End of the Year – Time to Set Goals and Clear the Cache for Online Article Writers

As the most prolific online article writer in the history of mankind, I have often been asked when is enough? When will you stop writing articles, well right now, writing articles is my default setting and it is set at about 10-50 articles per day, depending on whatever else is going on in my life. Still, those who ask these questions have my best interests in mind. And 2008 is here now and so I have to discharge some of the articles that I have not written yet and put off so far.

There is no sense in denying the fact that these article titles below are just never going to happen. It’s not that I can’t write these articles, I easily could, but I want to keep writing fun and do not wish to force myself to write them. However, they are indeed, articles that the public needs and so I am offering these article titles to you, as maybe you might have something to say on these subjects and may wish to turn keyboard to screen and get them done on your own accord. Below are the articles, I am not going to write:

  1. 2008 Laptop Battery Software – Know Exactly How Much Time You Have When You Start Your Computer
  2. 2008 Solar Powered Wheelchairs – What About Solar Powered Cars?
  3. The Collective is Dangerous – It Wants to Steal Your Identity, Ego and Self – Do Not Submit
  4. 2008 Cell Phone Records to Find Influenza Outbreaks
  5. 2008 Foreclosures Increasing by 1% – Increases Crime by Two and a Third Percent
  6. In 2008 I Want a WiFi Skateboard with an iPod and iPhone Option – And I Want it Now!
  7. Trusting the Terrible Toxicity of Transferring Terabytes that Transcend your Terminal in 2008
  8. In 2008 – The Religion of Collectivism is the Most Dangerous of All Known Movements
  9. Stocking the Shelves in the Middle of the Night Stoned Out of their Mind Until 2009
  10. In 2008 Do a Little Less Talking, a Little More Walking and a Few Less Excuses – You’ll Be Fine
  11. 2008 Bingo Behavior and Competitive Chaos – The Secret Side of Senior Citizens
  12. She Despised People with Egos – I Worry About People Without
  13. Community business lack of integrity gets around fast, on the internet scum can last for years.
  14. In 2008 Your Personality is Great use it with Honor and Without Debate!
  15. Recession Proofing a Nation Using Franchising, Small Business Solutions and Entrepreneurial Training in 2008
  16. If the Mass Mobs Screws Up Everything in 2008 – Why Are We Rushing to Collective Idiocy?
  17. Are You Pulling Strings, Influencing Puppets or Leading the Field – Concentrate in 2008
  18. Why Are You Trying to Convince Me That I am Not Open Minded – Look in Your Own Mirror
  19. 2008 Grassroots Political Campaigns – Don’t Forget Bingo Night – Bring Prizes!
  20. UGVs and ROVs to Fight Fires Remotely – The Future is Here
  21. Futurist Website or Just the Latest Current Technologies and Innovations in Science?
  22. Is the Young Policeman’s Ego Getting them Into Trouble with the Collective Citizen’s Perception?
  23. How Can We Make the Human Collective Computer Smarter than all Humans and All Computers?
  24. Hiding From Yourself – The Easiest Person to Avoid
  25. Collective Intelligence or Collective Stupidity?
  26. The Difference Between a Story, Work, Piece, Article, Column, Book, Editorial and Novel
  27. You Should Fear Those Who Fear You Most of All
  28. Individual to Collective – If I am Not Important, then Stop Asking Me Questions and Bothering Me
  29. Writers On Strike for More Money Spend their Days Off Writing for Free
  30. A Dead Zone is Not a Place Where Paris Hilton’s Cell Phone Doesn’t Work
  31. 2008 Oil Change and Fast Lube Industry – Challenges Ahead
  32. What if US Consumers are Paying $4 per gallon in 2008
  33. Was Your Small Business Less profitable in 2007 or 2006 – What About 2008?
  34. 2008 Oil Change and Fast Lube – State of Industry Predictions
  35. 2008 Auto Industry and Related predictions
  36. Lack of Respect Does Not = Hate – Just Like Tolerance Does Not Equal Acceptance
  37. God Bless the Weather, Tropical Storms, Global Warming and the TV Ratings
  38. The Universe is All in Your Eyes – What an Organic Engineering Marvel?
  39. Big Bang Believers Need to Re-Think Reality in Relation to this Dimensional Realm
  40. Who Do You Think You Are – Human or Something?
  41. Steroids for the Brain – It is Already a Huge Problem
  42. Trying to Sell Real Estate in a Buyers Market
  43. Could The US Army Hit the Skids Due to a Budget Crisis?
  44. UN Chief Needs to Resign; He Says Confront Global Warming or Face in Oblivion?
  45. It’s the End of Advertising as We Know It – And I Feel Fine!

