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20Jun

We’ve decided to start new week from short inspirational post devoted business cards. Of course you’ve faced with the problem of creating truly original and interesting design for business card and you should know that there are thousands of beautiful solutions that might use. This small collection contains distinct examples of original design works. As usual we believe that you’ll find some inspiration today and this post will bring you good mood and will be that muse that inspires you. Take care and hope to see you soon.

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5Nov

Flash is a world famous multimedia platform for animation and games creation and for video and audio files playback. Nobody will say that this software is perfect but you can hardly find something better. And that’s why TemplateMonster gives the world the results of their great Flash Industry Survey in which more than 10,000 people took part. Their opinions and generalized experience were carefully taken into account and now all these priceless results are graphically demonstrated to you at TemplateMonster.com.

Future of Flash Industry

This information is truly important and helpful for every flash developer as it gives a holistic impression about the situation on the flash market, its tendencies and people preferences. It will help you to develop the action plan in order to improve your flash activity and correct some past mistakes (if there were some of them).

The flash industry survey results are combined into three groups:

  • Flash industry figures;
  • Flash CMS and Flash editing;
  • Flash websites general attitude figures.

The survey results give the full impression of future of the flash technology and all valuable ideas will be used to improve efficiency in this industry. We’ll be glad to know your thoughts about the flash industry survey so tell us everything that you have to say in comments right here.

1Sep

Recently InsideRIA.com, a complete resource for information on Rich Internet Applications, has launched a competition to find the best RIA of 2009. The 3 internet applications that receive the highest number of votes will be showcased at a special session at Adove MAX 2009.

Note: all applications that take part in the competition have been created/powered with Adobe tools and were either created, released, or updated this year.

We’ve checked out 10 semi finalists and it seems to us that FlashMoto Flash CMS is the most efficient tool when it comes to Flash. By voting for this Flash CMS you support easy Flash development.

Please click here if you want to cast your vote.

Keep in mind this is your only opportunity to vote for this year’s best Rich Internet Application. So, what are you waiting for?

31Aug

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, then you remember our post about the Twitter Insanity Day at TemplateMonster.com. It was all about providing 50% discounts for TemplateMonster Twitter followers.

No doubt those who follow TemplateMonster on Twitter enjoyed the promo. However, a lot of people were late for it.

So the company decided to start another promo. It’s also about discounts. To make a long story short this week TemplateMonster will publish 6 promo codes. Each promo code provides a 50% discount on TemplateMonster products.

All discount codes will be published on TemplateMonster Twitter page. To take advantage of the 50% discount you should be the first to find the code and what is most important use it! If you are not use the promo code you won’t get a discount. So be sure to revisit TemplateMonster Twitter page as often as you can.

Please remember the last promo code will be published on September 5th, 2009.

1Feb

Formula 1 or Gashog Fieldcar – You gotta’ have a website to sell those crates.  Today it’s a mechanical fact.  Website’s make your business visible.  Uncle Arthur is here to tell you – visibility is a must considering CarMAX, new card dealers and every other shade tree mechanic selling fixer-uppers has a website.  And, it’s for a good reason.  A Flash Template Automobile Sales Car Lot Small Business Blog Auto Pollution Free Website Used New Online will sell more cars.

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Sell cars to women???  Sure you do.  They might bring along a man to look the car over, or drive it, or haggle a little on price, but the girl is gonna’ buy what she wants.  Uncle Arthur can tell you, today’s women pick the car by how it looks, and 80% to 90% look on the web for deals and colors and options. Your car lot, small business blog auto sales needs a sleek Flash Template to get your automobile pollution free website for new and used cars online.

Flash Templates Website can make your Automobile Sales Car Lot blog Small a booming business for auto pollution free website either used or new online.

To peruse the amazing designs available in this huge collection of Flash Template winners just click here.  Automobile blog Sales Car Lot Small Business Auto Pollution Free Website Used New Online.

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Would you throw a beer can out of the window while a state trooper was following you on the highway?  NO!  At least Uncle arthur knows you have that much sense.  Now get a blog Flash Template Automobile Sales Car Lot Small Business Auto Pollution Free Website Used New Online, or get off the road!!

Free the Highways from Gashogs!
Arthur “Pass the Maserati” Browning

12Oct

I have dabbled a bit here and there with social networking and feeds and various article rating systems. I have not always been dazzled by these systems for one reason or another. Sometimes they are too complicated, sometimes the results and participation are either artificial or too inbred to actually be social, sometimes there’s too much politics, sometimes they just aren’t that much help for my interests or my websites.

