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‘Documents’ Page Added To The New ‘guruge.com’ Website.



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by Anura Guruge


Some Related posts:
>> New ‘guruge.com’
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Aug. 8, 2014.
>>
Yola FireFox vs. Chrome
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Aug. 6, 2014.
>>
Yola not usableAug. 1, 2014.

>> GoDaddy abusing loyal customers
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Oct. 20, 2013.

>> John Bishop Website — Dec. 12, 2013.
>>
‘Pup Is NOT A Toy’ Website – Nov. 14, 2013.
>> Teischan’s new Website  Nov. 13, 2013.

++++ Search on ‘Yola‘, ‘Weebly’, ‘Wix’ & ‘GoDaddy’  —>>>>


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To access ‘Documents‘ page at www.guruge.com


I am slowly trying to flesh-out this new, Weebly-basedguruge.com‘ Website — in between trying to proof my latest book and all the other stuff that keeps on cropping up.

It is kind of funny. I am not worried that ‘guruge.com’ is a work in progress. It is NOT as if people can’t find me, on the Web, if they really wanted to. So, I am stressing about ‘killing’ myself to get this Website completed.

It is also true that I do not feel any pressing compulsion to make sure that the new ‘Documents’ page is as pukkha as I would have wanted it a decade ago. This is what the old ‘Documents’ page used to look like on my FrontPage-based Website. Well, trying to showcase all my published documents really do not matter that much — anymore. My books tell their own story and I am really not that concerned about getting any new clients for my writing. So this will do. Plus, Weebly, as I am finding out to my cost and chagrin, is far, far from perfect. It is, at best, ‘OK’. Lots of limitations as to what you can do. I guess that is the compromise of using a template-based system. I am used to being able to do whatever I wanted with FrontPage — but that took a LOT of time, effort and heartache. Weebly is quick. Weebly is basically quick and dirty. But that is OK.

I at least got to better present my “1st 250 documents” list. That list, on its own, tells much of the story, or at least 65% of it. I have no ideas where I ended up at. Probably around 390 documents. Maybe more. Doesn’t really matter. 250 publications was the goal. I hadn’t looked at this documents in years, maybe 8 years! I had forgotten that I used to write for Cisco’s PACKET magazine.

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Click to view the entire document IF you are curious.

Anyway, that is where I am at. I might add a shadow page, later on, called ‘More Documents‘, with access to more White Papers. I plan to have a different page for my pictorial stuff and presentations. I do not think of them especially my presentations, as ‘documents’.


This Week’s Web ‘Space’ Problems, Highlighted By eBay Crashes, Will Likely Get Worse UNLESS We Fix Pricing.



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by Anura Guruge


As somebody who made a living, a fairly comfortable one at that, for three decades working on large networks, I have been, for a long time concerned, very concerned, that we will start to run into major bandwidth issues on the Web UNLESS we in someway have the gumption to come up with a USAGE-related pricing scheme. No, this is NOT about ‘Net Neutrality‘ per se. It is more fundamental than that. Internet pricing is not, bar those that have capped wireless plans, usage-based. To make it easier to follow lets take two houses, side by side, where both houses get the same cable-based Internet access for the same price — lets say $35/month. One house might have four teenagers while the other house has no kids, just a middle-aged working couple. Well as you might be able to work out the house with the teenagers probably has considerably more Web usage than the one without kids. The same would probably be true of the electric usage of the two houses: the house with the kids probably uses more electric than the house next door. But here is the kicker — their electric bills will be different, while they still both pay the FLAT, $35/month for Internet usage.

We, as I have talked about a few times before, have two 15Mbps fiber connections to the house because the 15Mbps I could get with a single TDS line, in this rural neck of the world, wasn’t enough. Though we have 30Mbps to the house (and 7+Mbps upload bandwidth) we are, in the scheme of things, not heavy Internet users! We do very little streaming, Voice-over-IP (VoIP) or video downloading. So Internet usage is NOT the same, by any stretch, as the amount of bandwidth you pay for.

That Internet pricing is not equitable has always bothered me. I used to TRY and get ‘kids’, i.e., my students at SNHU, to understand this. They would have degrees in Computer Science and still never have thought about HOW the Internet is funded and whether the ‘funding’ was equitable. So I would always get them to think about it by including a question about it in their exams. See below.

