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Web Conferencing

Searching through the history of barnson.org it doesn't seem we've ever written about online web conferencing. I'm currently looking for a good solution to do some online meetings because I'm sick of wasting all my time driving around town from meeting to meeting. Also, a lot of people I work with are out of town, and airfare is making travel prohibitive.

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Evil Dead: The Musical

No way!

http://www.evildeadthemusical.com/

Wow. I totally need to get to Toronto before September rolls around!

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Knol

I'm sure you all have heard that Google unleashed the Beta version of Knol. Knol is Google's response to Wikipedia. Google is going to try and compete with Wikipedia by paying subject matter experts to post encyclopedia-like reports. Payment will come from % share of ad clicks.

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I Bike Through Southern Utah

Wife Unit and I just got back from our annual vacation during which, this year, we biked through two Southern Utah national parks on a guided active tour. If you haven't visited Bryce or Zion National Park then I would immediately put them on your family's 'desirable' vacation list. Zion alone does two things. First, it reaffirms the jaw-dropping power of nature's beauty.

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New domain names

http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-4-26jun08-en.htm

ICANN yesterday agreed to start in 2009 with letting any word replace the ubiquitous '.com' tag in internet addresses. Some articles stated that it will start a scramble for top-level domains with a preexisting high-attraction factor, ultimately causing businesses to buy thousands of domains to protect their internet turf.

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Overactive Sump Pump

My sump pump has been crazy overactive since the ground unfroze this spring (spring technically begins in late March, but it almost snowed last weekend). Every 45 minutes, the sump pump is going off and spewing out approximately 5 gallons of water into the backyard through the exhaust tubing. Normally, this would make me feel secure, especially after a rainstorm. However, regardless of the weather, the sump pump has been going off, like clockwork every 45 minutes. That doesn't make me feel secure.

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MS Windows Update Hell

Can anyone help with this?

Recently, MS decided to run its automatic update for several service packs:

--Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 (KB110806)
--Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 1 (KB929300)
--Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework, Version 1.1 Service Pack 1 (KB928366)

These updates have failed several times. no amount of re-downloading and running the install works. The result is that certain mission-critical software applications won't open (e.g., QuickBooks). I'm stuck in a cycle of turning off the computer, rebooting, waiting for updates to install...and then no avail. Repairing the software doesn't work.

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It Just Works

Thanks to the latest round of GPS products, I think I finally understand why so many people have a fear of technology.

For years, I was always amazed when folks always mentioned how much they hate computers because they don't understand how to use them. What's so hard to understand? You power on, log on, mess around with some software, figure out how to manipulate all the variables offered, and ultimately work the system. Sure, there's a range of veritable jargon to master, but it's all shop speak that can easily be conquered with some familiarity.

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Cheaper Than Insurance

I came to this revelation today...

It's much cheaper to create an LLC than it is to purchase liability insurance.

If you're providing a service, selling a single product, running a business from home that sells online, doing small jobs in the neighborhood, etc. then it's much cheaper to provide yourself a shield from liability by filing for corporate status as an LLC than it is to buy general liability insurance.

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What The Writer Strike Is All About

Folks, things are a little busy here at work today, but I wanted to at least explain what the current writer strike is all about. A primary concern of the writers' guild is that contracts don't account for royalties earned from episode programming reaped via digital channels. The legacy guild contracts were constructed on airwave and cable package programming through traditional TV sets. Do we really think that people will be paying to download episodes in the future, as the media propositions as an either/or outcome? Or are there other types of digital programming the writers are worried about?

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