Watching Sunday Political Shows

I was never really sure what I was going to put on this blog beyond just general geek stuff, but after my last post about the over the top antics of those “open-minded” liberals, I have discovered the purpose for this blog – commentary.  Bear with me – this is going to get a lot of the “Who writes this blog” stuff out there.  No one will likely ever read it, but watching the political circus that is Washington – and Raleigh NC in my case – gives me such frustration that it needs to get out.  It’s away from my normal businesses where, God Forbid, someone will undoubtedly decide that my personal or political leanings are a reason to NOT do business with me. I believe in something that they DON’T like, or I don’t believe wholeheartedly in something that they DO like.  Like my last post – have a position on ANYTHING and it gives someone the reason they need to be offended by you. The United State of the Offended.

How We Got Here

I am a legitimate geek.  Computers/web all day – every day.  I also feel that it’s imperative to keep up with something more than what happened last night on “Survivor” – or that god forsaken series of idiocy – “The Real Housewives of wherever the f*ck.”  Really?  That’s what the REAL housewives are like?  I feel really bad for all of them then. Anyway, I try to keep an eye on what’s happening politically – and it often gets me SOOO riled up that it just spills over.  And rather than stewing about it silently, it’s now going to go here. Period.  A place I can write freely. And maybe with ANY luck discover that there are a few more out there like ME. Disgusted with what our government does. How and WHY they do it. And have some sort of inner geek to them.

Today – How was it different?

Love some Bob Schieffer

Love some Bob Schieffer

I spent my morning watching the political shows.  My favorite has always been Face the Nation – love Bob Schieffer.  Nonetheless, I do my best to keep an eye on everything that I can.  Well, maybe after today, I’ll need to taper back a bit.  Why? What I watched this morning makes it more and more frustrating to even CARE what our government does.  Why?  Because the influence of the common citizen has eroded to negligible – and the people that ARE in charge?

Political War for Idealistic Control

We are currently governed by two opposing forces hellbent on the destruction of the other – and that seems to be their overriding goal – to hell with the people they are supposed to be representing.  A talking head woman, Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee, came up right off the bat on Face The Nation.  Watching her smug canned diatribe about how the Republicans will basically be spending their time trying to repeal the national health care law, I seriously contemplated would my time be more rewardingly spent watching the SyFy Channel.  Really I did.  As it turns out, it was going to be that silly Henson Creature Creator show – I looked.  Anyway,  she went on to explain that the Republicans were all about women’s rights despite the GOP blocking the vote last week on the equal pay for women thing.  I have NO idea what OTHER little earmarks were put into that bill – probably some bullsh*t earmarks giving away money to a pet project for Harry Reid.  And was that particular initiative nothing more than a Dem plant to take focus away from recent Democrat bumbling and foolishness with healthcare and the IRS as of late?

I’m so fed up with Washington.

Rep. Blackburn reminded me so much of the Dolores Umbridge character in the “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” movie.  Basically had that same self-assured, zealot, “You don’t know what you’re talking about” attitude while trying to present her party line as the only obvious choice to everything.  “There is NO DARK LORD.  Now drink your Kool-aid.”

It seems like every politician that flashed up across my screen is drinking the Kool-aid in MASSIVE quantities from their respective parties.

Put PEOPLE Back In Office

Talking Heads from Both parties

Talking Heads from Both parties

Trying to stay away from massive generalizations, I will say that USUALLY what I see from politicians is a perfect parroting of the party lines.   Is there like a weekly training thing that both parties sponsor for their representatives so they can learn the lines that they need to use whenever discussing things?  Like actors running their lines, these talking heads seem to be spouting most of their diatribe off without even taking a breath.  Seriously?  You expect me to believe that you DIDN’T stand in front of a mirror and work on that??

