How to Force an Image to Refresh or Load Fresh

I was having problems with an animated GIF on one of my websites. I could clear the browser cache and everything would be fine. However, if I ever tried reloading this page, the animated GIF would not work because the browsers were caching it. Click on the link below for an article on how to resolve the browser caching problem.

http://circlecube.com/2010/12/cache-woes-how-to-force-an-image-to-refresh-or-load-fresh/

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Social Media Mistakes

No negative ever! If you ever want to air your dirty laundry, take a deep breath and keep your personal drama to yourself. People are really not interested in your personal problems and most likely will not want to work with you, as they are more intererested in why they should work with you. Never bash or discredit anyone on social media as it will come back to haunt you at a later time. Also, always be responsive to customers and potential customers, as they are the ones who pay or will pay your bills. Always respond to your customers even if they are just sending you a “hello” (referral business – hint, hint). If you cannot respond right away, just let them know. Remember to keep a positive attitude all the time. Again, a positive impression is what customers want.

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ID ten T Error

As we Silver Surfers know, sometimes we have trouble with our computers.  I had a problem yesterday, so I called Eric, the 11 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission Control and asked him to come over. Eric clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. As he was walking away, I called after him, ‘So, what was wrong? He replied, ‘It was an ID ten T error.’ I didn’t want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, ‘An, ID ten T error?  What’s that? In case I need to fix it again.’ Eric grinned … ‘Haven’t you ever heard of an ID ten T error before? ‘No,’ I replied. ‘Write it down,’ he said, ‘and I think you’ll figure it out.’

So I wrote down: ID10T

I used to like Eric, the little shit head!!!

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Google Analytics Shortcuts: Tricks, Tools, Keyboard & APIs

This is a great article by Himanshu Sharma and he has given me permission to link to it.
http://www.seotakeaways.com/google-analytics-shortcuts-tricks-tools-keyboard-apis/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&goback=%2Egde_3002424_member_103895871

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IE Problems with Adobe Edge

Since it is known that Adobe Flash will not work on iPhones and iPads, we have figured out how to convert Adobe Flash to Adobe Edge.

There is one problem, however. Edge works fine as far as we can tell on Firefox, Chrome and Safari. IE is another story. We converted Flash on another website using Windows 7 and IE9 and everything seemed fine so far. I guess Microsoft has decided not to support Windows XP with IE9. Also, I had a client call me because Edge would not run on her computer. I asked her what browser and operating system she was using and she told me that she was running Windows with IE10, which I didn’t know even existed. Now, how can Edge work with IE9 and not IE10? That makes absolutely no sense to me. If anyone has any insight on this, please let us know.

The solution was to detect what browser was being used and act on that. OK, so if we detect IE, then we continue to use Flash; otherwise, we use Edge. You can see this at http://www.thomasapplianceservice.com.

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The Dragon Logo

We have been asked about where the dragon logo originated. It turms out the both Ludo and I are fascinated wth dragons and “draak” is Dutch for “dragon”. Hence, you can see where our domain name came from.

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9 Tips for Integrating Social Media on Your Website

This article is being posted here with permission from Allison Babb Phillips, Small business Success Coach to biz owners who want to get new clients fast and close more sales on the spot.

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/9-tips-for-integrating-social-media-on-your-website/

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We Have Totally Redone Our Website!!!

We have totally redone our own website. We have also added the media section to the website and the photo gallery. Check it out at www.draak.net and let us know what you think.

We offer affordable website and media services for individuals and small businesses by ascertaining your target market and evaluating your particular needs. Find out how Janssen & Associates can fulfill your website and media needs at an affordable cost.

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Eight Digital Alternatives to Paper Business Cards

Welcome to the world of professional networking, 2.0.

While exchanging business cards remains standard protocol among many executives and nobody believes paper cards will become extinct anytime soon, more professionals are also opting for Web-based services or “digital business cards.”

If you’ve ever attended a conference and searched your pocket or shoulder bag in vain for an inscribed paper rectangle, you can see the value in sharing contact information online or via cell phones, where it’s almost always easily accessible.

For the recent grad
Don’t hit the job market without plenty of personalized cards. But if you want to show off your tech-savvy, the free Web site DubMeNow lets you create a digital edition that’s always at the ready. You can share your mobile card via text or e-mail, and your contact nformation is saved into the person’s address book and automatically updated whenever you make a change. DubMeNow also can locate where and when you met your contact, in case you have a memory lapse.

