Due to the popularity of my old post on how to download firefox without a web browser, I decided to figure out a way to do the same thing with Chrome. Chrome doesn’t seem easily accessible on FTP, so this method allows you to still download Chrome from a safe web source, via the HTTP link that Google provides.
1. Open NotePad and paste the below VBScript code into it.
Note: The strFileURL variable is currently set to the URL that Chrome is at as of today. That might change later. Find latest Chrome EXE by going here. Click accept and install, then right-click copy the URL titled “Click here to retry.”
' This is the URL of the chrome EXE.
' This is where the file will download to.
strHDLocation = "c:ChromeStandaloneSetup.exe"
' Fetch the file
Set objXMLHTTP = CreateObject("MSXML2.XMLHTTP")
objXMLHTTP.open "GET", strFileURL, false
If objXMLHTTP.Status = 200 Then
Set objADOStream = CreateObject("ADODB.Stream")
objADOStream.Type = 1 'adTypeBinary
objADOStream.Position = 0 'Set the stream position to the start
Set objFSO = Createobject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
If objFSO.Fileexists(strHDLocation) Then objFSO.DeleteFile
Set objFSO = Nothing
Set objADOStream = Nothing
Set objXMLHTTP = Nothing
2. Save your notepad file to your desktop, and use quotes in the filename to overwrite saving as a .txt file:
3. Go to your Windows command prompt (Start > CMD) 4. Navigate to your desktop in the command prompt (cd desktop) 5. Run the command: cscript.exe downloadfile.vbs
6. Open Windows explorer, and right on your C drive you should see the chrome installer at c:ChromeStandaloneSetup.exe
Attribution: This vbscript was adopted by Gareth’s method on SuperUser.com.
Please note: These steps will get you in the right direction to setting up a scalable business, but you should consult with a reputable accountant and attorney before making any business decisions. This information should not be considered legal advice.
From the last few years of experience, below are my favorite vendors to use when launching a new business. These methods are all very cost effective, yet still scalable for when your business hopefully takes off. Good luck!
Add Namecheap’s WhoisGuard to protect your domain registration info from spammers. It’s only $3 per year.
If you simply need an informational website, simply sign up for Namecheap’s $4/mo shared hosting plan. If you have a database intensive website, you should seek consultation for a more powerful server solution.
3. Set up your business e-mail – Google Apps (free)
You should consider trademarking both your company name, and separately trademarking your company logo, icon, or other marks. Please seek legal advice on this.
Seek legal/accounting advice on whether an LLC, C Corp, S Corp, or other type of incorporation method will be right for you.
Seek legal advice on what state you should incorporate in. Keep in mind that if you choose a state that you do not have active mailing address in, you will have to pay an annual fay for a registered agent service.
Make sure to save and backup a PDF copy of your articles of incorporation, and any other formal documents.
Post a project on Odesk asking for a PHP programmer with WordPress experience
Pay rates ranging from $10-$15 per hour are reasonable for a WordPress freelancer
In the project posting, specifically ask developer to send a link to the best wordpress site they have developed (and to only ONE site, not a massive list). Most developers won’t read your special request, so you can quickly hide their applications.
Install WordPress on your Namecheap hosting account. Instructions here.
Send the developer your ThemeForest template files.
Create a google doc with tasks, and share it with your developer
When giving feedback to any developer, use a screenshot tool to effectively communicate changes you request.
9. Bookkeeping, Expense Tracking, and Invoicing (free to start)
Looking to restore the shortcut in your explorer window that says “Recently Changed”? I was too. In a nutshell, you must save this code snippet, which creates the Recently Changed file search, and then drag that shortcut to your favorites bar. Here are the instructions:
Google recently changed the layout of the Google Docs interface, and made it a little difficult to figure out how to export and backup your documents. It is always recommended to have a backup of anything you store in the cloud, so here is a quick tutorial on how to download and backup your Google docs.
After the file is downloaded, you are still not done. It is necessary to extract the zip file, and open a few of the documents to make sure they are readable. In my experience, the export has always worked very well, but it is imperative to check for yourself each time you save the backup.
You can now actually run a search for attachments based on size! Approved operators:
size:5m – Find emails with attachments of 5M
larger:5m – Find e-mails with attachments larger than 5M
Suggested query: larger:5m older_than:2y
^ Will find all e-mails larger than 5MB and older than 2 years.
Gmail inbox getting full? Mine was too. For some inexplicable reason, Google does not allow you to run a simple search of your inbox where you can sort by attachment size. There are some options to get your Gmail account under control, most useful of which is searching for particular file types. Run a search for the most commonly large file types, and optionally add a date modifier so you only look at mail older than a certain date.
Enter this into the search box: filename:(mpg OR mpeg OR avi OR wmv OR zip OR bmp OR mp3 OR wma OR mov) before:2010/12/31
Note: Change the “before” date to whatever date you want. It can even be today’s date.
I did not exclude JPG or JPEG because pictures are often a useful thing to save. I still recommend going through each e-mail before doing a mass-delete with the above search query, but this will at least give you a useful workaround while Google works on a sortable attachment filter.
Google is well aware of the need for this feature, but feel free to cast your vote on their suggestion page, like I did.
Make sure to vote for Google to add this as an official function.
I have to admit, I am a little disheartened. I was convinced that building a large Twitter following would at least give a great platform for promoting things. I was always curious about numbers though. If I posted a link, what % of my followers would actually click it?
http://twitpic.com/jlu6g – 62 views as of writing. While I have a paltry 135 Followers, it seems that roughly 46% of them clicked on the link I posted. Keep in mind, this view count is based off of pageviews to that page, so if one person viewed it multiple times it would count towards the same total. So let’s make a more conservative estimate of 35% of my followers actually clicked the link. Not too bad.
I still had envy for someone like Ashton Kutcher though. Well, maybe not. But I did have a little intrigue about his almost 4,000,000 followers on Twitter.
When he posts a link, if using my conservative estimate of 35% conversion ratio in clicks, that would mean he would get a whopping 1,400,000 clicks on every link he tweets. Then again, 35% is a rather generous conversion ratio, what with all the spam accounts and all. So let’s be VERY conservative. 10% conversion ratio. Surely, at least 10% of the people “following” Ashton Kutcher are at least visiting the links he posts. 10% conversion ratio would be roughly 400,000 clicks. That is still spectacular. He is a marketing machine, right? If only there was some way to actually see how many clicks his links get.
Oh, yeah, bit.ly. That’s right, they offer pretty neat stats on every link shortened by them. So I decided to look at some recent @aplusk data.
One of my favorite features on Ooma is the ability to receive voicemail via e-mail. Not only does Ooma alert you via e-mail when you have a new voicemail, but it has the option to e-mail the voicemail message itself as an MP3. I did end up upgrading to Ooma Premier service, and it looks like the “attach file” feature is only available in Premier. Even so, when you first get the Ooma, you should try this feature out during your free Premier trial period.
To enable this feature, go to your Preferences > Voicemail, and see the Voicemail Notifications area:
After saving your changes, all of your voicemails from now on will be e-mailed to you. If you elect to receive e-mails on your phone, it makes it amazingly easy to check your voicemail when away from your Ooma hub.
On the iPhone, simply click the e-mail attachment, and it will open up the voicemail file in the iPhone quicktime player: