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Writer/producer Charles Kipps has written for Law & Order and Columbo, two of the longest running cop franchises ever, and is the recipient of an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award. This afternoon he presented this webinar. Obviously it's too late to participate in the live webinar, but you can add it to your wishlist to be notified when you can access the recorded webinar.

Charles has written features, both indie and studio, and his television credits include episodic and long form. He’ll explain what helped take these scripts from his desk to the screen.

Unlike other webinars you may have attended, The Seven Traits of a Producible Script will not tell you how to write, rather it will show you how to take what you write and craft it into something industry professionals will recognize as a potential project.

Anyone who's seriously interested in taking their script to the screen should add this to their wishlist. He'll explain what keeps some scripts from going into production and what can cause films to go over budget.

  • Takes you from Fade In to Fade Out, element by element, and explains how to supercharge your script for submission
  • Make your screenplay more attractive in today’s money-driven marketplace
  • What you don’t know about production and why it may be holding you back


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Looking for full-time or part-time work with great benefits?

eBay is holding a 2-day job fair in September to recruit more than 80 warehouse workers, including pickers and packers to fill key positions at the new Martinsville Fulfillment Center. Full-time and part-time positions available including weekend shifts. 

The job fair will be held at Patrick Henry Community College on September 4th & 5th (Thursday & Friday).

For more information and to download eBay's Summary of Benefits or the job posting, visit Southern Virginia Regional Alliance economic development site.

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godaddyWe've received a new phishing email that could fool you if you're not aware. The email purports to be from GoDaddy and has the following subject line:

Status Alert: Potential performance risk to the server.

and it goes on to say:

Dear Valued GoDaddy Customer.

Your account contains more than 463 directories and may pose a potential performance risk to the server.
Please reduce the number of directories for your account to prevent possible account deactivation.

In order to prevent your account from being locked out we recommend that you create special tmp directory.

Or use the link below:
[Not pasting the link, but at first glance it appears to be a url. Looking at the source code it actually goes to a Russian url.]

GoDaddy technical support.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Copyright (C) 1999-2014, LLC. All rights reserved.

Most experienced users will never even open the email, but many people will because they don't know warning signs to look for.

What tipped us off?

  • Number 1 - we don't host with GoDaddy. Duh.
  • as a fallback if we did host with GoDaddy, googling "godaddy limit on number of directories" would give the following support info from GoDaddy: Though we impose no limit, to improve your website's performance, we recommend limiting your directories to no more than 1,024 files/inodes.
  • whenever we question whether an email is legitimate, we DON'T OPEN IT! We look at the source code of the email to see which email address it's really from, and to inspect any links within the email.
    • In this case, the email SAYS it's from From: GoDaddy <technical AT> but the code shows it's actually from <defensewea AT>.
    • The link it's attempting to get you to click on shows, which is a legitimate GoDaddy url, but the code shows it's actually linking to with this godaddy-looking url at the beginning of it: Most people would never even see the real link, but if they did look at the code they may look no further than to see it's actually going to a .ru domain name.

Rule of thumb - whenever you receive an email that you suspect may not be legitimate, don't open it; if you do open it, the phisher will know they have sent it to a good email address & will keep sending stuff to you (yes, they can tell when you open an email).

Use your email software to look at the source code so you can see the real email address it's from, and where the real links are actually going. 

If you do open it before you suspect it isn't legit, don't click on any links! Right click on the link to copy the url, then paste the url into a text editor. That will allow you to see what the address really is.

Sometimes you may find the email is legitimate, but better safe than sorry!

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Anyone who works from home knows that there are a few things that can make it hard. You have to be self-motivated, but you also need to be able to separate your personal and work life. That separation can be hard to achieve, especially if you don't have a room that is exclusively your office (plus, if you don't have that your office space isn't tax deductible!).

Working on the new website for Edgewood Townhomes & Villas brought back a lot of memories from when I used to work out of an at-home office. Back in the 90's we even added on to our house in Florida so I would have a dedicated work space.

Another issue at-home workers have is having high speed internet access, which I fortunately had access to even then, but many people in rural Southern Virginia still don't have high speed access.

As we worked on Edgewood's site, I couldn't help but think that I would definitely consider buying in that community if I were in the market for a new home in Southern Virginia. The floorplans are great, and there are options for buildouts of loft space and upstairs rooms that made me drool.

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We've recently had an increase in questions and concerns from our clients about SEO. For those of you who aren't familiar, SEO is Search Engine Optimization. SEO, in simple terms, is the process of influencing search engines to find your website. Why would you want this? To drive interest and potentially sales.

For example, if you own an Ice Cream shop in Alaska ( & I can only assume this is a very competitive business in Alaska) you want to be at or near the top when someone Googles Ice Cream Shop in Alaska... Correct? Of course you do!

Achieving high rankings in search engine results is as desirable a goal as say, having your company featured on the cover of a popular magazine (20 years ago). In fact, there's an entire market for companies to offer services which focus on nothing but increasing your rankings through SEO.

Depending on the services offered, this method can be perfectly valid for your business. But know this: Google (and other search engines) can (and DO) change their algorithms FREQUENTLY. They do this to prevent search engine manipulation. They do this for YOU, the end-user, to give you the best, most relevant and valid content on the internet.

At the end of the day, there is one sure-fire way of increasing traffic to your website and subsequently improving search engine placement, site traffic, and sales – Give the search engine what it wants: Good, Relevant Content.

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