Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Multiple Google Drives and Shared Storage

Having personal and company Google Drives have been a nightmare to manage and trying to decide where a file should be, also caused a headache on its own. Also the Google Drive client software only supports 1 account so only one account was being made available offline on my machine.

While doing some research for our company to increase our Google Drive Storage ( https://www.google.com/settings/storage/ ), I figured out that shared storage do not count against your personal storage.

What this means is when somebody shares a folder with you, all the files in that area does not count against your storage allocation. You can access those files and even add to that area without it counting against your personal allocation.

What I then did was created new folders in the two company accounts ( johan@m and johan@t ), shared those with my personal account and moved everything into the respective folders.

While in the web interface, select the shared folder and click the "Add to My Drive" button.

Now when I view my personal Google Drive "My Drive" I see not only my personal files, but also the two company accounts. Further having added them into "My Drive", the Google Drive client software will now also synchronise those areas onto my notebook.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

PicasaWEB Portfolio in Blogger

Let me start by thanking Louis van Rensburg and Tim Haak for helping me on this one.

The original start information came from Blogger Xpertise - http://www.blogxpertise.com/2012/09/custom-slideshow-widget-using-picasa.html.

You want to start by ensuring you have the JQuery Java code in your Blogger instance.

Now, editing the HTML part of a Blogger template can make everything break, so be sure to keep copies of the code somewhere save. It is also not totally dangerous as you can restore the template version anytime.

Edit the Blogger template: www.blogger.com -> Template -> Edit HTML -> Read the warning -> Proceed -> and tick the "Expand Widget Templates"

Part 1:


<script src='https://www.google.com/jsapi' type='text/javascript'/>
<script src='https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.7.2/jquery.min.js' type='text/javascript'/>

Part 2:


<body expr:class='&quot;loading&quot; + data:blog.mobileClass'>

<!-- Thumbsnails from Picasa -->
<script type='text/javascript'>//<![CDATA[
function goThumbs(imageDestination, picasaEmail, picasaAlbum, picasaResults, picasaDimension){
 var url = 'https://picasaweb.google.com/data/feed/api/user/' + picasaEmail + '/album/' + picasaAlbum + '?kind=photo&imgmax=' + picasaDimension + '&max-results=' + picasaResults + '&alt=json';
    ($.getJSON(url, 'callback=?')).success(function(data){
  var slides   = new Array();
  var thumbs  = new Array();
  var captions  = new Array();
  var heights  = new Array();
  var widths  = new Array();
  var htmlthing = '';
  $(data.feed.entry).each(function(i, entry){
   slides[i]  = entry.content.src;
   thumbs[i] = entry.media$group.media$thumbnail[0].url;
   if(i!='undefined') {
    htmlthing = htmlthing + '<a class="group1 cboxElement" href="' + slides[i] + '" rel="colorbox">';
    htmlthing = htmlthing + '<img src="'+thumbs[i]+'" /></a>';

<!-- End -->

Part 3:
<div>Here are some of my favourite photographs I've taken over the years. <br>

<script type="text/javascript">




<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;" id="goThumbs" ></div>


Note: I'm calling a different LightBox than the default in Blogger, and I will share that information when I have it all.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

reCAPTCHA for House Numbers

Noticed yesterday, but really looked today. I was posting a comment on a friends Blog ( http://bellogee.blogspot.com/ ) when I noticed that the "Please prove you're not a robot" is presenting house numbers.

The reCAPTCHA ( http://www.google.com/recaptcha ) service from Google has been used in the past to help with the OCR process of the scanned books which I mentioned it in episode 87 of Let's Talk Geek at http://wiki.letstalknetwork.tv/index.php/Quick_ipad_3_review,etags_live_and_the_Mass_Effect_3_ending_:LTG_Episode_87

But now I notice they are using it for house numbers? How brilliant is that?!

I can hear the conspiracy theorists running away with this one! But for me, if this helps finding the damn address I'm looking for, then good fro Google! Have you seen how city councils count when assigning house numbers?

5 Top Reasons to have a Social Media Presence

Listed below are my 5 top reasons to have a Social Media Presence for any business. Saying "Everybody has a social media presence and therefor you must also have one" sounds extreme however if you can further promote your business with the potential to engage hundreds of thousands new customers would it not be unwise, not to do so.

1. Cool factor! 

~ Just kidding.  With the evolution of Social Media, not having a business page on a social platform, specifically Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter for example, means that you are missing out on engaging existing and potential customers.  These platforms have "come alive" with a personality of their own and are second to Google-ing or Bing-ing. The platforms are used to search for your business and to get to know more about it. With the present growth rate, not having a social presence is detrimental to your business

2.  Generate extra Traffic:

As mentioned in a previous post a social presence is about driving people to your website, to action them into becoming new customers. In a business to business (B2B) industry you have the potential to get new business leads for current or future endeavors. When looking at the statistics of Facebook the potential to create a new following of customers is astounding.

3. New Branding Possibilities 

With your Social media campaigns you can create a new brand for your business, build on your existing brand or relaunch a new look for your brand. This way you can be seen in the business world and create value to your company. Furthermore you can also do research on how your customers currently see your brand and how you can improve this perception to build your business.  

4. Converse with your Customers

On your Social Media platforms you can manage the reputation of your business with the way in which you interact with customers by listing to their feedback, comments and suggestions speaking to them directly and putting faces to your team in the company, making your business more human. On your page you can create questions, polls or share relevant information and use it as a soundboard or research tool to find out how you can improve your services. And of course you can build on your relationships by listening to your audience and responding to posts from your customers. 

5.  Marketing / Advertising Tool

If you have read all the reasons listed above, this one almost goes without saying. On for example Facebook you can create an advert targeting a distinct group of customers. Most of these options are a paid service but costs to you can be tailored to suit your budget.  There are other free options such as hitting the sweet spot by having created a viral post (instant fame). Other marketing tools which can be implemented are creation of promotions, events, sales, special offers or competitions

They are here to stay so utilize them to your advantage.

If I have left any out, please include them in the comments area below and we can start a conversation about this, it would be great to hear your thoughts.

Who-Els Social Media is an up and coming business with a vested interest in your success.  Your Success is our success!

Contact Us - info[at]who-els.co.za

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Who Els brings Social Media to you

Why Social Media through Who-Els?

Social Media is the umbrella term used to describe websites where people and businesses can interact on a more relaxed informal social platform and exchange thoughts, ideas and other interesting bit of information.

Social Media’s most well known culprits are Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest

Your website is your main showcase of products on the internet. The whole reasoning behind Social media is to drive traffic to your website. So by using the platforms mentioned above in specific ways, it results in making your business more visible and increasing awareness of your brand and products. More awareness about your brand and products, when utilized correctly, will lead to more sales of your products.

By creating a Social Presence you are creating a communication platform for clients to exchange ideas and provide feedback on your products. Furthermore you are providing an opportunity for customers reviews to promote your product on your behalf.

Who else can provide you with the professional service of setting up a presence in these Social Media environments. Who else can maintain these pages and presence for you or educate you on how to use the platform.

Who-Els Social Media is an up and coming business with a vested interest in your success.

Your Success is our success!

Contact Us.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Rage 2011 Videos


Rage 2011 Photos

Here are some of the photos we took at rAge Expo 2011.

Most where taken on mobile phones, but you should get the idea of the size of this expo.

ProxMox Unprivileged LXC containers USB Drive

Some quick notes on bind mounting under ProxMox and getting the permissions right. Reference - https://pve.proxmox.com/wiki/Unprivileged_LXC...