Enterprise resource planning are complex software programs that connect all departments of a business both internally and externally, from finance to production to warehouse. An alternative to commercial ERP’S are the less expensive open-source ERP’s.
The average cost for a business to have an ERP was $15 million. There are many businesses, small businesses in particular, cannot afford to purchase and implement a commercial ERP. In situations like these, they can avail or make use of one of the many available open-source ERPs as an option. (more…)
Unlike Windows operating systems that come with a high price tag, Linux does not cost anything and configuration of Linux is fairly easy. Linux is one of the operating systems most popular there after the Windows family. Linux is one of the operating systems most popular there after the Windows family. Here are the top seven Linux operating systems for the year 2013. A virtual machine allows users to run another operating system within their primary operating system.
Linux Mint, based on Ubuntu is a distribution such. Many popular Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, have integrated method of using a live CD to test the distribution for a long time. Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS allow beginners to use Linux without requiring a steep learning curve to produce results. (more…)
Yes, you read that title right. In today’s post, we’re going to feature an interview with the man behind The Best Walking Shoes Guide which makes over $500 per month and is built on WordPress. Since a lot of WordPress users use the platform for their money sites, we found it to be an interesting interview for you today. The Best Walking Shoes Guide is run on WordPress and uses Amazon affiliate links as its monetization method.
Q. When did you start The Best Walking Shoes Guide and how much money did it make last month?
A. I started The Best Walking Shoes Guide in August of 2012 and it made $300 in September and it is on track to make $500 in October. The site has only been around for a month and a half at this point, which is amazing considering how much it is earning already.
Q. Why did you choose WordPress as the framework for your website?
I chose WordPress, because it is a platform I’m familiar with. I can knock out a basic website in a couple hours and have it indexed in Google by the next day. I first worry about getting the bare essentials up including some basic content and then I go all out to rank the site. Once I break into the top 10, the good traffic starts to come in. If I break into the top 10 easily, that also means I can probably get it higher. This is the point where I also start to improve the content on each page and create more pages with more content to rank for additional keywords. I also will make more of an effort on the design to put some usability and trust into the design. I like this system because it helps keep costs down low until the money starts coming in.
Q. What are the pages that make the most money on the site?
I obsess over tracking and analytics. I love looking at data, especially when the data is about my earnings. It’s fun to spot to the opportunities and take out the losers. There are two pages that earn the most money and they are both my main guides on the site. One is the best women’s walking shoes guide which is a list of my handpicked best walking shoes for women that includes a lot of different styles. The second best page is my best men’s walking shoes guide that lists all of my best walking shoes for men based on comfort, style, and price. These pages really help the consumer with their buying decision before they buy and that’s why the site has been as successful as it has been.
Q. Any new niches you hope to break into in the future?
After The Best Walking Shoes Guide gets a bit more steady with its rankings, I will definitely expand my niche site portfolio with new websites in new niches, but I have not looked into my next niche site yet. I do know that I’m going to try a lead generation site next, because my research shoes that’s where most of the money is made and I think it’s a better long term investment.
That concludes our short interview with Reggie of the Best Walking Shoes Guide. We hope to feature more case studies of people making money on sites built on WordPress.
It’s really difficult to get a good workout when on the road to a conference. There’s the traveling, the stress of checking into your hotel room, the stress of finding the venue and being well rested, and so much more. With all these distractions, it has become a common problem for many men and women who want to exercise, but can’t seem to find the time while on the road.
Today, we’re going to offer you some exercise tips you can use while on the road. These will only take 30 minutes so you most likely can squeeze some time to do these before your late night shower or before your morning shower. When I’m not traveling, I train with my personal trainer in Irvine at Next Level Fitness, Scotty the Body. He is the one who gave me these tips to use while on the road so remember the following is coming from an expert.
1. Run. Yes as simple as it sounds he told me to go run around the hotel if it’s safe, but with a twist. He said to only run for 20 min, but not just light jogging, but sprinting. Sprinting is a very good method to accelerate the benefits of jogging, plus sprinting helps build leg and core and muscles while jogging mostly just trims fat. Plus sprinting takes a lot less time than jogging. You can do 5 min of stretching and then 15 minutes of sprinting and you will get tired out fast, which means you got a good workout.
