August 21, 2016 @ 10:56 AM

 

Software piracy concerns all of us, software developers and consumers. Fortunately, the law gives creators software protection in a variety of ways. In the paragraphs below, we will discuss three ways in which the law considers software an Intellectual Property (IP) that confers certain rights upon the owners.

There are basically three asset rights in software IP with respect to the technology that created the program: copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. Software owners also have rights in the trademark they have chosen to represent their product. We limit our discussion here to the first three asset rights.

I. Copyright

Protection of the copyright extends to the specific form in which the IP exists. For ...

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July 9, 2016 @ 7:45 AM

The New York Times ran an article two years ago describing the age of the new geeks. In his article, the author, Noam Cohen, declared "We're All Nerds Now". He was certainly right in his estimation of society's new acceptance standard for nerds and geeks in the post-internet world. Living in a world of smart phones and the Internet of Things, we are nerds now by necessity.

Mr. Cohan's article focused on Randall Munroe, a young NASA robotics expert. Mr. Munroe isn't just a nerdy robotics engineer, however; he has a charming sense of humor which he shares with the world in his comic strip called "xkcd." Mr. Munroe describes his on-line humor as a webcomic with a mix of romance, math, sarcasm, and ...

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March 3, 2016 @ 9:00 PM

Growing frustrated with your old methods of handling trade shows? Here are seven ways to think differently.

1. Pick your venues carefully. That means, attend the shows that are large enough to draw lots of potential customers who will buy your books.

2. Manage your expectations. Be happy to get one new customer, even though you will probably get more than one.

3. Think of the exhibitors table as another time and place where you can give that all important second or third greeting to a potential client who is already in your pipeline. You never know: this meet and greet could be the closer.

4. Use the time and place to reconnect with your current customers. Exhibiting at a trade show that your customer feels is important enough for his ...

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February 15, 2016 @ 10:21 PM

You may think you know the characteristics that successful business blogs have in common. Well, I think there are six qualities that are "must haves" for success. I call them the "Magic P's". See if you agree with our list of qualities below.

Passionate: Whether you write 3,000 word feature articles or a weekly 300 word business blog, the one trait your writing must exhibit in order to tantalize your readers is a passion for your topic. Passion makes your writing contagious; that is, readers will want to share your blog with friends. Passion makes the reader reconsider their own thoughts and conclusions about your topic; reconsider the value s/he places on your subject matter. Passion makes the reader care ...

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February 1, 2016 @ 12:09 PM

Striving to be a Better Writer? Know the Difference Between Written & Spoken Words

The goal of any writer is to communicate ideas to the reader. How we do that depends on the genre. How well we do it depends on our skill with word selection and in using grammar and punctuation to clearly express our ideas.

Written words vs speech. Modern writers experimented with making the written word read just like the spoken word. Mark Twain used southern American slave dialect to flesh out his character, Jim, and southern backwoods expressions to make Huck Finn jump off the page. Later, William Faulkner used a "stream-of-consciousness" technique to bring us into the minds of his characters to show us what they were thinking. The two ...

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December 27, 2015 @ 4:01 PM

 

We know how difficult it is to make your blog bubble with excitement every week. We have six easy suggestions on how to spice up your boring niche blog.

Let's start with the understanding that a niche blog isn't always a boring blog. Someone takes an interest in your general theme or you would lack an audience. The issue is how to capture reader interest week after week and make each topic sparkle. No matter how mundane or arcane your topic appears, adding a little spice will make it more palatable.

·         Sprinkle a Few Historical Tidbits: A clever headline will drive readers to your blog article. Keeping them reading until the end is a separate issue. Try "...

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June 27, 2012 @ 3:55 PM

Well, here we are.  Summer at last and the weather is absolutely gorgeous today.  It's not too steamy, lots of sun and a light breeze.  Couldn't ask for better weather.

Of course, it's not easy to write in this weather because I'd rather be poolside or sitting outside listening to the wind rustle through the trees.  Or walking my dogs...who by the by are too lazy right now.  They are sleeping this wonderful afternoon away.

Its been a while since I've been on this blog.  In that time, I've had an article published, written two children's books, and started volunteer work for a philanthropic foundation here in town.  I'm renovating the house, getting things spruced up and ...

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April 12, 2012 @ 2:24 PM

Well, here it is week four and I'm still alive and kicking.  Of course, there are still more challenges than there are successes but that's to be expected I guess.  The small successes feel so huge, though.  Today I received word that my first blog on Project Eve is a featured blog for this week.  Not sure what that means exactly but the editors of the site liked it I guess.  Anyway, it warmed my heart.

I don't know where the time goes when I'm writing.  I don't think I'm a slow writer but I certainly get caught up in my own world and the temporal world flies by.  I so want the next third of my life to be devoted to writing in all the forms I enjoy.  I want to branch out...

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April 5, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

It's been around 3 weeks since I started this website upgrade and this blog.  It's been a lot of work but some surprises and fun mixed in there, too. 

I notice that the real work so far is in the design of the website and in marketing or learning the market for my freelance skills.  I must spend more time doing that than anything else.  Drafting queries and making pitches for stories is the marketing piece and takes up a lot of time.  I've done more of that than writing lately.

Here's to the next quarter - hearing from queries already sent and writing articles and stories.  I set a goal of writing three short fiction stories for contests in addition to the non-fiction article writing ...

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March 21, 2012 @ 6:52 PM

This has been a fun week.  I went spelunking into old boxes in the closet and found material I'd written many years ago.  What fun looking back at what I'd been thinking and feeling almost 40 years ago.  And what a pleasure to find out that some of it wasn't bad.

I've added some poems that I had intended for a children's poetry book but never got around to publishing it or getting illustrations to go with it.  I still might dust it off and epublish one day.

I've also added other poems - even finding one that had been published way back in 1975.  I also added some more of Lillian's poems to her page. 

So it's been a productive week!  Here's hoping your week...

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