Crazy month of WordPress Web Development

Wow! What a month it’s been!

Have pretty much neglected my own site (this one) to go live with a site that we started this summer – www.ClassicHitsUSA.com.

Back in July, my good friend Blue Hoyt of Out of the Blue Audio called and told me he wanted to set up a radio stream. Now I’ve been doing computer work for Blue since about 1996 and this isn’t the first time he’s called me out of the blue with a fantastically unpossible project.

Back in 2010 he had me create OutOfTheBlueAudio.com (using Flash) with a dozen animated characters and a catalog of 144 ringtones – 12 per animated character – knowing full well that I knew nothing about animating a website. 

But he was completely cool with me “making it up as I went along.” 

Anyway, this summer Blue calls me and tells me he essentially wants to “put radio on the internet.” Now, being a Silicon Valley fan, I know that’s already been done but hey! It sounds like it will be a fun project – a place where Blue can share his favorite Classic Hits without annoying ads, news or political bullshit.
Just good music with professional intro’s and an occasional one liner.

Doors that go up!
Russ Hanneman put radio on the internet

Most of the summer we spent putting together a machine with all of the automation  software from StationPlaylist.com

Now these guys are top notch. Based out of New Zealand they provide automation and streaming software for radio stations around the world and, using the Station Playlist Creator, Studio and Streamer, we were able to get ClassicHitsUSA’s music library “ON THE AIR!

We used Marci.io to display the “Now Playing” info like the artist, title and thumbnail and got to work on the back end using WordPress.

And now? I’m happy to report that ClassicHitsUSA.com is now LIVE! So click on over, have a listen, explore the site and maybe buy a shirt.

Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your opinion…

 

Hell of a week :(

Been a few days since I’ve even looked at this wordpress/site conversion project and never mind doing any videos.

Friday night my tooth started aching and by Sunday it was clear it wasn’t going to get better on it’s own and the pain was a constant 8-10. I mean, yeah, it hurt that bad and just wouldn’t stop.

Anyway, I spent Sunday afternoon at the Urgent Care center and after 2 hours, a shot for the pain and a script for antibiotics I was sent back home. Unfortunately, the shot for the pain wore off after about 6 hours and it was Monday afternoon before the infection broke and the pain stopped.

So, yeah, I haven’t been in a very “creative” state in a while but here I am and, after looking at the “new” front page for the first time in a week I’m happy with the progress. The current home page certainly needs an overhaul and the new WordPress look is responsive. Here’s what the old and the new look like side by side:

www.ComputeThisOnline.com
www.ComputeThisOnline.com

I’m hoping to get at lest another page converted today…

Teds Woodworking Plans Review & Highlights

I just did a video review of Teds Woodworking Plans as an experiment in affiliate “evergreen” marketing and have included the description below.

This kind of evergreen marketing is basically a video that stays in place forever generating clicks and views over time and this is my second attempt (so go easy on me!).

Now some people are calling Teds Woodworking Plans a scam but as I investigate these claims it looks like people are calling it a scam because A: There is apparently no “Ted” any more than there’s a real “Ronald McDonald” and B: it looks like Teds Plans are aggregated from other sources and some people are calling foul. Teds Woodworking Plans can be found on ClickBank and, full disclosure, I did sign up as an affiliate for this experiment. I’ll post updates in the future as to how this progresses.

Here’s the affiliate link I’m tracking: http://bit.ly/TedsWoodworking_Highlights

I looked into it myself and here’s what I found…

Teds Woodworking Plans is a repository of Woodworking and Shed Plans with thousands of plans from bird houses to picnic tables. (You’ll find the video at the end of this post)

Details: Thousands of projects With Step By Step Plans, Some very detailed, some not so much.
Price: Price is good for this many plans
Ease of Use: Easily searchable plans database
Support:Dedicated support line. 48 hour answers

What I Like:

The price is very reasonable for the amount although higher than some other packages.
Plenty of extras to help wood workers of all skill levels.
The thoroughness on many plans is outstanding with detailed steps
Plans are printable so you can and use on the job site.

What I Don’t Like:

Some of the plans are less detailed than others.
It can be hard to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Summary: Teds Woodworking Plans is a huge repository of woodworking plans with everything from bird houses to picnic tables at a very reasonable price.

http://bit.ly/TedsWoodworking_Highlights

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – Newest Version

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB) – Newest Version

The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is an amazing piece of hardware. Just have a look:

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Your laptop, your way
Wherever you are, new Surface Pro 6 makes it easy to work and play virtually anywhere, with laptop-to-tablet versatility that adapts to you.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Processor 1.3 GHz i7-3960X

More power for your ideas
Professional. Student. Creator. Whatever you do, let next-generation Surface Pro 6, featuring the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processor and all-day battery life, help you take your ideas to the next level.

Mix, match, make it your own
Personalize Surface Pro 6 to suit your style with a choice of two colors — Platinum or bold, new Black. Make it a full laptop with our Signature Type Cover, Surface Pen, and Surface Arc Mouse.

Do more with the Windows you know
With Windows 10 Home, enjoy familiar features like password-free Windows Hello sign-in and Cortana intelligent assistant — and create your best work with Office 365 on Windows.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6
RAM 16 GB LPDDR3 1866 MHz

Product description
Configuration:Intel Core i7 | Size:16 GB RAM, 1 TB
Unplug. Pack light. Get productive your way, all day. Collaborate on projects, perfect a presentation, manage email, and stream a show when it’s all done. From office to home, airport to open road, power your life on the move with new Surface Pro 6, the laptop that adapts to you – now more powerful than ever with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processor for faster, smoother multitasking.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Max Screen Resolution 2736×1824 pixels

Screen Size: 12.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution: 2736×1824 pixels
Processor: 1.3 GHz i7-3960X
RAM: 16 GB LPDDR3 1866 MHz
Hard Drive: Flash Memory Solid State
Graphics Coprocessor: Intel UHD Graphics 620 Card
Integrated Wireless: Type 802.11abg, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11.a
Number of USB 3.0 Ports: 1
Average Battery Life: (in hours) 6 hours

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Surface Pro 6

Hello world!

Welcome to the ComputeThisOnline Blog.

This is the place where I will be sharing and posting different things I find on the web and stretch my “affiliate marketing” legs. I hope you find my upcoming posts helpful and beneficial.

Cheers!

Sean