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GoodSync for Mac

  GoodSync is a utility that provides all the tools you need to keep your data safe and up-to-date. It works by synchronizing (and backing up) files such as MP3s, Office docs, photos, financial documents,  between desktop HD/SSD, laptops, servers, and all manner of thumb/external drives. GoodSync is very user-friendly—its’ got a geeky but usable UI and […]
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Soft-launch: Shrub & Co cocktail mixers

I just soft-launched this new site. Their product is not available quite yet but will be sold on the site soon. It’s a new kind of cocktail mixer – but also used for non-alcoholic drinks like sodas. Based on a traditional “shrub” : It is prepared with an acidic fruit base  pickled in vinegar and […]
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QA the UI: Time Machine’s backwards ghost

Here’s something that’s been bugging me for a long time. Now, I know the folks at Apple work hard to make the small details shine. I’ve had a couple acquaintances who have been involved with great hardware design there over the years. I have heard stories about the wonderful keyboard design (the super fast keyboard […]
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Crafty Cart WPEC theme

Crafty Cart was a great free WPEC (WordPress e-Commerce plugin) theme that I customized for a couple sites. But the developers seem to have disappeared so I’ve moved on to other WordPress ecommerce starter themes like those from Storefront Themes. What I like about Crafty Cart is the playful design. It also features: Simple product […]
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PayPal, Square and Stripe: more online payment options

A great new payment option is Stripe – it is a Payment Gateway which means you can sell stuff online, take credit cards on your site yet avoid any recuring monthly fees. I have not used it but hope to try it soon. Has anyone out there used it with WordPress? WPEC is oftem set […]
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SerialTeller: Serial Fiction Online

  I recently redesigned this site that I launched last year. It features hover-based “teasers” and a Netflix-inspired interface. It’s got a modular custom content type that will grow as they add more serials. You can submit your own writing via a Gravity form so you don’t have to be a WordPress expert to update the […]
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PayPal Payments Pro vs PayPal Payments Advanced for WPEC

  There is a new, lower-cost option coming for the WP e-Commerce Plugin. It launched in April 2012 and is called: “PayPal Payments Advanced” and it will soon be a great option for WordPress ecommerce. Up till now you had to pay the full “PayPal Payments Pro” $30/month fee. But soon this new $5/month option will give […]
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Flickr widgets for WordPress

many of these plugins need your Flickr API to work. It will look something like this: Slickr Flickr This is my favorite—very fully featured for the active Flickr user or just someone who wants to embed Flickr into WordPress. Displays Flickr photos as a gallery or a slideshow that is NOT the Flickr slideshow widget. […]
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arisalomon.com – my new photo site

Today I’m launching a new site to feature my fine art photography. It will give me a chance to focus this site on my WordPress website business and related graphic design work. I’ve got some more content to shift around so let’s just call this a soft launch – a secret between you and me. […]
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New Site: Greenbelt Alliance

Last week I launched a new client project – rebuilding a large site for  the Greenbelt Alliance. It was a complex project that spanned the last 8 months or so and included alot of stakeholders and a complex planning process that intersected with a revamp of their long term strategies. We used WordPress (of course […]
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