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Alex King on How To Write WordPress Plugins

Added by Brad Baldwin | September 27, 2008

Perhaps one of the most experienced WordPress Plugin Developers around, Alex King delivers the final presentation at WordCamp Utah. King got involved in WordPress when it was born from b2 and has stayed involved in a variety of ways: coding, authoring plugins, theme competitions and most recently offering consulting and custom development services through his latest effort Crowd Favorite.

Special thanks to Jake Spurlock for putting the live and archive streams together on Ustream.tv!

Ash Buckles Gives SEO Tips at WordCamp Utah

Added by Brad Baldwin | September 27, 2008

Ash Buckles is a web developer turned web marketing ninja. Buckles is the Director of Web Marketing Services at Axis41 and works with clients large and small. Buckles offers suggestions and insights on how to increase traffic to your blog via SEO, SEM, Blog Marketing, and PPC. He takes questions from the crowd (and the extend watchers via Ustream and Twitter).

Special thanks to Jake Spurlock for putting the live and archive streams together on Ustream.tv!

Thom Allen on Adding Podcasts to a WordPress Blog

Added by Brad Baldwin | September 27, 2008

Thom Allen, my fellow co-host from PodCampSLC, delivers a pragmatic and insightful presentation about how to incorporate audio and video podcasts into your WordPress blog. Not only is it easy to do technically, Allen points out the key things you can do to increase traffic to your site and grow your subscribers.

Thom’s slides are available on his blog at:
http://www.digitalthom.com/wordcamputah2008/

Rocky Mountain Voices provides this session without edits and thanks Jake Spurlock for broadcasting and capturing the session on Ustream.tv!

Cameron Moll on Designing Good Blogs at WordCamp Utah

Added by Brad Baldwin | September 27, 2008

Cameron Moll, a web designer and creative director, gives suggestions and advice on creating a good design for a blog. Moll draws from many examples in real life and shows tricks such as grayscaling and blurring to help design so that important information pops off the screen. He advises on extensibility and designing for those who may access your site with disabilities such as blindness.

Special thanks to Jake Spurlock for putting the live and archive streams together on Ustream.tv!

Richard Miller on Using WordPress as a CMS at WordCamp Utah

Added by Brad Baldwin | September 27, 2008

Richard Miller works with over 100 blogs. He’s seen and developed many blogs using WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS). Miller talks about how Pages vs. Posts can be used for non-blog-like sites.

NOTE: Some Twitter users at the event felt this presentation included too much religious, “Mormon” content. This is the space where Richard works. If you’re offended by religious examples, please be advised.

Rocky Mountain Voices provides this session without edits and thanks Jake Spurlock for broadcasting and capturing the session on Ustream.tv!

Matt Mullenweg’s Keynote at WordCamp Utah

Added by Brad Baldwin | September 27, 2008

Matt Mullenweg, the founder of Automattic, visits Utah and gives a “State of the Word” speech to attendees. WordPress and it’s growth in the online business (WordPress.org) or from downloads for self hosting (WordPress.com) shows that blogging is going mainstream. Hear Matt provide the details in his keynote.

Special thanks to Jake Spurlock for putting the live and archive streams together on Ustream.tv!

Quick FlyBy of the Pretty Uses at WordCamp Utah

Added by Brad Baldwin | September 27, 2008

Here’s a quick video flyby of all the pretty faces at Utah’s WordCamp. Matt Mullenweg keynotes, Alex King speaks, Thom Allen and many more local users present.

The stream and final video can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wordcamp-utah. Thanks Jake Spurlock for your stepping up to the task!

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Wendia AG International Launches North America Division in Utah

Added by Brad Baldwin | September 16, 2008

Wendia AG International, a privately-held European software company founded in 1990, is setting up their North American headquarters in Utah. Wendia provides best-in-class Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) based service management solutions to hundreds of organizations worldwide. ITIL is the de-facto global standard in the area of Service Management, and contains comprehensive and public technical documentation for the planning, provision and support of IT services.

Wendia’s ITIL and service management solutions can readily integrate with all the major desktop management and systems management solutions including Microsoft’s SMS, CA’s Asset Management and Unicenter, BMC’s Patrol, IBM’s Tivoli, Novell’s Zenworks, HP’s OpenView, Nimsoft’s NimBUS, and Monolith Software’s mSuite ITM solution.

Wendia’s CEO and Founder Kerstin Daun talks with Brad Baldwin from Rocky Mountain Voices about the business and benefits of the ITIL standards. Daun also discusses their entrance into the North America market under Hal Tueller.

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IPTV: More Content, Choice and Flexibility

Added by Brad Baldwin | September 8, 2008

As broadband connectivity spreads around the world, IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) is beginning to reshape the industry. In 2007, the number of households using telco / IPTV services grew to over 14 million worldwide (Parks Associates, April 2008). That number is expected to grow to more than 80 million households by 2011 (Strategy Analytics, January 2007). Providers who wish to survive must have the ability to deliver compelling IP based content, services, and high definition video.

Broadcast International’s President and CEO Rod Tiede gives a high-level overview of the IPTV market and the opportunity for broadcaster and cable operators, satellite, and even mobile and wireless providers. Broadcast International and its CodecSys compression technology leverages the limited bandwidth typical of the DSL networks many consumers access, and makes it possible to send up to four times the video channels over the same connection, with no loss in video quality.

