Cloud And Sun DJ Services Weekly Blog

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  1. Hi all,

    I'm convinced that Google is trying to kill me! I've updated my site with all the mobile technology for over a year I'm sure and recently I've had it professionally made even more mobile responsive and even more aesthetic, yet still I'm sinking like a stone in the Search results.

    So despite having some of the best reviews ever this year and last, I'm not sure how much longer I'll be in Business. I've watched how the monopoly monolith on searches has changed over the years, first being quite friendly and gradually becoming more politically tainted, censoring anyone to the right of communism and moving directory sites to the top of the results pages.

    It used to be that you could buy, or bid your way to the top if you had enough cash for advertising, but now even those results are many times at the bottom of the page.

    Make a quality page with good content they say. a page that people want to visit. well I did. and customers have told me over the years how much they love the site - Attractive, informative, helpful and friendly.Hell, for years I was the only one brave enough to post my prices up! Yet it seems that even that isn't good enough for the tech giant anymore.

    I've just descovered a great Search engine extention for firefox or just independant, called "Ecosia" It hasn't been seeded by the CIA/NSA to spy on you,peek into everything you do and everywhere you go.... AND you get to feel good, as trees are planted for every paid ad you click on. But what's it like to use? well it piggy-backs on the mighty Microsoft Bing search engine. Have you searched on Bing? Well let me tell you, if you do, you instantly get to see everything that goes wrong when someone has a monopoly and it goes to their head. Bing is much more logical than "Bamboozle" and in my opinion, much more people friendly - er excuse me Ecosia is much more people friendly. as I'm sure you've guessed, my site comes much higher in the results too. But then why wouldn't it? I've been around for years, as have the sites with similar results and we all have good, decent, established sites.

    You know how Lidle shops are like Tesco used to be with reasonable prices? well Bing/Ecosia is like how Google was in about 2010-2012 before it started going weird and illogical - seemingly favouring just the kind of directory/link farm sites that it once frowned upon. It seems these days it's a real lottery if you own a small business and need exposure. Yes I advertise on Facebook, but it's mainly filled with "tyre kickers" these days. we appear to live in a world increasingly only concerned with the lowest price, when the perfect solution lies somehwere in the middle. By that I mean you need a supplier that won't rip you off or let you down, but still can eak out a living from servicing your needs.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: I often get calls (when I do get calls) from people who have found the lowest price and been dropped at the last minute when the greaseball DJ has had a better offer. "Oh I'm sorry but there's been a death in the family/I have to go into hospital" etc. It could be true, but how do you know? and more to the point, you now have a bigger problem, as it's two days before your party and you have no entertainment! That's when you ring me up and find out the true cost of reliability. Then you go elsewhere. where you all go, I'm buggered if I know because you don't usually book. The price difference must be vast! I'm not a rip off artist at all, but I need to pay the bills. I'm a little old to be living with my parents!

    Well in conclusion, I pray for two things this year: 1. As I'm sure you will agree, I hope to god we escape from the German EU communist empire sooner rather than later, so we can all have some certainty of outcome (as opposed to enforced equality of outcome), and 2. That Google, like standard oil did, get's broken up, since it's total domination is now a destructive force in the world.

    You can help with the last bit by choosing another search engine like the affore mentioned. If you don't own a business, you don't need Google, so what have you got to lose?

    Until the next blog, have a great 2019 everybody.

     

    Mike

  2. Hi all,

    Been a while since the last blog eh? Well I'm sure you're not holding your breaths, you know with billions of nuggets of information streaming at you non-stop from Facebook etc.

    Had a great Christmas season. Better than I expected.

    Had a gig in January where the new lighting software failed to launch. we discovered that this was because "Good old" Microsoft had put out a major update to windows 10 and it rendered the driver useless....Man! Don't tell me I should have Apple instead. I've heard too many bad stories about that company from many sources and besides, I don't have a spare grand and a half to spend on one laptop with the same hardware inside as a £300.00 Windows version.

    Anyhoo, we sorted it out in the end and with a recent School disco I got to try it out. Wow! I wish I'd done this earlier! And I would have, but I needed a guiding hand/Guru to show me what the hell I needed to do. My friend Stuart from After Dark discos stepped in after seeing me at a gig with sound-to-light effects going a little bit too quickly to match the mood of the music some of the time. Liike I say, I was aware of this after updating all my lighting - I used to have more control before, but I needed someone who knew the subtle art of DMX (digital multiplex) ie: how to program your entire disco lighting rig from a software program on your laptop.

    It's a bit like when I was working out how to run a digital music studio and how to get it to communicate with my keyboards and other modules (Back in the nineties - Aah, the memories!), but not quite as complicated. It's all based on channels and which ones to assign to your equipment. Once you've worked that out, the rest isn't too bad. It's mainly about writing new lighting sequences and how long each light flash/effect will last for in the sequence. A bit time consuming setting it all up, but worth it for the after effect.

    So I'm looking forward to an even greater lightshow this year with the new set up - More intelligent you might say.

     

    200w2001w2002w

  3. This year and last I've updated the show with some great lighting and speakers. The whole show is lighter and brighter than ever before.

    a friend and other local DJ who uses the same software has been on at me for a few years now to get this new controller (digital decks) and I've declined due to other upgrade priorities. He showed me one for sale on Ebay recently (Good as new and half the price) and I bit the bullet and went for it .

    denon-hc4500 rack-mount-dj-controller-

     

    I'm so glad I did! It controls the main DJ software so well, it's shortened my job a lot and now I just can't get enough of it! 

    So come on and book me! I'm itching for more action!