What a week!

This entry is just about me and my daily happenings.. feel free to skip it if you’re the casual reader who happened upon this by chance =) otherwise.. read on.


The importance of wireframing/mockups.. and some free tools to get you going

I’ve been in the web development business for several years now and I realize that everyone has their own process. All too often a designer will first jump straight into photoshop  and start piecing together a design they’ve thought up.  In the case of designers I know, they will do this with 2 or 3 designs and then present those to the client so that they can give feedback.. Then the round of revisions, often drastic changes to layout or colors… etc.  This process can take days to get through!

There are ways to lesson this headache however.. Here are some useful tips ….


Should you add keywords to your website to increase SEO? Google, Bing and Yahoo all ignore keywords.

But it’s worse than that.

As Google tweaks  it’s algorithms used for organic search, many are shifting to Pay Per Click advertising as a way to get traffic to their site.  When working on Pay Per Click advertising you have to develop a set of keywords and it’s very often that someone will use the same set of keywords on their website as what they are using in their Pay Per Click campaign.

While it’s not necessarily a problem to do this, you are providing a lot of intelligence to your would-be competition if you’re doing it. All your competition has to do is go in and view your source to get an idea of what you’re probably targeting in your Pay Per Click campaign and then go use those keywords in attempt to out bid you.

Since keywords are ignored in the top three search engines in the first place, it’s my thought that you probably shouldn’t add them at all! The traffic you get from the lesser search engines who still make use of this now archaic tag isn’t worth the intelligence you provide your competition.. unless of course you use this to provide them with a bogus set of useless keywords. It’s also worth note to mention that even the meta description is largely ignored and Google only makes use of this if they cannot find adequate page content to create a summary for the search results page.

Ultimately if you’re not using your site as a revenue source or you’re not paying use of a Pay Per Click campaign, then it probably doesn’t matter either way.

Straight from Google’s own Matt Cutts ( Search Quality team in Google )

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How Tall is Too Tall?

heezy writes,

How tall is TOO tall?

Oracle’s answer,


Here are a few signs that you might be just a little too tall.

1. You remind people of a scene from Godzilla.
2. You need a seperate bed for your feet.
3. You have to bend down to walk through a door.
4. Ceiling fans frighten you.
5. The jet stream always messes up your hair.
6. Kites never seem to fly above your waistline.
7. Your old shoes double as homeless shelters.

Thanks for writing, Heezy – Stay classy and mind those 747s while you’re up there.. they can cause quite a headache!

The new digg v1 is out… and I’m quitting digg officially

The big problem with the brand new Digg is that it REQUIRES a facebook login, which may be temporary but for how long? who knows.. all I know is that I was a frequent member with my own specific Digg account not linked to any social networks.. And what about those who don’t have facebook? or live in a country where facebook is blocked? ( think China )

Ridiculously bad move Digg team! I will only consider returning when they put the old login system back in place.

Check out the comments section from this Digg team blog

Create new folders in SwirlyMMS!

Something I’ve noticed about SwirlyMMS for the iPhone is that after you have a large number of images in your inbox, it takes a long, long time for the inbox to even load up.

I know I know, start deleting messages Lonnie! well tough, my reason, or anyone’s reason for keeping messages in the app are not the focus of this discussion! So I’m going to give you a quick and dirty lesson on how to create folders and move messages around in SwirlyMMS!

Unfortunately this functionality isn’t built into SwirlyBBS, so we’ll have to get our hands dirty a little bit.  If you have SwirlyMMS installed, you’re already running a jailbroken iPhone, so that first step is already finished! nice huh? Read on!


The fed loans 9 trillion and yet they have no idea who to .. can you imagine? watch the video

I know this video is not recent, but it’s still shocking to me..

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Clear your facebook wall entirely with Greasemonkey and Firefox Read more: Clear your facebook wall entirely with Greasemonkey and Firefox

The original script I had linked to in this article no longer works, I’ve since found another one that works ( only in firefox as of this update ).. However, it works exceptionally well and even supports the new facebook timeline!

I introduce you to Chronikaufräumer / Clear Timeline by TRG76

As I mentioned, this does not work on Chrome, but for those who aren’t faint of heart ..  Here are some basic instructions on getting it to work …


Accident on south 675 here in Dayton/Sugarcreek was the worst thing I’ve ever witnessed

Update: The driver of the firebird is named Brennan Eden and apparently he’s in ICU right now, I’m surprised he’s hanging on. Hopefully he pulls through.

Second Update: I added my own copy of the youtube video, but I added annotations to help point out a few things.. see the bottom of this post

Third Update: Apparently police had Brennan in custody 20 minutes earlier in relation to drug paraphernalia and an unopened alcohol container.

Fourth Update: Someone pointed out to me today just how lucky Brennan is that I reacted so quickly because of this… I had my cruise control on and I was locked in at 65mph flat, at that speed you’re traveling 95.333 feet per second .. if I had been even half a second slower to apply my breaks, I would have ran him over and been at least 20 feet past him .. Kind of freaks me out to think about that.

Read on for the original article below