Unless we move towards some kind of usage-related pricing we will start running into bandwidth issues. I am not concerned about storage limitations. Storage is easy to fix. Just a matter of money. Bandwidth is harder to fix. More expensive too — if you are going to do it right. So ‘space’ is more in the network rather than on what is connected to the network. 

Something YOU can do to help. I spent a decade telling this to people in my seminars. When you reply to an e-mail DELETE as much of the original content that was already there as you can. I typically delete all of it. There is NO NEED to just send back what was already in the e-mail unless a bit of it is required to provide context. You are just WASTING precious network bandwidth. Each character transmitted eats up bandwidth! I worry about Internet bandwidth every day.


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Click to ENLARGE. A 2004 mid-term exam for a post-graduate class I taught at the Laconia campus. I wanted them to think about the equitability of Internet funding and pricing. This is what going to kill the Web. We have to move to some level of usage-RELATED (doesn’t have to be based) pricing.


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Check out GOOD story on this week’s eBay problems in the U.K. “Daily Mail”.

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Another good article.


Ebony Elephant Bridge, Made In Ceylon, Probably In The 1950s.

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by Anura Guruge


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>> Laconia Antique Center.
>> Capital City Pawnbrokers.

>> Elephant crying made me cry.

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We stopped by here the day we were in Concord for Lisa DiMartino’s award ceremony — the same day we went to see “Planes — Fire and Rescue” in 3D and ended up getting our money back. 

I wanted to stop because the marquee outside the shop talked about trains and in particular ‘Lionel Trains’. I had to have a look. It is a compulsion I have. Easier than walking past book stores but I do have trouble not entering stores that have trains. What can I say?

I saw the elephants at 30′ — across a room, while walking past the doorway. As soon as I saw them from the corner of my left eye I knew exactly what it was. Devanee was with me. I told her: ‘elephants from Ceylon’. I had NOT see the inlaid ‘Ceylon‘ on the bridge at that point. I was too far away.

Most middle class houses in Colombo, Ceylon would have one of these elephant bridges at the time I was growing up there, i.e., 1950s to 1967.

It was cute. Not sure how one ended up in Concord, N.H.

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Walmart.com Is A Frigging Joke, A Poor, Pathetic Joke At That. Amazon Is So Far Superior It Is Not Funny!

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by Anura Guruge


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>> Pro Series Puncture-Prone Pools — Aug. 1, 2014.

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 Walmart ‘brick-and-mortar’ stores are not the same as Walmart.com as both sides go to great lentghts to point out.

That is good since I have no gripe, at all, with Walmart ‘brick-and-mortar’ stores. I actually like Walmart stores and shop at Walmart stores at least twice a month, usually more — and spend a few hundred dollars at Walmart each month.

As of today it is official — I hate Walmart.com.

Walmart.com is a bloody joke. A poor, pitiful, pathetic joke at that.

Amazon, who I am very fond of (even if I have an occasional hissy fit about their free shiping or their incompetent Call Center in the Philippines), is so far superior to Walmart.com it is not fuuny.

Amazon wins HANDS DOWN when it comes to online retailers.

Never, ever AGAIN. I will never ever again shop bloody Walmart.com. I will gladly pay more and get it from ANYBODY else — because nobody could be as bad as bloody Walmart.com.


Yes, this has to do with the stupid “Pro Series Puncture-Prone 14′ x 42′ Pool” we had to replace for this family in Alton. They got it from Walmart so I tried to get the damn replacement from Walmart.com.

I placed the bloody order July 29, 2014. Two bloody weeks ago.

Just getting tracking details of this order was difficult. I went to the Concord store TWICE hoping to pick it up — the second time today because the online order status told me that it was shipped. Not there.

Then I get this e-mail, today, saying it was DELAYED. Two bloody weeks — and it is further delayed.

Trying to get some sense out of the folks at Walmart was difficult. They can’t help it. That is OK. I am glad that Walmart provides them with a place of employment.

I cancelled the damn order, as soon as I got home, and sent Deanna with a check to pay for the pitiful Pro Series puncture-prone pool. See below. They tell me it will take TWO bloody billing cycles BEFORE I get my $199 back. Well, we will see about that.

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Do NOT shop Walmart.com. SHOP AMAZON. Amazon rocks. Amazon RULES. Amazon, on the whole, is WONDERFUL.

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P.S., Did I mention that Amazon is really, really good and that we are GREAT FANS of Amazon?


Alton, N.H. Old Home Day 2014: The Sunday — Historical Society BBQ & Car Show.

