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  • Howard 4:45 am on March 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: content, , seo, site architecture, tags, tools, , webmasters   

    Common SEO Mistakes 

    Maile Ohye from Google covers the five most common errors she finds in SEO, and then concludes with six quick tips to make sure you’re on the right track.

    I’m not sure that this will help me too much.

    • Do something cool — Well I guess I could write a better copy
    • Include relevant keywords in copy — Duh
    • Be smart about tags and site architecture — No cloud tags anymore
    • Sign up for email forwarding from Webmaster Tools — Done!
    • Attract Buzz and natural links — I guess if I did something cool then someone would link to this blog
    • State fresh and relevant
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  • Howard 1:25 am on March 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

    – Josh Billings

     
  • Howard 3:10 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Disneyland Survival 

    We didn’t make it to Disneyland on Leap Day but a couple of our friends survived the capacity crowds Wednesday and were there also for the park closing on Saturday morning where a paper towel shaped object with a “spiritual message” caused quite a scare.

    Trams were blocked up with crowds of people not knowing that it is a short walk to the Mickey and Friends parking lot where you’ll find scariest ride at the park:

    Apparently there was an unreported incident or accident on the M&F escalator requiring a cleanup crew in “Ghost Buster’s” white environmental suits to mop up a nasty mess.

    We nearly took a spill on the same “ride” when it seized so we avoid it and now walk down the stairs; cut across the parking lot to Downtown Disney and enter the park at the Monorail station.  Coming back we don’t mind taking the escalator up since climbing back up the five flights of stairs after spending a day at park is troublesome.

     
  • Howard 10:57 pm on February 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: best salad dressings, delicious honey, honey mustard, panang, sweet coffee, thai tea   

    Pookie’s Thai still sweet and yummy as I remember it! 

    It’s been a perhaps a year since we’ve eaten at Pookie’s so it was a pleasant surprise when I ran into her at the Westlake Village Costco.  She couldn’t understand why no one at our company was eating there anymore.  I explained to Pookie that our R&D business unit was shut down and the storage production was sold off to another company.  Everyone left the area and went separate ways.

    She was happy to hear that her food wasn’t the reason why no one from our office was eating there anymore and was glad that everyone landed better jobs or were doing things they wanted to do in the first place. She invited us to have lunch with her on Thursday and convinced my wife that she would do all the cooking for her.

    I always order the Thai Ice coffee. The Thai tea is too sweet for me but the extra strength coffee offsets the sugar and cream that makes is just perfect.

    Sweet and Delicious Thai Ice Cofee

    Pookie took our order and did it from memory. Panang Veggies. My son ordered Panang, Chicken spicy. The same thing we’ve been getting for years. The lunch special comes with a salad and a very delicious honey mustard dressing. Not to sweet and not to hot. Just perfect! One of the best salad dressings ever.

    Nothing better than Pookie's Yellow Curry Lunch Special

    Unfortunately, Pookie remembered wrong or the cook got it wrong, so I ended up with a yellow curry veggie dish. I decided to try it anyway since I’ve had so much luck with her other dishes. I’m glad I did because it was the best curry I’ve ever had. Panang is just a red curry that is sweetened with coconut milk, but the yellow has a saltiness that complements the sweet coffee. Very good indeed!

    If you’re ever in Westlake, be sure stop by and eat a Pookie’s. And tell her that Howard recommended the her place to you.

    Pookie's on Urbanspoon

     
  • Howard 11:47 pm on December 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Trouble in Vacuum Cleaner Paradise 

    Ann spent most of Wednesday cleaning up after Christmas.  Taking off the ornaments and tinsel to have a nice clean house before the New Year starts.  I managed to do the heavy lifting putting the tree away until next year and packed up all the boxes in the garage.

    She topped off the cleaning with a nice sweeping of the carpet to give it a nice fresh look.  She’s been using the Oreck because it seems to do a good job at cleaning up after our dachshunds and her preferred Dyson 17 was full and I couldn’t empty the canister since our garbage cans were full of the usual after Christmas stuffing’s.

    I told her I would give the Dyson a good overall and cleaning to bring it back to new, but I’ve been too busying at work to get to the chore.  But a spider was spying on me in my home office and I needed the Dyson with the wand to suck up the little sucker.

    The spider pretty big , but it just didn’t want to come out of the corner.  The wand had no oomph to it.  Eventually I got it and emptied the canister for my wife.   The suction was really weak so I dislogded as much as possible to get the fluffy stuff out plus all the 1/8th inch wide paper shreds I vacuumed up last week when I cleaned the paper shredder.

    I thought I got it all but when I extended the wand out to full length the motor on the dyson seized requiring me to take the stupid thing apart.   After watching a few videos on how to unclog your dyson, I got the lower tube off and unclogged the remaining paper shreds along with a Sharpie I sucked up about a year ago.

    The shapie still works btw.

    My wife is nice and happy now since she likes the dyson over the oreck because it is easier to push.  I liek the oreck over the dyson because, I think it cleans better.

     
  • Howard 8:08 pm on December 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: the spot, urbanspoon   

    Hungry for a Spot Burger 

    It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten at The Spot in Carpinteria.  But I can tell you that they make one of  California’s best burgers.   Layers of lettuce and tomato make thicken the juicy burger where it is nearly impossible to open your mouth wide enough to eat.

    Top that off with onion rings and you’re all set for an  incredible meal.

    I personally like the double w/ cheese, but my wife likes the plain old hamburger.  I figure since we only get to eat there once every few years, I might as well get the most out of it.

