Rootstown Web Design

Posted October 22, 2014 By sorris

3 Ply Seo is available to build a website for your business. The link here goes to Thumbtack, but you can contact me directly here.

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Posted August 25, 2014 By sorris

Writers block?

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Steve Taylor Concert 2014 with Perfect Foil

Posted March 7, 2014 By sorris

Steve Taylor is making his first album in 20 years!  And his first stop is near me in Akron Ohio!  Is cool still an appropriate word?  It’s been 20 years, language may have changed a bit and I may be out of sync.


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Introduction To Bluetooth

Posted December 31, 2013 By sorris

Bluetooth was designed to allow low bandwidth wireless connections to become easy to use so even those who are new to wireless can use them.  Version 1.1 of Bluetooth describes a low power, short range wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to send data at rates up to 720 kilobits a second.

The specification for Bluetooth provides for different classes of radio that allow transmission ranges of up to 100 meters by boosting the radio power.  The technology of Bluetooth isn’t limited to line of sight transmission since it uses directional waves that are capable of transmitting through many obstructions.

Bluetooth is an industry standard communication of wireless, meaning that it enables the connection of other devices as well, such as cell phones, computers, digital cameras, and other types of electronic devices.  The specification of Bluetooth defines a radio system and a “stack” of protocol layers and profiles.  The highest layer is the application layer, while the lowest layer is the radio.

The wireless technology of Bluetooth is positioned to revolutionize the personal connectivity market by providing freedom from inconvenient fixed type lines.   The specification for Bluetooth eliminates the need for cables by providing a small form factor, low cost wireless solution that will link computers, cell phones, and other electronics.  Bluetooth also allows users to connect many ranges of devices quickly and easily and expands communications capabilities as well.

The size of the Bluetooth radio is amazing, as a Bluetooth radio can be built into one or two very small microchips then integrated into any electronic device where wireless operations would be an advantage.   Bluetooth also offers a robust link, which ensures  that normal operating circumstances are not interrupted by interference from other signals that are operating in the same frequency band.   Also known for its worldwide operation, Bluetooth radio operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency band, which  is license free and available to any type of radio system in the world.  No matter where you are in the world, you count on Bluetooth to work.

Security is also important.  Offering advanced security mechanisms, Bluetooth ensures a high level of security.  Therefore, authentication will prevent unauthorized access to important data and make it very difficult to listen in.   Bluetooth also boasts power optimization.  The radio is power friendly and the software for Bluetooth is very configurable, limiting the power consumption of equipment.  The radio itself only consumes a small amount of power from a cellular phone.

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Computer Help

Posted December 29, 2013 By sorris

Where and How to Get It

Well there’s no denying it – No matter how new or how well maintained our computers are, we all encounter computer problems sooner or later. The good news is that we don’t have to face them alone. There are a ton of resources available to walk us through computer issues but it may take a little knowledge in knowing how to access them. This article will show you how.

1. Remember help files. It’s funny, but people seem to forget that every computer and every program installed on a computer comes with its own help file. Even the operating system of a computer has a help file and it really should be the first place to look for answers. Help files are designed not only to guide the usage of a computer, they’re  also designed to solve problems. Inside a help file, look for a section called, “Troubleshooting” (or something similar) when you need to resolve an issue. This section is reserved for solving problems specific to the software or hardware that you’re using.

2. Product websites. If you’re having a problem with a piece of software or with a hardware part, try the website of that software’s or hardware’s manufacturer. Most (if not all) manufacturer’s reserve a portion of cyberspace and dedicate it to support the products that they build. Microsoft’s help desk is good example.

3. Fan sites. Fan sites probably isn’t a good name for this resource, but you can find websites that are dedicated toward supporting the users of a particular software program or piece of hardware. We’ve called them “fan sites” because the maintainers of these sites have no affiliation with the manufacturers that they support! Call them what you will, but their free help is immeasurable and without it, we wouldn’t have some of the wonderful workarounds and unique problem solving techniques that we have today.

