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Ten Website Commandments

Why are the commandments significant? When you launch a website there are ten inviolate commandments to follow for success.  They will keep you from struggling with having a poor user experience, being unable to quickly recover from a disaster, and being irrelevant and having zero traffic.  Ignore these commandments at your own peril! Thou Shalt Read more about Ten Website Commandments[…]

Launch Day

I launched a marketing experiment today.  I’m testing CraigsList.com as a marketing platform for my “Done For You” professional website package.  I listed the offering in three cities Birmingham, AL, Savannah GA, and Charleston SC. The only difference between the three postings is the first 1 – 2 words in the title. Birmingham – Business Website Read more about Launch Day[…]

Book Review – Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Do you enjoy the fine art of negotiation?  Do you like testing your skill against a skilled opponent?  Do you want to build your negotiating repertoire and feel you’ve achieved the best deal possible when bargaining? I do.  Negotiation has always been a pursuit that I have enjoyed and a skill I have sought to Read more about Book Review – Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss[…]

Small Business Website – Why it’s Still Important

With the flood of social media into everyone’s lives it’s easy to dismiss a small business website as yesterday’s news.  I mean, come on, everyone’s on social media now right?  Who visits a small business website? The answer is the customers most likely to be ready to do business to you.  A search for your Read more about Small Business Website – Why it’s Still Important[…]

Answered: How to Unlock a Domain for Transfer, GoDaddy Edition

Overview These steps show you how to unlock a domain that you have hosted with GoDaddy so it can be transferred to Obsidian Web Hosting.  The list is short and they are easy to follow. Let’s get started. Manage Domain Log into your GoDaddy account and select “My Products”.  The first section you see on Read more about Answered: How to Unlock a Domain for Transfer, GoDaddy Edition[…]

Git Secrets: How to Create a new Repository from a Sub-directory

I’ve recently run across an interesting challenge in some historical source code repositories.  These repositories did not begin their lives in Git and are arranged so that independent products are in sub-directories under a root parent directory.  This means, any time anyone clones the repository they get a ton of unneeded source code that goes Read more about Git Secrets: How to Create a new Repository from a Sub-directory[…]

Doing Battle with System Updates

For the last couple of days I have had off and on issues with Visual Studio and the Android Virtual Device, AVD, manager.  I will get my mobile app running smoothly, make what seems to be an innocuous change and then everything goes to hell in a handbasket. The AVD won’t launch, or deploying to Read more about Doing Battle with System Updates[…]

A Git Resource Page for Developers

Git is my go to source control management tool.  It works no matter what the technology or platform of the project I’m working on involves.  I’ll be honest.  It took a little brain power to understand when I first switched over to it to get a good grasp on it. When files disappear from a Read more about A Git Resource Page for Developers[…]

AWS Explained: What is RDS?

Relational Database Service, RDS, is a versatile tool for providing scalable, high performing, on demand databases in the cloud.  RDS makes it possible to quickly provision database resources and integrate them into your AWS infrastructure and applications. RDS supports all major database platforms including SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle.  This, along with AWS Database Migration Read more about AWS Explained: What is RDS?[…]

The Week in Review – 1/21/18

It was a cold, snowy week this week.  For my part of the country snow, in any amount, really makes for a lot of excitement.  That said, there weren’t too many travel problems on my commute, just several days of very cold temperatures. I did, out of an “abundance of caution”, take one day this Read more about The Week in Review – 1/21/18[…]