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The Daily Roundup – November 2, 2007

10 Ways to Avoid a Google Reputation Management Nightmare
With the growth of social networks and other sites where users are allowed to creative derivative domain names, it is wise to be ahead of the game in getting your soc-net-names in place.

Bono: The Rolling Stone Interview
A cool interview with Bono by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Copywriting 101 Cheat Sheet
To be a good writer, you must be a great reader. Get your knowledge on with these sites.

The Daily Roundup – September 18, 2007

The Free Mac Classroom.
Over 200 applications available for your Mac as broken down by category. A very nice list.

The decreasing value of an MBA.
The banking and finance sector seems to lead the trend with regards to business educations. The fact that individuals are increasingly finding success as small players is starting to render the MBA as a waste for those with leaning towards a life of entrepreneurship.

iPhoto Extras – iPhoto and especially iPhoto ’08 is great program for managing your digital snaps, but make it better with these free add-ons.
iPhoto Buddy – allows you to manage multiple iPhoto libraries (note, you can also manage multiple libraries from within iPhoto by holding down the Option key when launching).
Galerie – point and click media gallery creation without all the work.

Mirroring your Mac’s Hard Drive to an External Drive
This is the process I use for monthly back-ups of my MacBook (I also do weekly incrementals – but that is another story).

Online Video Eductaion from Google
Conversion University – Driving Traffic, Converting Visitors, Tracking and Testing & Analytics in Contect.
Over 200 Tech Talks (lectures, meetings and conferences) with Google engineers and the community.

Microsoft’s Gastineau Screenshots & Overview
Microsoft’s upcoming web analytics suite. Personally, I’m interested in seeing the final product. Google has a huge lead in the analytics field, as they do in search as well, so it will be interesting to the rate of adoption. Beta Invites are available.

The Daily Roundup – August 25, 2007

I haven’t had a daily roundup in a couple of weeks so here is a new edition with some leanings toward the upcoming football season.

There is a lot of stuff happening in the web space with regards to fantasy sports. Since it has become a multi-billion dollar industry, here are some of the new things happening in the space:

You Be QBQB1 was a huge hit for the bar and restaurant entertainment network, NTN Buzztime. Now, web startup You Be QB is bringing similar action to the web at YouBeQB.com. There is a late game tonight, so if the kids get to bed at a good time, I’ll be logging on and giving it a look. Bonus coverage: the YouBeQB has a blog, which has yet to be updated.

Screaming SportsScreaming Sports is fantasy sports on steroids. Their goal is to consolidate all of your fantasy teams from multiple providers into one place, while providing some value added services such as player news, automatic roster substitutions (so you never lose points with an empty roster spot), access from mobile devices, and tools to create your own sports homepage. Screaming Sports has a blog, and they update it often.

FleaFlickerA whole host of new league services are also cropping up. FleaFlicker is one such service which is designed to bring off-line leagues onto the web with a total customization. The league chat and advance stats & charting are also top notch – you know, because fancy charts and graphs sell damnit.

iPhone users who are looking for live baseball and football scoring action should point their iPhone browser to PickleView and FumbleView respectively. Live scoring updates with a visual field layout – a live gamecast format – and a live ‘chat’ based on Twitter. Both sites operate utilizing ESPN’s data sources and I wouldn’t be surprised to see an acquisition come from this down the road.

For your tailgating or fantasy football draft night food needs, I’d suggest whipping up a batch of Georgia Mustard for basting/dipping grilled/smoked sausage or as a marinade/baste for a grilled porkloin. For an appetizer, you can’t beat the grilled, bacon wrapped olives.

Dell VostroOn the tech front, I picked up a Dell Vostro 1500 Laptop to use as a home-based backup of my work PC. I’m a Mac guy through and through, but a lack of Mac-based tools, short of emulation via Parallels or VMware Fusion, for managing the web and MS SQL servers necessitates the need for a Windows box. It is amazing what $600 can buy power-wise, but you get a bloated, clunky form factor that is almost user unfriendly.

The Daily Roundup – August 8, 2007

10 Unsolved Mysteries of the brain. Interesting, especially about how the brain makes up for deficiencies in the senses (see #7).

Dealing with information overload. My step #1, turn off the damn browser.

And of course, in violation my previous statement, 100 Essential Web Resources worthy of keeping your browser open.

I picked up iLife ’08 today. Pretty damn slick. Included was a 30-day demo of iWork. I don’t do many presentations these days, but I have used Keynote to put together slick site maps and click-through demos. Pages is seldom used as I prefer the plain text editors. But the new Numbers, in my mind justifies the $79 price tag. It doesn’t sport the advanced functionality of Excel, but it brings “Design” to the stodgy thinking of rows and columns.

A fresh batch of books arrives tomorrow giving me ample excuses to stay off the computer when I’m not working. Yeah, staying off the computer – another reason why I suck at blogging.

The Daily Roundup – July 31, 2007

What it takes to be rich. Profiles of four people who have earned it.

When to dump that great idea. Cutting out on your “great idea’ can be a difficult task.

