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    November 22nd, 2007HARTHmmmm Things, Quickies

    typhoon-mina.jpgThere is a super “Typhoon Mina” currently headed for the Bicol Philippines region. Gloria Gamat from our Battling Arthritis blog .. currently resides in this region. Apparently, this Super Typhoon is expected to hit early tonight (GMT+8) if it doen’t change direction. (couple hours from now)

    If the region is hit badly, there may not be electricity and a lot of damage and that could put a log of bloggers from the region without online access .. include Gloria.

    BE SAFE GLORIA! OUR HEARTS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOURS!

    We hope everything and everyone will be okay, and that goes to everybody in the region …


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    Information Sites:
    The Inquirer.net
    The Manilla Times
    ABS-CBN Interactive News

    IMAGE SOURCE: ABS-CBN News

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    November 14th, 2007HARTHmmmm Things, Quickies

    Between June and August 2007 the HART-Empire Network experienced growing pains and downtimes .. due to bandwidth issues, and CPU resource limits. Having many blogs affects the CPU resources by constantly accessing out MySQL database.

    I started with a “mega corporate site” with Blacksun.ca, a Canadian server in Saskatchewan .. and was quite happy with them. My PetLvr site was on there, as well as my 1800HART site, the HARTandYVONNE site, the PapillonLvr site and the CorydonClock site. These were the most popular of my sites, and also used the most physical space to store videos, pictures, and other files.

    I then obtained a “reseller Pro account” at Ace-Host.net which allowed me to create as many sites that I needed as I was growing and expanding ‘The Empire’. By June 2007, I had over 40 blogs on the reseller Pro account. I have a few friends on the site, but I wasn’t reselling anything. All sites created were for my own personal use.

    In May 2007 my PetLvr site reached a combined bandwidth and traffic overage cost that made it financially out of my reach to continue hosting at the Canadian Site. There was a solution – and ultimately, I’m probably paying just as much for a comparable solution now – but, all it would have accomplished was to cover the initial 5 blogs and not leave me any room for growth, or independence in creating new accounts whenever the impulse urged me to do so.

    So – June 2007 I moved to … MIDPHASE HOSTING.

    Although it’s all related, when I say “Midphase” .. I really mean to include the 3 arms of Midphase.

    (1) Midphase Hosting – this is for the individual shared account hosting
    (2) An Hosting – this for the larger accounts and virtual private servers (larger shared accounts)
    (3) Singlehop Hosting – this if for the dedicated servers and large accounts.

    The HART-Empire Network is being hosted on Singlehop Hosting dedicated server right now. I had to upgrade the basic service to increase the RAM to 2GIG .. plus I have opted for a general management package. You can see my costs in my monthly “WooHoo” posts where I post my earnings each month.

    Since September 1, 2007 .. everything seems to have been working smoothly, and nothing out of the ordinary has happened. I think my sites are loading fast, and I noone has really reported that any of my sites are hanging up or anything like. So, HI-FIVE to Singlehop for that.

    And, it’s mid-November 2007 now .. so I think I feel confident in actually making a recommendation if you are looking for a new host provider .. at least, do not REMOVE Midphase and the other brands from consideration. And, as an affiliated user … they have brought to my attention some deals that may help you in your consideration and thought I would just post the banners in here:

    MidPhase Hosting

    AN Hosting

    SingleHop Hosting

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    November 6th, 2007HARTQuickies

    Performancing is celebrating their 2nd year anniversary, Helping Bloggers Succeed, with a massive online treasure hunt.

    Check it out, if you are interested in that type of stuff .. it could be fun! You could win prizes! Just click their logo, below .. for all of the juicy details!

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    November 2nd, 2007HARTHmmmm Things, Quickies

    Remember that cool amazon plugin from days of old by Rich Manalang? It didn’t work after version 2.0 of wordpress. After a while, he managed to get it ‘sort-of’ work … if you used Firefox and the Visual Editor in your profile.

    Well, I hate Firefox and Visual Editor, so I stopped using it altogether.

    But .. I was browsing the WP-Amazon Google Group and noticed .. this plugin was broken when the 2.2 version of wordpress came out.

    BUT IT CAN WORK ON 2.2 and even WORDPRESS v2.3!

    This is thanks to Jacob Lundberg and if you used this program before, at least now you can use it again …

    * INSTRUCTIONS:

    1) download latest version 2.0 Beta 1.1 of the plugin – from Rich Manalang’s site
    2) download and OVERWRITE files from – Jacob Lundberg’s site … that’s the following files:
    ../plugins/wp-amazon/wp-amazon.php
    ../plugins/wp-amazon/js/jquery.accordion.pack.js
    ../plugins/wp-amazon/js/jquery.dimensions.pack.js
    ../plugins/wp-amazon/js/wp-amazon.js

    3) That’s pretty much it.

    You have to use Firefox still, in visual editor .. where you can drag and drop product pictures .. and generally if you click the title of the amazon product it will open a new tab and you can copy/paste some of the information related to the product.

    Alternatively, what I am using on a few sites .. is the Amazon Widget for randomly selected products (that I picked) that show up .. e.g. cancer.BattlingForHealth.com (see sidebar) .. or, there is certain code you can place in the footer that will try to place code on specifically named titles you might specify around your blog’s content.

    I will not be adding this plugin to all of my sites, but it is nice to know that if I wanted to – I can.

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