Schrock Innovations Signs on With TradeBank

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  • Written on: March 31st, 2007

I signed the final paperwork today on a deal that should prove to be very interesting. Schrock Innovations is now accepting the TradeBank card for website development services. TradeBank is a barter system that uses “trade dollars” as a substitute currency so that businesses can trade their services for other services they need.

In many other barter systems, it can be difficult to seal a trade deal because two people need to have products and services which they are each interested in. TradeBank solves that problem with their “trade dollars.” For example, if Schrock Innovations develops a website for a TradeBank client, that client can pay Schrock in “trade dollars” which are deposited into a quasi-cash account just like at a bank.

Within 24 hours of signing on with TradeBank we have inked a deal for one website and have a solid lead on a second one. It is almost like having an online business manager seeking out customers for us!

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Is There a Place to List a “Baby Delay” in Microsoft Project?

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  • Written on: March 30th, 2007

For those of you who have been following the development of our new Maintenance Checkup Home Edition Version 2, you might know that the lead developer on the project, Adam McKee, has been expecting his first daughter any day now.

I just received a phone call that the new database structure for the project might be a couple days late because his 6 pound 2 ounce daughter was just born in Omaha.

Congratulations Adam and Bobbie! Thankfully, Bobbie had the good sense to shut down Adam’s name choice of Optimus Prime for the much more reasonable “Lillian Rose.” We love you Adam, but Optimus?!?!

So for those of you waiting with baited breath (and you know who you are ) for the next big Beta tester update, you might want to find something else to do this weekend, as the update will be delayed until mid week next week. Adam’s got some other structures and systems to figure out in the meantime ;-)

The Truck is Home Again!

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  • Written on: March 30th, 2007

I had never realized how much my family depends on having two vehicles available until my truck had to go into the body shop for 10 days and my wife graciously shared her minivan with me.

During the last blizzard (yes the one two days before the 70-degree weather) I chose to drive my truck into the office to complete a computer for a customer who HAD to have the PC back that day so he could leave town.

In retrospect, it was not the wisest choice I have made in a while, but I thought my 4-wheel-drive and good tires would keep me safe and get me where I needed to be. Technically, the truck did great getting me where I needed to go. I managed to make the typically 15-minute drive in just under an hour. I completed the computer and took advantage of the quiet time in the office to catch up on emails and do some blogging and development work.

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Great Learning Opportunity at PMMOL Nebraska Seminar Last Night

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  • Written on: March 29th, 2007

Last night I attended the People Making Money Online Meetup at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln. Jeremy “Shoemoney” Shoemaker was the featured speaker on the subject of Search Engine Optimization and You. Jeremy is a top rated blogger in the field and is extremely knowledgeable on the cutting edge trends in online promotion.

It is rare that you can attend a Shoemoney event for less than $2,000 and a plane ticket to a nice destination, so being able to attend a local event in Lincoln, NE was an opportunity I could not pass up.

A lot of the techniques that Jeremy covered are things that the Schrock Innovations Web Development Team already employs for our website customers, however there were a few new things I learned that can really make a difference in a hard-fought race for a top search engine ranking position.
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Smart Computing Magazine Hits Subscribers – Schrock Article on Spyware Included

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  • Written on: March 27th, 2007

The latest edition of Smart Computing Magazine is hitting subscribers today and my article on how to remove Spyware from your PC got front cover attention this month.

I have a featured article in this month’s Smart Computing magazine on page 39 that tells you in a step-by-step way how to remove malware from your computer using the free programs AdAware and Spybot Search and Destroy.

Smart Computing is a great magazine for people who love their computers but are not geeks. If you are not a subscriber, I would highly recommend you look into it!

New Compute This Show Posted – Sad Story, MCHE Update, and Your Calls

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  • Written on: March 26th, 2007

The latest Compute This show has been posted on our Compute This page.

We had another awesome show on Saturday where we talked about a truly sad story of a little girl who was shunned in an American Girl doll hair salon for bringing in a “fake” doll to have its hair styled.

We also announced that we have released another major update to the beta version of our MCHE software. This new update further reduced the number of false detections and also fixed a number of small glitches that were complicating the update process.

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RIAA Insists on Deposing 10-Year old Daughter of Disabled Woman

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  • Written on: March 26th, 2007

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is insisting on deposing a 10-year old girl in relation to her disabled mother’s counterclaim against the organization.

This is a case that many in the Internet community will be watching closely. The RIAA employs a number of tactics to catch those who download and share music files illegally from their homes, including alleged “data farming”. Data farming is the act of suing an Internet service provider to obtain the IP Addresses (the address of their customer’s computers) in an effort to identify likely file sharing suspects.

Tanya Andersen, a 41 year old disabled single mother found herself to be the target of one of the RIAA’s cases in Oregon. The only problem is that she claims to never have downloaded or shared a song on the computer in her life. The RIAA doesn’t really care much about denials, but the Association may have bitten off more than they can chew this time.

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Anti-Porn Child Protection Act Ruled Unconstitutional

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  • Written on: March 26th, 2007

Anytime the ACLU gets involved with a case, I always wonder what the motivations behind the organization’s involvement are. In their most recent courtroom victory, the ACLU has defeated a law that was intended to prevent minors from being exposed to pornography on the Internet.

The ACLU convinced a U.S. District Judge in Philadelphia that the already-embattled Child Online Protection Act (COPA) is unconstitutional and violated Americans’ First Amendment rights.

A news parody program called The Half Hour News hour aired the commentary below about the ACLU and its frequent alignments with the less than desirable forces in society today.

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Catholic School Prohibits its Students from Using MySpace.com at Home

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  • Written on: March 25th, 2007

St. Hugo of the Hills School in Bloomfield, MI, has enacted a policy that specifically prohibits any student enrolled in the private school from maintaining a MySpace.com web page.

The Schools website states that students may not send or display offensive messages or pictures on or off the St. Hugo network. In addition their website states:

“The �myspace.com� sites of many of the students violate these rules. Therefore, it is the RULE of St. Hugo School that NO ENROLLED STUDENT SHALL have a �myspace.com� web page or any similar type personal Internet site. Students were informed on March 20, 2007 that they must delete their �myspace.com� accounts if they wish to continue to attend school at St. Hugo. If a family chooses to allow their children to continue their �myspace.com� account, they will not be allowed to continue as students at St. Hugo.”

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Could You Imagine if Someone Did This to your Daughter?

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  • Written on: March 24th, 2007

OK, so this post has nothing to do with technology at all. With that said, I found this blog while surfing online this morning and was astonished that any “service business would do something like this to a little girl. This is one of those stories that makes you happy to live in Nebraska and not New York.

A Manhattan mother posted a tale on her blog of an interaction between her little six year old girl and a Manhattan American Girl Doll Hair stylist (yes, you read that right – someone who makes a living styling plastic hair on dolls).

American Girl dolls sell for about $90 each, without any accessories at all. This little girl wanted one because everyone else at her public school had one, but her mother warned her that if she wanted accessories should would not have much money left after buying the doll.

So the little girl managed to save up $30 of her own money and choose to buy a more reasonably priced doll named Gracie at Target that came with tons of accessories in the package. A smart move, in my opinion – especially for a six year old. Until she was confronted by a plastic-hair dresser about her fake baby.

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