Category Archives: Media Blog

Network Solutions Go Granny Girl Viral Marketing Campaign

Shashi Bellamkonda has been a long-time supporter of our Gnomedex conference. He is the social media genius behind Network Solutions. Earlier this evening, the company launched what can only be described as the most genius marketing campain in the history of online advertising. It ranks right up there with the whole Old Spice

We’ve all seen the GoDaddy commercials. Heck, I’m proud to say that GoDaddy (and the girls!!) are a sponsor and supporter of our entire community. I’ve helped to publish their newest commercial, and thought it was very well done.

However, the video done by Network solutions (above) is something that I have to take my hat off to. It is the funniest thing that I have seen in a very long time. Actress Cloris Leachman is at her very best in this “ad,” and puts even the most beautiful girls in other videos to shame.

Will this stroke of viral (mark my words – it will be viral very shortly) crusade turn into sales for the company? That remains to be seen, of course. We know for a fact, though, that this will equate to a heck of a lot of clicks, word of mouth advertising and will keep the company on the minds of us all for quite a while.

That, my friends, is priceless.

Would You Like to Win a Dell Vostro?

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The Dell Vostro is likely the best laptop for business use that I have ever come across. It’s light and fast – and I’m happy to be giving one away thanks to Dell!

This Vostro V130 sports an anodized-aluminum case, zinc hinges and magnesium-alloy palmrest. There’s no flimsy plastic here, folks. The vivid 13.3-inch WLED display, full-size keyboard and spacious touchpad don’t weigh it down: it starts at just 3.5 pounds.

Under the hood, you’ll find a nice Intel Core i3, 4GB of RAM and a Mobile Intel HM57 Express Chipset. You’ll find all of the usual goodies you’d expect with a laptop these days, such as an integrated webcam, USB ports and a card reader.

I know, I know – you want to know how to win this baby! It’s quite simple, honestly. You need to head over to Twitter. On your way there, think about how you make a good first impression in your line of business. It doesn’t matter what business you work in – you still need to make a good first impression.

Send a Tweet giving your best “first impression” advice or business tip, and be sure to include the hashtag #tradesecrets. Any Tweets which include the proper hashtag will automagically be pulled into the Dell Vostro Facebook Page and entered into the contest!

You have to hurry, though. One winner will be chosen at random at the end of the weekend! Good luck.

Do You Facebook From the Bathroom?

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A survey that was posted in the Consumerist stated that 27% of Facebook users update their status in the bathroom. What’s even weirder is the breakdown: women are 54% more likely than men to spend time on Facebook while, ahem… doing their business.

Lamarr thinks this can potentially be pretty disgusting, although he wonders if the iPhone would have an “app for that.” When you think about it, it really is pretty gross. Do you wash your hands BEFORE touching that screen – even while still sitting on the pot? Of course you don’t. Do you take some Lysol wipes to the screen AFTER you are finished? Likely – not.

I’m willing to bet most people have never thought of this before. We’ve done articles in the past about germs spreading in the home – and home office. The bathroom is pretty germy. Do you seriously want your phone in that room where “those” germs are flying around?

Are you one of the guilty parties?

Taking Notes Online with Shrib

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When you need to take notes while at your computer, you may worry about someone being able to access what you’re working on and possibly edit the information. That could be true with several of the note-taking apps in the Cloud, but not with Shrib. screencast this week shows us how simple it is to take notes anywhere you may be, from any computer and be able to keep them safe from prying eyes.

There is nothing to sign up for with Shrib. Simply choose a URL (or let it auto-select one for you at random) and start typing. The site is clean and simple, without having distractions “options” or “features.” It does exactly what you need it to do: keep your notes in one easy to access location.

When you’re ready to walk away from your work, you can save the document there in the Cloud, save a copy to your computer and lock your notes up. Since there are no logins to deal with, anyone could potentially access what you’ve done. To avoid this, choose the “lock these notes” option. This will allow you to enter a password. Once the password has been saved, the text will appear all scrambled to anyone who happens to come across your URL – including you. To unscramble and use your notes page again, simply enter your password and get back to work.

Thanks, Dylan, for another excellent screencast.

Switch Tasks Quickly on a Jailbroken iPhone

RMalayeri is going to be bringing you regular screencasts each Thursday to talk about different things you can do with a jailbroken iPhone. This week, he is showing off Multiflow, an app which brings Expose-like functionality to iOS. It will set you back a mere five bucks through the Cydia store.

This app is a replacement for the standard iOS multi-tasking view. With Multifl0w, you can “explode” all of your open apps, just as you can on your Mac computer. There are several different ways to set up this app to customize it to your liking.

