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The pain of moving a site away from Godaddy or ********* Godaddy

There is not much that makes me more angry than creating artificial barriers to exit for the purpose of forcing clients to stay with you.  Godaddy is a prime example of this.  It is a huge pain to move a website and all the files away from them.

I have a client who has outgrown Godaddy’s hosting and I am moving them over to MediaTemple, who provides scalable hosting for high traffic and database intensive websites.

The site is made up of four open source web based applications:

  1. WordPress for content management
  2. OpenX for banner advertisement serving
  3. phpBB for web forums
  4. Gallery2 for a photo gallery

Each of these applications has a separate file structure and an individual database on Godaddy.  Much of the content has been uploaded to the application and the easiest way to move the site would be to Zip or Tar the entire site, backup the databases and move the files over to the new hosting.  I have probably done this thirty times in my life.  It is pretty straight forward and most of the time is spent watching files transfer.

Godaddy has made this impossible for the following reasons.

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AP alleges copyright infringement of Obama image

Obama PosterLet’s see the AP try and put this genie back in the barn or the horse back in the bottle.

news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090204/ap_en_ot/obama_poster

The funny thing is the creator of the poster, also create the “Obey” brand which was started using a bootlegged photo of Andre The Giant.  Shepard Fairey, the creator, has been on both sides of the copyright issue, and has tried to protect his images from duplication.andrethegiantsticker

I wish I still  had the bootleg Radar has a posse, 1′ 4″ sticker that the previous tenants left in the rental home I moved into in 1998.  The sticker was made for the neighborhood cat “Radar,” and included an image of a cat.  One of my favorite version is the UNC-CH t-shirt for Jackie Manual. jackiemanuelhasaposse

There is a long discussion of the techniques and law here: www.myartspace.com/blog/2009/01/shepard-fairey-obey-copyright.html

Zombies

While there is no statistical evidence that zombie outbreaks increase around Halloween, you can never be too careful. The following are some links and resources to get you prepared for the season.

Emergency Zombie Defense Station

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You can never be too prepared. Learn how to build this important toolkit. Read more here.

The Zombie Handbook By Max Brooks

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“The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.” from Amazon

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Video after the break.

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Who Makes Websites: An A List Apart Survey

“In April 2007, A List Apart and An Event Apart conducted a survey of people who make websites. Close to 33,000 web professionals answered the survey’s 37 questions, providing the first data ever collected on the business of web design and development as practiced in the U.S. and worldwide.”

This is an exhaustive survey of who makes websites, including Project Managers, Webmasters, Developers and Creative Directors .

Some interesting results:

  • 72.5% have their own blog.
  • 46.5% had a field of study unrelated to current web work.
  • 32.2% have only been in their current job 1 year or less.
  • Project Managers had the highest job satisfaction (51.6%), Webmasters, lowest (40.3%)

View results here http://www.alistapart.com/articles/2007surveyresults

iPhone vs BlackBerry 8820: Who will reign supreme?

I wanted to thank the nice people at AT&T and their PR firm for sending me both an iPhone and a BlackBerry 8820 to test out. Currently, I am putting the two phones through their paces and I promise a full report on the pro and cons of both phones soon. They are giving my Nokia N70 a run for the money but I have not made up my mind yet. Stay tuned…

New SBTDC Website Launched

We have launched the new version of the web site for the Small Business Technology Development Center in Wilmington, NC.. (www.csb.uncw.edu/sbtdc/)

My goals in updating the site were as follows:

  • Streamline the navigation and make content easier to find
  • Build the site with current web standards and ensure ADA compliance
  • Update content on the site to reflect new staff and documents.

New SBTDC Homepage
Overall the site is a huge improvement over the previous version and can now be maintained by SBTDC administrative staff via Macromedia Contribute.

iPhone Will It Blend?

The name says it all. This has got to be one of the best viral ad campaigns out there. I may just have to buy on of their blenders.

It amazes me that the phone continued to work for as long as it did during the blend.

A podcast you should listen to

HBR IdeaCastIf you are interested in business topics such as marketing, leadership, business development, you should check out the Harvard Business Review “Ideacast.” It is a weekly podcast on a range of topics. Last week’s discussion of public relations gave a lot of valuable insight into the value of good PR. There were some practical tips on how to position your organization in such a way to attract the press when they need an expert for a topic.

Some of the past topics have included, What is Wikinomics?, Breakthrough Ideas of 2007, and Viral marketing. Each episode is free and only 10 to 15 minutes long. This is some great stuff.