Archived posts for 2011

MaineRestaurantWeek.com Goes Live

Posted: December 22, 2011   |   Tags: ,

Integra Strategic has finished and launched the new and improved Maine Restaurant Week website: www.mainerestaurantweek.com. The website features a design done by Jayne Hanley and stunning food photography by Ted Axelrod.

The site went live on Monday, 12/19.

Maine Restaurant Week starts March 1 2012, so check out the site and start whetting your appetite!

 

Integra Receives MTI Seed Grant for Client Coordination Software

Posted: September 12, 2011   |  

Portland, Maine – Integra Strategic Techologies, an Internet and Web strategy consulting company, is one of the recipients of MTI’s September Seed Grant.

The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) announced at its September meeting that Integra would be one of the twelve companies to receive a portion of the over $141,000 in funding ($220K in matching contributions).  Integra was awarded the grant for their Client, a web-based application for small businesses.  The software includes project management, client invoicing, issue tracking, and customer relationship management among other features.

“We are extremely grateful to MTI for its continued commitment to Maine’s technology industry,” said Integra Strategic president, Tim Brooks. “This grant will allow us to continue development of an innovative and costeffective client coordination application unlike any that is currently available to small businesses.”

Integra Strategic Technologies specializes in developing and designing Web sites as well as Web-based applications and online tool-sets.

SalmonSuppliers.com Goes Live

Posted: August 2, 2011   |   Tags:

Today at 10 am EDT SalmonSuppliers.com, the latest in a series of new Fisheries Exchange websites developed by Integra Strategic Technologies Consulting, went live.

The sites goal is to connect commercial buyers of Salmon (large scale) with commercial suppliers of Salmon (large scale).

You can view the site here: Salmon Suppliers

Integra Strategic Joins the Casco Bay Technology Hub

Posted: July 21, 2011   |   Tags: ,

Portland, Maine –Casco Bay Technology Hub (CBTH)—a Maine-based tech community space providing collaboration, partnerships, and networking opportunities, today announced Integra Strategic, an Internet and Web strategy consulting company, as a founding member of CBTH.

Integra Strategic specializes in developing and designing Web sites as well as Web-based applications and online toolsets.  They work to improve their clients’ data management and collection processes to improve functionality in the online ordering process, streamlining the overall business process.

“The Tech Hub provides a fantastic opportunity to bring some of Portland’s leading technology companies together in the same building,” said Tim Brooks, Principal at Integra Strategic.  “The goal is to create a collaborative, synergistic environment where companies—even competitors—are able to work closely together.”

Through support of its members, CBTH will become a geographic focal point where technology culture fuels business growth.  The Casco Bay Tech Hub offers many great benefits for Maine technology companies that will aid them in recruitment, building partnerships, networking, education and funding growth.  Through CBTH, local tech companies can share, learn and work together as they build relationships with other tech companies, educational institutions, service providers, funding sources and government entities.

For more information on the technology hub and leasing information please visit: http://www.cascobaytechhub.com.

About Casco Bay Technology Hub

CBTH is located at 30 Danforth Street on the second and third floors in Portland, ME. There is no membership fee or any associated costs, prospective members only need is desire to build a tech culture in Maine and the ability to vote for that desire by leasing space at affordable rates.  If you’re interested in the TechHub please visit, http://www.cascobaytechhub.com/leasing-information.php.

YouTube’s New Logoless Player

Posted: June 13, 2011   |  

According to a recent post on YouTube’s blog, the YouTube logo at the bottom of an embedded video is now optional.  So, you now can embed a YouTube video on your Web site without the YouTube branding in the control bar.

The blog post, written by Software Engineer Kevin Wilson, states, “Many of you have asked us for a version of the YouTube player without a YouTube logo, so the video plays without any branding nearby.”  To remove the YouTube logo, you added the following string at the end of the embed code:

?modestbranding=1

Do note that the branding is modest according to this string.  A small “YouTube” text still appears at the top right when you hover over a paused video, but this is far less noticeable than the YouTube brand.

Site Launch: MobyRx

Posted: May 24, 2011   |   Tags: ,

Integra has launched a new web site for MobyRx, a new neighborhood pharmacy located in South Portland Maine.  At MobyRx, the staff is interested in the health and well being of its customers and strives to provide the best care and customer service to its clients. Visit the new site at www.mobyrxme.com.

Scams for World Peace

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We’ve all seen those money scams telling us that we have funds waiting for us or asking us to help get money out of some country in exchange for 10-25% of a several million dollar account.  The English is never good–sometimes comical–and they’re always written in a style that suggests the sender is only looking after your best interest. All they need is your social security number to confirm that you are who you say you are and your bank account information so that they can transfer funds.  It’s really hard to believe people fall for these scams, but I suppose they wouldn’t do it if they didn’t have at least some degree of success.

