I quit my job

I quit my job

You did what?

Yup, I quit the best job I’ve ever had. For one of the best agencies in Grand Rapids. My last day as an official employee of ddm will be October 15, next Friday. And no I did not quit with a whiteboard and a mass email like Jenny ;)

Why did you quit?

I have heard a lot of people give lip service to having their family as a priority. I have been watching myself fall into the same trap, (more…)

I’m a Nerd and I’m Thankful

I’m a Nerd and I’m Thankful

Twin TomsToday is an American holiday known as Thanksgiving, and while the foundations of this holiday are different, the current culture dictates that there be a large family gathering with overeating and a turkey involved. There is another more subtle tradition of listing the things a person is thankful for. This is my venue of choice for listing my 2009 thanksgiving “I’m thankful for…” list. (more…)

SEO and International Characters in Domain Names

SEO and International Characters in Domain Names

Double Byte FontsWe all know our normal latin characters. We know them world-wide because English is the primary trade language.

We also know that the Internet has been based on the latin character set. There has been a shift away from this to UTF-8 encoding. But there is now a larger shift. We’re approaching the 20th birthday of the Web, and for the first twenty years the web has been based on Latin-1 for domain names. This is about to change.

English is still the predominant language on the web but, this will not last for long. The Chinese are quickly becoming the dominant player online despite the Great Firewall of China.

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MySql Latin1 to UTF8 Conversion

MySql Latin1 to UTF8 Conversion

utf-8For those of you who follow me due to my social media strategy, this is a little break from the norm. I am a nerd and I used a lot of resources to develop this script, so in an effort to give back to the community I’m gonna nerd out for a post.

The Problem with ISO-8859-1 aka Latin1

I am not an expert in character encoding, so I’ll break it down in human terms. Latin1 cannot hold as many characters as UTF8. This becomes a problem when you have encoding from applications such as Microsoft Word, or different languages. UTF8 on the other hand can store everything latin1 can and a whole lot more. As an example, and to learn more about how to make your websites UTF-8 compatible, see Geir Berset’s Mother of all UTF-8 Check lists. (more…)

Linux Find and Argument List Too Long

I have had a problem that has been plaguing me for eons, and today I finally stopped and dealt with it, I refused to let it plague me anymore. And to my surprise I was able to solve it pretty quickly.

I use the find command in Linux very often. I also use sendmail and support it. I have a few hundred users on my server and I occasionally need to help a user find a piece of information in their email. So I ssh into the server, grab my trusty find command and go to work, this is where the problems typically occur. (more…)