Wow, I Didn’t Know You Sang!

I’m a pretty private person. People who know me might be aware of this, but I don’t think they have a clue just how private I am. You could say I’m “guarded,” and you could even mistake me for being “anti-social” at times. But I don’t really care what you call it—I just prefer to live most of my life without explaining everything I do to Keep Reading

My Policy On Blog Comments

One of the most interesting aspects I’ve found about blogging (and the Internet in general) is the fact that people will comment on a particular blog post or article they read. I find it interesting because it’s only with the power of the Internet that you can actually have an interactive conversation like this. In years past if you read an article in print and either Keep Reading

Read My Posts at the Colorado Springs Independent

I have some happy news to share—if you haven’t seen many blog posts here recently, there’s a reason. I’m now a featured blogger at the Colorado Springs Independent. I’m still posting the same kinds of things as before: info about websites, technology, the Internet, and more. So I’ll probably not post here as often since that’s taking the time I would normally use to write here. Keep Reading

It’s Pronounced “Stauffer” — “Au” as in “Faucet”

What are the more annoying things I’ve experienced in my lifetime is the fact that people just can’t seem to pronounce my last name correctly. Really? Is it really that hard?

My name is Ron Stauffer. Stauffer. Stauffer. S-T-A-U-F-F-E-R. In case you’re wondering, the “au” is pronounced “au” as in “faucet.” Years ago, my dad did a bunch of genealogy research to figure out exactly where the Keep Reading

I’m a Sucker for Print Magazines

macworld-magazineI’m a digital guy. I’m part of the digital generation that grew up with computers and cell phones. Technology is my friend! When I want to read the news, I get it online. When I need to write something down, I whip out my iPhone and jot down whatever comes to mind in my Notes app. (Or, since I got my iPhone 5, I just tell Keep Reading

Google AdWords Certification

I recently took two Google Exams: 1) Google Advertising Fundamentals and 2) Google Search Advertising Advanced Exam, and boy were they a doozy! (And by that I mean they were HARD!) I spent over 55 hours studying for both of them, but I passed which means I’ve finally earned this handy little certificate that says I’m Google AdWords Qualified.

This certification just shows people that I know Keep Reading

Never Sit in the Same Chair

I like taking classes. Especially classes outside of a traditional school environment, and when I don’t have to do homework. So I take lots of them. I take extracurricular classes all the time. Free classes, paid classes… I’ve taken classes on all kinds of things: bonsai gardening workshops, how to get out of debt, public speaking, writing, basic accounting small businesses classes, Citizens’ Academies put on Keep Reading

Apple Certified Associate

apple certified associateLast week, I took an exam to prove to Apple that I understand their products and know how to use them. And I passed! So now it’s official: I’m an Apple Certified Associate. But what does that actually mean? Great question.

The exam I took specifically covers “Mac Integration,” which means taking a Mac computer and setting it up in a Windows Server environment. Why? Well, what Keep Reading

My Favorite T-Shirt: Free Tibet!*

A few years ago, right when I first ventured into the scary waters of self-employment, I went to Kohl’s and bought several pairs of slacks and button-up shirts. I knew that the clothes I wore would make a statement about who I am and how I run my company. I wanted to be taken seriously and show my customers that I wasn’t just a young punk.

I did this Keep Reading

Music, Multitasking and Me

I’m a strange guy when it comes to multitasking. Some tasks, such as web page development (writing PHP and HTML) are kind of mindless tasks for me so I can work with a lot of things going on at the same time, while others require my full, focused attention. I’m really kind of a schizophrenic web designer. Sometimes, I’ll be checking email, scanning twitter, posting on Keep Reading