About Mike Ferguson

Mike began tinkering with websites in the days of the Macintosh Performa 6300 as a way to wind-down after a swing shift gig. His very first site was a public bathroom review website (you're welcome, YELP!)

Simple Options That Improve YouTube Browsing

I'm a guy that spends a lot of time online. So with all that, one might logically assume that's I'd be able to navigate the in's and out's of how things work and how to exploit the tools and features available in most of the more complex websites. Cue the expression, "...if it were a [...]

By |June 10th, 2009|Technical|Comments Off on Simple Options That Improve YouTube Browsing

When Databases Attack! Netflix Personalization Vs. Simple Common Sense

It's clear that my NetFlix account is taking WAY too many liberties with what I see or don't see featured under their "New Releases" heading. In other words, I'm missing new releases unless I take the time to seek them out. After a few visits that left me scratching my head about obvious omissions and [...]

By |May 20th, 2009|Technical|Comments Off on When Databases Attack! Netflix Personalization Vs. Simple Common Sense

Apple Safari Delivers Sexy Text

I know: its both creepy and ridiculous to suggest that an inanimate object like sports cars or even furniture could be "sexy". But for years, Madison Avenue has been selling us that exact concept. I'm not suggesting that it's entirely hogwash, but to the pragmatic, it is a silly point of view. And yet it [...]

By |March 29th, 2009|Technical|Comments Off on Apple Safari Delivers Sexy Text

2000domain.net-When Registrars Go Bad

If you've ever registered a domain, there is a high probability that you're dealing with folks in a far off, perhaps even exotic location. Australia, India or perhaps even as far off as Philadelphia. Allow me this short history: I don't know if this makes me "old school' (I'm not "OG"...you know, "Original Geek"), but [...]

Teaching CS4 & A Dell E521 How To Play Well Together

Since I can't afford a new computer, I decided my dual core AMD 5600+ might benefit from a new GPU/3D card. Since upgrading to the new CS4, my box has suddenly become pokey--overnight. Granted, there are plenty of affordable quad core boxes out there. I mean there's nothing like a feeble economy and scrambling [...]

By |December 4th, 2008|Technical|Comments Off on Teaching CS4 & A Dell E521 How To Play Well Together

007: Quantum of Solace Review

I'll keep it brief: The newest Bond movie was better than most of those produced over the past 30 years, but not as as good as 2006's "Casino Royale". This gadget free Bond was packed with action but a thin story, a boring villain and "not enough Bond" left me a little flat. As another [...]

By |November 16th, 2008|Pop Culture|Comments Off on 007: Quantum of Solace Review

James Bond, 007

In anticipation of the new Bond movie "Quantum Of Solace," I re-watched "Casino Royale" for about the third time last night. And as I fired up the DVD, my teenage son revealed that he'd never seen on Bond movie--ever. Now I've never taken the job of parenting for granted--I know it's a tough job and [...]

By |November 10th, 2008|Pop Culture|Comments Off on James Bond, 007

University of Arkansas Marketing Genius

Yesterday I went to my first University of Arkansas football game. It was a spectacular fall day...too warm for November 1st, that's for sure. As we made our way to the cheap seats (thanks for the tix, Roger; "Free is good"), we made the obligatory stop at the concession stand for an $8 souvenir mug [...]

By |November 2nd, 2008|Ramblings|Comments Off on University of Arkansas Marketing Genius

Toggl: 30 Second Review

Now that the website design is a full time gig vs. a fill-time gig, keeping track of my day has become pretty critical. Where before I could work on websites as time became available, I need to account to each hour lest I find myself distracted by mindless Facebook surfing or HULU episodes of The [...]

By |October 30th, 2008|Technical|Comments Off on Toggl: 30 Second Review
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