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BlogBack allows visitors to comment on your weblog posts, without the need to host the service yourself. For free. You don't need special web hosting. You don't need to have elite programming knowledge. You just need a weblog, like one from Blogger, that generates an ID for each message.

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27 Oct 02 14:09

BlogBack Plus users can now create up to three accounts (including the one already registered) through their main account index. Just click "Add a New Account" and follow the simple instructions.

If you are a Plus user already and want to transfer over another one of your normal BlogBack accounts, simply type their BlogIDs into the ID box, read the error message and click the appropriate link. Account transfers are done manually (to check ownership).

27 Oct 02 10:06

Please note that the minimum donation required to be gifted BlogBack Plus has been raised to $8 (£5 / €8). Regardless, any and all donations are still very much welcomed.

17 Sep 02 19:19

There was a major bug with the IP blocking in Plus accounts that has just been fixed. IP blocking wouldn't have worked properly for any account that had more than one IP banned. Entirely my mistake. Sorry. It might be worthwhile sorting through your blocked list and seeing what's still necessary now that the system is working properly.

15 Sep 02 17:15

A few changes to the BlogBack Plus system:

  • Fixed account details display
  • Fixed links to RSS in list
  • Fixed ordering in list
  • Fixed template error reporting in settings
  • Fixed escaping of RSS output
  • Account details (inc. password) can now be changed
  • <:rss:> template tag adds RSS box
  • RSS feed covering all recent comments (across threads)

11 Sep 02 22:52

I'm sure most of you will be pleased to know I paid the yearly renewal for the hosting on this domain this morning. Many thanks to all the donators... if it wasn't for you, this message would've certainly been a goodbye to BlogBack.

Technology In Finance - How It Has Transformed Banking

As one of the biggest investors in technology, the financial services industry now offers services beyond deposits, withdrawals and loans during regular office hours for individuals and businesses alike. A recent study detailed that the financial services industry spent an estimated $500 billion across the globe on information technology than any other industry last year.

Primary changes made to the banking industry show a growing trend of just much banking has transformed in the world of finance. Once moving at a trickle's pace, mobile banking has flooded smartphones across all generations and has become the fastest-growing platform for banking interactions and transactions to date.

In the past, people who made regular deposits with physical checks used to have to show up in person to get their paperwork processed. This proved inconvenient for those who lived a good distance and needed to mail in deposits to a branch because they typically had to wait a number of days before their money was accessible. Banks like USAA Bank and ING Direct have solved this dilemma by allowing customers to capture their check's image with their Android phone or iPhone and submit their deposits electronically. In a similar way cash advance providers like AdvanceLoan have totally transformed the way that customers interact with them by only using web based services.

Money center banks such as JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo have all used technology in a large way by offering their customers the ability to transmit their bank balances in real-time to diverse locations. As a result, customers are no longer limited with making deposits or withdrawals in a certain bank or state.

Online banking is the poster child of how technology has helped push banking forward and has made it possible for customers do their banking in the privacy of their own home from any electronic device if they wish. The advantage of online banking is that it can keep overhead costs incredibly low which is passed on to customers in the form of certain savings since they don't have to maintain brick and mortar branches or hire as many employees. Withdrawals can be made using competing bank ATMs, (with the possibility of having certain fees waived) and Internet capabilities mean that transactions can be entered 24/7, although the actual movement of funds is still primarily kept to standard weekly business hours. In addition, banks actively use social media networks like FaceBook and Twitter, to notify customers about new credit card offers, branch closures, and can even help customers conveniently switch from their old bank accounts.

The way how consumers choose to do their banking has changed drastically in the past decade. Although many customers still prefer personalized, face-to-face service when conducting their bank transactions, they now have the option to conduct online banking since the vast majority of local branches are owned and operated by money-center giants or other large regional competitors. These banks offer many perks to customers for joining beyond the traditional services that were once provided which makes the routine of walking inside of a local branch to do banking more and more a thing of the past.

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