Here are some helpful business marketing articles I’ve found interesting:
If you use WordPress to design your own website, checkout Premise:
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Just use the code THANKS when you check out and you’ll save $70 on the best landing page software available for WordPress.
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The result is that the “buy” buttons that linked to their web stores have been removed. This has been an ongoing controversy ever since Apple changed their policy about in-app purchases.
It turns out that all e-booksellers would rather delete the in-app purchase button rather than pay Apple 30% for each purchase.
There’s an easy and pain-free way to set up your own bookstore app button that’s at least as good as, if not better than, the button in each app.
You can read your books in the Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Google app as before. And when you want to buy a book, click on the new icon bookmark you created and you will instantly get to the same place the original in-app button sent you.
Update 8/10/11: Today Kindle released a “Cloud Reader”. It is an html5 version of their Kindle reader. You can go to Safari on your iPad and visit www.amazon.com/cloudreader. It works just like the Kindle app with the addition of a link to the Kindle eBookstore. Plus you can create an icon for your home screen. I assume an iPhone version will be coming soon. Also Nook is working on a similar “web app”.
Being an Apple geek I purchased Apple’s Amazing Magic Trackpad the day it came out. After a little practice I’ve learned to love this gadget.
It’s sleek and looks great next to my wireless keyboard. The glass surface is smooth and easy to use. You just have to make sure your fingers are clean and dry. Like using your iPhone or iPad, if your fingers are damp there’s too much friction to move them over the surface.
Double tapping is the same as clicking. It takes a little getting used to. Use two fingers to scroll. On the “Mighty Mouse” you only need one finger to scroll, so if you use both you may get a little confused.
The batteries last quite a while. I use the cheap Costco batteries and still get at least 2-3 months usage from them. And it’s easy to change the batteries. All you need is a coin to open the side slot and simply change the batteries. Don’t forget to press the side button to turn it back on. Hold for a few seconds until you see the miniscule light blink on. This sets the bluetooth connection.
With the new Lion operating system coming out this Summer I believe the Magic Trackpad will have many new, convenient uses. For the price, I’d say this is a great product, especially if you use an iMac.
Disclaimer: I am an Amazon affiliate. Even still, I love the Magic Trackpad and highly recommend it.
It’s a common practice that the header image of most websites link back to the home page. People expect this.
What if you’re using Artisteer to create a WordPress template?
Here’s a simple way to link your header back to your home page.
(Before making any changes to the page.php code, copy the original code and save it someplace. If you mess up you can always return things to the way they were.)
1. Find the art for the header. It should be located in the wp-content folder in the theme folder under “images”. It would be called “header.jpg”.
Figure out the exact url for this image, or copy it to an easier location and upload it to your server. You will have to locate this exact url, either way.
2. Log into your wp-admin account.
3. Go to Appearance in your Admin page.
4. Click on Editor
5. Find “Page Template” (page.php) on the right hand side and click.
6. Look for the following highlighted code:
7. Replace this highlighted code with the new highlighted code below:
Make sure to use your own domain name as well as the entire url address of the header art. Also include the proper height and width.
8. Update the page template.
You should now be able to click on your header from any page and it will take you home.
If you see a little box with a ? in it, that means either you do not have the correct, exact url for the header image or you did not upload it to the server.
For more details check out the Artisteer Forum.
All you need to do is create a 16 x 16 pixel .ico file. Start off in Photoshop or any image editing program. Use your logo or brand image and create a mini jpg file.
Then can go to a site like favicon and upload your jpg image.
Once you upload your new jpg icon into a favicon generator site, you just have to name it favicon.ico and export that ico image to your hard drive. Then, using FTP or Dreamweaver just place that image into your site’s root folder.
If you’re using WordPress, the “Shockingly Simple Favicon Options” plugin is an easy way to set up your favicon.
If you don’t use WordPress, check out Dynamic Drive’s Favicon Generator.
Adding a favicon to your website is a great way to help build your image or brand. It also makes your site look a little more professional.
