I was recently “hired” as a contributor to Forbes Magazine online. I say “hired” because I don’t get paid in any traditional sense that involves money. But I don’t write for free, I do obtain substantial benefits from writing for Forbes in the forms of experience, feedback on my writing, exposure, and simply the enjoyment [...]
If it doesn’t fit anywhere else, it goes here.
Time to set the record straight on a few minor misconceptions. Here are some questions and answers related to my recent and upcoming activities. Q: Are you already in Hong Kong? A: Not quite. Our flight out is May 25th, 2013. We arrive in Hong Kong on June 7th (we have a few stops on [...]
Lot’s of changes coming in the next few weeks. A move to Hong Kong to open a branch office of MWI, I was just signed up as a contributor at Forbes (click the “+Follow” link to be informed when my first piece goes live), major push going on with Full Occupancy, looking forward to the launch [...]
Sometimes you come up with a stupid idea that you just can’t let go of, like jumping off the roof of your house with an umbrella, or going back in time to 1940, not to kill Hitler, but just shave off Hitler’s mustache while he’s sleeping and then see how that ends up being recorded [...]
This post applies to those with Blackberries and Android phones as well. The user of a Windows phone is a fictitious character, like centaurs, fairies, and honest politicians, and therefore I will make no more mention of him. I’m a news/information junkie. News about politics, economics, people lifting burning cars off motorcyclists–it doesn’t matter, I [...]
If you’re interested in following my posts here on DonLoper.com, you can now do it by becoming a fan of the DonLoper.com page on Facebook. Like the page, share it with your friends, and read the blog and weep. More updates coming soon.
As though I need another blog…although if you were following all of those I have you’d notice I haven’t posted on most of them in some time, other than my triathlon blog. My posts come in spurts depending on what I’m interested in at the moment. The new blog is now up and running [...]
Those who communicate with me regularly might have noticed something, and depending on your communication preferences it might be annoying and/or frustrating to you. Yes, it’s true, I never call you back. You call me and leave a voicemail, and then you get an email back from me. You call me, ask me to call [...]
This is an email I recently wrote to my family: It has come to my attention that some of my nieces and nephews are lacking when it comes to what I feel is one of the most valuable skills a person, especially a young person, can have today. This skill affects how educated you will [...]
For those of you who are regular followers of this blog, this post might come across as pretty random, but allow me to explain. My father is a retired optical engineer who used to work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. He worked on the Hubble Space Telescope for a number of [...]
I’ve listened on and off to Dr. Laura since 1992 or thereabouts. I’ve always enjoyed her frank, no-holds-barred, common sense approach to solving life’s problems, even if I didn’t always agree with her. Recently, she posted on her blog a letter written by a young man who “broke up” with Facebook. The theme seems to [...]
My first dilemma was how to spell “dilemma” but having figured that out, my real dilemma is whether to pay $650 to re-activate my PayPal account, or live with a second PayPal account that forces me to live life in the shadows. It all started in 2003. The sun was shining, birds were singing, I [...]
http://www.daveramsey.com/etc/fed_bailout/ It takes only five minutes to read it. It takes only another five minutes to act upon it. But those ten minutes you spend, combined with those others will spend, might just save this country from making a mistake we will be paying for decades from now. Doing nothing is not the answer, but [...]
When I first started blogging it was all here on Don Loper. But I really enjoy writing, and so over time I’ve expanded the number of blogs I write on to match my interests. Here’s a comprehensive list: The Organic SEO. This blog is focused on search engine optimization and search engine marketing. It’s actually [...]
My wife’s family has these major family reunions every other year. The last two times we’ve had the reunion at the Hidden Springs Ranch in Altamont, UT. It’s a great place, really, except that it’s three hours from Salt Lake City and some of us drive Audis with cruise control modules that have burned out [...]
I haven’t been posting much lately because I’ve been in the process of moving this and other blogs over to WordPress, which I’ve found over time to be vastly superior to MovableType (sorry guys). I’ve also been busy working on The SEO Consultants. The blog will function more or less the same with the same [...]
Every year it seems that I switch cell phone companies and plans in an effort to get a better phone and better service at a cheaper price, and yet somehow I end up with lame phones and expensive plans with no real improvement in service. Well, let’s do it again. What would you recommend?
I’m a fan of sitting back every once in a while, looking at my life, and asking myself “If I could change one thing that would make a greater positive difference in my life than anything else I could change, what would it be?” But then I was thinking about how often it is easier [...]
Hey Utah, be careful what you search for on Google because thanks to Google Trends we, and the Deseret News, can see exactly what you’re looking for, and it’s ain’t pretty. Apparently Utah is #1 in the nation when it comes to searches for things like “pornography,” “naked girls,” “striptease,” “topless,” “nude,” “strip poker,” “lingerie,” [...]
I just logged into my Linkedin.com account and noticed I have exactly 500 connections, which is something of a milestone for me, I suppose. Do I get to join some sort of special club or get an award or anything?