Are these people not human?  Seriously, both parties believe wholeheartedly in everything that their party stands for?  No doubts?  How refreshing it would be to hear some regular -“You know, I’m not really fond of that particular thing…” and then vote against it (or for it depending).  I realize that there are occasional crossovers and I REALLY applaud those people.  Though, why they choose to do those particular party-crossing line maneuvers is never above reproach given the caustic, antagonistic and self-serving atmosphere of American politicians.

Or is it more a case of the individuals being so beholden TO the party by the time they get there that they MUST support every idiotic initiative that comes across their desk?  “Listen Representative Clown*ss, we PUT you here, we’ll put you OUT  of here if we choose.  Now drink your Kool-aid.”

Maybe I’m just insulated by the press and other news coverage outlets from seeing the humans behind the political faces.  What I would really like to see was some introspective self-doubt on occasion from some of them.

I read something somewhere – some quote about the difference between intelligent and stupid people.  Someone is sure to be offended by that statement.  Actually it’s a quote from Charles Bukowski

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”

Of course, I’m thinking that I see a little too much introspective self-doubt on the behalf of our president at times.  He could use a little more self-assured stancing on international topics IMHO.  Bush/Cheney would have had American tanks parked on the Crimean peninsula long before ANY uprising could have occurred.  And they DAMN sure would have ‘em parked up and down the border right now.  They likely would have been quietly knocking off Russian agitators the whole time. I can see Dick Cheney on one of the news shows with all that self-assured confidence stating that is exactly what is needed.  FULL AMERICAN MILITARY FORCES NOW.  Maybe that ISN’T a move that we want in the big scheme of things, but something in between at least would have had a little more balls to it.

John McCain - If he just didn't pick Palin...

John McCain – If he just didn’t pick Palin…

John McCain – I could see shades of Cheney there today on Face the Nation.  Almost got nostalgic.  I really wish John McCain had not chosen that idiot Palin as his running mate.  I personally think he would have been a pretty darned good president.  He probably would have had my vote with a better VP choice.  I was signed up for his newsletter during the last campaign, but beyond the poor choice for veep, what turned me away?  Constant hammering on anything ever done by the dems and basically pandering and playing to the hard-core Republican party lines. John, they SURE aren’t going to vote for Obama. How about appealing to some of the middle of the roaders like ME?  Over and over – the evil democrats did this, they did that.  I don’t HATE the Democrats, you pollster magicians, any more than I hate the Republicans.  I like things out of BOTH parties – and dislike things out of both parties. What do I dislike about BOTH parties?  Political gamesmanship – where the only winners are…. NOT THE CITIZENS.

President Obama, you are supposed to be our leader – not a caretaker waiting for the return of the king… Managed to get two geeky references in here – this IS a geek blog after all…  I just get the sad feeling that what the world is seeing is a weak US president coming up with the same lame warning to Putin that I use on my dog when he has that look in his eye and I KNOW he’s about to run out of the yard – “Hey, I’ve got my eye on you!!”  It doesn’t work well with my dog either.

Now that I’ve set the tone and topic for this blog finally, I’ll try to keep the posts that follow more on topic and less everywhere at once.  It just HAD to get out though.  Thanks for bearing with me – 1 person.

Now drink your Kool-aid.

F*CK OFF OKCUPID – Support For Brendan Eich

You know, I thought I had always been on the “right side” of the fight my entire life by promoting freedom of speech, freedom of beliefs and most of the things I THOUGHT the liberal side of the fence hold sacred.  I’ve been riled at what I take to be threats to those freedoms by raging right wing zealots – trying to stifle opposition to anything but Creationism, anti-abortion causes, etc.  While the far more open-minded “liberal” group wants to open people’s minds to new ideas and acceptance of those ideas ostensibly,  this past week’s “panties in an uproar” over Brendan Eich being promoted to CEO takes the cake and I think is the straw that broke THIS camel’s back.

Fire the guy for being incompetent, fire him for being crap to his employees, fire him for any number of technical or business reasons, but for expressing his OWN opinion by supporting Prop 8? Granted, he stepped down and it wasn’t an actual firing – but it was all precipitated by those same “expansive” minds that want everyone to embrace gay marriage, legalizing marijuana, and all that – all those “progressive issues” that cause so much friction.  I personally am ALL about being open to other things – and I FULLY believe in the right for gays to become married, unioned, or whatever a particular state might call it.

