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  • Twitter Accounts to Follow During SXSW in Austin, TX Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

    It's SXSW time in Austin, TX again, and there are tons of unofficial free parties and events going on around town. Most of the parties have live music, and many have free drinks and food too.

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  • Google Announces Top Search Trends in 2013 Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

    Today Google Zeitgeist announced the top search trends in 2013. Their fun and informative website highlights popular searches from the past year.

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  • Texas Municipal League Launches New Website Friday, June 7th, 2013

    Pallasart implemented a fresh, clean redesigned look for the Texas Municipal League. We implemented the new website using "responsive design" in order to make the website function well and look nice on mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. The site's layout adapts as the browser view port size changes.

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  • Comparing My Ancestry.com Results to GEDMatch Sunday, April 28th, 2013

    I was amazed when I took my raw DNS test data from Ancestry.com and ran it through GEDMatch. My Eurogenes K36 and other tests showed amazing information Ancestry.com won't give you - by Bob Atchison.

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  • Chief Tuskingo Shoe Boots, Clarinda Ellington and my DNA Sunday, April 21st, 2013

    Ancestry.com DNA test verifies Bob Atchison's descent from a Cherokee chief and his wife, who was captured in a 1797 raid on Morgan's Station, Kentucky.

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  • My Sullivan Family Ancestry and Pocahontas Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

    How I discovered my ancestor Pocahontas and her Sullivan family descendants of Northern Virginia using the web - a genealogy posting by Bob Atchison.

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  • Nick Long Jr. and Ancestry.com Friday, April 12th, 2013

    Building a historical timeline and tree for a forgotten star of Broadway Melody of 1936 using ancestry.com - by Bob Atchison.

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  • Twitter Tips for Businesses Monday, April 8th, 2013

    Twitter recently relaunched their site Twitter for Business that aims to help businesses learn how to harness Twitter in their marketing efforts.

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  • Texas Army National Guard Enlists Pallasart Monday, February 25th, 2013

    The Texas Army National Guard selects Pallasart Web Design to create a new website.

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  • Top Fitness Websites for Getting in Shape in 2013 Thursday, December 27th, 2012

    With New Year's Eve right around the corner, it is that time of year that many people start making their New Year's resolutions for the upcoming year. Getting in shape, exercising more, and eating better are often at the top of many resolution lists.

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  • Lessons for social media websites from Instagram controversy Friday, December 21st, 2012

    Instagram has announced that they are reverting to their old "Terms of Service" following the uproar over revised language that indicated they might sell their users photos or provide them to advertisers without compensation.

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  • The Difference Between Mobile Websites and Apps Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

    Often we get potential customers asking us about developing mobile websites and apps. Sometimes people confuse the two -- since they are both accessed from mobile devices. This article discuses how they are different.

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  • How QR Codes Can Help People Find Your Website Thursday, November 1st, 2012

    QR codes (abbreviation for Quick Response codes) are two dimensional matrix barcodes that have become a very popular method for allowing smartphone users to quickly scan a QR code on printed materials and automatically be directed to a website without having to type in a long URL.

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  • Website Design Tips for Smartphones and Tablets Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

    These days, people are often accessing the internet through mobile devices like smartphones and tablets - the number of mobile  users is only increasing. When designing a website, one should always remember to consider these users and their needs -- with the ultimate question being "Will my website work on a cell phone or tablet?

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  • Top Attributes of Winning Austin Web Design Monday, May 14th, 2012

    The web is now the number one environment for business marketing and you need the top-rated Austin web developer and design company to get the success you want.  Learn more about the benefits of working with Pallasart...

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  • Russian Painter - Mikhail Vasilievich Nesterov Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

    I first met Nick when we worked together on the Jewels of the Romanovs Exhibition that toured around the USA a few years ago.  Pallasart did the website for the exhibition and I gave a lecture at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts on the Alexander Palace and daily life in a Russian palace.  In this blog posting Nick gives us an introduction to one of the favorite painters of the last Russian Empress, Alexandra and her sister, Elizabeth....

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  • Great Design is the Key to Your Success on the Web Monday, April 23rd, 2012

    Great design delivers sheer aesthetic pleasure. It sparks the imagination and inspires that “gotta have it” feeling. Great design tells a great story, the story of your brand and who you are. Every design element helps your story to unfold; every functional aspect advances the plot. Learn about our philosophy about great design and how we create award-winning designs for our clients..

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  • 5 Practical Design Tips from Timothy Corrigan Friday, April 20th, 2012

    Timothy Corrigan is renowned for his ability to create lush, comfortable and incredibily beautiful interiors.  Tim is regularly featured in leading publications on design and living around the world.  This article offers guidleines anyone can use to make your home more beautiful and liveable at the same time.  Pallasart, top rated web designers in Austin Texas have been working with Timothy for many years...

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  • Tim Gunn in Austin on Saturday Thursday, April 19th, 2012

    Tim Gunn, fashion design guru and honestly blunt host of "Project Runway" is coming to Austin to host the Lucky You Runway Contest featuring the spring 2012 Lucky Brand Jeans collection on Saturday.

