Archive for: September 2009

September 24, 2009

Capturing and Organizing Information

Filed under: Personal,Technology — Les Bain @ 2:33 pm

I like to stay informed on various topics:  Some examples are RSS and Website planning, design, construction, promotion, and maintenance.

These are the steps I use.

I create a Blog to hold the information for each topic.  I have a blog for

  • RSS
  • Website Planning
  • Website Design
  • Website Construction
  • Website Promotion
  • Website Maintenance
  • I use Blogger because I like to use certain tools, but most blog services have comparable tools.
  • I do not write the blogs, these are where I store references.  They are link blogs.

I subscribe to information sources about the topics.

  • Google Alerts
  • RSS Feeds
  • Twitter

When I read the sources and want to remember a source, I add the source to the appropriate blog.

  • I use the Google Toolbar “Send to Blogger”
  • I add my comments
  • It is immediately added to the appropriate blog.
  • I think about it as creating index cards for a term paper in the days before we used the Internet.
  • It captures the link, a summary, and my comments.
  • It takes the same amount of effort as bookmarking, but it has more benefits.

Periodically, I go through the blogs, summarize the information, and update my website.

Some side benefits

  • The Blogs have RSS Feeds that I send to twitter which sometimes elicits comments
  • I put Adsense on the blogs and make a little bit of money.
  • I add a custom Google search so I can search all the blogs when I am trying to find something.

September 2, 2009

DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) cleaning

Filed under: Business,Management — Les Bain @ 7:18 pm

I added a page to the website of a client (Allied Automotive and Muffler) today announcing that they do DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) cleaning.  I had no idea what Diesel Particulate Filter cleaning was, so I had to look it up.

Apparently there is another filter that needs cleaning regularly to help protect the environment.

It is always interesting what one learns by doing websites for different sorts of businesses.