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Weekly Winners January 12th- 18th

Here is this weeks Weekly Winners post, as with last week all photos were captured using my new Kodak Cd-1013 Digital Camera. Here is Alexandria-Maybelle, the bunny. We have had her since way before the move to Evansville. We ended up buying her at the feed and tack store one spring while my mom was visiting us in Flagstaff. We had a bunny, Baby Bunny, prior to Alexandria-Maybelle but because of living situations (the landlord forced us to remove our unauthorized pets from the rental) we had to send her and the cats down to The Ranch to live with my mom for a few months. Anyway Baby Bunny died (from eating apple core and seed we suspect) and we went several months, almost a year, without a bunny in the home....

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Updates and breaking news!

I am home today and am enjoying the weekend. The colorguard camp ended Saturday and it went very well. They kids learned so much and were a blast to work with. Now I am ready for some rest this weekend and to make some progress at home! N and I looked at a Winnebago Saturday afternoon that was another great option for us! It was in great condition and was at a reasonable price! We are strongly considering it as our "winner" but are planning to have it inspected by a certified mechanic first. We spent the afternoon trying to get stuff done for the yard sale and the move. N painted up some of our older gardening furniture and planters for the yard sale. I thought it would be a good idea...

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What is different on a MacBook (a pc user converts)

If I don't go very slow I will get brain overload and have a melt down! Going from PC to Mac is not as traumatizing as I thought it would be. It is still a work in progress but I think I have managed to learn lots since I got my MacBook. Here is what I can share: Key Strokes/ Different strokes for different folks platforms- The first thing I had to learn is that the ctrl A (to select all), ctrl, c (to copy selection) , ctrl v (to paste copied stuff) and the ctrl t (to open new tabs) are a bit different on a Mac. Instead of the ctrl key you use command key. This is true for both Safari (the Mac web browser) and mozilla firefox. Doing print screen...

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Brace yourselves, a new look is on the way.

Since I am pulling my hair out with techie stuff right now anyway I figured I should just take care of my blog at the same time. I get bored easily so I want to have all my sidebar crap in widgets that I can arrange easily and that wont be lost when I change from one theme to another.. In a dream world right? So, bear with me some things may display wacky while I am working but once I get my Preview Theme Plugin working you wont have to see the strange looking changes till they are ready to go live! (Preview Theme never did work for me so I moved on.) I got theme test drive working beautifully so you probaly wont see any strange glitches or funky stuff...

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Unable to insert an image after your WordPress 2.5 upgrade?

I upgraded 3 blogs to wordpress 2.5 today. One of the blogs is having image insertion issues. I found a post called 2.5 Image/Media Uploader problems over at the wordpress support site that talks about the potential fixes for the issue. Things like browser cache, type of browser, old versions of adobe flash player, the Bad Behavior plugin and mod_security are said to be possible causes of this problem. I went through each and every one of their "things to try" and nothing fixed the issue for my client. Essentially she can upload images via the "add media" button but this error displays: When she goes to view the "gallery" that clearly shows that is has photos in it this is what happens: Here is what the "media library" look like: Here is what...

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We already got a few bites on the job search!

Today several employers responded to N after he sent out several applications yesterday. This is a great sign for the job search but it also brings up a new technical challenge for me! One of the employers asked if he had some online footage they could take a look at, sort of a resume tape. Normally he would be sending out VHS tapes to stations that showcase his past experience but in this day and age of technological advancements it would be handy and obvious to be able to get the video to employers digitally right? This is something I am researching right now and trying to figure out how to make it happen. We want to have his resume tape/ video on his personal site and we don't want to use...

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A free domain name?

Register.com sent me and unsolicited email about free domain registeration that they are giving away till 3/25/08. I thought it looked like an interesting deal so I headed over to the site to read the find print. It is actually free for 1 year from the date of registration (you will need to buy your own hosting plan separate from the domain if you wish to use it), the catch is that they want your credit card information on the account so that when the free year is up they can charge you for a second year and so on. They charge $35.00 for 1 year domain registration!! What a rip off! I actually do not recommend register.com's hosting plans to anyone who wishes to have control over their site/ SEO. I...

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Help me win a MacBook!

I could really use my readers support today! I made a video for a contest by Packet8/ Mobile Talk, you can view the video in my earlier blog post. I really need support in the polls for the contest, if you visit the contest page you can vote for my video and help me win either a MacBook, and Apple Iphone, an Ipod or a $20 Starbucks gift card! I am really hoping to win something in this contest, our video is creative, entertaining and also informative! We just went out in the neighborhood and got as much video footage as we could, then I spliced it into a video and narrated it (I hate my voice). Our video portrays a tourist who ended up somewhere unexpected, in the snow covered forest....

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T-mobile HotSpot @ home information.

Since moving to our new rental home we have had issues with our cell phone reception. We figured it was because we are now living in a more rural area but as it turns out we get reception just fine about a block away from our house but not at our house.. We have been conveniently ignoring the inconvenience this has caused. We have warned our family and friends to call us at home instead of calling our cellphones. We have adapted and now only really use the cell phones when we are in town and have reception. Lately I have been irritated by the absurdity of the situation. We pay about $60.00 per month for two phones, 500 shared minutes, and unlimited night/ weekend minutes. It turns out we only use...

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What are you doing today and how was your holiday?

