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White-Hat SEO tactics

May 2, 2009

Here’s an SEO article I can actually get behind:
How I Got Our Web Site from Page 5 to Page 1 Using ‘White-Hat’ SEO

SEO in general makes me nauseous – the web equivalent of spam. The tactics in the article above, however, are exactly what a reputable web professional should do. Favorite part: item #1 is “Write Compelling Content”.

For an abbreviated version of the above (and my all-time favorite SEO blog post), read Aaron Mentele’s “Humans first, please


Uncle Joe commands you to dance!

March 7, 2009

Video from Stalin vs. Martians

Nothing more needs to be said — besides Dance!

Funny video of the day

January 30, 2009

Teh Funny: The Matrix Runs on Windows

Article on data quality – emphasis for marketers (in ’08)

January 14, 2009

Not sure how this worked out for ’08 but it looks like a priority for my ’09.

Marketers: Clean customer data a priority in 2008

Note the emphasis on view of customer and the need to cross applications (ERP, CRM, POS) and org silos.

Forrester report on Community Platforms

January 14, 2009

Lots of good stuff here – my highlights:

  • The POST methodology puts the focus in the right place – and technology in the proper, supporting role.
  • “[B]rands seek solution partners–not technologists”: Solutions partners must be more than just out-sourced technology providers.
  • See the short list of 9 vendors as well as the long list of vendors Forrester compiled

Money is fuel – not the destination

January 12, 2009

You should regard money as fuel for what you really want to do, not as a goal in and of itself. Money is like gas in the car — you need to pay attention or you’ll end up on the side of the road — but a well-lived life is not a tour of gas stations!

Tim O’Reilly
Commencement address for the UC Berkeley School of Information, May 13, 2006

Tech gadgets for (geek) kids

June 26, 2008

Our work area has been especially fertile over the past year or so. Perhaps this NYT article on appropriate tech for kids of different ages will be helpful. I don’t see any advice on whether vi or emacs is a better editor for the wee ones, though.

NYT: Basics – So Young, So Gadgeted

Food: Sweetbreads

June 25, 2008

I mostly intend to post software and web development links here. I can’t ignore the other good things in life though.

So in what will likely be a recurring topic, here’s a blog post about sweetbreads – Mexican style!

Mexican on Jefferson: Tienda Hispana and Supermercado Monterrey
[See the 12th picture down if you must skip directly to the mollejas]

Developers wearing the Ops hat

June 23, 2008

Developing software (or webapps) is really fun. Even when debugging or implementing client “fixes”, coding is a blast.

Ops – configuring and managing servers, supporting software and apps – is often not so fun. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard “It worked on my machine” from a developer.

In this post, Edd Dumbill lists some reasons why developers (and all computer users) will need stronger Ops skills. He also talks about some tools that will make Ops management a little easier. Most of these are a ways out for us but suggest some features we should look for.

Tracking technical debt

June 6, 2008

Here’s a helpful tip for making technical debt visible to others on a project:
Make Technical Debt Explicit

While his mechanism is specific to agile, doing something – anything – to make others aware of the compromises made to get software out the door would be healthy.

[ via Johanna Rothman]