Ever heard of the phrase ‘Prevention Is Better Than The Cure’? It can apply to many things in business issues but none more so than your health. If you have money worries they can negatively affect your health, so you’ll most likely visit your doctor for treatment. Whilst they can prescribe all sorts of pills and potions to treat the symptoms, they can’t take away your financial woes. This is where a financial planner such as andep.com.au comes to the rescue, as they not only ‘cure’ many of your financial woes, they can prevent any further deterioration.
The negative impact on health caused by money worries is well documented. There are several physical, and psychological ailments that worrying about your finances can produce. Here are four of the most common.
Chronic Stress: Stress can be the catalyst to a whole catalogue of illnesses, and in recent years its impact on health has become more and more obvious. Stress can lead to eating disorders, heart conditions, respiratory conditions, upset digestive system and low immunity. Nothing will reduce your stress more than allowing a financial planner to assess your finances and create a sensible workable plan to get everything manageable for you.
The past year has seen an explosion of harassment claims in the employment marketplace. No business sector has been left untouched: Hollywood, Las Vegas, Professional Sports, the Education Sector as well as well established businesses have all seen high profile, highly toxic revelations about misconduct in the workplace. Commercial lawyers will tell you this is dangerous territory for a company.
A few examples stand out:
Hollywood: Hollywood, particularly the revelations about Harvey Weinstein has been the focal point for many of the claims. Celebrity newscaster, journalists, movie makers, musicians and even chefs have all seen their share of upsetting revelations. To name just a few: Matt Lauer, Ben Affleck, Dustin Hoffman, Geraldo Rivera, Steven Segal among many others.
Las Vegas: The gaming industry has not been immune to its share of harassment claims, Steve Wynn, the CEO of Wynn Resorts and perhaps the most high profile figure in Las Vegas suddenly stepped down as Chairman and CEO after allegations surfaced chronicling a years-long pattern of abuse.
Sports: The University of Arizona fired coach Rich Rodriguez after sexual misconduct allegations.
When it comes to accounting and bookkeeping for small businesses, one of the hardest things to control is your profits and losses for the year. This is especially true for businesses owners like farmers or fishermen who can earn highly variable incomes.
Luckily, the Australian government has made a number of allowances for people who own businesses like this to make it easier for them to keep their taxes in order. One of the more popular things that they have done is introduced something called a farm management deposit.
What is a farm management deposit?
According to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), farm management deposits are designed to help primary producers deal with the effects of having a highly variable income. For example, in drought years, a farmer may make a complete loss, meaning that they don’t have any taxes to pay. However, in a good year, a farmer may make more than enough money, pushing themselves into the top tax bracket. In this case they would pay a lot more tax than would necessarily be fair.
Farm management deposits provide something of a compromise, and help primary producers pay something of a fairer amount of tax. Basically, on very good years, you can make a tax deductible farm management deposit, which will reduce your taxable income. You can then withdraw this deposit on a poorer year and pay tax on it then. Although the benefit of doing this may not seem obvious immediately, you will obviously pay less tax by keeping more of your income in the lower tax brackets.
Web design is a crucial element of the online presence of many businesses. It is the one digital medium which is constantly seeing changes from one year to the next. With trends in web design shifting from one thing to another in almost a blink of an eye, it is important for businesses to keep their company’s web design up to date with the latest trends or they risk being left behind.
2017 saw many technological advancements impacting the digital realm and with more and more traffic moving to mobile devices, it is only logical to point out that web design is now going to be more focused on making websites mobile friendly. Here are some of the most notable changes in the trends for web design that will be important in 2018.
Vibrant Color Themes
One thing that is for sure going to be important 18 years into the new millennium is the excessive use of vibrant colors in the online realm. In the past, technology had not advanced enough or was not very accessible to everybody so web design was limited to making use of color schemes that would be easier to handle for devices across the board. That will no longer be the case in 2018.
Whether you are an SEO agency, or are personally responsible for your website’s SEO, an SEO rank tracker can be a very useful tool to use. The best ones can monitor multiple search engines, check local rankings and monitor mobile results too. Before choosing an SEO rank tracker there are three important factors you must consider.
