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• Thursday, March 06th, 2014

Part 13 – We survived the “ditch” and have joined the pacific fleet.  As we near the equator, much of the crew is getting nervous thinking about the shellback ceremonies.  A few of us are not so worried though. Having recently experienced the blue nose ceremony, we know there is nothing they can do to us that is anywhere near as bad as that.  Plus, the skipper was a wog, so they couldn’t get too carried away.


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• Thursday, March 06th, 2014

Part 12 – Our little clan continues to make progress on their trek towards the pacific.  As we learned in the last story, our boys are traveling without the aid of the towed array.  In this adventure they traverse the Panama Canal.  I was fortunate enough to be the lead handler for line #2 in those days.  It was cool to see such a great work of engineering.  The awe of engineering was pretty quickly overshadowed by the fact that along either side of the boat were riverboat gunships, we thought we’d been transported to a Vietnam era war movie. We were told that there had been “sniper activity” in the area…but not to worry about it.  Yeah, right.


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• Friday, March 01st, 2013

All in one seo pack - the swiss army knif of SEOYou want your WordPress powered site to rank well, right? Like most site owners you have probably read dozens of blogs, and more “Top 10 SEO tips for WordPress”, or perhaps “Must Have WordPress Plugins” posts than you care to remember. The only problem is that many of these articles just say you have to install the plugins, not how to use them. I’ll admit that I am as much at fault as anyone else. Here’s the problem; while some plugins require little or no configuration, and even less on-going attention – All in one SEO pack is not one of them. Miss a check box or ignore a field and you could be doing more harm than good – your site rankings could drop faster than Wile E. Coyote holding an Acme umbrella.

This post will be updated from time-to-time when there are significant updates to the plugin. Items that are new to this post will be bolded. Additionally, I’ll mark items that could be detrimental to your rankings with a caution sign.

Updated on 3/1/2013 – The version currently being covered is 1.6.15.3.
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• Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Be my friend and you can share my toys

Remember when you were a kid and the other kids on the playground would say things like “if you be my friend, I’ll let you play with my new toy?”  Or perhaps, “if you give me some of your dessert I’ll be your friend.” It’s just what kids do, and most of us grow out of that.  Or, at least I thought we did.

A growing trend in social media is to lure people to “like” or “follow” companies, products or brands by giving them something they want; a t-shirt, sticker, hair-care products or some other equally useless awesome “stuff”.  OK, that’s cool, everybody wins, sort of.

It’s a disaster, not daycare.

However, I think a line has been crossed.  While I and many other tech-minded people were at SXSW, a terrible disaster took place in Japan.  more…

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• Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

I'm not lazy, I just don't careAs an email marketer, I can tell you that many of the people in my profession work hard to develop good content, sell their products and constantly increase the size of their subscription base.

Despite their best efforts, there are three things working against them.

You see, most email subscribers are naive, lazy and misinformed.  Of course I mean that in the nicest way possible ;-). more…