    Most people agree with me:
    Spot on Urbanspoon

    that it is great place to eat.

    Their quality seemed to suffer a little when the original owners of about 30 years sold the burger joint, but that is no longer true and the quality is good as ever.

    Be prepared to wait since they cook your meal to order.  Plus ask for the burger “well done” since it only adds to the flavor.

    Besides burgers, they have a selection of Mexican entrees.  Taquitos is one of my favs, but the tamales are also good.

     
  • Howard 11:56 pm on November 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adobe introduces, cloud, company, creative, sf chronicle   

    Adobe moving platforms to the cloud 

    Until Adobe resolves latency issues with their real time and graphic intensive programs, I doubt that designers will adopt the SaaS model.

    According to this story in the SF Chronicle, by 2015, the company says half its revenue will come from subscriptions – representing 800,000 users. Over time, the company expects 100 percent of revenues from its digital media division to come from subscriptions.
    This is also shows how rich cloud application functionality has become. Adobe products are highly advanced, expert level software tools that you would think would be almost out of reach for cloud because of basic functionality and responsiveness limitations. While it appears they have a collaboration component to their vision (which is very much cloud), they want to move away from boxes to services. Adobe wants the recurring revenue, will the design community want the monthly fees? Should be interesting to watch.

    Read more at visibilityondemand.wordpress.com

     
  • Howard 11:23 pm on November 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adapters, broadcom corp, converged, fastest, network   

    Broadcom FCoE 

    What competitor offers 10GbE with 1.36M IOPS? Perhaps CISCO?

    World’s Fastest Converged Network Adapters from Broadcom Earn FCoE NetApp Ethernet Advantage Validation

    World’s fastest FCoE performance – 80 percent faster than nearest competitor(1)

    “Server virtualization, cloud computing, and the need to contain costs and complexity are all major factors driving the need for 10GbE converged network adapters (CNAs). Broadcom is meeting that demand with the world’s fastest CNAs and is proud that its fully offloaded FCoE solutions have earned NetApp’s certification.

    Read more at http://www.marketwatch.com

     

     
  • Howard 3:07 am on November 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    2011 Candlelight Processional 

    This year our church wasn’t selected to participate in Disney’s 2011 Candlelight Processional, but there is a good chance that my wife and I are going to be in the center of Main Street singing along with the other choirs.

    Main Street: Disney Candlelight Processional

    I took this photo on Sunday the day after we sang in the 2009 Processional. The best place is right there if you can get a ticket for a seat, but you want to stay on stage right so trees don’t block your view.

     
    • Joel 12:04 am on December 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Howard,
      I am interested in some of the arrangements used in the program. Do you recall who wrote the arrangement of The First Noel? Or any of the other arrangements in the program?

      • Howard 5:09 pm on December 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        The First Noel was arranged and orchestrated by Don Neufeld of Azusa Pacific University. The complete list of processional music can be found here.

  • Howard 3:07 pm on July 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: backup, readynas, rsync, xinetd   

    How to solve xinetd rsync problems 

    Yesterday was a very perplexing day trying.  Perhaps a complete waste of time setting up my ReadyNAS Duo backup jobs to rsync files from my vmware Ubuntu directly to the NAS.  Never mind that I already was running backups to the ReadyNAS using simple backup.  But no, I had to try it the hard way, I had to learn how to solve xinetd rsync problems.

    I use vmware to experiment prior to going live and of course the whole point of rsyncd was to backup my Dachshund website and the multisite blogs that are living in the Rackspace cloud.  Get it to work here and apply it to the cloud server.  In theory, that should have be five minutes worth of work:

    1. Configure the /etc/rsyncd.conf file
    2. Configure the /etc/rsyncd.secrets file
    3. Add a /etc/xinetd.d/rsync service
    4. Restart xinetd

    A simple test from bash: rsync me@localhost::share and it works just fine.

    Next I configure the backup job from the ReadyNAS admin:

    ReadyNAS rsync

    ReadyNAS backup job configuration to rsync a remote server

    Press the “Test Connection” and the connection hangs.

    So I double check the files and everything looks good to go.  Try it again and still no good.

    Now it’s time to add a log file by simply inserting “log file = /var/log/rsyncd.log” into /etc/rsyncd.conf.  Restarted the xinetd process then retest locally.  The log file shows:

    2011/07/26 21:10:14 [24820] connect from localhost (::1)
    2011/07/27 04:10:26 [24820] rsync on share/ from hyoung@localhost (::1)
    2011/07/27 04:10:26 [24820] building file list
    2011/07/27 04:10:26 [24820] sent 138 bytes  received 58 bytes  total size 0
    2011/07/26 21:13:18 [24884] connect from localhost (::1)
    2011/07/26 21:13:20 [24884] auth failed on module share from localhost (::1): password mismatch

    Try it again from ReadyNAS.  Nothing.

    Okay, I skip xinetd altogether and run rsync as a daemon.  Local test okay, ReadyNAS fail.  Spend a half a day trying to see if anyone else had this problem and apparently not.   Perhaps you have?

    The whole point of the exercise was to get an automated backup of website -> ReadyNAS.  So you can also use FTP to run as the backup job protocol.  I got this to work on the first try.

    After wasting my afternoon not getting this to work, I install the same configuration files onto the Cloud server.   Run rsync –daemon and test the connection from ReadyNAS.  What do you know, it works!  It’s gotta be something blocking the connection to the guest OS.  I’ll let you know once I figured out how to solve xinetd rsync problems.

     
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