Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ain't Nothing but a Web Hosting Geek Party!

Are you unhappy with your current host and wanting to change? Do you think you may be spending a wee bit too much on hosting? If you are looking to compare hosts and save some money you need to check out WebHostingGeeks dot com. Even if you are happy you should still visit WebHostingGeeks dot com. They have great reviews and ratings of many of the top hosts for blogging or for any other type of site. One of the great things about how the site is set up is that readers can review the host that they are using currently even if they don't go through WebHostingGeeks dot com.

In addition to the ratings and reviews they also have a ton of great information related to web site hosting. If you are just starting to think about hosting your own blog or site then you should check out all of the great articles they have on the subject. Even if you already have a web host and are experienced in that area there is plenty of information on everything from beginner instructions all the way to advanced information.

WebHostingGeeks dot com also has a blog where you can go for even more information on choosing a web host. The blog is very well written and has a large number of articles covering an array of topics related to the web hosting industry. An article I read the other day Three Steps to Finding a New Web Host has some great information for those of you looking to change to a new host or set up blog hosting for the first time. Overall this site is a great resource for those looking for a new host or wishing to change from their existing host. Swing on by and check out the site and the blog.

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Profitable Productive Posts - Vol. 10 - The Twitter Issue


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So…I Got Political. While not an article about Twitter I did come across this article on Twitter and it is from a person I follow and enjoy tweeting with. Of course it is also a great article. Stop by and read it and let Jen know how you found her blog.

The Art of Writing Great Twitter Headlines

Top 237 Twitter Users Who Will Follow You Back

Why Replies On Twitter Are Far More Damaging Than Direct Messages

What Happens When an Irresistible Force Opposes an Immovable Object?

Why It Pays to be a Twitter Snob

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Be a Web-caster with Blog Talk Radio

I have never really done an audio or video post. I have considered doing video in the past, but never have gotten to it. I would like to start doing maybe several video posts a year and possibly several audio as well. What are your thoughts on video posting or any type of web-casting? Do you currently do video posts on you blog? Do you do any pod casting or other audio or video broadcasts personally or for your blog? Do any of you use Blog Talk Radio?



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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Make $ Being A Hacker

No, not the old wrinkly guy smoker cough type hacker. I'm talking a real life !gasp! computer hacker. "Ooohh it sounds so glamorous," you say. Well maybe kinda sorta, but you can make money doing it. Here is the lowdown on the deelio for ya.

Have you seen that movie with Len DiCaprio "Catch Me If You Can?" Well if you were paying attention you know that he is now a high paid forgery consultant to the banking industry. I said that to say this, you can learn how to be "that" guy. You can turn your love for computers and "hacking" into a legal :) money-making endeavor. Okay now I'm really going to get down to it and tell you where and how.

With the recent news of hackers cracking into and stealing Gov docs on fighter aircraft you can see the necessity for well trained IT security people. IT security jobs are on the rise even in this economy and the pay is on the rise as well. There is a strong demand for "ethical hackers" to actively protect the growing information infrastructure. Wouldn't it be sooo cool to help companies tighten their IT security by being an ethical Hacker?

If you are interested in being a real life certified ethical hacker head over to EC-Council dot com and check out all of the classes they have. They have classes in, Security Fundamentals, Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing(now doesn't that ;) sound fun), Computer Forensics, Disaster Recovery, & Secure Programming. Their classes are live and completely online and as a student u have access to distributed Lab Environments hosted on EC-Council Servers. Their iClasses are live, instructor-led training delivered across the internet with flexible scheduling including evenings. Great options for working people, or those that LOVE sleeping in :). Okay well I think my fingers are getting tired, maybe my brain, so I'm out. Really I just have to pee :). Just kidding. Just sayin'.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Do You AdverTweet?

I have been on Twitter for about a week now and am pushing 500 followers. I tweet when I can and try to keep my tweets interesting and as close as possible to the "what r u doing" motif. I do have to admit that once I got above 400 followers I started throwing in about 1 "advertweet" a day just to see the response. So far I haven't had any negative responses or explicit unfollows from fellow twitter users. My question to you is, "Do you advertweet?" Why or why not? What are your feelings on the practice? Would you unfollow a person simply because of an advertweet? Is one or two every once in a while okay?



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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Get Some Niche Site Education

There is a program I wanted to pass along to you all. It is the Niche Profit Classroom and it is an excellent training program for new online marketers as well as veteran marketers. The program provides over 400 short, easy to follow videos covering all phases of internet marketing (niche research, website creation, traffic generation, pay per click, article marketing, forum marketing, blogging, press release marketing, social networking). If you are looking for some good information on developing a successful niche marketing business you might find this program useful.

Each month NPC provides two, thoroughly researched, niche market products including an ebook, audio up-sell, sales letter, website template, 10 day mini-course, seo optimized articles, keyword research, and a 21 day traffic blueprint. They pretty much provide you with everything you need to start your online business as it relates to niche marketing.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Maximize Your Ad Earnings With AdBrite

I have been using AdBrite for quite some time now and really like their program. They offer inline ads, contextual ads, and active interstitials. AdBrite has been a very successful program for me both as a publisher and as an advertiser.

Now AdBrite has begun something that, to my knowledge, is unprecedented in the contextual ad marketplace. They are offering to beat your earnings with other ad publishers or if they can't they will run the other ads for you. I have tried this out and have been very happy. I can place one ad block and know that the ads running in it are earning my the maximum amount possible.

You can run ads from your current ad networks within your AdBrite code, and they will always show the ads that earn you the most money. In other words, when they can earn you the most, they will show our ads. When they can't, they will rotate your other ads back in. You can't lose.

I have tried this with Bidvertiser and Yahoo so far with good success. If you haven't signed up with AdBrite yet I highly recommend them.



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Friday, April 17, 2009

Is Twitter Harming Relationships?

You have probably heard about Jennifer Aniston dropping John Mayer over his Twitter obsession. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore had a few arguments over Ashton's constant twittering and of course the picture. There is even a new term for the twittering Hollywood crowd. Twitterati. Those two are highly publicized and talked about cases. What about others in the twittering masses that have ruined a relationship by constant connection via twitter, facebook, or other social media? Do you have any stories where social media has damaged a relationship?

I used to be on Myspace, I've never been on Facebook, and I just recently started using Twitter. I like to stay in touch with friends and stay connected, but I'm not sure about the efficay of constant contact with far away strangers. I have seen people ignore all of the wonderful people around them because they were on the phone talking, texting, twittering, or checking Facebook. When used properly I think social media is a great tool and a great way to stay connected to real live see-once-in-a-while friends and family. I also think it is a great way for a blogger to connect on a more personal level with people. What do you think about twittering and blogging? Does twittering help or hurt? Does a twittering blogger help or harm his relationship with readers?

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Is The Middle Class Heading For A Tax Increase?



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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Over 55 - The New Social Networking Demographic?

I have been reading a lot lately about the demographics of social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace. All of the news coming out lately is showing that the demographics are skewing more and more to the older age groups. This is kinda counter-intuitive for most people as the standard way of thinking is that younger people tend to be more tech savvy and spend more time online and social networking than older people do.

Another article on CNN.com just today talked about how the fastest growing group on Facebook is women over 55. Now as an affiliate marketer and blogger information like this is critical to my marketing efforts. There is a site I check out for information on Facebook. It is a site called Inside Facebook and they track the growth of Facebook. The site is full of a ton of useful information for those of us that market on Facebook. If you do market on facebook you should check them out.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I Tried Making Money Online & All I Got Was This Stupid T-Shirt

What do you think? Would a shirt with that on it sell and make money? Hmmmmm .... I wonder? There are a lot of places out there that allow you to do custom shirts and sell them online, Cafepress comes to mind of course. Did you know though that VistaPrint does t-shirts? I didn't. I have used their business cards quite a bit as a great almost free marketing tool for my online businesses. Well now that I have found out that VistaPrint dot com does t shirt printing I am considering trying them out.

I would love to have shirts with various affiliate marketing and blogging quotes, quips, and tips on them. I think they might do fairly well. Of course with a site like Cafepress you don't have the overhead of the actual shirt. The downside of course is that their prices are a bit high for end buyer. Well relatively speaking.

