Friday, April 30, 2010

Featured Tech Army Member: Sprinter Technology Services

Sprinter Technology Services, also known as SprinTech (Formerly Lightning Mods Custom Computers), is a small company located in Plover, Wisconsin which specializes in statewide sales, services, and installations with offices in the heart of central Wisconsin. They are also equally skilled in laser printer repair, server networking, POS, cabling, CCTV, Digital Signage, and of course laptop/desktop services.

Most recently SprinTech has formed a partnership with the "Rockin' 4 Relief" music festival as the on-site specialists which will take place June 11th and 12th at the Marathon Park stage. 100% of all proceeds from this event will be sent to the American Red Cross to help the earthquake victims in Haiti in which over 3 million people were affected. If you're looking for a technician with a great heart that also offers great technical support in northern Michigan, look no further.

"We are a full service technology sales and installation company which carries a large variety of certifications (Samsung, Dell, HP etc..), but we are a firm believer in experience talking instead of certifications. Although we are able to take and pass most any cert if needed."-Chris

AdAware, Virus and Spyware Services
Audio Visual Equipment Installer
Data Solutions - Backup, Recovery and Restoration, Storage
Delivery and Installation Services
Disaster Recovery
DVR/ CCTV - Geovision Products and Solutions
Help Desk Services
IP Camera Supplier
Microsoft Exchange Server Support
Networking: Security and Intrusion Detection
PC Builder
Remote Computer Support
Rentals - Computer and Audio Visual
Rentals - Digital Signage & Kiosks
Repairs - On-Site Computer (Break-Fix)
Retail Store Front
Staging - Audio Video / PA / Lighting
Used Computer Sales
Web - Design, Flash, Hosting, and Video
and more!

For a full list of services offered by SprinTech and Chris, check out the Tech Army Organization Welcome Chris and Sprinter Technology Post

Friday, April 23, 2010

What is an SEO Hybrid?

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a specialty that has become intricately woven into many other disciplines such as website design and architecture, website usability, website hits and conversion analysis, copywriting, and more. Many SEO professionals work very hard to understand other disciplines to create the best overall search experience. Yet these SEO technicians are often met with resistance, especially when working with other web specialists. Writers don’t want to change their clever headlines (even if they lack crucial keywords), designers take offense when you tell them their graphic was used inappropriately, and even conversion specialists become dumbfounded when our work doesn't show immediate results.

Even though we are in the middle of Search 3.0, there are people who still believe that search engine optimization professionals only have a single skill set. Others believe that the optimization process is simply putting keywords in meta tags while other unfortunate people believe that SEO and web design have nothing to do with each other. Put simply, a successful SEO hybrid will be a web professional who is equally skilled in SEO and one or more additional areas of expertise. For example, many search-savvy web developers will learn and understand how search engines access content on their website, and they will optimize their website to be easy as possible for search engines and searchers alike to access their content.

Are you an SEO Hybrid?

SEO hybrids come in many different shapes and forms. You might meet an SEO professional who advertises a search engine friendly website design. This particular SEO hybrid might be an information architect, a web developer, and a designer all in one. There are also SEO experts who specializes in news and blog search. These SEO hybrids might specialize in keyword research, writing search engine friendly articles for news and press releases, and even link development via blogs, social networks, and other media. Other SEO Hybrids only focus on the mobile aspect of search engines by paying attention to searcher behavior and usability. In fact, a SEO hybrid might not even have the abbreviation “SEO” in their titles.

Since SEO can be considered part art and part science, you will often find that many SEO hybrids have creative skills (writing, design, etc.) as well as analytical skills (coding, programming, scripting, etc). These skills are not mutually exclusive and having one SEO skill does not detract from other SEO skills. One of the greatest benefits of working with a SEO hybrid is that they can see the interrelationships between search behavior and website implementation that a non-hybrid SEO might not see.

Nevertheless, there is still a common misconception that an SEO professional is incapable of performing multiple jobs. Talented SEO hybrids can and do exist and, in my experience, I have not met an SEO professional who only specializes in search engine optimization.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Biz Stone on New Features on Twitter

Hi there,

Last month I restarted this monthly Twitter email update. If you've been around for a while, then you might remember getting my emails. If you signed up and requested this update more recently, welcome! A lot happens every month at Twitter so we want to keep you in the know. As always, you're invited to visit -- to come see what's new.
New Front Page
We've discovered over the years that Twitter is a work in progress. At first, the idea of tweeting only appealed to a few but then it caught on in a big way. Now Twitter is an incredibly rich and expanding information network. Our design team has changed the front page to reflect this metamorphosis and will continue to adjust accordingly.
Official Twitter Conference
We're hosting our first official Twitter developer conference this month. It's called Chirp. The event will take place in San Francisco over two days. The first day is April 14th at the Palace of Fine Arts. On April 15th, we'll be gathering at Fort Mason right along the bay. We're looking forward to meeting in person. For info, tickets, or to watch online, visit the Chirp web site.
Fighting Spam
Our Chief Scientist Abdur recently published a short piece titled, "State of Twitter Spam." In it, he explained how the definition of spam is different when compared to the common email variety. Spam is inevitable on a popular system but we fight it aggressively. Less than 1% of tweets per day are spam and we work diligently to reduce that percentage.
Location, Location, Location
We added a new feature to the Twitter web site that allows you to attach location data to individual tweets. This feature may not appeal to everyone so it requires that you activate it first in your Account Settings. You can choose to share an exact location or a general location such as neighborhood or town. This additional context is potentially very powerful.
Biz Stone, Co-founder (@Biz)
Twitter, Inc.

Also Read: Most Twitter Users are Outside the US, Twitter's Got a New Home Page

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Monday, April 5, 2010

NAS vs SAN: What's the Difference? (Video)

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SANS & NAS 101

This CyGem Video explains the difference between a SAN (Storage Area Networking) and NAS (Network Attached Storage). The differences between the two architectures are explained and when it is appropriate to use one technology versus the other.

The cost of storage has come down alot in the last few years. so both options are viable for various businesses.

NAS Network Attached Storage is a file level computer storage device. Software is designed specifically to serve files to users. Essentially a NAS is a File Server.

SAN Storage Area Network describes architecture to attach remote storage devices and make them appear as though they are locally attached.

Watch this short video for more specific information regarding SANs and NAS storage networks.

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