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No Stats For You! Compete.com Has Dissolved

Earlier today, I went to check my account on the COMPETE.com website since I had not done so in quite a while. For those who don’t know much about this website, let me explain that Compete.com is a statistical measure that is aimed at giving website developers and owners an better idea of where their outlets stand in the larger scheme of all things Internet. I used this one sporadically and only ever with the free options and this was the sight that opened up on my screen.

Yep, it seems as this one is off to the great Internet beyond and one would have to assume that the amount of resources that are necessary to continually provide statistical measures were just too high against the money coming in from those who chose the professional package of services. Believe it or not my friends, websites of all different types can and do often go away. Just look back at Friendster, Tribe.net and so many more that I cannot line out here in this little narrative. So why even bring this up you might ask and well the answer is simple since I am one of those web providers who enjoys learning about this stuff and knowing how my creativity is being received by the general Internet public. In my real life workaday world, I used to be a Technical Support Supervisor so I have a pretty solid understanding of a bunch of technical principles and that makes me fascinated by this stuff. If you were a customer of Compete.com I hope that you can get some kind of refund or at least refuse any past couple of months charges to your card if you didn’t know they were going away and they were billing you. If you are looking for some means of knowing your websites statistics or just feel like looking up sites like this one or my PiercingMetal.com one, you can use any of these other resources. Each of them feeds different data pools to compile their numbers but its still rather interesting to see what’s going on behind the scenes in the websites you like.

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A Kindle Fire Joins The Metal Media Office

Since I’ve been enjoying sharing the various technological implements that I use here at the Media Command HQ, I felt that you might be interested in knowing that I have just added an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet to the arsenal of things that I use to create and control these websites. I had owned a ASUS 7″ tablet in the not too distant past already but ending up giving it to a friend with a more immediate need for the device. My plan to replace this went by the wayside until the night I was purchasing a copy of the brand new Metallica CD and as I walked to the line in Best Buy in Union Square, I noticed that they had racks of Amazon Kindle Fire tablets for $40 apiece. How could I pass that deal up? I couldn’t and I didn’t.

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A New Addition For The Metal Media Office

Several months ago I had some fun and shared the various pieces of technology that made up my Metal Media Office. If you didn’t see it just click HERE to be more up to speed. Since the time that I shared those images, the Dell Studio laptop began having numerous problems with over-heating and performance so it needed to be replaced. I had it since 4/2009 and considering how much I used it I am surprised to find it lasting that long. Below is a photo of the latest device to join my creative arsenal. Check it out.

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It’s also a Dell system and one of their Inspiron models. It’s sort of gray in color and the screen display is super clear and I think 19″ with some of that being the sides around the display. Its fine for me for sure. I had it loaded with Windows 8, a 1TB hard drive and 8GB of RAM. Once I got it fully powered I upgraded it to Windows 10 and the latest Microsoft Office (which at the time of this writing is the Office 2016). It was the first time that I would lease the license for said software as opposed to owning it outright but by doing this I can install on all of my other systems and be in complete sync. That is very important to me. So far so good with this system, I like how it feels and now the decision on what to do with the old Studio machine. Perhaps I will repair the stuff that makes it overheat and use it as my travel system for short trips. I haven’t decided yet if the costs to work on it is worth it. So there you go, another look inside at my real life world and the things that help me manage its duties.

The Windows 10 Free Upgrade Is Here!

Hey there readers, it seems as though the time to get your free upgrade to Microsoft’s Windows 10 and I decided to take advantage of it since I was getting a little bored with my release of Windows 7. I had never gone to Windows 8 or 8.1 on any of my systems and I am using three distinct pieces of gear in case you were wondering.

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After requesting the upgrade via the means in your task bar, a few weeks went by until the upgrade rollout date which was beginning on July 29th if memory serves me correctly. I saw the notice the following day and decided to wait for a few days before kicking it into gear. My test example would be my little HP Netbook (remember those? They were pretty much the tablets of the time based on their size and basic functionality). Anyway, it was in my Windows Update screen that you first see the option to begin the upgrade and I apologize for not capturing that image. After about two hours the download and installation completed and brought me to this screen below.

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PiercingKen’s W10 Upgrade

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Presenting My Metal Media Office

A couple of years ago I was involved in a Focus Group that was asking about my own personal technology setup and they wanted photos of the gear you were using and how it was being used during your activities. Recently I discovered those images while re-organizing some folders and putting things in proper places and thought it would be fun content for the personal blog so here we go with an overview of my creative workspace and its relatively neat order on the day I shot it.

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The Metal Office by Ken Pierce (2013)

The monitor is a 21″ flatscreen and its the Dell brand since it came included with the system. I have another spare smaller screen in my possession but the room is just not there on the desk for me to connect it to the desktop. Maybe if I move the All-In-One device. As you can see I approach the media office with maturity and have a couple of Spider-Man action figures sitting there protecting the sanctity of the writing world for me. Since my mouse is on the right hand side I use the left side space for the things I am examining and you can see a few CD’s and stickers here that I just didn’t move when I snapped the photo. On top of the screen is a small Microsoft Camera for those times when I need to do any sort of video chat. They are great for the band interview but I mostly use this to keep up with the folks who have moved a few states away since I first snapped it.

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