As with any tool, an SEO rank tracker is only of any use to you if the results it provides are accurate. After all, the decisions you are going to make about improving your website’s ranking, or those of your clients, will be based on the information it gives you. If it is inaccurate then you could be making changes that will harm, rather than improve a website’s ranking.
Obviously, each tracker company will make claims about how accurate their software is, but don’t rely solely on this to make your decision. Check out online reviews of the trackers, seek testimonials for current users, and best of all ask other website owners or SEO agencies, how accurate the SEO rankings have been from the tracker they use.
Google has such a dominant position within the search engine arena that anyone who wants to use the internet to promote their business, needs to know how to rank highly within its search results. The problem is doing it the free way via SEO can take months with no guarantee that your website will ever get close to the first page. The second way is to use Google Adwords which is quicker, and sometimes instant, but which also costs money.
To make the most effective use of Google Adwords and to also get the monetary returns you want for your investment there are some basic criteria you need to follow. By following these 5 tips your ads will perform better, get more clicks and thereafter get more sales.
#1 Competition Research
There are businesses large and small who have lost thousands of dollars by setting up Adwords campaigns without proper research. The research should definitely cover your competition to see what sorts of ads they are posting. Never copy them but at least ’emulate’ what the top ads are doing.
One of the best ways to brand your company is to create a logo that will attract attention, create awareness, and stay memorable through the years. When creating a logo, it can be tough to really find what you want to do with a logo, what colors to choose, and even how to place it on objects. If you have a truly great logo, however, it should all come naturally.
While you need to have a great team and a great idea behind you, here are a few other tips for creating the best logo for your brand:
Know What The Logo Actually Means Logos need to have a story behind them. When you think about what you want the brand to say, you will start creating the story behind what it really means. Think about the Twitter bird, for example. We say the phrase “the little bird told me,” and then go on to repeat gossip – which is essentially what Twitter is as well.
When a person dies their estate must be ‘administered’ which can mean different things for a person who owned a business than for someone who did not. If the deceased person was a business owner, it is important to seek advice from a lawyer immediately as there are many things to know about and to do, especially when it comes to tax compliance.
If the persons who has died was near and dear to you it may be difficult to focus on the administration of their estate, especially if it includes a business that is operational. If this is the case you may want to appoint a deceased estates lawyer as an executor. This will save you a lot of stress at a time you are least able to bear it.
Otherwise, it is important to know exactly what you should do as the executor of the estate. Here is an ATO checklist to help you.
Once you start running a business, whether it be a local plumber or painter, you are likely to find a whole host of legal issues that must be solved quickly to avoid fines, litigation and loss of reputation, amongst other things. The best way to do this is to have good lawyers on hand so you can get the advice you need quickly. Keeping the same business solicitors is best, because they will be familiar with your business and know exactly what is likely to be a problem and how to avoid it.
It is far better for your business and your peace of mind to avoid a problem than have to solve it. Working to solve a problem will take a lot of time and effort away from running the business, even though this must be done. Avoiding the problem in the first place will cost a lot less, even when you take into account paying your legal advisor.
Most business owners give some thought to branding their company, however if you are only just going online with your business, some of what you know about branding may be old hat. It is important to keep up with the times, which is why you are now getting an online presence. But what you did for your offline company may not work for an online one.
Yours is not the only business in the market and those that have gone before you – and are still there – have done the work of defining the brand for your industry. What you need to do is see it is delivered on a consistent basis on your website. To do this you need a brand strategy that defines what you stand for including what you promise and your personality.
It’s a well-known fact that psychologically speaking, people feel better when they are surrounded by a beautiful setting and in business, this includes the appearance of employees. Management in business usually understands this, which is why employees are chosen partly by their looks, especially for those positions that have to do with the public. Employees that want to make the most of their business opportunities often choose a Botox to give them a youthful and healthy appearance.
A Botox treatment can certainly give you a more youthful and healthier look by removing facial wrinkles. Wrinkles between the eyebrows and across the forehead not only make you look older than you are, they can make you look harassed and bad-tempered. This is not the image you want to project in the office.
Having a successful ecommerce website from which to sell goods globally is the dream of many people. It would allow them to work from home or have a second job that could be done from home while they still keep their day job. Some people have become so successful that they were able to give up their day job altogether.
If you dream about doing that, it’s a good idea to put some thought and research into it first, so here are 3 steps to help you.
