Caching XML to a Local File in PHP

When you are consuming XML through web services, it can translate into a lot of calls going back and forth to a remote server. For some pages or web apps, that may not be a big deal. For extremely data intensive apps, its often best to cache these XML datasets locally to help improve performance […]

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Using $scope.$watchGroup to Monitor Form Fields for Validation in AngularJS

I’ll admit I’m fairly new to the movement that is AngularJS. The Javascript elements make it feel like a familiar old friend, but at times you go to implement a specific task only to hit a wall. And then another one and then another one. I’ve got a designer who is having a lot of […]

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Analyzing Email Open Rates, Click Throughs & Statistics by Industry

It would seem that we are all online. If e-mail were a country, then its 1.4 billion users would make it the country with the largest population in the world. Over 92% of Americans have or read e-mail, and 66% of those do so on a daily basis. In marketing terms, e-mails are a heck […]

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6 Ways That Testimonials Can Lead to Increased Sales

Testimonials carry enormous power. According to McKinsey, “word of mouth is the primary factor behind 20 to 50 percent of all purchasing decisions”. Why exactly do testimonials and word of mouth figure so highly in consumer buying patterns? Consumers have always trusted recommendations directly expressed to them by a reliable source more than by a company, […]

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What Mad Men’s Don Draper Taught Us about Social Media

Ok, ok, we know that Don Draper wasn’t real…..but the insights he had on Mad Men about how to create powerful marketing campaigns certainly were. But while his character was based in an era where social media didn’t even exist (at least not in the form it does today), we kind of get the impression […]

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Hacker Sets Up Hidden Canadian Pharma Pages on WordPress

A client contacted me this afternoon saying that Google was showing that their website had been hacked underneath their search result. This was odd to say the least. New clients will occasionally call us to help clean up a website that has already been hacked, but this was the first time we’ve had one on […]

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Maryam Khazraee’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Essay

We have a rich history of copyright laws, first starting with the printing press in the 1400s that was used to be disruptive to political and religious puppet masters as it allowed the spread of knowledge, wisdom, and awareness. Freedom of speech helped decline the Holy Roman Empire through Protestant writings, rise of nationalism from […]

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Tara Clifford’s Copyright, Free Speech and the Digital Age Essay

Copyright, as defined by the United States Constitution is “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts”. Progress. Not monetary gain, not exclusive holding rights. No, to promote progress. Progress was an idea that Aaron Swartz committed his life to. He realized that current copyright law no longer held the essence nor upheld the […]

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Erika Nilsson’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Essay

When I was little, my brother got in trouble for sharing some sensitive information about a fellow student in class. This student was, in fact, cheating on one of the tests and because this exam was weighted, the cheater could have ruined everyone’s grades while propping up his own. My brother thought that he would […]

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Blake Echt’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Essay

In regards to ethics, there are two general theories that can be used to discuss the implications of an action, Deontological and Utilitarian ethics: the former is a series of ethical guidelines that override the popular choice (for example, even though the majority would benefit from an unethical action, the right thing to do is […]

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