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Lone Star Demolition – Middletown Ohio

Not being able to sit here at my desk knowing the Lone Star was being razed just next door. I climbed to the roof with my trusty old Cannon PowerShot s50 and took this lousy low resolution video in the bitter cold. The wind was blowing so hard I was worried about being so close to the edge of the roof on our four story office building. And yes that’s snow you see blowing around there.

Click here for news on the Middletown Lone Star fire that of course caused the building to ultimately be demolished.

Be sure to visit the Middletown Community Forums to discuss your thoughts on the Lone Star Steak House rebuild.

O… and if you are wondering where the “Fun Technology” is in climbing to the roof of a four story building on a cold, snowy, and windy day to stand there for three minutes to take a movie.. well right, I don’t know either.

November 20, 2008 Posted by | Middletown Ohio | , , | Leave a comment

Fun New Technology Blogs

A Monitor Technology BlogSo what fun technologies have I come across this month? The answer is plenty and I have been making my staff blog about these fun technologies on a few new blogs we have started.

My favorite so far is called simply “A Monitor Blog“, as you would expect this blog is dedicated to display technology. Not just monitors for computers or television displays for your home entertainment center, but rather the entire spectrum of current news and advancements with any and all display technology. Another new and fun blog we have been working on is a PC Game Technology blog. This blog is another broad based look at the hardware and software that make up today’s PC gaming world. With an office full of avid PC gamers this was a natural.

Finally a bit of what I consider fun. We have a new web site dedicated to leasing computers and audio visual equipment. For those of you who are familiar with our core business you might wonder why it took 20 years to make this a focus or at least give computer leasing some fair and balanced treatment on our http://www.rentacomputer.com website. Well I wonder too. But the project is done and now we will be turning it over to our people at Xponex.com to get it out there in the search engines.

Alright on last bit of fun that a lot of my friends in our COD4 clan are looking forward to: That would be the soon to be released Call of Duty 5 game for PC. Though not a fan of the Pacific Theatre in WW2 I am sure I will be buying it, if not for myself, than for my little boy who is so easily swayed with the slightest bit of good marketing.

October 23, 2008 Posted by | Technology News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Blog too far – Goes very far

I have often wondered what it says about me that I so often think I am wrong. There have however been a few times when in some disagreement with my wife that I have known beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was right. At such times I have proudly stood up for myself, demanded a concession, and left no stone unturned in my arrogance … before I was each time proven wrong.

This time though being wrong truly appears to have paid off. You see a few months ago we started a new Blog about projectors. You may have seen my post here where I talked about my fear that we had created a “Blog too far”. Not to be negative, as don’t forget its apparently self confidence that is my main problem…but at the time I could not imagine having the staff or the content to make such a Blog a success.

Well today I am proud to announce I was wrong again!

Our projector blog, which I simply entitled “The Projector Blog” is now number one in Google on the term “Projector Blog”. What exactly is that worth? I don’t really know. But it has to be better than having your blog be search result number 56 on that term.

So you don’t get the wrong idea I will tell you what having your Blog or website being in the number one Google position for your primary search term will do for you. Being number one in Google, for a quality search term, can result in significant traffic. Or at least significantly more traffic than being lower ranked for any given term. Traffic, along with the quality SEO work, and frequent quality content, that most likely got your Blog or website to the number one spot in the first place, will result in Google Page Rank.

In our case the combination of traffic, rank, and a general improved web presence of our Blog gives the commecrial links we have placed their more value. Having created a ranked site with lots of on topic non commercial content we have now added links to our projector rental websites. Websites like www.rentouprojectors.com and www.rentacomputer.com. On these linked websites we help business customer’s source short term projector and audio visual rental equipment that is primarily used for conventions, training classes, sales or marketing presentations, or other special short term events.

So sorry to burst your bubble but just because you found a great website with lots of useful articles that don’t try to do anything but make you better informed… that does not mean the site authors are writing the content out of the kindness of their hart. Could be.. but unlikely.

So if have ever wondered why people create purely informational Blogs there is one reason, of course Google Ads could be another but that’s a topic for another day. Until then be sure to check out our new highly ranked Projector Blog!

September 9, 2008 Posted by | SEO | | Leave a comment

Google Loves Freshness

Fall is here again and to our dismay a customers highly diversified approach to marketing has cost them a few positions on the all important Google search output for the term “Plasma Rental“. Fall is of course the prime season for convention and trade shows and a very important time for the customer. A prime product duing this season is AV rentals. That’s Audio Visual rentals of course as in say a Plasma Rental or a Projector Rental.

