Monday, December 05, 2005

Spam filters are a must

I really like Barracuda Networks spam firewalls, once you tweak them a bit they do an excellent job of keeping out spam and virus's.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Search Engine Results

After a year my web site is now listed in Google. I've made several changes recently so I'm not sure why all of the sudden I'm ranking. Was is a change to the content a new inbound link or was it a time factor, but now my whole domain ranks. I still have work to do to get my rankings higher but at least I'm seeing an increase in relevant traffic.

The video IPOD rulez

very cool devise, I've downloaded three videos, 2 pixar and a coldplay music video. I tunes is a bit of a pain to use for content. I wish they would make it easier to find video content.

Marketing your web site

Here is my 1st attempt at writing an article for another web site. I try to provide good information and a common sense approach.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Steve Jobs does it again

I've prepaid my ipod video and it should be here by tuesday. Compusa was kind enough to take back my ipod photo.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Ipod is so not just about music

I'm really starting to enjoy podcasts. It's nice to be able to find content that I'm interested in and be able to have tivo like conterol over that content. I'm even considering creating a technology podcast.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Banner Ads to drive traffic

Banner Ads to drive traffic
I've had serveral banners made and have been running them on the Google content network. I'm finding that they do have a much higher clickthrough rate than regular text ads.

Well life is almost back to normal


I can't believe how crazy this past week has been. I'm just glad that the damage was minimal compared to what could have happened. The pic to the left pretty much describes the storm damage here in Houston.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Houston restaurants - from Denny's to Ethiopian

we decided to venture out today (Saturday evening) just to see what's open. there was a line of cars backing up on the street to get gas and money and food from the HEb Grocery! the only places open for dinner were quiznos with a line to the door, Denny's (also with a line to the door - we lowered our standard and checked on the wait time) and an Ethiopian restaurant w/ 2 cars outside. Has anyone had Ethiopian food? we weren't in the mood to try tonite. so, after driving 10 miles or so, we headed back home to make ourselves dinner. people must be so desperate to get food or get out. I can't imagine how long it'll take for this city to get back to normal.

Saturday morning

well, we were spared. we hardly had anything. just high winds (35 mph or so) and a little rain. we still have wind today. it buzzes through the cracks in the doors and windows a little. no power outages even. the hurricane came onshore about 230 am on the TX/LA border which is 100 miles east of us. thanks for thinking of us.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Kind of bored

Well the season finale of Battle star was awesome, we are still have some strong gusts and a little rain. I think I'm going to race a little nascar on the computer and then try to get some sleep. By the way I never lost power for more than a few seconds. Having a 2 and half year old I've very thankful for that.

battle Star

What an awesome way to open the show. I really hope I can keep my power, the TV does have a battery backup which I hope will get me through the show!

Ecommerce and Web Site solutions - Fast PC Networks


Ecommerce and Web Site solutions - Fast PC Networks
I'm really ready to get back to business. With Katrina and dealing with Rita all this week, business has slowed down alot. I'm going to start re-running ads on the Houston Chronicle and ABC13's web site. Dam power just went off again, but was only out for a few seconds. I have a pretty big battery backup for the computer I may bring it down for the show.

SCIFI.COM | Battlestar Galactica

SCIFI.COM | Battlestar Galactica
At this point I just want the power to stay on long enough to see the show tonight. The winds seem to not be as bad. I'm enjoying my final cups of starbucks. I'm hoping the storm passes with out much damage and my local startbucks will be open.

Rita party and blinking power



Power has gone off and on 4 times so far. We only loose it for a few seconds, but I'm sure it will probably go off. Here are some pics of Sachin my neighbor who was kind enough to bring some curry chicken and rice. I'm brewing the last pot of startbucks now berfore the power goes out.

Rainbow


This is a pic I just snapped outside. This is the biggest rainbow and most defined I've ever seen.

Frank the Weather guy's good update

well, the local 2 weatherguy who's really good just said the storm is going to hit much further east close to Louisiana. poor people in that state! lucky for us. storm surge already hitting New Orleans area. and people on the west side of Houston (that's us) may not even get rain. low winds, too. hope this continues. right now it's just cloudy and windy. no rain yet. not bad. a little eery.

Not that bad

From what they are saying on TV we are probably going to just get alot of wind and 6"-10" of rain. The storm looks like it is going to impact the coast 80 miles east of us.

