Pinterest has a strong female audience, but is growing generally because it offers users a public pinboard. It's simplicity and limits are its main attraction.
I sent a friend an email about his business. I thought I'd share the contents, since it applies to virtually any business with a door, hours, a phone, or a retail storefront. If you own a business, you neglect the internet at your peril. Your competitors are online, or will be as soon as someone convinces them to do so. Your customers are definitely online. Most people are! And, many of us use smart phones.
For the most part, cloud means Linux and Linux means Linux like tools. "The cloud" is just virtualized spaces for scalable non-local or network accessed systems. Amazon EC2, Rackspace Cloud, and a growing list of providers deliver virtualized space for your virtual systems. Building tools for that space often means developing portant or homogenous apps and systems. Switching between developing on Windows then trying to scale in Linux can cause issues. For the simpler approach, or beginner, running a virtualized homogenous environment makes life much simpler.
Sandboxie is, like the name indicates, a sandbox for browsers. This is a Windows only application. This is like a quarantined space for your risky browser to run.
You can't access some websites if you have an updated, safely patched computer. Specifically, the federal government demands visitors use old versions of web browsers. Doing this risks virus and trojan infection. So, using a sandboxed virus collector (like IE6) is the most safe way to do this. Actually running an antique browser without added protection is just a bad idea.
It is, in fact, trivial to set up a Linux router to speed up your connection to the internet. An average computer can be converted into a speedy router and quite adept firewall appliance rather quickly. Anyone with a moderate level of Linux experience can follow the instructions for setting up an Ubuntu based Linux router. Someone willing to read and follow instructions can build a Linux router with absolutely no experience.
Mockups and wireframe design will save time and money. Most executives make decisions better with tangible examples. Mockups and wireframes help to educate the buyer on options and helps to provide a process for developers to solidify the end product. This process is essential to avoid confusion, improve communications, and plan work.
Google Places has many features you should understand and utilize. Presently, Google accounts for most non social media search results and contributes substantially to organic traffic. Registering your business with Google Places is free.
Google Places has changed a bit, and any retailer should take note. In the example screen captures, I search for restaurants in my home town by searching "restaurants cullman, al." Then I search for a specific BBQ restaurant I like in town by searching for "johnny's bbq cullman, al."
If you deal with code, files, anything important you likely need a third party repository. Most of my stuff is open source or stuff I'm not going to freak out about if someone else sees it. For that stuff, Project Locker has served me well as a Subversion repository I don't have to babysit. I can give a developer access and not worry about potential risks to my central repository. I also use it for clients when I don't want to take responsibility for hosting their code (it's an easy client divorce for those short and unsure contracts).