Saturday, January 29, 2011

Done with the first one!

I am officially done with my first project! Feels good to accomplish it. The niche site is up and running and it looks good. Really worked hard on it and followed Pat's advice (from SPI) on the back linking strategy. We'll see the results. It's been a week since I have launched the site but I didn't consider it done until I was done with the back linking stuff. It's a lot of hard tedious work but what I found in writing those articles is that at times, the words just start to flow and I just type. It's almost like I can have an out of body experience and see myself typing. Its weird. I never knew that I could do that but now I know. The most consuming time I found was actually not writing articles themselves - although that actually consumes quite a bit of time - but the the actual back linking itself takes forever! What sucks too is that some article directories take forever to approve your article. I guess it's my welcome to article marketing. I use evernote to keep track of my notes - to keep track of what works and what doesn't.  I am also using it on research clipping research materials as I add more articles to the niche site. That app is just awesome!

I've also set up google analytics but I am starting to get confused on it. I thought I understood it but I am not so sure at what I am looking at anymore so I am going to read a book about it and hopefully help my situation. All that data but I don't know if what I think they mean is what it really means - time to get some clarification fast. The sam's teach yourself google analytics in 10 mins seems ok - hopefully it has what I am looking for.

4 hour body experiment is on the way! I am using evernote and google docs to track my results. I make my measurements every morning and today was my binge day! so awesome! I am not eating like crazy but I am eating stuff I normally didn't eat during the week. I am also more active today we'll see if this works. I am also putting my own tweaks on it - I know Im not supposed to but what the hell.. it seems to be working so far! I am documenting all of it in evernotes and Ill tweak the program once i get the results.

Life is good! Time to move on to my next project. Although I know I have to write some more for the first one but that's ok. I know More work is up ahead but I am excited. Every time I  start to feel I am in a rut I just dare myself to move. Every time I start to think that a task is overwhelming - I just think about momentum - that all I have to do is overcome inertia and the rest will follow.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Evernote

Found a new great tool called evernote. It lets you record anything photos, notes, web stuff, documents, email, and access it anywhere. They have a desktop version, android app and you can access it via browser! Its amazing stuff!

I am starting to use it for taking notes on the projects that I have undertaken and so far its working great. I am currently using 4 tools to keep track and organize - google docs, astrid for tasks (android), taskos (android) so i can sync with gtasks, and simple notes(android). I am trying to consolidate all of them into evernote and I think with the exception of Astrid and Google docs, I might be able to do so. Astrid and Google docs I like and you can't create spreadsheets in evernote. You can link to them though which is what I do.

It's been wonderful tracking projects, seeing my notes and being to see it and update it from anywhere is great. I am using the freebie one. It does have a small ad the bottom left hand side but its not intrusive - barely even noticed it. You need pay a subscription to get rid of it as well as get bigger storage. The tagging feature is wonderful - no need for folders! Its easy to organize my notes viewing them by tags is great!

I like it! Great app! Kudos to evernote people!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Can't get over the Bears loss...

Its Wednesday and I am still thinking about that Bears loss to the Packers. I can't believe Jay Cutler is getting all this heat that he quit during the game. He doesn't seem to care though that people are tearing him a new one and I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Personally I find that hard to believe that he quit last Sunday. He had all the opportunities to quit early in the season when he was getting killed by defenses. That offensive line was a revolving door with a door man guiding you to the quarterback! I remember during the Dallas game when he was taking hit after hit and I was thinking to myself that they have to bring him back in a casket! He stayed in there. Then that Giants game happened and they finished the job that the Cowboys started.

There should be no question about the guy's toughness but he played a terrible game Sunday. He missed Hester a couple of times and he missed him wide.. Hester was open too.. woulda coulda been a touch down... I really thought the Bears would win this game - the stars were lined up for it all season and typical Bears, they found a way to screw it up.. much like my beloved Cubs.. love em anyways...

Bears got out coached plain and simple from the very start. Won the toss but deferred.. you had the crowd going wild and then Rodgers just shut them down.. can't take nothing away from the guy but the defense shut him down after the 1st half. He had a terrible qb rating.. i think it was in the 50's and he was averaging in the 120s! What bugged me the most was towards the end when the Bears were rolling calling a time out in 3rd down. It wasn't the timeout that bugged me but the play that was called after the timeout! I mean what the fuck was that? Then you don't call a timeout on 4th down...

It stings a bit.. I was so looking forward to this game as I may never see a Bears Packers for the NFC championship and this one sucks... man I can't believe I can't get over the Bears! Go BEARS!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Finally moving again!!

