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To tutorial website owners: PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 09:20
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Back on September 27, 2009 I created a new website called Get Your Geek On. The website went live last year in May. This website is still in beta, and has had a couple blunders that caused a start over. There are two of us now running GYGO, and it seems to be picking up a little bit in traffic. Soon our website will have it's own blog. We are presently working on this now. At present, it is not fully operational. We have lots of other things coming too, in the future.


I realize that many websites online don't like websites that grab their online content. Plus Google is de-listing websites that give no added value, and just seemed to be grabbing online content. Google calls such websites “Content Farms”.


But we are not just any website just grabbing content. We are trying to be friendly, and helpful to the online tutorial community. This spans from students, teachers at different levels. Parents, and children, at different ages. Plus online Universities. What we are trying to do is create the only database of its kind.


We are doing this by creating a database that rewards not only the members of our website, but also the websites that are posted that have the highest member voted/ranking in their category. We are one of a kind. Get Your Geek on is all based on tutorials in many different categories. The categories range from books, to vehicles. We cater to all ages, but ask parents to post for their younger children.


I myself came up with this idea because today there are so many tutorial websites online it is starting to get hard to decipher the good ones from the bad doing a search. A lot of the good ones still get lost on the web. Plus the tutorial websites really don't get all that much recognition for their hard work, we plan to change that also.


Yes, I do know the hard work all of you do on the many websites I have come across online. I have a tutorial-based website of my own, and it can get rough at times, and it's a never-ending job. The rewards are when you know first hand that you actually taught someone something they did not know. At GYGO we wanted to bring this up a notch. We intend to help those sites that deserve the credit. Plus if you pay close attention to our blog we may even post a few tutorial websites that we find of interest to our GYGO member community.


For months now I have been perfecting a script, that only grabs a small amount of content from respective websites. It has its flaws still. Soon I hope too disabled this script, and the site will depend on members only posting content. I just for now don't want everyone online upset at my partner and I for having a paragraph or two of your content. When the script messes up, I go in and manually fix the article. We don't grab all that you publish. We thought this was better than most people online that grabs everything in sight on a website. Plus the whole article.  Once members see first hand what our website is about, they love the idea. The also want to become members, and post. Some are posting now in a few categories. I do see a gradual change in ranking now. Plus we have a hundred plus members.   


I hope that you will support us in our endeavors. If you want to learn more, or have concerns about our website, contact us with your questions. My name is weebit. I have a video that explains GYGO.  Click here for GYGO VIDEO We have many things planned for GYGO; some things are not yet set up because of the restraints we have on our end. Family, health, Service, etc. For the sake of everyone that has a tutorial website like yours, we are hoping that GYGO does well.  We also hope that everyone welcomes us with open arms to your very respected community.

Thank you for your time.

Weebit


Owners:
C. Gilbert
J. Spangenberger
Website:
http://www.getyourgeekon.info


 
Yes Google I do have a content farm but... PDF Print E-mail
Written by weebit   
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 18:45
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For months now I did notice the influx of content on the web called "content farms".  Many of the websites grabbed content from originating websites without giving credit, or even a link to the originating websites.  I did not like that.  I don't condone it.  If you are getting content from another website at least have the common decency to link to the originating website.  Give them credit!

When I created  GYGO I wanted to change all of that.    I did not want to be like the rest.  I was out to prove I could create a website that would help websites, and reward them.  I wanted the best of them to shine.  The best way to do this was to make sure that the originating website got credit for their work, and to set in place a award system so I could give out awards to those that deserve it. 

I created GYGO on the notion that many tutorial websites just don't get the credit they deserve.  Many tutorials are number one in search engines, but their tutorials are not that good.  The best ones are buried deep in the search engines. 

The public needs a good place to fine the cream of the crop tutorials online because there are just so many of these tutorial websites now, you just have a hard time sorting through them all.  

Google I understand your pain in wanting to be able to show good content in your searches.  But not everyone online should be labeled as just a  content farm.   My website GYGO is far better than this.  It is what should of been created long ago for people online.  It is a good example of what content grabbers should be doing instead of just grabbing content. 

Get Your Geek On! members are volunteers that are not necessarily geeks or nerds. They just like having good tutorials, and enjoy sharing the good ones.

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Review of Stylebot PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:49
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Occasionally you come across something that is just phenomenal. Plus also needed, because the world does not all think in the same way when it comes to making websites.  Plus it was the right thing to do.  Granted, it wont create mind blowing  accessibility for everyone on the Internet.  But it's a start in the right direction.  The name of this phenomenal is "stylebot".  It's creator is Ankit Ahuja.  Ankit Ahuja was mentored by Rachel Shearer in this years Google Summer of Code project for Chromium.  Ankit Ahuja created a new extension for Chrome that enables users to easily customize a websites appearance.  For many users this will benefit them when viewing websites that pages are less than perfect if you are sight impaired. For others you will still have to use jaws, or one of the many other text to speech software on the market because this tool is not perfect for everyone.   It's not perfect because it's creator forgot that stylebot may too be a issue to view, to be able to change out colors, and text sizes on pages. 

