Drum Roll Please .... Our new Life Time Member!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished and Honored Guests, I am proud to have the honor to present our newest WPMU Dev Lifetime Member - Dean Kaus!

Congratulations Dean on this well earned milestone in WPMU Dev History and a place to call your virtual home for life!

Your assistance in the community has been exemplary and the honor of Lifetime Membership at WPMU Dev we bestow upon you.

Thank you for all your participation and for being a valuable member of our Community!

Cheers from all of us at WPMU Dev to you!

  • James Dunn
    • The Crimson Coder

    Congratulations Dean.

    You slipped this one in didn't you? LOL!

    Didn't even see it happening. Been out of the forums for a little bit lately.

    Enjoy your Lifetime Membership - it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

    James Dunn
    Athens, GA USA

  • Dean Kaus
    • The Bug Hunter

    @everyone I'm so thankful not only for the support that many have given me, especially early on with the artist formerly known as @PCwriter currently known as @Patrick. In my early days here Patrick helped me out more than just coding and fixing and explaining CSS, but with his positive attitude.

    Special thanks to @Ginab @Kimberly (I think she changed her name as well) @mason @PC @Arun Basil Lal @Aaron @aecnu @JamesDunn @MTB1701 (actually now known as @PK) @johnnymestizo @Jason @3SixtyEvolve @Timothy and all of the other members for their help and encouragement along the way, and of course @James for setting up the lifetime membership in the first place.

    Mainly I really need to thank my Wife as well after over 21 years together she still lets me spend a lot of time on things I'm passionate about. (she also get's to watch her favorite reality TV shows. After helping me out on a couple of Video shoots she realizes that everything is staged. I mean really you can't get all of those perfect camera angles without having the other camera guy in the background)

    If I missed anyone I'm truly sorry. (Just look at my photo and remember I'm the old dude with CRS syndrome!)

    When I first joined I was under a lot of pressure and business was (and still is) terrible and having some health issues the stress didn't help either. Through the forums here I was able to get rid of my negative (and bitter old man) attitude and see a real value here.

    I am thankful and honored to be included in the elite group of Lifetime Members. I look forward to continue to learn and help when I can. I'm especially encouraged to see the many new members online here with all of the great questions and of course, the solutions that follow.

    So I hear the music in the background letting me know that I'm running overtime with the thank you speech.

    So thanks Again everyone and I am so honored to join the ranks as a Lifetime Member and share that honor not only with all of the Great Current Lifetime Members, but also look forward to welcoming others as they grow here as well.

    Thanks!

  • Dean Kaus
    • The Bug Hunter

    Working on a couple of video projects for clients. Trying to get another product to help someone else sell their product and hopefully get some new hosting clients as well.

    Was working on shooting a commercial for a small company in Florida. Right now they are trying to find a couple of other business to hire me as well so they can split the travel and expense fees a bit.

    So if I can get 4 companies to split my airfare,hotel and car rental then that would make it much more affordable.

  • Mark Wallace
    • Learn-ing-er

    @Dean Kaus

    Shoot me an email, seen something that i am sure you got, but i don't want you to miss it by chance!

    Use the email in my WPMU Dev profile. I had to abandon the old yahoo one, I posted it in the forums here and it dint get deleted. "Spammed out!" lol

  • Mark Wallace
    • Learn-ing-er

    @maxaud

    I started out trying to answer 3 questions for everyone i asked, then i started setting an hour a day aside to help/learn more. next thing i know i have 20-50 emails in my box, so created a new email just for here, next thing i know it is the first email i check.

    I try and spend several hours here each day to follow threads, so i can learn more and more. Thanks Again for sharing your knowledge!

    I have a feeling we will be seeing more and more of you in the future! :slight_smile:

  • Dean Kaus
    • The Bug Hunter

    Thanks @uc been a little crazy trying to land some new clients and putting in some bids. It used to be that you'd always have someone new enter into the business and they would only last 6 months by low balling the prices and then be out of business. Now with all of the unemployment there's always a new low baller so it's harder to compete. The ironic thing is that people are getting so used to seeing snapshots that those have now become the norm. I actually had a potential client this morning that was looking at my work and said that all of the photos looked terrible. That just blew me away. I'm talking great portrait lighting with the shadows where they belong, beautiful subject etc... So I asked her what she was looking for and she shows me photos she took with her phone.