What I saw THIS week was those purporting to be open-minded, and always at odds with those “closed-minded” right wing types, being exactly what they rail against.  It appears to ME that those open-minds involved in this past weeks activities railing against Eichman have become the antithesis of what open-minded should be.

So, we’re damned if we have a position on anything.  Gay,  anti-gay – apparently neither position is acceptable. Apparently the only thing that WILL be acceptable in these “United States of the Offended” is having NO public position on anything.  What the hell happened to being able to hold an opinion?  To even support it?  I’m not gay, but I’ll sure support YOUR rights if that’s the situation.  And I’ll damned well support someone like Brendan Eich’s right to ACTUALLY HAVE AN OPINION.

And OKCupid and all the self-righteous indignants out there?  Here’s some “awareness raising” for you, jackasses.  I’ll be supporting a boycott of OKCupid – not for holding gay or anti-gay sentiments – but for being intolerant of other’s viewpoints.

And Mozilla?  I use it, I love it and will continue to use and love it. I am however highly disappointed that they let the left wing idiots dictate to them what kind of leadership they should have at the front of this awesome piece of software.  I’m somewhat disgusted that they went on their OWN BLOG and APOLOGIZED for picking a technical leader for their company. God forbid.

So count me FIRMLY in the usually quiet majority. I’ve never had ANY desire to be associated with the right wing bible thumping idiots, nor do I (at this point) have any desire to be associated with the expansive “liberal” minds from this week’s shameful display.  I’m so embarrassed to even have called myself a liberal at one point, I suspect I’ll refer to myself forever more as a “Realist.” and never utter the word liberal in association with my name again.  I believe watching this unfold, I went far more towards the center than ever in my life.

Why Do YOU Need SEO?

Why Do I Need SEO For My Website?

As a company owner, probably you have invested the time to make sure your company runs easily, hiring employees you can trust to help you. The problem for most companies is the truth that they do not invest much time in what is most important to keep their company afloat, which will be marketing.

Exactly why is Top Spot On Google So Highly Sought After?

Everyone recognizes that being found online in the most effective spots due to their desired terms can result in increased sales since web visitors trust these places. Statistically that is also supported with results showing the top spot receiving around 33% of the traffic for key phrases. The amount falls drastically for each serial position with results to the second page getting almost no clicks at all. http://copynight.org/

This Is Where SEO Come In

Getting back to basics - Search Engine Optimization raleigh ncWhat this signifies for you personally as a business man could it be is paramount to do what you can to procure the top standing for each one of your desirable key word for your sector. The most effective area gets the most business. While it’s highly possible to train yourself in the procedures required to be successful in specially Search Engine Optimization and internet marketing, it is not advocate to waste your own time since as a business owner you should be centered on the overall functioning of your organization. Hiring outside to specialists is highly recommended for all specialized services and SEO definitely falls into this group.

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Just in case you weren’t aware, there are hundreds of Raleigh SEO specialists in important cities all most likely clamouring for the business so more than likely you have been pitched by a few of them over the years. The promises of top standings and lots of business perhaps turned you off from even entertaining these unwanted offers but since you’ve been prepared a bit on why you desire these seo services, it’s time to determine just how to truly pick the best one for you. A competent consultant is going to be updated on all current methods as well as technologies, which makes it quite impossible for you personally as a company owner with no previous expertise, to compete on the same level as them if you attempted this by yourself.

Evidence Of Standings Is Gold

Remember that a web designer who asserts to be an expert is usually not being fully true. Although they may be able to optimize a web site correctly so that you can pull in the search engines, that plays just a minor role in the real position of your website. External factors for example getting high quality links and on-page factors account for virtually 90% of attaining high standings. An uneducated web designer may believe they understand that but they’ll be readily trounced by even the average Search Engine Optimization any day.