If you are sight impaired pages are a problem, but so are the many tools/apps you use.  On behalf of stylebot's creator, I am hoping this is just a oversight.  (No pun intended.) Not knowing what is involved in such a undertaking... perhaps he may consider down the road this needed new feature?  Being able to change the text color, background, and size of stylebot would be a great addition to this nice tool. The blue, and gray text looks nice, but does nothing for the tool if you are having problems seeing it.  Other than this one flaw, this tool is worthy of a look at, and a keeper for those that don't have this issue. 

Link to original article: 

http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2010/09/changing-look-of-web-with-stylebot.html

picture of stylebot for Chrome in action. Notice colors, and text size

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Setting a Good Example Online PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 September 2010 07:19
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article blogYears ago when I first came on line.  You heard more about computer users being yelled at, trolled, ignored, cussed out, and very much abused on forum and group boards for not asking a question in the right manner.  I have notice that trend on many boards, and groups has been changing.  There is not as much so called "old school" as there use to be.


In the beginning of the year of 2000. You learned which boards you had to post to a certain way, and you did not dare stray from their way of posting.  Or else, they would cut you up, and have you for dinner.  Then throw your left overs out for the rest of the pack to have a go at it.  They were a ruthless bunch.  Called "old school".  It was OK to ask a question.  "But I am watching you.  You better post it right or else!"  For some.  It was like a game, or time of passage.  As soon as someone posted wrong.  Out came old school to tear them a new hole.   Some forums, boards, and groups were ruthless.  Many people did not dare post to these type boards.  They chose instead just to read the post, and move on to the next board. 

Then in 2001, a change started to take hold. Overnight new boards, forums, and groups emerged.   With a new set of rules.  As long as you did a search first, and put as much info in as possible in your post when you asked a question, or that you knew,  they would help you.  Yes a few were still ruthless.  But many on these new boards started to tell old school to back off.  They realized old school was running off potential customers.  So some complained, and after much consideration, they changed.  I decided my group at Yahoo, was going to be one of these new boards.  We were one of the first that did not care about how a question was asked.  I did not want any one yelled at, or abused in that matter.  Granted it was hard at times.  Because I had old school and new school on my group.  But we prevailed.  We won the hearts over.  We Showed everyone by setting a good example. 


We did not stop there either.  The next example we set for our users to follow was the fact that on our group the user was expected to keep their computer secure as much as they could.   For many, they were not even doing this.  They may have a firewall, but many had no anti-virus software.  Some had neither.  We set up guidelines for the users to follow, thus a rule was born, and they pretty much followed our lead to keep their computer secure at all times.  Yes we have had a few failures.  But for the most part our computer users tackled computer security with as much robust that they could muster.  We were also the first to do this, as far as I know were were.  When many of the computer groups on Yahoo were spreading viruses, our group was humming along as though it was just another day.  Yes a few managed to pick up a virus or a worm here or there.  But what ever was hitting Yahoo Groups at the time did not grind our group to a halt. It never has.

We follow these same rules today.  Have no need to change them.   Honestly I don't see how a computer group can function without setting up some basic security guidelines for the members to follow.   If everyone did this, I believe the Internet would be a better place.  Tell them they have to do their part to help keep the Internet secure, by keeping their computer secure.  Make it a rule. After all...  The Internet has both businesses, and consumers on it together. From all walks of life.  Not just consumers. Not just businesses.  The time has come too demand secure computers.  Would you please make this a common rule on your group, forum, or board? Please set a good example.

 
When computer security isn't secure PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 August 2010 18:09
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I always get the same question when it comes to security.  "How do I secure my computer to keep it from getting infected all the time?"

Your security may not be failing.  It could be the person handling the keyboard and mouse.  Some see the warnings, and just ignore them.  Others see the warnings, don't understand them, and install/view anyway.  Plus some others see the warnings, and could care less about them, because it is not their computer.  Many people are also overwhelmed because they have several computers in the home scattered from one end of the home to the other.  So it makes it hard for them to keep track of how the computer is doing if they can't keep track of the location.  Mainly this would be laptops/notebooks.  In other homes it is the number of people using just one laptop/notebook or desktop, and keeping track of them to make sure they are not defeating the security settings/software.  Oh and we must not forget the computers that are never updated through windows update, never scanned, and the security software is never updated. I guess they like the pretty icons sitting in their task bar or something?  Or maybe the lack of the icons sitting in the task bar?  Because a few have even disabled their security software.

Years ago a lady contacted me by email saying that her neighbors boy came over about once a week, and always when he left her computer was infected.  She asked me "what is a person to do?"  I said, "Plain and simple, he doesn't use your computer anymore."  She emailed me back stating... "I don't want to be rude."  I emailed her back and asked,  "And he is not being rude to you?"  I got a thank you back from her a month later.  She said it was the first month she had gone through without her computer being infected in the last eight months.  In the eight months this lady was not rude.  She did more cleaning of her computer, than she did actually using it.  She was more worried about being rude, than trying to protect her investment.   She had a great security setup, but the neighbors boy ignored her security even after she explained to him her rules. What was she thinking?

