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  • New Luxury Store Selects Pallasart

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • Stroganoff Foundation Enlists Pallasart

    The Stroganoff Foundation of New York, Paris and Saint Petersburg has enlisted Pallasart to create a new website for their organization...

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  • Berkeley Wine Company - New Faster Site

    Today Berekely Wine Company - "Your uncomprising Wine Source" launched the next generation of their popular site.  William Agathis, president of the company, commissioned Pallasart to upgrade the last version of the site to the powerful, open source software, PHP, and My SQL databases.  Formally the site had been built in an older, legacy shopping cart software...

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  • Wines.com Selects Austin Wine Guy

    Rob Moshein, The Austin Wine Guy, has been just been selected as an official reviewer and wine educator for wines.com - the number one wine site in the USA.  The Austin Wine Guy website was designed and built by Pallasart in 2008 and it's now the top site for wine in the Central Texas...

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  • Bob Atchison's Guide to Bronze Patinas

    Most people do not realize that bronze statues have artificial patinas applied to their surfaces.  Now we are not talking about ancient statues that have been dug up from the ground or raised from the seabed....

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  • Artists Still Scared of the Web??

    The art market on the web is exploding.  Collectors are out there spending thousands online for the works of people like yourself —  paintings, graphics, sculpture, fine crafts — anything you can create.  Now this assumes you have something people want to buy and the price is right...

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  • Isis Mobile Phone Payment Technology

    Recently we have been talking in our blog about mobile payment technology and new initiatives in this area.  Beginning in 2012 Austin smartphone users will have this option....

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  • Amazon and Texas Close to a Deal

    The Austin American Statesman is reporting a possible deal between the State of Texas and Amazon over online sales tax.  Barry Harrell reports that Texas is negotiating - and may be close to a deal - to create 5,000 jobs and invest $300 million in the state.

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  • Choosing Colors for Luxury Websites

    Here I have created three images showing the same items and text on a white gray and black background.  I had to change the text colors a bit because white text and black text would not show up on the same colored backgrounds...

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  • More Pictures - Artemis Diana and Hounds

    Here are some more pictures of the new life-sized bronze of Artemis Diana and the Hounds we posted a few days ago in the blog...

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  • Luxury Websites Cut Out the Middleman

    There was a very interesting article in the New York Times today on a new start up e-commerce website targeting the men's luxury market, J. Hilburn....

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  • When is the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin?

    The U.S. Grand Prix is going to be hosted in Austin on June 17, 2012. According to the official website of Formula 1...

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  • Russian Imperial Style - Part 2

    A year ago we commissioned a special Savonnerie carpet to be made by one of our suppliers.  There are two types of classic rugs, the Aubusson, which is a flat weave and the Savonnerie which has a sheared pile...

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  • Russian Imperial Style - Part 1

    In 2001 Pallasart ordered a number of replicas of furniture from Russian Imperial Palaces to be made by wood carvers and gilders that worked in the palace museums of Tsarskoe Selo...

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  • Apple's Announcement - iCloud is Here

    This past Monday Steve Jobs unveiled iCloud, and Apple has now joined Amazon and Google in this new phenomenon.  iCloud - like its counterparts are rival companies, will store documents, photos and other content on the internet and sync it across multiple Apple devices at no cost...

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  • HostGator to Double Staff in Austin

    HostGator has announced they will be increasing staff from 280 to 500 within 12 months...

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  • Artemis Diana and the Triton Mermen

    Although we are primarily known as an Austin web design company, Pallasart has being selling decorative art and furnishings for many years.  This business started online in 1997 and expanded to a retail store in the decorative center in Dallas...

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  • Wondering About https and SSL Certificates?

    As follow-up to my blog on stock photography I'd like to share a list of favorite photographers on Dreamstime...

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  • Google Says No Support for Old Browsers

    Google has posted an important announcement online today....

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  • My Opinion of 2011 Fashion Decorator Colors

    I remember a few months ago we got a look at the redesign of the Obama Oval Office in the White House.  Drab wheat browns and pale sepias had replaced the bright and sunny colors of the old Bush decor...

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  • The Big Pile of Boxes in My Garage

    Today we learned that Governor Perry vetoed taxes on sales by online retailers...

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  • The Coolest Wine Site of the Future?

    Recently we were doing a redesign and reprogramming in PHP of a popular wine site.  They have been a client of ours for 10 years.  I had a chance to look at many of the famous wine sites again and I have a few comments for this blog...

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  • My Favorite Stock Photographers

    As follow-up to my blog on stock photography I'd like to share a list of favorite photographers on Dreamstime...

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  • Stock Photography in Websites

    We have more than 20,000 images in our stock photography database here at Pallasart.  They come from a number of stock sites on the web...

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  • Success Factors in Luxury and Fashion Websites

    Customers often ask me what they can do to make their site a success.  Pallasart has built many luxury and fashion websites for customers in Austin, all over the USA and abroad...

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  • ClearXchange to Compete with PayPal

    In a move to counter the growing popularity of PayPal as a payment system, three of the four largest banks in the USA have announced the launch of a new system that allows the transfer of money from checking accounts...

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  • Music on the Cloud

    Recently, I discovered Amazon Music, which seems to sell DRM-free high quality MP3 albums at price points that are a little lower than those sold on Apple's iTunes Music Store - I bought an Amazon album for $6.99, which is $3 lower than the $9.99 charged for the same album on iTunes...

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  • Fonts and Typography on Modern Websites

    "Browser text" -- or text that is rendered by the browser has always proved challenging for web designers....

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  • Is Twitter A Passing Fad Or Here For The Long Haul?

    The social networking universe is a fast moving juggernaut of companies whose fortunes seem to rise and fall overnight. Many companies have transformed themselves from dorm room ideas into multi-billion corporations with worldwide reach that sometimes even impact current events...

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  • Social and Community Based Shopping Websites Are Increasingly Popular

    One of the hottest areas in online e-commerce these days are websites that allow like minded individuals to buy and sell goods to others with their same interests...

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  • You should update your Flash Player too

    Many users have updated, or should update to the latest browser versions for an optimal web experience. Generally, all the leading browsers had big new releases in late March 2011 -- many timed their product launches to SXSW the big interactive, film and music festival held annually in Austin, TX each spring....

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