Archive for August, 2009

Bags, Bags, Bags

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Posted 27 Aug 2009 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville

So you are in need of a new bag (or 2 or 3) for the year? There are so many different options – backpacks, messenger bags, sling bags, etc etc. You may know a style that you like already. Stick with it.

If you’re looking for ideas, here you go:

Backpack
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Backpack – Classic back to school item. Backpacks have 2 straps (and should always be used with both straps). Typically the best bag to use if you have a LOT to carry or if you have shoulders that easily get sore with messengers, or if you’re always on the move. Can be professional (don’t get the loud colors though) and laid back at the same time.

Tips & Tricks for Heading Back to School

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Posted 25 Aug 2009 — by Ellie
Category Back to School

Locker Bokeh
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It’s back to school time, and I wanted to share with you a great resource I put together for college students two years ago – the Back to School Series. You’ll find in this collection of posts great tips and tricks for heading back to school – college or high school, and even for a professional who has been on the job for a while.

So, what have you been up to, Ellie?

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Posted 19 Aug 2009 — by Ellie
Category Random

freaknieces in the water
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This summer has been full of adventures of all kinds – from spending time with family and friends, a little travel and even continuing my job search. I finished graduate school in May, and have been searching, with no success, for a job since. Well, actually since last September, but who’s counting the months? LOL

I’ve spent a lot of time searching for jobs, applying for jobs and never hearing back one way or another. It would be nice that if you didn’t get selected for an interview that the company or agency would let you know why, so you can improve your resume and cover letter and hopefully secure employment elsewhere. If you don’t know what’s holding you back, how do you move forward?

Interview with The Web Boutique

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Posted 18 Aug 2009 — by Ellie
Category Featured, Technology

TWBlogo

I sat down with Summer N., owner and lead designer of The Web Boutique, to get her thoughts on web and graphic design a few weeks ago and wanted to share her thoughts with you. The Web Boutique is a web and graphic design firm that does much more than that, including marketing solutions and consulting.

1. When and how did you get started in web and graphic design?

How to Add Facebook to the Sidebar Firefox 3.5

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Posted 17 Aug 2009 — by Ellie
Category Technology

facebook_logo

Love Facebook?Add its chat to your sidebar in Fireofx 3.5.

  1. Navigate to Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks. A window will open.
  2. Click on the folder where you want to place the bookmark. Now press Organize and Add New Bookmark.
  3. Name the bookmark “Facebook Chat” and paste http://www.facebook.com/presence/popout.php
  4. Checkmark the box that says “Load this Bookmark in the sidebar”
  5. Close the windows.
  6. Now try to use your new bookmark. Facebook chat will now open in your sidebar.

facebook chat in sidebar

Now you can chat with your friends without having to open Facebook in a separate tab.

SEO is for the birds

Posted 14 Aug 2009 — by Ellie
Category Technology

Enough with the rain ok?
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I love using a search engine to find information, but it comes as no surprise that even a tool as helpful as Google is gamed by people around the globe. How?

Search engine optimization, or SEO, is used not just for good, but for “evil,” too. Some SEO “experts” make their bread and butter by encouraging some of the worst practices in blogging – stuffing posts with keywords to generate higher search rankings and traffic, when the post may or may not be relevant for the searcher’s needs.

How To: Fly the American Airways

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Posted 13 Aug 2009 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville

How is a technology crazed kid to fly these days!? Take this out, put this on here, move this over here, that should be over here in this bag…..the rules of air travel go on and on and on. I fly semi-frequently and have come up with a TSA and HarriMac friendly way of flying. No more being driven crazy even in Hartsfield-Jackson!! I’ll touch on general tips and some tech tips here.

Tips for Flying with Technology

5 Great WordPress Hacks

Posted 12 Aug 2009 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

wordpressWordPress is a great blogging and content-management tool. It is highly extensible, evidenced by the thousands of plugins available for it, but also the WordPress Codex, where you can learn all things related to making WordPress work best for you.

Below, you’ll find 5 great WordPress hacks that add functionality to your site without sacrificing a lot of time or energy.

1. List your upcoming posts. Do you write a lot of posts in advance? Generate buzz for them by posting a list of your upcoming posts in the sidebar. Paste the following code where you want the list to display:

To Brand or Not to Brand Your Twitter Profile

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Posted 11 Aug 2009 — by Ellie
Category Technology

Twitter is possibly the largest social networking site out there,and people are always looking for ways to make it help them improve other parts of their lives. There’s buzz around the blogosphere and Twitter about branding your Twitter profile to match your blog or website, keeping your profile in a certain niche or even using Twitter as a networking tool.

When marketing yourself, you want all pieces to look similar and cohesive: logo, business cards, letterhead, envelope, website, brochure, media kit, marketing materials, signage, etc.