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DirectPointe Provides Expert Remote Computer Support to Home Users

Added by Brad Baldwin | June 27, 2008

DirectPointe, an award-winning managed service provider (MSP), has added a new home computer care service with its DirectPointe Home offering. Until now, computer service meant disassembly and transporting your computer into retail location where a “geek” would add your machine to a 10-day-wait queue. But DirectPoint Home changes the game with its remote expert support where users can get help 24×7x365, all without the hassle of disconnecting cords and cables.

DirectPointe Home provides three levels of service: PC Care, On-Demand and Total PC. PC Care is a preventative service that solves 80% of the most common computer problems by doing routine maintenance. On Demand provides fast support so that you can get your problem fixed now! Total PC is an unlimited package that provides everything a home computer user needs to have peace of mind when it comes to their computer, including virus protection, online security, data back-up and unlimited support.

Seth Bailey, VP of the Consumer Division at DirectPointe, talks to Brad Baldwin from Rocky Mountain Voices about the offering and the benefits for retiring baby boomers or parents hoping to find relief from their mal-ware downloading youngsters.

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Bourquin Brothers on The Transition to New Media

Added by Brad Baldwin | June 27, 2008

Tim Bourquin and Emile Bourquin are the founders and producers of the New Media Expo, the most popular convention for podcasters, online video creators and bloggers. The expo and 2,000+ attendees are heading to Las Vegas August 14-16, 2008. Registration is still open, but the special “early” rate ends June 30th.

Brad Baldwin connects with Tim and Emile at a Podcast Tuneup party where they were talk about adding more video and live streaming sessions at this year’s expo. They also discuss the transition of traditional media outlets that are adopting and incorporating new media into their content offerings.

Special thanks to the Podcast Tuneup team for use of their new recording studio for this podcast.

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Student Creates Multi-Touch Software and Table for Science Project

Added by Brad Baldwin | June 21, 2008

Here’s one student that takes the “Science Fair” to the next level. Bridger Maxwell, a high school student at Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS) decided to create a multi-touch table for his Science Fair entry–kinda like an iPhone screen, and Microsoft Surface on a budget.

The multi-touch experience allows for object movement, rotation, growing and shrinking, and even multi-hand, multi-person use. Inspired by movies like Minority Report, Maxwell leverages Apple OS X, code developed during Google Summer of Code called Open Touch, and his own code–which he has submitted back to the community at http://code.google.com/p/corkboard/. The table, made from plexiglass and a dissembled Acer monitor, uses infrared light emitting diodes and an IR camera to detect and transmit fingertip motions as inputs.

Maxwell also expects to experience a future where multi-touch technology becomes a standard way to interact with applications, particularly for graphic manipulation and even gaming. While Maxwell didn’t get a summer internship on the iPhone team “this” year, he has received coverage on Ars Technica and the local NBC news station. Not bad for a high school student.

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MailShadow Syncs Outlook to Gmail and Google Apps

Added by Brad Baldwin | June 12, 2008

Cemaphore Systems’ MailShadow for Google Apps keeps your Microsoft Outlook environment in sync with Gmail, Google Calendar, and Gmail Contacts. Make a change in one, and the other is instantly updated to reflect the change. MailShadow for Google Apps is receiving a lot of attention since organizations can eliminate the expensive infrastructure, hardware, and co-location facilities required by Exchange, but still allow users to leverage the client-side productivity features in Outlook.

Tracy Scott, the VP of Marketing at Cemaphore, shows the beta version of MailShadow for Google Apps to Brad Baldwin from Rocky Mountain Voices. And if you’re interested in giving it a try, the beta sign-up is still open.

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What’s New: Cincom Implementing Dynamics CRM

Added by Cydni Tetro | June 9, 2008

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 is a three-tier application that can help organizations manage front office processes, such as sales, marketing, and customer service, and serve as a development platform for business applications in different industry verticals. The platform aspects let you focus on your core needs by providing you rapid development toolkit, well documented SDK, outlook integration including offline access, mobile support, scalability including multi-tenancy, globalization support including multi-language & multi-currency, and power of choice when it comes to choosing deployment options. Sanjay Jain, ISV Architect Evangelist with Microsoft , speaks with Dan Nicholas, Sr. Director Product Research & Planning and Gregor Newland, Manager of Business Development & Alliances of Cincom Systems, to discuss their experience of adopting Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform to assist their complex manufacturing customers.

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What’s New: Logotec Bringing Mobility to CRM

Added by Cydni Tetro | June 3, 2008

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 is a three-tier application that can help organizations manage front office processes, such as sales, marketing, and customer service, and serve as a development platform for business applications in different industry verticals. The platform aspects let you focus on your core needs by providing you rapid development toolkit, well documented SDK, outlook integration including offline access, mobile support, scalability including multi-tenancy, globalization support including multi-language & multi-currency, and power of choice when it comes to choosing deployment options. Sanjay Jain, ISV Architect Evangelist, speaks with Michal Klaja, CTO and Mark Frederiksen, BDM at Logotec Engineering to discuss their experience of adopting Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform to provide a Software + Service based Mobile solution to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 users.

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