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Hund.io Case Study
January 9, 2021
Noemi Rieber
January 9, 2021
Noemi Rieber

Hund.io is a platform that allows you to create your own status page according to your vision. Member.buzz found their software to be exactly what they were looking for in terms of customization, style, interaction, and consistency. The dashboards provided to Member.buzz by Hund.io alert their users, in real-time, the status of the site and all its pages.

Bobronix Case Study
January 9, 2021
Noemi Rieber
January 9, 2021
Noemi Rieber

Member.buzz uses Bobronix's JIRA WYSIWYG HTML editor to track issues in a way that has a consistent look and feel to match all of their other internal technology.

Turn Your Covid Passion Project Into A Side Hustle Using Member.buzz
October 20, 2020
William Yeack
October 20, 2020
William Yeack

If you have recently started knitting, baking, candle-making, coding, or even becoming a full-time content creator, you are one of the many side-hustlers born out of COVID.

The Story of Member.buzz
October 20, 2020
William Yeack
October 20, 2020
William Yeack

|The Story of Member.buzzMember.buzz is the premier online platform for membership-based organizations allowing users to easily create communities and perform all the tasks related to managing vibrant and engaging team spaces. But where did they come from, and where are they headed?The evolution ...

Creating a Website: Expectations vs. Reality
October 20, 2020
Haley Powell
October 20, 2020
Haley Powell

Every business needs an online presence these days. To stay relevant, individuals turn to social media, email newsletters, but primarily, the business website.

Tools for Building the Perfect Computer
October 11, 2020
William Yeack
October 11, 2020
William Yeack

In this article, we cover the tools used for building the perfect computer.

Brands and Retailers for Building the Perfect Computer
October 11, 2020
William Yeack
October 11, 2020
William Yeack

|Brands and Retails for Building the Perfect Computer⁠This blog post is part ofa series on my experience building my perfect computer. As part of my job atMember.buzz, I needed a high-performance computer for programming, graphic design, and video rendering. I also wanted it to look the part; loo...

Modding the Perfect Computer
October 11, 2020
William Yeack
October 11, 2020
William Yeack

Learn how we created modifications for our custom workstation.

Cable Management for the Perfect Computer
October 11, 2020
William Yeack
October 11, 2020
William Yeack

|Cable Management for the Perfect ComputerThis blog post is part of a series on my experience building the perfect computer.This is one of the most complex, open ended parts of my build. There are lots of solutions out there for cable management – and there is no substitution for experience to do...

Water Cooling the Perfect Computer, Part 2
October 11, 2020
William Yeack
October 11, 2020
William Yeack

⁠|Water-Cooling the Perfect Computer, Part 2⁠This blog post is part of a series on my experience building the perfect computer. This article covers all of the water-cooling components you need outside of the tubing.For information on your tubing choices, see Water Cooling the Perfect Computer, Pa...

Air Cooling the Perfect Computer
October 11, 2020
William Yeack
October 11, 2020
William Yeack

|Air Cooling the Perfect ComputerThis blog post is part of a series on my experience building the perfect computer, where I discuss the various decisions that I made on the most efficient, reliable way to cool my computer's components.⁠Air cooling was only part of my solution. For more, see Water...

Overclocking the Perfect Computer
October 11, 2020
William Yeack
October 11, 2020
William Yeack

|Overclocking the Perfect ComputerThis blog post is part of a series on my experience building the perfect computer. ⁠Before you start to decide what type of performance you require, you should put yourself into one of two categories: ⁠1.	Gamers: are you someone who uses your computer to play ...

Lighting the Perfect Computer
October 11, 2020
William Yeack
October 11, 2020
William Yeack

|Lighting the Perfect Computer⁠⁠This blog post is part of a series on my experience building the perfect computer, where I cover the various decisions and research that I did as I figured out how to best setup my lighting.The Corsair Commander Pro is great because it allows you to control two lig...

Components for the Perfect Computer
October 11, 2020
William Yeack
October 11, 2020
William Yeack

Comparing and choosing your components can be one of the most intimidating parts of creating your own computer. A lot of the decisions that you have to make early on will dictate what options you have for subsequent decisions.

Water Cooling the Perfect Computer, Part 1
October 11, 2020
William Yeack
October 11, 2020
William Yeack

|Water Cooling the Perfect Computer, Part 1⁠This blog post is part of a serieson my experience building the perfect computer.As part of my job atMember.buzz, I needed a high-performance computer for programming, graphic design, and video rendering. I also wanted it to look the part; looking as be...

Building the Perfect Computer
October 1, 2020
William Yeack
October 1, 2020
William Yeack

In this series of blogs, I have documented my journey to build my perfect computer – a new workstation that will be used for the heavy programming and graphic design that I do as part of my job at Member.buzz.

