Locked down

I write this during the lockdown in place in Washington State, in the midst of the CV-19 pandemic pandemonium. My wife and I are not watching the news because the raw facts are upsetting enough, without being twisted by hyperventilating, data-distorting, lying, and agenda-driven newscasters. I dislike and distrust the slanted, biased nature of modern […]

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Finished Server Migration

Our server migration project — getting dozens of websites off an old server, was completed in August. Ten troublesome websites (running outdated PHP and old xCarts and such) were put onto an intermediate server, a virtual machine running an old version of CentOS. We’ve been updating those sites one at a time. Two have already […]

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Migrating to New Server

I host about 40 websites; mostly my marketing clients who want a leg up on great hosting without paying exorbitant rates. Our old server box is getting too “long in the tooth” and needs to be replaced. So on top of everything else in my very busy schedule, I now need to move 40 websites […]

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Netbeans 8.2 Fonts Too Small

On my 4k monitor, the default fonts that come up on Netbeans are so small as to be truly microscopic, as in one needs an actual microscope (or at least a magnifying glass) to read them. Netbeans (when you can read it!) is very useful for website development, so this is not a trivial issue. […]

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Crazy SEO Experiments: My Takeaways

Will Critchlow of Distilled.net and Larry Kim of Wordstream recently collaborated on a podcast called 10 SEO Experiments That Will Blow Your Mind. It’s an hour of information that’s well worth watching if you’re tasked with SEO or management of Google AdWords accounts. I pulled out my takeaways from the video and started sending some […]

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A terrific resource for word lovers

Sometimes my daily email from StumbleUpon really delivers. Today was one of those days! This website is a collection of wonderful phrases and words, for which there is no exact equivalent in English. Those of us for whom English is our native tongue are poorer for not having these words and phrases available to us. […]

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New Quotes

I don’t usually read C.S. Lewis. I could never get into the whole Narnia universe; to me it seemed a silly premise and to mainly be a vehicle for him to proselytize his religion. It was clear he truly believed, and I respect that and his right to put whatever analogies to Christianity he wanted […]

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Rest in Peace, Yahoo Directory

As of today, if you go to http://dir.yahoo.com (the familiar URL of the Yahoo Directory) you are redirected over to a directory called “Aabaco Small Business”, https://www.aabacosmallbusiness.com/. Yahoo was quite the directory in its day. We have recommended getting a listing in it since about 1998. Listings used to be free, then they got greedy […]

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Gone Mobile

It’s been a while since I updated my blog to reflect anything going in my current life. I aim to remedy that now. In May of this year we decided to move out of the house we’d lived in for the last 20 years, on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, into a mobile […]

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