Happy Holidays From Rodan

A time of reflection as we look forward into 2012! Happy Holidays to all of our family, friends, clients, and associates. 2011 has been an amazing fast and productive year, though things are never as productive as we dream or demand. Nonetheless, as we roll through Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and even Festivus (we can’t help ourselves), we have to take a moment to look back on 2011 and forward to 2012. As the new year…

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Goodbye Steve Jobs

We are all lucky to have lived in his lifetime, and he lives in each of us. When I first read the news of Steve Jobs’ passing, it was a couple hours after the news had started spreading on Facebook and the tech blogs. I had been very busy putting together graphics on my iMac. I touched the NYTimes App button on the iPad to see what the headline was. For some reason, that helped…

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The Basic Changes Bring Us Back To The Basics

Experimentation Is Always Good, But Fundamentals Will Win The Day Every Time Rodan Media Group is about to make a dramatic change in its appearance, but we are also making other changes that will be noticed by those who have been doing business with us for some time. Behind the scenes, we are shifting our focus back to the fundamentals, giving us breathing room to consider our next round of business experimentation. It is always…

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Domains, Gold, Farm Land or Oxygen: Which Is The Best Investment Going Forward

As the Dollar becomes less valuable, where will you put your hard-earned assets to work? A lesson in macro economics hardly seems congruous with a website development and domain development blog, but bear with me; the information herein is quite important. CNBC, which is my favorite business news channel, landed a protracted interview with Warren Buffet this morning, and the information gleaned from that interview will have me thinking for weeks and years to come,…

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Lunar Eclipse On Solstice!

Totally Unrelated to Anything Web, And Yet … The first total lunar eclipse to happen on a Solstice, in the age of the Internet, is about six minutes past peak totality. However, we must admit the totality will last for a quite a while longer. I feel sorry for our friends in Europe and South America and Africa, who got to taste the eclipse just before the sunrise in their part of the Earth. For…

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Naming Conventions and Their Importance to Semantic Web

As Data Are Searched, Keeping Variables Well-Tagged Will Enhance Search Presence The idea of Semantic Web has been around for a very long time, much longer than most people have been online. In fact, the idea of a “cloud computer” was first introduced in the 1950’s. Remington Rand built a UNIVAC Cloud Computer in the mid-1950’s. The debate over whether Semantic Web is a good thing for business seems almost ridiculous, however, to anyone who…

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WTF, Facebook?

Did I Ask to Join That Group? Maybe it’s the movie, Social Media. Perhaps it’s Mark Zuckerberg handing over some control to lesser men; perhaps it’s Mark Zuckerberg becoming drunk with power. Who knows, but I’m not really happy about the new feature that permits users to automatically add me to groups. I don’t want to have to Opt-out AFTER you put me into the group, without my permission. I’ll find you, of my own…

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Video Didn’t Kill The Radio Star

Adaptation May Have Saved More Traditional Media Outlets A couple days ago, I watched as a new list of domain names came through my email’s inbox. This was among the list of names being dropped, names that were receiving a higher-than-usual back-order reservation from various bidders. Names like this usually have a premium value, but not all of them are premium names. This particular name was Love94.com. I was stunned. Why I was stunned is…

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Chase Online Gets Back Online, With An Apology

No Explanation Offered for 30-Plus Hours of Down Time Chase online banking had been out from Monday evening, September 13, through early Wednesday, September 15. The down time marked one of the more protracted periods of online banking to go dark, and there has been no explanation offered for the online banking snag. There have been plenty of websites, pro-Chase and anti-Chase, proffering users’ notions of what went wrong, but the short story is this:…

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Chase Online Banking Snags Reveal Web Vulnerabilities

Online Banking Remains Offline After More Than 24 Hours, No Clear Reasons Chase Bank may be the nation’s second largest bank, just slightly smaller than Bank of America, but the company is no less vulnerable to going offline for a protracted period than a regular home computer. Chase online banking has been offline for the better part of 24 hours, and there is no indication of the cause. Worse, there is no word from Chase…

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