Just Use The Best

Work with a firm with a proven history in attaining high positions on the search engines. You wouldn’t use an attorney that hasn’t won any cases, so just why would you use a search engine pro without history and expertise in becoming rated on page one?

Choosing the Best Plugins for Blogging on WordPress

If you want to make money online without setting up a full business, then the easiest thing to do is blog. Bloggers can blog about their favorite topics and make a little cash at the same time. It is easy to set up a WordPress blog. You have the opportunity to sell advertising on the posts, sides and bottom of your blog. You can easily use your posts to sponsor ads. Obviously, you must be certain that your blog is functional. The library for WordPress can assist in this area. The following is a list of the best WordPress plugins.

WordPress Maintenance Mode

Consider putting up a page informing your readers of what’s going on when you are working on making modifications to your site and letting them know that your blog will be available again soon. Without the Maintenance Mode plugin, this can be complicated though. You can put up a splash page with the help of Maintenance Mode.

It tells people you’re working behind the scenes and that the site will be back up soon. This system allows you to avoid aggravating your readership by taking your blog down and republishing it repeatedly while you are making the changes you need to implement.

FontPress is a very useful add-on for WordPress. Currently, WordPress employs a limited number of basic fonts that most computers already have.

You need to upload and code any font that isn’t available on the system. You won’t have to do any of the work with FontPress. You can add as many fonts into its library as you like and the system allows you to change font size, line height and more and you already have thirty to play with. You can give your blog a unique style.

When you get to the point where you are working with more than a few blogs, then a WordPress management system can be a VERY valuable tool. find out more about infinitewp and mainwp

If another blog owner links to you, you’ll receive a notification that appears in your comments. These are great, as you always know when others link to your blog. Unfortunately, it happens when you link to your own posts. But all these pings and notifications can cause your blog to slow down. The No Self Pings plugin lets you get around this problem. It keeps you from pinging yourself when you do internal linking for your site. Your blog won’t be slowed down and if you’re moderating your comments, you’ll save time too.

You can make your blog more functional with the help of a wide range of plugins. With increased functionality comes increased success.

While quality content is mandatory, it’s also important to make sure your blog is well-designed. The plugins for WordPress we mentioned in this article are just the tip of the iceberg. As you keep learning and growing, you are going to come up with plenty of others that will help you make your blog the best blog it can be.
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What You Should Know About Windows – Some Tips and Tricks

If you’ve been a user of Windows for any length of time, you are probably aware of the improvements and enhancements that Microsoft has continued to add with each new edition. While not every version has been a complete success (read “Vista” and before that “Windows Millenium Edition” (ME) ), overall the glitches and bugs have been mostly overcome.  If not overcome, they nonetheless will release a new version to make you forget about the miserable earlier issues. Windows 7 is proving to be a powerful operating system.  We are NOT big fans whatsoever of Windows 8 in the current form, and it will likely go forth in the tradition of “ME” and “Vista”.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Windows 9.   It really doesn’t matter what version of Windows you use. Each version has an amazing selection of shortcuts you can start using today to make your time at the computer easier and more productive.

Make things easier on yourself by putting the Windows taskbar to efficient use. If you need to switch between programs, or open a program, you use the taskbar. If you want, or need, to run more than one version of the same program at the same time, this can limit you. This isn’t something you can usually do. When you click on the icon for the program a second time, it will just open the currently running version. However, if you hold down the SHIFT key and click on the program’s icon, it will open another version of the currently running program. Each time you repeat these steps, a new copy of the running program will open and this is possible to do as many times as are necessary.