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  • Problems with your DMOZ listing? Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

    We had a problem with our DMOZ listing, it was years old, outdated, and we couldn't get DMOZ to change it.  Here's a quick tip on how to override it on Google and Yahoo...

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  • Trader Joe's Comes to Austin! Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

    Just a few months ago, rumors were buzzing about Specialty and Organic foods retailer Trader Joe's coming to Austin. This is rumor no longer as Trader Joe's has announced the opening of a downtown Austin store for next year...

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  • Why We Love Pinterest Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

    Everybody seems to be talking about Pinterest.  Companies here in Austin and across the world are exploring ways to integrate it into leading edge web design.  In the last week I have had a number of people ask us for ideas on how to integrate Pinterest and how it works...

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  • Wine Riot Heads to Austin Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

    The concept was simple: they wanted to create a fun, non-intimidating place where people could learn about wine. So in 2008, Morgan and Tyler maxed out their credit cards, called in every favor they had, and made Wine Riot a reality. It was an instant hit.  Now Wine Riot heads to Austin in July...

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  • Central Texas Gardener on PBS Films Pallasart Garden Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

    Austin local PBS affiliate KLRU visited the home of Pallasart Web Design President and Founder Bob Atchison to film his garden for their program Central Texas Gardener....

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  • Pallasart Hosts Annual Russian Easter Party Monday, April 16th, 2012

    On Sunday April 15, Pallasart and its President Bob Atchison hosted their annual Russian Orthodox Easter Open House. There was an amazing Austin connection relating to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Titanic.,.

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  • Instagram API Web Design Project for Austin Company Monday, April 16th, 2012

    Fleur-de-Stone commissions Pallasart to add exciting Instagram functionality to their popular website "order your own" process with a new feature called Coastergrams.  With Coastergrams customers will be able to upload images directly from Instagram onto a set of stone coasters.  Pallasart recently completed a complete redesign of the Fleur-de-Stone website. Pallasart is a web design company based in Austin, Texas.

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  • A Pallasart Introduction to Austin Friday, April 13th, 2012

    From time to time Pallasart publishes a short summary about Austin and its attractions.  As a web design firm with its offices here we are rightly proud of our hometown and like sharing some of the things that makes Austin unique and a fun place to work and live...

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  • Wrigley Fields Picks Pallasart for Fifth New Site Friday, April 13th, 2012

    What a surprize!  Wrigley Fields Rooftops in Chicago has awarded an Austin web design company, Pallasart, the contract to design a fifth site for them.  In this article we'll give you a preview....

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  • Amanzi Party Rentals - Before and After Redesign Thursday, April 12th, 2012

    Here's a real example of a stunning web design transformation Pallasart just completed for Amanzi Party Rentals.  It's amazing - see a new bright and fresh web design for an Austin company. SEO was very important to this customer....

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  • Austin Wine Culture - A Guide Thursday, April 12th, 2012

    Wine culture in Austin is at the forefront of the country.  We have an amazing selection of both retail and restaurant and wine bars to choose from. Read this article to learn more about specific places to buy and enjoy Wine in Austin.  If you are in the wine business - or anywhere in the country - contact us for an online brochure or complete ecommerce solution in Austin - or anywhere across the country...

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  • Creating Your Facebook Business Page Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

    Everybody wants to maximize their business presence on Facebook.  This posting explains the image sizes you will need to use, image quality issues and the end results. Pallasart is an Austin, Texas based web design company ...

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  • Websites on New iPad Retina Display Monday, March 26th, 2012

    The new iPad resolution of 2,048-by-1,536 pixels allows more content to be viewable onscreen at one time, but at that resolution the text would likely be too small to read without zooming in to enlarge. Learn about the iPad Retina Display and related issues. If you are looking for a web designer in Austin Texas contact Pallasart...

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  • Coupon Codes Popular With Online Shoppers Monday, December 5th, 2011

    Records numbers of shoppers are turning to the internet to make their holiday purchases. Black Friday and Cyber Monday were extremely popular days for shoppers to make online purchases this year. Tech savvy shoppers are always looking for a bargain, and most use the internet to compare prices and find deals. This holds true for both online and in-store purchases. Users will often view the in-store advertisements online ahead of time, before they venture out to the stores.

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  • More Adobe Drops Mobile Flash Dev Sunday, November 20th, 2011

    Yesterday we published a long blog article on this subject.  This morning I found an interesting online article on the same subject.  It was wriitten by Todd Pasternack, Senior Director of Creative Technology at Pointroll, as a special to ZDNet.  You can read the complete article by clicking here.

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  • Catherine the Great - a New Biography Saturday, November 19th, 2011

    An old friend of mine, Bob Massie, has a new book out I think you'd be interested in reading.  It's a biography of Catherine II - called 'the Great' in the West.  She was a minor German princess in the small state of Anahlt-Zerbst - Sophie was her original name - who came to Russia to marry the heir to throne at the age of 14.  Catherine went through many adventures to become the most richest and most powerful woman in the world....

