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How to Make Your Website Mobile Friendly

Google has announced that not having a mobile-friendly site could hurt your ranking.  With over 184 million people owning smartphones, it’s the people’s choice when it comes to browsing and searching.  And Google is 4th on the list of most popular apps that people use on their smartphones.  So it is no surprise that Google is changing their algorithms to “reward” mobile-friendly sites by bumping them higher in the rankings. Continue reading

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I Guess We Are Pissing Facebook Off

Facebook LawsuitThe privacy “chain-mail” that is being posted on Facebook recently is useless as we all have agreed when we signed up for Facebook that we will abide by the legal terms of the company’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

As the power of Facebook increases and we (as the little people) fear our personal property will be forfeited to the Goliath, people have been taking a stand posting a “legal” statement to their profiles.

The letter going around on Facebook is:

Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to use software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I do declare the following: on this day, 30th November 2014, in response to the new Facebook guidelines and under articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photos, texts etc… published on my profile since the day I opened my account. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times.

By this release, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or to take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The actions mentioned above apply equally to employees, students, agents and/or other staff under the direction of Facebook.

The contents of my profile include private information. The violation of my privacy is punished by the law (UCC 1 1-308 – 308 1 -103 and the Rome Statute). Facebook is now an open capital entity.

Those reading this text can copy it and paste it on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. If you have not published this statement at least once, you will tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile update.

The agreement, when we signed up, states that the company has the right to use your content commercially and does not need to seek your “written consent” to use the content.

So to protect your privacy, make sure you don’t post anything, anywhere on the internet that you want to keep private.  And as for this “chain-mail” going around, it’s worthless to keep posting and reposting the privacy post.

Haha, share this with your friends and make it a “chain-post”

 

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9 Volt Batteries Can Burn Down A House

house fire from 9 volt batteriesThis is for everyone who keeps batteries in their home.  A 9 volt battery, if stored improperly can start a fire pretty quickly.  Watch this YouTube video and see what happened to a nice home in just minutes.  The unsuspecting home-owners had no clue that a fire could start so quickly from just throwing old 9 volt batteries into a paper bag.

Make sure you store your 9 volt batteries safely.  The end of the video shows the proper way to store your 9 volt batteries so that what happened to this nice home in CO doesn’t happen to you or your family.

video courtesy of UltraSharpVideo

Please share with your friends and family.  Be safe this holiday season.

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Remote Control Plane Launched From Model Aircraft Carrier

Being a former sailor in the United States Navy and serving on an aircraft carrier (CV-43), I appreciated this video that was done by RapidNation.  They built a model aircraft carrier and successfully launched an RC plane from it.  It took a couple of tries to get a successful launch, but they did it.  They even had a camera below decks in the catapult steam room and even some steam coming from the “cat-tracks”.

Their next project is building a landing system or for us sailors, “arresting gear”.  You can see more of their action at: http://www.rapidnation.com.

 

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What This Frustrated Man Did At Airport Made People Grab Their Cameras

We all have been frustrated by airports and airline delays.  Canceled flights due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances get people all fired up.  Well one passenger took matters into his own hands.  While awaiting a flight at the Vaclav Havel Airport in the Czech Republic, Mann Hamadeh took to a piano facing an exterior window of the terminal gate and did some remixing of his own on the piano.

Hamadeh entertained the awaiting passengers with a remix of Beethoven’s, “Fur Elise” and Celine Dion’s, “My Hear Will Go On”.  Passengers grabbed their cameras and began video taping the talented pianist.

A video you don’t want to miss.  Share this with your family and friends.

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The Origin of Veterans Day

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The Origin of Veterans Day

Did you know that Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and was celebrated by other countries along with America?

World War I was known as, “The Great War”.  And though the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, the fighting ceased seven months earlier.  The Allied Nations and Germany had an armistice, a temporary halt to the fighting.

It was agreed upon that on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, their would be an armistice.  And because of that, November 11, 1918 was regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars”.

11.11.11 – The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month.

In 1921, an unknown American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, which became the focal point of reverence for American veterans.  Similar ceremonies took place earlier in England and France where one of their unknown soldiers were buried at their nation’s highest place of honor, which also took place on November 11th.  The day became known as “Armistice Day”.

The First Veterans Day

It wasn’t until 1947 that we started using the term Veterans Day.  Raymond Weeks, a WWII veteran organized a “National Veterans Day” in Birmingham, AL.  The event included a parade and other festivities to honor all veterans.

A bill was proposed to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day.  Congress passed the bill in 1954 that President Eisenhower signed proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.

In 1968, a law was passed to change Veterans Day to the 4th Monday in October.  However November 11th stuck out to too many people as a day of remembrance and in 1978, Congress moved the day back to November 11.

Every Veterans Day

At 11am today, a combined color guard will execute a “Present Arms” at the tomb of the unknowns, followed by a bugler playing, “taps”.

So in your busy moments of today, remember to honor our American veterans for their sacrifice, their patriotism and love of our country.

What It Means To Me

I served in the Navy back in 1987.  I was only a kid, but I was proud to serve, with my shipmates on the USS Coral Sea (CV-43).  Every time we left a port, the ship played, “Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood over its loud speakers (1MC).  It gave you chills to hear it played and here it is 27 years later and the song still gives me chills.

Last year my father-in-law took us out to Applebees and he proudly wore his Vietnam Vet hat and jacket.  I was in-awe of the responses he got walking into Applebees.  If you didn’t know, Applebees gives a free meal to all veterans on this day.  It must have taken him 15 minutes just to walk into the restaurant.

As for me, my cruise jacket doesn’t me anymore.  My Coral Sea hat is somewhere up in the attic.  But I was still served a complimentary meal from Applebees.

I’m “Proud To Be An American”

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NYC One Of The First US Cities To Get Its Own gTLD

In The City That Never Sleeps

The internet is no exception to that.  And for New York businesses, a chance to have a domain with .nyc to follow it.  Other cities in the world, including London, Berlin and Paris have already had their city names become a gTLD (Generic Top Level Domain).  But in 2014-2015, there will be about 35 US cities getting their own TLD.

NYC-DomainsThe goal is to make it better for NYC businesses to promote tourism with having a .nyc in their domain.  Tens of millions of people visit the Big Apple every year and having .nyc is a perfect promotional tool to attract visitors to NYC businesses.

Do you have to dump your old .com?

Definitely not!  Lots of companies own their domain with .com, .net, .co to prevent other companies from piggy-backing off their established brands.  Adding .nyc is just another tool.

Where do you get a .nyc?

Get your .nyc at www.hostingdomainsweb.com and get your NYC pride on with your .nyc domain for

Be one of the first businesses in NYC to get your .nyc.

Can anyone get a .nyc?

Unfortunately only businesses, organizations and residents of NYC will be able to register a .nyc for their domain.  In order to possess one, you would have to have a physical address in NYC.