greatest from the internet world, and break it down for you in terms of what you need to [...]

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Cheesy Cellphones

Wow! Rich just outed our collective inner dweeb with his story about misplacing his cell in the frig. Next to some expensive cheese. On top of that, the blogosphere is full of iPhone reviews, including this from the famous blogger with Montana connections, Robert Scoble. I guess my Razor is officially no longer cool.   [...]

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Apple’s new iPhone

Ravenous. That’s how I describe the scene today at SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, NC. My wife and I were goofing around and thought we would check out the Apple store. Bad idea for my sanity but a great example of branding at its best. So when I got home, I checked YouTube & Digg.com to [...]

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Microsoft’s Sender-ID System

Last week I talked about the pros and cons of double opt-in. Today I want to talk about Microsoft's Sender ID system. Sender ID is the method Microsoft uses to check whether an email is actually coming from the company that they headers say it is coming from. This is especially effective against phishing (an [...]

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Blackberry: Friend or Foe

I have all the symptoms of an addict: * I think about it when its not there * I’m constantly looking at it when its around * I get nervous if it hasn’t been in my life for an hour Yes, I’m talking about that wonderful and pernicious device, the Blackberry. I am a full-on, [...]

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More on Computer Storage

A funny thing about being a new blogger is that I never know what is going to get people talking. My post on an easy-to-use Raid Array, which is designed to prevent loss of your important data, got lots of responses. A number of people pointed out that a RAID is no substitute for backing [...]

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Computer Stuff

One of the challenges faced by high-growth businesses is Information Technology, or IT. This broad category includes laptop and desktop computers, servers, file storage, internet service, phone systems, network gear, etc. Large corporations have massive IT departments to support their systems. Solo operations can usually get by with a consumer-grade setup. Those in between need [...]

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iPhone – Apple vs Cisco

So it’s big news these days about Apple coming out with a product and calling it something that Cisco already is calling one of its products. This is very likely much ado about nothing as Apple certainly was aware that Cisco already had a product called iPhone. Reports are that the two companies have been [...]

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Contest Winners Every Day from Dell and StartupNation

We launched a contest last week in partnership with Dell where you can enter every day between last Monday September 18 & November 16 to win. Pretty cool prizes too: you can instantly win a Dell Handheld, Dell Laser Printer, or a 50” Dell Flat Panel TV. Some of the winners have bragged about their [...]

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Dell Serves Up a Chance to Win!

StartupNation has partnered with Dell on an exciting new contest – you can register for a chance to instantly win a Dell Handheld, Dell Laser Printer, or a 50” Dell Flat Panel TV. You can play the instant win game every day between Monday September 18 and November 16. Head on over to this page [...]

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A small business wrestling with software

I hate my computer today. There’s this new analytics software, you see. And it’s super great, I mean, way better than the Google Analytics that we’ve been using. Well, I should say that it’s super-great on Chuck’s computer. All it does to mine is render every other program I have running useless. There’s no reasonable [...]

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Internet dangers abound for small business startups

A couple of months ago I wrote about some of the dangers you face on the internet–phishing and pharming. I read a story today that makes me want to reiterate that you need to be careful out there. A study showed that one out twenty people who received e-mails “phishing” for personal information fell victim [...]

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Attention web entrepreneurs: Are you a Googleholic?

This morning I woke up and wondered something that had never occurred to me before. Am I a Googleholic? I mean, what are the signs? Just the fact that I’m wondering about it must be bad, right? Anything with –holic attached to end of it is not something to be aspired to, it’s to be [...]

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Skype is a great tool to create work from home business success

After getting scolded (lightly) by the subject of my blog from yesterday – (yes, Craig Newmark was the first to comment on my questioning of what’s so special about craigslist … ouch!), let’s focus on something positive today. Have you discovered Skype yet? It’s basically an internet phone service that allows you to talk to [...]

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Windows or Mac?

The Consumer Electronics Show is currently underway in Las Vegas, and Mr. Gates keynoted with much ballyhoo about Vista, the new version of Windows that is set to replace XP later this year. This got me thinking… You’re about to launch a small business – let’s say five to ten employees max. Do you go [...]

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Dodge Phishing and Pharming Without Phreaking Out!

Chances are good that you don’t have a dedicated IT guy in your home office. So it’s up to you to stay on top of the latest news about how to protect your computer and yourself from criminals and overzealous marketers. I found this Network World site that explains many of the dangers. Just this [...]

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Dropped Cell Phone Call

We had a great radio show this weekend filled with coaching and stories from callers about their exploits and efforts… Toward the end of the show a guy named Ryan called in. He had been waiting a while on his cell phone to be brought on the air. When we went live with him, he [...]

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Do IT Pros Speak a Foreign Language?

I’m addicted to my computer. I don’t’ fully grasp how it works. I do know that I like to use it all day long and I’m really unhappy when it doesn’t work. So, I was comforted to come across this survey of workers from Wales in my internet travels. You may want to print it [...]

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