I’m looking for a web-based upload/download tool if anyone has any recommendations. Essentially I need someone I can easily integrate into a client’s website so that their site visitors can upload large files and then also download those files. Typical FTP is too cumbersome and confuses some of this client’s visitors, so I’m looking for [...]
The folks over at London Market (563 South 700 East in Salt Lake City) have rented an entire theater for the 12:01 AM Wednesday (that means you go Tuesday night and leave on Wednesday morning) premiere of the new Harry Potter movie at Jordan Commons. You want tickets? You can get them for $5 apiece [...]
I’m part of a group called My Troop Letters that creates opportunities for people to write letters to Utah soldiers who are overseas. We take care of collecting the letters and getting them to the troops at no cost to the letter writers. We had a booth at the Taylorsville Dayzz event last weekend and [...]
Does anyone have any contacts with Utah Audi dealerships? I’m not looking for sales staff, I mean administrative types, marketing type, dealership owners, etc. If so, shoot me an email. I’ll explain why later.
Want a free lunch with yours truly? Now’s your chance. But not everyone will qualify. In order to qualify for the free lunch you must: 1. Be a complete stranger to me. That means we’ve never met, I don’t know who you are, and preferably I have never heard your name. However, if you do [...]
Need some advice here…does anyone know of a phone system that works like a PBX system but can be plugged into an Internet connection? Yes, I know about Alianza, but they don’t deal with small companies any more. If you’ve used something or know of something I’d appreciate your input.
Well, maybe. With this type of thing nothing’s sure until it happens. If any of you are familiar with the area and have recommendations as to where to live, where my wife can find a job as a project manager, what the local gang signs are, etc., I’d appreciate your input. My wife and I [...]
Just a small matter of business here. When you post comments on this blog there is no need to include HTML code for line breaks. MovableType puts those in automatically, and therefore if you put in HTML code your comment will be spaced out twice as much as you intended. MovableType also automatically adds the [...]
Just for the sake of variety, and the people who complain about the dark background, I switched things up a bit. Same colors, but in different places. Let me know what you think.
There are at least 62 people who have subscribed to DonLoper.com since I switched to using FeedBurner to publish my feed. I probably don’t have a clue who more than 10 of those people are, but here’s your chance to let me and all those other subscribers know who you are. I’m inviting anyone reading [...]
I have no specific reason for asking this question other than that I’m curious. I’m always happy to listen to advice on how I can improve myself, my company, or my blog. I would appreciate any comments anyone has relevant to Don Loper and how you believe it could be better. Possible topics could include [...]
Yep, that’s me. I can’t imagine that I was more than six years old at the time when my dad bought his first computer, a TRS-80 from RadioShack. Can you believe RadioShack was one of the first computer manufacturers/retailers and today they’re…well, what does RadioShack do anyway? I don’t think I’ve ever been to one [...]
I just got my first iPod today, the new Shuffle that is a clip. Having never owned an iPod before I’m still figuring some things out and haven’t really had a chance to get the full experience. First impressions and answers to questions: 1. It’s definitely small. 2. It’s definitely light. I can clip it [...]
I suppose this is mandatory content from time to time. Here’s my list of Utah blogs that I am currently subscribed to. I hesitate to post this since there are probably some blogs I was subscribed to that I forgot to resubscribe to after reformatting my machine, and I’m sure I will be subscribed to [...]
About three weeks ago I had an issue with my donloper.com email. I check a lot of email addresses through my email client and since my donloper.com email was acting up I turned it off. Then I forgot to turn it back on again until about three hours ago. 467 messages, included 68 notifications about [...]
Would you like to advertise in Utah’s premiere business magazine (which shall remain nameless), but you don’t want to fork out the cash? Well, here’s a deal for you–you might be able to trade your services and/or products for that advertising space. No, I’m not talking about ITEX or any other trading network, it’s something [...]
According to research using two monitors can improve your productivity by 20-30%, which I’ll buy, but I’m not sure two is enough. At least two 20″ monitors are not enough.
I’ve been holding onto both a cellphone and a Palm for a long time now. I’ve tried out various devices that combine the functionality of the two only to return to them. But I’m just about ready to try the adventure again. My question to you, kind reader, is what would you recommend? I’ve narrowed [...]
I just switched our RSS feed to FeedBurner. If you are subscribed to our feed please switch it to http://feeds.feedburner.com/donloper. For those of you who don’t know, FeedBurner allows you to track things such as how many people are signed up for your feed, what browser they’re using, when bots hit your feed, etc. Just [...]
It’s 1:20am, and that means it’s prime time for a blog entry before I go home. Not wanting to think too much at this time of the morning, I’m opting for an installment of the World Famous Fives. A Top 5 with myself, that is: Top 5 movies and/or TV shows that are randomly connected [...]
I’ve been meaning to do this for months but it’s hard to find the time. DonLoper.com has been redesigned with a cleaner, easy-on-the-eyes design that loads faster. At first you might think black is harder to read, but think about it. Reading on a white screen is like looking at a light bulb. If you [...]