Good Morning Goderich – On the farm with Wayne Black

Shot this interview with Wayne Black over the weekend. Went really well aside from some issues with wind noise. My windcutter in on order!
Wayne talks about the importance of using twitter to communicate and advocate for agriculture. He’s a smart dude.

http://twitter.com/#!/waynekblack/

Jennifer (Wayne’s wife) is also a very active social media user and blogger.

http://twitter.com/#!/jennileeblack/
http://abearaladybugandapeanut.wordpress.com/

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FauxTech EP06

The FauxTech boys work through the maybe and/or maybe nots of Microsoft’s purchase of Skype, puzzling out what it all means, which takes them into a general conversation where they attempt to solve all of Steve Balmer’s problems and put Microsoft back on track. Assuming Microsoft is off track, which is also up for grabs. After that, a little more chat about Sony’s Playstation 3 network security problem leads to Rand’s realization that he is a grumpy old man.

Send us your tech questions via email ( content@fauxpop.tv ) or send us an audio or video question and we will put it on the show and do our best to answer.

Follow us on Twitter: @FauxPopTV
Randall Lobb: @thelabcoatguy
Anthony Wilkinson: @AdubTech
Mark Hussey: @hustletalk

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FauxTech EP05

What starts out as a discussion about companies using “the cloud” veers into looking at the Playstation Network hack that dropped the service to its knees. We also check out Anthony’s new Android smartphone and have our usual unsolicited advice for the captains of industry in the tech world.

Send us your tech questions via email ( content@fauxpop.tv ) or send us an audio or video question and we will put it on the show and do our best to answer.

Follow us on Twitter: @FauxPopTV
Randall Lobb: @thelabcoatguy
Anthony Wilkinson: @AdubTech
Mark Hussey: @hustletalk

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FauxTech EP04

Anthony, Rand and Mark manage not to talk about Apple as they start off looking for the value of blogging and end up trying to figure out the most appealing business model for new media in a world where content is king. Or should be…

Send us your tech questions via email ( content@fauxpop.tv ) or send us an audio or video question and we will put it on the show and do our best to answer.

Follow us on Twitter: @FauxPopTV
Randall Lobb: @thelabcoatguy
Anthony Wilkinson: @AdubTech
Mark Hussey: @hustletalk

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FauxTech EP03

Viral phenomena Rebecca Black is the catalyst for discussion on how things can go viral and the deeper discussion of how life on the internet has changed everything from Hotel comfort to application development.

Send us your tech questions via email ( content@fauxpop.tv ) or send us an audio or video question and we will put it on the show and do our best to answer.

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FauxTech EP02

Missing Randall, Anthony and Mark forge ahead and delve into Anthony’s story and his history in technology. Along the way stops to ponder where it all is now, where its been and where its going. Also the admission that they are hoarders of technology and the reason why…

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Fauxtech EP01

In this debut episode of FauxPop’s best (and only) tech-centric podcast, newcomer Anthony Wilkinson joins Randall and Mark to discuss Apple’s forthcoming iPad2 and speculate on the implications of game culture on real life, assuming there’s even a difference between the two anymore…

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Shop in Huron & Winston’s Mens Wear

An interview with Bill Brittain of Winston’s Mens Wear here on the square in Goderich, ON. Talking about his business and Shop in Huron. Thanks Bill!

Winstons Mens Wear

http://www.winstonsmenswear.ca/

Shop in Huron

http://www.shopinhuron.ca

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Local Business Exploration

As always, when I have an idea and don’t act upon it somebody else does it (don’t ask me about optical mice). Kudos to TJ MCCue for getting out there and showing small business owners how the customer experience is connected to the online experience to the local experience (and so on).

Via MyVenturePad

First impressions count.  That is an accepted maxim and there is truth to it. Within the first 7 seconds, what will your visitors see? Is your store “readable”?I bet you think I’m talking about an online store, but I’m not. I am talking about bricks and mortar, real world storefronts, where you and I shop. Or at least we used to. I just recently worked on a hyperlocal small business project where I walked and visited along the main street of two towns near me. I visited 70-plus retail stores, shot 170 short videos (1.89 Gigabytes worth), had 10 great conversations with employees or owners, experienced 2 epic fails, and discovered 21 takeaways for small business owners based on my usual online work combined with this Main Street walk.

This is something I am planning on doing with our local businesses soon. The full takeaway article (link is at the bottom) has tons of really great tips like ensuring your customer is greeted properly (and giving them a gift!), bringing them into your online world for repeat business, and using website analysis techniques on your physical storefront.

Remember Smokey the Bear with “you can prevent forest fires”? Well, you can prevent small business failures. Are your local merchants making their stores readable? Is the first impression a strong one? This isn’t just friendly advice you’ll share with a local merchant. Advice like this is what will keep them in business and on Main Street and that’s what we all want: Diversity and energy and success for retailers and other small businesses because they help drive our economies.


Full article on MyVenturePad

Full 21 Takeaways article

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Remember

Today was a beautiful day and we had a lot of people out for the Remembrance Day ceremony at Courthouse Square. Thank you everybody that attended.

MSNBC recently aired a segment about our “Highway of Heroes”. You should watch it.

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