Backblaze is another online computer backup solution, with a really interesting bonus – finding your lost computer. It makes perfect sense. If your laptop gets lost or someone breaks into your home or office and steals your computer, Backblaze will report the location of the machine every hour when it’s online. [Read more…] about BackBlaze – Computer Backups You Can Live With
I’m evaluating several web hosting companies for an upcoming class I’m teaching. Look for additional reviews in the near future as I wrap up my testing of the three I’ve narrowed it down to. Here’s the first of those.
I ran into the folks from Domain.com at SXSW in March. They’re pretty big in website hosting, but tend to fly under the radar compared to firms like Bluehost, HostGator and of course, GoDaddy. So after talking to them a bit, I made a note to check out their hosting and see how it measured up as far as cost, speed, and ease of use are concerned. Here’s how that shook out.
First off, Domain.com offers a single-domain hosting for under $4 a month, and that’s a price good for 1, 2 or 3 years. Many hosts tease with a low price but then you discoer the price is only good for a 3-year contract and rates go up a dollar a a month if the term is reduced to 2 years, and another dollar if you select a 1 year term. Domain.com didn’t play that game, so I was feeling pretty good so far. [Read more…] about Review of Web Hosting With Domain.com
A great timesaver, this Mac and iPhone/iPad application allows you to assign shortcuts or abbreviations for commonly used phrases, signatures, email addresses, etc. If you use more than one computer, your shortcuts or snippets can sync via Dropbox. An added plus if you also use Windows, the TextExpander snippets and settings file can be used by the Windows app Breevy, allowing you to share the same shortcuts between both computers. TextExpander offers a free trial of the Mac version. TextExpander: (Mac): $34.95 (iPhone/iPad):$4.99
Easy and elegant emails for newsletters or email campaigns. This Atlanta-based company with a quirky sense of humor just keeps adding new features and adding value to their service. Track and perform A/B comparisons to judge the effectiveness of different content, appearance or writing style. Test how your email will look in different browsers on different operating systems including mobiles. They integrate with Google Analytics so you can also get a nice graphic of your email campaign progress. MailChimp offers tools to design the look of your mail, simple but stylish templates with the free accounts or fancier pre-designed templates with their paid accounts. Integrates with other apps including PayPal so you can offer paid subscriptions, and Highrise. Paid accounts start at $10/month. Pay as you go rates are available if you don’t mail often enough to warrant a monthly subscription. Free account for up to 1000 subscribers and up to 6000 emails/month. Seriously, you can’t beat the features or the price, there’s zero risk, just take the plunge and get your message out to your clients.
UPDATE: MailChimp has doubled the size of their free accounts. Now up to 2000 subscribers and up to 12000 emails/month.
A great timesaver. Assign shortcuts or abbreviations for commonly used phrases, signatures, email addresses, etc. If you use more than one computer, shortcuts can be synced via Dropbox. If you also use a Mac, Breevy can use the TextExpander snippets and settings file, allowing you to share the same shortcuts between both computers. Breevy offers a free trial. Breevy: $29.95