11 May 2014 Ferado

Republicans vs GOP vs Conservatives vs Tea Party vs Libertarians

I listen to conservative radio while I’m at work; what I find on iHeart or The Blaze Radio (more ¬†specifically – Glenn Beck). You know what I hear most? Defund the GOP? Oh those Tea Partiers are nut cases. I’m not Republican, I’m Conservative. Bullshit! You’re a Republican. You need to start acting like a damn Republican.

There is no reason to divide, and all the more reason to find similarities between the subsets of the REPUBLICAN Party. GOP is what? It’s another name for the Republican party, but used to target the establishment Republicans. Conservatives seem to be the goto Republican name when you’re not a big government fool, and not into Anarchy. Tea Partiers are Republicans, just a little less than a GOP. ¬†Libertarians seem to have their own party, but for major races, they’re Republicans.

What do all these subsets have in common? They vote Republican! Why feed the dumb-ass Democrats with ammunition to talk badly about good policy?

What you can do to help

Start by saying you’re a Republican. Be proud to be on the side of good moral people. Be proud to be on the side of what’s right with American. Be proud.


15 Feb 2011 Ferado

Online behavior tracking

A cute little video about online advertisers watching your every move online. I kind of agree with them. It’s one thing to want to know how many people come to your site and from what region, etc. But it’s another to track what they click on, their mouse movements, if they passed gas while on your site, etc. Even though some of my clients have made me spend weeks adding tracking codes to sites, I still agree with this video with all my heart.

Stop, stop, just stop ;)

8 Feb 2011 Ferado

jQuery Default / JavaScript Default Options

This blog is more for myself than any of you readers out there. Every so often I need to have an object of some kind or a function that has its own defaults. Here’s how to do it using jQuery:

[cc lang=”javascript”]

// function
function myFunc(options) {
var defaults = {option1: ‘val’, option2: ‘val2’};
var settings = $.extend({}, defaults, options);
// do something

// or, an object
var myObj = {
init: function(options) {
var defaults = {option1: ‘val’, option2: ‘val2’};
var settings = $.extend({}, defaults, options);



It’s easier to remember how to do things when you practice them. This was my practice at setting JavaScript defaults. See the reference link for more, it’s a good one.

19 Dec 2010 Ferado

A new way to advertise: BMW – Flash Projection / Paper-Plane.fr


BMW tested out a new technology, after image, that can be used to help people remember (oh, and for advertising) things. They used after image to get their logo inside of peoples heads. Watch the video.

I’m against the uses; although, this technology could be used in movie theaters, concerts, etc. to embed ideas into peoples heads. Pretty neat and pretty scary. What do you think?

30 Oct 2010 Ferado

I do NOT cut corners, and neither should you!

In hopes of motivating myself, I read. Most of the books in my library are about motivation. One book, in particular, Dave’s Way.

On page 10 in the book, something stood out that I thought I would share with all of you. It has to do with quality service, and giving people what their money deserves.

… a magazine reporter asked me why Wendy’s hamburgers were square. I answered, off the top of my head, “At Wendy’s we don’t cut corners.” It dawned on me then that not cutting corners was a lesson I learned from…

Folks, readers, viewers – name your slang – I, Michael Barton, offer you services that will be of amazing quality, and I promise, I DO NOT cut corners.

I can be reached view comments, my contact form.



29 Oct 2010 Ferado

Cloud Servers & iptables

When working with Rackspace Cloud Servers you’re given a vanilla box with nothing on it. This is known to anyone with experience using Rackspace’s Cloud Servers.Which means, when you create a cloud server that hasn’t been spun from your default cloud image, you need to setup a few things. You need to install Apache, MySQL, PHP, etc. All of this depending on how you’re going to use your cloud server. In this article, I’ll be talking to Linux servers instead of Windows (for Windows, contact me).

One thing that many people forget to do is open up the firewall and then finally, save the firewall settings.


The most basic thing you need to do is open up port 80 (the WWW port):

[cc lang=”ini”]
iptables -I INPUT 1 -p tcp –dport 80 -j ACCEPT

For those using SSL, you’ll need to open up port 443:

[cc lang=”ini”]
iptables -I INPUT 1 -p tcp –dport 443 -j ACCEPT

Finally, when you’re done making all your iptable changes, be sure to SAVE what you’ve done:

CentOS and Fedora

[cc lang=”ini”]
/etc/init.d/iptables save
# as ROOT
# service iptables save


[cc lang=”ini”]
iptables-save > /etc/iptables.rules

All other Distros

[cc lang=”ini”]
iptables-save > /etc/sysconfig/iptables


Remember, with Rackspace Cloud Servers, you need to install all your software because you’re given by default, an empty server. After you’ve installed all your software, you need to open up your firewall ports (using iptables) and then finally, save what you’ve done.