Small Initiatives site archive, 2009-earlier. Use menu links for Jay Small's new blog and Ka Small's APODEXI site.

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If you're reading this, domain name service has done its magic and you are getting SI from its new hosting home.

I'll spare you the migration details. These days, changing hosting is like changing cell phone plans -- you just want the features you need, reliable service and a fair price. Not much sexy about it.

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When a former boss and a former corporate colleague (not to mention guitar-playing pal) -- both good friends -- gang up to form a new venture, naturally I pay attention.

Not to mention the fact they asked Small Initiatives to engineer their Web site (a Drupal project, natch) and design corporate branding.

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In some projects for friends-and-family clients, I'm investigating open-source, Web-based software solutions in these categories, and hoping my site-visiting friends can point me to more options.

  • Accounting: I'm checking out WebERP, and it seems powerful, but focused on wholesale or retail businesses that keep inventory instead of service businesses. Know of good options for those?
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Just a quick shout-out: My pal Steve Yelvington has posted several items in recent days describing Morris Communications' development and deployment of a new site management system grounded in Drupal.

I'm a Drupal fan, natch, but even if you are not, these posts will be worth your time. Steve describes in detail the decisionmaking processes that led to building and organizing the administrative tools -- be they custom work or stock Drupal modules.

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Techdirt applauds new efforts to repeal or rework Sarbanes-Oxley, the overwrought post-Enron accountability laws and the mass of new compliance rules and regulations that resulted from them.

As someone who lives with the overhead of these regulations every day, I agree, it's time to take another look.

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Steve Outing cautions that style-over-substance print newspaper redesigns miss the best chance to retain loyal readers from older audiences:

"The key ... is to retain older readers by making the thinner print edition emphasize serious, quality journalism, retaining or expanding your paper's watchdog role in the community. Forget the stuff that's solely geared toward attracting young readers; they're for the most part gone from print.

"Then use the print edition to guide your paper readers to the extra stuff and the goodies that are on the digital side of the business."