How to Make the Most of Your Day at Disneyland

How to Make the Most of Your Day at Disneyland

I’ve lived in Southern California most of my life. I was born here and grew up within walking distance to Disneyland and I have been, in my best approximation, over fifty times. I have been there on special company events, grad night, holidays, busy times, not so busy times, and rainy days. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way on how to make the most of your day at Disneyland.

Space Mountain

Always try to ride Space Mountain first thing in the morning or try to make it your first fastpass of the day. It is common for the fastpasses to go quick on this ride. I have even seen the return time for 5pm early in the morning. As the day gets later, the line gets longer. The last time I was at Disneyland, I was able to ride Space Mountain three times with a fastpass. This is generally unheard of, but I was able to do it because two other time I got the “golden ticket” through MaxPass.

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Why Telecommuting is Good for Employees and Employers

Why Telecommuting is Good for Employees and Employers

Over the past decade or so, telecommuting has grown leaps and bounds in industries suited to remote work. With the current state of technology, it is now easier than ever to work from home. However, according to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, only 7% of companies are allowing their employees to telecommute. Here is why telecommuting is good for employees and employers.

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You Need a Budget

You Need a Budget

For years, my wife and I just winged it when it came to money. We paid the mortgage, car payments, utilities, and credit card bills. We spent whatever was left over on ourselves and it seemed we didn’t ever have any extra money. There was hardly ever a time that we weren’t out of money before the end of the month. The worst part about it was that we didn’t even know where all of the money was going. If you want to get ahead financially, you need a budget.

Our spending was way out of control. When the money was gone, the arguments started. I would spend some money on myself and my wife would feel like she should be able to spend the same amount and visa-versa. This often led to hurt feelings and more debt.

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Top 6 Best WordPress Plugins

Top 6 Best WordPress Plugins

I’m often on the hunt for WordPress plugins. Performance and functionality are main things to consider when selecting a plugin. If you select a plugin that is written poorly it could adversely affect you well your site loads. Plus, I can’t stand code that makes my browser throw JavaScript errors. Also, functionality is a consideration. A plugin could be awesome, but unless it does what you need it to do, it is useless. Here is a list of what I think are the top 6 best WordPress plugins.

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ASP.NET Core Active Route Tag Helper

ASP.NET Core Active Route Tag Helper

This C# class will create an anchor tag helper for use in ASP.NET Core. When the current Controller and Action match the specified attributes in an anchor tag, the value “active” will be appended to the class attribute.

To use it, you will need to import a tag helper into your _ViewImports.cshtml file.

@addTagHelper *, CoreWebApplication

Then, wherever you have a navigation anchor html tag, you can add a ASP.NET anchor tag helper. Notice the attribute “asp-nav-item”. Setting this value will active the logic.

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Angular Alert Service

Angular Alert Service

This Angular service is used to display alerts on the screen in a floating box. The alerts are based on Bootstrap version 3.3.7 and are styled as info, success, warning, or error. Bootstrap is required.

Place the app-alert tags in your main page. Then, to add alert messages, use the AlertService in your component, like the example below.

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Get Out of Debt

Get Out of Debt

Debt is bad! It can cause all kinds of problems from the occasional anxiety to financial ruin. Yet, millions of Americans are going into more and more debt every year. Debt is sold with the myth that you can have everything you want in life and pay for it later. This is a disastrous way of thinking. Borrowing money is one of the dumbest things you can do in life and it can rob you of major wealth and happiness. Maybe you stumbled upon this post and you need to get out of debt. The good news is – it’s never too late to get out of debt. Let me show you how you can succeed in getting out of debt.

Changing the way you look at money is really a key component of getting free from the bondage of debt. It takes a major attitude change on how you view money to really change your life. I wanted the best of everything. But, not many regular people have the promise of everything they want. Instead of looking at money as an object that should be spent, it needs to be looked at as a tool to build wealth. Yes, we all need to buy things to live, but if you are paying on cars, credit cards and student loans every month, you are giving up the tool that can potentially make you a lot of money. Money that you are using to pay off loans and debt now could have been worth a fortune with the right investments.

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Structured Data WordPress Plugin

Structured Data WordPress Plugin

Major search engines use structured data to show rich and meaningful search results. For example, if you have an article published on your website, you can tell search engines exactly what the title, content or image is. This keeps the search engines from trying to guess what information on the page is important to the article. Schema.org was founded by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Yandex in a collaborate effort to standardize the vocabulary used for structured data. In the past, structured data was typically added to the html. However, current implementations use JSON for Linking Data (JSON-LD). I wrote a structured data plugin for WordPress that I use on this site. It includes organizational, article and navigation schemas. While this won’t necessarily give you any better search ranking, it will help search engines show the information you want it to.

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WordPress Permalinks on a Windows Server

WordPress Permalinks on a Windows Server

If you’re anything like me you have multiple websites written in multiple languages. Why? Because programming is fun. So that leaves less options for what type of server you can use. One of the options is to host on a Windows based server. This is not the most ideal hosting solution for WordPress, but it works with some tweaks. One of these tweaks is to allow WordPress to use permalinks on a Windows server.

I have a Windows server hosted over at  A2 Hosting . They have excellent plans at really affordable prices. And, they have Linux plans too.

To get WordPress permalinks to play nice with Windows, a rewrite rule needs to be setup in the web.config file. If you already have a web.config file, copy and pasted the highlighted rewrite code within the system.webServer element. If you don’t have a web.config file, create the file in the root directory of your website. Then copy and paste all of the code below.

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How I Graduated College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Four Months

How I Graduated College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Four Months

I started my college education 23 years ago at my local community college. I never really liked school, but in my family, it was pretty much expected that I go. This is the story of how i graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in four months.

For the first few semesters of school I did okay but I really wasn’t learning anything I hadn’t already learned. College, especially community college, felt like an extension of high school without gum under the desks. The biggest mistake I made was not have a drive to succeed. It was good enough for me to just get by.

After four semesters of community college, I transferred to a four year program at a university. By this time I should have had at least my associates degree, but I didn’t have the required amount of credits. So on to the university I went. What a party! I was living on campus in a dorm with a buddy of mine from high school and I was quickly introduced to a whole new set of friends. Friends that liked to party! To say that I did horribly is an understatement.

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