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I have a lot going on. That much is for sure. Between family life, work and all the other things that happen everyday, I'm a pretty busy guy.
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  • Run Your Own Self Hosted CRM With SugarCRM On A Raspberry Pi
    Run Your Own Self Hosted CRM With SugarCRM On A Raspberry Pi Having a good CRM is a no brainer. SugarCRM is an excellent SalesForce alternative if you're looking to save money. Running SugarCRM on a Raspberry Pi costs less than $5 a year, and best of all, you own the data. When I was freelancing, I used SugarCRM to manage accounts, contacts and relevant information through the engagement as it has all the features that both freelancers like myself and outside sales people need for collecting and retaining customer information.
    in Projects
  • Rune Pi: Raspberry Pi Rune Audio Music Player
    Rune Pi: Raspberry Pi Rune Audio Music Player In my last post, I mentioned that I use an Original Rasbperry Pi Model A (2012 version) as a Rune Audio music player. I use this little contraption both at home and work to play all the music I want, and it keeps my phone free to make and receive calls. I found it annoying that the Samsung S4 doesn't automatically mute incoming messages and notifications when I'm jamming to music through the earbuds. Since I get a lot of notifications, the music cuts out just so that the phone can ding at me. Hate that. Also when calls come in, the music again mutes and pauses. You just can't rock it out when the music keeps cuttin' out like that, so I found another solution.
    in Projects
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Is On It's Way!
    Raspberry Pi 3 Is On It's Way! The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic little machine. I have quite a few of them, and my wife just ordered a Rasberry Pi 3 Model B kit from Amazon to add to my collection. Right now, I have a Raspberry Pi Zero running Piratebox (Piratebox Homepage) that provides a Ad Hoc WiFi network for the kids to connect their tablets to and play Minecraft Pocket Edition (PE) in network mode.I also have a Raspberry Pi 2 running as our OMSC Media Center that's hooked to our TV. We did away with the chromecast when we found that we could get movies that just came to theaters in 1080P HD quality as opposed to waiting forever for Netflix or Hulu to get them.
    in Projects
  • How To Build A Raspberry Pi Zero PirateBox
    How To Build A Raspberry Pi Zero PirateBox The Raspberry Pi Zero is a very small, fully functional computer that fits into the palm of your hand... literally. Due to it's small size, and 12 hour run time on a 4000mAh battery pack, it's ideal for use as a Piratebox. The darn thing is only 2.55" (65mm) x 1.18" (30mm) x 0.2" (5mm) and fits easily into an Altoids tin. Over the past couple nights, I've turned the Raspberry Pi Zero into a very small Piratebox that boots up in about 15 seconds and provides an Ad Hoc (computer to computer) Wi-Fi network. The Pirate box offers chat functionality, file upload/download and 4Chan style forum, all done off-internet.
    in Projects
  • My Workday Everyday Carry
    My Workday Everyday Carry It's really no secret that I have an interest in Everyday Carry. While "everyday carry" is not survival preparations, it borders somewhere between life hacking and a life style. I have found great value in having the most essential things I want throughout the day with me when they're needed.  It's the things like nail clippers, for when my nails start clackety clacking the keyboard if they start getting a bit too long, or a AA battery for my wireless mouse when it's old battery finally starts dying unexpectedly. Having a few items that can get you through the day, while making your life better and easier really makes a difference in how you feel when you leave work.
    in Everyday Carry
  • Getting Things Done With Post It Notes
    Getting Things Done With Post It Notes Post It Notes are becoming quite a tool for organization and remembering things for me in my daily life. I needed a system of getting all the things I needed to do, written down and organized very quickly. It had to be even faster than typing reminders in to my phone because many times, I'll squirrel or lose my train of thought all together. When it comes to making sure I remember things, I love jotting notes down as opposed to putting them into my phone digitally. Pen in paper is one of the things that I love, and even if the Apocalypse happens, I can still access information while everyone else is trying to find a solar panel to jack into. Here's the system I use. Obviously, you can come up with your own variation if you like what you see, but this is what works for me.
    in Life Hacking

Latest GadgetsNitecore Tube LED Flashlight

$10 Nitecore Tube

45 Lumens @ 1 hour or 1 Lumen at 48 hours, variable brightness, momentary on. 2.2" long, perfect for pocket and everyday carry.

JJRC H12C drone

$72 JJRC H12C Camera Drone

720P On Board Camera, Headless Mode, 8 Minute Runtime, 100 meter range

1080p wifi action camera

$40 1080P Wi-Fi Sport Camera

1080P@15FPS or 720P@30FPS, 25 minute runtime, 1.5hr recharge time, 12MP camera, 170° FOV


Transitioning from Web Development and Project Management to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) hasn't been that difficult. From competitive analysis to on-page optimizations, and from link building to performance monitoring, I'm really liking what I do, and can use what I've learned in this new skill.

Progression Of An SEO Guy

I started out back in the days of Geocities, Bravenet and when MySpace was the social media (did I just admit that?). Back then it was straight HTML, and nothing fancy. Then came the days of flash sites... and then those were gone too. I've gone through Wordpress and Drupal, but found my calling with the Joomla! CMS in August 2012 at Joomladay Chicago. I've put in time at The Detroit Zoo as the sole webdeveloper and now, at 'corePHP' as SEO and SEM expert.

During off times, I love to cook, read bedtime stories to my kids and putz around on my personal sites, making a bit of extra cash as a blogger.




Over the years, I've created over 100 websites. Some of them stuck around, some didn't. These are some of the most memorable ones.

The Everyday CarryJoomla ResourcesCheap VPS ReviewsBest Drones With CamerasDetroit Web DevelopersDetroit ZooJoomla DetroitTroy SDA ChurchThe Year The Trees Didn't DieSaginaw Bay Orchestra
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About Me... The Quick Version

Imported from Vietnam, Grew Up In Ann Arbor. Married a woman from Canton. Moved to Berkley. Moved again to Battle Creek.
Carries an EDC (accused of being a survivalist), Lover of Pho, Collector of Gadgets, and procreator of Children.

Done. Any questions?