July 28, 2012


How To Download and Install Skype

In this video I show you how to download and install Skype.  Skype is used by so many people to communicate online, you are at a disadvantage if you don’t have it and use it.


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July 19, 2012


The #1 Anti Virus solution in the US…and it’s free.

According to OPSWAT the number 1 Anti Virus tool (in market share) in the United States is Microsoft Security Essentials .  It is number 2 in the world just behind avast!.  It’s incredible that both of these products are FREE!

I have been happily using Microsoft Security Essentials for several years on several computers and have been very pleased with the results, or should I say the lack of problems.  Of course, Anti Virus software is only one link in the security chain and you should also use a software firewall as well as a firewall in your cable modem/router.

Try out Microsoft Security Essentials, I think you will be pleased as well.

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July 18, 2012


Forget what I said about using the Login Lock Plugin

Well, I’ve learned several good lessons in the past few days.  More on that at the end of this message.  My problems started when I couldn’t complete logging in as the administrator on this website.  The login page allowed me to enter the username and password but then it would just hang and would not let me go further.  That was on Internet Explorer.  Next I tried Firefox and after I entered my username and password, I got a “cannot redirect” error.

At this point I didn’t know what had happened.  I didn’t know if someone had hacked my website, or whether a recently installed plugin was causing the problem or what.  I logged into Cpanel for my site and looked at log files and anything that might show what was going on.  I didn’t see anything that led me to resolve the problem.

I decided to restore the website from a backup I had just taken using the DUPLICATOR WordPress plugin.  This would prove that my backups worked and would only take a few minutes.  My website is in a directory on Hostgator called TIREDOFTHECUBE so I renamed the directory to TIREDOFTHECUBE_OLD.  That would allow me to keep my website in case I needed anything from it.  Next, I created a new directory called TIREDOFTHECUBE and copied my 2 backup files there via FTP from my home system.

The instructions told me to run the install.php file so I double clicked on the file and install.php opened on the screen showing the text inside the file.  Instead it should have started restoring my website from the backup.  I couldn’t get the install.php file to work.  “What was I doing wrong”, I asked myself.

Instead of double clicking on the file to run it, I should have opened a browser and typed in the URL TIREDOFTHECUBE.COM/install.php.  I actually knew this but was having a brain dead moment I guess.

I finally got the website restored and the problem remained.  I restored several other earlier versions and still had the problem.  Finally, I got on an electronic chat with Hostgator support.  We discovered that the Login Lock Plugin was the problem.  The support guy disabled the Login Lock plugin and things magically worked.

So, I have loved using the LOGIN LOCK plugin, but I can no longer recommend it.


Go to Login Lock support page, or the support page for whatever product you are having problems with to see if others are having the problem and whether a fix exists.

Do backups often.

Let the support folks help you.


July 14, 2012


WordPress breakins thwarted with Login Lock


I installed a Plugin called Login Lock by Mark Edwards and I’m so glad I did.

Login Lock is doing a great job protecting my sites and letting me know what IP address is trying to break in to my site.  On one of my other sites, I’m getting more attempts to break in every week.  Right now I only have one user on this website.  If someone attempts to login they need to know the username and password.  The default username is Admin.  However, I have changed the username on all my websites from Admin to, well… something else, and I would suggest you do the same.  After a few unsuccessful attempts to login, the Login Lock plugin disables access from that particular IP address and sends a message like the following:

This notice is to inform you that someone at IP address 88.99.999.999 tried to login to your site  and failed.

The targeted username was Admin

The IP address has been blocked for 120 minutes.


As you can see the person trying to break into my site was counting on the fact that most people do not change the default username (Admin).  Once I get this message, I block that IP address from ever connecting again by using the IPdeny tool in Hostgator’s CPanel.

So, change your WordPress username and always have long passwords on all your accounts.  I would suggest 14 characters at least on all your passwords, whereever you use them.  Also, your password should contain UPPER CASE and lower case characters as well as numbers and special characters.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

July 11, 2012


A little Google fun

I just heard about some fun things Google has released.  Now, one of these was released in November 2011, so I guess I’m behind the times.  However, if this is news to you, then I guess I’m not the only one a little behind.


I’m not sure if this works with all browsers, but it does work with Firefox.  Open your browser and type in Google.com.   In the search window, type in:

do a barrel roll

Your screen will do a barrel roll!  How cool is that.

Next, in the google search box type in:


Your screen will look…askew!

Some days you just need to have a little fun.

June 26, 2012


Using the Duplicator Plugin for Backing Up Your WordPress site.

You’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into creating your website. What would happen if you lost it all. I’m sure a very sick feeling would come over you and you would wish you had saved all your work.

There are several free plugins available to help you backup your WordPress website. I like a Plugin called Duplicator. I’ll tell you about it in the video. Let me know if you have any questions of comments. Thanks.

June 20, 2012


I’m a Hostgator and AWeber affiliate now!

I’m pretty excited!  I just signed up to be an affiliate to Hostgator and AWeber.  You can see the new widgets/banner_ads on the right of the screen.  Basically, when someone clicks on either of those links, it takes you to those companies websites where you can find out more information and decide if you want to signup for the service.  If you don’t, that’s fine.  If you do, then I get a small affiliate commission.  You are not charged anything extra!

So, whether you go directly to Hostgator’s website (for example) or whether you go from my website, you pay the same to Hostgator.  Of course, I would really appreciate it if you clicked on the link on the right of my website since it will earn me a small affiliate commission.  Thanks!

June 18, 2012


Dean Hollands Quick Start Challenge

As part of the course, Dean wanted us to create a video which talks about our business. Here’s my entry. Enjoy!

June 12, 2012


A new movie called “I’m Fine, Thanks”

These guys have produced a movie in documentary style with a very timely message.  Most of us are still living lives others want us to live and therefore part of us never gets the chance to help or motivate others.  Please watch the clip.  If you want to know more or make a pledge, go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cranktank/im-fine-thanks/

June 10, 2012


Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge

Last Friday evening I attended Dean Holland’s webinar for his 4 week course called

“Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge”

Dean is a remarkable young man who has turned his life around in the past 4 years by going from a dead end job and being $60K in debt, to an exciting life of selling his knowledge and experience online to people all over the world.  This course will show how he did it and help folks like me do something like it.

Think about that for a second.  Today you are working for “the man”, but 6 months or 12 months or 24 months from now you could be working for yourself.

I can’t wait until next week’s webinar!