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An odd mixture of developer notes, project writings, and general observations
June 7, 2011
Today I was browsing through Olathe-related search phrases (using the incredibly powerful Google Keywords Tool) and found something shocking: every month over 6,500 people search for "Olathe Churches" - yes that was six-thousand people!
June 6, 2011
How do you begin gaining customers for your online business?  Ultimately, there are only two steps: Gain an audience. Sell to that audience.
May 24, 2011
I spent some time yesterday and today looking through a lot - and I mean a lot - of financial planner's websites.  To evaluate them we need to know what their goal is: what should a potential client's emotional response to their website be?  While there are many potential emotions, two are most important:
May 10, 2011
In years past companies could send a one-way message to “DRINK COKE.”  A typical consumer might respond, “Oh, well, you are the only one available in the machine...and that polar bear is pretty cute, okay.”
May 3, 2011
Imagine you are at a party.  Fun!  Now the sociologist part: let’s analyze methods of communication.  Less fun! There are essentially three ways of exchanging information at a party.
April 27, 2011
With the creation of the first printing press in 1440 we made a major leap towards the present Information Age.  As we saw rapid new inventions - mass produced books, newspapers, the telegraph, the telephone, the internet, online news, blogs - the amount of information produced became staggering.
April 26, 2011
As Drupal has continued to grow as a system, it seems that we are getting more and more clients who come to us with a site that is halfway setup, and they just need some help with some custom modules or other more technical elements of the site.  Innevitably that leads to them sending us a database and filesystem dump, so we can start developing on their site.  The only problem being that we do not know the password for the admin user, so we are locked out of the site even once we set it up from the datebase and filesystem dump.  Here are some quick workarounds for this problem.
April 18, 2011
The double-edged sword with Drupal is that there are over 9,000 modules available. This allows incredible functionality to be added with very little work, but it also creates a lot of complexity when trying to decided what module to add. Here are some guidelines I usually follow when deciding if a module should be used.
April 18, 2011
When I was sixteen I started my first "corporate job" in IT for a dozen medical clinics in Washington state. We were in the midst of "going paperless" and implementing an Electronic Medical Records system. It was a massive undertaking to move thousands of patient records into electronic format, but ironically the hardest part of the transition was the human portion: getting doctors to use computers.
March 24, 2011
I tried out a new web service this week for monitoring website uptime.  It was great - right features, price, professional backing.  Then I logged in and realized it wasn't for me - there were about 38 and a half checkboxes in tabs named without meaning.  Sure, every mini-window could float, but that didn't help a lot when I didn't know what the window was for!  Could I have figured it out?  Definitely.  Did I want to waste precious time doing so?  No.  So I promptly cancelled my login and moved to the next service which so far has been great - see the resource links below this post for a link to it!