I am so glad that I am finally moving again. I am busy but good busy. I got my projects lined up and excited about them. I just finished a niche website and I am starting to use the SEO stuff I learned. I am doing the SEM for it right now. I have also been reading Tim Ferris's new book the four hour body and its a good read. I have started a "body project" of my own. Some stuff from the book I follow but I and doing my own experimentation. He does tell you what to do and tell you what has worked for majority of the people who tried it but it doesn't always apply or you can't really adhere to it. So I use it as guidelines - a map or a reference if you will. I think that's the whole point of the book anyway. We are all different and our bodies react differently so experimentation to see what works is key. The key is to keep track. What gets measured gets managed. So I am doing that as well. I am measuring my total inches and weight. I didn't want to spend any dime on actually getting the body fat measured scientifically (although might be a good idea) so I searched the net to see if there is a "home kit" for measuring body fat. As it turns out, you can get an approximate body fat by measuring your weight and and your waist size! That's true for men only though. Women have to measure a lot more stuff which sucks for them.. but luckily I am a man, I think.. so its easy..

I don't think it has to be scientifically accurate anyway - it just has to be consistent and I can do that and its going to be cheap. Like I said, I am doing my own slightly modified version of his slow-carb diet. Hopefully, I get good results. I am using evernote and google docs to track all this stuff but i might be able to just use evernote - we'll see.

I have a very good feeling about this. I think being cognizant of what my measurements are will affect my decisions on what to eat and more importantly how much to eat. It's exciting and we'll see how it goes. It's been busy but good busy.. feels good to be moving again!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Created my first android app!

A while back, I applied for the Google's app inventor. Supposedly, App inventor was created for people like me who doesn't necessarily know how to program but can follow some instructions. I work in IT and like most geeks, I am not always good at following instructions. As a matter of fact, I never follow the manual until I get stuck. Well, I was stuck and didn't exactly to do at first. For starters, my motorola cliq phone sucks and it does not have the drivers for the app inventor to work. I stopped right there. Google actually thought about this and they knew that a lot of phones will not be compatible so they had a built-in emulator. I knew this back then but decided to put it off until I get a suitable phone. Problem is, I don't really want a new phone - well I do, but I don't want the expense of buying a new one.

Anyway, I finally got off my ass and started to get look around app inventor. Google did a nice job with the "Build your first app with the emulator". It showed the step by step process and I was able to test it on the emulator. I just followed the instructions and the kitty purred like a bastard! It was awesome!

So to my first official app, I wanted to create an app that would display a website that is already made for mobile devices. It's essentially a bookmark url. The problem with bookmark urls though is that you cannot send that bookmark to someone else. An app would do the job. I am not going through all the details on how I got the app built but essentially, I just played around with it trying different things and got it tot work! As it turns out, the app was so simple  I didn't even really need the emulator.  I packaged it and appinventor actually generated a barcode for it. I scanned it on my cliq, downloaded the app and viola! a working URL bookmark! Next step is to customize it and let the user add their own bookmarks - currently, it is just set to a specific url.

Kewlness! Got my first andriod app!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Dare you to move..

I went to Lisa Lubin's blog site llworldtour.com as I was curious if she went travelling again and she did. Good for her! Apparently, she is going to South America - where I want to go on my next trip - specifically Columbia. On her own! Talk about shattering perceptions man. I envy that woman I can't wait to get on my trip.

Anyway, as I was perusing through her blog, I  came across a video in there about her travels and the video was quite nice. All the adventures and different places and people but what captured me the most was the background music. After a little googling, I found out that the title of the song was "Dare You to Move" by Switchfoot. Great Song and most appropriate too. The song hit me like a ton of bricks. See, I have been reading a lot lately about search engine optimization, affiliate marketing, back linking strategy, Pat's blogs from smartpassiveincome.com, and Tim Ferris's new book four hour body - basically research on how to find my muse and goals. After hearing that song, it made me realize that I am going about this the wrong way. Doing all this research can and is becoming sensory overload. I have all these ideas and what I wanted to do was to ensure that my ideas would work. I am a geek so I need data - I hate pursuing something I don't know will work. So I am gathering all this data and see if I can somehow tweak my ideas so it will give me a good chance of success. Problem is I have all this information on what to do, how to do it and all of a sudden, I am in a rut doubting if my original ideas will even work. In addition, I am bogged down by the idea of doing all that work and not really knowing if it will work!

I have reached paralysis through analysis as Tim would put it in the four hour workweek. It is so easy to get into this pattern probably because we are molded to be like this in school. Try and be good at everything and what ends up happening is you become average in everything and lack the confidence in being an expert in something. I still go through it - doubting myself - obsessed with gathering data. I know there is value to it but if I don't have anything to apply all that I learn from that input, it is useless. I just also realized that it is very hard to be cognizant that you are in that mode but I had a feeling that something was wrong. Somehow, my gut was telling me that I have lost my way. Lost focus and I was ignoring it. Well that has to end.