The one I received today had a new twist:  contacting the sender somehow would help fight terrorism and otherwise facility peace.  Here’s the text:

PAYMENT NOTIFICATION!

Again, we plead that you accept our apologies for the delay in your payment completion,so final payment approval has been given in your favour. Therefore, we hereby wish to allay your fears and assure you of the final release of your delayed payment.Therefore you are to make contact immediately for final payment processing. Funds will be released within 7 working days from the moment your information is confirmed with all requisite legal payment processing completed.

You are therefore advised to contact following:
Contact Person: Mr. WADE KAHN.
Email: [removed]

Furthermore, we notify your good-self of the fraudulent activities of an International fraud syndicate out to defraud innocent and unsuspecting beneficiaries. To this effect, we must all team up to fight against this menace just like the present and on-going war against terror for the sake of peace and mankind. It is our duty to guide,guard and protect all beneficiaries and ensure they do not fall into wrong hands. Please again, accept our apologies for the wrong done to you in the past while assuring you that justice will be done; so that you will receive your funds without any further delays. Website: [removed]

Regards, Ms. Jill Colman.
for: Mr. Wade KAHN.
Alternate Email: [removed]

The fact that Jill Colman wants to protect my “good-self” from fraudulent activities is quite reassuring.  I’m not sure what wrong has been done to me in the past, but it’s good to know that justice now will be done for the sake of mankind.

Hate HTML coding for Outlook? Too bad!

Posted: May 9, 2011   |   Tags: , ,

Most people realize that coding html newsletters can be fun–that is, until you have to start making sure that it looks correct in Outlook…

Outlook 2007 bases it’s html rendering engine on Microsoft Word (What? Really?), which was a step backwards from Outlook 2003, who happened to use a sort of ‘Internet Explorer Lite.’ I’m assuming the engineer that thought using a browser to display HTML was a good idea, has since been fired.

Unfortunately, ‘recent’ reports regarding email client market share are incredibly expensive as they are typically based on large scale polling, but I was able to find a few different reports that have since been ‘free-ified.’

http://litmus.com/resources/email-client-stats
http://www.campaignmonitor.com/stats/email-clients/
http://visibleranking.com/2010/05/most-popular-email-clients.php
http://www.labnol.org/internet/email/market-share-of-web-email-services/5322/

As you can see, Outlook is still top dog. Regardless of what people say about Microsoft losing their grip, they are still alive and well in the business sector. GMail/Yahoo/etc are not currently acceptable for major corporations for a variety of reasons, archiving/data retention being a big one, so services like Outlook/Exchange are still in demand. With this in mind, grit your teeth, forget everything cool you learned about CSS, and prepare to send 1,000’s of test messages into Outlook to get your fancily designed html newsletter up to snuff.

If you don’t have Outlook, try signing up for a free account at Contactology–They have a free email client simulator that should cover most of your needs as it simulates all major email platforms, as well as giving you a spam analysis of your code for one low price of $0.00. Not too bad.

 

Site Launch: Maine Pellet Fuels Association

Posted: April 13, 2011   |   Tags: ,

Integra has created and launched a new web site for the Maine Pellet Fuels Association.  Committed to a future of energy independence by helping the citizens of Maine and New England convert to economical, renewable, environmentally safe, and locally produced wood pellet fuel, www.mepfa.org aims to connect consumers of alternate energy forms with suppliers.

An Opportunistic Option

Posted: April 12, 2011   |  

I must confess that I am a little suspicious of this email, especially since this aid to Mubarak got his first name wrong.

Dear Sir,

My name is Alex Philson Ammon; I worked as one of the aids to the deposed government of Hussein Mubarak of Egypt. When the 18 days of civil unrest/protest that finally forced Mubarak out of office started, he entrusted into my care the sum of Fourty Five million Three Hundred Thousand united states dollars [$45,300,000.00] for safe keeping, following the news that Swiss bank has confiscated his one hundred and seventy billion dollars offshore in their country.

The Fourty Five million Three Hundred Thousand United States dollars [$45,300 000.00] in my possession is presently somewhere with a security and finance company in Asia as classified material pending claim. Now that his government has collapsed and he Mubarak flown out of Egypt to seek asylum, I am left with an opportunistic option to divert this money for my private use as situation at hand have cut off communication with my self and our leader Mubarak in the interim.

My main reason for my contacting you is to seek for your business expertise if you have any, as in my entire life, I have worked as a civil servant and does not have good business idea or what to invest this huge money into for myself and my only son. If you think you can partner with us feel free to get back to me soonest for discussion of this deal and further details.

Get back tom through this my private contact email:[removed]

Regards,

Alex Philson Ammon

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