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A Measure of Success

As I become successful or maybe just prolific in writing posts in my various blogs, the action attracts the attention of a small group of self-proclaimed “experts” who desperately want to “help” me become more successful. It is the exemplification of the adage, “Nothing breeds success like success itself.” I think the original form was, “Nothing succeeds like success. There are many variations with the same message.

My point is, this attention lets me know that I must be doing something right. Somehow, they managed to “find” me. These folks don’t rally around a looser, as their main intention is to associate themselves with […] Continue reading » A Measure of Success

Determining Standards

Standardization is a wonderful tool. Too many alternatives means nothing can work together as a system and quality has no standard for measurement. A monopoly requires and influences the creation of standards. The biggest player gets to make the most rules.

What I see happen is that sometimes standardized operation policy and rules gets out of touch with special needs.

I worked 17 years for a Texas, USA manufacturing/installation corporation that while I was there, was bought out several times by very successful and larger non-USA corporations. Largely because of the highly successful construction (installation) division in which I was among many titles, a construction manager. The new foreign owners […] Continue reading » Determining Standards

Ramblin’ Dan’s Store On the Move

After a nice run in the cloud with Amazon Web Service (AWS), Ramblin’ Dan’s Store (RDS) is moving to a new host and new store software. The monthly fees, although low by cloud based standards, were a burden in the overhead costs. That’s the primary reason. Also the commercial based store software required a good bit of maintenance or at least the creators did their best to make it look that way.

The store did work well enough and the look of it was professional. The store is going back onto a shared server environment. With the low volume of RDS the difference in performance will not be evident.

The […] Continue reading » Ramblin’ Dan’s Store On the Move

Terms and Conditions

I had a customer complain to me because I sent him his order with signature required. He was upset because he would have to go to the post office to sign for the parts. I can understand his dismay. It is a royal PITA when what you expect is to just have it arrive.

I had a terms and conditions page that said I would ship with this requirement whenever possible. But somewhere along the way of updates it got deleted. I don’t order from my own store so I wasn’t aware. He was the first person in many years to complain about the signature.

Well, I […] Continue reading » Terms and Conditions

You Want to Build a Web-Site?

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I received several emails from a fella named Peter Vukcevic. He works for a company Called First Site Guide.

His first email pointed out a broken URL link in one of my numerous blog sites. Websites change and URLs do go bad from time to time. I ask that when they are found for folks to please send me an email so I can get it repaired. Peter […] Continue reading » You Want to Build a Web-Site?