Were you impressed with the Aero Glass theme that came installed with your Windows 7? As lovely as these themes are, they do tend to use up memory and cause your PC to function at a slower speed. When a Windows 7 owner has enjoyed the Aero themes for a while, he or she may decide to save memory and gain more speed by changing over to one of the Basic themes that are available. You can easily change themes in the Control Panel under Appearance and Personalization from an Aero theme to a Basic theme. You can analyze how much affect the Aero theme has on your PC and, if it’s OK, you may decide you really want to enjoy one of the Aero themes.

altdeskThe virtual desktops of computer users can quickly become a jumbled mess, even if their actual desk is neat and orderly. It isn’t long before you have so many programs and files littering your desktop that you have trouble locating the one you want. Do you run several programs at the same time? This can create a bewildering situation.  If you want a great desktop virtual window manager, we recommend AltDesk from the folks at AstonShell.

If you want an easy way to keep tabs on what you’re doing, use the Shake feature from Windows 7. Click on the title bar of the window you’re using and shake it back and forth. The other windows that you have open will show up minimized in your Task Bar. This same procedure will happen if you press the Windows key and the Home key at the same time. It may seem childish at first glance, but you will be able to focus better if you don’t have other windows open.

Good logic dictates that you use Windows to your fullest advantage. If you want your Windows to run better and more efficiently, apply some of the tips we’ve outlined above. People use computers for different purposes and, regardless of your use, you can definitely find shortcuts to make your work more efficient. Be open to searching for ways to enhance your computer experience and you will discover the many possibilities available to you. Find out more about Lizardwebs Raleigh Computer Repair.

Increasing Your Productivity with Windows Vista

If you are running Windows Vista on your computer, you might want to know how you can make it process faster. Learn what methods you can try to implement if you want this operating system to start running smoother. Some of these are very simple, while others may require special tools. Continue reading to find out how you can increase the speed of Windows Vista. If you don’t want to try any of this yourself, call Lizardwebs for computer repair raleigh.

happy-angier-computer-userIt is obvious to see why your computer is running slower once you realize there are trojans, viruses or spyware running in your system. If you have downloaded files, then you probably have these on your computer. You can use the PC safety scan, which is a free service that’s available from the Windows Live OneCare site. The viruses will be removed if they are found with this scan. Another free solution you should take advantage of is downloading Microsoft Security Essentials, which can help prevent problems from occurring in the future. You will receive automatic updates that will keep your computer protected from malware.

Be certain that your programs and drivers are kept up-to-date. Graphic cards, for example, will often perform better when you update them with the latest drivers. This is also relevant to any applications on your computer that are really demanding. Whether you are receiving automated message that tell you to upgrade or not, be certain that you are operating the latest versions of any major programs. Very often, updates are trivial, but they are sometimes designed to run more efficiently, and this can make a difference when it comes to your computers speed. Furthermore, it is safer to keep your computer up-to-date therefore this is a good thing to abide to.

Another option could be uninstalling Windows Vista and then reinstalling it along with your programs. Before you do this, make sure you’ve backed up all of your essential data and programs, as you’ll be wiping your hard drive clean. This is also a good opportunity to assess what you really need, as you may find that you can do without a great deal of your old data. If you’d just like to talk to a professional computer technician in Raleigh, see our site at http://lizardwebs.net.  If you’re good to give it a go yourself, then you reinstall Windows Vista using your original disks. You are giving your computer a fresh start, which should help it run faster. We’ve looked at just a few of the ways you can make Windows Vista run faster on your PC. Start simple with something like cleaning out your registry, defragging your computer, and changing the hardware. After you have removed unnecessary programs from your Windows Vista OS, you should see a noticeable change.

SEO – Getting What You Pay For

Karma comes back to roost

Karma comes back to roost

I love being there when karma comes back around.  I have had a client for the last 5 years or so.  Did an uber-site for him back when I was really hunting and taking almost anything for web business.  Built up a vicious Google SERP killing site for fencing – somewhere around 75 pages.  Now, I don’t know what your normal pricing is if you’re a webmaster, but back in that particular time period, I actually did all of that for $500.  It was the difference between eating and not. These days, add at least a 0 in there.  And back in those days, it was perfectly acceptable to just replace city names when you were trying to blanket an area. So it was NOT that difficult, but had super results.