Choose the product. It may take some time to work out what is best for you. It needs to be something you are interested in or even passionate about, that is also a popular product in the market. There is no point in trying to sell stuff that no one wants. Choose a product by (a) the selling price – it needs to be enough to give you a good return over your investment (ROI). So make sure your cut on the sale is enough to make you a nice profit. (b) Make sure the product is not available in locally. If people can’t get it locally they have to go online to shop. (c) Make sure the product is not too big and heavy, or shipping costs will be very expensive. It should not be breakable either so less packing will be needed.
A commercial lawyer along with a business consultant is the best person to provide professional legal advice for any conveyancing work when purchasing a business. Conveyancing is the transfer of a land title from the seller to the buyer and is the last chore in a long list of things to be done when purchasing real estate. Not everyone will need to purchase the land and buildings when buying a business because often these are leased and you just take over the lease in order to continue running the business.
However, in some cases it is necessary to also buy the real estate which consists of land and buildings, but is generally referred to as property. Sometimes you simply purchase the property with no business and you then have to have a suitable building erected and apply to startup your own business there. Since these proceedings can take many months, most people prefer the property lease option.
In this digital age, one of the best ways to substantially promote your business is by launching a website. However, it is very important to be aware of what kind of website you need before you make a decision.
A site with a good web design is the best way to increase marketing for your business. But the problem here is that although it is easy to launch a general website, it is very hard to come up with an idea that exactly satisfies the buyer’s needs.
A well-defined set of skills is required to come up with a website that serves the client’s needs and although, it can be costly and time-consuming to develop in the beginning, an effective web design will surely benefit you in the long run. Some of the advantages a good web design can provide to your business include:
Legislation changes have been passed to allow public companies, which are unlisted, to use crowdfunding to raise money from small time investors (otherwise known as “mum and dad” investors). This legislation has been successfully passed in the lower house of parliament.
There was a lot of criticism of this bill from the opposing parties. The bill will allow companies to raise as much as $5 million, even if they are not listed, and have a combination of assets and turnover that is less than $5 million already. This can be done once per year, using the highly popular method of crowdfunding.
Those who are wondering what exactly crowdfunding is, might need to consult experienced commercial lawyers or do some research on the subject. But a basic explanation is, crowdfunding allows people and companies to ask for money from potential customers and investors, for products, services, and business ventures that have not actually come into fruition yet. This type of thing is commonplace in countries like the USA, so many people see no issue with bringing that kind of practice to small businesses in Australia. After all, small companies are typically in need of the most help from legislation. However, there are some deeper issues to look at.
Very few people go beyond the first page of their search engine results. This is bad news for anyone whose website does not appear on that page because that means that your potential clients, customers, consumers etc will not be having even a clue about your existence. This is why business owners stress so much on their site’s visibility. However, doing this on your own can be difficult because there are certain strategies, certain approaches that are to be followed that help increase your site’s visibility.
Your best bet in a situation like this is to hire a SEO agency that will do your work for you and help boost your site’s visibility on search engines. With so many SEO firms out there, it can be confusing to select one. Of course, knowing what you want always helps in narrowing down the options. Other than this there are a few questions that we think you should always ask a SEO firm before finally selecting one.
Liability insurance for directors and officers has typically been viewed as a routine thing, in the past. It’s just one of tasks things that needs to be done, and many people give it little thought. However, it is important to understand what the implications of this “box ticking” activity really are.
Here are some of the most important aspects of these insurance policies, as well as the potential problems that might be encountered. These pitfalls should be carefully noted or get some expert advice from lawyers, to avoid falling to them.
Different policies will typically vary, regarding what will trigger a notification. That means directors and officers will not always be notified by the same events, depending on their company and the policy it holds. If an insurer is notified, it is important to be aware that proceeding events might not actually be covered. This will, of course, run the risk of exposing directors and officers to potential claims, even though they believed they were covered.
Starting a business is never easy, and quite honestly, one could use all the help they can get. With few options and limited budget using features like Google AdWords is among one of the most effective ways to get the kick start that we want. In fact if AdWords are utilized skillfully and strategic search campaigns are conducted then a startup can soon grab investor’s attentions, give a heads-up to the startup if they are heading in the wrong direction and help them stay up-to-date with the latest features and ideas and more importantly help them get the attention they need in order to begin on the right note.
