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Windows Server 2012 Features

February 9, 2013 Leave a comment

I write for the blog of the computer training company, TrainSignal. Frankly, I’m proud of the various content I’ve published there over the years, and I think the vast majority of it is both informative and worthwhile. It was no exception when I published an article about the new features in Windows Server 2012 that have people excited.

The fun part was that the official Windows Server twitter account posted a (unsolicitied) link to the article. It’s always nice to get a little extra validation. I assume, if nothing else, that the article is at least technically accurate since they bothered to link it 🙂

windows server 2012 tweet

Have a nice day, especially those of you who are not stuck in a blizzard.

Bad Month Writing Freelance

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

I had one of those months that almost makes you wish that you still had a day job instead.

Almost.

It all started with some business infrastructure problems in the form of an email server nightmare. I’ve always just used whoever was hosting my websites as my email provider and never thought any more about it than that. Once I had my email accounts setup in Thunderbird or another desktop email client like Zimbra, I made the terrible assumption that everything that hit my server was dutifully being passed along via IMAP or POP3.

I never bothered to re-check my POP3 settings for Gmail or my IMAP settings for other email accounts so long as email kept showing up in my email client. Unfortunately, just because some email was showing up, didn’t mean that all email was showing up. I probably lost out on some clients and had to do major damage control with some others.

Here are some of my recent published freelance writing articles at BrightHub.

Top 10 Windows 7 ScreenSavers

Windows 7 Media Center Review

Funny Thanksgiving Photos: Ideas & Tips

Sample Funeral Program Layout

Poems for Funeral Programs

Learn About Networking Windows 7 and XP

Solving Gmail Connection Problems

Tips for Creating a Funeral Program

Anyway, the moral of the story is to never take anything in your freelance writing business for granted. Check, double-check, and re-check.

Oh, and for your critical systems like email, you might want to consider paying a little extra for a specialized email provider with fully-skilled tech support waiting to not only help you if you notice something go wrong, but who can also proactively alert you if something might be going wrong.

Lesson learned.

Still a Spammer?

December 11, 2009 Leave a comment

I can’t help but wondering if I am still considered a spammer.

Truthfully, I’ve never spammed anything in my life, unless you count accidentally hitting the reply to all button instead of just the reply button. But, for some reason the WordPress plug-in Akismet algoritm started flagging the links I made to my other websites as spam right from the beginning.

It isn’t really a big deal, but I am curious what caused it. Did I make too many links too soon? If so, what is the going rate on over-linking? Are 30 links in 30 posts too many? 10 posts? 1 post? What if they were links to places like FederalReserve.gov or FINRA.org, surely I can’t be accused of trying to link-bomb the definitive resources on money management, investing, and finance can I?

I actually abandoned this little project for a while out of dismay. After all, who wants to build up a spammer’s website? But, I figure if I keep adding some decent posts and the content that I create here is both quality and usable, then maybe, just maybe, the good folks at Akismet will change their minds.

If not, it isn’t really that big of a deal since the vast majority of the links from here go either to my own websites, or to websites of my clients, who are typically only too happy to get free backlinks from their writers. Of course, since this is more of a personal writer’s blog as opposed to a business resource, I don’t exactly blab about it to my business contacts. For all I know, they are deleting my pings or trackbacks, or pingback trackbackings or whatever they are called when I link to my articles that I have written for their websites.

Maybe someday I’ll got through the hoops of checking to see if my links appear anywhere. In the meantime, I’ll just keep writing and wait for the day that I see a trackback from A Freelancer’s Writing Published pointing to one of my websites without the black mark of spam draped across it.

Investor Relations and Twitter

August 4, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m writing a series that I’m particularly proud of over at the Investor Relations blog of Corporate Eye (www.corporate-eye.com).  It’s about Investor Relations and Twitter.  To a lessor extent, it also applies to other social networking or social marketing, depending upon who you ask.

What I’m particularly proud of is that this series goes beyond the cursory thumbnail sketch that seems to be the only kind of information out there when it comes to investor relations, or IR, and Twitter.  While researching the subject of IR and social media websites, I noticed that there only tends to be two types of information.

One is about how amazing Twitter is and how investor relations is missing out if they don’t rush out and start posting tweets right away.

The other is about how fraught with legal peril Twitter is and that companies should be very, very, careful about exactly what they let get posted on Twitter and keep a very tight grip on those that tweet at all about anything company related.  Even the Wall Street Journal could barely get out the words about which companies are using Twitter before they jumped into legal ramifications.

Neither one seems to capture the reality of the situation, which is why I’m glad I got a chance to write up a more detailed series of articles about exactly what the regulatory situation is when it comes to Twitter and social media, and also a real look at how to capitalize on Twitter’s potential benefits for investor relations without setting off a wave of lawsuits.

The first two pieces are up now and the third has been submitted for review.  The next pieces are on their way soon (they’re already outlined), so take a look or just grab the RSS feed for the Investor Relations blog on Corporate Eye.