    Anyway I offered to walk around with her phone and take her wedding photos for the price my competitors would charge and then she'd have all of the photos at the end of the night. The best part is that the photos would look just like all of her other snapshots.

    Totally blew my mind....

    Sorry to get off topic... Thanks Again and hope to see you in the LTM group soon!

  • Mark Wallace
    • Learn-ing-er

    @UC

    Thanks for asking, Yes I am ok. Just busy with stuff at work .
    Am I missing something? You have given away all you pointsI

    Yea, been putting them to good use! :slight_smile:

    @Dean

    Totally blew my mind....

    The world trends are changing faster then any of us can keep up! :disappointed:
    I mean 5 years ago i never thought i would be living in the "United Socialist America" :disappointed:

    You know what you could try! I have been recommending this to small business owners for the past few years; "offer two services", one that is your signature service, and charge high dollar for it. The people who have money will pay it just to say they have the best package available. Then create a service designed that targets your competition.

    For example: I have been looking into self storage, it has a low investment, and low overhead. I don't consider setting up far away from other storage units, i want to set up in the biggest open space that is as closed to them as i can get. Then build unites that are just a little bigger than each unit size the competitor offers for the same price, Then once they go out of business, buy their units, and rework the prices.

    It is called "Bracket Competitive Marketing". It is why you always see Fast Food Chains, Bars,and Retail Stores next to one another. I find this works in any type of market.

    Be open for the changes to come because technology is doing away with skilled arts! "Even Anheuser-Busch had to sell brooms during the Prohibition".

    Sorry to get off topic...

    Your thread; run with it! lol :slight_smile:

  • maxaud
    • The Crimson Coder

    My family has around 125 or so storage units.
    From my experience it would take some time and an extremely low price to take your competitors clients and once you're full others will just go to them anyways and you'll be stuck getting bottom dollar. Often times it's hard to find a good client for storage units too. Numerous people fall off the face of the earth and you have to go through a year long foreclosure process just to cut open the unit and get $100 off of an auction of their trash they left you with.
    Also, doing marketing with a large clothing retailer (Coldwater Creek) they look for spaces near other retailers as that's where the consumers are. They had direct stipulations in their lease agreements that they required 2-3 other large name brand companies nearby in the same complex for the lease to go through. It also gave them any easy-out if the market went down and they needed to close the location as they could get out of their lease due to one of the other stores leaving.

  • Dean Kaus
    • The Bug Hunter

    Thanks @SmartSite4u it been a lot of fun and learning a lot and then being able to share that new knowledge (mostly right) with others is a great feeling. I love being around all of the positive folks in this community and glad that I have a lifetime to spend here as well.

    I may be sparse over the next week or so as I have to catch up on some work and trying to set up a new business as well.

    Then a possible surgery (praying I won't need it) in a couple of weeks.

    Anyway thanks again!

  • Mark Wallace
    • Learn-ing-er

    @Maxmuad

    My family has around 125 or so storage units.
    From my experience it would take some time and an extremely low price to take your competitors clients

    You don't take their current clients, Americans are too lazy to move their stuff to save $5-$10 a month lol

    It's to block them from new customers i worked as a AFM for U-haul, i had 6 storage units on my field route.

    "year long foreclosure process" must be different laws where you are at, we had 3 months from the start of the court process, and always filed it 10 days after the first payment was missed, and charged a $25 fee if the paper work was filed. I would not be as cruel, but U-haul has their policy bulletins that seemed to work pretty well.

    But yes people do abandon them more time than not! Usually within the first 6 months!

    Sorry Dean! you know how winded i get. lol I think i head your music in the background, lol :slight_smile:

  • Mark Wallace
    • Learn-ing-er

    U-haul MC 736

    I managed everything from North of HWY 64 in MO. all the way up to The Iowa, IL, MO, tri-state border. I would be on the roads for weeks at a time!