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Be that as it may, these systems do serve some purposes, some serve them very well. One large and sometimes controversial system is Digg.com. Members refer a “good” article to other members on a certain topic for certain key words, other members “Digg” it or vote on it as to its interest, relevancy or quality of content.

This system works a lot of the time from what I can see. There have been some social “ganging” or clique Digging of votes, and there have been a few articles about the resulting problems. But overall, Digg serves its purposes, and it has a lot of members and readers who do not submit articles or Digg on them.

People who submit the articles, and the people who wrote those articles can get a lot of attention if an article gets adequately Dugg to boost it to prominence. This attention may be parlayed into increased traffic for the article, Digg member name recognition, author name recognition, publishing website name recognition and resulting prominence, contracts, sales, etc.

What does it take to become a success on Digg? How does it feel to be a success at Digg? Who are the biggies at Digg? Here’s an article with some first class answers to these and other questions about Digg – “HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE POPULAR ON DIGG?,” appearing on the DesignInterviews Blog and written by Helen Walker. Helen interviews five very successful Digg members:

Jonathan Snook – http://snook.ca/
Mark Boulton – http://markboulton.co.uk/
Jonathan Nicon - http://f6design.com/
Alex Griffioen – http://www.oscaralexander.com/
Joe Dolson – http://www.joedolson.com/

She has some great responses to some great questions. What you can learn from this article? Better read it.

Digg Me?
Arthur Browning

9Oct

Gateways for transacting business online have made financial dealings possible and convenient. The online payment gateways are the best way to electronically transfer money. Which one is best for you.

Online payment gateways are financial agents who act as intermediaries on the internet between buyer and seller, sender and receiver of funds. Online payment gateways conveniently permit visitors to make payments and transfer funds any where on the planet that has an internet terminal worldwide.

Some online payment gateways have the abilities to send an invoice or make payment online – done through emails or cell phones. For international tranfers they may even provide a currency exchange with very low charges.

Increasing use of the online payment gateways has occurred for many reasons: 1) the transfer of money or payment is convenient 2) the security measure of encryption is used to prevent any hacking or scamming 3) the transactions can be guaranteed for users. Setting up the online payment gateway on a website allows visitors to complete purchases quickly and easily.

Making a choice as to which payment gateway is best for you is an important decision. One very important factor is gateway compatibility. Any online payment system that is compatible with only a few other gateways automatically narrows your options.

Customers may balk at doing business with a merchant or service provider whose online payment gateway is not compatible with the most popular systems. Here are some criteria for deciding which gateway is best for you.

1) The security measures – does the system be use a digital signature to inhibit hacking?

2) The dynamic IP address records – do they provide additional security by running a check on the IP address used in prior user transactions?

3) The 128-bit security by Secure Socket Layer – do they use SSL automatic encryption?

4) The compatibility – do they operate with banks, credit cards, Western Union, American Express, other gateways?

5) The guarantee – do they guarantee transactions and offer a reimbursement if there is a problem?

6) The speed – do they quickly process all transactions? – checks can take days to clear if not electronically processed – credit card transactions and money transfers from a funded account should be instantaneous.

Payment gateway systems like Google’s Checkout, Epay, PayPal and MoneyBookers.com each offer some good features. One problem with larger companies is that they are the first targets of hackers. Microsoft Windows is hacked more than Apple and Internet Explorer is hacked much more than Firefox.

PayPal is the largest and oldest payment gateway and it gets the most hacks. There are thousands of scams conducted against PayPal accounts. PayPal is also the respondent in several class action suits because of problems with customer accounts. PayPal has lost many customers because they tried to exclude other systems from Ebay.

One excellent gateway payment system without all the hacking and lawsuit problems is MoneyBookers.com. They provide all the services quickly, easily and safely. When you shop around for payment gateway systems you should remember that no system is without limitations.

Every system needs to achieve a user-friendly status to serve the merchant and the buyer – and to be around for the future.

Wal-Mart should sell small solar generator and electric hookup kits for the grid – then watch their stock prices rise.  Ask them at their link.
Arthur Browning

3Jul
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Hosting Service Needs

Hosting is steadily moving to dedicated hosting, and that movement will continue for the next few years. Need for a consistent online presence for any business will demand webpage updates or a new website.