It’s inevitable. You will lose all your data unless you regularly backup.
You think restarting will fix the problem. Sometimes it does. This time it didn’t. The only recourse was to spend hundreds of dollars to try and recover the data. And buy a new hard drive.
Since then I take every precaution to back up all my data.
Am I paranoid about losing my data? You bet. It’s happened. And it’s not unusual.
I highly recommend you look into some form of data backup. Better to be safe than regret losing data or memories permanently.
Also check out How to Backup Your Data & Installation Discs from Gigaom’s Apple Blog.
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I was excited to learn that Apple TV includes MobileMe. I clicked on the menu and was asked to “Add a MobileMe Account”. The way to enter text using the Apple TV remote is tedious, at best. You use a click wheel and scan through the letters onscreen. It’s the same way with Verizon Fios TV, which is also a pain.
I attempted to enter my MobileMe account but was given a message saying it did not exist. After some research I learned that maybe if I changed my MobileMe password, Apple TV would recognize my account. I did this and received the same results.
Out of frustration I called MobileMe support and learned that I had to have photos in the MobileMe gallery in order for it to work. I uploaded some photos and indeed it did work. Over the years I have found Apple tech support to be very helpful.
Apparently MobileMe on Apple TV is only for photos. You do not get access to your calendar, e-mails or any other content. This was disappointing. I wish I knew that from the beginning. It would have saved me a lot of trouble setting it up.
Overall I have been very pleased with Apple TV and especially Air Play. I can easily play audio from my iMac, MacBook as well as my iPhone and iPad through my Panasonic TV and speakers. Unfortunately it does not work with Sirius radio yet. I look forward to more functionality in the future.
Having just written about Appigo Sync version 1.2.0 I feel I must also talk a bit about today’s update to version 1.2.1.
This new update occurred just a day or so after the previous update. This time I had no problems with duplicate content or the inability to sync. Everything worked fine.
Now that the iPhone update is optimized for iOS4, it remains open unless you close it in the multi-task bar. Because of this, it does not automatically sync after initially opening unless you manually press the sync button.
For $19.99 per year, Appigo is offering Todo Online “Over-the-Air-Cloud-Sync”. What this does is sync your todos, projects, checklists, alerts, etc. with an online cloud service. This means you do not have to sync your Todo app with your computer and Appigo Sync. So you can sync your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iCal with the online service, no matter where you are, and even view your todos on any computer. And it’s always up to date.
Of course, if you have daily access to your “base” computer with your iThings, and you’re the only one using your iStuff, I’m not sure what the benefit is over the free Appigo Sync software, other than having a (hopefully) reliable backup.
What is not clear yet, is if this new Todo Online service will sync up with the new iCal MobileMe when it comes out of beta. This is where iCal content is only stored online and not on your computer. We shall see.
After that neither my iPhone nor my iPad connected to Appigo Sync. I got “Synchronization Error: Check Settings”.
Previously ToDo stopped syncing with iCal when I tried the MobileMe beta update. This was because the iCal beta on MobileMe takes all your calendar events and todos off your computer and stores it on “the cloud”.
iCal todos do not sync with either their iPad or iPhone. And the todos on iCal desktop do not match the todos on the iCal MobileMe account.
Another frustration is, if you just want to use the todos in iCal you will find it very tedious to update. Instead of clicking on your todo item date and seeing a pop up calender to move the item to a new date, you have to manually enter the day, date and year as separate items. Go figure. If only Apple created an easy way to update their todo items and sync them with MobileMe and all iProducts we wouldn’t need a Todo App.
Make sure you back up your iCal. You do not want to lose all your data by accident.
Go to the Appigo Sync Preferences. Click on the section that says “Devices”. This is where you’ll find your iPad and iPhone listed.
Click on either iPhone or iPad, depending on what you have connected. Then click remove. I removed my iPad. Then went into “Settings”, then “Synchronization, then “Services”. I hit “Validate”. On my iMac the Appigo Sync Preferences panel listed the iPad as “Pending”. I was able to get a new sync code. I entered it and was then able to sync.