    Met a lot of wonderful people, and even more "Jack Wagons"! lol

    The job taught me a lot, i will give it that. I started in the U-Haul repair shop wash bay washing trucks, then moved to trailer repair, then safety certification. They put me in the U-Haul news paper for improving the "quality control" on equipment safety.

    Being the opportunist i am, lol i started to fraternize the MCP "Marketing Company President" and the AFM's dubbing their statements, and would wear dress slacks to the shop and change into my Shop Uniform after telling the MCP Good Morning! lol

    Went from the wash bay "lowest job" to AFM a "2ND highest" in a MC, in less than 8 months. there was about 4 AFM's in our MC.

    Where is your families dealership at? Bet they rake in the local rentals! lol

  • Dean Kaus
    • The Bug Hunter

    @MTB1701 trying to get a few more clients lined up for hosting and webdesign and content management. Which is why I joined her in the first place in order to get some plugins and education. i had started working several years ago on a program for photographers to be able to sell their own photos online, but got ripped off big time. I won't say any specific names here because the guy who ripped me off has some really great connections. I fought and lost and couldn't understand how that happened as it was my concept and design. I had it dated and had several witnesses. What I didn't have was the money to file for the patent and of course back in the day it was hard and expensive to patent a concept.

    So finally I found someone to finish off my idea and combine and partner up with their product and hope to roll that out in the next week or so.

    BTW (@max@maxaud and @MTB1701) I was a Budget car and truck man for 15+years. That's when I actually started learning computers. I used Lotus 123 back in the day to handle the finances, then moved on to Xbase and FoxPro and ended up writing with a friend (ex-friend now, it's hard to trust anyone nowadays) that ultimately changed the rental world. Was young and stupid and didn't get paid nearly enough for all of the work we put in.

    Live and learn right!

  • Mark Wallace
    • Learn-ing-er

    Sound like the three of us have walked similar paths. lol

    Also i have learned that you have one year of patent / copy right protection once your project goes public. So if you file for the patent with in the first year your safe, man is it a "female dog" to get one.

    I am a "armature" inventor, and by armature i mean i tend to cause a lot of destruction.

    My last project was separating Oxygen and hydrogen from water. That part worked fine, but trying to control the burn process to bring them back together created a big boom that did not go over well with the neighbors. Will try a smaller test once i get out in the country! Much smaller! :slight_smile:

  • maxaud
    • The Crimson Coder

    My family's place is in North Idaho (NW MCO). Stays busy for a small town.
    They also did Dollar Rent a car for a while but it just wasn't bringing in enough to justify keeping it.

    We have all been down similar paths, crazy!

    MTB1701. Are you separating it using electrolysis?
    That's a good way to supplement your fuel consumption on your car.

  • Mark Wallace
    • Learn-ing-er

    Are you separating it using electrolysis?
    That's a good way to supplement your fuel consumption on your car.

    Yes but i have refined it enough to control how the Oxygen and hydrogen separate. And was using compressors to store each via a float and valve set up, i used 40 gal compressors to store each.

    I was hoping to purify water, because this would be cheaper than desalinization, and pure drinking water will be the next "Gold Mine" in the world.

    And yes it does work for cars, but the rust is becoming a factor from what i hear, but i have not tried it!

    Has your parents AFM offered to buy their storage units? They always try to buy out the ones with high equipment rental, or if houses are being built close by!

  • dscostu
    • Flash Drive

    I am so happy for you! I think I am just going to make up crazy bug reports for all the farm themes and post them on here...so I can get some more points...just kidding, I wouldn't do that...All joking aside, Congrats on your lifetime membership!!!!

