All posts by Mitch Mitchell

I'm an independent consultant in many fields, so I have a lot to share.

Is Facebook Becoming Bloated?

Facebook has been going through some mega changes lately, and most of them seem to be falling flat in the minds of many users. Personally, I’ve noticed that I’m not on Facebook as often as I was just months ago, and I hadn’t made the connection to it being allied with changes until very recently.

Of course, I’ve talked about Facebook before. The first time I wondered if it was truly a site for social networking because many people create groups that don’t have any real conversations, though there are pictures aplenty. The next time I wrote about them, I was actually introducing one of their major changes, that being eliminating what were called network pages, which were how most people were introduced into Facebook, by being assigned a region where they were from in some fashion. It was their attempt to open it up so that people didn’t have to search for an area to belong to, but it also hurt because now people didn’t even have a regional area, where they may know some people to get started, to join.

These days, the changes come fast and heavy. We now have another new look, as they’ve moved some things around. We have this stupid little bar at the bottom that has a chat feature and also indicates new notifications, which is actually elsewhere, along with any group or activities one might like to participate in; those are also in other areas on the site. One thing I keep having problems finding is what’s known as The Wall on each person’s page; I can’t figure out where it is on my page anymore, and that’s not a good thing.

Of course, we still have to deal with this concept of people deciding to add an application to their page and then sending a request to every person that happens to be in their friend list to join; the one thing Facebook did add was a way to block an application so you can only be asked once about something that you never want to add (people kept sending me this one application about “buying me”; you just don’t keep sending that to a black man in America). Facebook has never been the fastest loading page in the world, and some of the games they have slow things down further. Now there’s even talk that they’re thinking about adding music; the “MySpace”-ification of Facebook is underway. No sir, that’s not a good thing.

I’m not alone in my consternation. Here’s a link to Chris Pirillo’s site where he’s having a discussion with a long time Facebook user. In any case, I’m not ready to give up Facebook just yet. There’s always the possibility that one of these groups will step up to the plate and actually make it a business networking site that’s useful in some fashion, or even a site where you can manage your activities easier. I’m hopeful for Facebook.

Files Recovered!

Well, it looked like it was going to be touch and go there for awhile, but I got all my files back, and I’m a happy camper once more.

First, the story. When we last left, the Recover My Files program had been running for about 3 hours, and I had to get to bed. I woke this morning around 8:45 because, me being me, I dreamt about the program running all night. I was eager to see if it had found what I was looking for.

I was disappointed, but not for the reason you might think. The program showed it had been running over 8 1/2 hours, and it still wasn’t close to done. It had progressed, but it was going way too deep for my needs. I realized that I needed to stop the program and start it again, this time not having it search for certain types of files. With the program, you can tell it to look for things such as images and text files specifically and it’ll dig for them, but if you don’t need that stuff you can uncheck it, and it won’t bother with them. So I unchecked that stuff and all my MS Office stuff, since I’d found that elsewhere, and a few other things as well. I also then told the program to look for files only in Documents and Settings, because I knew that’s where all my information was. It only took five minutes this time, and when it was done, there were my files. It had renamed them .eml files, because I’d told it to look for email files, but I could handle that.

At that point I had to buy the program, and I did, because it had done its job. I loaded in the license name (I used my name, but could have used my email address) and license number, super long so I copied and pasted it, and then chose Save, and saved it to my external drive. What it did was save it in the folder setup that it originally was on my hard drive, which made it easy to know where I needed to reinstall those files. After running that I went back in and had it search for all my Feedreader files, of which there really was only two I needed, which contained all my feeds, since the laptop would have been deficient on that.

The next step was to open Thunderbird first and create a profile, because even though the program was still on my computer, it, as well as every other program, needed to be created as if it was brand new; I actually had to reload my Office software, and a couple other things, whereas some of the programs just made you start anew. Once I created a profile, I first had to go back to the laptop and move over the entire email profile from there so I could upload it onto the laptop. The reason for that is that I have 7 email accounts set up on Thunderbird, whereas the profile only had one. I could have created all 7 anew, but why do that when it’s easier to copy and paste?

So, after the copy and paste of the previous profile (only the information; you can’t overwrite a current profile name, otherwise Thunderbird will never find it), I went to the folder where the files had been saved, changed the extensions from .eml to nothing, since that’s the way they were in the new D&S folder, and moved everything over. Then I opened Thunderbird, holding my breath, but it was all there; whew! I did the same for Feedreader, moving over the two main files, and that all came back also.

And there you go. Right now, I’m running the main computer again, but for the present time I’m using the wired mouse and keyboard for awhile. Thus far six hours, plus the time I was asleep and had that other program running, and nothing has shut down yet. I just installed the printer and scanner again, both on USB ports, as I’m testing that theory for now, and everything is working just fine.

So, there’s two posts where I hope y’all have learned lessons from my mistakes. Time to go get something to eat, but before I do, I fully recommend Recover My Files, which is below.

Update – – The product below is NOT the program I used originally. Seems the advertiser has expired from Commission Junction, and no one else I’m with carries that program anymore. So, I’ve replaced it with the program below, another program which had been recommended, and which costs less money.

Restore My Files Data Recovery

Price $29.95






Copying Files

I like to think I’m a pretty smart guy. Things will be going along pretty well, and every once in awhile I start believing my own hype. Then something happens that brings me back to reality. Not that I’m not still smart, but that I just fall into some stupid patterns that are pretty stupid.

For those who have been regular readers, you know I had computer problems, and even wrote a couple of posts about the Computer Guy who did his piece, but unfortunately couldn’t get it to stop crashing on me. I’ve had these problems for years, but over the last couple of weeks it just started crashing more often, and earlier today, after it crashed the 4th time, I decided it was time for a reinstall of Windows XP. My thought was that it just might be a driver issue, and by reloading Windows I could start from scratch, loading only a few things at a time rather than everything at once, which I did before, to test things. Luckily, I have the laptop, which I’m writing this on, that I can use as my main computer while I do my testing.

I decided that I didn’t want to format my drive, which would have meant that I’d have had to back up my entire hard drive again. I did that before, and that’s a mess, so I knew I was going to just reinstall it over the present operating system. If you’ve never done this, you don’t lose your files, or at least most of your files. Anything in your Program Files, or any folders you created, including folders where you’ve loaded software, will be just fine.

So, as I started the process, I thought everything was going to be fine. Then I remembered that there were some sound files that I’d moved into the Windows media folder that I wanted to keep, so I stopped the process, went back into the computer, and moved those files. Then I started the process again. You get a warning that tells you it’s going to wipe all system files, and of course you have the choice to just do that or format the entire drive. I selected the first option, then went through the entire 39 minute process of reinstalling Windows.

When it was completed and started back up, I wasn’t troubled by what I saw, which was the original Windows XP screen, that cheesy clouds and grass thing, and only the recycle bin. It wasn’t until I opened Firefox that I realized there was a problem. It seems that the one area I totally forgot about was the Documents and Settings folders; uh oh. In XP, many of your data files are run through folders in that area, and that includes Firefox and IE. All were wiped out; I felt like a moron.

The lucky thing, I discovered, was that I had accidentally recopied all my original Firefox files into a file I’d named Mozilla, and I was able to recover all of them within a few minutes; whew, first tragedy averted. Then I opened Thunderbird for my email and realized I’d messed that up also. Unfortunately, I hadn’t backed those up again, so now I was stuck. I can move over some files that I have on the laptop, but I’m missing a month’s worth of email, including some financial files and passwords that I need; that’s started to freak me out.

But I wasn’t done being freaked out. I then realized that the My Documents folder is actually a part of Documents and Settings, even though it’s out on its own. So, that means I inadvertently deleted every single one of my data files, going back over 10 years. Now that was a real moron move. Yet, I figured I had taken care of that, because I had used the Windows utility to back up my files, and they’re sitting on my F drive, which is my external hard drive. That sounds good, right? Well, for some reason, the backup restore utility can’t find those files, which means I have no way of accessing any of them; what the hey?

