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We all hit that slump in our creativity from time to time. When you feel you have nothing new to try and wonder if you are still good at what you do. Well for those times the best remedy is to look back at some of your best work and to look closely at what some of the best are creating now.

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Depending on how much time you have on your hands (or how much of an internet nerd you are) you might have stopped to notice the endings of the URLs your most frequented websites have. For example, most websites you encounter in the US probably end with .com (for commercial) or .org (for organization). If you like to shop overseas you may have visited, or if you are feeling authentic you might visit (for Sweden). If you get elected Pope you might surf around the net on sites with .va (for Vatican City) or if you are relaxing in Barbados you may use a .bb site to find the best beach.

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This year’s Google I/O was said to be all about the developer.  With no new device announcements as well as no new version of Android announced, this seemed to hold true.  After wrapping up yesterday afternoon, I have had a chance to digest a lot of the content that was presented.

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I met up with two other Sundoggers at the airport anxious and excited to attend the Salesforce Customer Tour on April 18th.  We were welcomed by the downpour of rain, which was a better sight than the snowfall in Minneapolis. When we arrived at McCormick Place, the event had volunteers every 10 feet willing to help and execute with ease. I was very impressed with the event; however did find some volunteers was unaware of the event hashtag. After asking three volunteers, I waited until the keynote to hear the announcement for the Twitter hashtag. Millions of Salesforce branded banners lead us to the Cloud Expo first and then we made our way to the Customer Story keynote, which was the highlight of my experience at the event.

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Have you seen little pictures next to Google search results and wondered how they got there? I’ll explain what they are, what they’re used for, and how you can set up your own.

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Previous Blog Entries Posted in Internet

March 29, 2013 | Brianne Carlsrud: SXSW: Trending Topics and the Tale of the Grumpy Cat

South by Southwest (SXSW) wrapped up last week in Austin, Texas and it sure made its presence known throughout the online world. While I wish I could …More...

March 28, 2013 | John Schneider: 10 Ways Google Is Taking Over Your Digital Life

It seems that every time I turn around, Google is introducing something new. How many of these Google products are you using to manage your digital life? …More...

March 28, 2013 | John Schneider: The Danger Of Going “Full Google”

I don’t see Google ever deciding to get rid of Gmail or its cloud-based office programs; they provide a wealth of user search and demographic information that …More...

February 28, 2013 | Craig Isakson: Firefox OS

In lines with the Ubuntu Touch announcement at Mobile World Congress, Mozilla announced that they will be releasing devices with their new Firefox OS aboard to a …More...

February 28, 2013 | Craig Isakson: Ubuntu Touch: Developers Preview

Last month we learned that Canonical has been working on a touch version of their Linux distribution to work on phones.  This month Canonical came out with …More...

February 27, 2013 | Lee Schwartz: Lighting The Lamp: A Viral Video Goal

How a small-market hockey team took their low-budget video viral.

February 05, 2013 | Lon Keller: H.265 - Full Quality HD Video with Half the Bits

One of the major obstacles in delivering video over the internet is the availability of sufficient bandwidth. In recent years, we have seen cable, satellite and telecommunication …More...

January 10, 2013 | Anthony Suda: The Gift for Hackers

If you’re an individual, an owner of your own little business, or even someone responsible for setting up technology for your relatives, let me stress the importance …More...