With VistaPrint you can use one of their designs and change it up a bit to fit your specs, or you can upload your own design. Now if you decide to upload there is a one time fee per image. The shirt prices start at $11.49 which isn't bad for just one shirt but certainly not the best price if you are going to be trying to make a decent profit reselling them. As usual you get the best price when you order in quantity, with the biggest difference being after 100pcs. I guess my question would be why would anyone order 100pcs for $11.99 at a cost of $1199 instead of order 101pcs for $8.99 at a cost of $907.99. You get more and spend less. Seems like a no-brainer huh?

Anyway if I were to pull the trigger and venture into fashion I would probably start with the title of this article on the shirts and go from there. I'm not looking to have a ton of people wearing my shirts like Shoemoney but if I could make a quick buck that would be nice too. Anyway for those of you who read the stuff I write around here you know I like VistaPrint so you should head over and check out this product offering from them. While you are there don't forget to check out all the other free stuff they offer.

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AAfter A Better Moustrap?

We all know that in the land of the search engines Google is king. There are a plethora of other search engines out there specializing in specific areas of search such as people, businesses, etc., and most have some good aspects. Well another search engine has joined the fray. The AAfter search engine has a a few options that I really like. One is that the results seem to be just a bit more targeted for many searches than do those from google.

I took a couple of screen shots to show you what I mean. In the first picture you can see where I googled zip 46322 and it comes up Hammond, which it isn't it is Highland. After the first google maps result that is wrong anyway the others just don't seem real targeted.

























In this second picture you can see the results when I typed in the zip 46322 into the AAfter web search engine. You can see that the results are much more targeted and that it actually gets the location correct. It also has quick links to weather, yellow pages, and allergy information for the zip code. To me it makes sense that if you are typing in a zip you would want results that are very targeted. In this case it seems to me that the AAfter web search engine is better and would allow you to find local business faster using AAfter.com search.


























In this second example you can see a search for the term Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck is a twitter and Facebook front end software program that allows you to better organize and update your social networking sites. Anyway to me it would be that a person searching for Tweetdeck would actually want to check out the software site and possibly download the software. As you can see from the google search Tweetdeck.com doesn't even show up on the first page of results. Pretty dumb if you ask me.

























The next picture here shows the AAfter web search engine results for the term Tweetdeck. As you can see Tweetdeck.com is the very first result with the wikipedia article being next. Makes much more sense to me than the google results. It appears that AAfter web search engine returns better more targeted results than google.





Another nice little feature about the AAfter web search engine is that it has an integrated Cash-Back shopping system. Just type in what you are looking to buy into the AAfter web search engine and the results will show up with the amount of the Cash-Back rebate next the them. You can see an example in the picture above. All three of the sponsored results show a Cash-Back amount. If you click on the link and actually purchase the item you get the shown percentage of your purchase back into your AAfter account. After reaching the minimum of $10 you can request the money via Paypal. They are also putting a free $2.50 into the accounts of new AAfter web search engine users that register for the Cash-Back option.

After checking out the AAfter web search engine over the last several days I really like the results I get for a wide variety of searches. I won't use it for all of my searches, but I will use it for quite a bit. One area where I will definitely use it is in combination with price search engines. I can type what I want into the price search engine find the online retailer with the lowest price and then use it in conjunction with the Cash-Back options of AAfter. Anyway just thought I would pass this along. Check it out and see what you think. Have you used AAfter already? What do you think? Have you even heard of the AAfter web search engine?

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Monday, April 13, 2009

My Home In Belize & My New Porsche

Have I got your attention? Good. You are probably wanting to ask the question, "Do you own a home in Belize and a Porsche?" Well the answer is no on both accounts, but that I am however well on my way to both. I already have a nice place to live and a nice car to drive, but I am looking to retire at 45 to Belize and when I do I want to import a Porsche when I do. The beauty of retiring to Belize is that at 45 you can retire there and pay no income taxes and not duties or fees on your personal items brought in. To qualify for the retirement status you have to be making $2000 a month in income from sources outside Belize. For me that shouldn't be a problem as I make more than that now from affiliate marketing and blogging.

