Author Archives: Jeff Ballard

Airplane Etiquette, Rants and Raves

I don’t travel nearly as much as I used to but I recently had the “pleasure” of being on an airplane as my family and I traveled over the Christmas holidays. Here’s a few rants, comments & tips that I … Continue reading

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Things To Do As A Male Spouse At Young Life Camp

My wife is on staff for Young Life and I’m not, which puts me in the unusual position of being a male staff spouse, or as it’s affectionately and lovingly called, a mouse. Us mouses are a rare breed and … Continue reading

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Error in WordPress on GoDaddy

I was getting an error on my GoDaddy hosted blog that looked something like this: Warning: require_once(D:\Hosting\xxxxxxxx\html\blogs\wp-content\plugins\jetpack/require-lib.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream along with another message. It seems that the cause was the jetpack plugin I had installed was apparently incompatible … Continue reading

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My Top 25 Most Played Songs in iTunes/iPod

iTunes and the iPod have a built-in playlist named “Top 25 Most Played”. I thought it would be fun to post it and you can see the full list below. There are a few things on the list that were … Continue reading

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Amazon’s Instant Video Catalog Search Needs Work

Ever since we ditched cable TV a few years ago, the amount of purchases using Amazon’s Instant Video service has gone up. We’re willing to buy the few shows that we really want to watch as well as movie rentals. … Continue reading

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Fixing an Issue With Zune Software Slow Searches

I’ve been using the Zune software (which I have come to love)  to manage my music since I started using Windows Phone 7.5. Recently, I’ve had an issue searching the marketplace. After I hit enter for my search term, it … Continue reading

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College Football & Missing Dad

Days like today are what make college football season fun. It’s one of those days you wish every Saturday was like, but only a few are. There are some great matchups today:  Auburn @ Clemson,  Tennessee @ Florida,  Ohio State … Continue reading

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September Zune Pass Songs

A bit all over the map – again. Seems to be a recurring theme. That said, I love the fact I get 10 free songs with my monthly Zune Pass. Still wanting to get a Windows Phone 7, too so … Continue reading

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The NCAA, Lawsuits and Punishment

I was reading this “story” I couldn’t help but think I agree that it really isn’t right to punish the current players for former players misdeeds, but  at the same time, that’s how the NCAA works. Each generation of players … Continue reading

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August’s Zune Pass Songs

I apparently am musically schizophrenic if you look at what I used my 10 free Zune Pass downloads for. All good stuff, though. (Duh, because I wouldn’t have gotten them if I didn’t think they were good.) You Wear It … Continue reading

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