Thursday, February 28, 2008

Who Links To Me?

During my evening stroll through Smaller Indiana, I came across a name and a profile that interested me. His name is Raymond Angel. I was interested in what he does because he has replied to a few of my discussions on Smaller Indiana, so I visited his website and blog.

While I was visiting his blog, I got the surprise of my night! My name, right there on his site! Someone linked to my blog! Thanks Ray!

Anyway, that got me thinking... I wonder who else is linking to my blog... So, I did a Google search for "who links to my blog?". That search led to

To find out who is linking to you, they provide a small piece of code to paste into your website or blog, and when you click on it, it brings up the wholinkstome site with your domain name in it, you click search, and it gives you the sites that link to you! How cool!

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Official Google Blog: Our secret sauce

Official Google Blog: Our secret sauce

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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Monday, February 25, 2008

I Finally Got a SmartPhone-What the Heck Do I Do With All this Stuff?

I finally broke down today and got the PDA phone that I narrowed my search down to after 3 months of pre-qualifying phones. It was down to the AT&T Tilt, Samsung Blackjack, and the one that I purchased today, the Moto Q9 Global.

I got it because I'm out a lot now, especially now that I am filling up my days with people from either Smaller Indiana, or Rainmakers. I get lots of email... If I'm not at my computer, I can't check my email (or Smaller Indiana).

I upgraded from the Motorola Rokr E1. It is funny how my requirement in a phone have changed in 2 years. I went from just wanting to be able to download and play music, take pictures, and having a cool looking phone to NEEDING to have as many capabilities possible! Email a must. Internet a must. 3G a necessity. GPS a bonus, but one thing I wanted. Editing documents a great addition. Camera a must. International capabilities a must.

I think I have found my every need in this beautiful piece of technology! Oh, and I even bought one of those annoying looking little Bluetooth headsets that I swore I'd never buy.

Henri Bergson:
"To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly."

Here's to change!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I'm Posting This From My Flock Browser Option To Post To My Blog!

I'm just testing this out to see how it works, and once again.... This is sooo cool!!!

Blogged with Flock

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I Want a Cool Laptop Bag!

I got up this morning knowing that I have a meeting with Patric Welch. We are going to meet at Panera Bread, which has free wi-fi, and I thought I'd multitask, and stay for a while after our meeting and do a bit of work... That reminded me of my laptop and the bag that I have to transport it.

I got the bag as a gift for volunteering to help run a blood drive while I was still an employee of the Department of Workforce Development for the State of Indiana. It's just the normal black, lackluster bag that many carry.

I'm feeling a bit adventurous today, and would really like to have a stylish bright colored bag to carry with me. So, I Googled laptop bags, and came up with some pretty awesome bags. Now the hard part is choosing which one I will purchase!

Here are some of the ones that I found...
One from Squidoo Shopping.
Golla. I contacted them; they are in Finland... They don't sell via eCommerce though...

Do you have any suggestions?

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

$40 Coupon to Watch TV in 2009

I just read an article in the Indy Star about this, and thought it was a pretty useful piece of info:

On Friday, February 15th, the Federal Government stated that it is going to begin sending out coupons to US households for $40 each, assisting in the purchase of boxes that will convert analog TV sets, allowing them to receive the digital-only signals that will be transmitted beginning in February, 2009. So, if you don't subscribe to cable or satellite, you won't be watching television unless you purchase one of these converters that run between $40 and $70.

The upside to this is that the Gov't is providing financial assistance for the switch. The downside is that it is a mandatory purchase if you like-a-the TV...

The Star provided a website to apply for the coupon, but I am unable to get to the site for some reason. Here's the link. You can also call 1-888-DTV-2009. Be sure to use your coupon within 90 days of receiving it, because if you don't, it will expire.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Flock-The Social Web Browser

I just learned of a new web browser as a result of thread that I started on Smaller Indiana. It is called Flock. I am still exploring all it has to offer, but it has implemented a concept that I was just wishing for-to be able to access several social networking sites, and not have to log in to each one individually. Wow. I am impressed! I suggest checking it out, especially if you have more than one blog or social networking profile. The sites that you are able to affect from this browser are; Facebook, Twitter, flickr, photobucket, YouTube, Blogger, Blogsome, LiveJournal, WordPress,,, ma.gnolia, TypePad, and Piczo.
Be a Flockstar

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Website Update

Until now, the Squish Designs website has been pretty close to horrific. It's funny, we preach to our clients that your website is the face of your business-yet ours sucked... Knowing that it was as bad as it was, I volunteered our site for an "Extreme Makeover" on Smaller Indiana.

I was chosen, amongst 3 others, for a makeover. Each person was assigned a professional copywriter to meet with and go over how they could help make our sites better. We were assigned a lovely young woman by the name of Theresia Whitfield. She is the owner of Fletcher Communications. We met for about an hour and a half, and received some pretty helpful information. One thing that we already knew was that our site definitely did not represent our company properly-or at all, for that matter.

Since Squish began as a web design company, and we have not updated our site for quite some time, no one was able to see that we are not strictly a design firm. What Squish focuses on is custom web application development. What is that you ask? Well, Theresia asked the very same question. Funny thing-when she asked me what that is, I was left speechless! I just assumed that everyone today knew what that meant! So, that brought me to the conclusion that I, as well as George and Dru, need to go back to the beginning of when we all started to do this. How can we sell what it is that we do if we can't even explain it! (For others with the same question of what web development is-it is the programming of what you see online. It's not just the creation of the website itself, but how to make it move-it's the creation of the back-end function of the sites you see on the internet.)

Since our meeting, we have been putting together what it is that we want visitors to our site to know. We have also put up our new design, which is still in progress.. but is 100 times better than the old crappy site that we had up. Theresia has also volunteered to write the content for our homepage so that it will be more interesting and attention grabbing than what we can come up with. Thanks Theresia!

To give feedback on how the site makeovers went, the group that participated in this experiment is meeting on February 22nd... I'll keep you updated!!!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Smaller Indiana-The best thing since duct tape!

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