Wow!  We have been inundated with requests for eclipse glasses so I know many of us will be watching and enjoying this rare phenomena.  We are completely out of glasses.  Thanks for joining in!  I called my contact at the UC Davis Geology club (that would be our fabulous, amazing daughter!) and she said TODAY ONLY there are a few pairs left available to purchase at the UC Davis Geology building.  Here is a bit more info that she sent me:

Professor Howard Spero is selling Solar Eclipse Glasses (about 1000 pairs) at the front desk (Ask for Val) in the Geology Department Office in the Earth and Physical Sciences Building on campus.  Office is Located next to the arboretum (and in the shadow of the campus water tower). There is 30 min street parking, but you can also park with a visitors day pass at a visitor parking lot.  Business hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (PST), Monday through Friday; phone:             (530) 752-0350      ; FAX: (530) 752-0951

$2 for 1 pair, $5 for 3 pairs, bulk orders available

This is the map to the building:

https://www.geology.ucdavis.edu/department/GELmap/

This is what the building looks like:

http://daviswiki.org/Earth_and_Physical_Sciences_building

For more information about the eclipse on Sunday:

The eclipse is on Sunday 5/20.

For additional information you might find interesting. Go to:

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2012May20Agoogle.html
and enlarge the map so you can see the path of the eclipse.  You will see the partial eclipse from all over northern California. Within the path, you can see the moon centered in the sun so that you get a ring of fire around the moon during maximum eclipse.

Also information about the Transit of Venus:

http://www.transitofvenus.org/june2012/where-to-be

Good Luck  and good viewing.  Please send any great photos or experiences you have with the eclipse.

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California Annular Eclipse May 20, 2012Outback Solutions is excited to be working with The Geology Club at UC Davis to provide a fun bonus for our readers and clients!! We have procured special viewing glasses that will allow you to view the upcoming Annular Solar Eclipse without frying your eyes.

“What eclipse?”

Good question.   Here is all the information you will need to learn about the eclipse; discover the best viewing sites (Chico or  Truckee sound the most fun to us); and learn lots of other cool NASA stuff:  Click Here to visit NASA.

Grab the car, a picnic and these glasses and get ready for some fun. On Sunday May 20, 2012 at approximately 6:30 pm PDT there will be an Annular Solar Eclipse visible right here in California.

We at Outback Solutions like to think OUTBACK the box and decided to give away these viewing glasses to the first 100 who ask for them. It is that simple.

“How do I get my glasses?”

Send us a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below and we will pop them in the mail asap:

Outback Eclipse Glasses
815 El Chorro Way
Sacramento, CA 95864

Send us your photos so we can post them here. This is the new Super Hero look for the fashion season. Consider wearing them to a viewing of “The Avengers” for fun. (Psssst: You won’t be able to see a thing, they are for viewing the sun so you really can’t see out of them at all UNLESS you are looking at the sun)

Have fun viewing the eclipse and let us know of your experiences!

Outback Solutions has a new website!  Special thanks to Jody Amato and Sandra Swenson-Scott for their assistance.

Outback Solutions Internet design & serviceIn order to visit the site, I ask that you initially open Google by clicking right hereThen select the Outback Solutions link, which will look something like the information directly below.  By following this procedure you are sending a positive message to Google that assists the Outback Solutions site SEO.  I recommend you encourage your friends and associates do something similar with your site, i.e. search Google for a general phrase related to your site and click your site ONLY.  If you can’t find your site easily call Outback!

Internet Web Site Design | Outback Solutions Web Design 
www.outbacksolutions.com/
Outback Solutions, Web Design is an Internet website design, development, service company based in Sacramento, California.

When you enter the site please look at the following new pages.  At the very least please visit one internal page.
1. Outback Solutions photography.
2. Portfolio including categorized examples and thumbnails.
3. Our Team.