The FREE hot dogs and burgers were GOOD — though I didn’t eat the rolls. No carbs. This picture, taken around 2pm, doesn’t do it justice. Fair number of people milling around. Click to ENLARGE.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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 2013 Alton Old Home Day Fireworks
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>> 2012 Alton Old Home Day Fireworks

+ Heartwarming ‘Annie & The Orphans’ At Cate Park, 2014.
+  Delightful ‘Annie & The Orphans’ At Cate Park, 2013.
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The kids & I, after our customary dump run, stopped by Alton Main Street to get some local color and free grub — saved me having to go to McDonald’s.

So it was the Historical Society BBQ, Police Station ‘open house’
and Car Show.

Fair number of people around.

Decent show of cars. No British cars, but that is acceptable. This is Alton.

Beautiful day. We walked around.

Here are some pictures. Enjoy.

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For Saturday night ‘Annie & the Orphans’ & Fireworks click here.

Inside the Alton Historical Society barn. A float on skis! How cute. They must have pulled this across snow — maybe on the Big Lake.





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Alton, N.H. Old Home Day 2014: ‘Annie & The Orphans’ Outdid The Fireworks — A Grand Night.

Click to ENLARGE. August 9, 2014, Alton Bay.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 2014
Alton Old Home Preview …
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 2013 Alton Old Home Day Fireworks
>> 2013 Alton Old Home Day
>>
2012 Alton Old Home Day
>> 2012 Alton Old Home Day Fireworks

+ Heartwarming ‘Annie & The Orphans’ At Cate Park, 2014.
+  Delightful ‘Annie & The Orphans’ At Cate Park, 2013.
+ “Annie & The Orphans’ Cate Park preview 2014.
+ Couple dancing to ‘Annie …’, Cate Park, 2014.


++++ Search ‘fireworks‘, ‘Alton‘ & ‘Annie’ for other related posts >>>>


What can I say about the fantabulous “Annie & The Orphans”
that I haven’t raved about before?

They, now in their 50th year, have become a Lakes Region treasure.
Such great value. Just like ‘1964 the Tribute‘ from the day before.
They just go out with one simple but admirable mission:
‘Please the crowds. Make them feel good. Make their day’.

I have nothing but respect, admiration and good will towards
Anatole Paquette and his Orphans.
Very nice group of men to boot.

Thank YOU Anatole and the Orphans:
Bob McNab, Steve Giotas, Peter Previte, Roy D’innocenzo & Scottie Groleau.

To access their Website … please click.


“Annie & The Orphans” at Alton Old Home Day 2014.

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Picture perfect evening in Alton Bay.

A near ‘Super Moon‘ providing a vivid backlight.




The Fireworks were “OK”. ‘Annie & the Orphans’ were better.
But a grand, memorable night.


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Click to access close to 70 photos!


The New ‘guruge.com’ Website — Very Much A Work In Progress.



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by Anura Guruge


Some Related posts:
>>
Yola FireFox vs. Chrome
>> — 
Aug. 6, 2014.
>>
Yola not usableAug. 1, 2014.

>> GoDaddy abusing loyal customers
>>
Oct. 20, 2013.

>> John Bishop Website — Dec. 12, 2013.
>>
‘Pup Is NOT A Toy’ Website – Nov. 14, 2013.
>> Teischan’s new Website  Nov. 13, 2013.

++++ Search on ‘Yola‘, ‘Weebly’, ‘Wix’ & ‘GoDaddy’  —>>>>


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My old Web hosting with GoDaddy, which I have had continuously since c. 2001, was coming up for renewal on September 7. I had decided, last October, that I was going to start cutting back on GoDaddy Web hosting. They were getting expensive and existing customers were being forced to pay more than new customers.

PLUS, I had been using FrontPage to create and maintain my GoDaddy Websites. There was a time when I enjoyed messing around with FrontPage. I had created 20 to 30 ‘fancy’ Websites with FP, had taught FP at post-graduate level at SNHU and knew it quite well. Looking back I spent way too much time fiddling around with FP. Then things started to change when I moved to Windows 7 in October 2009. FP wasn’t supported, officially, on Windows 7. So I kept two XP machines just for FP! That started to get old. So last October I decided to slowly transition my Websites, bar popes-and-papacy (which is too big and complex), to a template-based hosting site. Yes, that is basically ‘cloud-based’ Website creation and maintenance. I started off with Yola and had quite a bit of luck. I created 5 sites in Yola. Then I started having problems with Yola a couple of weeks ago when I started playing with it to see whether it was ‘fancy’ enough for my new ‘guruge.com‘. I was crushed. I also had problems with image loading in Weebly. So, I spent a few hours messing around in Wix. Wix is impressive but NOT compelling.