Listed below are some of the ways in which AdWords can help a startup:
1. Gmail Ads:
Gmail Ads are one of the most interesting and helpful tools for the startups to get the instant attention of their audiences and gain maximum exposure. Interesting thing about businesses is that we are only aiming to snatch out competitors customers. For instance everyone use mobiles, but some use Apple’s while others use Samsung’s. Now with all the marketing and advertisement Samsung is just trying to grab the customers of other mobile manufacturing companies and not looking to find a new target audience.
SEO experts and digital marketing companies come up with new strategies, tips and techniques to help people level up their SEO game on the regular. One of the main reasons why some people complain that despite following some of the advice of these SEO experts their websites are still not doing well is that they are following outdated advice. Re-evaluating and revising your pre loved SEO strategies is one tip that everybody should keep in their back pocket at all times.
So, what are the current SEO trends of this year? There are many and while some of these current SEO trends are completely new, some of them are still in place and effective from previous years. Let us have a look at them.
1: Go Mobile:
If your website still has not boarded the Mobile Plane, it is high time you should. One Google study reports that consumers from around the world end up spending as much as much 15 hours looking up for things on the internet using their smartphones. The importance of going mobile is again reflected in the algorithm updates that we see Google immersed in. “Mobilegeddon” is an algorithm update which specifically just boosts the rankings of mobile friendly pages.
You really don’t need to be any sort of expert to know that Australian property prices are incredibly high, even compared to other affluent countries around the world. The dream of owning one’s own home seems to grow further and further for the average Australian citizen, but what if there were an alternative? Getting familiar with this little term might help: “adverse possession”.
While this type of talk might be little more than hyperbole for the typical person, it’s a rather interesting law and one can gain understanding of it, though not expertise of lawyers, which is worth learning more about.
What Is It?
Simply put, adverse possession relates to a person gaining title over a property that they have been living at for a certain length of time. The truly interesting thing about this law is, the “squatter’s” title to the property might actually grow greater than that of the real owner.
There are numerous plans you can follow when it comes to building a website. However, the basic points remain the same. If you want to generate higher traffic, it is very essential to focus on a few critical factors when developing good looking and effective web design.
You should take in consideration whitespace, great images, clear calls-to-action, search functionality and other elements that can make a lot of difference. Some of these key elements are described below:
Right Use of Spacing
When it comes to an effective web design, it is very important to manage space effectively. It helps in dictating flow, readability and navigation of the page. More designers now use space in an effective manner to increase web traffic and increase user engagement.
While to normal people, this may sound as nothing big, but believe me when I say that getting banned from Google AdWords might be a living nightmare for advertisers and online business owners. No one will be happy to have worked day and night to drive traffic on their websites only to receive the horrifying mail from the Google carrying the news about the dreaded ban.
In some cases, the ban serves as a warning and allows the advertisers to reinstate some of their accounts. However some bans are of more serious nature and may lead to the companies never being allowed to advertise on Google again. Terrifying right?
So in order to save you from ever experiencing this, we have put together a list of common reasons and mistakes that will definitely put you at a risk of getting banned from Google AdWords. Read on and learn:
One of the major goals of SEO practices is to help business owners generate more traffic for their website and almost every SEO practice revolves around this concept only. If you are looking for ways you can boost your site’s traffic, one simple strategy is to pick out one of your leading competitors and have a look at what they are doing, what keywords they’re using, business directory they are registered and how they are doing it.
If you feel that despite using the right keywords you are still not being able to get the desired amount of traffic, analyze the keywords your competitors are using, the ones that are apparently getting them so far ahead in the competition. A large number of tools available online cannot only just help you in identifying the keywords of your competitors, but they also tell you the exact number of searches that are being done for each of these keywords. Once you have picked out those keywords, start incorporating them in your site’s content.
Quite a lot has been said about the importance of content in the world of SEO; content is king, quality over quantity, etc. Several factors are to be considered if you want to come up with posts that really do help generating more traffic. And most of these factors most of the time, if not always, aim towards making those posts go viral.
