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Start A Blog

Starting a blog is as simple as pointing your favorite web browser to Blogger Or WordPress.  Both of these options will have a not so tech savvy individual up and blogging within an hour.  If you're more like me and want the control of behind the scene frustration and pulling your hair out- then you probably have your own hosting account, and a few URL's to your name.  I think URL's are too a geek as tattoos are to a biker.  Now, I am not very good at putting words together to make pretty sentences, but I will do my best at keeping it short, and too the point (misspellings will occur). 

If you want a blog that is more custom with your own URL and are not sure where to start - Then start with one of the options that I have listed above.  It's always a good idea to start with free and easy, before you make a wrong choice.  Some of the easy mistakes are:

1.purchasing a hosting account with a provider that does not support your needs.

2.Buying a URL without having a host for it

3.Trying to use an online CMS, when your provider does not support it.

4.Not knowing how to use an FTP, while the only way to interact with the website is through the FTP.

These are just a couple of the entanglements that I have untangled in the past.  If you are sure you want to start with a custom URL/Hosting account, and did not find what you are looking for above, then let me recommend GoDaddy for a good place to start.  They have a lot of inexpensive packages that include the URL with the hosting account.  Their phone support is limited but quick if you need help setting things up.  Their Linux base WordPress packages are very simple to set up, and manage.  Another good host for WordPress is BlueHost.  They are a little less expensive (I believe), but they do not support SQL Server, or ASP.Net.


So, I talk a lot about WordPress, but this blog is not WordPress - I know.  I like BlogEngine because it is ASP based.  Since I am familiar with C# and ASP, its easy to customize and fix.  While I am familiar with PHP (The language used to write WordPress), I am not comfortable changing the config files to match my needs.  I do have a WordPress Blog, and have been very satisfied. 


Till next time,


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Apple Without Jobs

Is Apple doomed without Steve Jobs.  The resent shakeup at the company would suggest that they might be running into what so many experts had predicted.  Apple had struggled for over a decade without Jobs.  His return to the company as innovator, designer, tester, and chief pooba gave the company the direction it needed to succeed.  Many say the company would have gone away without his innovation.  Now with the launch of the new iPhone 5, and its soon to be released smaller tablet, critics are already slamming the companies choice of mapping software, and Siri assistant.  The company has begun a reorganization that many would say is the first straw in a dooming effort to replace the un-replaceable...

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Hey There, My name is Charles (Chuck) Emge, and I am the author of the Data Dummy.  This blog is dedicated to the nuances of day to day geekdom, and technical advice.  I hope you enjoy.

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