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Snagless RJ45 connectors – How To Make Network Cables Snagless

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Snagless RJ45 Connectors – the Odd Request

Snagless RJ45 connectors are that odd request that my department makes from time to time. Why do you need RJ45 connectors anyway, it’s the invariable answer from supervisors, and the typical reminder: “You have all sorts of patchcords, all dimensions…” Well, first of all, we sysadmins never have all the patchcords dimensions available. The IT racks should be something that should be kept as tidy as possible, and one way is to have custom length of the patchcords.

Depending on your infrastructure, you might want or might not want to use handmade patchcords in your racks; however, in many cases this is totally acceptable. You can probably make a Cat 5 patchcord, but you won’t be able to make a Cat 6 one. In other words your hand made patchcords will be able to run at Gigabit speeds, but not at 10 Gigabit speeds, even with the proper connectors and cables. Having said that, most of the equipment in a business server room is connected into a Gigabit switch or at lower speeds, so this would not be a problem.

Custom Patchcords – Always Broken Lokcing Tabs

The major problem with all the handmade Ethernet patchcords and cables is that the locking tab is breaking. I probably don’t have to explain why broken tabs are bad; they will not be secured into the equipment’s jack, resulting in intermittent data loss, or even disconnection.

There are two reasons for the locking tabs breaking so often. Firstly, the little locking tab is very fragile, and we can’t change that, it is fragile to keep the costs down. The other reason is the design, the locking tab sticks out, and it is very easy to get snagged and broken off. All store-bought cables come with a snagless boot; it’s the standard these days. All the cables with broken locking tabs don’t have the boots, because they are terminated in place, by either a datacom tech, or an admin.

These plugs from Panduit are the best snagless RJ45 connectors.

The connectors are meant for patch cords, and they are rated as providing Category 5e performance.

The patented tangle-free plug latch prevents snags, hence breaking.

They are easy release, unlike some snagless boots, and they save time on frequent moves, adds, and changes.

The design facilitates easy insertion and termination of wires

What Is the Solution for Broken RJ45 Connectors

One of the solutions to fix the snagging network cables is to install a "snagless" boot over the cable, before crimping the connector. After crimping, just push the boot over the connector and the boot will protect the little tab.

My preferred way to fix this is to use snagless RJ45 connectors, and a boot. This ensures the plug will not break ever, unless you purposely do it. You can also use just the snagless connectors, they are very good, and I do it very often, but if I have both the snagless connectors and the snagless boots, I will use both for optimization. The snagless plugs are slightly more expensive than the regular ones, but when you draw the line, and consider the troubleshooting needed on the long term, and the fact that sooner or later those RJ45 connectors will break and will need to be replaced, the additional cost is worth paying.

Like I already mentioned before, with the low prices for commercial made patchcords, and the quality ensured by a machine made ethernet cable, there is no need to make your own, it's just not practical.

This cables are made in a commercial facility, they are tested, and they come in a variety of lengths, just choose the one that is right for you. You can even get  to choose the color, so you can color code your patch panel connections, so everything looks tidy, and easy to follow.

How To Get Followers on Google+

Google+ Power Tip – How To Get Engaging Followers

Like any social network, Google+ works better to promote your content, if you have more followers. How to get followers on Google+ though, it looks like nobody wants to connect with your personal profile, or your page? Well, you have to take action yourself if you want more attention. It’s like socializing in real life, if you open the discussion, you can get anyone to talk to you, but most people are shy, and won’t There are two approaches to getting followers, very targeted, only add people who you know are in the same niche with you, or people who expressed interest in subjects in your niche, or add people who engage, regardless of the topics they are interested in.

Google+ is not like Facebook, where you only add people if you know them. You can add people even if you don’t know them at all, the platform is meant for that, and it is created to connect people with the same interests. You will get from time to time a message like: “I don’t know you, why did you add me?”. Just remove them from circles, and let them know you did, (always politely). But if you are a Facebook power user, with a lot of followers, you already know how that works. People follow your page, or even your personal profile, if your page seems interesting, and if you have many followers. It’s the authority that creates even more authority.