Dare you to move! I now have my harajuku moment. I realize I have to do something - anything really to achieve my goals. I need to rewrite all my goals and the steps to achieve those goals. This is what I am good at. Whether it will work or not, I don't know but I do know one thing, its hard to stop something in motion. MOMENTUM.  That's what I need to be - be in motion, gather momentum. Dare myself to move! Thank you Lisa Lubin!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Well they finally did it! They destroyed the state!

Now that Governor Quinn has passed this tax hike, goodbye businesses and hello higher unemployment rates! We are now the laughing stock of the midwest. Wisconsin and Indiana are licking their chops as they fight for fleeing businesses. Its economic suicide if you ask me and at a time when the economy is still far from being stable, they just set it back again. In the meantime, the blatant waste continues. Fucking criminal Governors fuck up and now citizens are forced to pick up the tab.

Quite frankly, I don't fucking get it. I realize the deficit is huge and there is great need for more funds but how does this generate more funds? Take for instance taxing of online purchases. Amazon and other e-tailers that have affiliates in Illinois would just simply cut off their relationships with them and continue business as usual. The revenue that the affiliate makes is taxable. So actually, this move is a net loss. In this tough economy where a lot of small businesses are barely getting by, this is probably a death sentence. They would probably have to move if they are to survive taking their tax revenue and jobs with them! So again, a net loss. You have to hand it to these guys - fucking arrogant bastards. I wish I could do the same. I have a budget problem, so Ill go to my employer and force them to give me a raise so my I can address my budget problems. I wonder what happens next? They'll probably tell me to go fuck myself and not let the door hit my ass on the way out! Come next elections, this is just about guaranteed to happen. This is fucking economic and political suicide.

This is as stupid as it gets and they are going to pay dearly in the next elections. This is wrong and they fucking know it. There has to be another way and those fuckers just were too fucking lazy to come up with other ways to cut costs. No wonder the FBI calls this the most corrupt state. Every politician wants to preserve their "cut" so no cost-cutting allowed. What's worse is Wisconsin and Indiana are laughing at us. This is fucked up. Never in my life did I picture Wisconsin or Indiana be a better spot than Illinois. What the fuck happened here?

Google's Chromium CR-48

In my previous post, I talked about the pros and cons of the Google's CR-48 with the "browser only" OS called Chromium. I find this concept very interesting and I have been thinking about it and asking myself as to why no one has done it before. Well, I must say that this is a very good start for Google. I think the future will be browser only OS. I do like the new netbook for personal use but more importantly, I like it because of what it can represent. For me, it represents opportunity. Here's what I mean by that...

I recently had an opportunity to travel to the Philippines for an extended period of time. Its truly a remarkable place blessed with the some of the most spectacular sceneries nature has to offer. However, like most countries, it is not immune to problems. I also have seen the horrible poverty that some people live through on a daily basis.  I saw kids on the street trying to sell you stuff so they can eat that day. What surprised me was despite all that hardship, they seem to smile a lot and more importantly, seem to be genuinely happy.  They seem to be full of hope. One kid reminded me so much of niece and I couldn't help myself so I decided to buy from one that kid. I chatted with her a bit and see what her story is about. She told me that she is trying to save some money so she can go to school. Her parents do not make enough to feed 8 kids so she has to help out and at the same time, hope that she can go to school. She then left and went to the other kids who were selling stuff too jumping and was so proud she made a sale. I was dumbfounded. I bought a string of flowers called "Sampaguita" and I probably overpaid for it. I gave her 200 pesos (roughly about $5) and told her to keep the change. She was so happy. That was the best $5 I have ever spent in my entire life! The feeling I got was so wonderful I think I actually owe her more!

So going back to how this new CR-48 and what it can be. I think this device presents an opportunity. I can see this kid and thousands just like her having one of these netbooks watching recorded or live classes. You can resolve the issue of overcrowding in schools. More importantly, this resolves the issue of having access to the schools since  the school is at home! She can even perhaps earn a diploma, go to high school and eventually college!

Well people might say that you can do that now - you don't need this device. The problem with that theory is that while it is true that cloud computing has arrived, not everyone has access to it. The backend is still very expensive. If Chromium becomes mainstream and everything is open-source, then costs should go down. Access would be much more affordable. I realize that I maybe a bit of a dreamer specially with that college stuff but just giving that kid an opportunity experience the Internet, it would be worth it. Some education is better than none.

