Is “Free” Really Worth It?

Screenshot_DNP_on_SmartPhoneThis weekend, I’m going to craft an email message to send to my desert networking professionals. With that message, I am going to offer some of my time, “for free” – not that I have free time…. What I would like to do is interview anyone who is interested and write an article that I will post on my blog. This article (if I do it right) will have plenty of opportunities for links back to the affected business website.

I’m not clear on the benefit to me for providing this service, but I’m hoping to understand that at some point. Clearly, the original goal here is to see if anyone will actually accept this offer of free service. Perhaps something that is offered at no cost is also perceived to be of no value.

I’ll keep you posted on the results of this experiment. You will, of course, have to come back to my blog, my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter, or any of the other places I’ll post about this, to keep up with progress. Maybe that is one of the few benefits I will receive by doing this here.

Before Windows 10, Clean Up

Maintenance tasks you can do for yourself, which will improve things on your computer, whether you do or don’t upgrade to Windows 10. Here are the first three:
1. Check for malware and clean up junk.
2. Download and run Ccleaner.
3. Run Disk Cleanup and be sure to clean system files.

1. Go to bleepingcomputer.com and download rkill, adwcleaner (AWC), and junkware removal tool (JRT). Run Rkill, to see if you have malware processes running. If it finds none, proceed with running JRT and AWC, in that order. If Rkill does find malware processes running, especially if it finds anything followed by (HEUR), you are going to need to do a bit more work to remove viruses, before you move on. The scope of this article will not cover virus removal tasks.

2. Go to filehippo.com and download Ccleaner. Install it and run it. Here’s an article that will help you with those details.

3. You can run Disk Cleanup (a built in windows utility) by simply pressing the Windows key and typing Disk Cleanup. Click OK and after the first pass, run it again and click on Clean up system files. This will take a few minutes to complete, so be patient.

File-Explorer-Fail-Windows-10If you are reading this last paragraph, please TAKE NOTE! There is no compelling reason to upgrade to Windows 10 and most people who provide computer support will tell you to wait. Several months from now, most of the bugs will have been found and squashed. If you have some time off around the holidays, that might be a good time to get this done. Or, if you are up for something a little scary, upgrade on Halloween!

Another Think Coming for That One Nobody Who Cares

Who cares? Maybe nobody…. But, I, most often, do! This is my problem.

There must be dozens, if not hundreds, of expressions that are misspoken, misinterpreted, misused on a daily basis by the multitudes who post on Social Media. From its to it’s and your to you’re, to could of and should of and the ever popular, “I could care less…” – it’s like, you know what I mean.25-Common-Phrases-Everyone-Thinks-Are-Correct-export

I’m reminded of the Q&A joke, where the question is:
“Which is a greater problem today, ignorance or apathy?”
And the answer is:
“I don’t know and I don’t care.”

There are so many wonderful resources today, kindhearted souls, who aspire to help you understand the value of your “social media strategy” and your “engagement” or “conversion rate” – all things designed to drive more business to your door, or at least more traffic to your site. It’s heart warming, really. This outpouring of compassion thinly veils the inevitable sales pitch, or ultimately leads to the idea that you must want this kind of stuff daily in your inbox; it is available via links on Facebook and Twitter. I’m the consumer, your prospect, lost, when you don’t get it quite right.

OK, I’ve lost my way, here.
I was driving at this one point, then, “SQUIRREL!”
Oh, wait, here we go….

I was just starting to enjoy an article posted by one of my favorite sources, when I came upon the expression, “you’ve got another thing coming.” Having a keen (not so fond) memory of the first time I had heard this, I’m pretty sure it was, “you’ve got another THINK coming.”

YES, yes, it IS such a small detail. But, it is one of many. This is how it goes, I suppose. You start down the slippery slope of carelessness, then progress to apathy, which turns into a kind of defensive ignorance (where ignorance is a technique you use to be allow you to keep reading, no matter how difficult you find it to dismiss the myriad errors you find in online reading material.)

If you’ve come this far, thank you. Please do “let me have it,” if you’ve found errors and omissions in my writing, I would love to have that feedback. I promise swift corrections. If you would like to simply commiserate with me, I’ll take that, too.

SlideShare from Darren Rowse

It seems we all may need a bit of advice from time to time. Here, then, for your perusal, is some of that, from one of the best. Thanks to Darren Rowse, of ProBlogger, for helping to light the way!

Focus on the positive, be a good example and be willing to take the next step, one post closer to achieving the goal! Thanks for reading. Now I have to learn and post a SlideShare, so I can help my clients with that, too!

Google Chrome is ending support for FITB

FITB (Fill In The Blank) – Google Chrome is ending support for NPAPI – this includes JAVA and Adobe Flash Player?Adobe Flash Player soon gone in Google Chrome

Recently, I wrote an article detailing the end of support for JAVA in Google Chrome.
http://rouzell.net/2015/05/04/do-you-need-java/

Now, I see Google Chrome is reporting that soon Adobe Flash Player (plugin) will be unsupported.  Adobe Flash Player crashes in Google Chrome
As often as I see Chrome reporting Flash has crashed, I’m almost happy with this development. However, I’m going to have to find some other method for playing the video content on my websites! So, I grow.

Remember This

life%20is%20sharing[1]Sometimes I forget that what I post on Facebook goes immediately onto my Twitter account. Then, I’ll post something useful and someone will start following me. That’s when I realize the power of relevance in a content driven online presence. When I see something useful, sharing it with others seems like such a natural response.

