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Americans need SEO and Ayima is now taking orders

April 9th, 2009 tony 2 comments

I’m officially for hire. We’ll to clarify, not me as an individual but me and an incredible army of SEO’s on the other side of the pond. I’ve accepted a very generous offer to become a partner in Ayima.

For years now I’ve had this small message on the footer of my site to keep my phone from ringing too much. I simply didn’t have the infrastructure necessary to deal with big clients and as a result turned down big leads that came my way:

But that’s coming down and work has already begun on the first US clients that are hungry for serious results in the SERPs. Last month I spent a week with Mike Nott, Mike Jacobson, and Rob Kerry learning about the processes they’ve established, reviewing results for existing clients and getting demos of Ayima’s custom software (ohhhh the power they have there is mouth watering) it was a no brainer for me: this team has built an agency that is hands down, the best at delivering powerful results. And I’m not talking about a few rankings on lame, easy keywords. They have already hit it out of the park for large blue chip clients in the most difficult sectors such as:

  • Finance
  • Gaming
  • Travel
  • Cell Phones

Ayima is hands down, the best, results driven SEO agency out there and I’m both flattered and thrilled to be bringing this excellence to the US market.

They have fun doing it too :)


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What are the odds?

January 28th, 2009 tony No comments

Today I was perusing some stock photography for a website today and something looked very familiar about the background of this image:


I jumped over to the local listing for The Morning Times in Raleigh on and sure enough I was right. That photo was certainly taken in the upstairs lounge area:


There were over 8,500 photos in the search I was browsing through.

As I then sifted through zimmytws’s portfolio on iStockPhoto I saw more great shots of Raleigh. Excellent work zimmytws. Send me a message one day and I’ll meet you for a coffee.

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If you get this in MySQL Lock wait timeout exceeded; try restarting transaction

October 23rd, 2008 tony 2 comments

I ran into this crap when I needed to purge a massive number of records from a database. All you need to do is edit the timeout setting in your MySQL config file.

On my Mac it is located at : /etc/my.cnf

Uncomment the line:

innodb_lock_wait_timeout = 50

And change the setting to 500 (its seconds)

Restart mysql and rerun your query.

sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.mysql.mysqld.plist
sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.mysql.mysqld.plist

If you make this change on a production server you may want to set it back to the default setting. I don’t know what the consequences of a long timeout setting would be.

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The Subprime Banking Crisis Explained

September 29th, 2008 tony 1 comment

This brilliant skit would be very funny if the current state of affairs weren’t so sad and frightening right now. My favorite part is “I like enhanced. I’d buy anything that had the word enhanced in it!” :)

John Bird and John Fortune (the Long Johns) brilliantly, and accurately, describing the mindset of the investment banking community in this satirical interview.

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Open Finder in Current Folder from Terminal

August 11th, 2008 tony 3 comments

Here is a super handy little trick that I know I’ll be using a lot from now on as I must have thought about it so many times in the past. You find yourself messing with some files in Terminal and the find the need to jump to the current location in Finder:

open .

So easy breezy.

open finder from bash

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