Now that my friends is consolidation and getting rid of the baggage so you can lighten your load and be ready to take off in the new year. I want you to think about this for a moment, what do you have on your plate that you know you will never do in 2008? Maybe it’s time you cleared your plate and set a new course for the future.

Web Load Balancing and Caching 101

What is Load Balancing?

Load balancing is the process by which inbound internet protocol (IP) traffic can be distributed across multiple servers. Load balancing enhances the performance of the servers, leads to their optimal utilization and ensures that no single server is overwhelmed. Load balancing is particularly important for busy networks, where it is difficult to predict the number of requests that will be issued to a server.

Typically, two or more web servers are employed in a load balancing scheme. In case one of the servers begins to get overloaded, the requests are forwarded to another server. Load balancing brings down the service time by allowing multiple servers to handle the requests. This service time is reduced by using a load balancer to identify which server has the appropriate availability to receive the traffic.

The process, very generally, is straightforward. A webpage request is sent to the load balancer, which forwards the request to one of the servers. That server responds back to the load balancer, which in turn sends the request on to the end user.

What is Session Persistence and Why is It Important?

An important issue when operating a load-balanced service is how to handle information that must be kept across the multiple requests in a user’s session. If this information is stored locally on one backend server, then subsequent requests going to different backend servers would not be able to find it. This might be cached information that can be recomputed, in which case load-balancing a request to a different backend server just introduces a performance issue.

Load Balancing Algorithms

A variety of scheduling algorithms are used by load balancers to determine which backend server to send a request to. Simple algorithms include random choice or round robin. More sophisticated load balancers may take into account additional factors, such as a server’s reported load, recent response times, up/down status (determined by a monitoring poll of some kind), number of active connections, geographic location, capabilities, or how much traffic it has recently been assigned. High-performance systems may use multiple layers of load balancing.

Load balancing of servers by an IP sprayer can be implemented in different ways. These methods of load balancing can be set up in the load balancer based on available load balancing types. There are various algorithms used to distribute the load among the available servers.

Weighted Round-Robin Allocation

Weighted Round-Robin is an advanced version of the round-robin that eliminates the deficiencies of the plain round robin algorithm. In case of a weighted round-robin, one can assign a weight to each server in the group so that if one server is capable of handling twice as much load as the other, the powerful server gets a weight of 2. In such cases, the IP sprayer will assign two requests to the powerful server for each request assigned to the weaker one.

What is Web Caching?

A Web cache is a temporary storage place for files requested from the Internet. After an original request for data has been successfully fulfilled, and that data has been stored in the cache, further requests for those files (a Web page complete with images, for example) results in the information being returned from the cache rather than the original location.

Types of Web Caches

Forward/transparent proxy servers, reverse proxy servers (which are actually what the cache appliances are running internally) and web servers mostly have web caches. The caches in web servers are RAM caches as they already have the resources served locally. The caches on proxy servers could be RAM & DISK, usually both. It is highly recommended to install a 15k RPM or SSD HDD as proxy server DISK cache.

SSL Offloading

Secure socket layer (SSL) certificates provide authentication between a server and a client computer in a Web application. Companies or businesses with a dedicated SSL certificate must host that certificate on a Web server. Heavy use of the certificate can put a strain on the machine and slow down the application.

SSL offloading takes all the processing of SSL encryption and decryption off the main Web server and moves it to a separate device designed specifically for the task. This allows the performance of the main Web server to increase and it handles the SSL certificate efficiently.

HTTP Compression

There’s a finite amount of bandwidth on most Internet connections, and anything administrators can do to speed up the process is worthwhile. One way to do this is via HTTP compression, a capability built into both browsers and servers that can dramatically improve site performance by reducing the amount of time required to transfer data between the server and the client. The principles are nothing new – the data is simply compressed. What is unique is that compression is done on the fly, straight from the server to the client, and often without users knowing.

Suitable File Types

Sites that have a lot of plain text content, including the main HTML files, XML, CSS, and RSS, may benefit from the compression. It will still depend largely on the content of the file; most standard HTML text files will compress by about a half, sometimes more. Heavily formatted pages, for example those that make heavy use of tables (and therefore repetitive formatting content) may compress even further, sometime to as little as one-third of the original size.

URL Translation & URL Rewrite

URL translation is translation from externally known URLs to the internal locations

URL Rewriting is a server-side technique for mapping URL requests to request handlers.

Typically there is a direct mapping between request URL and the handler for that request. All requests that end in .php will be handled by a PHP script with the given name. Similarly, request paths that end in.html will typically be handled by a static file handler. The mapping between URL and handler is typically static, and depends solely on the “extension” of the URL Request.

