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Need great data conversion software?

I have a project that entails moving data from Access-97 to mySQL and back to Access-97. I found theIntelligent Convertors website and Violla! Problem solved. Intelligent Converters – software to convert MS Access, DBF and Oracle databases to MySQL and vice versa, PDF to Word, PDF to HTML, PDF to text and others. Check this out, they support all kinds of database, spreadsheet and document conversions.


F-ceb–k Shut Me Down

Yesterday, I received an email from Facebook. It looked real… but on the other hand, it might have been SPAM. Upon doing some research, it turns out that the email is real. Facebook is shutting down my use of the Domain Name, affordablewebfacebook.com. This Domain Name does nothing except perform a redirect to https://www.facebook.com/AffordableWebTechnology. They have taken issue with the fact that Facebook has US trademarks on things like face, book, fb, Facebook, etc.


To Whom It May Concern,

We are writing concerning your registration and use of the domain name affordablewebfacebook.com, which contains the famous Facebook trademark.

As you undoubtedly know, Facebook is the leading online social network service.  Facebook adopted the name and trademark Facebook in February 2004 and, since that time, Facebook has actively used the Facebook name and trademark in connection with its online social network service, including maintaining the web site www.Facebook.com. The term Facebook is one of the most famous trademarks on the Internet.  Facebook owns exclusive trademark rights to the Facebook name as a result of numerous trademark registrations in the United States and internationally, as well as related common law rights. Accordingly, Facebook enjoys broad trademark rights in its name.

Facebook has made a substantial investment in developing and providing its services. As a result of Facebook’s pioneering efforts and devoting substantial effort and resources to providing only high quality services, the Facebook name and trademarks are widely known among the consuming public worldwide, and the name and trademarks embody substantial and valuable goodwill.
Accordingly, we were concerned when we learned of your registration and use of affordablewebfacebook.com.  As we hope you can appreciate, protection of its trademarks is very important to Facebook.  We understand that you may have registeredaffordablewebfacebook.com without full knowledge of the law in this area. However, Facebook is concerned about your use of the Facebook trademark in your domain name.  

It appears that you are using this domain name to redirect to your Facebook profile or page.  We cannot allow you to continue doing so but you can apply for a username on the Facebook site at the following link:  http://www.facebook.com/username

You can find additional information about usernames at our help center http://www.facebook.com/help.php?topic=username

While Facebook respects your right of expression and your desire to conduct business on the Internet, Facebook must enforce its own rights in order to protect its valuable and famous trademark. For these reasons, and to avoid consumer confusion, Facebook must insist that you immediately stop using affordablewebfacebook.com and disable any site available at that address. You should not sell, offer to sell, or transfer the domain name to a third party and should let the domain registration expire.   

Please confirm in writing that you will agree to resolve this matter as requested. 

The Perils Of Copying Cash

I’ve always been in the habit with my business to photocopy the checks and cash that come in before I head off to the bank. This way, I have an accurate record of who paid what, when, and what for…

I’ve recently upgraded to an HP Officejet Pro 8600 all-in-one. What a sweet machine! So, today I toss two checks and two $20 bill son the flatbed and hit the Copy… Black and White…

And behold – I get about one inch of the copy and it’s done. After damn near a full ream of paper and an hour of re-setting the printer and searching the Internet for answers. It turns out that if it detects a bill that isn’t significantly enlarged or reduced in size that the printer will cancel the copy!

For all us non-counterfeiter’s it would should be cool if in addition to canceling the copy that the printer would print a line on the paper like “Two more try’s and you go to jail!” At least then I wouldn’t have wasted all afternoon trying to make a simple bank deposit.


picmonkey – New On-Line Image Editor

I’ve written several posts about on-line tools for image editing. Seeing picmonkey.com, I’m ready to give up using Photoshop. Well, at least for anything that doesn’t required a layered file. Check it out for yourself.

On-Line Diagramming application

Check out this cool diagramming tool.


iPiccy – Innovative On-Line Editor

The latest find in on-line image editing is iPiccy. This little jewel will replace PicNik which was recently taken off line. Use this tool to:

  • Retouch, resize, and crop
  • Create original art with the Painter tool
  • Use layers to blend multiple images together
  • Save your work online or offline
  • And sooo much more!

Check this out today.


On-Line Image Editing

Here’s an action you can do in PhotoShop, but what if you’re out and about and need to Batch crop, resize, add borders, or adjust .jpg quality on a number of images? Use B.I.R.M.E. (Batch Image Resizing Made Easy)! It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s free. It works in any browser.


Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?

“Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up? “
I replied: I had a drug problem when I was young: I was drug to
church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and
I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the
weather. I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.
I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a
lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect,
spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth
my best effort in everything that was asked of me.
I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with
soap if I uttered a profane four-letter word. I was drug out to
pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of
dad’s fields.
I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbors to help
out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the
clothesline, or chop some firewood; and, if my mother had ever
known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she
would have drug me back to the woodshed.
Those drugs are still in my veins; and they affect my behavior in
everything I do, say, and think.
They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today’s
children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better
~Author unknown

Custom Built Websites

The following custom built sites have been designed and or built by me, or I have provided technical assistance for them.

All Publications – I have performed maintenance on this site. I also edited and installed the videos.

Award Specialties – Site development.

Dayne Keating – Site development.

Garment Graphics – Site development.

Hyde Industrial Blades – Site design, development, and maintenance.

Imagina Creative – Site development.

IRS Environmental – Site development.

M & M Insurance – Site development.

National Sports Safety Organization – Site development.

Pocket Puzzles – Site development.

Simonds International – Site design, development and maintenance.

Yami Yogurt – Site development.

Zoi Greek Yogurt – Site development.


WordPress Sites

These are some WordPress Sites that I’ve designed, or built, or have helped others put together:

Affordable Web Technology, Inc. – This site was designed and built using the Artisteer Theme generator. 

Accounting Ala Cart – This site utilizes the PureVision Theme. I provided technical assistance during the build.

Aloha Business Association – This site is built with the iThemes Builder Theme. We use the Connections plugin for the member directory. One of our members built the interactive map functionality.

Bobs Reedville Plumbing – This site design was replicated in WordPress to look like the existing site. We needed to be able to change content on the site and build custom landing pages to support a Pay Per Click Campaign.

Bunch’s RV – This site was designed and built. It is built on the iThemes, iCompany Theme.

Cornell Estates – This is a custom WordPress theme. Collaborating with Ian Henderson, on design work,, the theme was built using Catalyst.

GNA Homes, Inc. – This site is built using a mysitemyway theme. It features three image galleries. 

Kaizen Martial Arts – This site was designed and built using the Catalyst Framework. The sire is a membership site with protected content on many areas and offers the entire curriculum on-line.

Lawstein – This site was designed and built using the Catalyst Framework.

LJ Custom Painting – This a responsive-design site converted to WordPress from an existing design. It was built using Catalyst.

Jo’s Tartan Patterns – This site was built with the Artisteer Theme generator. It was then customized to match the designers requirements. We implemented the WP eStore plugin so the site could be used for eCommerce.

McVey Design – This site was converted to WordPress from an existing static website. It was designed and built using Catalyst.

Natural Expressions Photography – This site utilizes the WP commerce plugin to provide on-line ordering capability for 400 images. These 400 images are available either framed or matted, and in 5 different sizes. In other words, there are some 4,000 SKU’s in the database.

Ottoline Publishing – This site was designed and created using the Artisteer Theme generator. 

Parent To Parent Oregon – I provide hosting for this site. The designer/ developer whom I work with, utilized the built in TwentyTen Theme for this site.

Portland Storytellers – This site features a “Choose Your Storyteller” page that randomly shuffles the Storytellers order on the page. Built using iThemes Builder as the base. The design work was a collaborative effort working with Liz, one of their Board members. The Storytellers page utilizes Loop Buddy to randomize the appearance order of the Storytellers.

PreCycledPDX – An ecommerce site built with the WooCommerce plugin and a responsive-design theme.

Psalm 1 Landscaping – This is a responsive-design site converted from and existing website.

Qualified Industrial Craftsmen – This site was built using the iThemes iCompany theme.

Rose City Label – This site was designed and built with the Catalyst Framework. It is a responsive-design site. I use the Gravity Forms plugin to manage the input forms.

Safety Badges – This eCommerce site has been built in WordPress and converted from a Magento eCommerce setup to WP-eCommerce setup.

Shine At The Salon – I provided the design and build for this site.

Spire Payment Solutions – I maintain this site. We converted it to a MySiteMyWay theme this year.

Springer and Son – This site replicates their existing design. The site was migrated over from a hand coded site. The theme was built utilizing the Catalyst Framework.

Templeton Elders – This site was designed and built using the built in Twenty Ten Theme.

Whimsy Pops – This site was built and designed by an associate of mine using the Genesis Theme. It also utilizes the WP eStore plugin for eCommerce.

Whitmans Auto – This site’s design was replicated from an existing Yahoo site. I used the iThemes Builder Theme for this.



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