For years, that site has stayed at the top of the search engines across several counties and every little town and burg in them – it’s a local business after all so I just wanted to focus there. Ranked for every little town and burg in those counties on first page if not first position.

What has it actually made me?

Maybe $500 in the last 5 years. It’s one of those, “I’ll bring you $100 to get some SEO work done.”  This occurred about every 6-8 months or so. It was usually followed by a 2-3 month wait for him to actually bring me the money. I’d do some backlinking and listen to the sob story about how broke he was.

Of course, about 9 months prior, he was bragging about being paid thousands for a 20 minute fence repair.  I had pointed out then that it would be a REAL good idea to get started on an SEO monthly plan just in case…

Over the years, I have definitely come to the conclusion that cheap customers cost more – lots more. Nice article here – Why Cheap Customers Cost more

Fast forward to a few weeks ago – Penguin 2.0

Site hasn’t really been updated with any new content in years. Backlinking very sporadic – even though I had explained many times that it needs to be consistent if a site is to stay moving ahead. Rankings started sinking in the major markets. While I do like to stay on top of my sites and have customers/sites that I like to keep at the top, this site and owner were pretty much at the bottom of the list by now.

I often find myself “helping out” the little guy because that’s where I started and where I am. Not a big player and I like the underdog winning – at least on occasion. It’s just sad when the underdog doesn’t appreciate the time or effort it has taken you to get them there.

So, I get the “OMG, my site rankings have dropped and something has to be done now” phone call. It’s finally time to have the “come to Jesus” discussion and point out that a sporadic 100 buck payment is not cutting it and if you want a site to rank, you need to get serious about it. And getting serious costs money – not sob stories. Particularly after that last meeting about making thousands for a 20 minute repair…

The next day, after the “Okay, I’ll get on a monthly schedule with you for SEO” commitment and a promise to have money a few days later, an email – “Please send my info to xyz webmaster”  Yup, I could see this coming and honestly I was happy to some degree to be rid of the problem altogether.  Some recoup of the gratis time I had already given would have been nice, but to not get the panic phone call and ongoing b*llshit would be even nicer.

I’ve had a few exchanges with the local webmaster and he seems like a nice enough fellow, but I believe he picked up a copy of WordPress and figured himself a webmaster.  While I’m sure he considers this a HUGE win for him – I’ll let him discover exactly what he won in his own sweet time LOL.  As a matter of fact, I have a few more customers I should recommend him to…

Another cheap customers take - and pretty closely echoes my sentiments these days.

And karma kicks in…

Getting Your SEO Money’s Worth

Wanted to see if the domain transfer had occurred and he’d grabbed it up so I could get the site off my server. Pulled it up – yup – a new site with 11 pages or so.  Hmm… the old site had the 75 pages thing going on.  Let’s pull one of those up and see if he modified the htaccess file or added any 404 redirects – nope. Not a one. So about any click through from Google from the still ranking area pages – and there are many – will hit a 404 page. Impressive. A lot of wasted Google juice. Never thought about it, but I wonder if your site can end up ranking for a 404 page. Interesting thought.  But it doesn’t appear that any of those town pages have been handled at all.

Domain strength probably just tanked. Serviced areas and rankings for all those little burgs just tanked.  The site went from frying pan to fire – cheap customer, inexperienced webmaster.  You get what you pay for.  If you want serious Raleigh SEO services, contact us.  Or ping one of our partners here for Outside Raleigh SEO

America in Decline

This is something that I notice from time to time – and every once in a while, it just slaps me in the face.  As much as it hurts to say or admit, the US is NOT the “We are the pinnacle of everything that is good” that we once were in the feel good times of post-WW II.  This is not to say that individuals aren’t doing great and living the life of Riley.  There are certainly those out there.  Unfortunately, it seems as though the stratification of the US population is putting the whole cliche, “Them that has, gets”, into law and practice in an over-the-top sort of way.

Through ongoing shortsighted legislation by both parties over the years – but I do put more of this on the laps of the GOP – basic American ideals have been eroded to the a dangerous point.  And we are now seeing the sum result of all these choices.