In a Virtual World, How Do You Engage Your Audience?
September 10, 2020
William Yeack
September 10, 2020
William Yeack

The key to engaging your audience in the virtual world is the same as the people who used to chat around the campfire; storytelling.

How to Ensure a Healthy Work-Life Balance When Working From Home is the New Norm
September 8, 2020
William Yeack
September 8, 2020
William Yeack

How to Work from Home Stress-Free

How to edit your Images to be consistent for your Website - Using Frames and Filters
September 2, 2020
William Yeack
September 2, 2020
William Yeack

Image Consistency to Stand Out in a Noisy World

10 Question Interview with William Yeack - Founder of Member.buzz
June 19, 2020
William Yeack
June 19, 2020
William Yeack

⁠Recently, we spoke with entrepreneur and Member.buzz founder William Yeack to get some insight into what it takes to build a technology from the ground up, how he keeps himself on track, and the mindset required to keep pushing - even when no one else is paying attention. ⁠frustrated at how hard various gaps in the market were making his attempts to streamline the management of his university's alumni club, this hedge fund manager turned consultant turned software engineer and tech guru built a platform that now helps tens of thousands of individuals and organizations remove the instability and grind from their daily lives. Beyond all of the late nights teaching himself how to code, the countless hours spent focusing on getting the details right from the start, and the periods of self doubt that accompany any creative endeavor, the thread has never been lost: how to create the best platform for people and groups to come together online.

10 Essential Things to Look for in a Membership Management Platform ⁠
June 3, 2020
William Yeack
June 3, 2020
William Yeack

Membership Organization unite like-minded people and involve them in meaningful and productive engagements. An active membership involves many processes and it can be extremely troublesome to juggle multiple applications. The challenge for the organizer lies in seeking a one-stop membership management platform that handles every function from A to Z. Organizers should be spending their valuable time on the important stuff, such as physically showing up for events and ensuring that everything is running smoothly. A solid membership management platform should serve like a dependable deputy - always ready to back you up and keep things moving.

Scholar Wine leverages the Member.buzz Platform for Explosive Growth
June 1, 2020
William Yeack
June 1, 2020
William Yeack

|Scholar Wine Leverages the Member.buzz Platform for Explosive Growth⁠Scholar Wine, a beverage catering service based in the Bay Area, provides scholarships to college students seekingfinancial assistance. Founded at the University of Santa Clara by a group of students looking for a way to give b...

How to Plan a Nonprofit Event
June 1, 2020
William Yeack
June 1, 2020
William Yeack

|How to Plan a Nonprofit Event⁠Holding a live event is an excellent avenue for reaching your nonprofit goals. You get to raise awareness of your unique cause and it'sa great opportunity to meet sponsors, potential donors, or volunteers face-to-face. But what exactly entails a successful nonprofit...

10 Question Interview with Rabi Hartley - Founder of Good Omens Yoga
May 8, 2020
William Yeack
May 8, 2020
William Yeack

We checked in with Rabi Hartley, founder of Good Omens Yoga, in NYC to get her thoughts on how she has managed to build a successful yoga practice, how she has managed to keep sane, and how she has shifted her focus to serve others during the Covid-19 health crisis.

Choosing a Domain for your Website
April 29, 2020
William Yeack
April 29, 2020
William Yeack

Your choice for your website's domain can be extremely crucial. Having a quality domain will make your website much easier to find via a google search and to remember and navigate to directly via the address bar. So how do you make sure that your domain name is ideal? Here are a few guidelines for choosing your domain:

Add Custom Button to Copy Permalink/Shortcode in Atlassian Confluence to top of Every Page
April 27, 2020
William Yeack
April 27, 2020
William Yeack

⁠|Add Custom Button to Copy Permalink/Shortcode in Atlassian Confluence to top of Every PageWhenever a page in Atlassian Confluence is moved or renamed, its canonical URL is updated. This can quickly lead to broken links after a change has been made.To solve this issue, Atlassian Confluence has p...

What is Data-Driven Marketing and Why it is Important
April 20, 2020
William Yeack
April 20, 2020
William Yeack

Marketing has undergone some huge transformations in recent years. Where once marketing strategies depended on a 'wait and see' approach and some basic metrics, we can now create highly targeted campaign developed using detailed data analysis. In today's highly digitized age, data is more abundant and more important than ever and is an essential tool for any company looking to sell products and services in the most efficient and profitable ways. In this article, we'll look at the possibilities and opportunities that data-driven marketing has to offer and why it should be a primary focus in any digital marketing strategy.