Godfather's Pizza making delicious pizza, Chicago Style with your favorite toppings

Godfather's Pizza even a catastrophe can not make us close
The only place that was open for lunch. I had a slice of cheese and pineapple and ham. Zach ate just the sausage off of his piece and was pissed that they were out of pepperoni. Cloud cover has moved in and the winds are now 40mph + Starting final preps like filling the tubs with water. We are having Vodka penne for dinner with chocolate frosted cake and my final pot of Starbucks coffee.

calm before the storm

Nice breezy day, almost out of coffee. One more pot then I may have to switch to decaf. If anyone reads this and wants to help. Send 1 pound of Starbucks Kenya whole bean to my P.O. box. We have no idea of when the flow of coffee will return to the Houston area. I have enough battery backup to brew a few pots.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Don't mess with Zach


If must be nice to not really understand what's going on. We have been enjoying the extra time together with Zach.

Rita sure is a bitch

Just saw a disturbing update, it looks as if the storm is now turning to the west. It is still early and we are waiting for the next advisory. I10 close to Houston is starting to move, we may make our mid-night run to Austin depending on storm track and how the traffic flows west of Houston.

Missed my window of opportunity

Well traffic is way too bad for us to leave, we were going to go to Austin but cars are running out of gas and are overheating. They did open the eastbound lanes to go west, but only one and it's too late. Good intension, bad execution- We are going to move the futon mattress into our walkin closet. The good news is that the storm is moving to a more east track and strike.

Time to bug out

The Woodlands do not seem to be a good option, so we are going to Austin to wait it out with my neighbors sister. Storm is shifting and it looks like we will not get the worst of it but it is still going to pound us.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

On a more positive note



The web designer that created my new web site has finished making some very cool animated banners that I want to use to promote my business.

USA Track 2 by Intellicast

USA Track 2 by Intellicast
The cone is getting smaller and we are on the dirty side of the storm. It is starting to look as if we are going to take a hit, I just hope not a direct hit

I really hate shopping now


I did my final supply run before the storm. No c or d batteries, oh well. I did get a good deal on watermelon and that was about it. No juice except for the organic stuff and of cource the crappy toilet paper. I was amazed that I was able to get a gallon of milk. As time passes it becomes more likely that we are going to take a hit. Although we are close to a man made lake I do not think we are going to flood, but I'm still not going to take any chances.

CAT5

165mph winds CAT5 storm heading right for us. This could be worse than Katrina. I'm not even sure my sister's house in the Woodlands is going to be safe and out of the path.

weather.com - Hurricane Central

weather.com - Hurricane Central
Holy Shit, now I'm really freaking out, she is just shy of a CAT5
9/11, the tsunmi and Katrina I figured were once in a lifetime events now I'm staring at this. I know we have a 20% strike chance but I'm taking no chances I just can't believe this. It's almost sureal...

Walmart.com - Always Low Prices!

Walmart.com - Always Low Prices! Just out of everything
Well since I did not go the stor on Monday I'm screwed. While at the Vet picking up Griz's special vegitarian food. I was told to not even bother with any of the stores for supplies and staple items.
Most of my neighbors are leaving today. Kim is going to my sisters house north of the city, I will probably leave some time tomorrow. The storm is now a CAT 4 and does not look to be weakening.

Just my stupid luck

Well I hope Rita takes the southern track shown on intellicast. My big fear in the north turn and the angle of attack that Houston will take. We are 32 miles from the bay on the west side of Houston and 50 miles from the ocean. But Katrina had big inland windfield that scares me along with the fact that Houston has alot of flooding problems. Our house is close to a bayou and man made lake so I am very nervous about flooding.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Google AdWords: Success Stories

Ad-words can be very tricky and expensive at 1st. I've had some success in the past but lately have not been having good conversions. So I figured it's time to freshen up the campaigns a bit, plus start some new ones. One expensive little trick I tried was to try site specific targeting, I was amazed at how quickly Google was able to spend my money. In my opinion it is best to stay with keyword targeting and use the content network. I found I get less impressions but much better click throughs.
One thing I've just orderd and I'm curious to try is Google banner ads. I'm very curious to see the difference in conversion rates.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

yahoo sandbox?

I'm starting to think yahoo now has a sandbox filter. I had a page in the index the at was dropped for a month and then let back in, but is not ranking well yet. The page is starting to jump up quite fast now, but I'm staring to thing yahoo is filtering newer pages. I'm now a little past 6months old on my web site, I hope you know who will start to let me into more competitive keyword results. I'm getting good results, just not for anything real competitive, I hope that changes soon.

