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  • Picture Rapid City’s Past
    Picture Rapid City’s Past The Challenge The Rapid City Historic Preservation Commission's job is to ensure that construction work in the city's historic districts meets federal standards for historic properties. This noble goal can occasionally be unpopular. "No, you can't tear down that 110-year-old brick schoolhouse to put up an office building." "No, you…
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  • Creating Kick-Ass Login Passwords

    May 30, 2014 | 16:50 pm

    Creating Kick-Ass Login Passwords If online safety and security isn’t a concern to you then you are going to get in trouble sooner or later. Books have been written about this subject but let’s just focus on one simple point. PasswordsThe single biggest threat[…]

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  • Keystone Chamber’s new website is monumental!

    May 29, 2014 | 18:01 pm

    Keystone Chamber’s new website is monumental! TDG is proud to present the Keystone Chamber of Commerce’s shiny new website! Designed with a clean uncluttered look, this site will make your trip-planning to the Black Hills a breeze.The Keystone website focuses more on content that helps users[…]

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  • Free + Premium = Freemium

    Apr 17, 2014 | 15:43 pm

    Free + Premium = Freemium Got to love the evolving English language. My latest favorite word: Freemium. In just eight characters, it sums up the popular online marketing tool. Give away a product with limited usability for FREE, then offer to sell the PREMIUM version. Free+premium=freemium. Brilliant.[…]

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  • Snowmobiling with the Rushmore Mascots

    Mar 26, 2014 | 15:47 pm

    Snowmobiling with the Rushmore Mascots Working for a full-service advertising and public relations firm in the Black Hills, you never know what project you might be doing. Some are downright fun. I mean, how can you not have fun snowmobiling in Spearfish Canyon with George, Tom, Teddy[…]

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  • Best tourism website in Illinois! Congrats to Blackhawk Waterways

    Feb 4, 2014 | 15:29 pm

    Best tourism website in Illinois! Congrats to Blackhawk Waterways A  TDG Communications website won the Illinois Governor’s Award of Excellence. Our client, Blackhawk Waterways Convention & Visitors Bureau in Polo, Ill., won the award Monday night at the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism in Chicago.The website[…]

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  • If you make a living in the public eye, free speech has a price

    Dec 23, 2013 | 18:47 pm

    If you make a living in the public eye, free speech has a price At a newspaper I worked for several years ago, there was a young guy who worked part-time as a photographer. One night, after a few too many beers, he wandered into a convenience store to use the restroom. The clerk[…]

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  • The smell of victory

    May 10, 2013 | 18:30 pm

    The smell of victory Montana’s awareness programs are the best. How good, you ask? This campaign worked so well, that even when expired, it caused mild panic and evacuations.Here’s the story: GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Those scratch-and-sniff cards the energy company sends to customers[…]

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  • If you type in “bad design,” Google sleuths you up a site called Good Design // Bad Design. The...

    Apr 22, 2013 | 20:31 pm

    If you type in “bad design,” Google sleuths you up a site called Good Design // Bad Design. The... If you type in “bad design,” Google sleuths you up a site called Good Design // Bad Design. The first good post shows Star Wars pictures, told with a typographic flair. There’s Yoda, with angle-bracket ears, upside down parenthesis for[…]

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  • Coming to an address line near you -- Ellipses.dotdot

    Apr 4, 2013 | 13:25 pm

    Coming to an address line near you -- Ellipses.dotdot Just had a brainstorm. … OK, maybe a squall.Soon companies will be able to create their own dot-Brand domains, like “fiction.amazon” instead of amazon.com/fiction.” According to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, nearly 2,000 companies and[…]

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  • Mobility movement is gaining speed

    Mar 28, 2013 | 16:55 pm

    Mobility movement is gaining speed The other day, I went to a 2-hour appointment and accidentally left my phone at home. I thought about going back for it, but didn’t. Who can’t go two hours with a phone? … Me, apparently. I wouldn’t describe myself[…]

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