Viral content is any content that is shared so much that it almost becomes an internet sensation. In today’s terms we would call such a post as a post “that broke the internet.” There is no argument that when you have a post that has gone viral (for whatever reason) it is single handedly going to make that post appear at the top of every search engine.
A digital marketing company like Slinky that provides SEO services understands that inbound links have a huge impact on the ranking of your website on a search engine. And when you have a post that goes viral, it ends up generating millions and millions of inbounds links which explains why that post has such high rankings on search engines.
I believe it would be unfair to say that the mobile era is coming and soon it will take over everything. The truth of the matter is; it is already here.
Gone are the days when we used to wait till we got home to put in our search in the Google machine. Every year, a large number of searches are conducted on Google and more than half of them are done using a cell phone. Google verifies that a large number of web traffic is coming from tablets and Smartphones.
When millions of people use their cell phones to search and check web pages then why not marketers be given a chance succeed in the same forte? Thanks to Google now, they have brought some very interesting and innovative changes in their AdWords campaign that will help marketers think and work in the most updated way.
In the latest Google performance summit of 2016, we get to hear some really interesting news from Google and how it is reshaping and reimagining AdWords to accommodate the smart phones era.
Have you ever been offered the sale of goods that were just “found” by the seller? Maybe when you asked about the origins of the goods, or how the person came into possession of them, you were answered with a sly smile and told they “fell off the back of a truck”. While it might seem like a stroke of luck to be there at the right time in order to take advantage of these “bargain” items—it’s more likely that the law is being broken. Many people will be surprised to learn that receiving these types of goods is in fact illegal.
It seems like a harmless thing, buying some cheap goods that mysteriously turned up. The lawyers opine that after all, you don’t know where they came from, so how can you be culpable if there was any crime committed? There are many different aspects to this offence, so there’s no need to become suspicious of every single item that you see for private sale.
Technically, it is an offence to receive stolen property if you are aware that they were actually stolen. There is absolutely no question about what this is, and no grey area to think about. If you’d like to get technical and see the actual offence guidelines, taken from the Criminal Code 1899 of Queensland, here they are:
Considering the fierce competition in the digital market, you can never be too user-friendly for your audience. Bu tit can be very difficult to implement unique marketing strategies to attract your targeted users.
Developing an effective web design for your site is one way you can get the attention of your potential buyers. Although there are countless technical and promotional benefits of a good web design, some of the most common include:
1. Increased Activity on Your Page
You will be able to engage more visitors to stay on your page. Since the basic objective is not to only attract visitors, but to turn them into customers, you need someone to go through the different pages of your website, read your content, know about your services and take the necessary actions as suggested on the site.
If your website does not have a strong web design, most people who get to your page will leave immediately. A website needs to be build to create sufficient interest on the user’s part.
The personal and often emotional issues that arise when people’s expectations are not met by the decisions of a will maker often give rise to thoughts and actions premised on entitlement and occasional avarice. However, the usual “pub talk” that follows can be a slippery slope of disaster and it is worthwhile occasionally reviewing what the Court’s attitude is towards the genesis of a family provision claim rather than just relying on commonly held beliefs.
Courts will frequently ask the wills lawyer to present the nature of the estate such as its size and the composition of its assets and liabilities as well as the financial position of the parties. In Darveniza the Queensland Supreme Court awarded $3m out of a $27m estate to a son who had performed significant amounts of work in the deceased’s business relying on certain promises of provision. Similarly, in Mead the Western Australian Supreme Court ordered $25m paid to the daughter of a relationship between the testator and his former wife, from whom he was divorced. The estate was agreed to have a value of at least $1Bn and the testator, who was in his third marriage at the time of death had some obvious issues with the daughter and left her approximately $3m inside a trust that made it almost impossible for her to actually receive the money. The case is currently on appeal.
Website owners do their best to attract, hold and retain the interest of their users. They promote their webpage on various social media platforms, invest in web design and hire the best professionals to generate optimum results. However, more often than not, the website fails to capture enough attention. In most of the cases, this is due to a simple mistake on the web designer’s part.
Mistakes that seem very small on the surface can significantly impact the appeal of a website. Usually, the fault is so subtle that it is hard to even pinpoint. However, it can drive hundreds of visitors away every day. So, what are some of these understated errors that are doing so much harm? Let’s check them out!