I will be making a trip down there in August of this year to look at lots to buy. There are some wonderful communities down there where you can get a beautiful lot for less than $20000. These are water access lots in private gated communities with all the amenities. One community that I will be touring has a clubhouse, walking trails, and more. All of the areas I'm looking at have all utilities, cable or satellite TV, and broadband internet. All the things a guy making a living online needs.

Here is a picture of the 911 I looked at recently. Now as I am a frugal person I don't buy new cars, so this one is used. I just don't see the wisdom in buying something so expensive that depreciates by at least 25% almost immediately. I let other more foolish people take that hit :). I also don't like paying interest so I am saving money now so I can pay cash then. I don't like paying interest to anyone for any reason. That is why I haven't used a credit card in over 5 years.

I look at each dollar as an employee that is working for me for free. The more of those employees I have working for me the more money I can make. If I waste my money paying the wages of another's money(interest) I have less for me. I put every dollar I can to work for me earning me more money. Here is an example from today. Instead of going out to eat for lunch I bring lunch from home. I know guys that drop $7-8 a day on lunch. That is ridiculous. I bring lunch from home at roughly an average cost of $1. Each week I deposit $25, what I call my "lunch money," into an account earning me 5%. This lunch money is money that I would be spending if I went out to eat. Some people would say that by not spending they have saved that money, when in reality all they have done is not spend it on that particular budget expense. For most that money they "save" is usually frittered away somewhere else and the actual savings are lost and not actually realized. For me when I don't spend the money on lunch I actually SAVE the money and deposit it so that it begins to work for me. Not spending money is not the same as saving money! Just some things to think about on this wonderful Monday. I wrote an article back in '07 Accumulating Wealth Is A Lifestyle - Part 1 - Capture Savings Instantly where I talk a bit more about some of my ideas. Check it out for some more insight into how my brain works :).

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Win With Charter HDTV-a-day Sweepstakes

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Who wants a free 22" HDTV? I know I would. Sure it isn't a huge screen but it would be great for the kid's room, kitchen, or even the bathroom for people that just can't get enough. I just purchased a 52" Plasma full 1080P TV and it is great to watch. I certainly wouldn't mind having a second. With the analog to digital TV change that is happening having a new HDTV would be great for just about anybody. HD content has exploded recently with more and more channels, HD streaming, HD gaming with the PS3 or XBox. Charter is also offering a grand prize that includes a 52” LCD flat screen HDTV, a Home Theater System, and one year of free Charter Digital Cable® service with HD programming! Not a bad prize package.


If a current,hey many contests like this ignore current customers, or new customer orders Cable, High Speed or Telephone online at Charter.com throughout April – they are automatically entered upon installation to win.


Why don't you visit the Charter contest page and check out the great offers Charter has right now. Charter High-Speed® Internet at $24.99/mo for 6 months, Charter Digital Home™ and High-Speed Internet at $74.98/mo for 6 months or Charter Digital Home™, High-Speed Internet, and Charter Telephone® for under $100 for 12 months.


Okay so you don't want Charter services. That's okay the contest, like almost all sweepstakes, is no purchase necessary.You can enter the Sweepstakes by mailing your entry in without having to make any purchase whatsoever. You can head over to the Charter website to get more details and rules of the contest.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Make Quick Money For Your Blog Using Surveys

When I first started this blog inthe first part of '07 I really wanted to start and expand the blog with absolutely no out-of-pocket expenses. I needed to advertise this blog and get people visiting. There are many ways to do this that are free, but some do cost money. I decided to try out different ways of earning money quickly and easily online so that I could cover any advertising expenses for the blog. Signing up is quick and easy and you can actually earn some decent little money and every once-in-a-great-while you can get free products to test.



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Monday, April 6, 2009

Use WordPress As A Content Management System

WordPress users tend to look down a bit on those that use the free hosted Blogger platform. I use both and there are things I like about both Blogger and WordPress. I have blogs hosted that use WP and blogs such as this one that are still using Blogger. I have always liked the "almost" WYSIWYG template editor that Blogger has. You can move your stuff around or if you are so inclined you can edit the HTML directly. This is a huge plus for folks that are new to blogging.

