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Moving back to Blogger, starting a second blog March 6, 2006

Posted by techandother in Uncategorized.
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Blogger LogoAfter reading countless articles on how to improve on traffic, and since traffic ultimately helps me share this valuable info, I've decided to move back to Blogger. I'll be doing a few posts on my reasons for doing so, but they are plentiful.

In general, the customization is just something I can't live without, but problems with WordPress definitely contributed to my decision. WordPress is great, but doesn't work well for me in this hosted setting.

The Daily Technocrat will continue on at the following address: http://the-technocrat.blogspot.com/. As you can see, I've already started the customization process by inserting a site search and a del.icio.us-linked tag list. For those of you who subscribe to my RSS feed, don't forget to update the feed address: http://the-technocrat.blogspot.com/atom.xml

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Also – check out my new blog project: HelpDesk KnowledgeBase (rss)

Here's the idea of Helpdesk-KB:

 

This blog is a play-by-play of the issues and solutions I come across while administrating 400+ machines and 1200+ users.  This is where I track my past issues, and share my solutions with other IT pros, people interested in the IT life, and you!  Think of it as a virtual apprenticeship in the IT world!

 

See you all over at Blogger!

Killing us all for profit February 10, 2006

Posted by techandother in Automotive, Politics/Legal.
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In the spirit of doing something good for our climate, and also in line with the ‘free money’ series I get into, I wanted to share the following link:

Top 100 Renewable Energy Projects

This really is a great site. It makes you wonder – why don’t these ideas take off? Could it be that the politicians under corporate oil control don’t want to lose their method of revenue? But what good is money if the climate kills you? (more…)

Compact Fluorescent “Bulbs” February 9, 2006

Posted by techandother in Free Money, Home Tech, My Projects.
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When I first moved into my townhouse, I couldn’ figure out why my electric bill was so bad. I had attributed to summertime and the air conditioning, but soon noticed something else…

The fire hazard

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7-Day Thermostat February 8, 2006

Posted by techandother in Free Money, Home Tech, My Projects.
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I don’t like bills. I’d rather have less bills, or at least, smaller bills. The nice thing is that there are ways to use technology to lower your bills. The really nice part is that you don’t have to spend a lot to save a lot. I’m going to start posting about how to save some money with minimal or no investment by using technology. This is the first of these postings. (more…)

The knowledge of the blogosphere February 7, 2006

Posted by techandother in Automotive, Free Money, My Projects.
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I’m impressed with bloggers, for the most part. I think we all can do without the detailed accounts of exactly how boring someone’s life is, though.

The best part about blogging is the research aspect. In fact, that’s what I try to do here, mostly. Why not use this as a forum for the advancement of others? In return, I hope to get feedback on my ideas and we can share in the advancements.

Take this posting I did a while ago. I wanted to find a way to trade in an assrt (my car) and lose the same amount of debt (credit cards). In the process, I wanted to gain something else (in this case, a higher credit rating and lower mortgage payments), otherwse there was no sense in moving assets around. I worked out a specific order to do things in, and I am happy to say the following:

This blogger is putting his money where his mouth is. (more…)

That movie was horrible? Enter WikiScript! February 6, 2006

Posted by techandother in My Projects, Web Applications.
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I got an idea the other day while watching a commercial for the upcoming Pink Panther movie: ‘What can we do about horrible movies’? Now, to be fair, the movie isn’t out yet (I think), but let’s just hypothetically say that it’s going to be horrible.

Who thinks up these ideas? I’m sure they’re highly paid consultants who don’t have any idea on what people really want to see or just have some other agenda (Home Alone 3 and Brokeback Mountain). I mean, what is up with the hierarchy here? Should people come up with the ideas for movies, maybe even help write them? Seems like having your product designed by your target audience is a win-win situation. (more…)

The 100% Open Source Intra-Extra-Web-CMS site: Part 7 February 3, 2006

Posted by techandother in HowTo, My Projects, OSS ÜberSite, Web Applications.
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At this point, we have a perfectly-functioning web site:

http://intranet.domain.com/joomla

with a great backend:

http://intranet.domain.com/joomla/administrator

username: admin
password: whatever you put in when you installed Joomla

We’re looking pretty good with all of our sample data in there, but it’s time you learned how to administrate Joomla. Lucky for you, they have a manual for the Administrator backend. (more…)

The 100% Open Source Intra-Extra-Web-CMS site: Part 6 February 2, 2006

Posted by techandother in HowTo, My Projects, OSS ÜberSite, Web Applications.
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Getting a little stressful now – I’ve used up about 3.5 hours getting a machine set up with the Ubuntu OS, setting it up to be a web server, and finding all of the Joomla packages that look like they might be remotely helpful in my situation.
This last step is actually pretty important to the ‘Rapid Prototyping’ that I’m doing. By grabbing 3 or 4 calendar modules, for example, I won’t have to waste time going and looking for another one if the first one is junk. I can just throw all four of them into the site and see which one fits the site best. This is where having a popular and modular Content Management System like Joomla is helpful.

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The 100% Open Source Intra-Extra-Web-CMS site: Part 5 February 1, 2006

Posted by techandother in HowTo, My Projects, OSS ÜberSite, Web Applications.
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Setting up Ubuntu to be a web server

In the process of configuring Ubuntu to be a web server, the soon-to-be-boat-anchor machine I was using died. That’s probably why it was pulled from production… (more…)

The 100% Open Source Intra-Extra-Web-CMS site: Part 4 January 31, 2006

Posted by techandother in HowTo, My Projects, OSS ÜberSite, Web Applications.
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Operating System Installation

Ok, I have my machine ready to go.. er, well, as ready as it will ever be. This machine was previously known as a Win98/2000 lab machine, rocking out a 400mhz P3, 256MB of ramdom memory modules I stuffed in there, an aenemic 4.3GB hard drive, a 10/100 NIC (with BNC connector!) a 54x CD drive (seems like the best part of the machine) and a 4MB video card (woo!). (more…)

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