10 June 2011

networking how to and info-intro to network tech: apt-cache: how to use

networking how to and info-intro to network tech: apt-cache: how to use: "So, today distro. I'm going to write to appeal to our Debian/Ubuntu/related readers. In case you where unaware, you can download whole rep..."

apt-cache: how to use

So, today . I'm going to write to appeal to our Debian/Ubuntu/related distro using  readers.

In case you where unaware, you can download whole repository of packages for your Doing greatly speeds up updating, and if your in the business of making computers. (for example free-geek) having apt-cache set up will save you both tonnes of time and bandwidth, and thus money. And its real easy to do. Install the OS of choice (i.e. to cache ubuntu, install ubuntu server

A open a console and type the following.

sudo apt-get install apt-cache
sudo apt-cache
(then type yes to the fact its going to download about 70 gigs of files)

One of the great things about this, is you can put old, 'obsolete' Pentium III back into use, as an FTP file server does not require a lot of systems resources, which is another bonus, as you help protect the environment by avoiding electronic waste.

09 June 2011

A small networking glitch that put my net off-line.

So, I was I just trying to add a route to my routing table...no big deal. But after I did so, I was unable to bring my internal network online. I scanned my settings and did not see anything wrong VPI/VCI where correct, gateway was correct.

I was truly confused. Then finally, I looked at the PPPoE settings...some how a single letter in my user name was dropped! No wonder I couldn't connect huh? So I corrected the letter and saved my settings. I waited 20 minutes. Still no connection!

After logging back into my ADSL modem, I seen it had not saved my PPPoE user name correctly!

I decided to correct it again. This time, it finally took.

The message here is, always check all your settings when you have a failure mode, and after you correct them, check to ensure they are genuinely corrected and saved and not discarded.

07 June 2011

A bit on SEO

So, chances are if you own a website, you want traffic, you want visitors to your website, right? Well, most web traffic comes from search engine results, and links to your site on other sites. Today we will touch a little on search engine ranking.

The way search engines work (for the most part, they are very complex so I'll simplify) is they have a bot (an application) that visits your site, and absorbs all the content...including invisible content such as meta tags and things such as the words in the URL and the title and description of the site.

The most important thing is to write quality content, and write it using the language of your intended readers. This is very important, because when your readers are searching for information in a search engine, they will use keywords from their vocabulary and from their point of view. If your writing in a jargon filled field like information technology or medicine, and trying to appeal to people with little or no background, use common terms. Don't say something like 

"RFC 950 does not specify if subnets of the same major net may or may not have different subnet masks" Try something like " When it comes to dividing up your network in smaller nets, there is no defined rule on if you can use different masks for different subnets, as per RFC 950 which covered this topic" 

Follow that with a link to RFC 950 so your reader can find more detail if they wish.

Post links to pages on your site in relevant web forums. But be judicious about it. Only post something that is truly on the topic and will provide the participants with information on the subject of the discussion.

Make sure your website has working, complete link paths. That is to say, make sure every page can be found by clicking links starting on the default page and following links as click deeper into the website. This way, search engine's bots will be able to index your entire sites content and all its pages, giving it more chances to turn up on the search engine results page when someone does a search.

Submit your site to all the major search engines and web directories, and to unique, smaller ones like Active Search Results Search Engine 
this gives you both the major audiences in major search engines like Google and yahoo, which are very hard to get high ranking in, as well as giving you the niche audience of smaller engines, which can be easier to obtain a high rank in.

Try to get link exchanges with websites on the same topic. This is easiest done with non commercial sites, as you are not competing for business, but even commercial sites can do it. Place advertisements on your page, not only will earn money, but they will add additional content that will give you more keywords with more variety. like this, which is a pretty cool gadget to be honest. Kindle, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers 

But always remember, content is king, if your website is vapid, you will never obtain high readership. So make sure to always put informative, relevant content on every page. 

Well I hope this gave people reading a bit of idea on promoting their website, and where/how to find more information. This book here is quite good.

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