Are you stopping your success?

Sometimes what we see our worth at, is what we get. It may have nothing to do with your skill set or knowledge. I was reading this article by Aaron Wall.  He shows a bit of his personal side, but it was very good.

He talks about selling your services and it can really be applied to any business. Working for yourself, its hard to get that mentality of a big business owner who makes 6 figures a year over the “free-lancer” just keeping busy and keeping your bills paid. It is all a matter of perception. Everything is, no matter if you are the big corporate giant or the lonely freelancer. How do you market yourself? More important what is your self-worth? How much do you see yourself making? How valuable is your time for any project?

Aaron talks about changing your self esteem and your business can really take off. It doesnt matter who you are, we all have self esteem issues to work out. But having a good grip on those issues and taking charge can make you stand out from your competition.

Very nicely done Aaron.

Google Block Search Engine

So I was up last night, working… surprise surprise, and I ran into a funny thing with Google. I went to enter a keyword to search and Google Blocked me! Ugh… The keyword I had entered seemed suspicous, enter a captcha to proceed. Funny right? So I try just random words, like “happy”, and the same thing. Is this new? I have never seen such a thing like this before. To think Google has added spam blocking techniques on their general search engines. But I wonder, WHY?!?!

I share my connection, but both computers on this line were experiencing the same thing. If google doesnt want us to search their engines, we can very well find another search engine! Little ol’ Yahoo! isn’t too far away… I actually started on Yahoo! and had no idea what a google was! Ha, my parents actually introduced me to google… Kind of funny. And they are not the most computer saavy people. Anyways thats my rant on Google. If anyone had seen this, please let me know! We’ll find a new search engine! :D

MediaTemple (gs) SQL Out of Memory?

So it appears MediaTemple has striked once again! I am so glad I am not hosted with them. I have been working on a client’s zencart, which is hosted on mediatemple (gs) server. Aside from all of the downtimes and really amazingly slow connections at other times, I have gotten a new error!

5 Out of memory (Needed 2091012 bytes)

I was a bit puzzled at first. I had not touched the site in a few days. The last time I had checked the site, everything was in working order. The error was on a sql statement. I couldnt figure this out. So I decided to ask google! (You got to love asking Google, they know everything).  ;)

Anyways, I ran into this post, by mediatemple. It appears the sql server they are running has been moved to a limited container. No warning, just lets move this and maybe no one will notice. I had read this was to reduce abusive users, but I fail to see how running a out-of-the-box zencart consitutes as “abusive”.  Well a quick bandaid fix was to remove the banner calls on the tpl_main_page.php from the template folder. They are not using banners so it was a quick fix. It seems to find ways to reduce the sql calls being made at least allows the page to load.

Ah, I love AN Hosting.  I will sing their praises forever!