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How To Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick

It’s been a week now since New Year’s 2014 – do you remember your New Year’s Resolutions? If not, why not? They seemed so important at the time, what happened?
How can we use technology to make sure we remember and accomplish our New Year’s Resolutions? Read More

Bytechnicalguy

Winter Solstice 2013

Today, December 21, 2013 is the Winter Solstice. This means that for us here in the Norther Hemisphere the sun it at its lowest point of the year and starting tomorrow the days start getting longer again!

I don’t know about you, but I am very pleased at that prospect!

You can read more at Wikipedia

Bytechnicalguy

Tech Gifts for Christmas 2013

wrapped-giftIt’s that time! Have you found something for the techie in your life?
There’s still time – here’s a quick list to point you in the right direction – good luck!
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Bytechnicalguy

Break Fix vs Break Why

break-fixBreak/Fix is a popular method companies use to fix your computer. Something breaks, you call them up, they fix it. It’s quick, it’s easy, your problem is resolved, and off you go again!
Problem is; Break/Fix is not the best way – for you. Read More

Bytechnicalguy

Not Receiving Emails?

email-iconIn the past couple of weeks I’ve had 2 customers who have stopped receiving emails because they ran out of disk space on their hosted mail server. This is a very bad scenario and doubly so if you are a business, as email is a major point of communication for businesses. The last thing you want is to stop receiving emails and losing potential business.
So how can you make sure you will always get those emails you really really need, and not run out of disk space on your hosted mail server? Read More

Bytechnicalguy

WordPress 3.7 and Automatic Updates

WordPress 3.7 is an update you’ll want to install, mainly for the one new item that will make life a little easier; automatic updates.

WordPress 3.7 is named “Basie” in honour of Count Basie, a jazz pianist, organist, band leader, and composer from 1904 to 1984.
You’ll see the update notification for 3.7 in your top bar in WordPress, or you can download it directly Here. Read More

Bytechnicalguy

WordPress 3.6.1 is now available

When was the last time you actually upgraded your WordPress site?
Are you an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” kinda person?
That approach might work with some things but for technology and certainly your WordPress website it’s not the right approach.
This latest release from WordPress they actually state; “we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately“.

Upgrading your WordPress site is actually pretty easy, however there are some steps you should take before you start, just in case. Read More

Bytechnicalguy

Who is sjrb.ca?

I received an email this week that said it was from Shaw, but the email address was from an account @sjrb.ca.

It looked like my Shaw Internet business account, the return address, however, wasn’t shaw.ca, but ShawBusiness-CustomerNotificationsVan@sjrb.ca.

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Here’s a screenshot of what the email looked like – notice the return address at the top:

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Confirmation

An online chat with Shaw’s tech support confirmed that sjrb.ca is indeed an email address used by Shaw.

For some reason an @sjrb.ca email address is used by their tech support people, rather than an @shaw.ca email address.

Another confirmation that sjrb.ca is Shaw is to open a browser and go to www.sjrb.ca. You will see that it redirects to the shaw.ca website. This step doesn’t mean the email could still be malicious, but it is a step in the right direction.

Stay Safe

It is unusual for a company like Shaw to be using an @sjbr.ca email address when that doesn’t reflect the company name. Many company advisories will remind and warn their users to not open or interact with emails from email accounts they are not familiar with.

Good for you then, to check it out and confirm!

At CloudPockets we are all about staying safe and protecting your data from disaster. It is easy to click a link in an apparently legitimate email and be hit with malware or even ransomware.

It does seem a bit irresponsible for Shaw to be using an @sjrb.ca email address rather than an @shaw.ca email address, especially as they are asking you to update your information and send it back to them by email. That is a classic spam and malware tactic.

If you do happen to to click a link in an email, and your computer becomes compromised, the you’ll know the hassle and disruption that creates. One errant click can cause hours of downtime and potential impact across the whole organization.

CloudPockets helps mitigate that through daily cloud-based backups that allow you to restore email accounts, documents, and data, to get your computer and systems back up and going quickly.

Bytechnicalguy

Friday Funny – Yesterday

The-Beatles-Yesterday Yesterday,
All those backups seemed a waste of pay
Now my database has gone away
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Suddenly,
There’s not half the files there used to be
There’s a deadline hanging over me
The system crashed so suddenly

I – pushed – something wrong
What it was I could not say

Now – all my data’s gone
and I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay

Yesterday,
The need for back-ups seemed so far away
I knew my data was all here to stay
Now I believe in yesterday

Thanks to www.rgagnon.com for making me laugh!

Bytechnicalguy

Slugs and SEO

Slugs and SEO

not-this-slugWhen was the last time you thought about slugs? No, not the slimy ones that turn inside out when you salt them – slugs like the ones that WordPress assigns every time you create a new page or post.

What Are Slugs?

Slugs are WordPress’s URL friendly title for your post or page.
You’ll see them at the top of the page when you are creating a new post or page.
Here’s the slug for this post I’m writing right now. Notice I added the word “wordpress” in the slug, even though it is not in the title of the post:

wordpress-slug

Why Are Slugs Important?

Slugs should be part of your SEO focus (Search Engine Optimization) for your website. Whenever you are writing a blog article you want to use the SEO keyword(s) within your post so that it is recognized by the search engines. My keywords for this post is “wordpress slugs” and so I’ve used that keyword in the slug, as you can see.
Slugs are also important when you are creating pages because they can make a page easier to understand and get to. For example; your pricing page may have a title “Buy our Widgets Now!”, but you want the page to be called “pricing” so that people can easily go to www.mywebsite.com/pricing rather than www.mywebsite.com/buy-our-widgets-now. Makes sense?

Why didn’t I just add “slugs” as the keyword for this post? If you search for “slugs” you could get all kinds of responses, including articles about the slimy ones. I wanted to be more specific so I added “wordpress slugs” so that I’d only show up in searches related to WordPress and slugs.

How To Change the WordPress Slug

Changing the WordPress slug is easy, just make sure you change it before you publish the page. You can change it afterwards but you could get “page not found” errors from people linking to the previous version of the post.
Just go to the top of the WordPress page and click within the slug area. Add whatever words you want and separate words with a dash, no spaces. Click OK when you’re done.

wordpress-slug-edit

WordPress creates this slug automatically for you when you enter the title for your page or post. It takes the words you used and puts them in the slug. Often though you don’t want words in your slug such as “and” or “a” so they need to be edited out. You can change the slug as many times as you like before you publish.

Slugs are all part of your SEO strategy and when you create posts or pages take a quick look before you publish and make sure your slug is saying what you want it today. Got any interesting ways you use slugs?