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Mickey Mellen
Blogger, runner, Google Earth fan, father of two
Blogger, runner, Google Earth fan, father of two

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Bring an old computer back to life with CloudReady

We have an old Windows “all-in-one” computer in our guest room that really doesn’t do much. It’s old, tired and slow. So a few weekends ago, I gave it a new lease on life with CloudReady. Total cost: $0.

Switching to the SEO Framework plugin?

I’ve been a big fan of the Yoast SEO plugin for many years. It does a great job of helping with the SEO (“Search Engine Optimization”) on WordPress-powered websites. I first shared it with you back in 2012 and I wrote this long post about how to use it in 2013. Even today we’re still using it on hundreds of websites that we manage. However, we’re starting to use The SEO Framework plugin more and more, and this post will explain why.

The SSL checklist

Having an SSL certificate on your website (making the address start with “https” and include that little green padlock) has always been important for eCommerce sites, but never very much for any other site. However, Google is now pushing that as an increasingly important ranking signal, so if you want your website to show up well in Google, you need to have an SSL.

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A Chromecast on every TV

I’m a big fan of Google products for two main reasons:

1 – In general, they’re pretty great products (Gmail, Maps, Docs, etc).
2 – They tend to work on every major platform.

Item #2 is why I encourage people to choose the Google Chromecast over Apple TV (or Amazon’s Fire Stick) when looking for a streaming device. We have one on every TV in our house, and it’s the primary tool we use on the TV in our office.

Digging into Android Wear 2.0

Last week Google announced Android Wear 2.0, the first major upgrade to their watch software.

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Where can I download WordPress?

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What is WordPress multisite?

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How do I find my WordPress login URL?

Track your habits with Habitbull

I’m the kind of guy that likes to track things. We have many systems at GreenMellen for tracking work and progress, I wear a FitBit to track my steps, I have a GPS watch to track my runs, etc. However, there are a lot of other habits that I could track, so I started looking into those options.

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