It’s obvious of course that not many people will be flying into town this fall for the big Webmastersworld’s Search & Internet Marketing Conference at the Las Vega Convention Center with a 50” plasma in their checked baggage.  So this is the time, or more to the point past the time, to get the word out that www.rentacomputer.com offers a full line of AV rentals.

We did make a silly flash video a few months back about a plasma rental, we had some poor stick figure guy taking his own plasma to a trade show at the McCormick Center in Chicago and of course he broke it.

But like I said in the last few months the client has been distracted and had us on other projects. Since they have not asked us to get back to that vertical it has been ignored.  This did give us the chance to remind the client that Google values freshness and if you want to be the number one search result you need to remember to put out the effort with content and links.

So enough crying as of course I need to get back to that little problem.

August 29, 2008 Posted by | Computer Rental | , , , , | Leave a comment

MMORPG Monitors – Big is Good!

It looks so much better in real life

It looks so much better in real life

I imagine it has been about a year ago since I posted about the Dell 24″ LCD we purchased. That old post would have talked about how great Guild Wars looked and how I wished the monitor was mine. Because you see I had bought the monitor for for my wife. Now a year later my wife has somehow managed to get her old PC on that Dell 24″ and her “new” PC has worked it’s way up to the living room and found this Samsung 40″ LCD.

The Samsung 40″ LCD (A series 6 TV using the new 120Hz refresh rate) was of course purchased to be our new living room TV after a recent home remodel. We wanted something that was 1080p yet not so large that it cramped our options when it came to the living room layout.

Well all I can say about that plan is.. FAIL. As a keyboard, mouse, headset, etc hardly leave room for classic living room options. In place of my plan we have this giant TV / computer combo crowding into a space I had imagined would have been used for a small breakfast table.

Enough of this whining and I will deal with my wife later. But for now what I wanted to talk about was how Amazing this Samsung LCD is for computer games.

The set is, as I mentioned before is a 1080p 120Hz model, and the computer is running at a resolution of 1920×1080. The picture above is the best I could do with my little Cannon digital camera. Any blur you see is from the motion of the characters on the screen and my cameras / my inability to find a setting that would work well to capture a clear image of the set. So that blur was not on set, it’s just a camera thing.

So of course with the great looking environment Guild Wars has, as do many MMOPRG games, this big monitor just makes it all look better. Thought MMORPG games are not noted for their high frame rate requirements, and for the most part do not require the latest and greatest video card, at no time did I see anything other than a smooth and great picture while playing Guild Wars.

Even when my wife switched over to Call of Duty 4 the display looked great, again no lag or hint of any reason why this Samsung TV could not easily replace any traditional computer LCD that I have ever used.

A quick FYI about the PC we are using. It’s an Intel Core 2 Duo running at 2.4GHz and it’s using an Nvidia 8800GTS with 760mb.

And the set itslef is a : Samsung LN40A650 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV with RED Touch of Color

Click here to see a full size photo of the Samsung 40 Inch and Guild Wars on my Andy Wendt Flickr page.

August 6, 2008 Posted by | Computer Gaming, Uncategorized | , , , , | 4 Comments

Link Baiting From a Noob

Well at least I could say that my first attempt at any serious link baiting was fun. I put together a stupid script and Kyle Thompson designed a simple flash using stick figures.

Our angle was based on what could happen if you try to take your own giant plasma display to a trade show. Becasue of course our client www.rentacomputer.com woudl prefer you rent their equipment. This of course does have its merrits but we still enjoyed makeing the video and since the client has the great attitude that almost any new content is good content we knew there would be few rules to worry about.

So the link bait itself atcually comes from the content being a story about a guy that tries to save moeny by doing it himself and destroying his plasma and the title we gave the project which was “How to preserve the life of your plasma TV“.

Anyway if you get a chance watch the video and feel free to tell me how sad it actually was.

But some day when you Google “how to preserve the life of a plasma”, and if not you, then someone else will, remember this stupid post.

: )

June 27, 2008 Posted by | Computer Rental | , , , | 1 Comment

The things you see on the internet

Having fallen victim to the occupational mental illness that causes one to enter every thought into Google I was graphically reminded today of the hazards of my malady.

The random thought and word that went into the Google search today was “leads”. Not a word or a search that anyone would expect to be “Not Safe For Work”, but as my dad might say, “Wrong again potato breath”. Ok I can’t really be sure dad ever said “potato breath” because it was something different there at the end each time. But you get the idea.

So anyway the following link is a screen shot of my Google search results for leads and I think I may have to reconsider my previous post about how bad Yahoo is. Just Kidding!