Another email I got was from a guy.  He said his son was the problem every security he put in place this kid broke.  He even caught the boy on the computer at like 2:30am in the morning.  He wanted to stop him.  When I found out it was a laptop.  I could not help but to laugh to myself.  I emailed him back and told him to put the computer in his bedroom, under the bed, or in the closet so his son would not have access to it.  Then ground the boy from using the computer for a while.  Clean the computer if it needs cleaned, update everything make sure the security software is always running, and if he brakes the rules about the security settings again then take the computer from him, and tell him he is not using it if he can't follow the rules.  The older the child, the longer the no access to computer. A few days later I got a email back thanking me.  He said it just didn't dawn on him to parent the child.  The boy was sixteen, and he just did not think to do this.

Another household both parents emailed me to inform me that they had a problem just keeping track, and keeping the computers clean.  I can't imagine what this household was like.  All I can tell you is their house was a revolving door.  Teens from everywhere.  Mainly because their four children were in sports.  So they had all of their desktops in a central location.  But anyone could use them.  All of the computers had XP and Vista.  They asked for suggestions.   My suggestions were for all of the computers to have passwords on the teen accounts, and parents accounts.  The guest account would be locked down.  They could not download anything etc.  They would have the most limits on this account on each of the computers.  No one (their teens or themselves) could give out the passwords to their own accounts to anyone.  The only password that was given out was to the limited account.  Just in case someone was able to guess or find out their account passwords, it would be a good idea to change the passwords every 60 days on the teen accounts and every 30 days on the parents accounts.  Someone from the home would be at or around the desktops when in use by someone outside the home.  All accounts used a different desktop background too.  You just about have to have this rule when there are so many using the computer.  if need be, change the passwords more often.   It puts a strain on the household. But it is necessary.   This is just in case one of the visitors knows how to go around your security.  So if that account's security does end up being breached, you can check the time and date of the breech, and have a general idea of who did it. It's not fool proof.  But most don't know how to change all of, or how to breech the settings on the computer.  So naturally you can find out.   As for the different desktop backgrounds for each account... This is done so you will know which account they are logged into.  You need only to glance at the screen to know.  This family took this one step further though.  They put a picture on the guest account that was only available to the guest account, and not to the others.  They were able to give privacy to the guest, and be assured they were logged into the right account.  This same account used a certain theme as well.  They could see from across the room, or at the door which account they were logged into.   They had emailed me later on and said they only had trouble with one guest because of this set up.  They did not tell me what the problem was.  They just said they had to stop this one guest from using their computers.  Other than that.  It has worked for them having this setup.  Their computers are more secure than they ever have been.  But it also put a strain on the family.  Because they only used their account, and no one else's...  They had to become more aware of what they themselves were doing on their account.  There was restrictions as to what they could download, because of size of the download, and where the download was located on line.  They followed my rules for downloading WOT and siteadvisor as well.  This made them more aware of the potential danger on line.  A lot of it they did not realize was on the websites they visited.  But they were thankful for the setup because it has saved them several times.  They were already avid users of security software like firewalls, and anti-virus programs. But they changed out their anti-virus software because it was not doing a good job.  They were now happy.

Which brings me to another example of another user that emailed me stating that her anti-virus software was just not catching the bad stuff.  Her computer was infected at least once every month or two months.  It is not important to tell you the name of the anti-virus software she was using, but just to inform you that you are not stuck with a anti-virus software if it is not working, then change to something else.  Many things can cause this.  It could be the what you have installed on your computer.  What browser you use.  What firewall you use.  Or the lack of steady updates from the anti-virus software vendor.  What ever the case you are not stuck to always use that anti-virus software.  Change to something else.  You can choose free, or pay.  But be sure that you give the software a free run before you buy first.  That includes firewalls.  If your computer slows down, crashes, or is not able to catch the bad stuff then move on to another security software.  Keep in mind also that certain security software does not play nice with other security software on certain Operating Systems all the time.  Sometimes security software will have glitches, that will just about ruin a computers performance, or ruin the security on your computer.   So if you have a new security software keep a eye out for glitches, rather if they are small or large.  There very well could be something going on in the back ground that you are not aware of.   Your computer should run better, or the same, not worse after installing security software.  Run a test to see how the software is performing too. Firewall test:  https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 and anti-virus test: http://www.virusportal.com/com/downloads/down_run.shtml  This lady thought she had to use the software that was installed on her computer when she bought it.  This simply is not true.  The choice is yours, not the security vendor, nor the vendor you purchased your computer from.  The choice is always yours to change to a different vendor for ALL of your software that you need, or want.

Solving their problems was easy, some of them had a hard time accepting the truth.  Others, well let's just say they had a duh moment.   

 
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