*These are my two methods of growing my circle with engaging people.*
I discovered these two methods, and I believe they are the best methods.

How do I find engaging people?

How do I find engaging people on Google+ is the next logical question. Search for hot posts with many pluses and many comments, ideally in your niche, and start adding people from that post. It is that simple. They usually add you back. Trust me this is very effective. The easiest way to add people from posts is with Circloscope.

How do I find people in my niche?

This is my newest idea on how to get more targeted circles. The idea is to filter a bit the people you add in circles, and to add only people who are sharing the same interests with you.
Go to Google, the search engine, and search for a keyword in your niche. In the search results, look for the rich snippets, where it shows an author. Simply click on the author’s picture and this will bring you to the Google+ profile. Add the author in your special/niche circle.
These will be the people you want to engage on your posts. They will bring the most authority to your author rankings for that specific niche. Don’t think of them as competitors, engage in their posts, help each other establish authority. Look at it as a synergy, and as a community work. You help each-other increase your authority. It is a social network, at the end of the day…

Why Not Just Add A Lot of People?

Well, you have a limit of 5000 people per account, in other words, you cannot add more than 5000 people in your circles. That sucks, isn’t it? No, not really. You don’t need to have in your circles more than 5000 people, normally, you can’t efficiently communicate with more than a few hundred people, unless you are a genius. So if you have 100.000 followers, is totally fine, but you can’t have more than 5000 in your circles. That means you need to be a little selective.

I have heard people who added indiscriminately people in circles, so that they could be added back. Then, once they were added, they removed everyone from their circles. This way they increased their followers number. I strongly advise you against this, if you ever thought about doing it. Even if you don’t care about ethics, you will be penalized by Google, and your following might end up useless. So, don’t.

Circle Sharing for More Followers

Circle sharing is very used by many authorities on the Internet. However, I believe that there is a lot to improve on the way it is presently used. The shared circles I’ve seen lately, are just a bunch of people who are considered engagers or authorities. There are a few ways to use shared circles to get circled more:

  • You add yourself to the circle, and share it on a new post. This ensures you are in the next circle re-share/re-post, but it doesn’t ensure any re-shares, re-posts.
  • You find a circle that has less than 500 people, and ask the poster to add you on the next shared circle version. Usually, you have to demonstrate you are an engager, so you will have to repost, comment, plus one, the respective circle. This ensures you are in a circulated circle.
  • The best way, and this is almost not used on Google+, is to create and share interests circles, and share them on communities. Let’s say you are an Internet marketer, you create a circle with all of your Internet marketer contacts on G+, ask them, (using a private message), if they want to be included in a public circle, and then name the circle “The Greatest Internet Marketers”, and share it on an IM Google+ community.

 

 

How To Find Pinterest Unfollowers – Pinterest Unfollow Tool

pinterest-unfollowersHow To Find Pinterest Unfollowers – Pinterest Unfollow Tool

Removing Pinterest users that do not follow you, or they unfollowed you is not and easy task. Pinterest does not make sorting and finding your unfollowers a simple process. In theory, you shouldn’t worry too much about how many people you follow and they don’t follow back, but in practice, there are some advantages to clean your profile.

You followed a few hundred people, and now your feed is filling up your feed with their pins, but they don’t get your latest, and greatest pinning creations. Or they followed you first, and you returned the favor, but later on they unfollowed you so that they look like authorities. Authorities my a… Let’s remove them from your feed, unfollow them.

Pinterest Unfollowers for IOS Enabled Devices (iPhone, or iPad)

The great news is that if you own an Apple device, such as a tablet, or an iPhone, there is an app that does specifically this. The app is called “Who Unfollow Me For Pinterest”, and you can grab it here: Who Unfollow Me For Pinterest – Yong Peng. I don’t own a MAC IOS device, so I can’t tell you how good the app is, but it’s there. A more famous app seems to have disappeared from the iTunes store, but the app was called Followers on Pinterest.

