Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Okay time for an update.

Well, I lost my former, ahem, job, if you can call it that and I got a new one the very same day! HA! So there! Anyways, it's a job. But enough about the boring stuff.

I got a new camera! It's a wireless spycam with a 4 channel receiver. So now I can order more cams and make a nice little security system.

I didn't get it to be used as a security system at all though. I got it so I could make a "hat cam" and record stuff like me fixing electronics. I was thinking about starting to build bots again and work on some other things I have yet to finish. I was thinking about maybe documenting some of it on video for the web. Not sure when that is going to be yet though.

I really want one for my F27 Stryker. It would be cool to fly it via the camera. It'd be like flying from the cockpit. Awesome! I can't do that yet though. The 1 mile transmitters are WAY too expensive for me right now until I can get settled with my new job and new truck and everything. Plus I need to get Shirley a car. I need a new computer (this one's old). That'll set us back a couple months. We're also trying to have a baby. That'll prolly set us back a couple dozen years. LoL :-) But we both want a boy. Wish us luck!

So I got a new job and I got a new camera. Sweet! Things are looking pretty good right now. I also pulled 2 checks from linkshare this month. Sales are going up. I was shocked. I sold like almost 3 thousand dollars worth of merchandise in the past 2 months using these blogs.
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By the way there are some pretty good deals going on right now, you should check them out. I bought 3 items from my distributors just this week. One was the wireless video camera for 60 bucks and I had to get a new HD and a DVD burner for my home computer (this one). The 320 GB HD was $89.99 and I got the DVD burner for 20 bucks which is a killer price.

For some reason my sidebar content is out of whack on the blogs though. I'm thinking it's the third party servers they are hosted on. I will give them a couple days and if they aren't fixed I will change the content. The deals are still there. I just posted some more today. Some of them will expire soon though.

Just about a month before Christmas time there should be some really good deals on computers and electronics stuff on the blogs. The best time of year to shop though is probably right AFTER Christmas.

For anyone who doesn't know what linkshare is it's a free affiliate network like Commission Junction or Amazon.com. You join linkshare for free and they hook you up with merchants that let you advertise their product on your website. Then they pay linkshare a commission and in turn linkshare pays you a comission. You can actually make some money this way if you set things up right. If you're interested in joining linkshare for free click here.

Okay I don't mean to sound like a salesman but I made some money this month and sales seem to be going up so I'm kind of excited and I just wanted to tell you guys about linkshare and the cool little checks they send me.

It's nice to get a check in the mail a couple of times a month for doing something you love to do anyway (like blogging).

So that's what's been happening in my life lately. I like my new job and we have some pretty good plans for the future. Everything looks pretty good.

I'll probably post a short video of some stuff I captured on my aiptek camera this week if I get time. Maybe thursday since I'm off work that day.

Ya'll be good
L8rZ

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Well life sucks sometimes... (virus alert!)

...and things happen that we didn't expect or that we weren't prepared for. I got a virus the other day after 5 years of being totally clean.



I got it by downloading what I thought was a codec to play a video. I downloaded the file "Video Access Codec v1.4" from a site I thought had a video of some information I was looking for. After it installed it did actually play the video (which turned out to be porn by the way!) It also installed the trojan "trojan.w32.looksky".

So this thing installs a virus through a working video codec then it puts links on your desktop to paid programs that remove trojans and viruses! It also pops up windows with links to the programs about every 30 freakin seconds without you even having to be online! So avoid this at all costs. It's not easy to remove and I think the cleaner program messed up my windows.

I finally got my hard drive cleaned. So I am virus free now but some parts of Windows XP aren't working like the device manager and some other tools so it looks like I'm going to have to re-install everything! Aaaaaaack!!! I've got like 30 or 40 programs and utilities so this might take awhile :-) I'm just kind of glad all my Data is ok.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

How To Deter Burglars From Breaking Into Your Home At Night

My friend Duniel sent me this in an email. She has had some trouble lately with prowlers

If you have a car alarm put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator.

Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away,think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key chain.

It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the burglar or rapist won't stick around.... after a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that.

And, remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there..... This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or prevent a sexual abuse crime.

P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic.Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone.

Monday, September 3, 2007

The New Strange And Cool is Done!

The new Strange And Cool site is finally finished!

The new site is powered by WordPress and has a totally new look and feel. It's hosted on it's own domain and the feed has been redirected so nobody has to re-subscribe. There is even a new comments feed on the site for anyone interested.

I will be selecting my favorite posts from the old Strange And Cool at blogger and posting one each day along with regularly scheduled posts onto the new site for awhile.

From here on out I am going to try and stay away from just posting links to news and other blog posts. If I do need to post links to news or other posts I will most likely write a review and summary of the material before linking to it in order to increase the readability and value of my posts. Sources of information and news will be mentioned and linked to in the summary.

I hope you guys like the new blog. I worked really hard on it for the past week and I think WordPress is awesome. I'm really impressed with the look and functionality of it.

My Blogroll is already transferred over to the new site so anyone who has me in their blogroll please update your links to http://strangeandcool.net/ when you have time.

I may send you a message in a week to remind you if that's okay. :-)

Have fun!

L8rZ

Saturday, September 1, 2007

I've Discovered How To Install Wordpress On My Domain.

So I made a little money, bought a couple of domain names yesterday, downloaded Wordpress and to my surprize it was pretty easy to install on my host.

So now I have another addiction. :-)

The hard part is trying to find a template that I like and what's even harder is editing the templates to customize the site the way I want it. Word press theme's are made entirely with stylesheets so I guess I have to learn how to edit CSS now because the images, fonts and colors on the templates I like are all wrong.

This is going to take some time to learn. I already learned a little last night just by playing around with the tags. Everyone writes stylesheets so differently from each other that it's hard to figure out just what the heck is going on.

I've done quite a bit of html which I thought would help, but stylesheets are so totally different from html that I'm going to have to re-learn everything I thought I knew about coding for the web.

I know I'm probably way behind the times here. I've been editing html for over 6 years and here I am JUST NOW learning how to edit stylesheets, but I better do it because stylesheets make content management super easy. Once you get your stylesheets set up then all you have to do is write your pages and your posts. Awesome!

So I may not be posting as much here and on Strange And Cool in the near future. I will post as much as I can while I work on the other sites though, and all my updates on this new little project will be posted here.

I may ask my subscribers and link buddies to update their RSS links and blogroll links to point to the new site if you guys don't mind. I really hate to do that but I feel like I need to establish my blog on a real hosted domain instead of at blogger. What if blogger bites the dust one day or decides to sell out? All my content is gone. eeek!

At least I know that if I have my blog on my own domain I won't lose my content. :-) Not that I have any super valuable content or anything but It's mine, I worked hard to write it, and I'd like to keep it. :-) Besides, I usually look back on old content after about 2 months to help me learn about my own mistakes. I need it so I can improve on my writing.

If any of you guys have done this before or have any suggestions or advice for me about this I'd surely appreciate it.

And to all the great friends I've made in the past couple of months I'd like to say thank you and that all of you guys are awesome! Everyone's links will be ported over to the new site and I will contact you as soon as the move happens.

After I get the Wordpress blog set up I may upgrade the hosting account and build a community site on the domain. Not sure of a good community theme to go along with Strange And Cool yet though. Got any ideas?

Well that's it for now.
Thanks everyone!

Bill

P.S. If you would like to keep tabs on the new site, it's at http://strangeandcool.net
Theme's and layouts will probably change daily till I find one I like. There's a billion of them. :-)
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