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17 May

1987 Topps Baseball Card Template

Size 10"x14"

A few years ago, I made this template for my companies Softball team. I chose one of my favorite baseball card styles,1987 Topps baseball card.  I don’t know what it is about the 1987 Topps cards, maybe its the wood grain, maybe its the interesting slogans, maybe its the fact that have boxes upon boxes of these cards from when i was a kid.   Whatever the reason is, i worked on the template, and did my best to make it look as close to the originals.  The template is 10″x14″ and can easily be scaled down to a normal baseball size card.  I found that if i made it larger, I had more control over the end result, plus i can make bigger images to send people.  Unfortunately I never got around to making the back side of the card.

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13 October

Woot Bag of Crap: Woot-Off 9/22/10

For those of you who dont follow the site, they have one deal per day. It is usually refurbished, sometimes new and the products vary greatly. Every few months they have what they call a Woot off, where they have items back to back until they sell out. This is where it really gets interesting, and sometimes you have to fight people for the products, because they sell out so fast.  It is really ingenious if you ask me.

Every woot off, there is one coveted item, that everyone wants to get. And as ive found is near impossible to actually purchase, as the servers crash almost the instant it goes live on the site. The product is simply described as a “bag of crap.” If you go to the woot.com website and look at their previous woots for the Bag of crap, and you will see the people who manage to buy one get some interesting stuff.  All the bags of crap now come with 3 craps(or items, ) in the past you had the option to buy up to 3 but now it just comes with 3, for 3$ and 5$ shipping(actually every item woot sells has 5$ shipping from a leakfrog, to a queensized bed, or tv.) It seams like the majority get some piddly items, like a bag(the bag in “bag of crap”), set of ipod headphones, some stickers, speakers, whatever they seam to have available. Usually worth the 3$ investment, but there’s always a handful of people who get some cool extras thrown in there. Then… there is the letter. It appears that an unknown amount of users get a letter in their shipment of crap.  The letter usually reads something like “we apologize, but your third item would not fit in your box, and will be shipped separately.”  The interesting part, is this “3rd item” will arrive on a Pallet!! One guy got a pallet of car wax, another guy got a pallet that had a plethora of stuff including 40 badminton rackets, and 20 golf clubs.  Some people even get tv’s,  the list goes on and on.

Which brings me to the point of this Post. The last woot off (9/22/10), I somehow managed to actually order a bag of crap.

I waited almost a month to get my Bag of Crap.  The suspense and excitement i felt waiting for this box to arrive was very reminiscent of Christmas, when i was a child.  I could not wait till it came.  What could be in that box?

After the Jump See what I Got in my Bag of Crap, along with a video of me unboxing my first ever Bag of Crap.

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6 November

Moving Your WordPress Blog to a New Domain

I wanted to take some time to explain the steps i followed to migrate my blog to a new domain. Since my domains are both hosted by the same service, the migration steps i followed were much easier then if someone had to build a new database.

  1. The first thing I did was backup my word press directory and database.  This is easily accomplished by downloading all the files from my old blog folders via ftp, to a folder on my pc.  I then logged into mysql admin, and exported my database to a file and saved it to the same path as my files.  I labeled this folder with the current date to identify it as my blog backup.
  2. Then I downloaded the same wordpress version I am currently running from the WordPress  Release Archive
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6 November

301 Redirect For WordPress Blog

So it appeared i could not keep both sites running, so i figured out how to make a 301 redirect which is the best way to redirect your links, without upsetting your search engine rankings.  It was really simple to do.  All I did was create a new .htaccess file with the following code and placed it in the root of my old website.   Everything from my old site redirects here now with no problems.

redirect 301 /blog/ http://www.theCrazySteve.com/

Just so you can understand what is happening.  My old blog was in www.domain.com/blog/  what i am telling your webbrowser (and spiders) to do, is any thing that points to www.domain.com/blog/(whatever) to point to http://www.theCrazySteve.com/(whatever) .  If you dont have an extra folder level like me (/blog/) you can just put / there like this:

redirect 301 / http://www.theCrazySteve.com/

Obviously changing your domain name.

This website has great information on redirects, and the pro’s and cons to different types.

Spiders and 301 Redirects

8 July

Google Voice, A New Adventure in Telephony.

Google VoiceToday sparks a new era in telephony.  Today i received my invite to Google Voice.    I have been very interested in Google Voice since it was originally called grandcentral.   In this post I will give you a brief overview on some of the exciting features Google Voice.  My next blog will take you though the setup process, which was quick and painless and more in depth with configuring the features for your needs.

For those of you who are not familiar with Google Voice, it is a “telephone management service”  that is now offered by google.  In today’s day and age many people have multiple phones accessible to them.  I myself carry two cellphones, and I have a desk phone at work.  But many people have more then that, multiple home phones, fax lines,  cellphones, ect.  The concept of Google Voice is to consolidate this down to 1 single number that people can call or send SMS Text messages to.  At my job we were considering a service like this it was often referenced as “Find Me, Follow Me.”  What happens is when someone calls your Google Voice number, it will call every phone number you have defined, in an attempt to “Find You”.  When you answer whichever phone you are closes to, it will send the call to that phone, and drop all the other phones.  But Google Voice has taken this a step further and added a plethora of features.   Not only can you get voice mails from this system, but you can also have it forward your txts to all of your phones.  With a service like this you can now freely switch telephone carriers, telephone numbers, switch jobs, ect and still be able to be contacted with your 1 main Google Voice number.  Removing or adding a phone is very quick and easy.  But Google Voice does not stop with find me follow me, lets look at some of the more interesting features: Read the rest of this entry »