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  • Interactive Timeline Brings a Non-Profit’s History to Life

    Lori Halley 16 September 2010 3 comments
    Showcasing your non-profit’s history helps to establish its stability, to build trust, and to communicate the general development of the organization and its mission. But let’s face it, those “Our History” pages can be deadly dull! What if your website visitors could explore by clicking around a colorful timeline, instead?
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  • How to Backup Your Ning Network Content

    Lori Halley 22 April 2010 2 comments
    Recent changes in Ning’s business model (see News & Views About Change for updates) have Network Creators wondering whether to pay to keep hosting their online communities on the Ning platform, or to start looking at alternatives. We won’t be told...
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  • Nonprofit Newsletter: Free Tools to Create and Merge PDFs

    Lori Halley 18 January 2010 10 comments
    One small nonprofit I work with has chosen to publish its monthly membership newsletter as a magazine-style document in Portable Document Format (PDF), rather than as an email blast. The idea is to take advantage of a PDF’s ability to retain a consistent...
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  • Portable Apps: Free Software on a (USB) Stick

    Lori Halley 25 June 2009 3 comments
    If you work at times on different computers, carrying a USB loaded with free portable software can save you time and help to ensure security - there's no need to download and install the software you need or to risk your data on someone else’s hard drive.
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  • Free Data Recovery Software to Undelete Lost Files

    Lori Halley 08 May 2009 2 comments
    Have you ever accidentally deleted an important file? An image that can't be recaptured, or a document you've worked long hours to prepare? In an over-extended and understaffed small non-profit, rushing to do seven different things at once, deleting...
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  • Top 4 Picks for Free Office Suite Software

    Lori Halley 18 November 2008 7 comments
    If you’re running any kind of organization, a suite of office software is essential — at the very least, you need a fairly good word-processing program, a spreadsheet application, and some sort of presentation software. Feature-rich Microsoft Office has made that particular market its own for at least the past decade, but now a few strong alternative software suites are fast gaining ground...
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  • Tech Support for Free and Open-Source Software

    Lori Halley 20 August 2008 0 comments
    This is the third part of our series on free and open-source software and the resources to help your organization make the most of what FOSS has to offer. When you need to know the meaning of a word, you flip open a dictionary. It’s a trusted authority....
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  • Does Open-Source Software Fall Down on Usability?

    Lori Halley 15 August 2008 4 comments
    This is the second part in our series taking a closer look at free and open-source software : the real costs, the barriers, and the trade-offs; the best FOSS alternatives to “brand name” software; and the resources to help you make the most of it....
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  • An Introduction to Free and Open Source Software

    Lori Halley 13 August 2008 5 comments
    As more cash-strapped non-profits, businesses, and individuals turn to free or open-source software to stretch their budgets, the open-source movement is booming. There may be no better time to talk frankly about the realities of using free or open-source...
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  • Top 12 Mind Mapping Tools for Web or Desktop

    Lori Halley 21 July 2008 7 comments
    The trick to effective mind mapping is finding the right tool for the job — whether that tool is pen and paper, as Guy Lewis used to unravel his personal life, or dedicated software, as Patrick Lynch used to explain Wild Apricot’s features to his colleagues....
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  • 4 Easy Ways to Embed a PowerPoint Presentation on Your Website

    Lori Halley 07 July 2008 20 comments
    Here are the four easiest ways to embed a PowerPoint on your website, with easy-to-follow instructions.
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  • How to Check Your Website on Different Browsers

    Lori Halley 02 July 2008 7 comments
    Cross-browser compatibility has long been a frustration for website designers. What looks fine in one browser may be more or less “broken” in another, with sidebars shifted and elements overlapping... But does it really matter, how your website looks in different browsers, in the big picture of what your organization is trying to accomplish online?
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  • Crowdsourcing: How Business and Nonprofits Tap into the Wisdom of Crowds

    Lori Halley 11 June 2008 3 comments
    “Welcome to the age of the crowd,” wrote Jeff Howe in The Rise of Crowdsourcing (2006). In coining the term "crowdsourcing," Howe pointed to the rise of the open-source software movement; to the success of user-created Wikipedia; and to profitable businesses like MySpace and eBay “that couldn’t exist without the contribution of users.” Nowadays, user-driven innovations and crowdsourced solutions are popping up faster than you can say "open API" and "online community"...
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  • Free PDF Tools for Mac

    Lori Halley 29 April 2008 9 comments
    When we caught up with educator Dave Riddell on Twitter the other day, he was looking for a new low-cost tool to create and edit PDF files — the web's default format for sharing printable documents. Here, for the benefit of other Macintosh users, he...
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