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Pricing Based on Value – Small Business Tutorials

October 17th, 2011 admin

Profit is all about value, but it’s not about value in the eyes of the person providing the product, but for the person receiving it, in other words, you can’t sell something at what you feel is the right value to you. You’re supposed to sell it at the right value for the person receiving it. It’s almost obvious but most people don’t do this when they’re starting their small business. In this post I will explain why. Read the rest of this entry »

Jquery UI – Installation in Drupal 6 – Easy

September 8th, 2011 admin

This post is a fast one. You may be one of the thousands of people trying to install jQUERY UI module for Drupal 6. However you may find yourself struggling to make it happen. Perhaps you are like me and every time that you have to install it you keep forgetting how it is done. Here you will find the quick answer so you don’t have to keep looking. Simply just do it.
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Lion OS X 10.7.1 – Can’t Log In – Graphics Problems

August 25th, 2011 admin

If you have every experienced a non-functioning computer, for example if you owned a computer with Vista, then you know how I felt today. I decided to update my Lion OS X 10.7.0 OS to the 10.7.1 version. I should’ve known that things don’t always go smoothly. I should’ve been a little more cautious, and at least done the upgrade on Friday afternoon. But the real problem is that I trust Apple too much. I trust that they are not going to disrupt my system. But what if they do? What if in your particular case, the upgrade happens to change your Mac in a way that breaks it. Perhaps you are experiencing it right now. The first thing you do is find another computer, iphone or iPad to start navigating potential solutions in Google. That’s how I started. However I ended up finding the solution after trying everything else out there on the web. Anyway, after trying many, and I mean very many, things and visited dozens of websites trying to find the solution, I finally found one. Here it is.

The problem:

When you update from Lion OS X 10.7.0 to OS X 10.7.1 you are requested to restart your computer. However, you may not be able to click on your username icon and log in. Another possibility is that you may be able to click on the icon, however you can’t enter your password. So you basically are stuck without being able to log in. One temporary solution is to log in via SAFE MODE. I am not going to explain how to log in with SAFE MODE in this post, however you may find plenty of references online.
Another problem is that you can’t soft restart or shut down your Mac so you end up having to restart by pressing the Power Button for 4 seconds. This doesn’t fix the problem either. Read the rest of this entry »

Finder Problems Mac OS X Lion – Finder keeps Restarting – SOLUTION

August 10th, 2011 admin

For the past 10 hours I have been experiencing lots of problems related to my recent upgrade to Lion (Mac OS X 10.6). For some of you out there, it might have been as easy breezy as simply downloading and then hitting the button. For me, it has been an ocean of tears along the way both in my MacBook Pro and in my Mac Pro. The latest tears came from a Finder App problem. All of a sudden, my Finder started to crash and restart, crash and restart indefinitely. I tried everything under the sun. I thought at first that it had to do with the Trashcan as some blogs mention and tried absolutely everything including repairing permissions, restarting in Safe Mode, Command S, Command V and much more of all things. None of them worked. Read the rest of this entry »

Selección Nacional de Costa Rica – Faltas Estratégicas

June 14th, 2011 admin

Costa Rica ganó ante su similar de Cuba 5 a 0. Lo cuál tendería a enviar un mensaje equivocado que Costa Rica está jugando excelente al fútbol. Sin embargo un análisis más detallado muestra exactamente la verdad. Cuba desafortunadamente mostró una importante falta de condición física y falta de entendimiento táctico que es evidente al ver los resultados de todos sus partidos de la Copa Oro. Read the rest of this entry »

Amnet Television – Costa Rica : Ejemplo de Pésimo servicio al cliente

May 16th, 2011 admin

Uno de los problemas más grandes de algunas corporaciones a nivel internacional es el servicio al cliente. El momento en que un cliente necesita comunicarse con el proveedor de un servicio, ya sea para comprarle más servicios o para corregir uno que no se está brindando adecuadamente.
En este post, voy a dar el ejemplo de Amnet como uno de los peores ejemplos de servicio al cliente que he experimentado.
En mis varios años de consultoría tanto en Estados Unidos como internacionalmente me he dado cuenta que las empresas que logran tener más éxito a largo plazo ponen cierto énfasis en el servicio al cliente. Read the rest of this entry »

DrupalCon Chicago

March 9th, 2011 admin

Hello everybody. So Tuesday has been the first day of DrupalCon Chicago and lots of great things happening around the Drupal community. First, Dries Buytaert, project lead of Drupal, gave his keynote and talked basically about the future of Drupal, an overview of Drupal 8 and of course the philosophy behind it. I think that he is in the right path on his assumptions of media consumption and how people are using mobile devices increasingly. Read the rest of this entry »

Ipad 2 – The new 2011

March 2nd, 2011 admin
Steve Jobs introduces Ipad 2

Steve Jobs introduces Ipad 2

Ok so for everybody that didn’t hear about the event in which Apple unveiled the new iPad 2!

