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1Password vs RoboForm

Remembering a different password for each site is an impossible task. If you use the same login credentials at most every site you are just asking for trouble that will eventually catch up to you. I started with a text file that had passwords that were partly obscured with a clever formula that was actually […]

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WooCommerce, WPEC, Gravity Forms and other WordPress Plugins for Ecommerce

Updated 4/2014 So many options out there – how to choose? First, educate yourself on the difference between a self-hosted Ecommerce solution (an Ecommerce plugin like WPEC or a dedicated solution like Magento or Zen cart) vs a hosted Ecommerce solution (like Shopify, Volusion, Bigcartel, Tictail) and decide what features you really need before you select a […]

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Yelp: How to Respond to Negative Reviews in an Age Yearning for Authenticity

  I’ve had a couple clients recently who came to me with the issue of how to deal with negative reviews on Yelp. Yelp is such a powerful resource for consumers and can be a really great tool to build your business. It’s brought me alot of work and I appreciate that. But negative reviews […]

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Site Speed – Analytics Help track WordPress pageload speed

My favorite plugin for tracking analytics is Google Analyticator. I noticed today it has an update that enables the new Google Analytics feature called “Site Speed”. I will report soon on how (and how well) this feature works as more data is gathered but for now my big tip is that you have to enable the “New […]

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Eco-friendly office products at EcoVerte

A standard plastic pen takes 1 million years to decompose in a landfill. That was a sobering thought for me as I consider how to sell the remainder of the plastic pens I made for the  SFMOMA ShadowShop show. EcoVerte has a better alternative. Our Biodegradable Collection is made from a material called Polylactide (PLA), […]

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How to Flush the DNS cache in Mac OSX for WordPress

Mac OSX uses a time-saving DNS cache. It’s generally invisible ot the user and helps speed things up a bit. If you are setting up a new WordPress self hosted site (or other CMS like Drupal) this can prevent you from being able to conenct to your new site – you might have to wait […]

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Go Daddy concurrent processes and Apple Mail

Can someone say “SlowDaddy”? WPMU has an interesting article about how using Apple Mail (aka mail.app) can slow down your site since it keeps a connection to the server open all the time. It might be a hint at why my iPhone mail app only works on 3g and not on WiFi but that problem is […]

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TiGr Bike lock

Check out this really innovative new bike lock. It’s longer but much lighter and stronger than a common U-lock. They have a fun video where they attack it with many kinds of tools: Sounds like it will be available soon. More at tigrlock.com

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WP fix: Strange “’” characters appearing in WordPress

I recently had encoding problems with apostrophes (‘), quotation marks (“) and hyphens (-) as well as double spaces. They’d be displayed as question marks or “’” or “”. Mr Chow has an easy fix that worked perfectly. Turns out that the fix is really simple. By default, the WordPress config files now set your […]

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Prey: Free anti-theft solution for laptops

  Stop “praying” and instal this great free app that helps you get info on yhour stolen laptop (and other devices). It will give you location info and take images with the built in camera so you have a chance to track down the thief. It’s similar to “Hidden” but better since there is a really […]

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