I would also ask you do as much or as little as you feel comfortable of the following items:
1. Review each of the pages of the site.
2. On the homepage:
a. Click the “Like” button in the lower right corner of the page.
b. Subscribe to Wallaby Blog by entering your email address in the space provided in the lower right corner.
c. Select the Facebook logo and “Like” the  Outback Solutions’ Facebook page.
d. Select the LinkedIn logo and click the appropriate button to follow Outback Solutions LinkedIn company page.

BTW, if you are interested in learning more about using various social media components to enhance your website’s SEO call Outback Solutions.

Thank you.

Free WiFiBy a show of hands, how many of you have you ever visited a Starbucks, Peets, McDonalds, hotel, library, an airport or some other location with free WiFi? Duh, of course you have!

Did you see anyone using a notebook computer  in the location?  Again, of course you have!

While using the free WiFi have you accessed the Internet, sent email or completed a financial transaction?  And for the third time, the answer is, well, of course!

No, this not a quiz to see how many inane questions I can ask, it is simply a
demonstration of the lack of awareness most people display while using their WWW devices in public places.

Many public WiFi networks are not secure, which means your information is not secure when you send to, or receive information from, the world wide web.  You may also like to consider that not everyone using their mobile device in your proximity is doing so for legitimate reasons.  The businessman, student, delivery guy or traveler seated at the next table may have  nefarious intent and you may be the next victim.

My goal in writing this post is not to scare you into NOT using your devices when out and about.  I know that won’t work (it doesn’t for me), but I would like you to consider the following precautions before you next use a public WiFi and agree to the “Terms and Conditions” which you haven’t even read!

1. Assume all WiFi networks are unsecured, until proven otherwise!
2. When you are on the road, ensure you control which networks your device accesses.  That is, set your phone or computer to manually select a network. For example, in the iPhone “Settings” select OFF for “Ask to Join Networks”.  This causes the phone to connect to known networks only.  You will have to manually select an unknown network.
3. Ensure the URL for the WiFi network is correct.  If you have any doubts speak to an employee or person in authority to determine the correct address.
4.  Avoid using unsecured hot spots if you can, which you probably won’t be able to.  In this instance, limit your Internet interaction to tasks which do not require passwords, AND only use a device that has sensitive information secured.  On the iPhone there a number of excellent apps for this purpose. I particularly like LockBox Pro.
5. If you are using a secured network, remember you must still only use encrypted sites (https) to send confidential, financial and sensitive information.
6. If you must transmit private information while remote from home or office, install encryption software on your computer.
7. Make sure your passwords are secure and difficult to compromise, i.e. include letters (upper and lower case), numbers and symbols.  Avoid words you can find in the dictionary, and NEVER use your name, your pet’s name or “password”.  Furthermore, don’t use the same password for all applications.

If you absolutely cannot resist  using your web enabled devices on the fly, opt for your smart phone over the computer.  They apparently pose a much greater challenge for would  be cyber snoops and  thieves.  Finally, to paraphrase Woody Allen’s immortal words, “It’s not paranoia if they are actually out to get you.”

Outback Solutions We Design - Sacramento, CAThe elements of credibility behind the websites that pay for themselves.

Outback Solutions® employs the Stanford University guidelines when creating and rebuilding websites.

Outback Solutions Make it easy to verify the accuracy of the information on your site.

Outback Solutions Show that there’s a real organization behind your site

Outback Solutions Highlight the expertise in your organization and in the content and services you provide

Outback Solutions Show that honest and trustworthy people stand behind your site

Outback Solutions Make it easy to contact you

Outback Solutions Design your site so it looks professional

Outback Solutions Make your site easy to use and useful

Outback Solutions Update your site’s content often

Outback Solutions Use restraint with any promotional content (e.g. ads, offers)

Outback Solutions Avoid errors, no matter how small they seem.

