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Drama at the Beach and New Pics from Vaction

We got back last night from our trip to Ocean City, NJ. The little guy is at that age where he wants to do everything, touch everything, and always have his way so that made for a challenge. We hit the beach a few days, hit the boardwalk others. I think I gained about 10 pounds with all that good food! I uploaded some of the pictures to my Flickr account.

The drama of the story was the B&B that we stayed in was having some issues with the next door neighbor. We were in the middle of a feud. The neighbor was making noise and causing disturbances by cranking the radio, honking horns, and banging on things. It was kinda comical in one aspect, but did make it hard for Luke to take a nap. She apologized to us the next day, and hooked us up with a stack of tickets to the amusement rides. Whoo-hoo free rides!

Friday everyone was cleared from the water, as medical syringes washed up on the beach. Luckily for us, we already had packed up to head home. I feel bad for all the others on their way to the beach this weekend. COME ON PEOPLE!!! Stop ruining this earth. Keep your sh*t out of the water.

Greetings from my new office

Dear friends, I am writing to inform you that I will be continuing work from my new office. It is a bit noisy here at times, but it can be drowned out by the calming sounds of an ocean waves mp3 I have on my phone. When the tide is out, I’ll get some work done.

Now where did my laptop get to ???


Update 2 – Microchip PIC Programming

I added some more information on the programming the Microchip PIC resource guide that I have been working on. I have added links to the pic programming software I have used. Also, I now have a list of compilers that will take a program in traditional C or Basic, and compile it for the Microchip PIC line of chips. If you have any special request for sample projects, let me know. The next section will be building an actual circuit and programming a chip.

Linux Lancaster PA

If you are looking for an experienced Linux consultant in Lancaster, PA. Don’t fret, I am here for you. I understand that the number of Linux implementations continue to grow nationwide, but little old Lancaster PA sometimes is forgotten about. Growing up in this area and working for many companies, most I have seen utilize Microsoft based computer systems. In my seven plus years in the industry, I have started to see more and more Linux use right here in our backyard. If you have a business and wondering what the heck it is, or if it is a good fit for your business model now local schools are priming students with Linux as well as Windows administration. Be on the lookout for a penguin powered system near you!

PS – Let me know if you spot one. I’d love to hear.

Some New Luke Pics

So we were out to the photo studio the other day. Got a handful of new pictures of the little dude. We wanted to get some summer photos before the summer was over.






Free Blog Traffic – BlogExplosion

I have been using BlogExplsion to get free traffic to my site for over a month now and hit over 1000 visitors. I have the BlogRush widget on this site and be lucky to have seen 25 visitors from that tool. If you run a blog, and are looking to increase your average visitors to your site, then check it out. One way you can get people to come, is by surfing through other blogs by members of their site. They call it “surf member blogs” and as you go to each site you earn credits that you can use to participate in the surf or other activities. I think I’ll be giving blogrush the boot, and putting a BlogExplosion widget in it’s place.

Linux Consulting

If you are in need of a Linux consultant – I’m your man. I have over seven years experience with various Linux distributions (aka “flavors”). Redhat, CentOS and similar versions are my strongest operating systems, however I am also familiar with Debian, Ubuntu and FreeBSD along with their directives. Experience with LAMP stack installation, configuration, and development. Familiar with the most common hosting and enterprise software.

Feel free to post your Linux related questions, and I’ll answer them in a follow-up blog post. If you would like a private answer, that can be arranged as well.

Post your linux questions here.

Stats for Link Contest 1

It looks like is currently in the lead for unique referring traffic. If you read the rules, I stated that it would be the site with the “most unique visitors”. So I am using Google Analytics to track that at this point. Feel free to join in the contest, with only 5 unique visitors sent, you still have almost 2 months to top that.

At this point, I am not going to go through the sites for the other two gift certificates. If I have time over the weekend, I’ll see what I can do.

In the mean time. Get out there and post some more links for the link contest

Internet Safety Tips

This information is useful to anyone who is new to the internet as well as parents who’s children are now online.

General Internet Safety Tips

  • Rule number 1: Don’t download free software. There is a reason why it is free. Open source software is an exception to the rule because it is free for the communal good of the project. Many Windows programs can be found by simply searching for “free whatever program”, ie a search for “free pdf creator program” returns eight million results many of which are out there waiting to cause harm to your computer. So stay away from free software. Instead, find a trustworthy computer geek like me, and ask them for a recommendation
  • Rule number 1: Don’t download and run email attachments from people you don’t know, especially if you are not expecting it in the mail. There are a multitude of email viruses that can cripple your computer, and send you off to the fix it shop. Play it safe and use an anti-virus program. I can personally recommend this free version of AVG. They try to up sell you on the paid version, but just go ahead and skip the pro version and run the basic. [AVG Free] (I know these are both rule number 1, but they kinda go together.)
  • Internet Firewall – Do you lock the front door of your home at night? Internet prowlers are active 24-7. An internet firewall locks the open doors of your computer, to keep unwanted guests out. The firewall inside of WindowsXP works fairly well, and is better then nothing so at least turn that on. I recommend a hardware router with a firewall. There are several vendors out their with products in the $60 – $80 range. This device will also allow you to share your internet connection with multiple computer is your home. Additionally, a router with a wireless access point will give you the ability to connect via a wireless expansion device. When installing the router, please make sure to disable the wireless if you do not plan on using it, or turn on the wireless encryption. Most routers come with the wireless wide open, leaving a door open within range of the radio transmitter.
  • Are you feeling safer yet? Well you should! Now you are feeling comfortable and bullet proof while surfing the net — easy there fella! Be careful before entering your personal information on any random site that asks for it. If you re interested in making an online purchase or financial transaction, be on the lookout for suspicious sites. Here is what I like to tell people: If you are not sure how to tell if a site is safe… then don’t do it. Reputable sites, especially ones that have traditional retail stores typically run a legitimate online store. If it is an online only business, see if they list a phone number and call it – see if someone answers. Do a search for their company name in a popular search engine and see if other people online are posting negative experiences with the site. Once you are comfortable with a site and ready to enter your information in, make sure the address says https rather then http. The “s” makes the connection encrypted as long as the lock icon is not broken. If you are not sure how to determine this, have a friend show you. It is a simple thing that can prevent issues. And lastly make sure to use a regular credit card as apposed to a check card. It is no fun having money automatically removed from your bank account without your permission!
  • Additional Safety Tips for Parents

  • Be involved in your child’s internet usage. I can speak from experience, that when not watched kids will attempt to get pornography, illegal music and software, or meet the wrong person online while your not supervising. Kids need to be monitored.
  • Limit the amount of time your child is allowed to use the internet. Don’t let them stay up all night online (refer to the previous tip)
  • Until you trust your son or daughter, I recommend not allowing the child to have their own computer in their private bedroom – see the first parent tip. Keep the computer in a place in the house where you can walk past and casually peek at what they are doing.
  • Feel free to ask your child what they do “online” as if it were a tangible place. Just like asking what they did at school today, what did they do online today. There are many different sites, be sure to check it out after they tell you about so you can speak about it in future conversations.
  • Offer to help find fun sites for your child to visit. Consult your favorite search engine, and enjoy the surf time together!
  • I hope you find these internet safety tips helpful. Please drop a comment and let me know.

Robot Chicken Clips

Check out this short video clip of robot chicken. It is a new series from Adult Swim. Looks like it will be a hoot.

More Robot Chicken Clips Here