5 Keys to Standing Out With Your Site Design
April 14, 2020
William Yeack
April 14, 2020
William Yeack

There are approximately 1.5 billion websites out there right now, with between 350 and 400 new sites launched every minute! That is a huge amount of content out there in the world, and it is growing all the time as more and more people get connected and share their thoughts, ideas, and businesses with oneanother. It may seem like an impossible ask to be noticed through all of that noise, but there are some very concrete ways that you can ensure that your site stands out among all of the riff-raff out there.

What's the Point of Your Online Content? 7 Ways High-Quality Content Can Work for Your Organization
March 10, 2020
William Yeack
March 10, 2020
William Yeack

7 Ways High-Quality Content Can Work for Your Organization

How a Membership Management Platform Can Transform the Event Management Process
March 2, 2020
William Yeack
March 2, 2020
William Yeack

Running events is one of the most effective ways for organizations to raise funds, increase awareness and build relationships. However, anybody that has organized such an event will understand the challenges that can arise during the planning process. Whether it's a benefit concert, annual gala or 5K run, event management and organization can come with its fair share of stress and administrative headaches.

A Beginner's Guide to Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
February 20, 2020
William Yeack
February 20, 2020
William Yeack

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process by which a website content is optimized to improve its organic search engine rankings. Organic search results are unpaid, and are based on a variety of factors.

A Guide to Customer Acquisition
January 14, 2020
William Yeack
January 14, 2020
William Yeack

Customer acquisition is the process by which a company attracts new customers to its business. The goal is to create a systematic, sustainable practices that can evolve with new trends in the market.

How to Start a Blog
January 9, 2020
William Yeack
January 9, 2020
William Yeack

Here's a guide that will teach you how to start your blog and grow through its initial phases, along with some suggestions for ways you can potentially earn money from your blog.

How to Run a Successful Email Marketing Campaign
November 8, 2019
William Yeack
November 8, 2019
William Yeack

Email marketing campaigns are great ways to connect with your audience and promote your company’s content and products. Before launching into campaigns, you must think about what you want to achieve.

Create Multiple Assignees in an Atlassian JIRA Issue using ScriptRunner
November 6, 2019
William Yeack
November 6, 2019
William Yeack

Here at Member.buzz we wanted to create multiple assignees for a JIRA issue where each assignee was responsible for a different part of the issue's workflow.For example, let's say you have a technical task with the following steps:⁠In this scenario, we would have to have two people involved, an E...

Add and Remove an Active Directory Domain Suffix using C#
September 11, 2019
William Yeack
September 11, 2019
William Yeack

This article provides the code necessarily to add and remove domain suffixes in C#.

Create the Ultimate Smart PowerShell Update Script with Email Notifications and Error Handling
January 24, 2019
William Yeack
January 24, 2019
William Yeack

I wanted to create a smart PowerShell Script for updating our servers that was both ready to be executed manually as well as ready to be added as an automated task. Additionally, I wanted notifications to be generated whenever the script was run with details about the results, just in case we needed to debug any issues in the future.

Make Atlassian JIRA/Confluence Mobile Friendly
January 16, 2019
William Yeack
January 16, 2019
William Yeack

|Make Atlassian JIRA/Confluence Mobile FriendlyI have never been a fan of the mobile version of sites (where a site detects whether it is being viewed on a mobile device and serves an entirely different website optimized for viewing on a smaller screen). I much prefer adaptive sites - where the e...

Microsoft Azure/Office 365 PowerShell Cookbook
January 16, 2019
William Yeack
January 16, 2019
William Yeack

|Microsoft Azure/Office 365 PowerShell CookbookFirst of all, to connect to Azure, open PowerShell and run the following commands:⁠Import-Module AzureRMLogin-AzureRMAccountIf you have multiple subscriptions tied to your account, you may want to specify which subscription you want to be working on,...

Programmatically Manage IIS with C#
January 8, 2019
William Yeack
January 8, 2019
William Yeack

Microsoft Web Administration (MWA) is an extremely useful library that allows you to manage an IIS application programmatically – either from the same server or remotely. However, referencing this library can be a confusing process full of pitfalls.

Using Atlassian and RefinedWiki to create an Awesome Support Experience
January 4, 2019
William Yeack
January 4, 2019
William Yeack

We detail our journey using Atlassian and RefinedWiki to create an awesome support experience.

