Broke Back Michael

Living with constant back pain:

lumbarvertebraeHave you ever felt what its like to have unending deeply rooted pain? Do you know what it feels like to not be able to do the everyday things most people take for granted?  I most certainly do, that is what it is like to be Mike. Everyday for the last 3 months.

Still I have to drive on. To at least try to contribute to our means of being self sufficient. My career has taken a quick 90 degree turn. I cannot drive and do my old job. Sometimes the pain can be unbearable and certainly a distraction from driving. The last thing I need is to make my condition any worse. I try to work on people’s website’s, but it is a very tough market. Continue reading “Broke Back Michael”

Why shoud I use URL shorteners like or

blowfish_logo_smallThese URL shortening services such as tiny.url,,, and are becoming more and more popular with geeky people using twitter, and looking to save time typing URL’s. There’s also another reason you should as well. More on that in a minute.

You may have even noticed that Twitter auto converts long url’s in your tweets into tinyurl addresses. So Mike, why should I be using something besides the built in tinyurl that twitter auto converts for me? It’s so easy. Continue reading “Why shoud I use URL shorteners like or”

10 Things I have learned about Twitter

twitterEveryone is writing a 10 list about something these days. With twitter being such a huge influence in the social web. I spent the last couple months watching what “you’re doing” on twitter. I doubted the usefulness until I started looking at what was making the service so successful. My first thoughts were that it’s just a fad. No, its not really a ‘”fad”, it’s actually useful. It enriches peoples lives. I feel that tweets are here to stay for some time.

Yet I still ask myself, how can they monetize their service? It would be impossible to continue to outlay huge amounts of capital without recouping the investment at some point in time. Twitter will eventual monetize their service in several areas, most likely through its API, and partnerships with cell carriers. Their service and API was a bit shaky at first. The typical growing pains of a start up.  Now it seems more robust and stable.  I have not seen an error while updating in weeks. So what have I learned from the micro-blogging universe that is twitter? Read on… Continue reading “10 Things I have learned about Twitter”