4. Usenet newsgroups. Another underused resource on the Internet, Usenet newsgroups have hundreds of discussion groups dedicated to some of the most popular computer systems, operating systems, hardware manufacturers, and individual software programs. Sometimes, the representatives of these companies participate, but most of the time, the support in this group is user to user, which is just as valid because you’re working with a team of experienced people.

5. Support Lines. Another source for help that we shouldn’t forget are the support systems of various manufacturers. You can reach these systems by calling the phone number associated with the product that you’re having trouble with. Calls may be free (1-800 or 1-877 number), or they may cost a small fee (1-900).

6. PC support groups or user groups are another option for help. These are groups that meet in libraries, computer stores, or other local areas and they discuss all sorts of issues related with a particular product. Even if you aren’t experiencing a computer or software problem, user groups are fun to participate in and they can help you network into other interests such as job or teaching opportunities.

7. Surprisingly, you may even get a helping hand from the salespersons at your local computer store. We don’t recommend that you make this your first pit stop when you experience a problem, but we don’t recommend that you rule this option out altogether either. Computer salespersons are hired for a reason – and that’s their knowledge. Often, these kind folks can help you resolve an issue over the phone and prevent you form having to buy a costly solution.

8. Me.  Really.  Depending on your problem I might not be the best person to ask or the cheapest but I might be able to help you.  I have done a variety of computer related tasks from server management to website building to email, even some hardware upgrades.  If it is simple enough I might even do it free.  That’s just the kind of guy I am.

As you can see, help is easy to find – You’ve just got to know where to look for it. Most of the contacts within these resources are extremely friendly and willing to take the time to walk you through a problem at little to no cost. From online discussion groups to the files on your own computer, help is often just a click away.


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Why You Should Join the YouTube Community

Posted December 18, 2013 By sorris

Do you enjoy visiting YouTube? Whether you are interested in watching fun and entertaining movies for free or if you like making your own movies to share with other internet users, YouTube is the place for you. What is nice about YouTube is they are not only a video sharing website.  With an online community section, YouTube, in a way, can also be considered a social networking site.

When it comes to visiting the YouTube community section, there are a large number of YouTube site visitors who wonder why they should do so.  If you are one of those individuals, this is quite a normal feeling. As internet security has become a major concern, there are many individuals who are nervous about interacting with others on the internet.  When using YouTube, namely the community section, you are advised to display caution, but you should be more than safe; in fact, you will likely have a good time.

The YouTube community works by making a few groups.  For instance, one of the many groups found on YouTube is funny videos.  If you have a funny video, you can request to have it displayed in the funny video group.  If you are just a viewer, you may also be able to request to have some of your favorite videos in a certain YouTube community group, whether it is the funny video group or not.  Not only will joining the YouTube community give you easy access to a number of videos that you are sure to like, it also gives you the opportunity to start discussions with other YouTube members, namely those who are participating in or enjoy visiting the same group.

If you are interested in joining a YouTube community group, you will need to click on the “Community,” tab, which can be found at the top of the YouTube webpage. There, you will be able to choose from a long list of YouTube community groups.  As it was previously mentioned, funny videos is one of those groups.  Under all of the videos that have been added to the group, you will see a discussions section.  In a way, this section is like an online message board. There, you can post your own messages or you can respond to other messages left by other YouTube community group members.  Joining a YouTube community group is nice because it automatically pairs you up with other internet users who enjoy the same interests, at least entertainment wise, as you.

In addition to joining the YouTube community groups, if you are also interested in interacting with other YouTube members, you may want to think about visiting the TestTube section of YouTube.  You can access TestTube by clicking the “TestTube,” link, which is in small print at the bottom of each YouTube page.  Right now, YouTube is working on a program, which you can try out, that lets internet users who are viewing the same videos discuss that video. In a way, this acts as if it is an online message board, but also an online chat room.  While this feature is still in the experimental stages, it is sure to quickly become a YouTube hit.

As outlined above, YouTube isn’t just about watching and sharing videos. You can also join in on discussions that are currently taking place on the site.  If you aren’t already doing so, you may want to look into it, as it only adds to the fun and excitement of YouTube.