The Hard Way to Unfollow

Now, what do you do if you don’t have an IOS device? I have seen on the Internet the following suggestion:
Step one: Go to your “Followers” tab and copy/paste in a text document all of your followers.
Step Two: After this, go to your “Following” tab and compare it with your text list. Take one name at  a time from your “Following” tab, and search it in your followers text list. If you find the name, then it means that Pinterest user follows you, if you didn’t find them in the list, just unfollow them right away.

The Easier Way To Unfollow on Pinterest

How to get all followers on PinterestI didn’t even considered doing this, because I figured it would take me days to complete the process, and because I knew it had to be easier.

So, I started the work, and the first thing to was obviously to view page source, like any person with a little HTML knowledge would do. That doesn’t work. The code for the page is served dynamically, through Ajax, so you would only see around 115 users at a time. I think this is somewhat done on purpose, so that unfollowing is very hard. It is in Pinterest’s interest, to maintain an artificial buzz, like everybody follows everybody. Anyway, back to work, we need the entire list for our operation, so I started to search again. Then I realized that if we scroll down to the last item in the HTML page, and we right click the user, and choose inspect element, we also get the HTML of the page, except this time we get all the users in the HTML code.  Just right click on the body element, and choose copy as HTML.

Pinterest-Copy-HTMLAfter that paste the HTML code in a notepad, and you have all your users in a document, save that document as Followers-raw-text.txt.

IMPORTANT: Save the text as UTF8 encoding to preserve the special characters, and to avoid a script freeze when saving as Unicode.

Don’t worry if the text looks gibberish to you, you just need to find the following HTML tag: <h3>. Immediately after the tag you will find the username. Don’t try to save the document as HTML and see it in a browser. The browser will crash while loading that long list.

Pinterest Find UsersAt this point you have a few options to further clean up your list of followers, one way is to use Microsoft Word’s find and replace feature, which does a decent job but is not meant for these kind of operations. Another option is to use an advanced string find/filtering utilities, such as grep, sed, awk, etc… Here is a command I wrote to spit out a plain text list with usernames only:

awk-Pinterest-script-two

 

awk-Pinterest-script-one

I couldn’t “convince” WordPress to  allow me to post the command as a text, so I posted it as a picture. Sorry, you have to write down that manually.

At this point you have a list with followers, and a list with your followings. I heard people trying to use text compare utilities, but they don’t work if you have many followers, or if you have followed only partially boards. I know I did that. Another problem is that the usernames in the following and followers lists, are not in perfect synch chronologically, so any text comparison will be tripped. But if you know they are in the same order, it should be easy enough to use notepad++, or Winmerge, to compare the two lists and get your unfollowers.
I wrote a script in awk, to compare the two lists, and give me only the unfollowers, so I don’t have to compare manually the lists. Here is the command that does that:

awk "FNR==NR{a[$0];next}!($0 in a)" list-of-my-followers.txt list-of-followings.txt > unfollowers.txt

The list in the unfollowers.txt will contain your unfollowers. When you search for them in your Following tab, you will see two types of users, some with a button saying “Follow”, and some with a button “Unfollow”. The ones from your unfollowers.txt are either users whom you followed part of their boards, (the button will say Follow), or users whom you followed all of their boards, (the button will say Unfollow). This will prove a bit difficult to clean, but to make it easier, you might want to follow all of their boards, and maybe they’ll follow you back. If not, you can always clean up next time, if you want.

Future Development

The only thing I have to do now, is to figure out the unfollow link structure, so with a few more adjustments with awk and sed, we can create the unfollow links automatically, so we don’t have to search for the users in page. That’s my next step. If you have an idea about that, drop me a line in the comments, or send me a message with the link below.
In the mean time follow me on Pinterest I will follow back, :).

If you want to ask me a question, or if you want the list of your unfollowers delivered by email, send me a message using this form: Contact Me about the Pinterest Script

UPDATE: If all of these look gibberish to you, you can hire this guy on Fiverr, for five bucks he’ll do it for you. Actually, his gig gave me the idea to make my own script. I didn’t want to pay the five dollars. Anyway, here is the link:  Find Unfollowers on Pinterest