We are back home and getting back into the swing of things. We had a nice Christmas and are enjoying all the fun things we got from each other. N got me a sweet Sansa MP3 player of my own, I have been stealing his to play my music at guard rehearsals.. So now I am downloading music and getting it all loaded up. He also got me an awesome samsung camcorder! I am going to be recording so many more movies now because I have an actual camcorder and not just my digital camera, get ready for the video madness! We are heading into town to pick up some accessories for our new goodies and maybe we will see a movie if it's not to insane at the one movie theater...

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Packet8 Video Contest

I am attempting to make my second video ever, this one is for a video contest! This video is about Packet8, a company offering broadband voip international calling service that you can use from your cell phone. It’s cheaper, more reliable and more convenient than other international calling alternatives. If you have a cell phone and make frequent international calls you will most likely benefit from using their services instead of the more costly alternatives such as cell phone international calling plans and calling cards. Packet8 is hosting this video contest over at yahoo.com, obviously I entered and I got my video submitted today! I am really having fun making these videos for companies. I am new to it but it’s really a fun and rewarding process! Our video portrays a tourist...

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You don't need to be nasty- A rant about service industry workers

Okay, so I know what it feels like to work in the service industry, I have about 10 years experience in the field. I have helped people find and try on clothes, checked them into hotel rooms, parked cars, cleaned rooms, served food, coordinated parties and I now work making custom gifts. I know what it is like to serve others and I know it's not always a great job. That said I also know that it is unacceptable to be nasty to people, unless of course they are screaming at you and throwing things (yes, I have experienced this too!). I got an international order last night and I was trying to figure out how to do all the customs paperwork needed to ship internationally. I tried all night to get...

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Payperpost, Google, page rank, paid links and the debate.

Did you know that many bloggers who get paid to blog are suffering from dramatic page rank drops? Do you know why? It is because of Google's rules about "passing page rank" through paid links. Payperpost is a great way for bloggers to get paid for writing but questions have been raised about whether or not they are asking you to break google's "passing page rank" rules. Some payperpost writers claim that using "rel=nofollow" in the html for sponsored links is against the payperpost terms of service. Not using it will surely impact your page rank and may even get your sites removed from google so what decision will you make? Which one is more ethical? Are you looking to make money or to provide helpful content to web users,...

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Do you reply? Join the I reply movement!!

I was doing research earlier this week on how to effectively build my blogs readership. There truly is more to blogging that the obvious posting aspect of it. While I was learning about new ideas and trends in the blogosphere I found The iREPLY movement. The movement basically proves that appreciating and conversing with your readers keeps them loyal return visitors. This is not a sure fire way to build a blog because it's useless without quality content but once you have great content it's the next step! So, do you want to join the iREPLY movement? Simply save the image to your computer, upload it to your own blog. Then you can write a post about the movement and why it's important to you, in your post link back to http://thingsbymike.com/ireply-movement/...

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Spock- people search

Today I decided I would try something new.. I heard about a new people finding site called Spock, I headed over to their site to see what all the talk was about. Basically they are a people search company. Spock is better than the search engines because they limit their results to just people, you wont get a bunch of spam results trying to get you to pay money to find the people you are looking for. Spock returns photos, tags that relate to the person, links to places like myspace profiles and other sites that they are showing up on. You can connect to people on spock.com, add, edit and view search results. It's kind of cool to search for a person and have spock.com return all the results from...

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Server/ Hosting Outages

If you are a e commerce site owner you know that this is the worst time possible to have server/ hosting issues with your site. These issues not only loose you potential customers but they are very stressful because you can do nothing to remedy the issue. I am amazed at how many outages I have read and heard about this month. I have a number of coworkers who were caught up in an extended outage that took their sites and emails offline for several days back at the beginning of November. "Navisite, the US webhosting firm, is scrambling to fix an extended outage that is believed to have rendered tens of thousands of websites inoperable for more than three days. The company hopes to completely resolve the problem by Tuesday...

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So you have a blog and a dream, how do you get there?

With any goal or dream perseverance and determination are key. You can do anything you want to if you set your mind to but you also have to take steps every day to get to where you want to be. Everyone has dreams and goals but many people become caught up and forget to take those small steps everyday towards attaining your goal. You have your blog and your content but it's not quite performing the way you had hoped, do you want to make your blog more profitable or valuable? In order to do this you need people to read what you publish and you need to improve your page rank and get into the search engines. The higher your page rank is and the more readers you have the...

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A holiday wish and a tattoo.

I am addicted to digital photography! I take way to many photos and even had to buy an external hard drive to store all my photos! I am hoping for a new digital camera or camcorder this holiday season. I specifically need a digital camera that allows me to change the lens for different types of photos. I really want to be able to shoot macro shots and other close ups on things. I already have a digital camera and I take many photos of the pets and of the garden. It's nice to be able to capture those special moments! Like this one where my brother is wearing my mom's sweater (because he is cold) while he is watching me get my first tattoo that my other brother was giving...

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Energy saving lights for your yard!

You probably already know I am a sustainable living freak. We love saving our gray water for the garden, we like energy efficient appliances and just about anything that can save us money and energy. We even just started a “green blog”, greenpreferred.com The new energy efficient craze is LED lights. These are a very big deal right now, they are made for more and more household uses (including holiday lights) and a new company just came out with LED landscape lighting for your home! LED lights are great because they are an energy efficient alternative to a 100 year old technology. Switching to LED lights is better for the environment, they are safer and they will save you money too! If you have landscape lighting you might consider switching to a...

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