Category Archives: Geeks Like Me

This dialectical reasoning category ranges from website coding, server administration, content management software and open source projects to cool gadgets, useful electronics and office products.

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Google Plus Is Going To Dominate

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Facebook is going to turn into MySpace (buggy, all advertising and self promotion). All this social networking is making people anti-social and it is ruining the world. I dare you to talk to someone waiting in line at subway…nope. Gotta like that cute pug picture! Google + is going to take over. Google is going to integrate + into your email, photo albums, docs, calendars, free voIP calls and all the other everyday stuff we use for free so it won’t seem like such a colossal waist of time tricking our brains into thinking we are being social with friends and acquaintances. I hope you didn’t buy Facebook stock.

iPhone Desktop Home Screen Image Size

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If you are wondering, the image size to create an image to fit your iOS home screen is 640px wide by 940px high. I don’t know why I didn’t think of creating a cool green bubble graphic for my home screen before today, I guess I just didn’t need to change it. But suddenly, I HAD TO CHANGE IT. I don’t know why, but I did. Changing the home screen image was super easy. I simply emailed myself the image, saved it to my iPhone images, clicked into images and set it to home screen. Done.

If you like what I made, use it on your phone. Click on it to see it full size and then right click and ‘save as’.

Enjoy!

Facebook Help Center Is A Joke

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If Facebook Help Center Can’t Help An Advertiser, How Are They Going To Help Investors Make Money?

I’ve had quite a few issues with Facebook, but never on a personal level (besides the fact that I think it makes people anti-social), my problems are always dealing with the business side of things. How can Facebook expect to make it as a public company if they don’t support their advertisers?

Facebook Help Center Message

I have spent over $30,000 advertising on Facebook, I have created business pages, I do promotions and I add facebook connect to a bunch of sites. Basically, I am Facebooks’ bread n’ butter client. Sure, I don’t spend millions a year with them, but there are thousands of work at home Webmasters and affiliate marketers that fool around with ad services and would like to take full advantage of Facebooks’ reach of 800 million active users by advertising through them. Well, ultimately, their tracking mechanisms aren’t good, they are missing transparency and their help center is virtually useless.

Here are two examples of problems I have had with Facebook that seem to be easy fixes. Especially for a company worth 100 Billion Dollars;

[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #2c4e62;"] 1. [/dropcap]How do I fix a 404 page on Facebook? They have anonomous forms for help, not live people that help business fix glitches in the facebook platform. My experience with this was that one of my clients business pages was working on desktops and laptops, but when the same exact URL was being pulled up on a mobil device (iPhone, Samsung, Android), Facebook was showing a page not found. This client was giving away free NBA playoff tickets for every game and their facebook account grew by thousands of followers after just few newsletters announcing the giveaway. I emailed the help center about this issue four times and still have not received a response.

[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #2c4e62;"] 2. [/dropcap] How do I change my page name on Facebook? If your business changes its name or its marketing strategy, the only way to keep the facebook page for your business accurate is to delete your page and start all over. Yep, that’s right. Facebook won’t let you change your account name if you have more than 200 likes. Well, if I have more than 200 like I probably spent a lot of time, effort and money getting them, and now facebook wants me to delete the account and start over again? No thanks, I’d rather just pray for your demise.

It’s amusing to me to think that Facebook really perceives themselves as longterm players in this game. Sure, they really blew up on the scene and put MySpace in the dust forcing them to change their entire format, but unless Facebook hires some REALLY smart people to help monetize a shitty advertising platform with no support to help customers spend more money with their company, they are going down by the third round. I know they are capable of hiring smart people, I’m sure they spent millions tricking the world into thinking they were worth their IPO price of $38 per share. Well, big business duping the little ‘guy’ is one of the many reasons I support lawsuits and attorneys leveling the playing field.

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Google and Scraper Sites – Report and Pray

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It absolutely blows my mind that the brains at Google can figure out how to become billionaires through a complicated algorithm and bid based advertising system but they can’t figure out how to differentiate an original website from a scraper site! Come on people, just run a WhoIs and cross reference which URL was registered first. Reference your cache! Reference Archive.org and the WayBackMachine!!. Do something!

The Google is a big bad company bandwagon is rolling steady, but I’m not on it. Sure, it hurts when you battle a glitch in their system (not detecting scraper sites) that is hurting you financially, but it is because of Google in the first place that I am a business owner working for myself. It’s the scraper sites and the copycats that are the big bad enemy. They’re lazy fucks capitalizing on someone else’s hard work. Owners of scraper sites are thieves and liars. Scrapers and copycats are the gypsy thieves of the Internet.

If you are battling a scraper site(s) like I am, there isn’t much you can do. A few of my sites have been scraped completely word for word and dropped out of the Google SERPS, and then came back, and were then scraped again by the same company/person/thief/gypsy and then dropped out again.

Recently, I have been in a constant battle with scrapers and php injections. Man, what a pain in the ass. I guess it comes with the territory, but I don’t like it.

Here are a few ways you can try to help your scraped blog/website by reporting it;

My Office, My Family and I Are Mobil

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I started working on the Internet in 2001. I was a sales guy for a large company that sold directory positions to lawyer and doctors. I had drive and was hungry to be successful in life but I hated going to the office 6 days a week from 6:00am to 7:00pm. I had to put on dress clothes and walk the walk of a ‘profesional’ even though I never saw clients face-to-face.

After a year or two, I left that company and headed out on my own determined to work for myself and make a living from the Internet.

Here I am 9 years later, working on the Internet. I work from an office at home (in Puerto Rico) and this is what my office looks like when I travel and work from a mobil office.

My Mobil Office

My Mobil Office

  • Macbook Pro
  • Voice Over IP
  • External Hard Drive
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Phone and Bluetooth Headset
  • Power Cords
  • Phone Cords
  • Surge Protector
  • iPod