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Search Engine Optimization Since 2002 with Brett Tabke

Commodore 128D - Search Engine Optimization - Brett Tabke Brett Tabke is kind of like the godfather of search engine optimization. I knew him when he was writing software for the Commodore 128, but only in passing.

I bought one piece of software from him (PHD Software Systems) and I can’t tell you when, other than it was in the 1990s. It was called “Spraypaint 128” and took advantage of Commodore graphics on the Commodore 128 and 128D computers. Most Commodore-based bulletin boards used Commodore graphics for door games and splash screens.

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November 17, 2017

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Using a Saline Nasal Spray instead of a Medicated Nasal Spray

nasal spray I refuse to use a medicated nasal spray, even when it’s the most effective nasal spray to use. These days, I rarely use any kind of nasal spray but when I do, it’s a saline nasal spray.

I was once addicted to medicated nasal sprays, the kind you get over the counter without a prescription. It got so bad that my sinuses wouldn’t open up without them. One addiction was more than enough – it took me months to wean myself off of them.

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November 16, 2017

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Health

Australia – One of the Many Countries I would Like to Visit

Australia koala It’s an unfortunate fact that I’ll probably never visit the continental country of Australia. It’s not high on my priority list and that’s okay. I have no relatives or friends living in any of its territories. None that I know of, that is.

When I was still single (before 1985), I could have gone anywhere in the world. My priorities were different back then but Australia still wasn’t on my to-do list.

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November 16, 2017

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Travel

Curio Cabinets, Water Pipes, and Electronics Made in China

PVC pipes - made in China When you see a sticker or tag attached to something you buy and it says “Made in China”, perhaps you should mentally translate it to mean “This could be Garbage”.

Over the years, I’ve owned many things made in China and they just don’t last. One of those items was the first of two curio cabinets I bought. Yes, it was garbage, like most of what I bought that was imported from China. A few things made in China are better than garbage and it makes me wonder why those few things are better than the rest.

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November 14, 2017

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House and Home

Possessed by Constipation? The Power of Fiber Compels you!

wheat - fiber Are you often constipated? Does your doctor tell you that your serum cholesterol level is too high? Well, like a good exorcism, the power of fiber can compel your body to discard the things that are causing you problems.

I’m talking about dietary fiber, silly, not optics (although I’m sure a good snaking with a fiber optic cable would probably work as well, it certainly wouldn’t feel too good).

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November 13, 2017

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Health

A Coffin at a Wake before a Funeral in the Philippines

casket coffin wake funeral The first time I attended a wake was in 2003 (that I can remember). My deceased father-in-law’s coffin (with his body inside of it, of course) spent time in two houses in two countries, the United States and then the Philippines.

A coffin is usually called a casket in the United States. I don’t know why. I suspect it’s because it’s not a six-sided funerary box like a traditional coffin.

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November 13, 2017

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Philippines

Special Occasions in November – I have Four to Contend with Every Year

special occasions I don’t care for most of the special occasions that pertain specifically to me. Whether it’s a simple anniversary or some holiday, I rarely enjoy it. This is even more so for those days that are unique to the United States. Being in another country helps me ignore them as much as possible.

Some of these special occasions pertain to my wife (Josie) as well because she’s an American citizen and a citizen of the Philippines. She sometimes reminds me of one day or another I really don’t care to remember.

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November 11, 2017

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Special Occasions

Phone Numbers will Someday be as Extinct as Dinosaurs

phone numbers Why are people still using phone numbers to contact one another? Landlines need them, obviously, but what about mobile phones over the Internet?

Online services such as Skype, Facebook Messenger, Viber and Line prove we can communicate over the Internet (VoIP or voice over Internet protocol) without phone numbers.

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November 11, 2017

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Technology

The Venerable Telephone Booth is Almost Obsolete

telephone booth In 2015, I chuckled at a cartoon with a telephone booth on Facebook and it brought back memories. I can’t say whether those memories were fond or otherwise. I didn’t take part in some of the telephone booth shenanigans I heard about.

With every other way of communicating these days, I would have thought by then that phone booths wouldn’t be found anywhere in the United States. I’ve never seen one at all in the Philippines, where I live now. I was here during the era when there should have been at least one.

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November 10, 2017

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Technology

404 Errors and Nonexistent Web Pages – Errors that won’t Go Away

errors The Bing and Google search engines don’t seem to know how to let go of nonexistent web page URLs. 404 errors continue to return even after more than a year.

I understand Google’s policy (and I know nothing about Microsoft’s policy). They don’t automatically remove web pages from the index. They have to produce 404 errors continuously for some amount of time, which I thought was 90 days. I guess I was wrong.

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November 10, 2017

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Web Development

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