When webpages are designed or improved hosting services have to be reviewed also. Should the website remain in shared hosting (also known as virtual hosting) – or should the website switch to dedicated hosting.

Dedicated hosting is more dependable and a real asset to websites that generate revenue directly form their 24/7 online presence. Dedicated hosting has traditionally been delivered by an many providers, but dedicated hosting is a real specialty that requires special skills to provide the types of hosting products necessary with stability.

Demand for dedicated hosting is increasing. Dedicated hosting services accounts had been slow and complex to set up and to change, for both the ISP and the customer. Determining what hardware, burn testing, server OS configuration, application configuration, IDC installation and connectivity configuration all had to be discussed.

It had been a time consuming and expensive affair for all the parties involved. But new virtualization tech is now ready to make dedicated hosting simpler and faster by eliminating the complexity while bringing additional virtual hosting benefits that did not exist previously. Servers give scalable, dedicated hosting services now quickly and easily.

This new tech eliminates hardware, hardware drivers and hardware upgrades for customers and it delivers higher levels of availability which allows clones of production environments to be created for a unified process.

As a service provider or a customer, it’s necessary to know the many different types of server virtualisation which have different prices and levels of resource control as well as base-OS independence.

VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 seems to head the class in these criteria, combining the very highest resource control with the elimination of hardware drivers. Infrastructure 3 also allows intelligent redistribution of VMs from any failed physical servers to the remaining healthy servers.

Server virtualisation technology is expanding its customer base because virtualised hosting service providers and customers see the possibilities for a high-quality virtualised hosting.

Moving In All the Right Circles,
Arthur Browning

4Apr

“Imagine if you could speak to every individual that visits your website, answer their questions, communicate key marketing messages and make sure they either make a purchase or leave their contact information. How about if you could offer this level of 24/7 support for less than $10 a month? If it sounds too good to believe, you haven’t heard of SitePal.”

Okay, Arthur is imagining that right now – about whether a virtual employee is a good idea.  If that virtual employee could answer every FAQ concisely and in a well-modulated voice with well-enunciated answers, then I would count that as a plus.

It is true that people can respond to machine and recorded voice communications.  I am thinking now of computerized counselling programs and telephone voice answering services that are well-planned and effective.

That you need a customizable moving image/cartoon character to anthropomorphically engender trust for engagement and reassurance is even conceivable for many visitors, especially the impaired or immature.

“Use A SitePal Virtual Employee To:
* Increase your conversions and sales
* Engage your visitors to take action
* Provide information on your product
* Collect leads from your visitors
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Over 100 models to customizefor your needs
How it Works
SitePal is web-based software that allows you to create animated speaking characters that act as virtual employees on your website. Using SitePal’s easy-to-use, powerful online editing tool, you can:

* Customize the character to your liking
* Add audio through either voice recording or text-to-speech functionality
* Publish it to your website within minutes

The process is virtually automated, no technical experience is required and characters can be changed whenever you want. A SitePal virtual employee is a cost-effective, proven way to enhance the customer experience, reinforce your brand and improve business results.

Visit www.SitePal.com to learn how other businesses benefit from SitePal.”

It could be good – but I think I should see some working examples of this product on several sites.  Then I can write up a short commentary in WTB for all you internet people out there.

We Cannot Fear the Future,
Arthur Browning

30Mar

The closer we get to April 1st the more I have to think about my April Fool’s Day tricks. Although I don’t consider myself a professional fool, I have some very professional moments. Here’s a little vignette to explain: I went to the
Template Monster website and entered the name of a celebrity, “Angelina Jolie”, into the “keyword” section of the search page.

The next thing I saw gave the fool in me a real laugh. When I entered that celebrity-related keyword the logo at the TemplateMonster.com website had changed. Although the logo is a little blue monster with huge ears it had changed into a nice little blue Angelina Jolie – also with huge ears!

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The same thing happened when I entered the names of Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez (even “J.Lo”) and Steven Seagal. Each time the logo changed into a blue monster, big-earred version of that celebrity.

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Yes, it is absolutely worth the visit. Look at it before someone blows the whistle. Just search your favorite celeb see what you get! That’s what I call a great April Fools’ Day prank!

This could be considered quite unexpected from those techies, but they do have some creative fools there too. So, Happy April Fools’ Day! WTB wants to thank TM for the laugh and the April Fools’ Day trick.

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Live! From the Template of Fools!
Arthur Browning

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