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  • Appropriately placing lighting and selecting the right level of illumination can enhance your ability to see monitor images. For example, if lighting is excessive or causes glare on the monitor screen, you may develop eyestrain or headaches, and may have to work in awkward postures to view the screen. Ventilation and humidity levels in office work environments may affect user comfort and productivity.
  • As a professional blogger who talks about blogging, I get asked fairly often questions related to search engine optimization. Too often, it seems that these bloggers get too immersed into the inane tactics of SEO that they lose sight of the big picture.

    Search engine optimization is an important field. There is a lot to know and, no doubt, it serves a function. But, let’s jump over to my side of the fence for just a moment. My position is simple.

    Forget about search engine optimization.

    Before I get clobbered by all the SEO people out there, let me elaborate. 🙂

    Write for people, not search engine spiders.

    I have managed to do pretty well as a blogger. I make my living at it, in fact. But, it has been pretty rare that I actually had search going through my mind when I wrote a post. I have all but ignored SEO and it doesn’t seem to have had a huge negative impact for me.

  • A handful of bills in state legislatures across the U.S. are creating the biggest legal threat to e-commerce in several years, trade group NetChoice said.

    NetChoice released its first Internet Advocates' Watchlist for Ugly Laws (iAWFUL) Tuesday, with state legislation making up nine of the 12 bills on the list, and the remaining three bills in the U.S. Congress.

    Prediction: Google announces Twitter acquisition?

    The combination of a struggling economy and the move of more activities online has created a major push to regulate the Internet, said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice. Legislative efforts to regulate the Internet are "more dangerous" now than at any time since the mid-1990s, when there were efforts to restrict Internet content, he said.

  • One of the interesting trends which I noticed recently is to showcase your work in single page design. It’s kind of ironic to see what designers can do with single pages as modern age designers love to experiment with things and observe how people interact with their work. Even though this is not a common trend to follow but still as the new design styles come up, and as more and more designers notice them and make use of them in their work, this kind of trends emerge.

    In this presentation, you’ll find a variety of highly-creative, beautiful and most importantly inspirational designs which is following the same trend of single page designs. We don’t want you to follow any specific trend as the aim here is to stimulate your creativity and to inspire your imagination to create your own design trend because your website represents you and your brand.

  • The loop is a very important aspect of WordPress blogs. In fact, the loop is what allows you to get posts from your WordPress database and print them on the screen. A set of useful and user-friendly functions, the loop is incredibly powerful. With it, you can get a single post, a list of posts ordered by date, title or category, a list of posts written by a specific author and much more.

    In this article, we’ll show you 10 useful things you can do with the WordPress loop to make your blog even more powerful than it is right now.

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