When I am talking with people that are looking to start a blog and get there feet wet in this domain I usually recommend starting with Blogger. The learning curve is much shorter and allows them to focus initially on content and building community. With the improvements made over the last year in the Blogger realm you really can have a great blog using only Blogger. If you are wanting a broader presence that goes beyond simple blogging then yes WP is for you. WP is a great platform not just for basic blogging but for overall content management. I know quite a few people who started out using WP and got discouraged and either quit or moved over to Blogger. Blogger is simply easier to use for many people. Certainly WP is much more robust, but the lack of easy WYSIWYG template editing and overall flexibility in the templates has been a downside. No longer though!

Introducing a new Wordpress cm theme. The new theme goes beyond simple blogging and really takes WP to the level of complete Content Management. The theme also offers a WYSIWYG page editor that allows you to insert and edit your page template directly from a visual editor. The CM theme is completely customizable, quality coded & comes bundled with many layout options that helps everyone create custom websites in minutes saves weeks of time, maintaining top notch standards-compliant quality. The theme really is a complete content management system for your website.

You can get this incredible PREMIUM theme for the incredible price of $75! For this type of theme that is a wonderful price. In addition to the 50 custom static page templates already included they are also including the add-on Magazine Module. Magazine Module is a bundle of 5 different magazine layouts. These are ready to use templates that you can use to start a newspaper or magazine site on any topic. They are also throwing in WP Remix BB. This is a wonderful PHPBB3 template that you can use to create a forum on any topic for your site. While the module doesn't work with the theme directly the template has been designed to match WP Remix theme so you can have overall integrity in the looks for your site. This is really a great theme and CMS for the price and when you add the free bonuses it is even better. This is by far one of the best and easiest to use WP themes out there.

If you are like me and like to make money online they also have an affiliate program. The WP Remix affiliate program payout has just increased to 50% from 20% at the start of last week. This is an incredible payout and a way to make a quick buck by recommending one of the best WP themes available. They have some great banners you can use and they pay monthly via PayPal.

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Obama Won't Let Banks Return Money?

Huh? I thought that the TARP money to banks was to help them out in the short term. The WSJ is reporting today, in an article titled Obama Wants to Control the Banks, that the Obama admin is not letting certain banks return or repay TARP funds. Once banks and other financial institutions were stable and able to the money was supposed to be paid back. Well now it comes out that the Obama administration is not letting certain banks return the money. This proves what I have been saying all along. It isn't about the economy. It isn't about helping or saving any bank, company, or other institution. It is about power and control plain and simple.

Now we have this Pay for Performance Act which was just passed by the House, most likely will be by the senate, and most assuredly signed by the power grabbing President. This Pay for Performance Act, if signed into law, would allow the administration to determine pay for anyone from the lowest guy pushing a broom to execs. They would have this power to set pay in any company that takes a nickel of TARP money. This administration has seized control of many financial institutions and now even of some of the largest industrial giants in GM and Chrysler. Now with the introduction of the Pay for Performance Act they will be able to set wages at these companies. This is government control of companies. With this administration hell bent on "reforming" the health care industry by taking it over will complete their trifecta. Government control of finance, industry, and health care sounds a heck of a lot like socialism to me. Just wait...I'm sure they will make it down to even telling us what we can and cannot blog. Don't scoff we all know they desperately want the Fairness Doctrine back and if they can find a way to stifle free speech over the air they will surely try it in the blogosphere as well. Call me paranoid, but don't they do this in COMMUNIST CHINA!

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Do You Still Write Checks?

Who still writes checks? I hear that all the time. People like me I guess. I almost never carry cash. I never use credit cards. I pay most of my bills online or with bill pay. You would think given all of those things that I would not really write checks. I do though. I actually write quite a few. Writing checks gives me a way to verify payment for certain things like lease payments and child support payments; Tansactions where a record like a cancelled check is a good idea.Okay so I don't write them at a store as a form of payment, but they do come in handy for certain things.

Now just about any bank or credit union out there gives away free checks with their checking accounts. They do this because they know so many people use checks anymore and because the competition for your deposit dollars is fierce. I know that that checks they give for free are the plain simple drab design everyone else uses, but hey they are free. As a person who is frugal I don't like to waste money on frivilous things like custom checks when I can get them for free. I wouldn't mind having custom checks like all the cool kids have, mind you, I'm just not willing to part with my hard earned money for them. I do have a retirement coming :).