In addition, Outback Solutions‘® standard operating procedures call for websites to:

Outback Solutions have a unique domain name (e.g. outbacksolutions.com)

Outback Solutions be workable across a range of browsers and operating systems

Outback Solutions offer free, accurate and valuable information

Outback Solutions prominently display contact information including phone, fax, email and address on every page

Outback Solutions insure every page has a single click return to the site homepage

Contact Us. Please call us at (916) 489-9302.  Our phones are answered by real, knowledgeable people Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm. You may also send us email or click here to complete our online information request.

Outback Solutions Web Design and ServicesAt Outback Solutions® we set ourselves goals we know we can’t yet reach, because we know that by stretching to meet them we can go farther than we can see. We use the ten truths below to ensure we are still on track!

1. What Google® wants Google® gets. The Times of London described Google® as the most influential company in history.  It is certainly the most popular website and search engine in the world.  Outback Solutions® sites are designed and coded to be search engine friendly, with particular emphasis on Google.

2. Serving our clients is serving ourselves. We know what you do is important, and we know your web presence is a vital part of the plan.  Outback Solutions® is focused on providing the best user experience possible. We want to be the first name you think of when any question involving the Internet arises.

3. Simple beauty is simply beautiful. Simplicity, functionality and beauty are the hallmarks of Outback Solutions®.

4. Fast is better than slow. We know your time is valuable, so when you’re seeking a solution, a change or simply advice you want it right away.  We have a dedicated team responsible for the development and maintenance of sites.  Furthermore, our phones are answered by real, knowledgeable people Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.

5. Content is king (or queen if you prefer). Appropriate, original content is the single most important feature of an effective web presence if you want to be found online.

6. Change Happens. We know things change.  Outback Solutions® has a team that maintains our clients’ investments.  Our goal is to affect changes within 24 hours of receipt. We usually beat that by 22 hours!

7. Listening and Hearing Matters. Outback Solutions® practices the platinum rule, “treat others the way they want to be treated”.  We know the client owns the project, and although we will offer advice, our aim is to provide the outcome the client wants.

8. Client Profitability Matters. We work primarily with business people, in both for profit and nonprofit entities.  We don’t see what we do as the final product.  It is a service or a platform that enables our clients to achieve their goals.

9. There’s always more information out there. With new information comes the need to update, refresh and redesign your web presence.  We provide ongoing maintenance, telephone support and overall Internet advice.

10.  Mistakes Happen…and when they do, Outback Solutions® responds!

Costello's Ace Hardware Facebook Fan Gate couponsRecently Outback Solutions was asked by a client, Costello’s Ace Hardware, to place a coupon on their Facebook page which could only be seen by those who select the page “Like” button.  This was an interesting request, and one I found actually offered a raft of opportunities for any business with a Facebook “business” page.

The premise of fan gate applications (as they are known) is that visitors to your business Facebook page can only see certain content if they “Like” the page.  This of course offers a tremendous opportunity to increase the number of people who follow your Facebook entries.  By offering special incentives, only available on Facebook, you may more effectively track the value of your page.  In addition, If you have a store front, like Costello’s Ace Hardware in Long Island, NY you may also increase the foot traffic into your place of business.

The application we used to create the Costello’s Ace Hardware “Coupons” fan gate page is  Wildfire’s “iFrames for Pages”.  It is easy to use and download, and even better, it provides a simple interface to add all the information needed to create a Fan Gate page.  Granted some basic knowledge of HTML is very helpful, but it is certainly not essential.  iFrames for Pages creates a panel in which you may:
1. Choose to turn Fan Gate “on” or “off”.
2. Create the “Fans View” using a custom image or HTML, and
3. Create the “Non-Fans View” using a custom image or HTML.
Once this complete it is a simply a matter selecting the disclaimer and saving your work. The page is immediately available and operational.

Given the success of the Costello’s Fan Gate, we have also added it to a number of other Facebook business pages including:
1.  Carmichael Ace Hardware – Sacramento, CA
2. Gardnerville Ace Hardware – Gardnerville, NV
3. Mr. Electric – Rancho Cordova, CA

If you would like to know more about how a Fan Gate can help build your Facebook business page following send an email to design@outback.ws or call 1-888-794-9287.