  • Dean Kaus
    • The Bug Hunter

    @dscostu Thanks I appreciate it. I thought about that and apparently a lot of others have since it's stated in the lifetime membership guides that 400 of the points have to be gifted from I think 10 members. For the longest time I never thought that I'd make it. I had signed up fir one month (that's all I could afford) and my goal was to get the MarketPress running and grab a couple of other themes and stuff then I'd be set. Shortly before my monthly membership ran out I ended up in the hospital, then when I got out I only had a couple of days left so I gave all of my points to @Patrick (formerly known as PCWriter) a short time afterwards an acquaintance had a problem and I didn't have an answer. So he asked my why I couldn't figure this out, so i told him about this forum that helped me out and was how I was learning everything but I had to quit because of lack of funds. So he got a couple of other business to pitch in and pay for a year membership for me. Great Guys! So I was able to help them out in return by finding the answers needed and I get a little bit of work from them.

    I then made it a goal to continue learning and helping where and when I can, and hoped to make the lifetime membership before mine expired. Within 6 months (smarter guys make it in less time since they can help more) I'm here. So just keep working and participating and we'll see you here soon.

    Thanks Again!

  • Dean Kaus
    • The Bug Hunter

    Thanks @joe I was just thinking about you the other day. i've been on but not quite as much this last week. Preparing to launch some new services and a product that had been in the making for many years. Actually started the project in the early 90's and a supposed friend took my idea and initial code (he actually wrote the basic start of the project with my direction of what it was to do) ran off to another company and I pretty well got burned.

    Anyway excited to get stuff rolling and hopefully (praying) it will make my new friend a lost of money.

    Great to see and hear from you again!

  • Moonworks
    • Code Wrangler

    Yeah, I've not been around for a while as I've been working on bringing my various sites all into one place. The first stage of this has now gone online with our social network for those involved in indie film, and I'm now working on the Multisite options for that and moving the publishing over too.

    I plan on being around more often, even if it is to help other users when I can.

    I wasn't surprised to see that you had made it to lifetime membership, I'm often seeing your name where there is a support question :o)

  • Dean Kaus
    • The Bug Hunter

    Thanks @colinopseth I remember well the day when I had 28 points. At that time I really didn't have a goal as business was (actually still is) pretty bad. So looking to get into new lines of income started branching out. I could only afford one month and really couldn't afford that but I had made a promise and the only real way to do it correctly was with the help of WPMU DEV. Early on in that first month I was having a real hard time and one of the very first to come to my aid was @Patrick (formerly know as PCWriter. He had encouraged me so much (I even have his book he wrote "Fork in The Road") and was inspired and kept giving him all of my 5 points here and there and then gave all of them just before my account expired.

    Anyway the guy I had made that promise to heard how much it cost me (I think my wife was complaining how much money I had spent on stuff to build a website not knowing it was her friends husband) Anyway he and a couple of other business's got together and paid for my yearly. 6 months later by just helping out where I could and here I am.

    It's been a great road and I learned so much from this great group. I look forward to seeing you around more and BTW it won't take a decade. If I can do it in 6 months you'll be here before long.

    Thanks Again!

  • Patrick
    • Support Monkey

    @Dean Kaus

    It'll be available in ePub, mobi, paperback and hardback versions.

    We've set the release date for February 2013 because I've still a lot of work to do on my pet project kwitterz.com, which will launch on Christmas. We want to cross-promote the book and the site, so it only makes sense to launch the site first, then market the book.

  • Mark Wallace
    • Learn-ing-er

    Congratulation Patrick

    Actually, it's going to be re-published... under a new title for this new release... and with a better publisher :slight_smile:

    It's amazing how the editors and publishers always want to change titles, and layout isn't it?

    When i tried to squeeze through that bottle neck i didn't even recognize my own book, they even moved a whole chapter, and refused to publish it with that chapter in it! I quickly learned if you write about politics, comparing religions, or other controversial subjects; you have to be willing to sacrifice your personal opinion in your manuscripts!

    I think i will stick with SCI-FI lol

    Very happy to see you made it through un-scaved @Patrick!

    Now i have to find a agent that will handle my SCI-FI and let me do self publishing of other guners.

    It truly is a industry in need of change! :disappointed:

  • Patrick
    • Support Monkey

    @MTB1701

    It's amazing how the editors and publishers always want to change titles, and layout isn't it?

    Oops, reboot... the new title is all mine, and my publisher has suggested some very good additions, with nothing removed. The only edits have been very minor grammatical adjustments made to market the product to an international audience.