While the U.S. enjoys the second highest per capita GDP of $45,336, it ranks in an underperforming 16th place overall. It gets worse. The U.S. ranks 70th in health, 69th in ecosystem sustainability, 39th in basic education, 34th in access to water and sanitation and 31st in personal safety.

More surprising is the fact that despite being the home country of global tech heavyweights Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Oracle, and so on, the U.S. ranks a disappointing 23rd in access to the Internet. “It’s astonishing that for a country that has Silicon Valley, lack of access to information is a red flag,” notes Michael Green, executive director of the Social Progress Imperative, which oversees the index.

 

I find it interesting that as much time and effort as our Congress spends arguing over Mexican immigrants, we as a nation come in at 17th in terms of happiness – RIGHT BEHIND our neighbors to the south.  So even with all the drug wars throughout Mexico that our media blows off about on at least a weekly basis with lots of “How horrible”, “Can you imagine” and other commentary – they’re STILL happier than we are.

With 95 percent of all economic gains funneled to the richest 1 percent over the course of the last decade, and a tax code that has starved the federal government of revenues to invest in public infrastructure, America will be a country divided by those who have and those who have not. In The World As It Is, Chris Hedges writes, “Our anemic democracy will be replaced with a robust national police state. The elite will withdraw into heavily guarded gated communities where they will have access to security, goods, and services that cannot be afforded by the rest of us. Tens of millions of people, brutally controlled, will live in perpetual poverty.”

The Republicans leading with their poster boy, Paul Ryan, and his golden economic plan are proposing yet more cuts to those plans designed to create any bit of a societal welfare program. Believe me, I want to keep what I make and what I earn, but if I see a starving man and I have a sandwich in my hand, I’m going to give the man something to eat. Every plan that I have looked at is heavy on, “That’s MY sandwich – go get a job and buy your own.” And of course, as of late, that has been paired with a poor economy that doesn’t offer much in the way of jobs. The jobs that are in high supply are low paying minimum wage jobs. We see job opportunities increasing, but…

The countries ranked highest in social progress are doing the complete opposite. They’re investing in schools rather than drones. They’re expanding collective bargaining laws rather than busting unions. They’re providing their citizens with universal healthcare and education rather than selling these basic human rights to the highest bidder.

“Those who care about the plight of the working class and the poor must begin to mobilize quickly, or we will lose our last opportunity to save our embattled democracy. The most important struggle will be to wrest the organs of communication from corporations that use mass media to demonize movements of social change and empower protofascist movements such as the Christian Right,” observes Hedges.

Dems – not everything can be an entitlement plan – there needs to be a way of getting and measuring results. I can only give my sandwich away so many times before I get resentful. If I give my sandwiches away long enough to TEACH someone how to get their own, or allow someone to eat long enough to find a workable situation, THAT I can live with. What I can’t live with is ongoing “You owe me – forever” type attitudes.

America can be a land of many things. It can be a land of opportunity. It can be a land of freedom. It can also be a land without any of those things. My fear is that if we take our eye off the ball too long and let certain individuals and corporations get too far down the road with their own agenda, there may be no coming back for a lot of Americans that deserve those opportunities and freedoms. America CAN be the pinnacle of nations – but only if it is tended with wisdom. Decisions need to be made with the other 95% in mind.

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Hack attempts drive me nuts…

People see a website…

I don’t know what the general population thinks about webmasters, hosting companies and all the affiliated services that go along with creating and maintaining a website.  I am going to guess that a lot of people really DON’T think about it and just expect when they slap their website out on GoDaddy or 1and1 that it will just run forever.  Well, folks, I’ve got news for you – it likely won’t.  And it likely won’t run for more than a few reasons.

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The biggest reason is that browsers change and software updates.  Your all-tweaked out down to the pixel web design works beautiful on the current version of (pick a browser) but almost assuredly, it’s going to go south on you at the next browser update – or one of them at least.