Bad customers

I love the lawyer who runs his entire operation on a desktop computer using illegal software and has no backup. Tells me he does not have enough work for me, hires someone cheaper and then expects me to help when the desktop/server won't boot. Then I have to hold the hand of a ten year IT veteran on how to boot off a 2000 floppy. I hate the side of the business. The customer does not want to spend any money then flips when disaster strikes. I will never again take on this type of customer, someone who is cheap and ignores all advise.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Web Masters and SEO

I'm amazed at the number of web masters that have no clue how internet search engines work. I also can't believe the lack for professionalism and skill of people who call themselves web masters. Business owners need to think about what they are doing when putting an seo with their web master. The web master always seems to feel threatened and defensive.
There are some things that I wish all web masters would learn
1. Proper meta content, there are rules that must be obeyed.
2. Taking the time to at least understand the basics of how search engines work.
3. Will use an html validator for their code.
4. Should try all popular web browsers and make sure the site looks proper in each.
5. Get a clue about web site conversions that the page should be relevant to the targeted keywords.

yahoo

I'm still missing some money pages out of yahoo. They also still will not change my title in the directory glad I gave them $299 for that. So by listing myself in the yahoo directory I'm lost at time 10 pages and the editor can't get my company name right.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Google Search: tork311 blog

Google Search: tork311 blog
Hmm...I thought it would be easier to find.

Now Yahoo is acting weird, are they updating?

Yahoo! Search Results for site:www.fastpcnet.net
5 less pages than yesturday, I wonder if they are updating, I'm also noticing that I have less links too. I notice that yahoo seems to count non static links, I see most of these are gone today.

google results are getting better

I'm starting to show up more in google search results, I wonder if I am at the end of my new site penalty. I wonder if I am under penalty or is it the fact that I'm putting up more content and getting inbound links deep into my site, not just pointing to my homepage. I've been real fortunate lately getting high quality websites and directories to link to me. I will say this, when you have good content it does make it very easy to get other web pages to link to yours. When you put up good content explaining your services it makes it very easy to sell them.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Hell on earth

I'm now convice the gate to hell is right here in Houston. My upstairs a/c will not shut off during the day. I want a single story facing north/south. If you buy in Houston get a north/south facing house.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Good food in Houston

Fadis Cuisine
Great food very reasonable price. The best part it's healthy.

I like them less than ever

AOL Yellow Pages - Computers-Service & Repair
I've had my aol yp listing now for a month and guess what - no hits or calls! Yahoo yp had worked really well for me, fact is yahoo search has been good to me too. I wish google would let me into their organic results. I'm doing ok with google ads and I am starting come up for more keywords but I feel like my business is being held back some what. I wish I knew the secret to let new sites get fast organic result with google. In a way I'm glad becaise I feel my site has become much more content rich. But as a new business owner I feel that by holding me out of the search results they are hurting my business. If you are a new business or starting a new web site do not put all your eggs in one basket. Optomize for all the search engines and if you want fast results from google use google ads, but be warned there is a steep learning curve there too.

Webmasters and SEO's required reading

Google Information for Webmasters
I think any business on the web or considering being on the web should read this.

Save a ton on used networking gear

horizon datacom used cisco foundry shop equipment router
I bouht my Cisco Ip phone from them, great product and great service. They also have some amazing deals on used network gear.

SEO or search engine optimization

How ethical use of search engine optimization is a good business strategy
I’m amazed at the attitude towards search engine optimization. People actually tell me that they think it is unethical or that it is voo doo, and these are people that own or run a business. What is funny to me is that most of them found me because of SEO techniques. I wrote this article hoping to put mind at ease and explain the SEO process. I truly believe that to succeed in today’s new economy SEO is essential to any business’s survival. With SEO and paid inclusion the playing field is level for everyone – small, large, off shore, next door.

Ipaq's do not rule

I'm not sure i'm on my 4th or 5th one. The feature are very cool when they work. I've been having alot of weird problems with mine. I've had one lock up, a could where the wifi did not work. Even after the fix all software update. My warranty expires in September and I'm terrified, $500 piece of crap.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Change of focus

Ecommerce Shopping Cart Hosting, Web Solutions, Consulting - Fast PC Networks
The focus of the business had changed alot of the last few months. As advised, I changed my priority of read on the website. I'm trying to find a niche and I feel Ecommerce and SEO are the hot items. I also want to possibly focus on indexing of dynamic content. I'm also able to offer Data Center Service in 3 cities. I've recently publish a new page on the benefits of data centers.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Computer service, Tech Support, Network, Houston, Tx, 77042 Hosting, Consulting

Computer service, Tech Support, Network, Houston, Tx, 77042 Hosting, Consulting
My home page redone by Houston web designer Malamute. I originally created the page in fronpage2003 but it looked terrible in firefox and Netscape. I am very happy with the results and it passes validation.