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Work to Your Strengths

Posted December 10, 2013 By sorris

In order to make money from the Internet, all you often need is a strength – a selling point that sets you apart from the majority of people. There are other things that will boost your chances of adding to your bank balance. Being a sound business mind includes things such as knowing how to sell, setting a price that will attract customers while not leaving you short. There is some trial and error involved in setting a price, but instinctively you will have an idea what is fair, and some quick research will tell you what comparable businesses are charging for similar services. From there it is all about working to your strengths.

You should know what your strengths are. If you are unsure, look at what you have done successfully in the past. What business have you worked in most recently, and did you do well at it, and enjoy it? If so, there is a clear indicator of what you can do well. What were you good at when you went to school? If it was languages, for example, you can set yourself up as a tutor in those languages, or a translator. If you have a college diploma, even better. Few subjects that you can major in at college are incompatible with making money. It comes down, as often as not, to doing what you are comfortable with. Your instincts will tell you what the path to follow is, then it is simply a matter of honing the business to your key strengths.

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Musical therapy is a relatively new treatment method for autism patients, but one that should not be overlooking when discussing options. Patients who receive musical therapy often should great improvement in temperament and learning skills. Music connects to the non-verbal part of our brains, making it a perfect therapy for disorders in which the patient has trouble communicating, such as autism. Research this innovative treatment method if you are looking for some help with autism and haven’t had much luck in the past.

Musical therapy is effective because it can be used in conjunction with learning social skills. Music is a very non-threatening medium for patients, and many games can be played using music to help improve social and behavioral skills. By encouraging eye contact while singing or using instruments that need to get close to the face, musical therapy can help autistic individuals break social barriers.

The number one way that musical therapy can help children, as well as older autistic patients, is by helping with the development of speech skills. Music is a way to connect the verbal and non-verbal functions in the brain. Autistic individuals may have various forms of speech problems. Some can only hum, grunt, or make other non-word noises, while others babble nonsensical phrases or cries. Still others gain the capability to put together phrases and sentences to communicate with the world, although these usually lack emotion. Autistic people are known for monotone voices. However, no matter how skilled the individual is with speech, he or she can participate in musical therapy by clapping rhythms, humming along, or doing simple echoing songs.

Autistic individuals are commonly found to be particularly good at music. Some, for instance, have perfect pitch. Others can play a particular instrument very well, with little instruction. Even if he or she shows no genius musical ability by normal standards, you may find that a particularly hard to deal with autistic person has abilities in music that exceed his or her other abilities. A musical therapist can use music as a way to link this kind of learning with other kinds of learning, not only as speech development and social behavioral development as previously discussed, but also as a way to communicate emotions and develop memory.

By using all of these techniques in conjunction with one another, musical therapy can work wonders with people who are autistic. Trained professionals can use music to teach children and others how to communicate in nonverbal ways, making it easier for patients to learn. Research the musical therapy option to provide you or your child with another choice when treating autism.

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SEO Basics: The Do’s And Don’ts

Posted November 22, 2013 By sorris

There are a lot of people who can grasp the general idea of search engine optimization (SEO), but still have no idea on how to go about the entire process. Unfortunately, not knowing the basic do’s and don’ts in SEO will create some problems for you and your website later on, so you must learn them as soon as possible.

The basic concept of search engine optimization is that you can improve the page ranking of your site on search engines by using certain techniques and methods to help your site get indexed and ranked. By following this simple guide on what to do and what not to do, you should be able to get the desired results that you want to achieve in SEO.

Domain name importance

A good domain name, such as a dot com, can actually play a major role in your site’s page ranking, so make sure that you invest in a good domain name. People tend to trust domain names such as a dot com more over other types of domain names, and thus, they tend to look for sites that have this type of domain name. This can already give you an edge over your competition, so make sure that you do invest in a good domain name.

Keyword is key

One of the more important things that you should remember when dealing with SEO is that you must learn what keywords or tags to use for association to your website. Knowing which keyword to associate to your site will help drive the right traffic to your site, as well as make it easier for your site to get discovered by people online.

Once you figured out what keywords you want to use, try to place them in key locations, such as in the content or body of the title tag, since these are the places wherein search engines will give the greatest weight in the entire optimization process. Also try to use the keywords that you have chosen in your URL’s, as well as in your HTML title tags, for these will also provide you with a boost in your page ranking.

