Category Archives: adphoto

Looking for a new web host for Adphoto

The .ph domain will be a hassle to update (maybe we should just get that delegated?), but it might be worth switching to a new web host.

I need PHP, MySQL, mail hosting, FTP access, 1 GB storage, and ImageMagick support. We use less than 1 GB a month. I'd like shell access. Python and Perl support would be really fun. Ruby would make me thrilled. I plan to set up a tagged photoblog / photographers' portfolio.

We're currently paying ~ USD 8 / month. I'd prefer to keep money in the Philippines, and most of our traffic comes from the Philippines anyway. Know of any locally-hosted servers? If not, I'll probably go for http://www.site5.com/hosting/comparison.php .

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Adphoto website plans

My dad wants to be able to update the pictures on the Adphoto website easily. The iPhoto Flickr export plugin looks pretty nifty, and if I can make something similar, that would be ubercool.

Hmm. Must redesign site. Brochure-ware, perhaps also stock photography?

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Fixed the network connection

Celine was having terrible problems with her network connection. Initially I thought it was because Quickbooks couldn't handle the cascaded switch configuration, but with packet loss of over 50% and only two hosts connected to the switch, it didn't seem to be a resource problem. The high packet loss meant that Quickbooks was practically unusable. When I took my laptop down to the lobby for diagnostics, I couldn't even ping the server. The tester lit up the lines in the right order, although one of the cables didn't have a working pin 1.

After some poking around, I threw my hands up and crimped one of the spare cables according to the standards. (Good thing we had spares!) Lo and behold! It worked! I should leave a wiring diagram in Jun's networking toolbox.

Does anyone have a 110 punch tool for terminating wall mounts? I expected the wall mounts to be self-terminating like the patch panels in the dorm, but that wasn't the case. PC Express carries wall mounts, but not the tool for terminating them—go figure!

おしゃべりの人は、いつもの秘密をばくろしってえは他人の利が愛を冒している。 A talkative person is always letting the cat out of the bag and jeopardizing the interests of others.

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Adphoto notes

  • 1. What must a sales person be, have, know or learn to be effective in sales?
  • 2. Difference between sales and marketing functions; sales vs sales management
  • presentable; pleasing personality; approachable
  • communications: spoken, written English and Tagalog; negotiation; good listener; presentation skills; computer literacy/savvy
  • ethics
  • training: product knowledge: equipment, services, photographers' skills and expertise; sales, presentation skills
  • job description
  • familiarization with company (people, facilities, policies, organization structure, presentation/sales kits (images, spiel/script)
  • clients: know clients and their requirements; who? territorial assignments
  • pricing
  • competitors
  • performance
  • employment contracts

training: when?

  • as soon as hired
  • continuing training
  • periodic

lack of training

  • not productive
  • short of knowledge
  • lack of confidence
  • wrong information
  • not professional
  • train, keep
  • train, lose
  • not train, keep
  • not train, lose XX

Why do clients get Adphoto?

  • quality of work
  • support service
  • good food
  • Lucas
  • fast delivery
  • high tech
  • good reputation
  • facilities
  • we go to them

what do we need to train: (materials)

  • portfolios
  • list of equipment and usage
  • photographers' profiles
  • list of clients
  • pricing guidelines / rate sheets / stock photos / equipment rental / studio rentals
  • company policies
  • sales policies
  • job descriptions
  • reports / forms / analysis: billing (per qtr, per client, per ...), collection, cost estimate, job, sched, delivery receipt. frequency, volume, value.
  • workflow
  • corporate profile
  • services
  • supplies
  • performance evaluation
  • advertising and promo materials
  • employment contracts

Action:

  • 1. prepare a training manual
  • 2. prepare a training program
  • 3. update old employees' employment contracts, job description
  • 4. look for someone to handle sales training

「ええ、かわいい、ちいさな、ふわふわしたねこですよ」年をとったおばあさんが言いました。 "Yes, a sweet little fluffy cat" said the very old woman.

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Networking

The network tester I bought yesterday was very useful. Celine and Yaya suddenly lost network connection, and the tester quickly showed me that both cables going to the first floor had been significantly damaged. I showed Jun how the network tester tests individual wires. We think rats might have chewed on the wires. Jun will rewire the connection going downstairs. I gave him the wall mounts, networking jacks, cable reel, and network tester: he's all set to do some major networking stuff.

Celine didn't receive some mail Mom sent her, so I confirmed that the server had plenty of free space and I sent another test message. However, my mom's default settings with Globelines didn't work.

To prevent its mail servers from being used for spam, Globelines requires users to check their Globelines account before allowing them to send mail through its servers (POP before SMTP). I didn't want to save my mom's Globelines password on all the computers that needed to send mail. On 2005.03.03, I installed another network card in our IntranetServer and configured it to check my mom's Globelines account regularly. This worked without a hitch because I had assigned addresses to keep the two networks separate.

When they plugged the wireless router in, though, the factory defaults conflicted with my addressing scheme. I suppose she had luckily managed to avoid those problems for a while. Still, fixing it was just a matter of sitting down and configuring the router properly. I set the router password and the wireless security settings as well.

We're still not done arranging for Mom's flight to Canada. Argh. The printer's annoying, the website's somewhat frustrating... Mrph.

彼らは熱烈にいがみ合っている。 They fight like cat and dog.

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Accomplishment report: Getting in touch with my inner networking geek

Reorganized network in lobby and Internet room
  • Prepared and printed instructions for connecting to the Internet and configuring one's mail client. Posted on wall of Internet room.
  • Discussed network configuration with Jun and networking technician. They were both pleased at the reduction of work in my proposed star configuration because adding a switch downstairs means not having to rip out a cable every time something got broken. While I was out buying equipment, they laid a new line going downstairs and removed lines that were not responding. As a result, the hub is less congested now.
  • Bought 2 8-port switches, 2 extra LAN cards and 20 RJ45 ends. Paid cash and submitted receipts.
  • Helped network technician crimp 6 lengths of 3 meter patch cable. Chatted with him about networking and mentioned that I was planning to put one of the switches downstairs even though they had fixed the broken intranet connection already, as I would need another port anyway. He helpfully installed it, keeping in mind which line was straighter than the other. Nice person.
  • (Here's the fun part.) Overhauled wiring in Internet room by myself. Removed the DSL router. Connected the 8-port switch with the DSL router. Arranged the new cables. Successfully browsed.
  • Panicked when Mac and Kathy couldn't send mail through Globelines. Frantically tried to configure mail before giving them a direct connection to Destiny as a quick workaround.
  • Successfully sent a test message from Microsoft Entourage using webmail.glinesnx.com.ph after spending a total of almost an hour on the phone with Globelines tech support trying various combinations: with authentication, with SSL, etc.
  • Configured Mom's laptop to send mail through Globelines. She successfully sent mail from her main account, but then got "relaying denied" errors as her old accounts weren't configured yet. Finished configuring her laptop. No complaints so far.
  • Neatly bound most wires with twist ties. Removed unnecessary things from Internet room shelf and piled them outside.
Server
  • Installed new LAN card in server. Wiped off most of the dust inside the case. (We have dust bunnies. Eek.)
  • Successfully turned on server. (It's always a scary thing, turning on a computer with no monitor in sight...) 192.168.1.3 responded to both Web and login.
  • Pleasantly surprised to see scheduling application still alive. Reset scheduling application database and successfully tested job creation and and view/search.
Website
Misc
  • Bought cat litter and dog food. Paid cash and submitted receipts.
  • Helped Miguel Paraz with a computer science parsing problem.

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