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“It’s all about the power of individual ideas and uniting a crowd behind them. I think academics have this limitless capacity for amazing ideas, innovation, discovery – but what they lack is a crowd of supporters and engaged citizens to fund and promote their work. Crowdfunding makes that a possibility. We just need a few brave and creative souls to try it.”

- Ryan Davies, Carleton University, 2014

Crowdfunding originates in the relatively recent phenomenon of crowdsourcing, wherein a collective body gets together and works towards a common goal using predominantly online methods. In less than ten years, we’ve seen this digital method of raising funds transform from a $1.5 million US marketplace in 2006, to around $5 billion today. Such tremendous growth warrants a closer examination to see where these funds are coming from, and why individuals are getting behind it.

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Here’s a simple fix that will improve usability for site administrators, customers and potential employees, for one of the most commonly implemented modules in Sitecore, Web Forms for Marketers (WFFM).

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As all you Sitecore coders out there know, the default recommended set up for a Sitecore solution in Visual Studio is as one web project. This can make working with multi-site solutions a challenge and also means that your custom code for the solution gets mixed in with the rest of the Sitecore base installation. To overcome this issue, our preference at bv02 is to use Team Development for Sitecore (TDS), to organize our work into a separate Visual Studio project that gets pushed to Sitecore on build. However, when using TDS recently in this sort of set up, I encountered a problem with TDS not properly deploying and pushing the code to Sitecore.

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As one of the fastest growing social media photo sharing platforms in the world, with over 200 million monthly active users, it was only a matter of time before a brand leveraged Instagram’s capabilities to create a fun – and free – alternative to a website.

IKEA recently used the site to launch a web-based catalog and showcase its annual PS line targeted towards millennials. Upon searching the ikea_ps_2014 account on mobile, you’ll find what looks like a homepage resembling a typical IKEA catalog. Each main post or image represents a categorized collection of items offered as part of the line.

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Last weekend, June 28-29, marked Ottawa’s third instalment of Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) (http://rhok-ottawa.ca/).

The first order of business is to answer “So, what is it?”.  RHoK is a hackathon for making the world a better place by developing practical, open source technology solutions to respond to some of the most complex challenges facing humanity. RHoK, an international initiative (in over 30 countries), happens concurrently twice a year in June and December.  Our Ottawa chapter operates wholly on its own, while maintaining the vision and mission of the global organization.

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This marks the first video in a new series called “The Brief: The Business of Digital Marketing”, in which I’ll be talking with experts across the business world about trends and hot topics in technology and digital marketing. Today’s subject: Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which comes into effect on July 1, 2014.

In one of our recent videos, we brought forward some ideas and resources for how to survive CASL as a Canadian business. What we found, though, the more we dug into the subject, is that there are a lot of grey areas around the legislation. So we decided to talk to a legal expert to get their perspective. I hope you find this interview with lawyer Porter Heffernan of Emond Harnden Law as useful as I have in figuring out how this applies to everyone both inside and outside the corporation.

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For several years iOS has set the bar pretty high when it came to users installing new OS versions.  Within days of a new iOS version being released by Apple, millions upon millions of people will have downloaded and installed it.  Partly this is because Apple has been very good at making new versions available to older devices and partly because users know how to update the software.

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I made a rookie mistake with Sitecore 7. I didn’t properly define an indexing strategy before launching a new multi-server Sitecore instance.

I have spent a lot of time working with Sitecore 7 but have found myself overwhelmed by the myriad of indexing strategies available for our shiny new Sitecore websites. Finally, I was forced to dig deeper and examine the indexing strategies in more detail when a client was unable to properly rebuild the search index on their Content Delivery server.

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The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is one of the most aggressive legislations of its kind in the world. Officially announced over three years ago, CASL is finally coming into effect this July 1st, which means you have just a few weeks left to get ready.

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If you are running OpenSSL on your servers, please make sure to fix the HeartBleed Bug as soon as possible.

As many of you have heard by now, the web has recently been struck by an internet-wide security flaw known as the HeartBleed Bug. HeartBleed affects sites that use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. We have put together a quick note about what it is, how to know if you’re at risk, and what to do about it if you are vulnerable.

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