Category Archives: Business

Blog posts about my freelance web development business.

YouTube Data Backup Tool Bug Fix

Today I fixed a bug in my YouTube Data Backup Tool. The problem was the view count for a video could be larger than the maximum size of an integer. The solution was to change the data type for the … Continue reading

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Recommender Systems And Their Significance

Recently I bought an expensive book, Recommender Systems: An Introduction, by Dietmar Jannach, Markus Zanker, Alexander Felfernig, Gerhard Friedrich. This book could be used as a textbook for a class which may explain why it was so expensive. I bought … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye To Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 reached its end of life today and will no longer be supported. So today at work I migrated my databases to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and uninstalled Microsoft SQL Server 2005. I figured I might as … Continue reading

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Startup Progress

Today I made some more progress on my startup project. Today’s task was to research JSONP. JSONP is a method of padding the JSON data with a function call as a way to work around the Cross-Origin Resource Sharing restriction. … Continue reading

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Planning A Startup

My freelance web development work has pretty much dried up. I am currently selling stuff on eBay to reduce the clutter in my house and make a little extra money. You can check out the stuff I’m selling at http://www.ebay.com/sch/rrobbins/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1 … Continue reading

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Encrypting Email

I have been reading the book I bought at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC, The Snowden Files by Luke Harding, and I have actually learned something from it. The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most … Continue reading

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My New Devices

I have not written a blog post since October. I have not been traveling over the winter. I should write about my business instead of my travels. I am falling way behind on the technology because I spend more time … Continue reading

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Unrealistic Project Deadlines

Recently I’ve been offered projects with unrealistic deadlines. This has got me thinking about the issue. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs and business people lack experience in initiating web development projects so they make some common mistakes. How you propose a project … Continue reading

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Moving To The Big City

Should I move to the big city some day? I’ve been going to New York City once a month for this entire year and the long trips are quite a drag. Now that I have finished reading all the guidebooks … Continue reading

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World Wide Depression In 2011

Today I found this article on http://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/,  23 Doomsayers Who Say We’re Heading Toward Depression In 2011. The severity of the economic downturn is already apparent in state budgets which are far in the red. With unemployment benefits running out … Continue reading

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Elgg And Zen Cart

Pennsylvania still has not passed a budget so I continue to work on my web development skill set. Currently I plan to focus on Elgg and Zen Cart. Zen Cart is a new web application for me. I think it … Continue reading

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Looking For More Freelance Work

I’ve allowed my client list to dwindle down to just one but now I need to look for more freelance work. Pennsylvania has not passed a budget for the 2010 fiscal year and instead of issuing IOUs like California, they … Continue reading

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Silhouette Theater – My Webcomic Project

I have started a personal project in order to see if I can make any money by producing content on the Internet. I’ve recently read a book, YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture, which got me to thinking about how … Continue reading

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iTouch Web Applications And Web Slices

I’ve been slacking off for the past two months due to travel but I’m finally getting back into gear. I recently added some material to my notes on creating web pages for the iTouch and iPhone. I have an iTouch … Continue reading

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Blog Improvements

Today I installed the Now Reading widget to my WordPress blog. This is just what I needed, a way to manage the information on what I’m currently reading. Unfortunately my life is so dull that I have nothing to report … Continue reading

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Convert An Old PC Into Network Attached Storage

Today I converted an old PC into a Network Attached Storage device. I have an old PC that I was thinking of selling on eBay but its processor is just 550 MHz so it would probably be a waste of … Continue reading

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Spending Freeze

This morning I ordered an Acer Veriton M460-ED7201C – Core 2 Duo E7200 2.53 GHz computer to replace my aging workstation at home. I have to keep the process viewer open all the time to kill the programs that are … Continue reading

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Back In Business

I got a replacement DSL modem from Verizon this evening so my broadband Internet access is restored. I was using my old USB modem and a free dial-up account from NetZero. NetZero is a good temporary back up option for … Continue reading

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Offline Until Next Week

Yesterday evening my Westell 6100 DSL modem’s power light turned amber which means it is in safe boot mode. I have been unable to get it out of safe boot mode. I tried the reset button many times, disconnected all … Continue reading

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