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Jun 13 2014
Don't use "meaningful" calls to action blindly

A recent conversation at Inbound.org got me thinking...

There's this trend in the self-funded startups community going on recently - to use "meaningful" calls to action instead of simple "start trial" or "sign up" buttons. Like, if you're selling a scheduling tool - put the "end your scheduling hassles" text on your button, not just the stupid "sign up" label. Or - if you're selling a budgeting app - "start watching your wallet" or something like that.

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Jun 7 2014
WatiN tests fail with COMExceptions and other errors? Fix

Another post for developers reading this blog. If you think these posts do not belong here, please leave a comment, and I'll consider moving my development articles to a separate blog.

If your WatiN tests started failing, the "ContainsText" property always returns "false", you get System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException when running tests - one fix would be to run Visual Studio as Adminstrator.

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Apr 7 2014
Google violating its own policy?

Last month Google has finally released the new AdWords design for desktop search. They removed the shaded yellow box used to designate a paid search result. The ads are now marked with a gold "Ad" icon next to it. Making it virtually indistinguishable from the organic search results. I bet my mom wouldn't be able to tell the difference

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Mar 24 2014
Removing files from Mercurial history

Another post for developers reading this blog. If you think these posts do not belong here, please leave a comment, and I'll consider moving my development articles to a separate blog.

Sometimes you need to remove files from Mercurial completely, even from the history. For instance, if you have mistakenly stored a sensitive file in the repo (some password, or an access key, or a code-signing certificate etc. etc.) Here's how you do it:

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Dec 30 2013
The Startupper Way





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Dec 24 2013
JavaScript: injecting extra info to copy-pasted text

You've seen this many times - when you copy and paste text from a website - a reference link to the source appears at the bottom, sometimes along with a copyright notice. Something like "read more at www.site.com". Some SEOs say this can be good source of backlinks so I tried to figure out how these sites do it... Turns out most of the sites use a service called "Tynt". But Tynt also traces visitor actions on a website (mouse moves, clicks etc), which I personally don't like.

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Nov 20 2013
Recursion

"In order to understand recursion, one must first understand recursion"

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Forgive me, I just could not walk past this picture. Should help you understand what recursion really is.

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Oct 25 2013
Disabling search in "new tab" in Chrome

If you don't like the new search field and a ton of empty space around it on the Chrome's "new tab" page after upgrading it on Windows (and now Mac), here's what you need to do:

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May 23 2013
Skype spying on you in Russia, China and who knows where else?

Russian newspaper "Vedomosti" - a reputable Russian periodical co-founded by Dow Jones, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal - has reported that both the national security agency and the police are able to tap Skype conversations without even filing a court order.

Since I'm originally from Russia, I will translate the article for you: continued...

Mar 17 2013
Don’t Choose a SaaS Helpdesk! Really?

This is a guest post by Dean Mitchell about the objections people raise against on-demand help desk apps. And since we're a saas help desk vendor we figured it fits our blog just perfectly.

It’s obvious to everyone but a crazy hermit living in a cave eating dried frogs and drinking unsavoury and unmentionable liquids that a helpdesk solution of some kind is an unquestionable necessity for the smooth running of your business. You may already have one that causes you to tear your hair out and scream creative and colourful profanities due to its convoluted and counter-intuitive nature. Bin it now! Life is way too short for that crap! continued...

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