Graphic Artist/Website Coordinator Position Available

MAU is looking to hire a Graphic Artist/Website Coordinator for one of their clients. If you’re interested, check out their website for more details or contact Stacey Williamson, Staffing Specialist, at 706-724-8367.

In this position, the person hired would: develop project artwork, design logos, product artwork, digitizing and creating newsletters. Maintaining e-commerce store: load product, daily maintenance of site, create virtual samples.

Unexpected Benefit of Having a Newborn

All your problems disappear as you come to realize there’s no time to deal with them anyway.

How amazingly true. That little tidbit was the February 16th entry in my 365 Days of Being a Dad desk calendar. It’s funny how all of our problems go away once you realize that you’ve got a little one depending on you for their survival. Just thought I would share it with everyone… and save it on here, for me to remember for the years ahead.

Oh So Quiet

Well, not really. See, I’ve been working on converting the site over to Wordpress, and haven’t devoted time to posting new content. I’ve avoided checking my MeasureMap account for quite some time, and it appears that my hiatus has caused traffic to dip significantly. Rightfully so.

I’ll be back soon. )

Qurbing Spam

For the past 12 days, I have been evaluating a free trial of Computer Associates’ Qurb anti-spam, anti-phishing filter for Outlook/Outlook Express. The need for third-party software for handling spam was necessitated by the requirement (by SpamCop) that we disable challenge reponse on our mail server, or face prolonged blacklisting.

Computer Associates' Qurb Logo
There are a lot of options out there. I tested some free versions or open-source clients that managed spam locally, but none of them worked quite like I would have expected. Qurb, however, has been easy to use, easy to configure, and makes short work of dealing with spam.

Qurb works much like a virus scanner. It puts suspected emails in a quarantine folder, and the user gets prompted from time to time to check the quarantine folder to review the messages. If every message is spam, you do nothing. If it catches some false positives, you click a checkbox and Qurb adds that sender to your whitelist, and click okay. That’s it. It works well. Even better than Outlook 2003’s built-in Junk Mail folder (which has to be disabled for Qurb to work most effectively).

It’s definitely worth checking out imho. Well worth the $30 registration.

Moving to Wordpress

Well, I’m taking the leap, and moving away from Hallelujah. Wordpress is way more flexible. So far, the installation has gone without any major problems – unless you count the import I’ve been unable to do because cURL isn’t enabled on our server. (Not a big deal.) Other than that, things are peachy. I’ll be working on making this site more of my own over the next couple of weeks.