So, I ask you: What have you seen lately that you really think your friends and followers might find useful? Consider your posts and pick the top 10, top five, top two, and show them to me. Give me something useful and I’ll share it with my circles.

Thank you, in advance, for your kindness.

SumoMe Email List Building Tool

sumomeFinally, I’m on board with building a list. And, I have chosen SumoMe to help me do this. After years of hearing people say, “The money is in the list”, I’ve decided to go for it. For those of you who like to say, “It’s about time”, yes, I agree.

Go ahead and search: “How to Build an Email List” – with or without the quotes, you’ll have quite a bit to peruse. Heck, there’s even advice from Experian, and I quote:

One of a small business’s best marketing assets is a healthy email list. While proper management and use of your email file will drive revenue immensely, it is often a challenge to create the email list itself.

So, with phrases like, “best marketing assets” and “will drive revenue immensely”, you may have to agree, this is something worth doing. If you agree this may be a challenge for you, call or write!

So, how do we get started? Well, that’s where the big question lies. It depends on what you do, how you do it, and what you plan to share with your subscribers. Yes, it is also driven by which service you use to manage all of this electronic communications traffic.

You may already know some of the big names, like Constant Contact, MailChimp, or Aweber, or maybe even Infusionsoft. They all want to be your provider for email marketing. Each has its features, levels of complexity, and price. How to make that choice is beyond the scope of this article.

I’ve used three of the four (excluding Infusionsoft) in the past and in the present. Currently, I’m focused on MailChimp, for simplicity’s sake.

When I found SumoMe (by way of a successful Real Estate flipping website in San Antonio, where I did some SEO work), it was a pretty easy sale. Instructions on their website are very straightforward (if you know how to manage your website’s content) and it took about five minutes to install and configure the app. Of course, for me, that’s five minutes times a handful of sites, so I spent the first 20 minutes just dropping code into place. Today, I finally delved into some of the advanced features and other cool things you can do with this tool. It all comes down to one goal, which is to get somebody to give up an email address, so you can send them your stuff. For me, that’s going to be a newsletter, with snippets from my blog articles.

In the interest of brevity, I’m going to wrap this up here. But, you know you can always get in touch with me, if you need more help with email campaigns, newsletters, or a cool tool like SumoMe, to help you get more subscribers and build that list!

 

Serious Geek Stuff I Might Never Have Known

buzzfeed_sloths_internet_easter_eggsSometimes, you just have to click, to see what happens. Don’t do this, if they say it’s FREE! Malware is everywhere… But, sometimes, something is written just right. And, you cannot believe it, so you have to try it.

So it goes with Konami Code. Fully skeptical, I went ahead with instructions from this post on Hootsuite. And, would you believe? If you go to Buzzfeed, as they suggest and “type in the Konami code,” as instructed, you really do land on another page. Holy Good Friday and Easter weekend, Batman!

That little PacMan game at the bottom of my Google maps was kind of an annoyance. I never actually thought about Easter Eggs, until I stumbled upon the Hootsuite article, led there by my exploration of Digg. Yes, I’ve been wandering a bit today. Inspired by a Tweet from Melissa Galt, I dropped into Digg, to see what was cooking, there. So, now you have the full backtrack. As Bernie Mac used to say; “Let’s move on.”

A search for Konami Code leads to konamicodesites.com (where you better have learned the code before you arrive.) You’ll have to type in the code when you get there. “Perform the Konami Code to access this website”, is all you’ll see on the page, until you do! Read the right side of the page. I don’t have an iPhone for testing, so please get back to me with details on that.

The list of sites you can visit there is vast, so consider that fact before you go. Translation, you’ll need some free time, to really enjoy sites like these: http://www.cornify.com/ and http://www.paulirish.com/

That’s all the time I have.

Thanks, again, Kim!

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Image from Kim’s website, click for the original article.

Will full attribution to “America’s Digital Goddess”
– I say, “Thank you, so much!” Kim Komando has been at this a lot longer than I have…

After you read the referenced article (on KimKomando.com), you may find a deeper appreciation for the tech guys and gals who can actually work through all of the steps suggested by her advice!

My advice differs, quite a bit, actually. There are several tools we use to restore your computer to working order. If you want to spend a couple of days learning about malware and what it takes to remove it, I suggest: Bleeping Computer or Malwarebytes websites. The punchline is; right there on the home page of Bleeping Computer:

There are 1018 Virus Removal Guides.

But seriously, folks… If you should find yourself at Kim’s last step (of the 3 simple steps…), where the only solution is to wipe your drive clean and re-install your operating system, I really wish you had called me sooner! Also, if you are not backing up your data, we really need to talk.

3. WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS
When a virus won’t go away, or has damaged your computer software past the point of repair, there’s only one solution left. You have to wipe the hard drive and reinstall your operating system.

My next post should be about your second computer. What?
Did you just say you don’t have one? NO-OH-OH! Cringe, heavy sigh.

At Mousehelp, we provide compassionate care for people with computers.
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Whatever you do, DON’T click!

This advice is directly from Kim Komando – in this article. <- This link is safe!

Here’s the first line from page 2… Listen to Kim

The easiest way to protect yourself is to simply not click the link.

See where it says; “Listen to Kim”? Well, listen to me, too! I’m telling you; do not update or install any player from a popup or any link provided on a website. If you need to update Adobe products, figure out how to get on Adobe’s website and find the thing you need for yourself. You’ll probably save time and money, and avoid frustration.
Or, you can call me and I’ll help you do these things.

If you’ve already clicked the link and now have malware on your computer, call me. Mousehelp at Rouzell dot com – I’ll be there as soon as I can.