Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined

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Breakfast of Champions

The Tech Tool Roadmap: How to find, buy, and implement the right tools for your growing business

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There’s literally a software tool for everything these days, and we take for granted how they have transformed modern business. In my 20 years of founding or operating in growth startups, I’ve seen poorly implemented technologies cause more problems than they've helped. Here’s how I’ve mapped out the process to bring on new business tools and avoid these pitfalls.

Cutting the Cord, Pulling the Plug – I Cancelled my Cable!

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Cable TV Static Flicker

January 25, 2012. That was the day (so I’ve had 3 months under my belt). After years of building home-brew DVR’s, and spending countless monthly dollars on a service I rarely used anymore…I made the move.  Shut it down, turned it off, sent the equipment back!  Now I just have an internet connection. How do I feel?  Well, like I’ve got a few more dollars in my pocket for...

Microsoft BizSpark Plus and My Company Embarke

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BizSpark Plus - Embarke Benefits

So, a lot has happened this year with Embarke…and one of the most substantial things is Embarke being accepted into the Microsoft BizSpark Plus program.  If you don’t feel like clicking that link, here’s the Cliff’s Notes:  We get $60k of free Azure Cloud services.  Nice! We’re so excited, we shot a video for it.  Bryan and I chatted for about 15 minutes, then I...

AR.Drone Unbox, Flight, Crash!

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AR.Drone Flying

I don’t think I’ve ever done a video review of anything before, but this new piece of technology is a lot of fun and I couldn’t resist after putting some video together. It’s the AR.Drone Quadricopter, controlled by an iPhone! The review includes an unboxing, my first flight (indoors, mistake) including a crash in the sink! Then an outdoor flight and some of my comments on...

Build Your Own DIY Sonos System on the Cheap

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Sonos Airfoil Logo Mashup

If you’re unfamiliar with Sonos’ fantastic products, go ahead and have a gander at their website.  Synchronized music, in multiple rooms in your home, wirelessly, and controllable via your iPhone.  Epic, right?  Unfortunately, at a price that’s out of range for many every-day music enthusiasts.  This article will show you a way to get similar functionality with existing equipment and some...

A Better Twitter Widget for BlogEngine.NET 1.6

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UPDATE 05/01/2010:  Per Donovan Olivier’s Suggestion, I’ve updated this widget to fix a problem in displaying Twitter usernames with an underscore in them.  Thanks Donovan! I made some tweaks today to the new Twitter Widget that was released with BlogEngine.NET 1.6.  I noticed that @User and #Hash tags were not linked up, so I fixed that. Below is the code you need to modify.  Any...

BlogEngine 1.6 Released – Quick Start Help Guide

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BlogEngine Logo

BlogEngine 1.6 was just released with substantial SPAM Filtering and Comment Management upgrades.  As well, a number of bug fixes and other new features have been included such as Multiple Widget Zones. You should follow this upgrade process, but I’ve also added my own summary of the steps I took below. Make a backup! Copy your live web to a test web, if you have the ability to test on another...

Add CAPTCHA to Your BlogEngine.NET Installation – Reduce SPAM!

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No Spam!

UPDATE 01.31.2010:  The latest release of BlogEngine.NET (2.0) addresses a number of spam-related issues and includes some of it’s own CAPTCHA-type options, including reCaptcha. UPDATE 02.21.2010:  Michael’s post was updated to include a minor tweak required for BlogEngine 1.6 support. I’ve gotten a fair amount of attention regarding a post which details ways to reduce SPAM within...

Microsoft and Apple – Still Playing Nice After All These Years

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Microsoft and Apple on the same chip!

I happened to be digging through my garage somewhat recently, and ran across my Apple ][+ (of the Apple ][ Series) computer (and it’s green monitor, and dual floppy drives, and joystick, etc).  I’ll do an update to that experience later…  But for now, I want to share something for all the people out there who believe there’s some sort of cold war between Microsoft and Apple </sarchasm> I...

Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined