Virtualmin Suexec Error /var/www/vhosts

Virtualmin Suexec Error /var/www/vhosts

Posted on 22nd, January 2014 10:11 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Programming, Website Development

After updating the Virtualmin > System Settings > Server Templates > Default Settings > Apache Website The Suexec command on your system is configured to only run scripts under /home, but the Virtualmin virtual server home directory is /var/www/vhosts. CGI and PHP scripts run as domain owners will not be executed. The solution is to update the […]


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Google Tasks vs Google Keep

Posted on 5th, December 2013 2:24 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Apps, Tips and Tricks

This document is intended to be an ongoing review of Google Tasks vs Google Keep to help those, like myself, who care about finding a seamless project management and communication tool. Google Tasks No reminders or alarms. Google Keep Reminders and alarms can only be associated with lists not items.


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What is the max WP_MEMORY_LIMIT on Media Temple servers?

Posted on 18th, November 2013 9:42 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Tips and Tricks, Website Development

The official Media Temple (mt) documentation states that 99Mb memory limit is the max you can access on a Grid Service (gs).


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WordPress, Twitter Bootstrap, Boilerplate and SASS

Posted on 8th, November 2013 12:38 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Programming, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized, Website Development

This article is intended to clearly and concisely explain, to developers, how to optimally integrate Twitter’s Bootstrap, HTML5 Boilerplate and SASS/LESS into a WordPress Theme. I begin by explaining what each of those are and then contrasting their differences to highlight how they compliment (not compete with) one another. Furthermore I aim to provide a definitive demonstration of how […]


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Learning Motion 5

Posted on 20th, October 2013 6:43 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Video Production

This article is a semi-organized outline of questions I had from the first time I opened Motion to the time I completed my project. While Learning Final Cut Pro X I quickly envisioned animation and visual effects, including text, in my newest video. Since I’d enjoyed my experience with Final Cut Pro X, thus far, […]


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Learning Final Cut Pro X (FCPX)

Posted on by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Tips and Tricks, Video Production

The reason I started The Portland Company was to build a business that could fund film production. After nearly ten years, we’re rounding that corner to begin actually filming professional major motion pictures. Yay! So today I was working on an introduction film for a friends Kickstarter project working within Final Cut Pro X for […]


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Organic Stuffing and Organic Batting

Posted on 16th, October 2013 12:52 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

This article is intended to be a complete chart of organic materials and their common costs used as stuffing and batting. I wrote it for my own purposes, to the best of my knowledge, but happily invite others to use it and contribute suggestions! While I love owning and operating The Portland Company sometimes I […]


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How to place outgoing call with Google Hangouts

Posted on 24th, June 2013 3:16 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Apps, Google Hangouts, Tips and Tricks

You can place outgoing calls with Google Hangouts now! Although there are a lot of articles that say you can’t (because it’s not obvious and Nikhyl Singhal indicated it was removed). Here’s how: Create a Google Hangout with any user (I created one with my personal Google account from my business Google Account). Select the “Video Call” option. […]


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How to change mouse settings on Chrome OS such as tracking speed and Australian scrolling

Posted on 23rd, May 2013 9:18 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: ChromeOS, Google, Operating Systems, Tips and Tricks

This article was originally written to explain how to increase the mouse tracking speed on Chrome OS devices (Chromebook and Chromebook Pixel) but as I was writing it I discovered two other issues that I’m sure others have experienced.   The Problem After connecting my Apple Magic Mouse to my Chromebook Pixel via Bluetooth I noticed […]


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Why did Google make the Chromebook Pixel?

Posted on 21st, February 2013 3:36 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

As soon as I saw the official page for the Chromebook Pixel I thought “Why?”. Ironically, today, I literally had just returned my Chromebook (Samsung Series 5) after a week of rigorous testing. Since my Browser, Mail, Contacts, Tasks, Calendar, Documents (word processor), Spreadsheets, Presentations, Phone, Video, TV, Movies, Music and oxygen are provided by Google in the cloud I began to […]


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Becoming the best Portland SEO companies.

Posted on 7th, February 2013 12:58 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

“The shoe shiners own shoes are last to be shined!” And so, too, with web development and SEO companies; they’re usually their worst client! Optimizing a website for an SEO company is like trying to sell a used car salesman his own car: it doesn’t get much harder. If you think about it, the SEO […]


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Optimizing for Competitive Terms Like Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals

Posted on 31st, January 2013 5:22 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

In our previous article we mentioned that we’ve gained Paradise Vacations, a Gulf Coast vacation rentals company, and this key phrase is proving to be a challenging term to optimize for! It’s been over 30 days and we’ve seen little improvement. This is highly unusual for as as we typically see our clients boost to the front […]


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Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals by ParadiseVacations4Rent.com

Posted on 29th, December 2012 11:21 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

We’ve adopted another new client to prove we’re one of the best SEO company’s out there: Paradise Vacations. This time we’ve been asked to optimize them for Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals so that they can burst their way into the global searches for that market. I’d love the chance to visit their locations in the […]


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How to watch Google Play videos on your iPhone or iPad

Posted on 20th, December 2012 8:42 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

Once you’re signed in, select your account name in the upper left again and viola! There is the “Purchases” menu! If you click it you’ll find your purchases and can watch them right there!


