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I’m moved my hosting to DigitalOcean. To celebrate just follow this link to get a $10 credit. #sofast

Auto Inspiration: The Donkervoort D8 GTO

I love lightweight sports cars, the Lotus 7, the Ac Shelby Cobra, and the Lotus Exige among other. I also love modern retro cars, like the newest Dodge Charger and Challenger. But check this out a modern take on the Lotus 7, the Donkervoort D8 GTO.

Challenges of non Technical Managers

This popped up on a friends facebook feed, and it perfectly summed up my past few weeks to months.
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Check out the original source at, http://xkcd.com/1425/, browser through and check out some great comics.

An Alarming Commercial – that won’t keep kids in school

Stay in school PSA’s have probably been around since schools started or at least until the first kid skipped. Do you think corporal punishment counts as a PSA? And is this ad really to convince people to stay in school, or would it work? Here’s here’s how it breaks down:

This commercial, if you haven’t seen it(watch it) try’s to make a case for staying in school. Some Kids head to the beach in their classic VW for some surfing and fun. There having a blast until they start exploding. Basically they stumbled on a beautiful secluded beach that’s actually some sort of military testing zone. The message seems to be stay in school or you will miss a sign that says explosive testing.

The alarming part, and the troubling part in this scenario is why would such a beautiful piece of landscape be some sort of crazy explosive testing range that make people spontaneously combust. You could into read into it deeper and pretend the message was if you don’t stay in school and become an environmental lawyer natural landscape will get over taken by crazy government experiments. Some how I doubt this last scenario. They’re also saying hey if you drop out of school you’ll head to the beach and surf all day, sound pretty sweet to me.

The marketing lesson here is keep in simple, that’s why I follow the K.I.S.S (keep it simple stupid) principle for marketing and UX web technologies, at least for direct marketing.

When you do learn what the ad is really for it makes sense and was very effective. It received over 4 million views on youtube in 24 hours and is close to 11 million at the time of writing this article. The ad was created by Henry Inglis to generate publicity for his production company, saying “It’s got a lot of attention because advertising can’t be this provocative or extreme.”

What’s the real message? Get people talking.

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Amazing Tech – Google Developing a contact lens for Diabetics

Diabetes is a growing concern around the World, and something very personal to me as I developed Type 1 diabetes in my early 20s.

Now in a normal day most diabetics check blood sugars between 4 and 8 times by pricking there finger and using a glucose meter. Google’s new technology would allow diabetics to have blood sugars continuously monitored. There are several advantages to this, and will change many diabetics life making it that much easier. One huge advantage of this is greatly reducing the risk of dangerously low blood sugars during exercise. It has the potential to provide immediate warnings when ever blood sugars fall out of the normal range.

Read the full article from the Google Blog – Introducing our smart contact lens project.

WTF Innovation – Christmas Tree Snowboards

This is really cool. Signal snowboards makes a board out of recycled Christmas trees and hits the slopes to test it out.

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Manage Multiple WordPress Site with Infinite WordPress

Are you a developer or designer with multiple WordPress sites to manage and update, either your own or client sites? Do you need to manage and upgrade the WordPress core and Themes often? Infinite WordPress is the solution for you!

What it is
Infinite WordPress is a self hosted tool to manage multiple WordPress sites hosted on different servers, and install from an easy to use centralized dashboard.

The basic package is free, and allows you to one click updates all sites, run instant backups, plus manage your plugins and themes. Additional modules can be purchased to do a variety of tasks from displaying Google Analytics, schedule backups, send reports to clients, uptime monitors, the ability to backup to repositories and more.

Easy to Use
One of the best things about Infinite WordPress is is that it is easy to use. If you can install WordPress you can install Infinite WordPress. The core package get uploaded to your desired url, or sub url, once you go to the location of the folder you are walked through an easy install. A simple plugin goes on each WordPress site you need to manage, and you follow the steps on screen, and you’re ready to go!

Alternatives
There are a few alternatives, however they are paid alternatives.

ManageWP is the first one which is a hosted solution which offers similar features and starts at about $0.80 per site per month, and more for more advanced features. Two of the biggest advantages of ManageWP are IOS and Android Aps, something that is promised for Infinite WordPress.

WP Remote is a simple solution that is free for basic features. If you want to run automatic backups it will cost you $5 a month. However I’m not the biggest fan of the the user interface.

My choice is the Infinite WordPress solution. The freemium model is the most cost effective over the long run, and with a developer API coming soon it is sure to be the most extensible. The user interface is easy and clean, so I sugest you check it out now, and we all know keeping your WordPress core and Plugins up to date is one of the best things you can do for security.

Go to InfiniteWP.com/

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New ‘WindDude.com’ Beta Site Live

For the last week I’ve been working on a new site for winddude.com and I’m proud to announce the Beat version is alive. The theme is still in development, I have a few more features to work out specific to the WindDude webpage, and a few minor things to tweak, once I’m happy with it there I am pleased to announce I will develop the theme for public use.

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Here are some of the features already implemented:

  • Large featured header image (this may become a slider)
  • Masonry / Pintrest style layout
  • Fluid and Responsive Layout
  • Widget enabled Sidebar and Footer
  • Sticky Widget area on the homepage
  • Custom Logo Upload
  • Infinite Scroll on Trigger
  • Plus much much more!

Check it out at WindDude.com

Billabong Loses Half of Market Value as Takeover Talks End

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What’s happened to Billabong? The 40 year old Australian Surf wear giant has recently lost half of it’s stock market value. Is the reason for the dip due to economy, a consumer willingness to buy ‘Poser’ brands such as Hollister, or other reasons? In the article below Bloomberg takes a look at the stock price of the surf wear giant.

Check out the article here.

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This Week On The Web

I do a lot of time reading on the web, usually flipping through content on my android smart phone via Flipboard. Here are 8 helpfull and interesting articles from around the web.

25 Tech Terms Every Entrepreneur Should Know – Here are 25 terms every small business owner needs to know, from Mashable.

Why Google banned brainteasers from their interview process – Google has recently made changes to there hiring process, after making brain teasers famous they have reportedly gotten rid of them.

8 New and Underappreciated Marketing Resources from Google – 8 marketing resources for SEO’s and marketers beyond Google Analytics, Apps, the AdWords Keywords Tools.

3 Kickstarter Campaigns That Went Horribly Wrong – 3 kickstarter campaigns that didn’t go as planned or did, depending on who you ask.

7 things to think about before creating a logo for your startup – Creating a logo can be a challenging task, here is a list of 7 things to think about before creating your logo.

The creepier web tracking technology that will replace cookies – Cookies are on the way out, here is a look from the Globe and Mail what future technology might hold.

Fix Your Mobile Site–or Face a Google Demotion – Mobile sites are more important then ever before and beware; If your site isn’t mobile friendly or creates a headache for smartphone users, Google will punish you.

Avoid startup failure – Don’t make these 7 mistakes – A large majority of startups fail, here are 7 mistakes to avoid.