Let me put it another way, what if she comes up with a very clever website that a lot of people would like to go to and becomes an interent mogul? Or if she is able to develop a killer app? You don't need degrees for that - just sheer determination and I think she has plenty of that. Wouldn't that be worth it?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Web businesses furious with sales tax plan - chicagotribune.com

Web businesses furious with sales tax plan - chicagotribune.com

Well - they finally did it. They destroyed online businesses in Illinois. I dont get it. What the fuck is this shit? What's this horseshit? It don't matter to jesus!

Apparently the State is fucking broke..so the fuck what?. The last 2 governors are or should be in jail! So yeah - they fucked up! why are we the ones getting fucked?

The local retailers supposedly supported this... I don't get it, don't majority of these retailers sell online anyway? If they don't, why the fuck not? Even I whore stuff out on the net and I don't even have a store! why not take advantage of the vast market created by the internet? I don't fucking get it..

Well I guess there's a lot in this world I don't understand but Ive never been to france neither.  I haven't seen the queen in her damn undies as the fella would say.. but sometimes there's an entire legislature who have nothing better to do but to cut off your johnson....

bunch of fucking assholes!

Monday, January 3, 2011

First Impressions on my Free Chromium Netbook

PROS

FAST bootup - well, this thing is freaky fast. The damn thing is up and running when you open it - its like it knows that you want to go on the Internet. I got so paranoid I duck taped the damn webcam just to be sure!

FREE - this is the best feature. Google gave it to me for free. It also comes with Verizon 3G integrated and you get like $10 worth of browsing. I don't use it but its kinda cool to have just in case your in the john and your neighbor's wifi can't reach. Not that I get internet access that way, but just in case.. gotta be thorough nowadays.

BATTERY LIFE IS good - its not great but i'd say its very good. I don't know if its still on when I close the lid because the damn thing comes up so quick you really can't tell if its powered off or not but it usually lasts for a couple of days before charging it again. The longest I used it off and on was when I first got it. I used it for 4 days off and on and the battery on the 4th day. Not bad. I since lowered the back light so I think I can get more out of it now.

CONS

BARE - The outside seems to be stripped of every feature imaginable so I guess they did the same thing on the inside. I keep looking for a good anti-virus software for it but I guess there's no need. It does come with a SD card slot but there is no easy way to access it.

APPS - There are available apps but they are very few. This one is really not a con per se but I was expecting android market type of web store where there are a ton of free apps. I did find one app I need - Kodigen - which allows me to edit code for my site much like notepad ++.

KEYBOARD DONT LIGHT UP - this drives me nuts! This is what I liked about the IBM laptops when they first introduced that light. That was like 10 years ago. C'mon man! Its time! Make the keyboard light up so its easier to use at night! All laptops/netbook have this problem but we have the technology - make it happen!

KEYPAD - well, the keypad sucks. I am starting to get a hang of it but its still a major pain in the ass. Why can't they make it like a regular one?

Overall Impression - well you can't beat free so in that regards, it's awesome! Its not a bad netbook but I am not so sure I am ready to replace my windows just yet and go with an all browser OS. I am not quite sure what its advantages are over the android just yet. Maybe as more apps come along then it will get better. But its great for updating blogs, facebook, twitter, etc.. basically browsing stuff but actually working on it... I don't think so. The keypad sucks and its hard to get used to. Also, creating documents in word is so much easier still than Google apps. Its a great start and might eventually get there but not quite there yet. Also, forget about watching HD videos on it. This one I don't get actually. Screen resolution is at 1280x800 but even youtube videos that I know are 720p and even 1080 only show up to 480p. Video also freezes from time to time at 480p but overall not bad. I just wish you can watch videos in HD.

If you need a fast device to browse the net, pay bills, update your facebook/blog, etc, do research, just normal browsing and you hate tablets because they don't have a full keyboard and they are expensive, then this device is for you. Its convenient in a sense that all your files are on the internet. Its also annoying that it is on the internet and can't get to it when your neighbor's wifi goes down. Again, not an issue for me as I have my own but I am just saying..

Think of this netbook as robin and your old laptop as batman. It is capable and has a ton of potential but not quite there yet!

Happy New Year!

Wow! Holidays went by fast! I was busy but I am not exactly sure about what. It was a blur... no it wasn't the alcohol I think.. I am still learning quite a bit but I have been lazy posting. I would make a resolution to post more often but like everyone else, I don't keep my resolutions so what's the point.

Anyway, I feel good about 2011. I feel like this is the year for me. I stumbled upon my horoscope for 2011 and it confirms my gut feelings so I am all set.

Well here's to a Happy and Prosperous New Year to us all!