Do Employee Handbooks have a place in Startups and Small Businesses?
November 29, 2018
William Yeack
November 29, 2018
William Yeack

The employee handbook. For many, even just the mention of this particular document gives them unpleasant flashbacks to working under overbearing managers and bureaucratic HR reps who wield the handbook like a weapon. Almost anyone who has worked for a large company has a story or two that confirms this; how people higher up in the bureaucratic ladder used it to nail employees on technicalities or hide behind obscure clauses for their own protection

C-Level: Is your business secure enough to survive open firewalls?
November 13, 2018
William Yeack
November 13, 2018
William Yeack

The most expensive firewall is pretty dumb. It can keep external probes from seeing what your Security Team wants to hide. In some cases, they are also configured to protect people within your company from wasting time or violating your network policies. There are no guarantees that these devices will protect your network, quite the opposite, near every network hack of note, was conducted through a firewall. The information assets that Firewalls protect are also secured in a variety of dissimilar ways so in a perfect world the Firewall is your front line of defense, information access policies are a secondary line of defense. In a very simple sense, firewalls are about noise reduction, blocking out a nearly infinite number of probes from an ever increasing number of probers. So, ponder for a minute, if you opened this electronic front door to the world what would happen? Would the damage be limited to only an increase in network noise?

C-Level: Fan Boy, XEB
November 13, 2018
William Yeack
November 13, 2018
William Yeack

In 1999 I was extremely busy. I had just started a company, my second, in the Network Security field which was new and unknown. Sales were slow, hacking was deep, deep inside campuses like Stanford and MIT and was considered sport. I was getting traction with banks and was in SF for a meeting. I remember walking down Mission past a guitar shop and hearing this song, guitar was hitting the tonic breaking into cool background riffs, a little vocal falsetto opening then breaking into verse…..broken and then back…..WTF. Reminiscent of a Cello piece I know……..inspired….. I stopped dead in my tracks - stunned. Who are these guys!?!

C-Level Security: Bank security and the egg timer (how good management trumps technology)
November 13, 2018
William Yeack
November 13, 2018
William Yeack

The development of technology for securing information has been advancing at a pace that is truly astounding. In 20 years the security industry has evolved from Sun Micro Systems' Sunscreen and the Cisco PIX (yes I know there were a few others) to over a thousand security products of which nearly 700 are currently VC funded. All are trying to generate business from within this ever advancing market currently called Cyber Security. There are few tech markets growing at the rate of Cyber Security and as a result we are seeing investors, in a near desperate attempt to gather slivers of this market, throwing money at companies with Rube-Goldberg-inspired technology. We now have a flood of technology solutions that no one person can understand and the customers that consume this technology struggle daily with supporting and operating these systems. Many of the C-Level executives reading this may want to consider a management solution for the next expensive problem your engineering team presents to you.

Cleanup Temporary Files used by Visual Studio
June 11, 2018
William Yeack
June 11, 2018
William Yeack

When building an application, Visual Studio (along with IIS and SQL Server) creates and use a lot of temporary files throughout your system. Often times, when something is not behaving as expected, it can be caused by old temporary files stuck somewhere in your system.

What to Say to the C-Level, get your security project funded today!
June 11, 2018
William Yeack
June 11, 2018
William Yeack

In near every business adding costs to Information Systems will be seen, by the people running the business, as a cost first, benefit second. Remarkably this still holds true despite a constant pulse of security events hitting the C-Level desks. So let's, as security professionals, develop an understanding of the C-Suite and the C-Levels as to their priorities.

Setup Point-to-Site VPN with Ubiquiti EdgeRouter
January 3, 2018
William Yeack
January 3, 2018
William Yeack

Learn how to setup a VPN with your Ubiquiti EdgeRouter.

Using a Lenovo P51 Laptop with an Airplane Power Supply
November 27, 2017
William Yeack
November 27, 2017
William Yeack

The Lenovo P51 Laptop comes with a huge 170 watt Power Supply. However, airplane power supplies provide a maximum of somewhere between 75-100 watts. If you plugin a power supply requiring more watts, the circuit breaker will short out and the power will stop flowing.

C-Level Security: When your team uses military analogies, are they using the wrong narrative?
September 22, 2017
William Yeack
September 22, 2017
William Yeack

For years, I have bristled when people would use medieval military descriptions in an attempt to convey concepts within the Network Security business. Bastions, Firewalls, Moats, Drawbridges, Countermeasures; all of these descriptions give way to a more accurate and detailed explanation of what was really taking place.

How to Start an Alumni Club
August 4, 2017
William Yeack
August 4, 2017
William Yeack

Alumni clubs are a great way to build friendships and connections with fellow alumni. They’re also a great way to discover career opportunities and support new alumni in your area. But what do you do if your college, fraternity, or other institution does not have an alumni club in your area? This guide will help provide some guidelines for creating and managing an alumni club.

Turning Atlassian JIRA into a CRM
August 4, 2017
William Yeack
August 4, 2017
William Yeack

Here at Member.buzz, we use Atlassian JIRA to track our features, bugs, andincoming requests from users through our Support Site. So when it came to choosing a CRM, we wanted to find one that integrated nicely with the rest of our infrastructure.Our first thought was to try out some of the existi...