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OK, now this is cool! If you’re a webmail user — and by now I hope you are after hearing me tout Gmail — here’s an essential Firefox extension that you need to have…

WiseStamp a Firefox extension enables you to easily customize & add personalized email signatures on any webmail service (Gmail ,Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail). Empower your personal and business interactions Get WiseStamp Now!” Source: WiseStamp an Email Signature that works for you!

Go to the source and download it now…

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Yes, my grandma can run Ubuntu Linux | The Open Road

“Last week Lenovo lent me one of its X61 ThinkPad laptops so that I could give Ubuntu Linux a try. Having had a bad experience with Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop a few years ago, I had sworn off desktop Linux and determined not to return.

A week into a new trial with Ubuntu Linux, however, it’s clear that desktop Linux has come a long way. I found it extremely easy to use, including when I had to install a program (Skype) that wasn’t included in the supported applications list. This is an operating system that my grandma could (and, in fact, did) use.

This isn’t to say that my week with Ubuntu Linux was uneventful. I had a few struggles, which I’ll detail below. These struggles, however, were almost entirely due to running Ubuntu on unsupported hardware, and not any fault of Ubuntu (or Linux) itself.” Click the title to read the full article online…

Getting Stuff Done on Linux [Part 1] | MakeUseOf.com

“One thing you hear often about Linux is that there’s no software for it. This is simply not true. There may not be much proprietary software for it, but there is some, and there are plenty of free alternatives to what most offices use every day.

This is just a quick overview of some of the programs out there, and it’s the first of two parts.This first posting focuses on applications for creating content. The next one will be more internet-based. I’ll go more in-depth into some of them at a later time. Many of these are also available on Windows and OSX, so you can experiment with them in the comfort of whatever OS you’re used to without making a commitment to switch. This listing is focused primarily on the types of things that are commonly needed for work- or school-related tasks, not necessarily for home desktop use.” Click the title to read more…

Those idiots in marketing just don’t get it | Duct Tape Marketing Blog

“I’m presenting a workshop this week titled – How to get sales and marketing on the same page.

The point of the discussion is to help the audience, made up of marketers and the sales people for those marketers, understand that while they may indeed perform unique and necessary functions, they have shared objectives.

So, while, as the title of this post suggests, the gap between what sales does and what marketing does in support may seem vast (and perhaps even at odds) there is an absolute need to strike a balance between their independent and interdependent selves.” Click the title to read more…

How to Motivate Sales People Without Money?

Something to ponder…

“It is common knowledge that many sales people can calculate how much commission they have earned faster and more accurate than any super computer. Indeed, money is a key driving force that motivates most, and certainly for the more successful ones.” How to Motivate Sales People Without Money?

What do you think?

Can you count on Microsoft…

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…as a business and technology partner? Think about this…

“Everybody has a version of Windows that’s their favorite. What version it is depends a lot on your age. Some of my older colleagues swore blind that Windows 95 was the pinnacle of computer science, at least when it was released. I remember hearing a certain phrase over and over again in the late 90s: “Microsoft have got it just right with

For others, Windows 98 is their favorite. This was effectively Windows 95 Mark II, of course. For some desperately misguided souls, Windows Me tops their list.

(Have you noticed a curious feature about Microsoft is that they take two or three attempts to get things right? We see this playing out right now with Windows 7, which is effectively Windows Vista Mark II. Xbox 360 is Xbox Mark II, and nobody really used Windows until it reached version 3.1 back in 1992.)

For most people, XP is their favorite Windows. If asked to express a preference, I’ll probably agree, despite the fact I’m an open-source guy. It’s a solid and functional operating system.

Somehow Microsoft got everything just right with XP, but it’s extremely hard to quantify exactly what. The gut reaction is to say that it’s easy to use, but I don’t think that’s true. Many people I’ve worked with fail to grasp even XP’s basic concepts, despite years of use. Often I’ll explain something as simple as the search function of file browsing windows, and their eyes will widen as if I’ve just revealed the location of the Holy Grail. Unlike, say, OS X, Windows has never gone out of its way to be easy to use.” Source: Giving Linux That ‘XP’ Factor – Business Center – PC World

There may be a better operating system for much of your day to day computing — especially if you own older computers!

“I have a solution for your XP woes. Unless you’ve been lobotomized, you might think you’ve guessed what it is: Linux. But you would be wrong. I don’t generally recommend Linux. I recommend Ubuntu. You see, Ubuntu is a special version of Linux. Ubuntu is Linux for human beings. That’s their tag line, in fact, and it needs some explanation.

Versions of Linux tend to fall into one of two categories. First there are the industrial tools, like SUSE and Red Hat. These are designed for corporate environments, and are designed to run big computers like servers. They tend to boot to a black screen and a flashing cursor, unless you configure them otherwise. They’re superb for the tasks they’re put to (acting as a node on the Internet, or serving files in an office), but they’re not so good for you and me.

Then there are the hobbyist versions of Linux, like Gentoo or Mandriva. These are better for our purposes, but like any hobby, there’s a knowledge bar stopping just anybody getting involved. A classic chicken and egg situation arises: you need to know quite a bit about Linux to get started, but you won’t be able to learn that knowledge until after you’ve got started. The community surrounding these versions of Linux can be helpful, but if you lack the very basic knowledge, they have a habit of slamming the door in your face.

Ubuntu is arguably a little bit of both, but it’s got a vital third element — approachability. It’s like a warm pub on a cold night — inviting and welcoming to everybody. If you switch to Ubuntu you’re still gonna have to learn stuff. That’s just the way computers are. But Ubuntu also has that magical “Windows XP factor” — it’s as functional as you need it to be, yet is still accessible. It ‘just works’ too — there’s usually no need to install drivers, or add-on software. You install, and go. Everything comes together very nicely.” Source: Giving Linux That ‘XP’ Factor – Business Center – PC World

Small businesses, schools and churches should all consider the benefits of using Ubuntu. It means no more ransom payments to Microsoft for Vista or Office, but promises complete compatibility with Microsoft users. Give me a call to discuss this further if you’re looking for a way to conserve precious resources — technical and financial!

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Transform Your Website Into a Sales Powerhouse | Entrepreneur.com

“There’s never been a better time to take advantage of the expansive opportunities for online business development and growth that the internet affords. According to a Juniper Research study, the number of U.S. internet shoppers will grow at an average rate of 12 percent per year through 2010, resulting in more than $144 billion in online sales.” Click the title to read more…