Happy Thanksgiving

By Mike Maddaloni on Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 04:00 AM with 1 comments

Happy ThanksgivingTo all my readers and their family and friends, a safe, healthy and Happy Thanksgiving day! If you are traveling, by now – hopefully – you have made it to your destination and are well on your way to spending good times with those around you.

The accompanying picture is of the dining table and centerpiece from last year’s Thanksgiving, made by my lovely wife. This year I will try to get a picture of the complete feast to share next year.

Don’t eat too much, and a safe return trip!

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The Hot Iron Goes Back to School at Ashworth University

By Mike Maddaloni on Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 04:00 AM with 1 comments

Ashworth University logoI am proud to announce you can read selected posts from The Hot Iron on Blogspot, the official blogs of Ashworth University.

Ashworth University, based in Norcross, Georgia, offers distance learning courses and distance education programs for home study career education. In developing their blogs, Ashworth sought out experts in various disciplines to contribute their content to their blogs to accompany the faculty of the school. They contacted me and asked me if I would like to join this virtual expert lecture, and I was more than glad to accept this offer.

The Blogspot is a great example of a win-win situation. For Ashworth and its students, they have the opportunity, in one location, to read a wide variety of information and opinion from real-world experts. For myself, it is a new venue of readers – not to mention potential customers of Dunkirk Systems! It is similar to guest blogging, and my posts show up on Google Alerts and Serph, so their blog is getting good reach.

Some of my posts are on their Business and Technology categories. Even if you are an avid reader of The Hot Iron, check out their feeds and gain some insight from my fellow contributors.

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Dunkirk Systems 3rd Birthday Coffee Meetup

By Mike Maddaloni on Wednesday, November 07, 2007 at 09:25 AM with 9 comments

Dunkirk Systems logoTomorrow, Thursday, November 8 is the “official” 3rd birthday of my Internet consulting business Dunkirk Systems. Where I was already in business before this date, it marks the day I emerged from the bowels of the Cook County Office Building with my certificate stating my sole proprietorship is called Dunkirk Systems. Yes, it was a surreal moment where I felt like Jake and Elwood Blues!

I am inviting my friends, clients and readers of by blog The Hot Iron to join me in celebrating this. If you are in Chicago, please join me:

DateTOMORROW, Thursday, November 8, 2007
PlaceGallery 37 Cafe, 66 East Randolph, Chicago
Time – 8 am to 9:30 am CT (note the cafe opens at 8 am)

And the coffee is on me! They offer other tasty treats if you wish to purchase them yourself, but I will be springing for the coffee, tea or whatever other beverage you prefer to start your day.

Please no cards or gifts. But if you insist, make a donation to the American Liver Foundation – Illinois Chapter.

See you then!

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Join The Virtual “A” Team to Fight Liver Disease

By Mike Maddaloni on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 01:00 AM with 0 comments

logo for Liver Wellness Walk & Fun RunSince 2001 my family, friends and I have participated in walks in Boston and Chicago to support the American Liver Foundation (ALF). This is a result of my channeling my emotions and energies after the loss of my Mom that year to Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, or PBC, an auto-immune liver disease that mostly affects women. Through funding research, wellness programs and advocacy, ALF is the leading organization in the US fighting liver disease.

This year my lovely wife and I will not be able to participate in the Liver Wellness Walk & Fun Run in Chicago, but that is not stopping us from participating. Taking a page from what I do on the Internet, we are forming The Virtual “A” Team, and out tag line is “We’ll Be There In Spirit!”

Anything you can do to contribute to this cause is greatly appreciated. Please visit our team page to make a contribution by credit card – if you would like to give by check or cash, please contact me directly.

Thank you in advance, and feel free to bookmark or pass along this post!

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Now running ExpressionEngine 1.6

By Mike Maddaloni on Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 12:35 PM with 2 comments

ExpressionEngine logoThe Hot Iron is now running the latest release of ExpressionEngine, 1.6. The upgrade was straightforward a model for Web-based packaged applications.

Of course thorough testing continues, and please let me know if you find anything out of the ordinary, or different from what you would expect from this little blog.

And no, I don't run WordPress. Nothing against the world's most widely used blog engine, but I came upon EE and liked it a lot!

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Subscribe by Email

By Mike Maddaloni on Monday, July 09, 2007 at 11:52 AM with 0 comments

For those who do not use a feed reader or would prefer not to, I have deployed the ability to get The Hot Iron in your inbox. Simply enter your email address in the box labeled “Subscribe by Email” on the right sidebar of any page of the blog and you will initiate the process. Once you are subscribed, you will receive an email at the end of the day with any writings I have done that day, if I have written that day.

This new feature is powered by Feedburner, the service that also manages my blog feeds for those who do use a feed reader. Please let me know if you have any questions or issues with it or if you simply like it or not!

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Please Resubscribe If You Previously Used Autodiscovery

By Mike Maddaloni on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 09:42 AM with 2 comments

RSS feed logo - click to subscribe to The Hot IronI never use the term "under construction" in Web site copy because a Web site truly is always under construction. The same can be said for my blog. Today I have made some small changes which will hopefully make it easier to navigate the site, and may have more in the future.

If you happened to use the autodiscovery feature of the browser to subscribe to the site, could I trouble you to unsubscribe and resubscribe? I ask this as I have changed the feed link to using Feedburner rather than the native link for the feed. This way I can better track readership. If you subscribed by clicking on the icon on the Web page itself under the heading of "Subscribe to the Feed," that has not changed and you don't need to resubscribe.

What is autodiscovery? In the address bar of your browser, to the far right may be the orange icon for a blog/RSS feed. By clicking on it, it will "autodiscover" the link for the feed then subscribe you to the feed in whatever designated feed reader you have selected. This has been a feature in Firefox and is new to IE.

Now that The Hot Iron has been live for four months, I am learning great deal from my own use as well as feedback from readers like you – thank you! And please keep it coming.

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Communication and Resolution

By Mike Maddaloni on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 at 11:45 AM with 5 comments

I have chosen the beginning of the new year to launch my personal blog. As a small business owner/entrepreneur and Internet consultant, I plan to use this forum to comment on the state of the business world that I am in. As well, the category of "diversions" will be to comment on other observations I make on events and activities around me, many of which will relate in some way to business or technology.

This is the culmination of an idea I have had for a while. I bought the domain name thehotiron.com a while back, and am glad to see it come alive! As you can infer by the name, it relates to the term "strike while the iron is hot" and I hope to live up to it.

Function over Form

If you are reading this at thehotiron.com, then you may notice it is not the most dynamic of design, and this is for a reason. I decided to go live with a functioning site, complete with minimal branding and the RSS feed link, using the default template from the software that powers the blog, ExpressionEngine, with a few slight modifications. In time, it will look prettier while not distracting from its function.

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