Pleasant to Castle Hot Springs and Back


Haven’t blogged in awhile, been super busy at work. Decided to get back into it with a new hobby, offroading. Found this great GPS app for iPhone, everytrail, that allows users to share trails with each other. You can download the terrain maps of where you’re going ahead of time, because cell data service is usually non-existent in rural areas (only available in the EveryTrail Pro app, $3.99 at time of writing, well worth it). You can download pro guides or other members’ guides, or even create your own. Members that get good at it can become pro guide contributors.

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Lawn Construction

Lawn construction, landscaping service

I made a website for Dwight Weller, my landscaper, using Go Daddy’s Website Builder. He registered a great domain name, His business, SieCamDen Property Services, does lawn care services, landscaping, stone paver installation, water features and more.

This was a fun exercise. It got me more familiar with Website Builder, something Go Daddy encourages its employees to do, and Dwight got a website out of it. I highly recommend SieCamDen Property Services. He does lawn and landscaping maintenance for me every week. I used to do it myself, and now that I use SieCamDen Property Services, my yard looks good all the time. I don’t have to worry about it getting out of control, I know Dwight will come every week and keep my lawn and yard beautiful.

Helping small and micro businesses get online with a web presence is the main thing that Go Daddy does. With >10M customers and tens of thousands of servers worldwide, my job is normally deep in the trenches experimenting with software technology and designing multi-tier platforms (lots of drawing boxes and arrows :). Making a website for a small business reminded me what it’s all about.

Lazy Social Buttons

Lazy Social Buttons

Want social buttons on your wordpress blog pages, but you don’t want to pay the performance penalty? Try Lazy Social Buttons by Go Daddy.

The WordPress Plugin is a wrapper for the Go Daddy open source lazy-social-buttons posted on github written by LindsayD. She’s the real mastermind behind this. I merely evangelized the concept like mad, then put a WordPress wrapper on the outcome.

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Go Daddy API, Example use

Very recently, Go Daddy released it’s public API that can be used with Go Daddy Cloud Servers and Easy Database. Since I’m a Go Daddy Cloud Servers customer (and employee of Go Daddy), I wanted to provide you with an example use of the API.

I had an extra server that I wanted to delete. Of course, I could do this with the GUI, but for practice, I decided to delete it with a script.

The first thing I did was grabbed a copy of the Go Daddy API for PHP, which can be found here:

and gave the documentation a once over:

I then went to the Go Daddy Cloud Servers GUI and clicked the API tab, accepted the TOS, and generated an API key. It was easy, one click and my access key and secret key were provided.

I then created a file called csremove.php:

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_setSiteSpeedSampleRate usage

If you’re doing a low number of pageviews (<5M / month), you can crank your GA SiteSpeed up to 100%, I think. This is a bit of a theory, need to look into it more. I'm going to crank up mine to 100% and see what I can glean from it. Note this line: _gaq.push(['_setSiteSpeedSampleRate',100]);

<script type="text/javascript">    
var _gaq = _gaq || [];  
 _gaq.push([‘_setAccount’, ‘UA-YOURNUMBER-1′]);  
 _gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’]);   (function () {     
var ga = document.createElement(‘script’); 
ga.type = ‘text/javascript'; ga.async = true;    
 ga.src = (‘https:’ == document.location.protocol ? ‘https://ssl’ : ‘http://www’) + ‘';    
 var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);   

There is a lot you can do with Google Tracking API. Can hardly wait to start playing with this.


Gearing Up For Velocity and to Meet @souders and @patmeenan

I can hardly wait to go to Santa Clara tomorrow for an action packed 3 days of Web Performance and Operations at Velocity Conference. I’m going with a dozen other Go Daddy folks. We’re going to learn a lot and network.

I’m really looking forward to meeting Steve Souders (@souders). He has been an inspiration, starting with the revolutionary Firefox plugin Yslow, continuing his work at Google with PageSpeed, and of course his also revolutionary book, High Performance Web Sites, and the followup book, Even Faster Web Sites. Steve Souders is an icon of Web Application Performance and a person whose work has influenced me tremendously over the years. I’ve heard he is a really nice guy and easy to talk to. I’d better get to thinking about what my question(s) will be.

Another famous person I can hardly wait to meet is Pat Meenan (@PatMeenan). He is the man behind, a service that is transforming the world. This is open source Gomez, and not just open source, but free public service too. Pat deserves to be commended for his hard work on this project. I’ve personally learned a lot about Web Application Performance from using public service and launching private nodes for a research project. I owe Pat a big thank you.

Ok, I’m getting super excited, this is going to be the best conference. Time to pack.