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Who Hosts the Top 50 US Websites on the Internet?

by Mark Runyon • April 4, 2019

I was writing up an article for Business2Community on Amazon’s dominance in the web hosting space with AWS. I’d always heard Netflix is the customer they love to tout as what AWS can do, but I hadn’t heard of any other big name customers calling AWS home. That logically led me to wonder where the […]


SQL to Generate a Report Reflecting Changes in Historical Data Using LAG on SQL Server

by Mark Runyon • February 17, 2017

For a project I have been working on, I needed to tweak our data gathering process to start logging historical data so people in the future could go back and see what changes were made, when and by whom. In other words, someone in the future is going to have a really bad day. I […]


Setting the Default Value of a select kendo-drop-down-list

by Mark Runyon • January 20, 2017

I always dread dealing with the Kendo controls. They always seem to make the most basic things so friggin’ complicated. Today, I needed to add a new drop down list to an existing Kendo popup. While I had done it before using something like this: I hadn’t yet tackled the fun of setting a default […]


Caching XML to a Local File in PHP

by Mark Runyon • July 24, 2016

When you are consuming XML through web services, it can translate into a lot of calls going back and forth to a remote server. For some pages or web apps, that may not be a big deal. For extremely data intensive apps, its often best to cache these XML datasets locally to help improve performance […]


Using $scope.$watchGroup to Monitor Form Fields for Validation in AngularJS

by Mark Runyon • November 27, 2015

I’ll admit I’m fairly new to the movement that is AngularJS. The Javascript elements make it feel like a familiar old friend, but at times you go to implement a specific task only to hit a wall. And then another one and then another one. I’ve got a designer who is having a lot of […]


Analyzing Email Open Rates, Click Throughs & Statistics by Industry

by Mark Runyon • September 18, 2015

It would seem that we are all online. If e-mail were a country, then its 1.4 billion users would make it the country with the largest population in the world. Over 92% of Americans have or read e-mail, and 66% of those do so on a daily basis. In marketing terms, e-mails are a heck […]


6 Ways That Testimonials Can Lead to Increased Sales

by Mark Runyon • August 28, 2015

Testimonials carry enormous power. According to McKinsey, “word of mouth is the primary factor behind 20 to 50 percent of all purchasing decisions”. Why exactly do testimonials and word of mouth figure so highly in consumer buying patterns? Consumers have always trusted recommendations directly expressed to them by a reliable source more than by a company, […]


What Mad Men’s Don Draper Taught Us about Social Media

by Mark Runyon • July 19, 2015

Ok, ok, we know that Don Draper wasn’t real…..but the insights he had on Mad Men about how to create powerful marketing campaigns certainly were. But while his character was based in an era where social media didn’t even exist (at least not in the form it does today), we kind of get the impression […]


Hacker Sets Up Hidden Canadian Pharma Pages on WordPress

by Mark Runyon • July 4, 2015

A client contacted me this afternoon saying that Google was showing that their website had been hacked underneath their search result. This was odd to say the least. New clients will occasionally call us to help clean up a website that has already been hacked, but this was the first time we’ve had one on […]


Tara Clifford’s Copyright, Free Speech and the Digital Age Essay

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

Copyright, as defined by the United States Constitution is “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts”. Progress. Not monetary gain, not exclusive holding rights. No, to promote progress. Progress was an idea that Aaron Swartz committed his life to. He realized that current copyright law no longer held the essence nor upheld the […]