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Imma just build The Thing

Every morning, the very first thing I do (other than tell my woman I love her), is have a conversation with myself.

I get my pen (a Pilot G2 #7 in black, thank you very much) and my paper (El Cheapo legal pad in yellow), and I just start writing.

I never know what I’m going to write about or where I’m going to end up. The whole point is to just let my psyche connect with the physical act of writing and try to get my internal editor as much out of the way as possible.

In my conversation this morning, I realized that I have a thing for online content marketing. Like, it’s something that I gravitate toward, that I do anyway.

I have ideas for cool domain names. I grok the basics of traffic building and lead pages and conversion funnels. I already have chunks of social management systems that I use for my own accounts.

I already do this stuff.

Huh. Cool.

The thing I don’t do, that I’m not good at, is being in it for the long haul. Patience is not my strong suit.

I always stop building the thing before it has a chance to get going.

I register a domain name, whip up a WordPress site, post some content, make a couple social media accounts, tie it all together, post some content, and sit back and wonder “Why don’t I have traffic? It’s been like two days!”

I’m in the process of building a new thing. It’s been a month (shut up; it’s New Math). I’m in the “I need to back-fill all this content to support my marketing efforts / I have to write another post about what?” mode. When I looked at my analytics yesterday, I had five visits to the page for the day. I assume they were all from me.

<sigh/>

But!

It’s time for me to hang in there, to get another cuppa, to take a walk and come back, to do whatever it is I need to do to be here for the long game. Because I realized another important thing this morning:

This is a year of foundation building.

This is a year of setting myself up to get what need and want in the future.

This is my year of patience.

Security Alert – iThemes account breach

TLDR: If you have an iThemes account (for “Backup Buddy,” “SecurityPro,” or their other plugins or themes), change your password now. If you use those same credentials at other sites, change those passwords now as well.

iThemes, a WordPress theme and plugin development company,  announced a security breach on Tuesday, and followed up with more details about that breach yesterday.

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Google Passwords Stolen!

Five million Gmail (and therefore Google Account!) passwords were stolen and posted online yesterday.

Use the site haveibeenpwned.com to check your passwords against this and other major breeches.

Protect yourself

This is a great time to update your password and enable two-factor authentication.

Also, if you don’t already do it, start using a password management system. I like using Keepass with DropBox (aff. link), but the most important thing is to start using long (like more than 17 characters!) passwords.

A Messy Breakup

It’s been a quiet, bitter fight, at least on my side of the fence. My friends either don’t know (well now they do…), or they make compassionate sounds while avoiding eye contact and tappy-tapping little notes to that bitch.

That vile, conniving, stalking, evil, self-centered, money-grubbing succubus of a mistress: Facebook.

Now let me tell you how I really feel:

Like all of these kinds of relationships, the golden overtones of early days faded into the hum of daily bustle. I sent small notes from time to time; she chattered about inane headlines that I just wouldn’t believe. I tried to catch up with my friends, but she wouldn’t let me go, instead trying to foist her pals on me.

We weren’t exactly happy, but we were making things work.

No longer.

She started telling me lies and screwing with my head; “Oh, my day was soooo bad and your friends are all depressed; How are you feeling?” And then, she issued an ultimatum. “You will do things my way, or I will cut you off.”

Anyone who knows me at all, knows that’s not the way to get me to play ball.

I moved out.

For the last six weeks, I’ve only seen Facebook when I can’t avoid her; mostly when one of you sends me a message through the FB interface.

For the foreseeable future, I’ll ask Facebook to let you know when I’ve updated my website, but that’s all I can stomach asking that fickle harlot for.

I look forward to the day I can put this nastiness behind me and even more so to sharing with you the name of a more more faithful, steadfast companion.

Until then, though, you can find me at my usual haunts:

Resuming a stalled scp operation

I’ve been digging around in the linux cli again lately, trying (with mixed success) to manage several boxes with ssh connections. Today I was moving a file from a server to my workstation via scp, and the connection slowed to a crawl, then crapped out completely. The ETA status changed to “stalled” even though there was still a little bit of activity on the link. After searching around, I found this article at the LinuxWave blog that explains how to use rsync to finish the transfer.

And whaddya know? It works! Though it didn’t literally *resume* the ssh transfer, it grabbed the two pieces (local and remote) of the file in question, joined them, and put the new file in the right spot. FTW!