Month: January 2016

Best Web Hosting Performance and Feature Comparison; 1and1 vs BlueHost vs DreamHost vs HostGator

Performance Server
There are thousands of options when choosing a web hosting provider.  Among the web hosts I’ve seen most often publicized are HostGator, BlueHost, DreamHost, and 1&1 Hosting.  Although I am currently using 1&1 Hosting and have very been happy with it I am strongly considering switching to DreamHost or BlueHost after comparing the features offered, the performance of each host, and writing this post.  Below I compare the features publicly advertised by each of these web hosting providers and I summarize the testing I performed to evaluate the non-publicized web hosting performance, namely network latency & … Read the rest

Increase Words Per Minute Using Android’s Speech to Text

Alex and Emma Movie Image

The other day I was watching “Alex & Emma“, a movie about an author who hires a stenographer to help him write a book in 30 days so that he can pay off his gambling debts and avoid bodily harm.  As I’ve been writing more, I began to wonder what similar tactics I might use to increase my productivity.  In the past I’ve used Android’s Speech to Text feature to quickly compose texts and I began to wonder whether I could exploit this feature to compose longer blog posts, at what rate, and at what accuracy.

The Experiment

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Save and Retrieve VBA Variables in the Windows Registry

There will come a time in Visual Basic for Application (VBA) programming when you will want to save a variable that you are able to modify whose value remains persists between sessions. Such a variable is particularly useful when saving users specific settings in your application, maintaining software license keys, or storing anything else you may wish.

One way of doing this is to save the variable within a hidden (or very hidden) worksheet and hope the user doesn’t corrupt the data. Another way of doing this is to save the variable to a file and retrieve it later as … Read the rest

You’re a Sucker for Chasing New Powerball Jackpots

… and so am I.

While news of the astronomical Powerball jackpots are showing up everywhere, little is mentioned of the Powerball game changes on October 7, 2015 that are driving them up.  At that time the game was modified from a pick 5 of 59 white balls & 1 of 35 power balls (59/35) to a pick 5 of 69 white balls & 1 of 26 power balls (69/26) an the odds of winning went from 1 in 175,223,510 to 1 in 292,201,338 respectively.  The $2 ticket you purchase today has less chance of winning than one purchased prior Read the rest

Social Media Profile Links Boost Google Search Ranking

Social Media Post Pic

You may (or may not) know that Google uses inbound links to your site to gauge it’s popularity and relevance.  The most popular and relevant content shows up on page one of Google search results, while less popular content is pushed down in the ranks.  The other day I was to pondering the possible effect on Google Search rankings of inbound links from social media profiles and I inadvertently set up an experiment when I set up social media profiles for my site and experienced some impressive results.

Background

In February 2014, I set up a simple site as a … Read the rest

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