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+ - Your Site Leaks - Optimizing Checkout Forms-> 1

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Blakey Rat
Blakey Rat writes "As visitors move through your site and enter the shopping cart area, they become increasingly valuable to you. But too often site owners take for granted visitors who have already clicked an "Order Now," "Purchase" or "Sign Up" button and assume that they are now safely on their way to converting. The reality is that almost 60% of users will drop off (leak) between hitting the button, and completing the process. This blog entry gives you a list of quick and easy fixes to stop your website leaks. Thing of it as digital caulk."
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+ - Syncing and backing-up files cross-platform?

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Blakey Rat
Blakey Rat writes "I have one of those problems that you'd think would be easy to solve until you actually start solving it. I have a folder of important files I want synced and backed-up in one step across three computers: my desktop G5 tower, my iBook laptop, and my generic Windows XP SP2. The theory is that every time I save a file on one of the computers, it is uploaded to online storage somewhere (serving as a backup), and the other two computers would detect that and update their local copy of the file. With the laptop, I'd like the files available offline, as it's frequently in locations with no Internet connection, or an Internet connection so flakey it might as well not exist.

So far I've tried Apple's .Mac service, which includes iDisk syncing software. While iDisk has an offline files mode it frequently fails when copying multiple files into it, claiming it needs to resolve conflicts for thousands of files where no actual conflicts exist. I've tried setting up a WebDAV folder on my web hosting account, but OS X fails when copying files to it with mysterious "insufficient permissions" errors that I can't figure out how to solve. In addition, OS X seems to have no offline files mode for WebDAV shares. I currently use rsync to do backups, but I don't know if it can be set it up to notify me when sync conflicts occur. A friend also recommended setting up something using MacFUSE, but it's version number is still 0.2 which doesn't help me trust important files to it, and the setup seems very complicated.

I'm looking for something that's easy-to-use, can mount as a disk in OS X and Windows XP, has an offline files mode, and can resolve conflicts when they occur. Bonus points if I can use my existing web hosting account as storage, and I'm not opposed to commercial software if it gets the job done. I'd also prefer something that encrypts data traveling over the network and is at least version 1.0. Can anybody offer any suggestions?"
Google

+ - Google buy DoubleClick for $3.1 Billion

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Blakey Rat
Blakey Rat writes "Google has committed to buying DoubleClick for $3.1 Billion after outbidding Microsoft and Yahoo for the online advertising company. From the New York Times article:

The sale offers Google access to DoubleClick's advertisement software and, more importantly, its relationships with Web publishers, advertisers and advertising agencies.
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