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The Six Figure Blog Challenge

Gary has started another challenge blog’ where he’s recording his journey to a Six Figure Income in 12 months (he’s inviting others to join him).

RustySearch Relevancy Test Continues

Which search engine returns the most relevant results? This is a discussion that’s been going since the search industry began its popularity climb.

PalmOne May Challenge iPod

No formal announcement of the LifeDrive Mobile Manager yet, but Amazon.com says it will cost $500 USD.

Number 1 Challenge to Going Solo with a Business

For many mid-career professionals, a Second (or third or fourth) Career turns out to be a business. If your industry disappears, you’re leaving a high-profile job, or you’ve risen through the ranks, self-employment can be your most realistic option.

Pepsi Challenge: Consumers Hack Their Promotions

One of the most interesting developments in the golden era of transparency is that consumers are sharing all kinds of information to hack/circumvent traditional promotions such as coupons, contests and giveaways.

New Library Archive to Challenge Google Print

According to IWR, ten major international libraries have agreed to combine their digitised book collections into a free text-based archive hosted online by the not-for-profit Internet Archive.

The Revolutionary Challenge of Sirius Satellite Radio

The FCC is being cut out of the loop (thank God) via Sirius, its management, Howard Stern and the legendary Mel Karmazin. XM Radio is playing a leading role now, but the real noise is being generated by Sirius.

Need for Better Email Management Remains a Top Challenge

Email users are successfully navigating their way through the waves of spam and retention requirements.

Computer Associates Offers $1 Million Open Source Challenge

Computer Associates International, Inc. today announced the Ingres Million Dollar Challenge, an unprecedented offer to the open source community to develop migration toolkits for Ingres r3, which was released today under the CA Trusted Open Source License.

Cell Phone Q&A Service To Challenge Search Engines

IssueBits.com, a telecommunications information company, has created a question answering service called Any Question Answered. The service was designed to help customers find answers through text messages. AQA differs from search engines in that you receive an answer to the question you posed, not a list of links that may have the information you seek.

Google Prepared For Microsoft Challenge

The battle lines for search supremacy have been drawn. Google, the presumed search engine leader, is gearing up to ensure that their search engine is versatile enough to endure.

Moonlighting’s Greatest Challenge … How to Beat the Time Crunch

I receive many emails each week with send times like 5:02 am, 4:47 am and 1:02 am. Ah, I think to myself, another moonlighter. It’s tough being a moonlighter, as many of you reading this know only too well. Here are some ideas to help you beat the time crunch.

Chinese portals link to challenge Google

About 200 companies are teaming up to offer a China-based search engine, which hopes to compete with popular foreign services.

Dell to Challenge HP, IBM in Printer Market

Dell Computer is jumping into the printer market, launching several new models this week, which will challenge its entrenched hardware rivals IBM and Hewlett-Packard .

How Will Your Business Respond To The Challenge Of Change?

Most new business owners expect to devote a lot of time and effort to getting their business established. Then, they plan to relax as the business “runs itself” and continues to grow. This was an achievable goal in the past. It isn’t today. Aggressive, innovative competitors and rapidly changing technology make it impossible to establish a system today that will automatically meet all future challenges.

Promotional Offers: Sometimes You Can’t Give It Away

So, the marketing gurus have convinced you that you need some kind of free offer to be successful online. It doesn’t matter if you create your own giveaway goodie or use an existing one, you need a “draw”.

What they often forget to tell you is that HOW you promote your freebie is just as important as WHAT you give away. Here are a few cautionary tales to illustrate the perils and pitfalls of free offer marketing:

Balancing Home & Work: The Challenge of the Home-Based Business

With the holidays around the corner, you may find yourself struggling to keep your home-based business and your home life separate and running smoothly. And you’re not alone.

Project Turn Around – Operation Rollout

Topic Project Methodologies & Process

No IT project ever follows a methodology to a tee. If they did, the success rate of projects would be far higher than the abominable success rates we constantly read and hear about or even worse, personally experience. Here is an example of an actual project with many typical challenges found in most projects and how they were addressed to achieve success beyond expectations. It can help provide ideas and tips on how to address real-life sticky situations, move forward without starting over and motivate a diverse group of people from both business and technical departments to turn around a project and deliver on time and under budget.

Office Gossip: An HR Challenge

“Lies, rumors, and office gossip have always been an entrenched part of the workscape,” says Samuel Greengard, in his article, “Gossip Poisons Business: HR Can Stop It,” and if you’ve worked in an office, you know that’s true. For some, it’s just static, but it can get out of control, be harmful to the target, and cause risk for management.