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Telstra plans big spend on mobiles

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New iPhone Announcement Expected in September

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Website Traffic: How to Turn That Light Green!

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Do You Have an Android Phone? If so, You May be at Risk

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Cloud computing

What Cloud Computing Tools Can Do for Your Business -- with Examples

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Jef LippiattCo-founder at Startup Chucktown
Macartan, I by no means was trying to talk down about the services or what you provide. I just wanted those additional points for context. I believe every person/business needs to use whatever system works for them. I looked into Xero myself, but I decided to start out with Wave (not sure it is available there or not).
Very valid points Jef, the accessibility and security of the data is very important and each providers terms and conditions need to be considered before you commit. As regards a doomsday situation where the service goes down or out of business, localised copies of the files either in soft or hard copy are recommended of course - these form back of your back up strategies. However, that does not deflect from the stated benefits. In our firm, for example, we use Xero, QBO and MYOB for accounting files for our clients to mitigate the risk of relying on only one and we hold offline copies of final accounts for each client. While, I am a very strong enthusiast for these services because of the systematic improvements they are bringing, there are always risks of course. However, they are very similar to those that exist in pretty much all computer software in general, cloud, desktop or otherwise - Rather than using them as an excuse not to explore these new exciting services I prefer the approach where clients mitigate the risk so that they can enjoy the benefits!
Cloud computing

Is Accounting Sexy Yet..? (No - but Xero is Trying…)

Walking into Xero’s slick Melbourne office in Richmond conjures up images of what 1 Infinite Loop,... read more

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Jef LippiattCo-founder at Startup Chucktown
I agree when the person/business has plenty of options to choose from everyone benefits. I think once there are too many options available professionals can step in and guide them to the proper platform(s) based on their needs.
Thankfully, there are a good few more players joining the party in the cloud accounting field in Australia with ReckonOne and SageOne launching recently. I'm all for competition! However, having become a certified advisor for Xero, QBO and ReckonOne, I have to say that Xero is still the best in class, with QBO behind them and ReckonOne no where near competing yet. I gave Wave a look just now, I am looking forward to them entering Australia properly.
Cloud computing

3 Reasons Why MYOB is Not a Cloud Accounting Firm....Yet

Allow me to tell you a story of the first and last time I explored MYOB’s “online” accounting... read more

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MYOB's recent IPO has presumably given them a war chest of funds that they will hopefully use to improve their services, but I fear that their entitled attitude is too engrained in the company. It is up to MYOB to show that they care and that begins with customer service and experience. If they don't accountants and their firms will continue to leave their service in droves!
Michael PriorPrincipal at PB Advisory Group
Macartan, like you I just cant understand why MYOB just don't get it! As you have said both Xero and QuickBooks Online support leaves MYOB for dead. Earlier this year I went to the MYOB Roadshow and was flabbergasted that they were promoting an enhancement as leading edge when both Xero and QuickBooks had been doing the same for years and with better functionality.
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Does Your Business Need a Website?

Established small and medium sized businesses (SME’s) often ask me if they need a website. The... read more

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7 Deadly Sins Websites Still Commit

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Application design and development

ASAP is the SMS-based on-demand service that will get you whatever you want. Will it succeed in Australia the way Magic did in the US?

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Questions

What are your thoughts on smart watches?

Perhaps I'm a bit jaded, but I don't see the allure of the forthcoming Apple watch. I don't believe... read more

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What is the best software for creating forms?

Adobe is getting rid of form central and we are going to have to switch to new software. Is anyone... read more

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Google forms is OK. For email marketing forms, I've also tried Mailchimp's forms. They're easy to use. If you're using WordPress, you may want to check out form plugins such as Gravity Forms.
Jef LippiattCo-founder at Startup Chucktown
I think it depends on the type of forms. Are you talking about online forms, print forms or both? I typically use Google Forms for online capture. I've also heard good things about Wufoo (although I've never used them myself).
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IT support and consulting

What Are The Differences Between VIRUS, WORM, TROJAN HORSE and BLENDED?

Understanding the differences between a Virus, Worm, Trojan Horse and Blended lets you know how to... read more

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Great article Shaun. We were hit by a...something last week. A message came up telling us that our details had been sent to Interpol and we had to pay $100 otherwise we'd be locked out of our computer for good. Luckily hubby was able to find and carry out the solution straight away. Scary!
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What is the process for any startup to raise funds?