Anyway, luckily this story isn’t over yet. We’ve been talking about Twitter a lot lately, actually in my last post, so I went to Twitter and just happened to mention in general what I’d done. One of the people following wrote me and mentioned a program that might still be able to recover files that were deleted from my hard drive. He even gave me the name of a program, though right now I’m running a different one than he mentioned because I happened to click on this link that had the name he gave me before he’d sent me the actual link to the program he was talking about. I’m going to save my talking about that one for another post, but I can tell you that, so far, it’s been running 3 hours, and is only about half way through my hard drive, but has found almost 145,000 files thus far. You get to run the program for free to see what it finds, but when it’s time for recovery I’ll have to pay for it. Hey, if it gets back my data files and email files, it’ll be worth it to pay for them.

And then, another act of serendipity occurred when, on a whim, I decided to look for one file in particular, and I found all my data files. Seems Windows must know that some people are morons, and it created a new folder in D&S called Computer, and in Computer are all my data files; yay! That’s a major lifesaver, because that will be the bulk of the files I was probably trying to recover, and therefore if the program allows me so many free files to retrieve I can now forget all about that data files and only concentrate on the email files.

So, as I said, I should know better. I’ve had everything backed up before, and I should have just gone ahead and done it this time. Frustration will make you do some stupid things at times. But also, it shows that you can get some great help by reaching out, even innocently. Let’s hope this all turns out just fine; I’ll know in the morning.

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What Makes Twitter Interesting

Twitter is definitely an interesting place to participate in. One thing I’ve noticed is that there are really three types of people who participate on Twitter. One type is the person who just wants to talk, and talk, and talk, and they share everything from what they’re eating to what they’re thinking at that moment to a lot of other frivolous things. The second type is someone who’s constantly marketing because they’re trying to either make money or gain influence. The final type is someone who wants to try to do both, and tries to find a balance between both ends, whether they get there or not.

Right now I have close to the same number of people following me on Twitter as I’m following, around 250. I really don’t know why most people follow me, to tell you the truth. I do have some friends following me, and I know why they’re following me. There are a few people who are interested in my healthcare background, though I’ve yet to say much about it on Twitter. There are some who may want to follow my progress as I try to make it as an internet marketer. I’d love it if someone was following me because of my management and leadership experience, but I’m betting that’s being missed (as I’ve yet to have anyone sign up for any of my newsletters because they’ve seen me on Twitter, or even on this blog).

I know why I set up to follow some people, though, and why sometimes I end up dropping them. I follow friends whenever I find them. I follow anyone who seems to be trying to do internet marketing. I follow anyone who’s following me and, after checking them out, looks like they’d be interesting to follow based on previous comments. I follow some prominent people, and have actually had the opportunity to talk to some of them; what a rush that sort of thing can be.

But I’ve dropped some people who have gotten on my nerves. If someone uses a lot of bad language I usually drop them, mainly because it shows they don’t have the capacity for using proper words to get their points across. I’m not a prude, but I don’t want to see filth every other word. I drop people who just write way too many posts. That may seem odd to some because every once in awhile I’ve seen where I have 5 or 6 posts in a row, but that’s because I’m not checking Twitter every couple of minutes, so when I do check sometimes I’m going to go through 100 to 200 messages, and if someone wrote me or there’s something good to comment on, I’ll do that as well as spend some time making a comment on whatever hits my fancy. But one woman who’s considered an internet maven would post upwards of 30 posts in a row and not say anything; that kind of thing drives me nuts. I’ve also dropped some people who seem mean and overly political or religious; I don’t need that in my life either.

