Monday, September 21, 2015

Picking a Song Every Month for 9 Years

This December, I will have picked a song of the month for 9 years straight. It's a small, personal tradition that I started in 2006. Each month I pick a song that I think is the catchiest. Usually, it's a new song that I immediately play on repeat.

I feel quite accomplished maintaining a list diligently every month for 9 years. Looking forward to when this list hits 10 years old in December 2016. With that though comes the realization that time is passing quickly. But at least I can look back at each song that represents it's respective month and see through time. The only other way to remember time is through our large photo libraries and journal entries.

Check out my official list:

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Don't Pay a Fortune for Photo Restorations in San Antonio

Most photo restoration services charge a fortune to restore your priceless memories. The reason they do this is because they can! Where else are you going to have your photos restored? Well, I would like to give you another option. If you'd like your photo restored, tweet it to me on Twitter @agarciatv and I'll post it in my online store when it's ready.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Reducing Costs in the Right Places

Recently, I tallied my annual creative expenditures; from web-hosting to cloud, stock and software subscriptions. I was appalled when I realized my spending would reach $1,100/yearly, unless I curtailed subscriptions. These subscriptions did not include luxuries like XBOX Live or Amazon Prime, but instead creative/computer-related necessities like Adobe Creative Cloud, VideoBlocks, AudioBlocks, PogoplugOffice 365, iPage Web-Hosting, iCloud, Vimeo Pro and Buffer

Subscriptions are a plague, they attach themselves to your credit card and like a leech, drain your account long after you have forgotten about it. 

My resolve was to cut as many of these account-draining pests that charged more than their true value.

I cut Buffer, right off. I realized that IFTTT (free) works just fine and could be set to repeat posts, reducing my need to fiddle with it. I cut Office 365, because, quite frankly, Google Drive does the exact same thing for free! I am moving off self-hosted WordPress sites in favor of Blogger and other free web building platforms, because their uptime is not only superior, but also I do not have to worry about updates or viruses. Blogger is free and with a few JavaScript embeds I can get close to the same functionality I had when I was hosting WordPress on iPage. That's $10 for a domain and free hosting vs $200+ with iPage.

I have thought about cutting Adobe Creative Cloud, but Adobe has really stepped up their game and their software at the moment is well worth the $32/monthly that I pay for it. Granted, I would prefer to see this cost reduced to $19/monthly or dare I ask for $9/monthly? Vimeo Pro I am on the fence with. I like the Portfolio's, but their designs are too limited to replace other web-building options. I like that I can download my videos and that it is not as tacky as YouTube, but $200/yearly is steep. And then there's Pogoplug. After my whole home folder vanished without a trace, I reconsidered my subscription. Uploading to Pogoplug is slow, but the price is really good for unlimited. I'm on the fence, but I am leaning towards keeping it. My data was restored mysteriously and 3 days later I received an email that tech support was aware of the issue and fixed it.

I have concluded that you can cut a lot of creative expenses with enough know how and still create great content.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Making the switch from WordPress to Blogger

I never thought I would say this, but I just made the switch from a self-hosted WordPress to Blogger. Why? Because it's free.

I am very satisfied with WordPress, I have nothing against it – I just want to break free from paying hosting providers, such as iPage, for spotty service.

Last month, iPage really let me down. To sum things up briefly, my entire root directory was hacked and iPage froze both my hosting and DNS services until I removed the malware myself. In the meantime, I could not redirect my domains to explain to my visitors what had happened and my domains were helplessly left advertising for iPage. All 10 of my sites were down for 41 hours. I had to contact support multiple times, through multiple channels and even offer the solution myself, which was to delete everything! A total loss. Needless to say, I'll be firing iPage ASAP. This is why I am moving as many of my domains to free services that are known for 100% uptime.

If you are looking to migrate your WordPress self-hosted site to a free Blogger Google-hosted site, export an XML of your WordPress site via Dashboard > Tools > Export > All Posts and upload the XML file it gives you to this free WordPress to Blogger Converter.

Once you've downloaded the converted XML file for Blogger, upload it via Settings > Blog Tools > Import Blog. That's it!

Best of luck and happy blogging!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dear iPage – stop using fear to sell your products!

I received this email today warning me about the dangers of having my information publicly accessible in the WHOIS database.

I'm angered that iPage would stoop to such tactics as to scare me into buying a $10/yr reoccurring privacy subscription. This is the problem with the digital world - everyone is trying to scare you into buying their products.

If iPage really cared about my privacy - they'd offer this service for free. The only thing iPage really cares about is getting more of my money. And this insincerity didn't go unnoticed.

Have a read for yourself. This flavor of marketing shouldn't be tolerated. Don't tell me your looking out for my best interests when that isn't your primary concern.
Dear Aaron,

We value the privacy of all our customers, and we wanted to let you know that you're currently at risk of identity theft, fraud, stalkers, spam and telemarketing. It may sound drastic, but it's true -- when you first registered “(my domain here)," the following personal contact information was published online:

(My information here)

The reason is simple: ICANN, the international governing body for domain names, requires valid contact information for every domain that is registered, and submitting inaccurate information can result in the forfeiture of your domain.

Fortunately, there's an easy way to protect yourself: domain privacy. Domain privacy masks your personal details with generic contact information. Legitimate requests for your contact info are filtered and forwarded to you, letting *you* decide who has access to you. Log into your account to protect your identity:

(a link to buy their service here)

This is a cost to you for the domain privacy service, but it's usually less than $10/year. That's just 83 cents/month. Please protect yourself against, at the very least, telemarketing calls and spam -- not to mention potential identity theft or other kinds of fraud or scams. Add domain privacy to (my domain here) today:

(another link to buy their services here)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (their phone number here).


The iPage Team

Saturday, February 7, 2015

How to Convert a dmg to an iso file in Linux

Press Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below:

sudo apt-get install dmg2img

Once installed, change the directory to where the .dmg file is located and run the following command:

dmg2img <file_name>.dmg

This will convert the .dmg to an .img file. Run the following command to convert the .img to an .iso file.

mv <file_name>.img <file_name>.iso

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Where to get Joli OS 1.2.1 ISO after it's Discontinued

I'm searching for the ideal operating system to breathe new life into my old Pentium D powered Dell 9100. I came across the below video about Joli OS 1.2.1 and was instantly sold.

I ventured over to the Joli OS website and discovered the OS had been discontinued. They offer a new cloud version that can run in your browser, but it really isn't an OS any more. It combines access to all of your cloud accounts – useful, but not what I am looking for.

If you're interested in downloading Joli OS 1.2.1, I found a list of mirrors that are still offering Joli OS for free download.

Click here to download

I plan to upload Joli OS to my severs as well to keep Jolio OS available online perpetually. Enjoy!