Tools to Bootstrap Your Own Website

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I’ve created dozens of websites over the years and I’ve always used the tools available to me to cut down on the time it takes to build a good looking website. Most of the time there really is no good reason to reinvent the wheel or to build a site from scratch (unless you’re a 


Slide Deck 2 – Responsive jQuery Slider

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Yesterday I bought the developer version of Slide Deck 2 and spent the afternoon playing around with all the functionality. I love anything that Digital Telepathy puts out. They really put a lot of time and attention into their products and it shows. My Favorite Features of Slide Deck 2 It’s Responsive so you can make it any width and 

Free Design Elements – Arrows and Circle PSD

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I was looking for this online a few times for various design projects and couldn’t find anything that I liked so I decided to create some myself and share it with you. I used a dry erase marker on a whiteboard, took a few photos of it, then isolated the background to create a layered 

This $7 Low-Tech Fold Up Whiteboard Rocks

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Earlier this year I found out about the Noteboard from this Techcrunch article and through it was a neat idea. The guy who came up with the idea was making these things out of paper and laminate in his bedroom. It’s a really simple low-tech device and he even posted the DIY instructions online so 

The SEO Disease & My Trip Through the Land of (Internet Marketers)

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In the mid-2000’s I spent an extraordinary amount of time reading and learning about SEO. I would spend 3 hours a day poring over what everyone was writing about (and doing very little actual testing myself). Unbeknown to myself, I was succumbing to a disease I call SEO-itis. It’s mostly a linguistic disease. Kind of like LAW-itis. 

Sitebait – a More Clever (2012 Version) of Linkbait?

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I’ve been noticing an interesting phenomenon in the social media / web marketing space recently that I want to call your attention to. It’s actually quite clever. For a lack of a better word, I’ll call it “sitebait”. It’s a way for a company to create a viral website that’s very loosely (and almost imperceptibly) tied to their 

2 Macro Lens Hacks for the iPhone (for Under $2)

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While the lens on the iPhone leaves much to be desired as far as picture quality goes, it has been getting better for every new generation of the iPhone, especially the iPhone 4s. While there are plenty of devices & attachments on the market for making your iPhone that make it into a zoom lens or specialty 


Tablet Plus Membership Review

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Tablet Hotels has one of the best collections of luxury and hip/modern hotels around the world. They also offer a $195 per year Tablet Plus membership. Ashley and I have used their website many times to find the coolest hotels in whatever city we were traveling to. We’ve stayed at a number of the hotels 


Founders Card Membership Review

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Last Spring after I got back from the Summit at Sea I got an invite to sign up for a Founders Card membership. Since I was doing a lot of traveling at the time, I thought it might come in handy, especially since a few of the perks seemed right up my alley. Founders Card 


Sony NEX-5N Camera Review – a DSLR Replacement?

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Several years ago I shot almost exclusively with the Canon 5D mark II and fell in love with the photos it produced, especially in low light. Over time, however, it just got too bulky to travel with. I got tired of lugging the thing around. Last year I looked around to see if I can