2. Hotel Room Exercises. This is the easiest and one of my favorite exercises to do. It’s basically a series of 5 exercises that you do all in a row without stopping. First, do 20 pushups. Second, do 20 crunches. Third, do 20 lunges. Fourth, stretch out your arms perpendicular to the floor with your palms facing down and run in place lifting your knees high enough to hit your hands. Do this until your knees hit your hands 50 times. The last exercise is 120 seconds of planking, which involves getting in a pushup position but on your forearms instead and just holding that position.
What I typically do is do the running in the morning and then I do the hotel room exercises at night before my night time shower. This combination is the perfect exercises and workouts to do on the road. Scotty is one of the best personal trainers I have ever trained with. If you don’t have a personal trainer and living in Orange County, California, you should consider going to Next Level Fitness and signing up with Scotty or one of their other Irvine personal trainers. If you go to their website right now, in fact, you can sign up for a free week trail of personal training to try them out for free. This is actually the same deal I used to get started and now I’ve been training there for over a year. One of the benefits of a personal trainer is how much they push you to get your workouts in and be effective. Plus, they give you tips like these to use when your on the go and need to get that workout in.
I go to many conferences throughout the year and sometimes I have to bring my seven-year-old son with me. Inevitably, he gets bored. He would typically bring his game boy and play games on it while he would patiently sit in the back until it’s over. I sometimes felt bad for him, because I could tell he was so bored and didn’t want to be there. On the way home from one conference I took him to about a month ago, I asked him if he was really bored playing with his game boy. Just as I expected, he was.
On the way home from that conference, I thought a lot about different solutions to my son’s boredom. I figured I would take a look at some of the new tablets that have been coming out the past few years to see if he would be interested in one of them. So, I took to Google and started my search. I found a really great website that helped me with ways to find the best tablet for kids and it compared a dozen different tablets for kids. Each of them had their own pros and their own cons of course.
With the help of the site, I ended up just picking the iPad Mini for him. In the end, you can’t go wrong with Apple. Instead of just bringing it home one day for him, I made it an adventure for him. We went to the mall and went to the Apple Store. At this point he had no idea what we were there for. Just outside the Apple Store I stopped him and bent down on one knee so we’d be face to face. I looked at him and said, “Hey, I really love it when you come to the conferences with me, but I hate seeing you bored with your old Gameboy. So, we are here today because we’re going to get you something new and special.” His face began to light up. “I’m going to get you an iPad Mini. Would you like that?” Before I could finish my sentence, he was screaming, “Yay!”
We both had smiles on our faces as we walked through the Apple Store’s doors. We immediately looked at the table with the iPads and let him play with them. I wanted to make sure he was “making the choice” because I want him to really appreciate it and take care of it – not just a here you go type of gift. He ended up really liking the iPad Mini and picked the black one. So, we bought it and took it home. He couldn’t wait until we got home to open it so he was playing with it on the car ride home.
Over time, we downloaded some apps for him and by the time the next conference came up, he as actually excited to come with me because he knew he could play with his iPad Mini all day. I really do think it’s the best tablet for kids that has really great long term value thanks to the App Store. If you have a bored kid that you have to take to conferences or events, consider buying him an iPad Mini. He or she will have years of use out of it. You can also find them used on eBay or Craigslist at discounted prices. You won’t regret it!
One of the best Canada tech TV programs that has been solid for the most part is G4, the U.S. cable channel launched in 2002 with a give attention to video games, has introduced its imminent makeover. Soon, it will be The Esquire Channel – a televised counterpart to the journal for men.
The transition was a natural transfer as programming focused on all things digital has found a more pure constituency online. Furthermore, the viewers are more likely to watch content on-demand, rather than in keeping with a programming schedule.Yet a parallel specialty channel known as G4 is owned by Rogers Media in Canada. However the license it was granted, for what was initially known as TechTV, will not allow for such an computerized content flip.
