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John Dukovich, technology developer, chief cook, and bottle washer's observations on the nonprofit technology world.
By John Dukovich on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 7:00 PM
Has SPAM got you down? Are you having trouble weeding through the inane and bogus offers in your inbox as you try to find legitimate e-mail messages? I think everyone is affected by SPAM. There is not one silver bullet to defeat SPAM (other than ditching your e-mail account and going back to snail mail). However, there are multiple strategies you can use to combat this modern-day vermin. First, let's quickly go through how you e-mail address gets into a spammers database. If you purchase retail products online, it is likely that the retailer may sell your e-mail address to an e-mail harvester. They collect millions of e-mail addresses and load them into databases which they provide to spammers. Another way for your e-mail address to be absconded is for it to be harvested off of a website. If you post your e-mail address on the web, expect it to be gobbled up by automated programs ("bots") that crawl across the web looking for e-mail addresses. If you post your e-mail on a "contact us" page, if you respond to a...
By John Dukovich on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 7:00 PM
A lot of organizations are either setting up content management systems (CMS) for their websites, or they are hearing a lot about them and want to know if they should move toward using them. From a non-profit technology perspective, I think they make a lot of sense. Green Moon has both evaluated and recommended CMSs to our clients, as well as set them up and then let our clients run with them. What is a CMS? Simply put, it is a user-friendly system that allows people to update websites without having to know web design, HTML, JavaScript, or other technologies. The user only has to know how to type to add new content.  There are various flavors of CMS -- from free, very bare-bones, less-user friendly but very efficient do-it-yourself kits, to high-end, sophisticated systems that combine customer relationship management (CRM) with e-commerce and other complicated systems, which are often set up and  hosted by large companies (that charge big bucks for their services).  Which flavor is right for your organization?...
By John Dukovich on Thursday, April 19, 2007 7:14 PM
Two weeks ago I attended the Nonprofit Technology Network (N-TEN) Technology Conference (NTC). This was the second year that I attended the conference. It reaffirmed the rush I received last year. If you are involved in technology and/or nonprofit organizations, I highly recommend this conference.  The sessions are fantastic. In fact, I am going to take one of my fellow Green Mooners with me next year because there were several sessions I could not attend because of the parallel nature of many of the sessions. Several times I wanted to split myself into a couple of pieces in order to cover areas of interest. Even more rewarding than the sessions is the interaction with other tech geeks and with nonprofit professionals. The other geeks provide invaluable information, tips, resources, and are excellent beer drinkers. Networking with nonprofit leaders and staff is the best way to learn about issues and concerns...
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