**Update – Despite the opinion of my college Bill Schiering this is not Google learning to return the sort of images I normally search for. That’s funny but not an option. It was also a standard search meaning I expected no images in the result. Finally the result was verified at the time by the rest of the Xponex staff and it is truly Mr Schiering’s loss that his search results for leads, hours removed from my attempt, now return a different set of images.

June 18, 2008 Posted by | SEO | , , | Leave a comment

Tips2008 – What is Yahoo Thinking?

The other day I get this e-mail from my boss. In the e-mail he only says “Go to Yahoo and check out this search result for Computer Rental Tips2008”, which I read several times and wondered to myself if he intended to leave out the space between tips and the date.

Coming to the conclusion that no one would intend to leave out the space I proceeded to Yahoo and did the search with the space. Making it of course “Computer Rental Tips 2008“. The results were what I expected. I would say that about one third of the first 10 results were pages that our marketing company had written. From our Technical Discussion Forum, to our Small Business Magazine, to those content sucking scrape sites, it was nothing that I did not expect to see.

But the next day when my boss was back in his office he asked what I thought of the Yahoo Search, and I replied that it was exactly what I expected. To this he disappointedly answered, “Not with the space, without the space”.

So this Yahoo search interested him, the search of “Computer Rental Tips2008” with no space there at the end, because it returned a complete bunch of garbage. I mean not a single page on that search result was anything but a total SPAM page. So really what he is interested in is why the Yahoo Search Engine did not suggest that space between the word “Tips” and the year “2008”, and secondly why does Yahoo even bother to index the worthless list of results that the above search returned?

Unfortunately neither of us had the answer, but for me at least it did raise one more question, and that is “With a search engine this bad, could a Microsoft purchase do anything but improve the Yahoo product?”

Click here to read more news on the Yahoo / Microsoft story.

May 19, 2008 Posted by | Computer Rental | , , | Leave a comment

House – A Place You Put Your Favorite Technology

Technology - The Fun Stuff In Your HouseEver stop and think that technology changes the way we think about our own house? Have you yet admitted that George Carlin was right when he said “a house is just a place to put your stuff”? Ever notice that more and more in today’s high tech world that stuff the house is arranged around is computers, large screen displays, projectors, and expensive kitchen appliances?

Having just moved a very nice 52” Sony DLP out of our living room to our basement, because we realized it was just too much of a good thing for that small space, I just realized that almost every room in the house is designed around a certain piece of “technology stuff”.

For example that 52” monster is now in the basement, in a bedroom actually. Of course the bed and the Lazy Boy in the room are sitting in just the right spot to have a great view of the TV set. So when you walk in you of course see a bed, a desk, a chair and an amazingly big TV that is obviously saying to the bed: “I don’t care what they call this room you are just here so that kid can be comfortable when he looks at me!”.

There is one more finished room in the basement and it is at the present time our computer room. There are two high end gaming PC’s set up in there and soon it will hold a third. This room is struggling as my wife finds the basement chilly no matter the time of year. This is a big problem for me as I love my PC and want to spend more time with it. This is another example of how the room is just there for the stuff. Because in this case the stuff is great, but the room is cold, so the room needs to get its act together, get a little warmer, and tell my wife that her stuff misses her.

Having just bought a new shiny stainless steel GE Refrigerator and stove it’s of course obvious that even the kitchen is arranged around these giant machines that are really a sort of “food technology stuff”. Do any amount of kitchen research and you will have to agree that a good layout depends on where that stuff is. Something about a “work triangle”, I don’t know, I just stare at the pictures of all the shiny stuff.

My last thought takes me back to that living room. That one room that now lacks that one piece of technology to give it a purpose. I can’t help but wonder about a ceiling mounted 1080p projector to save space and I have even considered a projector rental to make sure that’s the right choice of stuff for the room. But at this point it’s a toss up between the projector and a smaller HD LCD or Plasma TV.

So the living room stuff is my next project. But it’s also a project that I imagine will never end. For as long as we live in houses we will fill them with stuff, we will obsess over which room is the best choice for which stuff, and what is the best stuff to put in them.

May 12, 2008 Posted by | Technology News | , , , , | Leave a comment

New laptops offered by computer rental vendors.

New Comptuer Rental ProductsNew laptop technologies are making their way into short term rental inventories of the nations leading technology rental suppliers.

Some new laptop features that are fast approaching commonplace in rental inventory include: Windows Vista, Dual Core Processors, Ultra Portable Laptops, and even one new marketing ploy that has laptops being matched with projectors in a businessman’s special if you will.

Visit this Computer Rental blog to read more about these new laptop trends and other short term technology solutions.

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Computer Rental | , , | Leave a comment