While the U.S. network attempted to address the lack of interest in shows about video video games by diversifying its lineup, Rogers had its wrist slapped by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission when it tried to go along with that stream, and started to air common reruns of exhibits like How I Met Your Mom and The Office.
“People are much more ‘tech-savvy’ and the Internet has misplaced its authentic attract,” argued Rogers vice-president of regulatory Susan Wheeler when requested by the CRTC in 2010 why G4 had strayed from its focus. “As a result, audiences are much less concerned about programming niches like technology enterprise information or ‘tech-ed’ segments.”
Actually, though, audiences are more keen on these programming niches than ever – they only entry them by way of podcasts or YouTube instead. The battle continued by last year, when Rogers was advised they have been out of compliance by airing cartoons from the U.S. service Grownup Swim, despite an try to argue that the shows were geared to the “Digital Generation.”
Canada tech TV programs like G4′s nature of service “must consist completely of programming involving computing, technology and the Internet,” countered the CRTC. The battle over these situations preceded a clampdown on the fact that Corus Leisure was using a license granted to an educational channel to import programming with the Oprah Winfrey Network. Since then, the Canadian media firm has vowed to appease the regulator.
With subscriber revenue nonetheless flowing into G4 by way of cable and satellite tv for pc packages, though, Rogers may be motivated to keep it alive. The newest CRTC figures present the channel to be reasonably worthwhile – albeit in a sector the place the payoff can be huge for the holder of a profitable license. But the media big additionally seems to have given up on trying to make the concept work.
After all, on the day that its U.S. counterpart announced its rebranding to Esquire for April 22, the social media accounts of G4 Canada hadn’t been updated in two months.
Nuvola Player is a quite simple graphical interface for Cloud music services. You probably have greater than a type of services that you simply hearken to recurrently, Nuvola Player offers the most effective interface for having fun with them. It saves you and your pc the task of conserving multiple Web browser tabs open.
And with tight integration with the Linux desktop (multimedia keys, system tray, media participant applets, dock menu, notifications and extra), it provides a better consumer expertise when in comparison with utilizing the same Cloud music services from a Net browser.
It could actually scrobble your music to Lasf.fm and fetch lyrics from A-Z Lyrics. This display shot exhibits the packages launch interface.
Support for Grooveshark, Hype Machine, 8tracks, and Google Play.
Assist for keyboard shortcuts to manage playback.
Displays a thumbnail of the song.
Integration with Unity
Fixed Menu and MenuItem Conflicts in namespace GLib / GTK (GNOME 3.3).
Compatibility with Valac 0.15.
Added option to disable utilization of area key in keybindings.
Google Music is now a part of Google Play. Fixes
Up to date translations.
Nuvola Player:Get All your Cloud Sevices From One Interface: it is indeed a different type of music player. As a substitute of playing music immediately out of your pc, it is a wrapper for various cloud music companies, so you may play cloud music instantly in your desktop, without having to go to the site on your browser. At the moment, it helps only 4 cloud music companies, particularly Hype Machine, Grooveshark, 8tracks and Google Music. It beforehand only supports Google Music and has not too long ago upgraded to include three different services, so it is seemingly possible that we’ll see more cloud companies added in the future.
Nuvola Playeris basically a browser wrapper that incorporates links to numerous cloud services. There is nothing new that you may’t do in your normal browser, but the convenience of getting a number of cloud music companies at your fingertips and the flexibility to run individually as a native app make it a winner.
Last week we hosted the open source telecommunication standards conference for 2013 and there were a lot of great presentations. The topic of this year’s convention was the changing face of technology in the telecommunication industry and how open source solutions are evolving to meet the needs of the business community. One of the more interesting presentations was put on by Primus Business, who spoke about bex technology and how businesses can take advantage of it in the future. Bex has come on strongly over the past 5 years and more businesses are implementing bex solutions as time goes on partly because they can implement bex using open source solutions (saving a lot of the upfront costs) and partly because the state of the internet has provided a place for most businesses to take advantage of a customer base that wasn’t there just 10 years ago.