Here it is:
1. Most of the revenue to Apple comes now from iOS devices.
2. 15 million iPads sold in 2010. That is more than any tablet PC’s.
3. As usual Apple – Steve Jobs, always comes out saying how great Apple is and how much their competitors suck.
4. The new ipad has camera. No shock here.
5. Facetime to the iPad. No shock here either.
6. Phil Schiller: “No one predicted this would be as successful as it’s been.”
7. Ipad is being used for a variety of things and in many industries including medicine (brain surgery), and others.
8. Dual core processors, Up to 2X faster CPU, 9X faster graphics, Same low power as a4 and first one to ship with a dual core.
9. Metallic back.
10. Read and Facing cameras.
11. 33% thinner to a 8.8 mm. Thinner than the iphone 4! It feels totally different. 1.5pounds to 1.3pounds. It feels lighter.
12. Available in white and black from day March 11th, 2011.
13. Available also from At&t and Verizon.
14. Same 10 hour battery life – dramatically thinner.
15. Prices: $499, $599 and $699 for wifi and $629, $729 and $829 for wiFi and 3G (prices are 16gb, 32gb and 64gb respectively). Same pricing options as before. 5 of this 6 models are less expensive than $799.
16. Available on March 11th, 2011 in the US -> March 23rd in the main 26 countries that Apple works.
17. THIS IS THE AWESOME PART: HDMI Video out that works with every app. You can use it while charging it. This output is in 1080p. Supports rotation. No setup or config. Only for $39.
18. The case is simply not my type of case, but it is a cool thing… either leather or polyurethane.

Ok now other software upgrades – 4.3:

1. Personal Hotspot for the iphone 4 – Share your 3g connection?

2. Photo Booth, of course, you can now use it to manipulate your photos and apply effects as usual.

3. iMovie – new in iOS4.3. You may share your movies directly to Youtube, Facebook, Vimeo, CNNiReport or Itunes. Only for $4.99 Available on March 11th, 2011.

4. 65,000 apps available for the Ipad.

5. GarageBand – Guitar Amps and Effects, 8 Track recording and Mixing and over 250 loops. In this I like the drums – view.

Ok we are good with the iOS4.3 improvements and the good new apps.

 

So in a nutshell: Faster, lighter, thinner. Cameras and gyro. iOS 4.3 and FaceTime. iMovie and GaragrBand. 3G on AT&T and Verizon. Same battery life. Same prices. Black and white. Smart Covers.

Egypt and Google may see the same destiny

February 24th, 2011 admin

So all the Egypt problems last month have shown that when people get together for any cause, amazing things can happen. The reason is simple: people in numbers have a lot of power. Today I was reading about how J.C. Penny got penalized by Google because of their “dirty” practices in buying links. It is almost like Google is trying to send a message to everybody saying if you get involved in link schemes we will punish you.
Now, there is a problem with that approach. Google can indeed punish a lot of businesses but it can’t punish all of them. Google lives only because it actually can return relevant results. For example, today I tried to find the samsonite luggage page in JCPenny and it’s nowhere to be found -> because of the penalty.

Now what would happen if a big group of the Fortune 500 companies decided to get together and all of them do whatever they want with SEO instead of listening to Google guidelines? You guessed it right. Egypt’s case. Google wouldn’t be able to enforce its guidelines without loosing what it is.

The biggest problem is that this is happening already. So many big companies are bending the Google guidelines that it is impossible for Google to target all of them, or any of them for that matter. Simply impossible. So are we getting ready to see an incredible decline in the capacity of search engines to provide valuable results? Yes.

The problem is that Search Engines are destined to fail because they can be manipulated. The more people manipulate the algorithms the more it becomes useless as a search engine. If it is useless, then people (searchers) won’t use it to find their information, and therefore they will turn to other alternatives. Then, companies won’t be interested so much in manipulating the algorithm because they don’t get a good return from doing it.

Google has a fundamental flaw (imho), they are so big that it seems like they own the Internet: but they don’t. Google is similar to a dictator ruler that decides to rein until he wants to. That may happen for many years, and people may sometimes be happy with the way they govern, and sometimes they will get upset, but surely they eventually will want change. When that change is so powerful in the community, they won’t stop until the dictatorship is ended.

No matter how bad or good the new government is, they just don’t care as long as the old government is gone.

In my opinion Google seems to be a pretty good government with some bad decisions sometimes, but overall good. However, I think that some problems with trying to play the card of “the user would think” and the “user would prefer if” sometimes gets in their way of saying: “we are Google and we want it a certain way and since we have much more power than you do, then we will do it the way we want it done.”

That is fair business. Google is huge and they have very good ideas and seriously the web wouldn’t be what it is today without them.

Long live the King!

PDO::__construct(): [2002] No such file or directory – Drush Problem

February 17th, 2011 admin

So let’s say that you decided to install drush in your Mac OS and also you were running MAMP at the time and everything was working great a while ago. But lets say that you decided to upgrade Drush. And you simply grabbed the latest version of Drush from the repository in Drupal.org and everything worked great.
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