For the budding entrepreneur
The Web site BusinessCard2 lets you create an online card with a distinctly professional spin. The card’s skin is sleek and has three tabs to help potential customers get to know you and your business. There’s an info tab where you can list your experience and another tab for listing your social networks. BusinessCard2 also can embed your business card link in e-mail messages or on your blog.

For the frequent conference attendee
You, professional person with a stack of other people’s business cards you never use, are the reason digital business cards exist in the first place. Instead of logging in all your new contacts’ info yourself, use CloudContacts. Send them your paper business cards, and CloudContacts will do the dirty input work for you. Then all you have to do is export the data to Microsoft Outlook, Facebook or another digital address book, and you’re set.

For the technophobe
Saddington came up with this customizable, easy-to-use and free WordPress theme program to help people manage their online identity. Download the program, upload a picture that screams “talented and capable,” add career-friendly social network profiles (and all the ways a person can reach you) and boom — you’ve got your very own landing page.

For the tweet-minded
If you’re a fan of Twitter you know anything is possible in 140 characters or less, including sharing your business card. With TwtBizCard, you can link your Twitter profile with a free personalized online business card and instantly start tweeting with the hash tag, “#twtbizcard,” or add #twtbizcard to an @reply.

For the iPhone addict
Some iPhone applications, like Bump and BeamMe, allow you to exchange digital info seamlessly with other iPhone owners. Then there’s SnapDat, which sends a digital image of your business card. Choose from more than 40 designs or upload your company’s logo, and embed links to your social networking sites. Then you can either e-mail the card to potential contacts or send it to their phones through their SnapDat account.

For the social network queen (or king)
There are so many social networks swirling around that it can be hard to keep track of them all. With Retaggr, you can create a professional digital business card that aggregates all your online identities. After creating a Retaggr profile, you can customize an interactive business card that lets people get your contact information and browse your Flickr photos all at once.

For those who miss Tamagotchis
The animal-shaped darling of digital business cards, the Poken has seen popularity overseas, but hasn’t quite caught on in the United States yet. You can wirelessly exchange contact information and social networks with another Poken user by “high-fouring,” or touching the paw-like RFID connectors together. To download your new contacts, you insert the Poken in your computer’s USB port . It’s cute and easy, but only works if you come across another Poken user, so in the meantime, keep carrying that stash of business cards.

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Take Control of Your Cell Phone Camera with These Handy Apps

One of the biggest gripes about Smartphone cameras, apart from general quality issues, is the clunky (or lack of) controls over camera functions like zoom, shutter speed, and aperture size. Fortunately, an army of apps awaits, offering tools and options to give you better control over these variables.

  • Hipstamatic
    This $2 app gives your iPhone camera a distinctly analog feel, producing images   reminiscent of cheap-o medium-format cameras like the Holga and Lomo. Hipstamatic offers a variety of lenses and film types from which to choose, including several add-on packs for an additional charge.
  • Camera360 Ultimate
    Similar to the Hipstamatic app, but with more features and available for Android-based phones, Camera360 gives you Lomo-like effects, but also adds HDR, high-contrast reversal film stock simulation, tilt-shift, selective focus (on compatible hardware), alignment grids, and a timer for self-portraits. $4 from the Android store.
  • PicPlz
    This app offers some basic filters and effects, but the real selling point is its integrated social networking capabilities, including fast and simple sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, and Foursquare, as well as syncing with Dropbox. Available for free from the Android store.
  • ProHDR
    Compatible with 3GS and newer iPhones, ProHDR offers superior control over the HDR default presets in the iPhone 4’s native OS and also lets 3GS users in on the HDR fun. $2 in the iTunes store.
  • Darkroom
    One of the biggest knocks against the iPhone’s integrated camera is poor low-light performance. Darkroom helps you snap better photos in dim situations by lessening blur caused by insufficient lighting and accidental motion. Available for iPhone only. Free from the iTunes store.
  • Adobe Photoshop Express
    Not a camera app, per se, but a very useful (and FREE!) image manipulation tool for iPhone and Android. Crop, rotate, and touch-up your images, as well as apply filters and adjust color, brightness, and contrast.
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