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Your site looks great. It loads quickly and is easy to navigate. A+
Are you planning on adding any other items to your offerings?


Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: Two niche sites for review
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:18:37 PM »
I like the Great Northern Prepper Podcast! I wish it was still an active site.

SMF (Simple Machine Forums) / Re: Getting Started with SMF
« on: March 28, 2012, 08:27:27 PM »
I found SMF to be easy to install, and easy to work with. One cannot ask for a better piece of software!
My only problem was removing 60 or so spam posts per day. You have to remove them one at a time. I had to lock my site out for new members. I tried two different password add-ons like Captcha and Not-Captcha, both had the "type the words" style spambot security. Neither helped. I will need to use a manual approval method only, I just haven't had time in the past few weeks to do so. It seemed like once the spammers found me it was a non-stop parade. With SMF, you can block by a name or IP address. The spammers were still logging on and posting 2-300 word rambles; most were from Poland. To stop it, I turned off all permissions. I'll get back to it in a couple of weeks and post any successes. I ask that you do the same.

Thanks gents. I have had so many of these, I can tell who is spam and who isn't at this point. Thanks for the info.

Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: We have listeners but...
« on: February 26, 2012, 08:02:22 PM »
Hi Phil,
An inexpensive way to drag your listeners to participate would be a contest. The first four persons with a question, comment, etc. will win xxxx. You could solicit a donation from a local business for mentioning their name in the contest.

I have heard that some gorilla broadcasters (low power local radio stations) put up yard signs at intersections advertising their frequencies. I don't see why that wouldn't work for a podcaster as well. In some jurisdictions, yard signs are only allowed on weekends, but the signs are relatively inexpensive. You might convince friends, family in other parts of your area to put them up and take them down as well.

I hope this gives you some ideas.


I am having a bad time with spammers in my simplemachines forums. I remove the spam, I remove the person from the members list and put them on the ban list. I will check again a few hours later and the same person who is on the ban list has signed in again and put as many as 15 advertisements on my forums. I looked on the simplemachines site and didn't see anything that addressed this. Is anyone else having this problem? I love the software.

Thanks, Bill

Motivational Mania / Re: What do you guys do for motivation?
« on: February 26, 2012, 06:50:49 AM »
Humble. I know what you are going through. Flat rate kills the truly gifted techs and rewards the hacks. I had enough of it a few years ago and went elsewhere. I'm still involved with the business, but not directly as you are.

You have a gift at disseminating information, your site is educational. Maybe you should keep moving that direction and make yours a teaching site. If you get a following from Veedub enthusiasts you can eventually sell advertising to the DIY parts, aftermarket parts stores, accessories, etc. The TDI folks are as proud of their vehicles as Prius owners. They tend to group together and would welcome someone on the inside for information. There is plenty of info you can give to VW owners without causing problems with your dealer or manufacturer (intellectual property problems). The public thirsts for information as much as you do in your craft. Help them. You will never run out of motivation there. It will be like holding an owner's clinic, except online. Just some thoughts. Good luck.

Great site. You got Jack's message of content, content, content. Your site is like Disney World, you need a week to see it all! I enjoyed the article on installing the wood stove. I also like the fact that you put the .pdf print buttons next to your articles. Some of us are doing just that, printing articles in case of a future technology breakdown. Like me, you need to have someone make you a header with logo. I believe it truly makes you a brand at that point, and makes you a business. A friend with a business hired a student of graphic arts do his logo for his web presence. Everyone comments on the professional look of his $25.00 logo. It has become his logo for the sign on his building and business cards.

Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: Family Podcast Network
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:09:16 AM »
WOW. Really great content. I'm an empty nester, but I fowarded your link to my daughter, a recent new mom. The site looks good, the logo is great, good color photos.

Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: Please critique
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:52:24 AM »
I have listened to 3 of your podcasts...you are a natural for this. It's like I'm at a table with you and we are chatting. The only problem is your acoustics. In one p-cast, there is an echo as if you are in a small room (episode 069)another is overmodulated (068). You may have been trying different microphones? I have noticed Jack uses his condenser mic and is at the same distance all of the time from the mic unless he turns around. I have an inexpensive headphone mic that works well for me unless It hits my cheek and I have to edit, big chubby German face probems. It keeps the mic a the same distance all of the time and the surroundings don't seem to make a difference. The car sounds the same as the office. You just have to put up with looking like Vince from ShamWow.

That aside, as Jack would say, focus on the content... you are doing that well. btw, we did counter tops at our BOL as well. If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.


Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: please review my site
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:33:35 AM »
Agreed, great information. I'm going to burn my printer up today!
Some pictures would help. I can visualize what a sand filter is, but some may not. Here's a good example:
http://ewbucf.org/projects/sand-filters   Others on container homes (some of the pics are really creative) http://renaissanceronin.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/isbu-home.jpg
or http://www.zimbio.com/Cargo+and+Shipping/articles/099jk7CLE5o/shipping+container+house  Even a clip art would be good http://www.clker.com/clipart-shipping-container.html

You have the potential of being the next TSP!

Bill, autotechsfourm.com

Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: Peer review and advise
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:19:12 AM »
Slow load...I tried it again and again with the same results. It's FIREFOX. With Internet Explorer it has no problems. The pages load great. Sorry for the extra work. I love the site and layout. You will see me often.

The Water Cooler / welcome a new member
« on: February 24, 2012, 06:33:14 AM »
I want to congratulate Josh for the new addition to the family, a little girl. I hope all are well.

Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: Peer review and advise
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:38:07 PM »
I love your site, especially the videos. When I am on your main page, and I click on a story to read, the load time is long. I just tried it and gave up after 2 minutes and 30 seconds. I hope it is just me and not everyone. I'll try at work tomorrow to see if it is just my laptop that is at fault.

Social Networking Nirvana / Re: Wix
« on: February 20, 2012, 02:22:11 PM »
Thanks for the input. I tried again to set up a page and I was again unsuccessful. The price was good, but I got what I paid for.

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