Monday, February 25, 2008 Supports Feeds and Comments

Because now supports Atom Feeds and Comment Threads natively, the Blog has now been superseded by's own News section.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

News Headlines on Home Page

I've taken the feed from the Blog and added it as a set of news headlines on the home page of so that our friends and customers can see some of the things we've been working on. This makes the blog much more useful, and will encourage us to post updates on a regular basis.

Reseller Opportunities

For the past couple months we've been ironing out all the kinks in our system so that other folks will have the ability to resell our products. If you are interested in being established as a reseller for your area, contact me and we can discuss the details.

To maintain the integrity of the product, we will only give access to our reseller tools to those who can demonstrate a level of professionalism, quality work, and good business ethics consistent with our existing standards.

Here are the products and services that we usually provide which resellers can take advantage of:
  • Template-based Websites with access to the CMS
  • Shopping Cart Enabled Sites
  • Monthly Technical Support
  • CMS Training
  • Digital Photography
Resellers are, of course, free to supplement these with their own products and services as well.

Point of Sale

For the opening of Blend Boutique in Roseburg, we designed a Point of Sale system that integrates with our web-based inventory database. This POS is now also being used at Nic and Mindy's Boutique in Grants Pass, Oregon.

It uses a bar code scanner and an Epson ESC/POS receipt printer (parallel or USB) with attached cash drawer.

We also made an applet to generate sequential barcodes for the stores to apply to their product tags.

The "cash register" interface is very easy to use and there is a training mode built in which allows the cashier to run fake transactions for training purposes.

Electronic Products, eBooks, MP3, etc.

Our shopping cart system now has native support for purchase of Electronic Products! This is an exciting feature. They are also really easy to set up. Here is a step-by-step rundown:

1. Go into the "File Manager" and create a folder to hold the new e-product. For this example, we will call it "myproduct"

2. Click on the newly created folder to open it:

3. Upload some files, then check "Add Folder Security" and click "Update" -- this will secure the folder so that only users who have purchased the product may access it.

4. Go to the product screen, add a new item that you'd like to turn into an e-product, give it a name, click the "Files" tab, and fill in the folder name.

5. Click the "Price" tab and turn off shipping calculation for this product, unless it also includes physical goods.

6. Add a variant, and set the price for the e-product.

Congratulations! You now have a fully functional e-product. If someone purchases this with PayPal, they will receive access codes without any manual interaction from the vendor. If they use a different payment option, the access codes will be sent at the time the payment is received.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Shower Gel Labels

I've been working on creating labels for Country Club Gifts for about a year, and there's quite a collection now. Check it out!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Upgraded to Blogger Beta

Hey, we've upgraded to the new Blogger Beta. Just testing.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Singpolyma - Technical Blog: Blogger Comment Syndication Service

Singpolyma - Technical Blog: Blogger Comment Syndication Service

Stephen Weber has created a Blogger Comment Syndication service similar to my Blogger Recent Comments add-on.

I think Stephen's solution is pretty good because, like my own, it also includes new comments to older posts, where many of the other popular solutions like the Farrago Recent Comments Hack do not handle the older posts.

Beta Comment Notifications - Freshblog

Beta Comment Notifications - Freshblog

In attempting to weigh all the Pros and Cons of different "Recent Comments" methods, I ended up making my own. This article at Freshblog is important for anyone considering doing this type of code, because it points out the changes taking place in Blogger's new Beta. I'm already beginning to incorporate these changes into the Blogger Recent Comments tool I made, so that it will work even better on the new Beta.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Free BlogRolling / Link Lists

We now offer a free Link List feature on for anyone to use. These lists are easy to maintain, very flexible in their output, and can be used with a tiny bit of JavaScript code or with a server side include (in PHP for example). This product is an excellent solution for bloggers who are unsatisfied with the quality of other similar services.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Book and CD Services

We've decided to start offering book and CD preparation and publication assistance as one of our regular services. If you have a book to publish, we can help you to make it happen. With nothing but a word processor manuscript we can get a finished product in your hands in a matter two or three weeks. We will try to accomodate any type of book, data, or audio CD project. The final product will be available with no minimum quantity and at a reasonable price. This should be an excellent opportunity for local or niche authors.

We can also do just part of the process for you, for example if all you need is a cover graphic, or if you just need a book typeset but have your own printer lined up, we can take care of your specific need.