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I am newbie here and very impressed to read this questions and the answer given by Jef is very informative for me. I like the points he mentioned in here and yes i definitely use this strategy for my business also. I hope it will help me in raising my funds too. game developers in india
Jef LippiattCo-founder at Startup Chucktown
Ananda,Thanks for the question. It really depends on what type of funds and how much you are trying to raise.If you are trying to raise a small amount of capital (less than $50,000):Friends and family - Hopefully, they would see the potential in your idea or in you and want to help fund you.Credit Cards - This is a dangerous idea and should be avoided if at all possible.Crowdfunding - If you have an interesting idea, you can share your vision and see how other people react (this is a great way to see if you have a market for your idea)If you are looking for $50,000 to $100,000 you have a few options:Friends and family (see above)Crowdfunding (see above)Bank loans - These usually require a lot of detail to understand your cash flow, current equity, business plan, projections, etc.. The aren't usually easiest funding to get.Angel Investors - These investors typically aren't looking to make huge investments (typically between $10,000 to $100,000 (it can be more, but unless several are working together don't expect a windfall). The great thing about angel investors is that most times they aren't looking for an equity stake as big as a Venture Capitalist. They may want to be more involved in the day to day business or be a mentor or advisor for the business.If you are looking for $250,000 to $500,000. This is typically a seed round of fundraising:Bank loans - Are still an option (but for this kind of an amount they are typically looking for an established business). (See Above)Crowdfunding - This level of success on crowfunding platforms is possible, but isn't reliable. (See Above)Angel Investors - Typically this amount would require several Angels or a group of them (See Above).Venture Capitalists - This is typically a small amount for an established Venture Capitalist firm, however, if they really like the idea or your team, it isn't out of the question. If you can land a Venture Capitalist at this level they may invest more money in later rounds of fundraising (Series A or B). Keep in mind Venture Capitalists are going to want a much larger piece of your equity pie (typically between 25% and 50% depending on the amount of money they infuse).If you are looking for over $1 million dollars you should focus on:Angel Investors - They would probably only fund a portion of what you need (See Above).Venture Capitalists - Again this usually happens once a venture has already done some fundraising, but it isn't out of the question if you really catch the right person's attention or interest. (See Above)Crowdfunding - It is possible to raise over $1 million with crowdfunding, but it is a gamble when trying to raise that amount of funding.Keep in mind the more money you are trying to raise the more effort you will need to apply. Getting large infusions of money will mean you need to explain how the money will be spent and how that will grow the business. Don't get frustrated, at each of these levels people can and will say "no" to you. That doesn't mean they don't want to help or aren't interested, sometimes the timing isn't right. Stay focused and keep looking at ways to fund your business. If you are passionate about your venture, you will eventually find some funding. One last note, don't try raising more money than you currently need. If you only need $50,000 to grow your business to the next level, don't waste time trying to raise $1 million dollars.
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Do you use git version control for the development of the site?

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Scott YangFounder at OzBargain.com.au
Yes git for both development and deployment. We also use Trac + git integration for bug tracking / project planning, and Sentry for off-site error logging.
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How do I start an online directory business?

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Nina MeiersWeb Strategist at XD
There are several ways - One it to purchase cloud base directory software. Often it's hosted on third party servers, or you can buy scripts to create a directory from scratch, or you can go with Wordpress and purchase third party 'plug ins'Each one has is benefits and shortcomings -1 - third party directory software can be incredibly awesome in its features offered, but you never really own it because it is 'proprietary' software. If the company goes, then your directory goes. But the good side is it often has so many more features than Wordpress or custom scripting can offer. It might also have other sales tools embedded to earn income quickly.2 - custom scripts and bespoke custom software development - that will get you exactly what you want but often at quite a cost in both time and money. The good side to this is you own the software code and it can be further customised to your needs. The down side is that it's locked you in to something that every time you want an update it can be costly and if your developer goes you could be stuck. These days unless you have something so incredibly unique and special, I'd steer clear of this option.3 - Wordpress plug ins. Wordpress is the most popular online software and has some really amazing tools and plug ins to make it do things that are hard to believe. It's really just simple blog software that people have been able to manipulate into shopping carts, directories, membership sites and more. You can buy these plug ins and be running pretty quickly. The down side to this is that it's hackable and non scaleable for the average person. Unless you're up to date with plug ins, it's not a matter of 'if you get hacked' it's 'when you get hacked' so you need to be incredibly vigilant at all times. Directory elements could also be quite hungry on resources as by very nature they are searching through lots of entries to find the right answer and this can lead to performance issues with WordPress based websites.In summary, I'd be looking for online directory based software that specialises in creating a really good user experience and a non technical administration experience so you can focus on getting it to make money rather than spending time configuring and managing the code.I hope this helps.
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Questions

Are you utilizing open-source in your organization?

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Andrew EganOwner at Adept IT
I'm an IT provider, so I'm across open source on at least a general level. I do have a linux server that's used for web development test site. I've got a client who has a linux-based file server and a separate linux proxy. It was already in place when I took over 2 years ago, but it's going strong and solid. It rarely needs reboots or patching.OSS does require a bit more understanding than a windows platform - there are notable differences and if you're not technically inclined it may be difficult to adjust.I don't usually see linux on desktops but I'm definitely aware it happens. I have a general policy of "what's the best fit for this specific scenario" - but that can encompass all sorts of things, including ongoing supportability. It's harder to find good linux engineers than good windows engineers
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Website

Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools: 10 SEO Tips on How to Optimise Your Site

Measuring and tracking online activity for your website is very important. The following are SEO... read more

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really good article Eric! Analytic's works really well with AdWords.
Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Getting on top of our data is so critical in online business! These type tools are simply indispensable. Great summary Eric. Thanks for sharing :)
Application design and development

The Meteoric Rise of The Emoji

Emojis have become a vital part of our messaging vocabulary over the past few years. The 850 odd... read more

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Server, networking and security

Comparison of Virtual Server and Dedicated Server

A few years seem like a long time in the IT industry. It may seem like ages ago when nearly every... read more

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