Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Linking back to sunbiz.

I'm experimenting on http://free.naplesplus.us/ - Not only hCard but now I have figured out how to link back to the source. Example: http://free.naplesplus.us/…recreation links back to: http://sunbiz.org/…icidet.exe as the source. I also pick and choose which businesses to map. I think this will be very helpful to the businesses listed.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

naplesplus feeds were going to too many places.

Wow. I'm starting to see that my naplesplus feeds were going to TOO many places. They were auto-delicious'd, auto-fave'd, and on websites I had long ago forgotten that I had joined. So I am going to step back a moment and regain a sense of control.

Google does not like the autoposting stuff, and I can't blame them - what a mess it is. So, if an entry is good, they'll take it. If not, they probably won't. Either way, I don't want to lose what I've gained so far. If I find that new postings end up in never-never-land, well, then I'll just have to try to put things BACK as they were as of yesterday. But I trust Google will do the right thing (I hope). I'll know within a couple of days. I just want Google to keep liking me :-)

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Events now showing ONLY Collier County FL. What

NOTE: You can see the results of my hard work here: http://free.naplesplus.us/…ily-events

(notice how the events STOP right at the border of North Naples + Bonita Springs.)

March 24, 2009: Wow to me! I figured out how to show ONLY Collier County events on the calendar. You think that'd be easy, right? It's not! GEOCODING street addresses is SUCH at its infancy right now.

When I put together the events feeds (which come from a dozen different, convoluted places and ways and methods that I'm afraid to get into right now), I often will get stuff from Estero, Ft Myers, Bonita Springs, etc as well. While it'd be okay if there were a map that had those things on it, I'm really trying to focus hard on Collier County FL as much as possible, rather than trying to be everything for everybody.

So, after getting the latitude and longitude of the various events (again, you don't wanna know what a house of cards it is that it works at ALL), THEN I had to selectly CUT OUT areas that don't belong.

THANKFULLY, due to two wonderful facts, I could do what I ended up doing:

Fact #1: Collier County is so far south, I don't have to worry about anything south of collier accidentally showing up.

Fact #2: The SHAPE of collier county! Ever look at it? There's two beautiful rectangles that I can work with.

So, I ended up:

a) cutting out anything north + east of the northeasternest corner of collier county b) then cutting out anything north and east of the inside corner of the first rectangle (working from east to west c) then cutting out anything north and east of the other inside corner of the next rectangle.

Long story short, what's left behind is ONLY Collier County!

Without the wonderful shape of C.C., this would not have worked. But it does! The hardest part really, was finding out what the longitude and latitude was of those exact points where Lee + Collier connect.

Had to use a federal government mapping thing called TIGER. Wonderful thing.

Hope it helps you find things to do 'round here every day!

(p.s. - I would have kept bonita, estero, cape coral, etc, but there are just TOO MANY THINGS going on in our county to show everything in swfla.)

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Take care when registering your business with the state of Florida!

Florida is a great state to run a business in. The process is very easy to register a fictitious name, an LLC, to incorporate, whatever you wish.

But be careful: Florida has something called the "Sunshine Law" and just about every dealing with the State *is* public record and easily found on the Internet.

So when you register your business, PLEASE make sure that you use a business address and not your home address, if you want to retain your sense of privacy.

In the world of 2009 and beyond, as it has been the case for the past few years but now increasingly so, a sense of privacy is a difficult thing to maintain, and it takes an awful lot of careful work.

This is especially true if you have concerns about ex-boyfriends / ex-girlfriends / ex-husbands and ex-wives!

Most information is increasingly public, your name, address, social security number even. And for most people that information being found is not a problem, because its unlikely that anybody is looking for you for unscrupulous or dangerous reasons.

But if you have even the least bit of concern about such things, take care when you register a business, especially if you incorporate, but even if you are simply registering a fictitious name so that you can get a business bank account and a Tax-ID number.

Florida is a state that is VERY MUCH an ONLINE STATE. It is a great thing for those of us who hunger for information but it is a tricky thing for those who wish to protect their privacy.

Best of luck to you and I encourage you to start your own business if you have any kind of skill that you can bring out to the world! Start it part time while you still have a day job. Don't be afraid to advertise and market to your heart's content. You have to get OUT THERE when you run a business and be as visible as possible in order to attract new clients.

But if you wish to start a business and ALSO retain your personal sense of privacy, you have a road ahead of you that must be tread with care.

Kenneth Udut
Webmaster of http://free.naplesplus.us - naples florida news / jobs / for sale / business directory / events / videos (Collier County Florida)
Owner of NeighborHelp Referrals' Affordable Trapping 239-465-9291 - animal control, rat removal, rat proofing, removal of rats, bees, birds, armadillos, opossums, raccoons in the Collier County, Lee County, Sarasota and Charlotte areas.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Since Jan 1st,2009, 600 new Naples FL businesses

Over 600 NEW BUSINESSES registered in Collier County, Florida since January 1st, 2009! See http://free.naplesplus.us/…-directory Can you believe it? and it's only January 22nd! Lots of hope for the new economy, new business ventures are starting every day. It's simply fantastic. To those already in business, keep it up - and to the new businesses, push hard and let's get your business moving along. There's a lot of work ahead of us all and it is up to us, the businesses in Naples, Collier County and all of SWFLA to make our local economy one that is envied across the nation. -Kenneth Udut, webmaster of http://free.naplesplus.us/ (Naples business, news, jobs, and more) and owner of NeighborHelp Referrals' Affordable Trapping 239-465-9291 (rats, raccoons, armadillos, opossums, bees)

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