I am a husband to a beautiful wife named Whitney and Dad to a wonderful baby boy. Yay! :) Damien Augustus Shaffer has come into this world on March 15th 2010. In my professional life, I have accumulated over 4 years utilizing a wide range of technologies to develop software solutions for my current employer. Most of this time was spent learning methodical approaches within different environments to broaden my programming knowledge and project planning abilities. These environments include both open source and Windows based development, mainly Web. I also dabble in Social Media and it applications in today's culture and marketplace. I consider it a hobby but some may say its an obsession. ;) I enjoy it immensely.

Google Just Got A Little More Awesome: Enter Background Image

To my surprise, Google is now allowing you to upload your own background image.  I have read about the genius behind the minimalistic white background everyone has come to expect but now Google has become just a little more “Gus” = Awesome! As you can see below a new item popped up this morning and I began looking for…

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Monitoring The Web Using Google Alerts

http://blog.lucaslshaffer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/alerts.jpg”>In a past http://blog.lucaslshaffer.com/2010/02/please-rob-me-8-ways-to-be-more-responsible-online/” target=”_blank”>post on how to be more responsible on the web, I brought up http://www.google.com/alerts” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Google Alerts as a tool to help locate information on yourself to build awareness to what others would see.  I think it’s time to dive a bit further and discover how to monitor the web for…

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@Gist And The Social Importance Factor

http://blog.lucaslshaffer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/gist-logo1.png”>Have no fear, Gist is here! On the tail end of my conversations on Social Media and it’s impact on our behavior, I end up bringing awareness to a growing, and exhaustive, amount of time our social networks require and how ‘that’ time is becoming just as valuable as the information and interactions we seek.…

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Death To The DVD

It is not surprising the film industry is showing strain while trying to compete with the fast nature of the growing copyright infringers.  You need only look up the wiki on the term ‘torrent’ to find how and why digital movie promotions and direct to DVD patterns are changing.  While stealing a movie is illegal, I…

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