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Recent articles on TTB – August 07

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday September 2, 2007 )

If you’re only viewing the Taming the Beast.net RSS feed or just visiting the blog; you’ve probably missed out on some articles I’ve published to the main site in the last couple of months – the following is a summary of those items. (more…)


Domain names in documentation

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday September 1, 2007 )

Writing articles or instructions for your customers and need to use an example domain name? There is a domain set aside specifically for this purpose. (more…)


Initiating live chat sessions

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday August 31, 2007 )

I’ve been wanting to find a good strategy for initiating live chat sessions with visitors to one of the sites I work with; but not at the expense of annoying those people and sending them screaming for the back button (more…)


Partnership perils

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday August 30, 2007 )

Thinking about launching into an online project with a buddy, colleague or family member? It’s not always smooth sailing and often it can turn into a shipwreck. (more…)


Too cool for IE?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday August 29, 2007 )

It’s cool to stick it to “da man”. It’s cool to be counter-culture. It’s cool to be different. But sometimes it’s not cool to be this sort of cool on an ecommerce site catering to Joe Surfer – if you want to make the most of your business. Or more accurately, you need to be careful how you display your self assumed coolness. (more…)


Word/Excel HTML code bloat

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday August 28, 2007 )

Ever copied and pasted a Word or Excel document into a HTML page and then viewed the source code? It gives a whole new meaning to the term code bloat :) (more…)


Quick PDF security tip

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday August 26, 2007 )

A major company found themselves in an embarassing situation recently when information in PDF documents that had sensitive details blacked out became common knowledge. (more…)


Bacn – tastier spam

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday August 25, 2007 )

The online revolution has seen many new terms and words enter into common usage; some even now listed in English dictionaries. For example, the word spam. Spam now has a new companion term – bacn, which means somewhat “tastier” spam. (more…)


Searcher moms

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday August 24, 2007 )

Moms are avid searchers it appears according to a recent according to a DoubleClick Performics’ report entitled “Searcher Moms – A Search Behavior and Usage Study”. (more…)


Easier Google Maps

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday August 23, 2007 )

Always wanted to have Google Maps on your site to show customers your business location or your readers a geographical area in relation to an article – but couldn’t be bothered messing around with the API? Now you can with just a snippet of code! (more…)