In Texas we have a small seasonal window to buy fireworks. June 24th - July 4th, and a few days around new years. Fireworks is a fun activity to do with your entire family. I personally have great memories as a kid doing block parties for the 4th of July. Being that most families will spend hundreds of dollars on fireworks, finding the Fireworks Store with the lowest prices is important. Some stands will double their prices, and then use huge discount promos to make your feel like your are saving money. But if you want non of the BS, and just want Walmart style pricing ( everyday low prices ), then there is only 1 vendor in Houston to shop at.
With all the recent news coverage on companies and government agencies being hacked, I thought it might be time to write an article about how to protect your website and or server from hackers and bots. So if your website is getting flooded with unrelated traffic and constantly being attacked here are a few tips.
During Memorial Day weekend I took my family out for ice cream. We tried a new Frozen Yogurt place by the HEB on 518 and Pearland Parkway. Place is called YoGo. Good Flavors, decent prices, friendly staff. Here is my complete review on the place.
Forever the focus has been on SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and even though we shouldn't forget it, we need to start to focus more on LSO (Local Search Optimization). Here is why.
Today Google Rollled out their Mobile Penalty to any website that did not meet their new guidelines. These guidelines meant your website must resize and mold itself to fit the screen on mobile devices, without having to use the pinch to zoom as a way to navigate around. Many of us webmasters thought we were ahead of the curve and had our websites ready weeks before this penalty went into effect. We anticipated April 21st as the day when our websites would jump to the top of google simply because every other website did not update to be mobile friendly. So Today when all my sites didn't rock the top spot on google I had to do a little more digging into the cause.
Updates on your hardware with new software is usually a good thing, Except when those updates break things. This turned out to be the case for people with the Linksys e4200 router who were updating to the latest 1.0.06 Firmware. It was impossible setup USB devices as FTP or Media storage due to a new (Feature) where sessions would be passed in the Querystring as part of a security update that Linksys added.
You can't call anything a hobby unless its consuming your time, and quickly turning into a money pit. Which leads you to do things like spending money on tools and equipment that will help you spend less money on your hobby long term. This brings me to my currently delima. Should I start reloading my own ammo?
After some discussions with friends about the economy, I wanted to put my own thoughts in writing for future reference. My feeling is 2015 is going to be a great year for the US Economy. And here is why
On Christmas after opening presents, we quickly got all our christmas decorations put away, and started to focus on the new year. This included shopping for Health Insurance. Our current Provider Cigna had already informed us that our rates would be jumping for 2015. Even though I tend to be conservative on most issues, I also don't fall into that high tax bracket that puts me on Par with other OLD gumpy republicans. I am a younger guy (35) so I am not affraid of using self checkout at Grociery stores and I am very comfortable with online shopping. For these reasons I decided to give the Healthcare.gov website a try. For those of you who buy your insurance directly from the market place, I highly suggest you give the site a try.
Anyone who works in technology is usually surrounded by the clutter of old hardware. Over the years I have upgraded systems where the old components were no longer needed, be it memory, or Hard Drives. So my office had slowly become a graveyard for perfectly good but older hardware. Finally after getting ahead of my inbox, I decided to conquer my office clutter and do an Ebay blitz to sell off this stuff. After all Technology doubles in power every 18 months ( Moore's Law ), but this also means it depreciates by 50% every 18 months ( My Law ). Holding onto old hardware thinking that someday you might need it again is a bad habbit for most of us. It's time to sell it.