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I rarely share anything on social media, this is where I post about projects I'm working on as well as opinions on current events, the internet, and small business.

Drupal AMP Throwing a 500 Error with the ?amp on the URL

Published Oct 27, 2017
I encountered an issue attempting to setup a Drupal site with AMP, when adding the ?amp to the...
Category: Drupal 7 Tutorials
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Telus Email Problem - Outlook Asking for Password

Published Oct 20, 2017
If you are reading this you probably have a @telus.net e-mail and your Outlook or other mail...
Category: The Internet

Contact Me

Published Oct 15, 2017
Drop me a line if you need a web developer or just want free advice for your website or SEO....

Internet Giants vs. Small Businesses

Published Oct 14, 2017
If you are starting a business or struggling to get noticed online, floundering around with...
Category: The Internet

Check my IPv4 IP Address

Published Jun 14, 2017

Firearms Instructor and Shooting Supplies Website

Published Mar 22, 2017
Our client required a basic company website where they were able to easily post firearm...

Drupal 7 PHP To only Show Block on User's Own Profile Page

Published Mar 06, 2017
This will also show on the person's user/12345/edit page when they are editing their user...
Category: Drupal 7 Tutorials

Drupal 7.34 - Fixed Imagecache Autorotate Issue with PHP 5.63

Published Mar 04, 2017
This is a hack and slash fix for auto rotating images in Drupal 7 with newer php 5.6x. It...
Category: Drupal 7 Tutorials

Fix Double Encoded %20 in Drupal Apache Solr Search

Published Feb 28, 2017
This is difficult to troubleshoot because there are a variety of patches aimed at fixing this...
Category: Drupal 7 Tutorials

Remove H1 Title from Apache Solr Search Results

Published Feb 28, 2017
On "Edit Search Page" in Apache Solr Search you can set the page title to %terms or...
Category: Drupal 7 Tutorials

SEO Services

Published Feb 14, 2017
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a process used to help search engines better understand...

Noindex Pager URLs in Drupal 7

Published Feb 08, 2017
I required a way to noindex search results in Drupal 7 using Apache Solr but this method...
Category: Drupal 7 Tutorials

Small Business Web Design - $1200+

Published Jan 30, 2017
The small biz package includes everything a typical business needs to get their business...

HTML5 References

Published Jan 20, 2017
This cheat sheet summarizes the complete HTML5 Canvas API for the 2D context, based on to the...
Category: Useful Resources

HTML Snippets & Tutorials

Published Jan 20, 2017
This is a compiled list of HTML, CSS, and Javascript tricks and tutorial that I want to...
Category: Useful Resources
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5 Reasons Microsoft Sucks

Published Jan 17, 2017
Most people assume that, since I am not an Apple fan, that I must like Microsoft. Here are 5...
Category: The Internet

Figure out the bottlenecks to growth, there are limitless things to work on in a startup but you must focus on those things that are constraining your growth. Once you have a "true north" you can easily wake up in the morning and know what you need to work on.

Category: Scrapbook

Convert %2520 to + sign using .htaccess so your Search pages have nice looking URLs with plus signs instead of a bunch of encoded nonsense.
RewriteRule ^(.*)\ (.*)$ /$1+$2 [L,R=301]

Category: Scrapbook

Is Someone Trying to Hack or Negative SEO the Drudge Report?

Published Jan 03, 2017
I am very suspicious of something I noticed about the Drudge Report lately, I think it might...
Category: The Internet

Today I woke up tired and generally unsure of what kind of day it would be. Instead of setting my mind to a particular mode, I did what I usually do and opened my e-mail. The first message I saw was from Connie/Ron and it was one of those blunt "remove me from your list now!". Well, we don't have e-mail lists but normally this means someone wants their profile deleted or the notifications about new ads turned off. Unfortunately, in some cases (like this one) many people have multiple e-mail addresses and the email they signed up with is different than the one they send this angry sounding note from. I looked through our user database and did not find any profiles under their e-mail that would be getting any notifications so I simply replied, "Can you tell me what list you are referring to? If you received an e-mail from us can you forward it to me or let me know what town it was related to?".
The response came a short time later, "that is a stupid question all lists do not email me again".
I tried to let it go, but the next few hours I couldn't focus on anything else. I ended up spending hours sifting through our various sites on a quest to find a related account for these folks to no avail. I genuinely do not want to e-mail or bother anyone that wants to be left alone, and to be perfectly honest, I do not want angry or unstable people using our sites period.
Anyways, I wasted most of my day frustrated and discouraged by this one little incident so I am doing 2 things about it;
1. Write about it here so I can hopefully get it out of my head and let it go.
2. Make a conscious effort to not be a Connie/Ron to anyone else in my life, and if I realize I have committed the same offense to someone, I will call that person and apologize.

Edit: 3. After I submitted this post I realized I was missing the most important thing, then I forgave the people that offended me.

Category: Journal

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