Over the weekend, and I don’t know how, but I got image loading working, TO AN EXTENT, with Weebly — and cross words were exchanged with their support folks.

But, by Tuesday I was able to upload most of my images. Weebly is addictive! Very easy to use — THOUGH it has many quirks. I put together the homepage that is now up in fairly quick time. It was finding the cover pictures for my books that took the longest time.

The Website is FAR from done. Right now it is probably just 30%. But, to be honest I don’t need the Website per se. People know where to find me.

My next worry was that pointing the domain to Weebly might give me grief. That is always a huge area for pitfalls. So I wanted to get that over with quickly. This morning, totally on impulse, I decided to DO IT! Wow. Whole process took less than 2 minutes. I am NOT kidding. It was quick. I was in shock. They say to allow 48 to 72 hours for such a domain transition because of the DNS propagation delays. 2 minutes.

So, it is a work in progress. Now that it is semi-published I will probably be remiss updating it! That is ME.

But, I took the precaution of creating an archived site for the old guruge.com. I have screenshots of the entire old site! Yes, I will put them up. 

I have had http://www.guruge.com since about 1998. I was very lucky to get guruge.com! For a few years various ‘dot.com’ friends, much more attune with what would happen with ‘the Web’, had been telling me that the domain name was available and I should get it! In those days, I was so wrapped up in my work with IBM networks that I really didn’t see a need for a domain name that was my name! Yes, like so many IBMers I was initially blindsided by the Web as just yet another IP/OSI ‘story’. Don’t get me wrong. I had a domain. It was something like http://www.inet-guru.com. Honest. To me the domain was to promote my work and that is what I did, I was an ‘i.net guru’. But, luck was on my side. When I went to get it, it was there.

I have had it ever since.


Image Load Issues With Yola & Weebly — Add JPG Exclusion IF Using Avast Or BitDefender.



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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Yola FireFox vs. Chrome —
Aug. 6, 2014.
>> Yola not usable —
Aug. 1, 2014.
>>
Yola NOT truthful May 24, 2014.
>> John Bishop Website — Dec. 12, 2013.
>>
‘Pup Is NOT A Toy’ Website – Nov. 14, 2013.
>> Teischan’s new Website  Nov. 13, 2013.

++++ Search on ‘Yola‘ —>>>> (side bar)


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Yola and Weebly are both having problems — recently.

I have been actively working with SUPPORT at both Yola and Weebly.

Try ‘whitelisting’ JPEG and PNG files in Avast.

It might be as simple as that.

I got Weebly to work earlier this week WITHOUT having to do this exclusion. But it only started working after I had tried Weebly image loading with Avast disabled. Very frustrating.

But this might do the trick. Hope this help. No charge.

Avast!


Yola (Website Creation) — Using Chrome Could Be An Issue, Works Better With FireFox!



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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Yola not usable —
Aug. 1, 2014.
>>
Yola NOT truthful May 24, 2014.
>> John Bishop Website
 — Dec. 12, 2013.
>>
‘Pup Is NOT A Toy’ Website – Nov. 14, 2013.
>> Teischan’s new Website
  Nov. 13, 2013.
++++ Search on ‘Yola‘ —>>>> (side bar)


teischanyolaaug761aYola, as you might be able to work out, wasn’t too happy that I wasn’t happy with them — especially after they saw my damning post. Since Friday they have been e-mailing and even calling me up to try and get things resolved. We finally managed to set aside some minutes earlier today.

My current problem with uploading images appears to be tied to me using Chrome! That is a shame. I love Chrome and there is no way that I will stop using Chrome.

But, at their request, and he was very nice, I tried FireFox. It worked with FireFox. So FINALLY I managed to load a pictures of Teischan, with her ‘Snow White’ performance bouquet of flowers, to her Website (see above).

So at least we have a work around. The guy, and they are all South African (given that that is where there call center is), was good enough to admit that I was the 2nd Chrome customer, TODAY, that had had problems. So heads up. If you are having problems with Yola try FireFox. FireFox is their recommended browser.


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