Once the weapon of choice for wealthy land Baron to provide for a surviving spouse while keeping the land asset in check, a life interest is used by lawyers as a tool to balance different interests between beneficiaries. An example of a modern use of the tool is to counter the surviving spouse remarrying, where there is a competing need to provide for a spouse as well as a need to preserve or quarantine the asset for the benefit other beneficiaries.
In those circumstances the life interest is regarded as beneficial to secure the property so that the children can be raised in it; and subsequently it can also be passed to them once the interest of the surviving spouse has ceased.
The use of a life interest is also prone to some down-sides in the form of its inflexibility and are frequently the victim of inadequate drafting, particularly the life estate agreement.
We often believe our competitors to be our biggest enemies. In truth though, it is our own lack of knowledge and ignorance that often drives us to the edge of failure. To gain more traffic, high exposure and heavy leads we often get blinded by greed and fail to comprehend things with a logical reasoning.
While many of the advertisers and businesses might already have learned this the hard way, to save others from the same fate, we have listed down some of the common AdWords mistakes that have sabotaged many campaigns already and might do even more damage if this blog is not taken seriously.
There’s a lot of tools out there for discovering keywords, keywords related to the keywords, building up a keyword network strategy, and so on. Here, you can do all of that for free using some Google search operator hacking.
We start with the tilde operator (~). (Ask a nearby Linux geek to find it on your keyboard if you’re stuck.) The tilde means “synonym” to Google; it will highlight the synonym words in bold when you use this. Next, we use the dash operator (-). The dash means “opposite” to Google; in other words, leave out all pages which contain this exact word.
For a field that is constantly evolving, keeping up with all the new trends and updates in SEO marketing can be a little difficult. In this post, we bring you 7 things that no matter what year they are used in will guarantee you great results whether you are looking at your sites on-page optimisation or off-page optimisation.
1: Polish Your Keyword Selection Skills:
Keywords are not everything, effective keywords are everything. And unfortunately this is one area that most people struggle in. Looking at just the keywords that are being used by your target audience but are not leading your business to financial success will give you some pointers that would help with your page’s ranking, but that is all they are going to do. So to come up with truly effective keywords you need to selectively look at those search queries of your consumers that are bringing you financial gains.
2: Bring Out the Mobiles:
With more and more people using their smartphones to conduct their researches, going mobile with your business page is another one of the very effective SEO strategies. Make sure that your websites are mobile friendly that means they are quick to load and all the content that they contain can be viewed by smartphones.
You have committed your time and money to creating a new website for your business. If you think all you need to do is to choose a web designer you would be wrong. If you want a website that’s highly successful there are plenty of things you need to do. Before you have your web designer builds your website, there is plenty to carefully plan, because if you plan poorly it’s going to cost you time and money, and you’ll be disappointed. Let’s look at 6 things you should consider.
Establish the aim, target and theme of your website – What will you do on your website? Sell products/services, provide information, etc. You also need to know who your target market is because that will also determine what your theme will look like. If you want a site that’s successful, you need to know your target market.
Know what it will cost – You will want to know how long it will take to launch your website and what the web design is going to cost you. You’ll also want to know what it will cost monthly if the web designer takes care of the monthly maintenance.
Web designing has evolved into a competitive market niche and it can be quite difficult to excel in this area.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to the success of a website. The designer has to focus on multiple elements while delivering a project on time. If you aim to become an accomplished web designer, some of the most important skills you should acquire are:
Written Communication Is the Key
To be a successful web designer, this is one of the most important skills you need. The success of your website largely depends on the quality of content you use. The best web designer should not only know what banners to put on a webpage, but also know the effective use of words to ensure readability of the content.
With web marketing on the rise today and sometimes the only means of advertising for many, it is hard to stand out from the crowd and catch the attention of the visitors. Especially since everyone is strategizing with the same tactics and using the same keywords.
Despite all the other free of cost options, AdWords are your best bet. For those who say that it didn’t work for them must know that they might be doing something definitely wrong. Let’s keep that discussion for some other time and for now focus on all the ways you can make Google AdWords work for you:
When it comes to affordable web design, it seem 2013 is going to see some changes in the trends. Let’s have a look at 4 top web design trends for this year.
