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|December 30, 2018|
Sunday posts are an open topic day, it's a chance to blog about something that doesn't fit in any of the regular categories.
You may not agree with these, but these are the post that stands out from all other Sunday posts.
|June 3, 2018|
This month?s blog theme is Hidden Treasures. From hidden features in Keyboard Maestro to sites in Boston, you?ll surely learn something new every day.
Did you know you can add GPS search queries to Photos smart groups? Adding GPS filters can help filter images/videos.
Some practical examples:
In Smart Groups, the way you filter images/movies is by using the Text field. Here?s a sample query:
Hope you enjoy all the cool hidden treasures that are revealed this month!
|May 6, 2018|
This is my third year as part of the A to Z challenge. It was a lot of fun coming up with practical content with a unique letter every day. Obviously, I didn't want to repost old content.
Here's the break down of the number of words by first letter in the Unix dictionary (/etc/dict) by number of words:
Its interesting to see which words have the fewest letters.
What do you think? Did the content in April meet expectations? Any ideas about what topics to write about for next year?
|April 1, 2018|
It's April, and that means that it's time for this years A-Z Challenge.
This is the third year that I have participated in the challenge. Check out all the past A-Z posts on a special page that I have set up.
The A-Z Blogging Challenge is to have bloggers post something related to the letter of the day. Most bloggers don't post every day so this can hard to balance life and quality blog posts.
In addition, it can be tricky to come up with topics for certain letters - q, x, y, and z.
Here is the weekly topic schedule:
|Monday||QA Monday||Practical Tips/Information with Quality Assurance Testing.|
|Tuesday||Evernote||Tips and Tricks with the popular Evernote productivity tool|
|Wednesday||Aruba||We'll be vacationing in Aruba soon, thought it would be good to learn about the country before our trip.|
|Thursday||Boston||Learn some detail information about sites in Boston, Massachusetts.|
|Friday||Macintosh||Various tips and tricks that I have learned related to Macintosh Hardware or Software.|
|Saturday||Internet Tools||Profile of some useful Internet tools to make your job easier.|
|Weekends||Anything Goes||Open topic! I usually find something interesting to post.|
My Personal Challenge
Here's what I am committed to delivering this month:
I already have much of the month content mapped out - something different that I haven't done in the past.
Some of the resources where I got topic ideas:
|July 9, 2017|
In 1996, I drove across the country from Concord, Massachusetts to San Jose, California. I accepted a new job and needed to relocate. So I packed the car and headed west.
Before heading on my journey, I did some research about unique places to visit. Driving across the country isn't something that people do all the time, and I figured that I should educate places on my journey.
In my research, I discovered that I was going to be within a few miles of the Geographic Center of the United States of America. I thought it would be neat to discover that place and added it to my list of places to go and see.
It turns out that where I thought the Geographic Center of the Nation was located was abandoned. It wasn't anywhere near the experience
In October 1996, I put together a website of my journey. The page was never completed, and I took down the link many years ago. I recently found the pages on some CDs and thought it would be neat to put the site up again.
I fixed up some of the HTML and combine the pages into a single page. I think I had multiple pages back in 1996 because of bandwidth issues of loading a lot of graphics. FYI: The pages were done using Adobe PageMill 2.0 on my Quadra 66AV.
The location that I found might not have been the real Geographic Center of the United States that I thought it was. Turns out that there is an American flag someplace along Old Highway 85.
From a description by wharfrat3 on Road Trippers.com:
We didn't go here, instead, we went to the real center of the country. Go north out of Belle Fourche about 15 miles on US 85. Turn left onto Old Hwy 85 and go about 7.5-8 miles.
On the right, in a file, you'll see an American flag. And 2 USGS markers, one from 1959, the other from 1962, marking the spot. If you're traveling on US 85, it's a nice detour.
|May 6, 2017|
This years A-Z Challenge was a lot easier because I planned my post well in advance. Many posts were ready to go live a few days before the scheduled date.
The A-Z Challenge is the tough challenge because I have a different topic every day. Many sites simply stick to a single topic and post something unique every day.
One of the things that help was Google's auto-complete functionality. Simply type your topic in the search and the autocomplete will give you some ideas!
For example, if I was looking for a 'q' word for Boston I would type in:
You can see all the A-Z Challenge posts on a special page that I created.
I had a lot of fun with the A-Z Challenge this year. I am looking forward to next year. I'll also check around to see if there are any other Blog Challenges.
|December 25, 2016|
Merry Christmas 2016!
There will be a slight change up to the Blogging schedule in January. Here?s my proposed January 2017 line up:
|Monday||Disney||Tips and tricks about various rides and attractions around Walt Disney World|
|Tuesday||Google Chrome Tips||Some practical tips and tricks with the Chrome browser.|
|Wednesday||Affinity Templates||Creative design ideas for Affinity Designer or Affinity Photo.|
|Thursday||Boston||Boston is a historical city, learn some background information on unique sites to visit.|
|Friday||Macintosh||Various tips and tricks that I have learned about using the Macintosh. Every once in a while I'll profile some productive software or hardware that is very cool.|
|Saturday||Gluten Free||Personal experiences of eating gluten free with a 5-year-old in New England.|
|Sunday||Anything Goes||Open topic! I usually find something interesting to post which, I believe, my audience would enjoy.|
I have decided to retire the Framingham content for a bit as I would like to do some additional research before posting any content. I would expect that regular Framingham posting to resume sometime in February.
|April 12, 2016|
Today marks the 100th day of Blogging in 2016!
It's hard to believe with a very busy schedule that I have, that I still found time to blog everyday. Which, lof course, leads to this quote:
"Someone Busier Than You, Is Blogging Right Now"
The fun continues! There's still lots of cool things to talk about. The Disney section is generating lots of traffic and lots of readers are learning about Boston.
Hope you are enjoying the new upcoming content.
|April 9, 2016|
On April 9, 1998, I purchase this domain: cryan.com. I would have never guessed that I would still own the domain name 18 years later.
At lot has changed on the internet during that time. When I started, sites like AltaVista and Excite were the most popular search engines. Nobody did any search optimization to get on the front page.
A special thanks to Hurricane Electric, my exclusive hosting provider during the past 18 years. They have done a great job making sure the site has always was accessible. I don't think they are accepting any new hosting accounts, but I certainly do recommend them.
This year has been a busy blogging year, I am approaching 100 days of non-stop blogging. I have noticed a slight pickup in Traffic during this time too.
Here are a couple of screen shots of what the homepage looked like back in 1997 and 2013, I'll look for more screen shots and share them when I find them.
This is what the site looked like in 1996.
The is the homepage back in 2013.
|March 26, 2016|
The A-Z Blogging Challenge is just about to begin. If your not aware of the challenge, here's the scoop: Can you post every day except Sundays during April? And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?
Last Wednesday was the "Name the Theme" day. It was an opportunity to publicly announce the blog theme during the challenged. I missed the deadline, so here's my theme for April 2016:
There is no theme change.
Yes, the current daily blogging content will still go on. I'll continue to blog about the different topics each day but the twist will be that the daily blog content will be around the letter of the day. It's a bit of an extra challenge on my part to come up with something creative.
Part of the requirements of the A-Z Challenge is to have comments enable on participating blogs. Late last week, I finally implement the comment functionality to my blogs. I am officially in compliance with the A-Z challenge rules!
For those that don't care about the challenge, here's today's added value:
Here is another sound bite from my audio collection. This weekends audio clip is part of John Edwards speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston: