tag:blog.mjkabir.com,2013:/posts Kabir's Favorite Tech 2023-12-19T03:41:29Z Kabir M. tag:blog.mjkabir.com,2013:Post/2063844 2023-12-17T19:52:04Z 2023-12-19T03:41:29Z Most Consistently 𝕏 Award 2023

Friends, 2024 is almost here, and it's time for the 1st annual "Most Consistently 𝕏 Award"! Over the past two years, I've met hundreds of wonderful people on 𝕏. While some have come and gone, many special folks have stuck around, bringing their diverse backgrounds and perspectives. I'm amazed by what I continue learning from this group - though our realities differ, our shared hopes connect us. Most set bold visions, and though the path ahead remains unclear, a few stand out for their reliable presence and steady approach to pursuing their goals.

The "Most Consistently 𝕏 Award" celebrates those who show up day after day with positivity, put plans into action, uplift others, and progress through ups and downs. They know consistency compounds over time into great things! Join me in spreading cheer for our winners!

Tim Brown - @SimplyTimTV

As a very confident speaker and coach of confident speaking on this platform, Tim routinely holds spaces to help audiences worldwide become confident with communicating in English. I've had opportunities to talk to him outside of 𝕏 spaces, and we have been building a friendship for the last two years. His fantastic voice and stateman-like manners are simply rare on the platform.

SalsaMish and Artist Jordi - @SalsaMish and @artist_jodi

This real-life couple has hosted an 𝕏 space for years, promoting positive vibes, art culture, and friendship worldwide. Their space is constantly filled with exciting people from all over the globe with varied prospects. Still, Mish and Jordi always land conversations in positivity and warmth. I am a regular participant in their spaces. It reminds me of a cozy living room with kind, patient friends with listening ears.

Stream - @DaStreamCatcher

With experience spanning modern technology's early days through today's AI innovations, Stream offers perspectives deeply informed by his journey in tech. His capacity to draw meaningful connections between ideas calls to mind an esteemed publisher identifying works of promise. I admire his willingness to analyze diverse topics thoughtfully. There is often value in considering another person's informed viewpoints, even when one's conclusions differ.

Neda Sefati - @neda_sefat

Neda actively brings people together in her spaces on 𝕏 to foster collaboration and learning. With incredibly diverse interests spanning ancient history to AI, she adeptly navigates myriad communities. I've observed Neda consistently introduce people in ways that spark mutually beneficial dialogue. Her commitment to enabling connections leaves a meaningful impact.

Anna Scheller - @SchellerAnna

Anna promotes networking/knowledge-sharing for small businesses in remarkably professional 𝕏 spaces. With help from her friend Ester, she creates well-crafted, business-focused events catering to owners worldwide. Her consistency and business-like approach to sourcing engagement are impressive.

Noteworthy Mentions

I've recently connected with some new people on 𝕏 who share my values around consistency and thoughtfulness. I appreciate our respectful dialogue so far and hope these conversations continue constructively.  

Educated Guess - @trading_indian

With deep enterprise experience, EG spreads practical knowledge and a deep understanding of AI models to the masses. He is a polite and well-spoken technologist in the United Kingdom. I am looking forward to meeting him in person on my next visit to London.

Dom - @Dromanocpm

Dom is a rockstar in AI safety research and innovations. He is developing an in-house platform for generating synthetic training datasets for future enterprise models and safety certifications for models that will operate in businesses. His online and offline AI safety advocacy is top-tier. He shares his deep understanding of AI with the masses to help folks understand critical issues surrounding AI today.

David - @Joybeanns

Even though he's a recent acquaintance, it took me only a short time to understand David is a powerhouse disseminating AI/tech info to the masses. His posts and videos are always interesting, and he shares helpful 𝕏 space. He is also a very kind soul and a proud father of a daughter.

About This Virtual Award

I have many more X friends who should be on this list. However, I want to be consistent about this list being of the highest caliber from my personal experience point of view. I have friends who have left X and come back to 𝕏, and I have friends who have flip-flopped with their plans and directions -- just like many of us do in real life situations. They are all worthy of friendship, but I wanted to create this list based on seeing the consistency pattern being a driver of personal growth and almost personal brand in many people. I wanted to acknowledge this amazing aspect of their lives and hope that I will be consistent and deliver a newly expanded list in 2024. 

