Category Archives: Technology

10 Steps to lower your Bounce Rate

Want to lower the bounce rate of your website? A good start is to follow the following 10 steps.

  1. Good Design: Design your website with easy navigation. Having a easy to understand and use menu system will allow visitors to easily navigate your website.
  2. Focus your Content: Make sure that all your content is relevant to the goals of your website. Having a page or post regarding auto repair on a site that discusses clothing and style will only allow a one-page visit, thus increasing your bounce rate.
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JAVA course started this week.


This week marks the beginning of my studies in JAVA.
Like my other classes in Visual Basic and Communications Writing the first week is full or reading about new concepts and the needs of our programming assignment.

So far, I have found JAVA to be problematic, as the JDK requires special settings that the installation program does not take care of.

Example: the JDK for windows requires that a CLASSPATH be set. CLASSPATH is a system environment setting that is not currently in Windows XP, so you have to add it. (Just one of those undocumented things!)

The documentation for the JDK does tell you the file locations you need to add, but it does not openly tell you that the entry of “.;” (no quotes) is required to make editors like TextPad operate without error.

The first two chapters of our book (Java – Late Objects Version by DEITEL) explains in great detail the requirements of running the JDK and what we need to know in order to complete our first programming assignment. Items such as Methods, Classes, and how to declare variables.

More postings on my new life focus (JAVA) are sure to come, but for now I must get busy with my cup of JAVA!

Twitter – Loss of robust content

Ok here it is my evaluation of using Twitter as a content generation tool for websites and BLOGS.
I have been using twitter now for almost a year to upload content to this BLOG. At first it was cool to being able to upload 140 characters to my BLOG so that visitors could see that I was mowing the lawn, painting the garage, or even fishing. But it soon lost its luster because the limit of 140 characters to supply quality and interesting content, and I might add – no graphic uploads either. Who wants to know that I am carving a relief carving without seeing a picture of it.
**** BORING*****
So there you have it, my evaluation of why Twitter stinks as a content generation tool. But I see the place where it would be interesting to know if your favorite singer or actor is using the restroom, taking a nap, or eating dinner and Twitter allows you to check up on your BFF to see what they are doing.
Well my twitter uploads will be removed today, (They were boring anyway) and I will begin focusing on woodcarving and more interesting technologies.

Hartzell Technology Group is active again

Today, it was made official that East Central Opportunities Inc. / Prep4 Business Solutions will be shutting down operations.

I have been employed by ECO for just over 10 years as the IT Director, or more commonly called the “IT Guy”. As the IT guy for ECO I was responsible for all technology systems and data reporting. When ECO had the contract to manage the WorkOne offices in Region 6 (Rush, Fayette, Wayne, Randolphh, Delaware, Henry, Jay, and Blackford Indiana counties) I built and managed a 10 location wide area network and actively outsourced my IT experiences and website development skills to other organizations as well.
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Computer Hardware- Just not as important

Over the last few years I have seen a real public shift from a focus on computer hardware to an almost overwhelming fascination over applications. I give credit to this shift to the cell phone. Since cell phones have evolved from a flip talk device to a miniature computer used for personal online browsing, e-mail, calendaring, tracking oil changes, and ordering pizza. Continue reading Computer Hardware- Just not as important