If you want to see more on the presentation of Primus Business go to
primus.ca/business/internet-and-data/business-ethernet/ to read the handout material and watch the presentation videos. It was a very interesting subject that spoke about the implications of the shifts in technology and how the open source world can step in to lead the charge for the adoption of bex technology and the technologies that surround it. The best part about that particular presentation was the fact that they had a live workshop to help open source solution providers with some out of the box solutions to present to companies that could benefit from bex and similar products. So they presented a working theory on how to drive open source in to the mainstream as a viable business model and then hit it home with a live workshop showing providers out of the box solutions they could sell to businesses that would benefit them and their client’s businesses.
There were some other innovative presentations as well. Some that touched on the home user desktop market, so this wasn’t just geared to business owners like it has been in the past. Open source has made some great strides in the desktop market in recent years but has never quite broken through to the next level. The conference unveiled a few innovations from the open source community that they hope will help break the use of open source solutions to the next level in the home user desktop market. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out in the next year or so.
One of the most interesting parts of the conference was the section devoted to open source in the mobile technology market. News of continuing use of open source software by giants such as Google and the phone manufacturers brought a glimmer of hope to the community as well as the recent strides made in to the software security sector which was mainly driven by adoption of the open source encryption standards by the banking industry worldwide just this year prior to the convention. The consortium said that they expect other industries to follow suit rather quickly which is another piece of good news for the open source community.
The growth of every organization is determined by so many factors especially when the business world is as competitive and unstable as it could get. No business owner could truly say that they have a business that is stable especially when they are faced with daily challenges during operations. The use of project management software has helped the most crucial and important work for the growth of the organization. Many organizations use project management software to handle their projects and collaborate with their clients easily.
Project management is never easy especially when your company is loaded with daily work and your employees find it difficult to balance out the tasks. This is the time when you will need all the help you can get as there are various management tools available and you can choose the tools according to your need. Many online companies can offer different types of software and they will try to offer you the best deals that they have. Most of these offers might sound good at face value but you should always check if the services offered are appropriate for your business. Do not get too excited in buying the first good offer you see as it would be difficult to change to new software when you have already purchased one that is not right for your needs.
It is essential that your project management software has the necessary tools needed to run your business from start to finish of day-to-day operations. There are many online tools that will help you to complete your project on time and deliver it to your customer. All software developed has its own features and functions, and you do necessarily need to have all of them. A company might offer you all the online tools, but you must only identify the ones that are fitted to your project requirements and business. There are many business owners who do not consider understanding the specific tools and this can put the negative impact on your business. Every tool has its own purpose and effect to your business, so you can’t just immediately rush into buying one or all of them without knowing how these would help you in managing and completing your projects.
Every business has a precise goal made up of the tasks and deadlines necessary to complete the job. Delivering the project on time and with good quality is one of the daily challenges that the company experience. All projects have a beginning and completion date and measurable objectives during the course of carrying out the plan to make sure the project is completed in a timely manner. Good project management software is your business’ life saver especially when you have deadlines to meet and your staff has difficulty in organizing their tasks. This software will track down your employee’s progress on each task and will help them follow a work flow to accomplish tasks on time.
Open Office is a popular open source office suite that has been attracting the attention of computer users especially those perform office work most of the time. In the last few years, this software application attracted many users into switching from MS Office to a more versatile and powerful office productivity suite. It is the default office suite on most Linux distros and it is a free. Yes, it’s free and despite it being inexpensive compared to the purchased counterpart, this software is nonetheless efficient in office functions. However, do not expect specialized and advanced functions as this office suite contain only the basics. If you want to save money, choosing Open Office software is probably a good option for you but do not expect too much as you might experience some limitations.
Of course all you would agree that Open Office is great to be absolutely free from any licensing hassles whatsoever. You do not have to pay out your hard earned income to use this software. Unlike its counterparts that are purchased upon installation, Open Office can be installed on as many computers as you want and make as many copies of it as you like. You cannot certainly do this with a purchased office suite since one license can only installed into one computer unit. Using the free software on the other gives you better accessibility and all you have to do is just download it and install. It’s that easy! Sounds unbelievable but it’s true, it is as good as it gets. It runs on all popular platforms out there as well so you do not need to worry about incompatibility problems. However, if you have been locked into a contract with Microsoft for their office suite, you cannot quickly cancel this contract without having to pay for the additional cost for the termination of your current contract.