If you use something like WordPress, many times these themes ARE well-written and highly tested.  Well, the PAID themes are usually well-written and highly tested.  Free ones can be a little lacking.  If you have one of these paid themes, many times the designer will go back and update as needed to cover changes, add features and all that.

Hackers and HackBots

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The NEXT biggest reason across the board (and perhaps even a bigger reason for certain types of websites) – hackers, hackbots, script kiddies, and viruses.  When your site is hosted on someplace like GoDaddy (we know because we have accounts there too) or 1and1 – they normally hide the ugliness from you.  Not sure exactly what they do to protect the sites that we don’t see, but I’ve never had one drop or get beat to death over there.  It may be that they throw more horsepower at their sites than some of the other hosting companies.  I know ixWebhosting is pretty quick to kill off my sites if they start getting blasted by  bots and running up the CPU usage.  It does NOT make me happy, but I like them a lot in the big scheme of things.  I almost always get to talk to a human when who actually answers the call and all that, but… I digress.

So when I’m running my own server, then I have to worry about all that stuff. Do I have the spare horsepower to serve a 10 hits per second bot onslaught? Or more? Truthfully, I shouldn’t need to – there’s no reason for 90% of the visits to my sites. Useless bot traffic looking for a site dumb enough to be using “admin” as the username and a dictionary password that it can hack. IF that’s you, change your username. Now.

Protect Your Hosting

And it’s not always the easiest thing to do – protect your hosting.  We use a few different plugins to protect our WordPress installations. WordFence is a favorite and seems to have some great features and options.  There’s another one that we use, Bulletproof, that is a lot more intrusive and quirky to setup, but does do good stuff.

But what can you do to NOT waste a lot of horsepower right off the bat loading up the WP stuff only to deny when the bot/hacker starts guessing passwords?  You COULD actually start putting hefty htaccess files in place on every site. On the down side, when you have oh 50-250 sites running, that gets pretty time intensive fast and very painful to have to update.

While we run – gads… sites on about 10 different servers, plus a slew of others for customers, we like the server level blacklist features when we have them.  That protects all sites on that particular server. Not all servers have this.  In some cases you may be able to install it as a feature, but if you can, I suggest you do it.  My favorite server tool is cpHulk.

Server Level Bot/Hack Protection

I was watching bogus access requests come in all day long yesterday.  Most were caught by cpHulk and I saw emails coming in from those brute force attacks ALL day long.  cpHulk offers the ability right in the email to blacklist the offending IPs in a few different blanket approaches – the single IP, the /24 range and the /16 range.  So I spent some time doing that yesterday.  But you know what?  The crap just kept on coming.  From outside of those IPs that I had blacklisted yes, but nonethess it was enough to cotinue to annoy me.  I hopped in this am and what do I find?  CPU usage up due to servicing bogus wp-login requests (bot most likely) on a few different sites.  D*MN it.

Okay, I had done this before, but discovered, after I did it, that one of my customers actually needed to have international traffic.  She’s on another server though, so this time I was free to get REAL ugly.  So, cpHulk blacklist to the task.

The place that I’ve used in the past and today again, WizCrafts.net. This guy keeps very up to date IPs available for firewall blocking uses. As much as I would like to let everyone read all of my kick-ass content, I really hate the amount of hack attempts. I realize that a lot of them are bots, but every once in a while, I see the ones that are not bots. Normally I suspect that server should be well protected via the automatic cpHulk and WordFence or bulletproof security plugins, there’s no need for someone from Korea to be hitting a majority of my sites. Different language right off the bat – and besides a LOT of them are actually local services sites. So how often do you suspect someone from China is going to call for water damage repair in Raleigh NC? Probably not too often.

False Sense of Security

Do NOT kid yourself into believing that ALL hack attempts come from China or somewhere besides the US.  We still see a number of attempts caught right here from good old US servers and Canadian IPs. You’ll really take down your odds of general attack though just by blocking out anything not in your actual area.