The iPhone was more complicated. The above procedure did not work. I ended up having to delete the Todo App from the iPhone. I then connected the iPhone to iTunes on my iMac. I checked the ToDo app on iTunes and resynced the phone. Then I opened the Todo App. After re-registering, I connected the device as stated above and now it works.
Unfortunately I still had to carefully delete all the duplicated items. I do not look forward to future updates, especially when the new MobileMe calender comes out of beta.
For more details check “How do I sync Todo with iCal”.
Today I finally decided to update my iCal to the new MobileMe Calendar. The reason I did this was because there was a detailed description from Appigo on how to do it. Unfortunately, what happened was that I lost all the detailed descriptions on all my Todos in iCal. They just appear as empty. Plus any changes on iCal’s todo list no longer sync with Appigo’s Todo on the iPad and iPhone. They also do not sync with Todo Online ($19.99 per year). I am waiting to hear back from Appigo on how to fix this issue. Hopefully I will have an answer soon.
Still no word from Appigo. So I called MobileMe and asked how I may be able to get my data back. They basically told me I was out of luck. Also iCal and MobileMe do not sync Todo items. They are working on this for a future update. I think this should have been a no-brainer from the start, but that’s just me.
I remembered I had saved a copy of my iCal calendars when I first had problems with the MobileMe beta calendar. I reloaded this into my MobileMe iCal account. Happily I got all my todo items and notes back. Plus, unfortunately, everything else on my iCal. Lots of duplicated items. So I diligently went through my entire calendar and deleted duplicate items.
Then I decided to try syncing up my revised iCal with my AppigoSync Todo Online account. Somehow this caused all my todo items to completely disappear from iCal on my computer. So, frustrated, I reapplied my summer backup calendars to my iCal and again synced with Appigo. Once again all my todos disappeared from iCal, plus all my appointments were duplicated again.
Next thing I did was to set AppigoSync on my iMac to manual so that it would no longer sync with Todo online. And what about Todo Online? Well, I had three or more copies of all my Todos. Some were in their proper lists, but without the notes and info. I had several copies of each item in the “Inbox” category. One copy of each Todo item had the deleted notes. The others did not.
So my original list of 500 plus todos were now over 1500. Some with notes, some without. Some in the right category. Some not.
Now I am cleaning up all my Todo items and syncing them on my iPhone, iPad, and Todo Online account. I am definitely not syncing them up with my iCal account and MobileMe. Not unless I discover a way to back up all my Todos on my iPhone etc.
So that’s the story so far. I also signed up with 1Password Pro to keep all my important passwords and login info secure on my iPhone, iPad and 1Password Online account. More on that in a future post.
I finally heard back from Appigo. They do try to be helpful. They sent links on how to “fix” this syncing problem, explaining that, for now, Appigo only syncs the items “On My Mac” and not on MobileMe. I decided to give it a try.
I uninstalled Appigo Sync on my Mac. I backed up my entire iTunes, something I should have done anyway. I then backed up all my calendars and todos.
I then deleted all my calendars On My Mac. I reinstalled Appigo Sync and ran a manual sync. I did get back the calendars but somehow I managed to get five copies of many items. Again, some had notes, some did not. Some were labeled as “Inbox”, others were not. Only one of each was correct.
So again I went through all my Todo items in Todo Online and deleted the extras. I then re-synced them with my iPad and iPhone Todos. Those three are now correct. The iCal version is not. For that matter, neither are the MobileMe Todos. And that’s the way it’s going to stay for now.
I like having the Todo App on my iPhone and iPad. I also like having it backed up to the ToDo Online beta account. I just wish there was a way to have MobileMe and iCal part of that.
If anyone has figured this out, please let me know.
Adding a pdf link to your WordPress page gives a link. But when you hit the link online sometimes a new page opens, usually with a comments box. You then have to press the link again.
Here’s an easy way to avoid that.
You will then have a link. Hitting the link will either bring up a dialog box asking to open or download the file or will do either of those depending on your browser’s preferences.