Okay so VistaPrint dot com of free business card fame also does custom checks. Now them selling checks does make sense, but at $4.99 a pop for a book of 25? Hmmm...I can get 250 business cards for the shipping but you want me to pay five bucks for 25 checks? Doesn't make sense. The site says you shouldn't let your budget get in the way of personal style. Huh? My budget gets in the way of everything and all my style. My budget comes first, maybe others aren't like that though.

I would consider customizing my checks if I could get really cool ones but for only the cost of shipping. Vista give me the business card deal on the checks and you just might have a deal.  Okay Vistaprint does have free checks, but they are just like the ones I get from my bank and certainly not custom. You do have a few more choices I guess, but I want the cool ones for free :).

Okay the solution is this. If you want custom checks for a little loot, check out vistaprint. Well if your definition of custom is different than the free ones your bank gives. Vistaprint does have quite a few free checks to choose from that are different though not completely custom.

For the cool custom check look you will just have to loosen the grip on about five bills or it looks like your are SOL. Are you one of the custom check people? Or are you more like me? Just one of the free check folks freeloading.

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You Can Now Follow Me on Twitter

Hey there everyone...

I am now tweeting so you can all follow me! U can get my interesting observations on life and of course what I am doing at various places and times throughout my life. I know that I am a bit behind the curve on this one, but i'll do my best to make up for it. I was just waiting until I had some time to figure out a way to make money from it. Okay not really. Anyway, here is my address so follow me.

http://twitter.com/proletariatof1

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Searching For Next XML Superstar!

Hmmmm....Is there such an animal? Ha...I'm funny :)...

Anyway I did want to pass along some information that could be lucrative for you. IDUG is sponsoring a contest for XML developers in an attempt to increase awareness and familiarity with XQuery, XML and DB2. The IDUG contest doesn't have just one way to win it has five separate ways for individuals of all skill levels so you enter one track or all five! Each sub-contest has its own recognition and prizes. The types of skills required to enter cover those with a passing interest in XML and database technology all the way to those with hardcore programming skills in DB2. I would fall in the former of those to categories. Here is a quick explanation from the website on each of the different areas of the contest.
  • Video Contest: Invent a creative use of XML, XQuery or DB2 and record yourself doing it.
  • Gadget Contest: Develop a downloadable gadget or widget leveraging DB2.
  • Query Contest: Use XQuery to find five answers. The best queries win the best prizes!
  • Ported App Contest1: Port or develop a new app for DB2. Enter as an individual or assemble a team.
  • XML2 Contest: Win by building useful, user-friendly XML apps from scratch. Enter as an individual or assemble a team.

Are you a XML developer? Do you feel you have what it takes to be the next XML superstar? Then you should enter the IDUG contest and find out for real. You earn participation points for each entry into the sub-contests, and a special prize will be given to the contestant that accumulates the most participation points. The person with the most points gets the title of "Grandmaster." Sounds a bit like an RPG influence there :). I do wish all of you who enter good luck.

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Can Small Things Really Make A Difference?

If you think something small can't make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room. How about lingerie? That is small, but man can it make a difference in the mood, over say a flannel nightgown :). Small things can and will make a difference. It doesn't take a million dollar necklace, or a 'round-the-world trip. It only takes "that" look, a smile, a compliment, a hand, a touch, a hug.

To many times in life small things get left undone in the pursuit of "big" things that never seem to get accomplished. When things finally come to an end you oft times will find it was the accumulation of small things done or left undone that was the undoing or the glue that held everything together.

Take some time today to reflect on some small things you are doing that are causing problems. Or small things you aren't doing that could bring about positive results. Call your wife or husband for no reason at all but just to say you love them and how happy you are to be with them, then hang up.

If you stop doing the little things for your husband or wife and you will quickly find that little things undone become "big" points of resentment and discontentment. You see in my opinion love depends not on what a person does for you, but what you do for that person. I am certainly no relationship expert, but I was just pondering and thinking today and thought I would share that thought with you.

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