Archive for June, 2009
Charlie’s Angel – Farrah Fawcett gets her angels wings.
Last Updated on Saturday, 31 October 2009 10:22 Written by Mike Thursday, 25 June 2009 01:35
A great beauty taken too soon. Farrah Fawcett played Jill Munroe for only 1 season on the 1976 Hit TV series Charlies Angels. She was subsequently replaced by Cheryl Ladd. However that role is what launched her career.
As an actress she won multiple golden globes. appearing off broadway and in some very good made for TV movies.
I’ll never forget Farrah smiling in a red one piece bathing suit, with very ‘perky’ to say the least breasts. 10 yo fantasies oh my!
She was on my bedroom wall just like most teenage boys from that era. She sold some 12 million copies of that poster setting sales records
In 1995 she posed twice for playboy, causing quite a stir after refusing to pose nude in film for almost 20 years. Even at 50 something she was stunning.
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Vista stuck Configuring Updates Step 3 of 3 – 0% Complete
Last Updated on Thursday, 2 July 2009 05:36 Written by Mike Monday, 22 June 2009 11:57
This post is a result of a recent repair I did on a Toshiba/Vista laptop. This may or may not help you with your own individual problem. This is the solution that I used to resolve the “Configuring Updates Step 3 of 3 — 0% Complete” infinite reboot cycle:
Requirements: You will need a “live cd” to boot into an environment from which you may delete or rename the “c:\windows\winsxs\pending.xml” file, to do this, I used the free and open source Ubuntu Linux distribution. You may also use a copy of BartPE, Winternals ERD or any other method to boot the machine to a command prompt that will allow you to access the NTFS volume. If you can boot to Safe Mode Command Prompt only. You will not need the Ubuntu CD. Just skip to step 11.
The specs for the laptop are as follows: Toshiba Satellite A205-S4567, Vista Home Ultimate.
Upon initial inspection it was discovered to be in a reboot loop. After post the unit showed a GUI with the message “configuring updates stage 3 of 3 0% complete”. After a moment or two the machine would restart and continue this process.
To fix this issue here is a Step-by-step method:
1) find a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker with a working computer, and CD-Burner. Get a blank CDROM. Visit the Ubuntu download site: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
3) burn the ISO to disk (if you don’t know how to do this do a bit of googling – it’s beyond the scope of this fix)
4) once burnt, boot your broken Windows Vista computer, you will likely have to change the boot settings to tell it to boot from the CDROM.
5) the Ubuntu CD should offer you a language selector and then the option “Try Ubuntu without modifying your computer”
7) Within the places menu, you’ll see some “disk drives” listed, you should be able to guess which one might be the one that is your Windows Vista C Drive by it’s size or name, e.g. “75.4GB disk” or “Presario” or “System” etc… it depends upon your computer. Once you’ve figured out which one it is then click it (don’t be scared to try each entry in turn)
9) a disk icon should then appear on the Ubuntu desktop that you can then double click and explore. If you see an error message that says something to the effect of cannot mount, fret not here is a way to get around that. Click on applications, then accessories, then terminal. enter the following command to ‘mount’ your drive.
sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /media/ -o force
11) navigate to the following folder: windows/winsxs
12) locate the file “pending.xml” and delete it completely.
13) restart the computer via the Ubuntu System -> Quit… Restart options
14) remove the live cd when prompted.
15) let the machine boot up back into Windows Vista, it may go back to the “configuring updates” screen again – but don’t panic – be patient. It should switch after a while to say “Welcome” and eventually take you to your normal Windows Vista desktop.
This worked for me, I hope it works for you too. Keep in mind that there may be other ‘issues’ with the machine. They may be addressed separately. Once you are able to boot into a desktop environment, some additional diagnostics may be needed.
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Are you using MySpace or Facebook for Localized Traffic?
Last Updated on Thursday, 2 July 2009 05:37 Written by Mike Wednesday, 17 June 2009 03:27
MySpace and CitySearch recently made big waves in the Local Search and Social Media community with the announcement of MySpace Local. The two companies agreed to a revenue share but no details were released as to what percentages each company would receive. MySpace quickly stressed that this was a completely new revenue source for the company and was not only seen as great opportunity for both companies, but one of the few advantages MySpace would have over rising competitor Facebook.
