Aug 06

Why you should upgrade your Internet Explorer 6

Have you been getting annoyed lately by Microsoft Office’s popup to upgrade your Internet Explorer (IE) to version 8? That is if you’re using IE.

ieIf you’re still on IE 6, you have probably been getting a message at the top of some web sites that you are using an outdated browser, asking to switch to another browser, such as IE 8, Firefox, etc.

Newer versions of software are supposed to work better and offer better protection for your online experience, but there always seems to be a bug that has to be fixed, making you wonder how ‘safe’ the upgrade is.
So how do you trust which version to use? Why are you almost ‘forced’ to upgrade if you’re totally satisfied with your current browser? Then again, why do some people not want to upgrade when it really easy to do?

I get annoyed by all update requests, because it interrupts or delays my browsing and it’s hard to keep track off what needs to be updated. Of course it’s your choice, but if you don’t you’ll have to decline each time you open a browser and one can only bear so many popups…

This article on Internet Explorer 6 on CNN brought me a whole different point of view, that of the web developer.
It seems that IE 6, which was created in 2001, cannot keep up with today’s web technology and web developer constantly have to create fixes so that IE 6 users can still view sites without getting error messages. Developers agree that IE 6 is an awful browser that no one should be using. Well duh! If someone would have explained that sooner, I’d have updated my browser weeks ago. The IE 6 No More  site does a good job of explaining this.

If you’ve ever wondered why some people or companies are still on IE 6 and are not upgrading, here’s a plausible explanation. People may be totally comfortable with their old browser and resist change, but it’s different story for companies. Why would a company not want to get better protection with the latest browser? The main reason: they have legacy software that was created for IE 6, and it may require a good bit of resources (time + talent = money) to upgrade. Aha!

ffHowever, there is still a way around this. They could install another browser (Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.) and continue using IE 6 for company applications only.

My default browser is Mozilla Firefox but I also use Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, especially when testing web sites. Firefox makes it super easy and quick to upgrade to a newer version, which unfortunately feel like a chore with IE.

Now that you know all of this, go ahead and allow a few minutes to run the update next time you get the popup request.

Jul 05

Creative uses of the all familiar binderclips

Who says you only have to use binderclips for paper, or in the office?

The other day I opened a bag of peanuts at my desk, wondering how I was going to keep it fresh. All my other chips clips were in use and there was no way I’d be able to finish one pound of spicy peanuts in one sitting. Then my eyes fell on the small binderclip on my desk … It was the perfect clip because unlike the plastic clips, this would not loose its grip or break apart.

My second nontraditional use of the binderclip: using the baby clip to keep my ipod earphones neatly organized. Having to untangle those cords every time, was enough to keep me from using the ipod frequently. Besides, I like to preserve my devices as long as I can and this prevents unnecessary wear and tear.

Funny how I bumped into this site, listing nine great uses for binderclips. I’m all for efficiency and multifunctional items and I thought these were great ideas.

My favorite was the “cable catcher”, because it solved the problem of cables slipping of the desk when I unplug my laptop. No more crawling under or behind the desk to catch the cables. Genius! (Of course I could be using my docking station …)

The runner up for me was using a clip to keep hanging folders from sliding. Don’t we all have that problem? If the file drawer is too full, you can’t get your files out. If there aren’t enough files in it, the hangfiles either disappear to the back of the drawer, or they simply fall off the rails. Perfect solution!

To see all nine tips and more posted by readers, check out this link.

Jul 04

Get a discount for hosting with Bluehost

Happy 4th of July!

Independence Day marks the most important day in the history of any country and to help you celebrate, I am giving a $50 discount towards the purchase of website or blog services. This may mark your day of independence, so take advantage of this offer before it is gone!

This special is available for one week only, starting on July 4th and closing on July 11th.

As you know, with any discounts there are some rules. Nothing weird for you to do, just remember the following:

1. Buy hosting service from Bluehost using the link provided on this site.
2. Buy hosting for at least one year (pricing varies).
3. One domain name included, so have your desired name ready.
4. Take action before July 11th.
5. Mention this post to me for your discount.
6. Contact me if you have any questions.

That’s it! Very simple, I like simple.

To buy your webhosting, use this link to Bluehost hosting.
To see rates for webhosting, go to Bluehost pricing.
To see the difference between domain name and hosting services, click here.
To ask any questions, email me or call 770-598-6859.

Now go get some extra beer or ribs with your savings!
Hurry, the grill is waiting!
You also don’t want to miss all that firework!

Jul 03

Buying a domain name and webhosting

In the ‘sometimes’ confusing world of the internet, people often don’t understand that buying a domain name and webhosting are two different things. This is my attempt to break it down in simple terms.

Domain names

Your domain is the name of your website. A domain name is the simplified form of your IP address, which is the equivalent of coordinates on a map, existing of numbers only. But who in the world would remember all those numbers to visit a site? Domain names are the easy way to find and remember websites.
To be more specific, a URL which stands for Uniform Resource Locators, give the exact path to your site or pages.

In order to have your own address, you need to buy or register one.
You can also get a free address with free hosting, but your will be limited in your choice of how you want to name your site.
For example: your own address may look like this: www.myname.com.
A free address could be anything like: www.myname.theirname.com or www.theirname.com/myname.

Nothing wrong with free sites if you want one for fun, to share your stories or photos. For business purposes however, it is not the right thing to do because 1) it does not look professional and 2) shows that you can’t afford to buy a domain and hosting.
So if you want to attract clients, go for your own name!

Click here for a more technical explanation of domain names on Wikipedia.

Webhosting

Now you have a domain name for your website, but where will you store your site’s information? Webhosting is like renting space on the internet to set up shop. That’s where your website and webcontent will be residing. Your webhost then makes your site visible on the internet, so that the rest of the world can see your beautiful website too.

There are several ways to host your site. You can pay for hosting on a shared server, which means that other websites are also hosted on the same server (hosting machine). Each site gets their own account on the server, like multiple company offices in one building. If you expect high traffic, you may want to go with a dedicated server, which will host only your site. This is like renting the entire building for your business and logically costs more than shared hosting. There is also free hosting, but your options are limited as this ties in to free domain names as mentioned earlier.

For more details on webhosting go to this link on Wikipedia.

Celebrate and take advantage of the Independence Day discount on web or blog services starting tomorrow, 4th of July.

Jul 02

Balancing professional and personal happiness

How do you find a balance between the things you want to do, can do well, and get paid for? It’s not easy when none of these things have anything to do with each other. For example, Ana is a good event planner who loves to dance, but works as a bank clerk. Ana would probably find more happiness in her professional and personal life if somehow she could find a way to balance and blend these.

Doing something that pays well, but bores you to death or sucks the life out of you, is not anyone’s best bet to happiness. But how are you going to pay the bills if you do something you love and no one wants to pay for? You have got find something that brings it all together.

So when I came across the Venn diagram a couple of days ago, I thought it was an excellent visual tool to figure this out.
It’s a simple diagram that says a lot; my kind of stuff!

Venn Diagram

Venn Diagram

Some people already know what they really want to do, what they do well and what they can get paid for, but I bet the majority doesn’t.

So if you’re not in the first category, you should probably figure out:
1. what makes you happy
2. what you are really good at
3. ways to earn a living
4. how to blend at least two of the above to earn a decent living.

One of the most important things Bud Caddell mentions in his post, is that ‘Mediocrity is not a sustainable strategy.’ When you find that something you want to do and get paid for, but are not very good at, make sure you become the best at it. That right there will be part of your success story.

Go ahead, create your own diagram to get clarity and set your path to professional and personal happiness!