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  • Adobe Drops Mobile Flash Player Dev Saturday, November 19th, 2011

    Having an iPhone myself, I'll guess we'll never know how a Flash player would have performed on Apple's hardware. It is likely true that highly interactive Flash elements would have been processor intensive and a battery drain. Given the wide variety of hardware specs on mobile devices, it would have been difficult to determine how your Flash application/element would have performed across those devices....

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  • Why Blogs and Journals Are So Important Friday, November 18th, 2011

    Courtney Mills has just published an important new article on the recent Google algorithm update and what it means to webmasters and companies with sites on the internet.  A link to the article can be found here.

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  • Clean URLs and URL Rewriting Monday, November 14th, 2011

    The advantages of Clean URLs and URL rewriting from an SEO perspective are topics we are incorporating as a standard part in the process of planning, designing and programming customer websites.  Pallasart has created our own custom PHP rewrite engine for the web and are implementing in all of the sites we create with great success.  The most significant advantages are; one, static URL’s rank better in Search Engines; two, Search Engines crawl the content of the static URLs much faster as compared to the dynamic URL and three, static URLs look much prettier and friendlier to the end-user....

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  • Top Chef Heads to Austin Saturday, November 12th, 2011

    Fans hungering for a taste of Season 9 have some new information to satiate them until Top Chef returns -- the ninth season of the Emmy-Award winning (and recently nominated once again) show will head South, to the great state of Texas...

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  • Using TypeKit in Websites Saturday, November 12th, 2011

    TypeKit is a Web-based typography service and it making the web more beautiful, readable, and fast. It offers subscriptions to those who want to use sophisticated fonts in their websites with new abilities in CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). We have used TypeKit in a large number of websites with great success.  TypeKit is a great way to add a fresh new look to a sie at little or no expense.  It is easy to set up and easy to manage...

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  • What is Facebook Connect? Friday, November 11th, 2011

    Learn about integrating with Facebook by using their API to improve your users experience and help foster social media site interaction.

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  • New Luxury Store Selects Pallasart Friday, November 11th, 2011

    Desiring Eden is a new apparel company headquartered in Austin Texas.  They have announced that they have selected Pallasart to build a new ecommerce site for them.  The project is fully underway and will be completed by the end of 2011.  Designs have been completed and programming is in full production....

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  • New Google Update - What it Means Friday, November 11th, 2011

    A few days ago I received an email from a group I subscribe to called  "Web Pro News".  They provide great information on what's happening in the SEO world and what impact various changes have for web design companies and website mangers who are concerned about search engine placement (isn't this everyone?)....

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  • Tips for installing Apple iOS5 with Error Code 3200 Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

    Here's some advice if you are having trouble updating to Apple iOS5 and receiving the dreaded "error code 3200" that so many people seem to be having a problem with. I tried to update my iPhone 4 numerous times on a PC that had the current version of iTunes installed -- and each time after the painfully slow initial back up of files, I would receive an error code 3200. That particular code isn't covered in any of Apple's help documentation....

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  • Goodbye Qwikster, Hello Again Netflix Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

    Well finally Netflix is making at least one good recent business decision, which can be summed up with "If it ain't broke don't fix it."  Today it announced that it is dropping plans to spin off it's DVD by mail rental business into a separate company called Qwikster. It will maintain all its operations under a single website and company name -- Netflix....

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  • Central Texas Tree Care Taps Pallasart Thursday, July 7th, 2011

    We are very pleased to announce that Pallasart has been selected to redesign the Central Texas Tree Care site. The company is Austin's premier tree care company and has been in business for around 10 years...

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  • Austin - Number One City for Dogs Monday, July 4th, 2011

    Well, it has been said — "put a cute dog on a website and you can sell anything".  Today is July 4th and what better way to celebrate the holiday than to talk about dogs. Americans well we love our dogs, they are part of our families.  There are around 80 million of them sharing our lives here in the USA and that's a lot of dog food (who can guess the number of fleas!)....

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  • Austin Housing Construction Takes Off Friday, July 1st, 2011

    Today I read some encouraging news for home builders in Austin.  There are signs the market in Austin is about to take off. Shonda Novak of the Austin American Statesman reports new home starts in Q2 of 2011 totaling 1,794.  This means builders are close to a turning point.

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  • Schaffer Collection of Russian Art Treasures Friday, July 1st, 2011

    Here are page views from the "Schaffer Collection of Authentic Imperial Russian Art Treasures".  This is a historic catalog of Romanov items - mostly from the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, which was the private residence of the last Tsar, Nicholas II and his family....

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  • The Mystery of the Romanov Treasures Friday, July 1st, 2011

    There was an article in the New York Times Antiques section about a new exhibition opening at the Virginia Museum of Art.  The exhibition has been organized by Geza von Habsburg, one of the recognized experts in Faberge...

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