The more connected your business’ social pages are (by customers, friends, vendors, etc.) the better your chances are to be found by a potential customer. These pages are also indexed by Google and can definitely help drive traffic to your social pages and website.
A business can create a page for their business and post events and offers and the friends/fans of that business will get an update. Without spending astronomical advertising figures, a business has great potential to bring their brand to mind repeatedly.
Local business’ are appealing to the local community
There are oodles of people online who need your services. These people will never ever consult a phone book, Google is their information resource. The more times they see your local business’ name while they are online, the more likely they’ll recall that same business if asked “Do you know of a business that does ___________?” Everyone wants that valuable Word of Mouth advertising.
This becomes a delivery vehicle for the service industry which includes: landscapers, plumbers, AC repairmen, roofers and any other type of service contractor. In reality, these type of business’ are very light on marketing and are even less knowledgeable about Internet marketing. However, the ones that do a little at a time to show where they are and what they are up to will get their hands on a new sector of business.
Being Passively Active on Facebook or MySpace
If you are bringing your business online in the example of a MySpace/Facebook page. Here are some tips that will help generate some online recognition.
1. Invite your employees to become friends/fans of your business – You can search to see who has listed themselves as your employee. Let them know of the companies page.
2. Be active in the community – The things you contribute to in your town should be listed as an event on your page.
3. Link to other sites – If you are sponsoring an organization, talk about it and link to the organization’s website and put their contact information on your pages as well. Remember linking out to trustworthy sites helps establish an authority for your own site.
4. Invite people to review your business – “Search for us on Facebook” is an easy line to incorporate into your current marketing efforts. It will speak to those who are on there already.
5. Contribute daily – If you can, post something useful, insightful or comment on others social platforms. Keep your Brand out there and eventually you will see more people visit your page. Any type of social media marketing effort will take time to build momentum. It is NOT an overnight success story. No matter how many times that ShamWow guy says it is. Trust me on this.
There is a lot a business can do locally without the expense of TV or radio ads.
How it fits with Search Engine Optimization
Social Media Marketing is a relative of SEO, but it is still not pure SEO. I would miss the mark in giving you this information without telling you how it helps with your SEO efforts. First off, adding your business to a facebook page will help bring another avenue of your name to the Search Engine Results Page (SERP). Anytime you can bring another site talking about you and point to you, it’s a blessing in your SEO efforts.
Of course what’s the point of blogging about this unless I had a solution for you. So here goes:
How to Get Local Traffic From Your Pages
1. Set up a blog on your website. Even if you hate ‘bloggers’ it’s time to face facts. Blogging is sharing, and the more people that share your information, the better your bottom line will be. Write about the keywords you want to rank for, also include local information in the title as much as possible. Don’t have a clue on what or how to write a blog? You can hire a ghost writer for cheap. Link these posts to your facebook page via Simply RSS application. Everytime you post a blog, it will echo in facebook, and across all your friends on facebook as well.
2. Network your social network pages up the wazoo. The more profile pages that link to your page the more likely your page is to get noticed.
3. Join popular groups, have stimulating dialogs and conversations with the community. Try not to be boring by contributing more than just an advertising message. I read somewhere that only 20-30% of your social media participation should be about pushing your own product. Help others when you can. Spread other non-competing companies message if they have a great product that people should know about.
If you have any more ideas I would love to hear and share them.
SEO Consulting – How I make it work for your local business
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 05:36 Written by Mike Wednesday, 17 June 2009 01:31
More and more local business sales are triggered by consumers researching through Google and Yahoo, looking to purchase specific products and services. Consumers are using search engines to look for things that you sell or the services that you offer. They are looking at where to buy locally, who’s selling it, how much does it cost? If you’re not targeting your potential audience in a specific local market, how are those consumers going to find you? The answer is simple and disappointing, they’re not going to.
As with any online project, there are several factors to consider in a local SEO/PPC campaign. Strategy helps define the businesses goals, it also will help determine from an SEO experts POV, whether or not you can actually benefit from our efforts. There are some businesses that will not benefit from SEO expenditures. Let me tell you that I will be the first to point this out to you if you are one of them. I will not waste my time or yours, trying to convince you that your toothbrush recycling business will get a million visitors in a week. I’d prefer to work on a realistic project where both parties are happy with the outcome.
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