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Josh Lyon

Blogg-X No Keywords

I just realized that the new Blogg-X component I’m using doesn’t have a keywords area in it. If I could find a good way to automatically have these fields generated this component would really work great for me. The SEO tool I’m using has an option to mass generate keywords for articles, but it doesnt really do a good job. I could also just go in and manually mass add the keywords using the SEO tool, but I’m sure I would forget and would much rather do it while I’m posting the article.

I’m still on the search for the best blogging solution for me and hopefully I can find it. I should note that I tried making a post on Joomla 1.5 (which I forgot I installed on my server months ago) and the blogging features are MUCH better. There is no more intro text / full text. Instead you can insert a READ MORE horizontal rule if you want to split the post. Also, Joomla is not using the tabbed setup at the bottom of the page anymore. These settings are layed out one below another which makes it much easier to use.

Perhaps I’ll just upgrade my current install to J1.5?

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Josh Lyon

Up To Date Blogging

I’ve been really bad about keeping my blog up to date lately. I’m not sure exactly what it is that keeps me from updating my site, but I feel like I don’t do it as much as I should. Even if I just kept my blog posts short, it would be better short than nothing.

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Josh Lyon

Flamingcube Archive

edit: I think I figured out the dynamic redirection issue. The flamingcube.com domain was redirecting to www.boshdirect.com for SEO (search engine optimization reasons). Now it points directly to the home directory and should accept names as if it were boshdirect.com – you should see the changes as soon as the information propagates across the internet.

I checked some of the logs and noticed that I was getting a good number of hits from some old links on flamingcube.  Because of this, I've decided to upload the old content to the site.  I'm working on getting some URL redirects setup, but some of the links are having issues that I can't figure out. On that same note, I guess I should probably get a site search up and running again. 

When I originally moved boshdirect to the new host, I started using new software and archived the old boshdirect blog posts.  However, I never archived the blog posts and pictures from the flamingcube software. Luckily, I could still access an archive of the files and was able to upload some of the articles and images.

Here's a link to the photo gallery archive:
  http://www.boshdirect.com/gallery/?g2_itemId=830

And a link to the site-map, so you can find the article you are looking for:
  http://www.boshdirect.com/site-map/

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Tech

Media Center – Software vs OS

After trying a couple different applications designed to effectively act as a replacement for Windows XP Media Center edtion (MCE), I'm going back to Microsoft's operating system. Basically, none of the applications could do everything MCE could. And even when they got remotely close, the interface was hideous in comparison to MCE.

I needed an OS that was based on XP Professional so I could use the development tools required for my classes, like Visual Studio .NET. Being based on Windows XP Pro also allows me to enable Remote Desktop Connection so I can access and control my desktop from anywhere with Internet Explorer 5 or newer… or the Remote Desktop application….

I personally prefer to use the Remote Desktop application because it allows me to connect my local drives/printers on the laptop while im "logged in" to the Remote Desktop. This ability was the solution to my loud computer in my bedroom being the computer I use to download files over night. The thing is so loud, I can't go to sleep with it on at night.

I needed a remote server in a different room so I could continue my downloads over night and cut-down the total overall time to download. My xbox is modded with XBMC, but there are no homebrew applications to download torrents. So I installed Linux on the xbox (X-DSL) and installed a BitTorrent client. That worked… kind of. If I wanted to use the Xbox Media Center functionality of my xbox, I would have to stop downloading.

So what next? How about one of those spare computer I have sitting in my closet? Perfect. Install Windows XP, set up the computer, set up remote desktop, set up file-shares… "wallah!" I now have a file/torrent-server to house all my media.

I'll get back with some photos and screen shots… for now, use your imagination. I'll try to write up some info on the processes later.