An Easier Way To Reach Your Google Sites Website

I wanted a shorter, simpler URL for my daughter’s volleyball site which resides on sites.google.com.  The athletic director wanted a website address that was easier to remember if you didn’t have a bookmark handy.   I agreed and told her I’d looking into purchasing a domain name and that they usually go on sale near the end of the year.

On Black Friday, I was able to find deals on web hosting and domain registrations through HostGator.com, the company that hosts my son’s basketball team website (stlpatriots.org).   HostGator essentially had hosting and domains for 75% off if you purchased the first three years up front — a savings of over $160.   I took advantage of the sale to purchase a a couple of domains for me and a new domain for the volleyball team. Continue reading

A Great Place To Learn Online

Recently, I was given the opportunity to do some online training thru a subscription service called Lynda.com.   I had never heard of the site but was granted access to view any of their online training courses for 30 days.

I really wasn’t sure what to expect.  I logged in and was presented with the option to view classes by subject or by name.   Since this was for my job, I looked up ‘Java’ and found a couple of introductory classes, “Foundations of Programming:Fundamentals” and “Foundations of Programming: Object Oriented Design”.   After reviewing the course outline for the fundamentals class, I settled on the Object Oriented Design (OOD) class. Continue reading