Why Rewrite URLs?

There are many of reasons to rewrite URLs:

* Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
SEO is a broad topic, but the main goal is to assist search engines in finding content on a web site. One aspect of that is optimizing the URLs themselves.

* Making user-friendly URLs
Similar in effect to SEO, this allows the use of friendly public URLs where they are observed by users in links and browser bars. Elements within URLs that are meaningful only to server-side technology, including the extension of the server-side script or web app platform, can be obscured from the public.

* Server-side technology migrations
When migrating from one technology to another in stages, URL rewriting can be used to keep the URL space stable while things change on the server back-end. URL Rewriting can also be used to support migration of “old” or stale URLs to the new URL namespace, when those changes occur.

ServeTrue IQProxy supports all of the above with support at a reasonable cost for Windows

Foreclosure Cleanup – How to Make Money Today With Your Business

Years ago, I had an office in New York City, right down from Madison Square Garden. My little office was on the fourth floor of a small commercial building. There were several small businesses housed on my floor. My small business neighbor was also my accountant. I’ll never forget the words Tony the Accountant said to me one afternoon when he peeked into my office for a chat. He said, “Always ask yourself, what can I do to make money TODAY?”

Your Primary Task Each Day: I’ve gone back to that statement over and over again throughout the years. Sometimes as business owners we get so mired in running our business, that we forget to consistently make money at what we’re doing. It may sound crazy, but it’s true. The bills have to be paid (money going out); the marketing pieces have to be prepared; the uniforms have to be washed; the truck has to be dumped; the equipment has to be repaired; etc.

But when you first get up in the morning, running around like a mad person to start your daily business tasks, stop and ask yourself that same question that Tony proposed to me: What can you do to bring in a dollar today in your foreclosure cleanup business? Whatever else you may have on your plate should really take a back seat until you have done the primary task that will add money to your bank account that day.

If you don’t succeed, you will have put out a ton of feelers that may turn into cash the next day or later in the week.

What Services Do You Offer in Your Foreclosure Cleanup Business?

Are you offering services that will allow you to bring in cash on a daily basis? Are these services within your immediate control? Or, are you, instead, offering services that make you sound good, official, but that require you to depend on others to perform those tasks? Can you personally winterize, change locks, handle repairs, do the gutter cleaning, handle the painting? Or do you need a crew to assist you in getting those jobs done TODAY?

Take Inventory of Your List of Services: If you are a new foreclosure cleanup business, take inventory of the list of services you have included as part of your foreclosure cleanup business. Do you need to scale back to be in control of making money TODAY?

As your business grows, of course you will add more and more services to your cache of foreclosure cleanup duties, and you will add more workers. But, when you’re just starting out, consider offering only those services that you know you can handle yourself. Why? So you can wake up knowing you can put money in your pocket TODAY, all by your lonesome, if you have to.

Your business won’t seem as big, but you will be making more money. And that’s what business is about: making money, profit, being able to pay yourself a decent salary, consistently.

Take Action Today: For example, using Tony’s question (What can you do to make money today?), you can wake up on a Saturday morning and decide you want to put $300 in your pocket before night fall, all by yourself, in your new real estate and foreclosure cleanup business. Put your lawn mower on the back of your truck (a truck that should hold your company’s magnet signs), and hit every home and business within a ten mile radius, offering a Special Today Only rate for lawn care.

Worst Case Scenario: Those eventual customers that may say no today will now know your business name and have your company flier, which should list all of your real estate and foreclosure cleanup services.

Remember, you should already be targeting your primary foreclosure cleanup client base via email, snail-mail, phone, and through your online marketing efforts. But, keeping in mind your primary focus of making money TODAY, if your price is right, you will be busier than you can shake a stick at with just lawn care — and you will come home with that $300 bucks in your pocket!

Plan of Action Example: If you specialize in interior cleanup, get on the phone and plan to call 500 realtors today. Yes, it will be a lot of calls, and you may not make it through even a quarter of the list, but if your Today Only Special is low enough, and you strategically target your list, you will get cleanup business. Always remember that business is simply a numbers game: the more prospects you target, the more business you will get.

If you want to specialize in exterior cleanup and you know the dump yard only charges you $37 for exterior debris dumping, call 200 real estate brokers and offer an incredible Weekend Only deal on exterior debris removal to the broker’s list of realtors. Make it a special they can’t refuse and see what positive results you have.

Greasing the Pipes: Remember, as a business owner, you must concentrate on how you can make money TODAY to survive. All the while you will be greasing the pipes (a term my multi-million dollar small business mentor used quite often) for future foreclosure cleaning business.

Many wishes of great success in your foreclosure cleanup business!