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    January 19th, 2010HARTDaily Tasks

    During the Christmas holidays my Good ‘ole buddy “Dell Dimension 8200” desktop died. It had a good life, since I’ve purchased it back in 2002 when it was a super computer .. but, now it’s time to move on. I have been using my spare computer … a Compaq Presario SR1750NX (similar to the stock photo on the left here) .. as my personal backup machine.

    I can’t stress the importance of making recent backups – at least, I say that all the time to my clients! But, for myself all I was diligent in was maintaining backups of my client data. This was always easy to do, because I have one folder called c:\DATA and everything I need to keep is stored under this one folder! The problem with doing this at times, is that this folder gets bigger and bigger and bigger. I have several memory sticks (lots of 500MB ones, one 1GB, one 2GB, one 16GB) and since I’ve purchased the 16GB one I’ve pretty much felt safe with my client data.

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    January 7th, 2010HARTBlogging

    You probably already heard that Google started their own URL Shortening Service but, the Google URL Shortener is currently available for Google products only and not for broader consumer use.

    I didn’t really get that last part, highlighted above, and didn’t really care. You see, I have my own URL shortening Service, have accounts created and obtaining API for extended statistics at both http://Bit.ly and http://cli.gs sites, have preview feature set-up for any http://tinyURL.com, and my existing sites already have a wide variety of URL shortening services available from plugins activated such as Digg Digg and the like.

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    January 4th, 2010HARTBlogging

    In December 2009, browsing the Problogger.Community (to which I am a member) forums, I saw Simon Rogers – The Teenage Blogger, requested if anybody “got spare ad space“. At that time, I was debating whether I should convert this blog to Thesis template, or do something a little different with this blog. I mean, I like this template!

    So what I thought I would do … is replace my header image that I used to have ….

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    January 2nd, 2010HARTtwitter

    I am trying something new this month …

    I have just purchased the Genesis Rocket system (formerly TwitterRocket) to help me increase my twitter followers.

    Imagine Twitter as a massive pool containing millions of people, all connected together either directly or indirectly, some talking, some listening, all communicating. Your influence on Twitter, and therefore the power that you wield, is determined by many things, including the number of people that follow you, the quality of the people that follow you, and the quality of the people that follow the people that follow you. More than that, your influence is determined by how you act, what you say, and what you do on Twitter. To make Twitter work for you it is important to have a growing number of high quality followers and to do certain things that influence your followers, and their followers, making them do exactly what you want them to do. When Twitter works for you your followers, and their followers, will want to do exactly what you want them to do. Twitter, because of it’s viral social structure, makes it easy for anyone to build influence. Once you have influence you can do anything.

    And Genesis Rocket shows you exactly how to achieve the level of influence that you need to succeed, 1 step at a time, in 5 easy to follow 30 minute steps.

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    December 18th, 2009HARTBlogging, Plugins

    I have just activated the Backtype Connect wordpress plugin on this blog. What I find interesting, is that I have been using this on my PetLvr blog for about two weeks now, and it really does find other social media comments about the blog post! This includes people tweeting your posts, mentions on friendfeed, comments on digg and reddit – etc – and then it integrates them with your regular comments!

    People seem to read more, or want to comment more – when they see other people commenting already.

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    December 12th, 2009HARTHmmmm Things

    I must have received a gabillion comments in moderation from this IP address by now … IP: 89.28.114.111 … and every comment in moderation has some reference or spelling similar to Viagra .. I thought I would post some of these comments in here for a laugh!

    * I can not solve. Wanna good joke? What do you get when you have a cow and a duck? Milk and quackers.

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    November 20th, 2009HARTBlogging

    I have been switching most of my blogs away from the YARP or WordPress Related Plugins or other related posts/pages plugins that are available to WordPress users .. and using the LinkWithin Widget. I figured that since in the past 3 days I have recommended this widget about 5 times .. I would document it here in the HART-Empire blog.

    This is really easy to use. Go to the LinkWithinsite, setup your domain, download the plugin, upload the plugin and activate it. That’s it!

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    November 18th, 2009HARTHmmmm Things, reorganization

    The father of an 11-year child on Facebook has given me some concern to rethink my “Facebook” activity. The father is a “Friend” in real life and his children is on facebook and they also “Friend”‘ed me.

    In conversation with the father yesterday, he mentioned that the child was concerned because he didn’t want to hurt my feelings .. apparently I am spamming him! He is just getting started on Facebook, and although he might have over 100 friends himself .. I’m his only friend that posts more than once a day.

    Actually – I just looked – over one 24 hour period – I have published 23 posts on Facebook! I think looking backwards and forward, the posts in any given day could amount between 20-35 extra posts, depending on how much extra time I have to write and create new content and promote them!

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    November 17th, 2009HARTBlogging

    tynt-page-copyI noticed this today, when I was checking out my whos amung us stats .. and thought I would find out by doing!

    I have now added TYNT codes to my PetLvr and BattlingForHealth sites, and will probably add it to all my sites by the end of the day, because it’s quite easy to do this:

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    November 6th, 2009HARTHART-Empire Network

    72782-08879-p02pI normally print my own business cards. The template is on MS Publisher and I print them on Avery Clean Edge glossy business cardthem on my G85 All-In-One printer, maybe 5 sheets at a time. I never really wanted to print more than a small handfull, because it seems like at least once every 6-8 months something happens .. a new toll-free fax number, I drop my cell phone and transfer my home number to my cell .. etc etc.

    Here is my existing business card for HBS Management Consultants:

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