Multifl0w shows all open apps (up to 9) on the same screen, for easy and quick task switching. The tabs are re-arrangeable, just drag an drop!

Thanks, Reza, for an excellent beginning to our new jailbreaking series.

Will Facebook or Twitter Ever Die?

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A few weeks ago, someone asked me if I felt Twitter or Facebook would die out first. That’s impossible to answer at this point in time. Both services are going quite strong as of the recording of this video. It’s also not really fair to compare the two, since they are very different from each other.

Some Facebook fanatics hate Twitter… and many Twitter fiends despise Facebook. For that reason alone, I don’t think it’s right to compare the two and try to decide which one will “die” first. Hell, I don’t see either of them fading into oblivion anyway. The number of active users on each site is so astronomical that it boggles the mind to think that either could simply cease to exist.

Both sites work hard to improve upon their foundation and offer even more to their userbase. That is another excellent point in favor of both companies and the longevity of each.

If I had to point to one or the other, I’d have to go with Facebook losing out first. There could be too much backlash over things that the public doesn’t like. The more the site grows, the more negativity there is. Twitter keeps it simple… and sometimes simple is best.

What are your thoughts? Do you feel one site or the other is going to “die” out any time soon?

Learning the Alphabet with Star Wars

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What better way to learn your ABCs than by having a beautifully illustrated Star Wars book to help? Every penny of your book donation will go to the college fund of the author’s child. If I ever have kids, they will totally be learning all about Star Wars, and maybe they will even learn the alphabet.

A is for Ackbar is a collaborative effort by Brandon and his wife Emma. While she was pregnant with their first child, they wanted to come up with an artistic way to decorate their son’s nursery. Being huge Star Wars fans AND artists, they came up with something pretty unique. Thus, the book was born.

Brandon sketched the artwork and Emma colored them in using Illustrator. This team effort turned into something that neither ever expected. In December, they held a “donation drive” to help kickstart their son’s college education fund. They were so overwhelmed by demand that they had to close down the drive a little early – well ahead of their goal.

Keep your eyes on the site in the coming months to find out how you can get a copy for yourself. This is something that will add nicely to any Star Wars collection. I’m not so sure how well it will stand up to real kids, though.

How to Unmask Starred-Out Passwords

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You know how websites star out your password when you type it in? Did you know there’s a simple way to unmask those characters so you can see what it was you just typed? Matthew is here to show you how, using some simple JavaScript.

If you paste the following simple JavaScript into your address bar after the starred password has been filled in, the password will be revealed automagically!

Java Script: javascript: alert(document.getElementById(‘Passwd’).type=’text’);

What other neat little tips and tricks do you know of that could help out those who may not have as much know-how?

Thanks, Matt, for an excellent and informative screencast again this week.

Edit Images with Gimp

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Marques is back this week with a short review of his favorite image manipulation program – Gimp. Gimp is free cross-platform software that can help you complete a variety of image tasks with ease.

Gimp is a very powerful piece of software. Marques uses this program for all of his graphics on his site instead of using the expensive Photoshop software. You can do anything with Gimp that you can do with paid alternatives.

It is a raster editor, which means that it performs operations directly on the pixels that make up the image, and not a vector editor. Other (proprietary) raster editors include Adobe Photoshop, Jasc Paintshop Pro and the humble Microsoft Paint. An alternative free editor is the KOffice project, Krita. Users wanting to edit photographs will certainly want a raster editor like GIMP. Graphic designers and illustrators may prefer a vector editor depending on their tastes.

Gimp is a fantastic alternative to Photoshop or other titles you hear people raving over all of the time. It’s great for everyone from beginners up to experts and will be able to handle any project you can dream up.

Best Free Blogging Platform

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Someone asked recently which free blogging platform is the “best” one to get started with. This question is pretty impossible to answer. There are many decent free blog providers out there. As with anything, you have to research what they offer and see how well it fits your needs.

Blogger is a good choice for beginners. It’s the one I used way back in the day – before it was owned by Google. You can also use WordPress. They have a free blogging area, in addition to the ability to download the software for use on your own domain.

I happen to own a site for Geeks, which has free blogging available. Any good content posted there automatically gets featured in my daily newsletters, so it’s a great way for you to be “discovered” by people looking for blogs to read. Doing something like this can help you gain a dedicated group of followers, who would then read what you’re doing on your own site someday.

We do have free blogs on Lockergnome, but we only accept people there who have excellent writing abilities. If you feel you can write far better than an average person, we’d love to have you. Keep in mind, though, that being able to write well is not something that everyone can master.

There are also services such as Posterous and Tumblr.

Figure out what it is YOU need in a blogging service, and then match that against what each of the providers can give you.

What free blogging service do you recommend – and why?