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Snow in Portland? It’s time for Portland heating installation by Efficiency Heating and Cooling

Posted on 15th, December 2012 1:03 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

If there is one thing we can rely on in Oregon, it’s for our winter’s to be cold and rainy. On occasion, we catch a glimpse of snow coming our way as well! Today was that day! While the weather makes some of us a bit miserable, it’s the high season for our new SEO […]


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Music Video Producers: Gordon Cowie

Posted on 28th, November 2012 7:14 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

Gordon Cowie, an Arizona based music video producer, was recently referred to us for a new website and some search engine optimization by our existing clients Urbane Wedding Company and EVO Ultrafit. I thought I’d give him a plug because he’s doing some particularly cool stuff. Gordon and his team have historically focused on commercial video production for […]


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Boost your company’s Google rankings with SEO

Posted on 17th, November 2012 8:12 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

Websites: The New “Brick-and-Mortar” for Modern Business As the economy evolves; marketing evolves with it. Custom built websites have become the staple of every business these days. Whether you use your website as an informational tool, or as a way to run your company completely online with eCommerce functionality; developing traffic is the key to seeing […]


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On-Page Vs. Off-Page

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On-Page Vs. Off-Page The following is a comparison of actual tasks we complete to improve your rankings. Off-Page Optimization On-Page Optimization Rankings Identify Current Keyword Rankings Site Search Search Terms Common Searches Other Relevant Keywords Track and Analyze Common Searches Optimize External Followed Links Build Links to Your Site Develop and Explore Link Building Opportunities Social Media We’ll review, enhance and develop a social media presence […]


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Wilsonville Graphic Designer Ink & Mouse

Posted on 7th, November 2012 10:39 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

We’ve recently started working with a new Wilsonville graphic designer; Carrie Postma, owner of Ink & Mouse, performing some search engine optimization for her company website. Ironically, she’s a neighbor of ours as we’re based in Wilsonville as well so we’ve had the joy of sharing a cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte with her in […]


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Google on the iPhone

Posted on 6th, October 2012 3:53 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

This article is written to document the available iPhone Apps for utilizing Google’s products and services and contrast them to those available on the Google Nexus running Android’s Jelly Bean OS. It is a living article that I will update as new information comes available until I’ve completed my research. Your feedback is very welcome! […]


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Google Chromebook Technical Review

Posted on 15th, August 2012 10:22 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

As a developer, I find myself enticed by the lure of upcoming technology. The problem is that often times technology isn’t quiet ready, so I return whatever it was and try it again months later. It’s like I have technology amnesia or something. I forget why I returned it, haha. So I’m writing this article […]


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Server Upgrade on Monday, July 27th, 2012 at 10PM until 6AM July 28th.

Posted on 23rd, July 2012 11:23 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

This notice is to inform our clients that the server will be undergoing scheduled maintenance to further improve the speed of web services as a complimentary accommodation for our clients. All websites may be unavailable between 10PM, PDT, on Monday July 27th until 6AM, on Tuesday July 28th.


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Scheduled Maintenance Friday June 15th from 6PM to 6AM Saturday June 16th

Posted on 14th, June 2012 9:39 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

This message is to inform you that there will be scheduled maintenance being performed on Friday June 15th beginning at approximately 6PM and will be in progress until approximately 6AM Saturday June 16th. At some point during this process your website may become temporarily unavailable. This will not have any impact on your email services. […]


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TPC Slideshow

Posted on 4th, June 2012 10:23 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

The Portland Company Slideshow plugin allows back end users to create multiple slideshows that display posts from multiple categories which front end users can cycle through via a previous and next buttons or by selecting the position indicator icon. Text, images and video can be displayed. Documentation is included in the plugin. Questions, bug reports […]


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Coda 2

Posted on 30th, May 2012 10:14 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

The following article is intended to be a top level overview of Coda 2 to help you decided whether or not to purchase it.   My first impressions: The application has been literally renamed from “Coda” to “Coda 2”. While I can’t see a legitimate problem with this, it’s annoying to me because the application […]


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Desktop Plus Cloud

Posted on 3rd, May 2012 4:35 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

For the time being, I am convinced there is a need for desktop applications to continue to be developed. Google is leading the way with the development of cloud based web applications and they’re doing a phenomenal job. But I experimented with Chrome as my OS for several weeks and discovered there are some major […]


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Google+ vs Facebook

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Posted in: Uncategorized

I remember when Facebook was first opened to the public. I couldn’t fathom what Facebook could offer that MySpace didn’t already. The same was true when I heard about Google+, some time ago, while I basked in the simplicity and usefulness of Facebook. Since then, I’ve been analyzing the differences, first hand, between the two […]


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How to Use Google as a Dropbox Like Service

Posted on 9th, April 2012 5:55 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

Fellow techies, I think Dropbox is great, but as usual I’m always looking to make things more efficient, this time by unifying things. Today I discovered the Go Sync which allows you to synchronize a specified folder on your computer with your Documents on Google, in the same way Dropbox does. The only difference is that you […]


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Switching from Mac OS X to Ubuntu

Posted on 3rd, April 2012 5:22 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

I’m writing this article as a reference for myself as I consider switching from Apple’s OS X operating system to Ubuntu. Why? It’s been something I’ve been contemplating for some time for some of the reasons I’ve listed below. First and foremost: OS X and it’s related and supported applications are proprietary. As a result […]


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How to Install Java (OpenJDK) on Ubuntu 10.04

Posted on 25th, March 2012 6:18 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Uncategorized

I was unable to find any official, working, documentation on the Ubuntu website regarding how to install Java onto Ubuntu. In fact, I read that OpenJDK comes preinstalled with Ubuntu, but if it is I certainly couldn’t find where it was located or how to start it. The command below will install and configure OpenJDK, […]


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