I’ve noticed that, every once in awhile, some people make comments against someone else that irks them to some degree. A few weeks ago someone I follow griped to someone else I follow that they’re always selling, and it irritated her. In my opinion, it would be better to just drop that person quietly, since Twitter doesn’t tell people when you drop them, than start a public spat; luckily, the guy she sent the message to never responded. By the way, him I follow because most of the things this particular guy writes are things I’m interested in. As someone who wants to get better at internet marketing, whether it’s this blog of marketing overall, I like seeing how other people market their products; at long as I’m not getting bombarded by email, that is.

How much do I care about Twitter and the like? It seems that I’ve mentioned it on 21 different blog posts, including this one, all the way from when I was griping about it, to wondering about it and whether it would survive, to talking about Twitter Grader (of which I’m presently sitting at 81; I’ll get to 100 one of these days), to showing a video with an attractive young lady talking about some Twitter tools, to now marketing a pretty good product.

This lets everyone know that I’m in it for the long haul, as far as I can see. Sure, I have my own standards for how I’ll use it and view it and deal with it, and I hope everyone else does also, as well as has some fun and learns something. And, once again, if you ever want to follow me, click here.

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Number 201; The Next Update

Wow, I’ve reached 200 posts already, and I’m ecstatic and somewhat surprised by that, although I shouldn’t be. I made a new commitment to blogging and trying to earn more money and share more information and, in general, just have fun here since the last update, and I think I’ve done that.

When I wrote post Number 101, it was days under six months since I’d created this blog. It’s taken me about 4 1/2 months to write the second 100 posts. I’m not going to rehash everything I said on that post, since I just gave the link to it, but there are some things that changed drastically, and some that didn’t.

One thing that changed, though not as I’d have expected, were the general topics I wrote about. Four of my top 5 this time around were on the original list, but the orders have changed. My number one topic before was Marketing; this time it’s Blogging, with 25 posts about it. I’m sure a big part of that was when I wrote my Blogging Tips series, which really got me going on the topic. The other four top contenders were:

Internet 15

Marketing 12

Entertainment 10

Computing 8

Another thing that changed is the number of comments. At the time I hit the first 100 posts, I had about the same number of comments. For the next 100 posts I more than quadrupled that number, actually almost quintupled that number, with 486 comments on those 100 posts. That’s phenomenal, and I’m ecstatic about that, and I know that most of that traffic was driven from my going and commenting on other blogs. That’s been a lot of fun and very worthwhile also, and I thank all of you who have come by and posted comments, and allowed me to find your blogs and comment there also. Of course, I have to thank CommentLuv for a big part of that, because seeing topics that might interest you enough to go visit has been critical to my success and my fun. My top 5 posts in this period that got the most comments were:

Do People Ever Check Out Your About Page

What Will You Do To Get More Traffic

Fear Of The Hack

Website Outlook

Top Commentators Plugin

As a quick sidebar, the page that got the most comments was the second most visited page during this time period with 61 visits, but the number one visited page only had a couple of comments, but was visited 188 times, and that was my post called Be Responsible For Your Own Life. It resonated with people, but I guess they just didn’t want to touch such an emotional post. And really, I’ve spent more time over the past few months trying to be more personable and trying to reach out more to people, be real, while still maintaining my goal of generating income and being informative.

A quick mention of income, if I may. Google Adsense hasn’t been my best friend on the blog, but it’s doing something. I’ve probably made about the same amount of money through Adsense the past 4 1/2 months that I did the first six months, around $8. However, I’ve generated some other income through a couple of my affiliate ads, and now I even have some Text Link Ads showing up, though I now have to figure out why they’re not showing on every page, only the home page (always something, right?). The big boys don’t have anything to worry about from me just yet, but who knows, maybe I’ll soon move into the realm of being invited to speak at conferences, and get paid for it; yeah!

All in all it’s been a wonderful ride, and there’s plenty more to come. The diversity of the blog is like the diversity of my life; many interests, many things to say, many things to share. Then again, it is called “I’m Just Sharing” after all; and that’s not a link, just a highlight.

Mitch Mitchell signing off, and looking forward to the next 100 posts 🙂

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