So what more could you possibly want from an office suite? Open Office has it all and it can definitely lighten up your daily work load.
If you would want to customize your website to include features for better navigation of the visitors like a customer list or a forum, then you will definitely need an open source database and a hosting service that can handle your large amounts of dynamically stored information. The most popular database for online use is the MySQL and probably the most reliable in delivering all the requirements needed for your website. MySQL is a leading open source relational database management system that runs on a wide variety of operating systems. This is the M part in the popular LAMP server configuration, Linux Apache MySQL PHP/Perl/Python. As of today, users all over the world are widely using this database management system for building database driven websites. Millions of websites worldwide are built from the foundation of MySQL as it is the most reliable one to store the large amount of information needed for your website. Both small and large scale businesses are switching into open source as this would provide them with better organization and processes that would make their daily operations easier.
Any data that is needed whether for businesses or personal use will require storage. In a business perspective, data like a customer database or accounts records will need to be stored on a database. This is where open source database management system comes in as it is utilized to create, add, manipulate, and process data in your databases. If you are looking for a database, there is simply no other than MySQL as it is one of the best and most comprehensive database management system packages on the market today. Aside from database organization, this system can also be used as a relational database management system. This means that the data stored in various tables can be used to analyze and communicate with the rest of the data stored from the start it was utilized.
The open source database management system MySQL can be run as a server on your local pc or in a remote dedicated server. However, accessing the databases and its functionalities will depend on the web hosting company used. This could be via a hostname or IP address of the MySQL database server. When choosing a MySQL web hosting provider, you’ll want to consider some additional factors beyond the standard server uptime, backup/redundancy systems, bandwidth, email, and bandwidth concerns.
Databases are significant part of establishing your online presence and every business can utilize an open source database management system to ensure you will have smooth business operations that will provide better service for your clientele.
It takes months to execute a project properly as a result of there are so many components to attend to. One of the best project management tools are the ones that aid you on each part of your task and see its effectiveness as you execute the project. These instruments grow to be much more efficient when they use the collaborative energy of the Internet.
The perfect project management tools embrace complete scheduling features that will make it possible for each particular person individual knows what is predicted of them. The Gantt chart is the place the scheduling process begins and it turns into an overview for the entire project. The software then allows you to develop on that chart and develop the excellent schedule that will grow to be the challenge blueprint. However even then, a very good administration instrument permits the challenge supervisor to make changes to the schedule that fit the project.
Brainstorming comes in all shapes and sizes, however is an important a part of the initial artistic stage of the venture planning course of, and a very good variety of PM’s will conduct some kind of brainstorming session early on. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t be missed as a tool in other components of the venture too, as brainstorming methods might help with every part from problem fixing to testing.
To use brainstorming effectively, you must outline and agree the objective of the session, handle the precise brainstorming activity and then implement actions which have been agreed through the brainstorming. Throughout the session you can use a spread of methods to draw concepts out out of your team, such as the SWOT analysis, voting methods, position-play and more.
Fishbone diagrams are invaluable instruments in course of improvement and root trigger analysis. When you come up towards an issue in your venture supply, using fishbone diagrams may help determine the reason for the fault and show you how to to see where you may make adjustments to avoid it occurring again.
The fishbone diagram contains a central backbone working left to right and ending on the last result or problem. Onto this central backbone go all of the components that feed into the ultimate outcome, proven because the ‘bones’ connecting to it. At its easiest level the fishbone diagram is an effective planning and modelling tool. In additional complex situations it is a handy method to fault discover, diagnose and work out bugs.
Whether you take pleasure in written communication or visible mapping, a Gantt chart is a good way to present you and your workforce a bit of both. They can be successfully used for budgeting, scheduling and presenting mission plans, and are simple enough to understand that they can be utilized for stakeholder suggestions sessions too.