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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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  • You Gotta Have The Right Tools To Get The Job Done
    You Gotta Have The Right Tools To Get The Job Done You've probably heard the old saying, "You need to have the right tools to get the job done" and for the most part, this saying is true. I found it to be especially true if you're doing any amount of blogging or developing for the web. Even as an integrator, or someone that knows just enough programming to be dangerous, I have found that my previous train of thought, you don't need more than a Chromebook to blog isn't exactly true. Here's the story: For years, I had a Toshiba A7200 laptop that was my primary laptop. It lasted me for over four years of everyday (and all day) use. It was a powerhouse with a 4 hyperthreaded core processor, 24GB RAM and dual hard drives. I loved that machine. In June of 2016, that laptop failed to boot up for the last time. It was right after I wrote the post "Fathers Day in Frankfort, MI 2016" that the A7200 met it's demise.
    in Life
  • My Fold Journal & Trekker Space Pen
    My Fold Journal & Trekker Space Pen I have to admit... I love a good notebook. Still mostly an analog writing kind of guy. Over the past year, I've used Moleskine, Field Notes, Piccadilly and Tul Notebooks, but the pocket notebook is my favorite for jotting down quick notes and tasks. Coming in the standard 3.5" x 5.5" size, most pocket notebooks are pretty much the same, but I just discovered the Fold Journal, and it's now my favorite pocket journal.
    in Reviews
  • Lentil Soup For A Cold Fall Sunday
    Lentil Soup For A Cold Fall Sunday I don't usually make the same dishes that I see friends make and share across social media, but this one is one that I just had to make. When I saw my good internet friend, Jay Boucher post a great picture of his lentil soup crockpot on Instagram, it was exactly what I was hankering for on these colder weekends. Asking Boucher of his recepie, I decided to follow suit, and add my own twist in the process.
    in Life
  • 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

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?