Typography – Front & Centre
Designs That Are More Responsive
Responsive websites aren’t new, but what is new is the methodology behind the responsive website design. 2012 we saw a focus on responsive designs for new devices like the iPad mini. For 2013, the focus is more likely to be focused around the responsiveness of the website itself rather than the numerous devices on the market.
Never heard of those two names? If so, we’re sorry for you. You would have to know that Steve Jobs died. Everybody (at least in the tech blog world) knows that he’s the founder and longtime CEO of Apple Inc. He made the front page of newspapers and the cover of magazines the world over when he passed away this last October.
But two more giants in computing passed away last October also, and they were barely noticed.
Dennis Ritchie founded the C programming language. He was also one of the founding fathers of Unix. He was one half of the partnership of Ken Thompson, with whom he basically invented the modern operating system and the modern programming platform as we know it today.
We love a good caper story as much as the next mystery fan, and this perky after-crime report is a good look at cyber-security matters and how they fail. In How Hackers Stole 24,000 Files From The Pentagon, the breach is traced to some very obvious methods.
Briefly, they slapped together a bogus PDF document that got sent at about 7:30AM “because the best time to send those types of things is right before someone’s had their coffee.” See, right there, it’s the human factor, not tech. Victim opens document, document installs malware, target system has 24,000 documents on file because they subcontract for the US Department of Defense, and that’s that, it’s break time.
“Responsive” is the new word going around the web design campfire. It was first coined by the web design blog “A List Apart” and has become the term being batted around the meeting table every Monday morning.
OK, but what does responsive web design mean? For a web design to be responsive, that means that it must respond to how it is viewed. In other words, it should serve different content or styling depending on if a visitor is using a mobile phone, a tablet, a laptop, or a full-screen desktop to view it. And these days, you have to throw in people browsing on anything from a gaming console to an Arduino-powered wristwatch.
A side-order of other buzzwords: “Multi-device layout patterns” – the template for a responsive website. “Dynamic CSS” – Cascading Style Sheets that warp to fit whatever screensize you view it on. “Viewport” – the screen space you have available. And you’re likely to see “responsive web design” abbreviated as “RWD.”
The story of the Internet has always been a battle between the old guard corporations and the new guard users.
So, Microsoft has had to battle against Free and Open Source software, IBM had to battle against the PC clones, Apple had to battle against the PC, proprietary Unix had to battle against BSDs, and so on. remember DEC? The Digital Equipment Corporation once ruled the computing world with the PDP and the VAX throughout the 1970s. But time goes by and progress marches on.
What’s bizarre is that corporations don’t seem to learn from history. Adobe, which has already had to fight for its survival when the free image-editor Gimp has risen to challenge Adobe’s flagship cash cow Photoshop, now finds itself at odds over its second most-lucrative business, Flash. HTML5 is coming, inevitably, and there’s very little that Adobe’s proprietary Flash platform can do that HTML5’s canvas element can’t.
When we spotted the post In Praise of Passion over at Boing-Boing, it got us thinking. As Internet marketers, we all know that our digital strategy should include website design, search engine optimization, advertising, and so on. But how many of us think about whether we’re inspiring passion?
Some ideas for generating passion around your business:
If your service solves a problem, state how devoted to solving that problem you are. Talk about it a lot! Explain how it’s the central driving force for you being in business. If you run a graphic design agency, you can make your motto something like “Ending Ugly Web Design, One Graphic At A Time!”
Some clients, upon encountering Linux web hosting, tend to remark that they’re surprised to see a big company running Linux.
Being a Free/Open Source Software system, people get the idea that it’s all done by volunteers. Right away they picture some hippies in sandals and tie-dye shirts, flashing peace signs and saying how they’re going to “stick it to the man.”
This is a ludicrous idea, because in fact, Linux *IS* “the man!” Linux’s desktop market share is still in the low single digits as far as end users are concerned. The place where Linux has won is the enterprise (as well as content management systems). See if you recognize any of these corporations:
IBM Has long been involved with Linux. They host the IBM Linux Technology Center, install Linux on many consumer and office machines that they sell, have partnered with Linux brand names such as Canonical (makers of Ubuntu), and routinely install Linux on their mainframe computer line. The current top of their line in mainframes, the IBM zSeries 800, sports a Tux sticker on every unit sold.