    When I began researching publishers/agents for the first edition of my book (initially released in 2005), most of the fine print I read made it very clear that the end product could very likely be completely different from my vision and message. That's the reason I went the self-published route: to maintain complete autonomy in the creative process.

    And that's also why I said "a better publisher". Joe and his colleagues at Moonworks have respected that much-sought-after autonomy from the get-go. Plus, contrary to self-publishing where all marketing costs/efforts are squarely on the shoulders of the author, Moonworks is drawing up a rather unique plan to ensure max exposure for the re-release.

    It's an exciting part-deux of my initial foray into authoring... and I'm looking forward to getting started on my next writing project (oops, just let the cat out of the bag, did I?)

    :slight_smile:

  • Mark Wallace
    • Learn-ing-er

    Moonworks

    Found the website, but do not see how to get to the publishing and submission section.

    I have one of those books that people wanna "chop your head off" for writing. Not being willing to remove a few statements hinders publishing! But they are true verifiable facts! Even the people who get made will admit to these facts, but claim that an outsider is "not allowed" to comment on these things.

    I live in the USA, I still have limited free speech, so it is hard for me to understand this!

  • Moonworks
    • Code Wrangler

    Publishers generally see authors as an unavoidable hindrance. I think that being authors ourselves, Sylv & I at Moonworks Publishing see things in a different way.

    Our aim is to provide authors with the tools they need to get the job done, and also to get a fair percentage of the profits in return.

    @MTB1701 - The website is currently in limbo, as we recently changed the publishing from being a business to being part of our non-profit making organisation, where we teach film making skills to give the voiceless a voice. We will be opening up submissions again shortly, but could you send me an email with info about your book.

    Freedom of speech is a myth, as is democracy.

  • Mark Wallace
    • Learn-ing-er

    Freedom of speech is a myth, as is democracy..

    Freedom of speech, just watch what you say! lol

    Democracy was / is a trick to steal power from monarchs, so that power could / can be consolidated! It is a trap the world has fallen for!

    Same as "Democrat and Republican".

    They used to be the Democratic Republican party, until they took power from the Federalist party. Then they appeared to split into two parties that have rules this country ever since. Both with the same agenda!

  • Mark Wallace
    • Learn-ing-er

    I have studied American history and try to keep up with how US politics works, though I don't really get it.

    Neither do our elected officials, they just make up the rules as they go along!

    Like i am not sure if you heard, but they had the nerve to say a bill had to passed in order to find out what was in it. Then they passed it! lol

    We have 20 year career politicians that came into office as middle class citizens and are now worth 20+ million! That's about 5X their pay!

    I took a course on Political Science, and things are not happening they way our Constitution is suppose too, but US Citizens don't seem to care. So if we loose our freedoms it is our own fault! We have a 50/50 divide here so the lazy people will loose, then naturally complain about how unhappy they are. :disappointed:

    I've said enough i am getting a headache thinking about them people, lol

    I will email you the introductory to the series in a couple of weeks, it is about 12 months old, and a lot has happened since, so i will update it, but like i told the other publishers, it is a all or nothing. I will not take anything out, unless it is proved wrong! :slight_smile:

  • Dean Kaus
    • The Bug Hunter

    @Alan Thanks again, Always appreciate it.

    @joe and @Patrick no problem mentioning it. In fact before you totally finish the cover design etc. You should hire a real professional photographer (me of course) for the Authors portrait. Not kidding I'd be honored, In fact I'll display Patrick's photo along with Michael Jordan, Pippin, Gloria Estafan, Celion Dion and the rest on my celebrity wall....

    Looking forward to it.

  • Mark Wallace
    • Learn-ing-er

    Hey Tom!

    You have to go to your reps points in your profile and email them the link via the contact form. :slight_smile:

    Lol @MTB1701 i went under 1000 a few times today myself watched the cup come and go a few times.

    I haven't seen mine since i lost it. lol I actually cannot seem to stay above the 300 mark! lol

    Congratulations Tom Nicely done!

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