The article on Christmas Daddies as originally published failed to recognize the work of Genevieve Kelly on the web site, which was attributed solely to Matthew Carleton. While Mr. Carleton constructed the web site and implemented the Social Media elements that were the main points of the article, he did so using the look and feel and original design concepts of Ms Kelly. I apologize to Ms Kelly for this ommission.

(The article with proper attribution is at

Social Media can Enhance a Fine Tradition Like Christmas Daddies

Our favourite charity at Nicom is Christmas Daddies, an organization that has been dedicated to helping children throughout the Maritime Provinces since 1964. No doubt most readers have seen the telethons at one time or another, proceeds of which are distributed by the Salvation Army to needy families.

For a number of years now, we have been managing the Christmas Daddies web site and this year it is going through its fourth design. Besides giving it a new look and feel, the new design incorporates many Social Media aspects and for this reason I thought it would be of interest to my business readers. I met with Matthew Carleton who developed the site to discuss the objectives for the new site, and he told me some very interesting things I’d like to share with you.

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New Work Coming from Philadelphia to Nicom Maritime

Congratulations to Mike Hatfield and Ken Acker for bringing in some new business from the Maritime Exchange in Philadelphia.

This new piece of work has to do with changes that the United States Customs and Border Protection arm of Homeland Security is implementing to their standards for receiving cargo manifest information.

Known as ACE M1, these changes allow CBP to place and remove holds against bills of lading, specific containers, or entire manifests, as related to ocean and rail cargo. The system that Nicom Maritime modernized for the Maritime Exchange will therefore need to be modified to incorporate these changes.

This will mean shuffling of resources for us, but those are the kinds of problems we like to be working on!

Well done guys!


Old-school tablet still a go-to machine

I’ve said many times that I cannot believe tablet PCs have never really sold well. They are such great devices.

So I was intrigued by Shane Schick’s slideshow 10 Tablets That Never Quite Took Off, and I went through it looking for  the tablet I’ve been using since it came out in 2006 – the HP Compaq tc4400. Although I use it every day and love it, I only ever saw one other person with a similar machine, so I naturally assumed it hadn’t “taken off”.

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