Try to avoid using keywords that are too general, for chances are, a lot of sites would be using the same keyword, and this will definitely make it even more difficult for you to get high up in the rankings when you target general keywords, such as “lawyer”, or “music”.

Also make sure that you don’t overuse your chosen keyword, like using the same keyword three or four times within one sentence, for search engines are now monitoring this, and doing this can take your site out of the page rankings.

Relevant content is a must

The content of your site should be given a lot of importance, so do take the time to provide your site with relevant content in order to give your site the competitive edge to beat other sites that are also associated with your choice of keyword. Always bear in mind that there are other sites out there offering the same web content, so whoever offers the more relevant and superior content will win over the site visitor.

You will also need to take note of keywords that you use on your content’s titles and body. Since search engines tend to look into these aspects of your site, you need to focus the use of your keywords to certain parts of your content in order for you to be able to optimize your website so it would be discernible from other sites offering the same content.

Build links

Make sure that your site is not a “dead end” by building links with other sites that have relevant content to yours. By doing this, you can actually keep the traffic going from your site, to another’s, and then back to your site. You might think that building links with other sites will redirect traffic away from your site, but It actually does the exact opposite.

Instead, it creates a lot of ways for traffic to get redirected to your site through the use of other people’s sites, thereby also helping in your site’s page ranking later on, as well as help in getting traffic to go to your site without them having to access your site directly.

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Adobe Photoshop is considered to be one of the best and the most popular photo editing software programs available in the market today. If you are a professional or an amateur photographer, you will definitely want to get the latest version of this software.


Well, first of all, Adobe Photoshop provides all the tools you need to enhance, edit, and alter photographs. The creative capabilities that this software gives to its user are virtually unlimited and you will have a lot of fun using the tools that Adobe Photoshop provides.

In addition to that, even if you took bad pictures, you will be able to make it look professional with Adobe Photoshop. So, what are the aesthetic corrective tools that you can use in Adobe Photoshop for your photography hobby?

The first and the most common problem that most photographers have is the red eye phenomenon. This particular phenomenon happens because of the wide open pupil of the subject reflecting light back to the lenses of the camera. Although some digital cameras have flash settings to eliminate the occurrences of the red eye phenomenon, it will still happen even if you are using the latest professional grade SLR digital camera. Adobe Photoshop has red eye tool that will be able to identify red eye in a photograph and completely eliminate its appearance.

Adobe Photoshop will be able to remove all red eyes even those of your pet dog or cat.

Adobe Photoshop will also be able to let you create clearer and brighter photos. You need to remember that Adobe Photoshop is a software program meant for cleaning up an image. If you took a picture in a bad lighting condition, you will be able to improve its appearance with Adobe Photoshop. With Adobe Photoshop, you will be able to increase or decrease contrast, brightness, huge, and even color intensity. Even if the photo you are working on was taken on a dark environment, you will be able to make it look as if it was taken on the best possible light condition.

It is also possible to remove objects in a particular photograph. For example, if your vacation group pictures were ruined by a complete stranger in the background, you can have them removed. You can use the clone tool to preserve the texture of the image and also on the area where you removed the object. For close up headshots or portraits, you can edit imperfections on the face.

For sure, you will hear complaints about their own close up pictures. Some will say that they look so old with the wrinkles on their face; some will say that they look too pale; some will even say that they look too fat or thin in the picture, and you will even hear some people complain about their acne marks and pimples. You can edit all these things according to the preferences of the people complaining about their own picture.

With Adobe Photoshop, you can make the face look fuller or thinner, remove wrinkles to make the subject look younger, get rid of unwanted acne marks and pimples, make pale faces look healthier, and it can even make the lips fuller or redder as well as give you the possibility to shave off the eyebrows.

These are just some of the fun things that you can do with Adobe Photoshop. As you can see, there are quite a lot of possibilities that you can do with Adobe Photoshop when it comes to image editing. So, as a photographer, you will definitely need Adobe Photoshop. With the tools provided, you will be able to make your work look clean and professional.

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