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When Great Websites Go Bad – Tips to Improve

December 6th, 2011 admin

As a professional digital media designer, I am constantly in contact with great and not so great websites. So what I wanted to do in this quick post, was to give some advice to those new designers that know how to do the main ground work: design by hand, implement digitally, slice the design, code in html, css and php and then build the website; but they unfortunately lack the knowledge of how to refine the last details. Read the rest of this entry »

Deleting eMails from your Server using SSH

November 22nd, 2011 admin

You may be in a dilemma. You have hundreds of emails arriving in your account. And now you either check them one by one or you delete them by the page. The best way to do this is instead to delete them via SSH. Read the rest of this entry »

Strategy Concepts: Increasing your Strengths – Small Business Series

November 18th, 2011 admin

You are probably not in the business of confrontation, however there are plenty of occasions in the life of a small business owner where you’ll need the benefits and advantages of the strength position. Every one of the small business owners that I meet with on the regular basis wants to grow their business, every single one of them. In this post, I am going to share with you a common problem that I see with most small business owners. This problem is so prominent that I am sure that you are suffering from it. I give you a quick example of the problem and of course give you one way of solving it and pro pulse your business forward.

This post shouldn’t be free. But it is. So make sure that you check it out. Read the rest of this entry »

Keychain Access Window Problem – A’s in Squares Mac OS X

November 16th, 2011 admin

So let’s say that you turn on your Mac for another day at work and all of a sudden when you get the keychain access window to enter your password, you end up seeing something like the one in Figure 1 below. Your keychain access windows (your system) is having all these weird characters and now you can’t read your messages for access. You may start by going to Google and trying to find solutions, however you may not find anything, just like I did.

KeyChain Access Window Problem with Fonts

Figure 1.

What do you do to correct this? Not only it is annoying, also it may be dangerous to click something you can’t read. Imagine if you install something that you shouldn’t!

Here is how to fix it:[private]

The problem:

The problem is that you are experiencing some problems with handling Fonts in your Mac. The window is having trouble finding the font it needs to display those system messages and therefore ends up using those weird characters that look like A’s inside of squares.

The solution:

To solve this problem, simply fire up your Font Book application on your Mac. Once there you will notice that some of your fonts will be disabled. Perhaps because there are duplicates of your fonts. Simply click where it says: “Resolve Duplicates Automatically”. If that doesn’t do it, then you are going to have to go and do it manually one by one.
By resolving the duplicate font definitions, you will get rid of the problem and see the right keychain access messages.

Best regards,

Alex Centeno MBA.
Creative Director & Digital Media Strategist
Merkados Interactive Partners

Do you want higher rankings in major search engines? It is easy: think.

November 14th, 2011 admin

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.” Henry Ford.

As an internet marketing consultant, I get the same question over and over again: how can I rank in the top 10 in Google for a very broad term? The answer is probably going to sound simple, but it is truth in my experience.

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Online marketing shaped by the need to become

November 14th, 2011 admin

One thing every online marketing specialist has to understand is that no matter what he does he always is dealing with individual persons. Once you get involved with analytics the first problem is to start thinking that since you can track behavior as a group of users, all of them are the same. It is very important to understand that in the marketing business you assume that a market has similar needs and desires, and that they want to fill them with great intensity. The more they wait to fill their desires the more stress they receive, until they release the tension by fulfilling the desires. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

When you get an Error: Could not connect to MySQL

September 29th, 2011 admin

[private]Everybody has a bad day now and then. Specially when it comes to MySQL. Everything is working properly for days in a row, even for months. And then you make changes. You happen to like what Apple does. And so you upgrade to Lion, or you just like the fact that MAMP came out with their new version and so you decide to install it. Or all of a sudden, without any perceivable explanation, it just simply stops working. What then? Read the rest of this entry »

How to Setup Virtual Hosts, MAMP – Mac OS X

September 20th, 2011 admin


So let’s say that you want to be able to work locally setting up a website instead of having to make all the changes in a remote server. This is often the case with beginner website developers. We’ve all been there so don’t feel bad. The usual thing is that you more of less develop the site and now you are pushing it live via a FTP client. But all of a sudden you want to change something and now you see yourself in this sea of downloads and uploads and it is certainly not working anymore. Plus, there is definitely a faster way right? You are right my friend, there is.

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The Google Analytics Cheat Sheet

September 14th, 2011 admin

Hi again everybody. This link is probably the most important of links for people out there doing more than the basics with Google Analytics. In other words, if you are just installing the code and then looking at reports and interpreting the information, this link is of little to no value for you. However, if you are looking into trying some custom segmentation, adding search engines, linking domains and sub-domains and advanced profiling Read the rest of this entry »