We hope you'll join us in celebrating these valuable community members! Please participate in the 𝕏 spaces hosted by our winners and become part of this supportive group.

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tag:blog.mjkabir.com,2013:Post/2060291 2023-12-09T08:38:33Z 2023-12-09T09:31:25Z Staying on the Right Side of the Law: A Compliance Guide to Cold Email Marketing
If you want to add cold email marketing to your lead generation strategy, it’s crucial to do it correctly. If you fail to follow email regulations like the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act or Europe’s GDPR, you risk fines, blocked emails, damaged sender reputation, and more.

However, compliance doesn’t have to be complicated. By understanding some essential dos and don’ts and setting up compliance-focused processes, you can confidently create effective cold email campaigns while avoiding legal penalties or deliverability issues.

This guide will cover everything you need to know to ensure your small business’s cold email efforts adhere to major U.S. and European email regulations. You’ll learn:

  • Key elements of CAN-SPAM and GDPR email regulations
  • Best practices for structuring compliant cold email campaigns
  • Practical tips and examples for writing complaint emails
  • Steps to track compliance metrics and optimize over time
  • A glossary of proper email marketing compliance terms

Let’s dive in!

Deciphering Major Email Regulations

Before creating cold email campaigns, familiarize yourself with commercial email laws in your target countries. We’ll focus on the two major ones:

CAN-SPAM Act

The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act establishes requirements for commercial emails sent to U.S. recipients. It covers:

  • Accurately identifying the sender, including a valid physical address
  • Avoiding deceptive or misleading subject lines
  • Marking emails as advertisements
  • Providing opt-out methods and honoring opt-out requests
  • Following Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Internet Service Provider (ISP) guidelines

Failing to comply can lead to fines of over $40,000 per violation.

GDPR

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulates how personal data, including email addresses, is collected, handled, and used. Relevant aspects include:

  • Requiring unambiguous consent to process and store email addresses
  • Allowing EU residents the right to access, edit, delete, and export stored personal data
  • Mandating data protection officers (DPOs) to monitor GDPR compliance
  • Stipulating data breach notifications within 72 hours

Steep financial penalties of up to €20 million can apply for non-compliance. Now that you know the regulatory landscape, let’s explore setting up an email marketing workflow with compliance in mind.

Constructing Compliant Cold Email Campaigns

When planning cold email efforts, build compliance practices into your strategy. This will set your small business up for email success and prevent legal missteps. Follow these best practices:

  • Obtain Valid Consent - start by sourcing email subscriber lists legally and confirming opt-in consent wherever possible. For EU subscribers, document consent per GDPR’s stringent standards.
  • Honor Opt-Out Requests - make unsubscribing straightforward by including visible, working opt-out links in your emails. Immediately remove any address that opts out from your recipient lists.
  • Use Accurate Sender Info - fully identify your business in the “From” name, including a valid reply-to address and postal address in compliance boundaries.
  • Craft Compliant Content - avoid vague claims or misleading headings. Disclose commercial intent and mark emails as advertisements where applicable laws require it.
  • Follow Bulk Sending Rules - respect ISP sending limits, regularly reconfirm opt-in consent where needed and employ authentication methods like SPF, DKIM, and DMARC.
  • Track Compliance Metrics - use your email service provider’s (ESP’s) reporting tools or specialized software to monitor complaint rates, spam test results, opt-outs, and more.

Writing Compliant Cold Emails

When drafting cold emails, include specific elements in your templates to tick the compliance boxes right in your copy:

