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So, if you follow Axis & I, you know we work with computers, both in our day jobs, and for many clients on the side, in our down time. Being techies, we’re good at solving a broad range of technical issues, but some times the business side is just a bother.  We have found tools to help us with invoicing, The final area that lots of quality technical people run into trouble with is Lead Generation.  I am experimenting with a new website www.thumbtack.com which appears to do a very good job of lead generation.  In the first 2 days, its provided me with 5 leads. I’m still building my profile there, but they have excellent tools, and helpful support people that make it all very simple to put together a solid representation of your skills, and even lets you include reviews by your existing clients.

Once my profile is complete, its looking like I’ll have a solid lead generation system, with the ability to provide quotes to leads as they come in. So, it sounds pretty sweet, huh? It is. Submitting a quote to a lead is inexpensive, and if your quote isn’t looked at by the potential client, that small fee is refunded.  Leads are sent out to all available users, but only the first 5 quotes are sent to the potential client, meaning a high probability of collecting a new client, for a very reasonable cost.

So, if you need help generating leads, drop by thumbtack.com.

 

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Internet Blackholes

Internet Blackholes

…What does it mean, and more importantly how can and does it affect you?

This last year has seen the defeat of  PIPA and SOPA in the US, but what seem like huge victories are actually only minor wins.

Across the world censorship on the Internet is rapidly turning the information super highway into a desolate place. People tend to think of China when they think of Internet Censorship, but it’s not the only place. It’s happening here and now in almost every place on the globe, even the United States.

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Linux DomainAs some of you might know domains with active directory are a great way to make sure that your users are able to have a consistent experience across any machine they login to, while also providing adequate security. If you didn’t know that, well now you do.

You might also know that a copy of the Microsoft products to do the job aren’t cheap, and aren’t cost effective if you have a small business or want to set up a domain at your home.

Well the open source community has your solution, it is possible with just about any flavor of Linux, to create a fully functional domain complete with roaming profiles and active directory. I am not going to detail exactly how to go about doing that in this post, but I will be posting a decent how to in the near future.

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Bullet Proof Backpack Ad

Bullet Proof Backpack Ad

The events of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the shootings all over the US that have followed over the last 3 days have sparked a huge uptrend in talks about Gun Violence and what to do to prevent it and protect against it. While I agree that there are certain things that need to be done. Some parents and companies are going overboard. Now, I would negligent if I didn’t point out this is America, Capitalism reigns here. Companies will produce and market anything that there is even the slightest demand for. It is the nature of the system. That’s not to say its right, it however is how it works.

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