80 Open Source Content Management Systems. Something here for everyone.

Fun with math: Apple has sold 3 billion songs. Since its inception on April 28, 2003, the iTunes Music Store has sold an average of: 1,929,260.5 songs per day, or 80385.9 songs per hour, or 1339.8 songs per minute, or 22.3 songs per second. Those numbers do not include Movies, TV Shows, or audio books.

fishboyFishboy 11 Function Survival Tool. 11 survival tools integrated into a credit card sized form factor. I have several ToolLogic Credit Card Companions which have been mainstays in all types of gear bags; backpacks, laptop case, etc. I like that the Tool Logic product is integrated into case, but then again, the $5 price of the Fishboy might outweight the inconvenience of the pouch carrier. Then again, I’ve managed with external cases for years with my Skeeter! and Mini Son of PryThing. (hat tip on the Fishboy to Cool Tools)

Don’t miss security guru Bruce Schneier’s 5-part interview with Kip Hawley, TSA Administrator: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

riding on the edgeRiding on the edge (source unknown).

GridSkipper. The urban travel guide published by Gawker Media.

The Daily Roundup – July 27, 2007

Time may not exist. With a two kids under 3, full time employment, the HoneyDo List™, and a never ending stream of side projects, I could have told you that.

imac keyboardGizmodo has pictures claiming to be the new iMac keyboard. Pretty slick, but I’m not sure I’d want to hammer away on code/documents for hours on end with it. Changing the functions of the function keys is also interesting. Given that the Mac keyboards place the functions (dim, bright, volume up, volume down) in different places depending on the model, it is nice to see some continuity taking place between the portables and the desktop units.

Merlin Mann gave a Google Tech Talk on Inbox Zero. Slides after the link. Here’s the video for your convenience.

The Daily Roundup – July 24, 2007

SpeedPPC.com looks interesting. Watch the demo video. Public launch tomorrow (7/25/07).

Our conversation via IM. “So, I interviewed with a another ad agency a couple weeks ago and they called to make me an offer. I said ‘No Thanks, you were so forthcoming with your internal problems during my interview, I called two of your clients and they are in the process of pulling their work to give to my agency.’” -my nameless buddy in new business at an agency somewhere east of the rockies.

Yesterday I had GrandCentral Beta Invites (3 remaining). Today I have Skitch invites (Mac OS X). Hit me up via email or IM. If you don’t have either of those, leave a comment.

dashalyticsDashalytics. Google Analytics on your Dashboard (OS X). Not sure how I missed this one before. But I now have a reason to use Dashboard, besides the Lava Lamp. I love the fact that I can place multiple instances with different login credentials and it handles them just fine.

Proving that cycling is the dirtiest sport around when it comes to doping. The only question I have left is “Was Lance Armstrong really that good at Cycling, or hiding his Doping?” I hate that I even have to ask that question given my respect of Lance, but hell, it seems every serious challenger to Armstrong during his days dominating the tour has fallen due to doping.

David Stern Talks. He spoke like a man who knew a whole lot more than what has come out from the FBI. While I don’t even pretend to be a fan of the NBA, Tim Donaghy violated the trust of the game. Of course, there have always been the rumors that Michael Jordan’s retirement was a cover for serving a ban for gambling.

The Daily Roundup – July 23, 2007

Linkworth – Alternative to TextLinkAds.

How to write a business plan. 10 questions with Guy Kawasaki

SaundersBlog – redesigned by Blend Interactive. Glitches on the redesign and the old look was restored. Noted only to remind myself to go back and check out the redesign.

Design History of Be Good Not Bad and his blog:
BeGoodNotBad: v1, v2, Current.
Blog v1, v2, v3 – Final/Discontinued.
Having been developing since 1995, I’ve recently begun tracing back the design history of some of my sites – spinning globes and all. The same thing that makes The Wayback Machine so much fun.

Vote for upcoming features of Google’s Webmaster Central.

Speaking of Google. I have invites available for Google’s latest acquisition, Grand Central. Grand Central is a phone service that lets you:
– Personalize Greetings by caller or by group
– Listen in from any of your phones as callers leave you voicemail messages
– Record any received call at any time with the press of a button
– Switch phones mid-call, seamlessly, between any of your phones
– Block annoying callers or telemarketers with Phone-SPAM Filters

SEO Sabotage. Yet another thing to worry about when your site is dependent upon search engine listings for the primary source of traffic.

RustyBudget. A tool for bloggers and publishers to manage their day-to-day storyboard of topics. Looks good on the surface. Need to play around a bit more to get a better feel. My debate: Which is a better, a third party organization tool or a private, self-administrated wiki for my blog ‘properties.’

Kansas City RoyalsThe KC Royals have moved into a tie for last place in the AL Central with the Chicago White Sox. KC has a 4-game homestand against the inconsistent Yankees while Chicago has a 5-game homestand against Detroit. Things are looking up for the boys in blue; Gordon is looking more relaxed as the season has gone on, surprisingly solid Billy Butler is going to force some lineup questions when Sweeney is back from the DL, Teahen has converted well to right field with one of the top guns in the league for assisted putouts, and the pitching. What looked liked the biggest problem in the off-season has carried the team when bats were slow to get going.