How to Buy iPhone Apps in Bulk

Imagine a company wanted to buy each employee the latest Angry Birds iPhone app as a gift. How can they do so? As it turns out, there’s a program for that.

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A Brief Comparison of WordPress, Drupal & Joomla!

This blog is my first experience using WordPress or any open source CMS (Content Management System). You can accomplish a great deal with WordPress in a short time without getting into HTML and coding. I’ve built web sites from scratch with just a text editor and with various tools like Microsoft’s ASP.net. WordPress allows you to focus on content and making your site unique instead of reinventing the underlying technology plumbing.

WordPress started out as a blogging platform and has evolved into a CMS. It’s been adapted for many uses such as news and company information sites. WordPress was the clear choice for my first blog. However, is it the best tool for a small business or a collaboration web site? Before I start adapting WordPress for other uses, I am investigating other open source CMS options. [Read more…]

Intro to WordPress

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and content management system (CMS) based on PHP (scipting language) and MySQL database. As of August, 2011 it powered 15% of the top million websites in the world. 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the US are running WordPress. Similar open source CMS tools include Drupal, Joomla! and DotNetNuke.

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5 Options for Distributing Your iOS App to a Limited Audience

Imagine you’ve built an iOS app for a limited set of users. Since it requires authentication, the app is useless to the general public. Is the public App Store the only option to deploy this app without express shipping devices through the mail?

I’ve identified 5 options that you should know about.

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How to Tweet for Your Small Business

A friend and photo blogger, recently emailed me a great blog post titled: How Do You Write Personal Blog Posts When You’re a Private Person? My first instinct was to forward the email. I paused to consider better options. This was a good candidate for Twitter. If I don’t force myself to stop using email for everything, I will never understand social networking. [Read more…]

Microsoft: Open Source Friend or Foe?

A colleague recently posted a link to the following article and asked to hear other’s thoughts: Meet Bill Gates, the Man Who Changed Open Source Software. The following are my thoughts…

Microsoft must embrace open source software or it will become irrelevant. It’s not surprising that Gates had the foresight to realize this early. He’s historically been good at identifying technology shifts before they happen. [Read more…]

The Smartphone for the Masses

On October 04, 2011, I sent an email to many people expressing excitement about the upcoming announcement of the next iPhone model later that day. At that time there were pervasive rumors of an iPhone “5”. Instead the iPhone “4s” was announced and many expressed disappointment. Someone responded to my email saying: “More than a little disappointing don’t you think?” The following was my reply… [Read more…]

Mobile Multi-platform Technologies

Sometimes the most challenging part of a technology decision is determining what options are available. This is especially true in the mobile technology space where new technologies pop up every day and major platforms become obsolete overnight. That’s why I started collecting information about mobile multi-platform technologies I encountered. I’ve included it here for reference.

What You Should Know About MonoTouch

After talking to many people about MonoTouch and Mono for Android I’ve found there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding them. These tools have great potential which could be overlooked if they are not understood. This blog post provides background information you need to decide if you want to dig deeper into MonoTouch or Mono for Android. [Read more…]