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John Dukovich, technology developer, chief cook, and bottle washer's observations on the nonprofit technology world.
By John Dukovich on Thursday, April 22, 2010 7:00 PM

As a follow-up to our participation in the Day of Service at the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), I am posting an excerpt of our slide presentation. Our project was to work with an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization and identify technologies and strategies for them to begin receiving online donations. The crux of our presentation was focused on donation systems that we felt were the right fit for the specific organization we were helping. The part of our presentation that was focused on marketing donation systems is posted on Slide Share where you can view it. 

By John Dukovich on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 1:09 PM

Tronn Carson was a friend and an invaluable contributor to Green Moon Solutions. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to him and extend our sympathies to his family. 

By John Dukovich on Saturday, April 25, 2009 6:50 PM
I was recently asked to provide a summary of online file sharing tools. I thought I'd post that summary here. I touched on some of these tools in a previous blog about collaboration, but I will describe more resources here. I have listed the tools in two categories: web-based and desktop-based. Web-basedBasecamp (Milestones, To-Do Lists, File Repository): www.basecamphq.comProject Spaces (Document library/version control, task lists, calendar): www.projectspaces.comBox (Workspaces, document sharing/version history, document commenting): (a free service up to 100 MB, private shared spaces): drop.ioFiles Anywhere (Synchronization, version control): www.filesanywhere.comiCloud  (store, organize, open,...
By John Dukovich on Monday, March 30, 2009 9:13 AM
Many Windows computers are believed to be infected by the "Conficker" worm virus. The worm is due to activate on April 1st, 2009. No one seems to know exactly what it will do. However, its ability to duplicate itself and avoid detection has many security experts worried. You can read more about it here and here and here.It is pretty easy to protect yourself against it.First, make sure you have installed Windows updates and patches: (you must access this site by using Internet Explorer).Second, make sure your antivirus program is updated.Third, if you cannot reach both of the following pages from your browser, you...
By John Dukovich on Friday, February 27, 2009 7:00 PM
I only recently heard of PowerShift because a friend of mine was involved in it and he thought I should go. On first glance at the information posted on the event website, I wondered why -- the event was geared toward high school and college aged environmental activists. Now, I consider myself an environmentalist, but it seemed like I would be out of place at the conference.However, as I looked through the many workshops and panel discussions, I realized that I could learn a lot by attending. Young adults are very technologically savvy and they are now driving changes in how the Internet is being used. I thought that surrounded by 12,000 enthusiastic, smart, young people, it was quite likely that I would hear or see something that would benefit my work and the work of other non-profit organizations.So, are there any breakthrough technologies that these young people are using that we don't know about? No. However, what I did find is that they seem to...
By John Dukovich on Friday, January 23, 2009 7:00 PM
I have been attending technology conferences, reading articles, following blogs, and working with my own clients and if I had to make a prediction for the best use of technology for organizational efficiency in 2009 it would be in the area of collaboration.Hot on the nonprofit technology arena are ideas for collaboration. I cannot tell you how many of my clients e-mail Word documents around and ask people to review and update them. Most don't take advantage of Word's "track changes" features (which allow multiple people to comment on and edit a document, color-coding their changes, and provide for a central person to accept or reject their changes). It becomes a nightmare of figuring out what the changes are and how to resolve conflicting changes.Some organizations have embraced Google Documents (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, forms). Once a document is created (or uploaded), it can be shared with others. However, each individual sharing/collaborating...
By John Dukovich on Tuesday, December 02, 2008 7:00 PM
I've been looking for a simple RSS widget to replace the one on the Green Moon homepage. The one we use is a roll-your-own version, using JavaScript and classic ASP technology. It's fine for now, but as we look to redesign our website, we need something that is more portable since we won't be staying with classic ASP. Additionally, each time we find a new character being used by the RSS source, we've got to go in and manually escape it. Feedburner provides a clean way to show rotating headlines. It's not quite what I am looking for, as I'd also like to include a short summary of the article. However, if you have limited space and the rotating headlines will work for you, the Feedburner may provide what you need. I don't care for the branding, but they have reduced the font size and starkness of it over the years. An example is here:TechSoup

By John Dukovich on Monday, November 03, 2008 1:06 PM
I have been messing with Twitter on and off for a few months, not being really sure what to do with it. Lisa and I used it at the N-TEN conference last spring to do real-time commenting on a plenary session. It was interesting to see how others were responding to the speaker and the environment, but not sure how truly useful that was. Similarly, I plugged in during the U.S. presidential debates last month to see what other viewers were thinking. Again, interesting but also it seemed to just add to the general chatter. Today I received an e-mail that pointed to what looks like a very practical application of Twitter: using it to report problems and issues at U.S. polling places on election day (tomorrow). Thanks to early voting in many states, there have already been more than 80,000 calls to a voter hotline.  The calls came in on the...
By John Dukovich on Saturday, November 17, 2007 5:58 AM
In June I wrote about some spam-fighting strategies.  Recently, Tech Soup published Things You Can Do to Prevent Spam, which covered many of the same approaches that I wrote about, but also had several other good ideas. You can read their succinct listing for the details, but the strategies that they list that go beyond my article are these: Don't forward an email from someone you don't know to a list of people. Before you join a list, make sure the list owner or Web master will not sell your address.Use a complicated email username. If your organization has an IT department, forward any spam that gets through to it.Make sure your privacy settings are set so you don't receive marketing from other sites in your AOL and Yahoo profiles. Never use your email address as your screen name in chat rooms. There is also a...
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...
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