  • Subject Lines - Keep subjects clear and accurate. Summarize the content or offer to meet regulatory guidelines against deception. For example: “Offering 20% off Your 1st Order.”
  • Sender Info & Opt-Out Links - Visibly display your business name, postal address, and opt-out links in the email body per CAN-SPAM and GDPR.
  • ADVERTISEMENT Label - boldly label any promotional content as an “ADVERTISEMENT” or use compliant terminology like “COMMERCIAL OFFER.”
  • Value Proposition & Relevance - research prospects and personalized emails around their needs. Vague or irrelevant messages are more likely to elicit complaints and hurt deliverability.
  • Calls-to-Action (CTAs) - make CTAs clear and specific. Avoid overly aggressive wording urging prospects to “Act Now!” or “Buy Today!” so emails don’t seem alarmist or deceptive.
  • Review & Confirm Compliance - double-check each draft, especially the first emails, to confirm all legally required elements appear. Set up peer reviews to catch anything you might have missed.
  • Optimizing & Monitoring Over Time - with your initial compliant email template complete, the work isn’t over. Monitor your ongoing cold email performance and optimize based on key compliance health metrics.
  • Open and Click Tracking - if open-and-click rates start trending down, thoroughly review content, sender info, subject lines, and more through a compliance lens to identify areas for improvement.
  • Spam Complaints - monitor complaint rates in your ESP. Try switching up sender details if too many recipients mark your emails as spam.
  • Invalid Addresses - bouncing emails often indicate outdated or invalid data. Refresh your lists more frequently to maintain address accuracy in compliance with CAN-SPAM and GDPR.
  • Opt-Out Requests - if opt-outs spike, ensure your unsubscribe process works smoothly. Excess opt-outs can harm deliverability as ESPs view it as a negative signal.
  • Ongoing Audits - conduct periodic cold email audits every quarter. Critically evaluate all processes and content against the latest regulations to close any compliance gaps that may have emerged.

Best Practices for Compliance Excellence

Going above and beyond regulations in your email marketing compliance leads to higher inbox placement rates and more impactful cold email campaigns over time. Here are a few essential best practices to consider:

  • Appoint a compliance lead, like a Data Protection Officer, to govern email processes.
  • Invest in advanced email address verification to keep subscriber lists current and authorized.
  • Send quarterly permission messages to reconfirm subscriber consent.
  • Always clearly display subscription and profile management preferences.
  • Limit email sends to stay under recommended daily thresholds.
  • Automate unsubscribe links in email footers for consistency.

Helpful Email Compliance Terms Glossary

As you shape your compliant cold email program, get familiar with this glossary of crucial email regulatory and compliance vocabulary:

  • CAN-SPAM Act: U.S. law governing commercial emails and mandating accuracy, identification, disclosures, and opt-out compliance.
  • GDPR: European Union data protection regulations directing how companies manage EU residents’ personal data and email addresses.
  • Opt-In Consent: Explicit permission is given by data subjects to store and use their email addresses for promotional communications.
  • Double Opt-In: A more stringent form of confirming subscriber consent requires clicking a verification link in a confirmation email.
  • Opt-Out / Unsubscribe: Process allowing recipients to remove themselves from future email communications. Mandatory per CAN-SPAM.
  • Address Verification: A check was performed to confirm an email address is valid and active in use before adding it to distribution lists. Helps comply with accuracy requirements.
  • Abuse Reports: Official spam complaints submitted to ISPs by email users, usually via “Report Spam” or “Mark as Junk" buttons.
  • Authentication Protocols: Methods for confirming a sender’s identity to improve security, deliverability, and compliance. Examples include SPF, DKIM, and DMARC.
  • Repermissioning: Requesting existing subscribers to reconfirm their ongoing consent to receive emails is often needed to comply with changing regulations.

In closing, legal regulations establish definitive rules for proper commercial email conduct. But armed with the compliance best practices in this guide, small businesses can confidently incorporate cold email into lead gen efforts. Just focus on transparency, value relevance, consent, and ethical data procedures as core tenets of your program. Prioritizing compliance may require more upfront work, but it boosting inbox placement and open rates for stellar cold email results pays off tremendously.

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Kabir M.
tag:blog.mjkabir.com,2013:Post/2042519 2023-10-31T15:13:00Z 2023-10-31T15:31:49Z Is Apple M3 worth upgrading from M1?

Apple recently unveiled its next-generation M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max chips, representing the most significant advancements ever for Mac processors. Built on an incredibly efficient 3nm process, these chips deliver dramatic jumps in CPU, GPU, and machine learning performance compared to the previous M1 series.  The show's star is the all-new GPU design with up to 40 cores, which introduces dynamic caching for optimal memory utilization. For the first time on Mac, the GPUs also support hardware-accelerated ray tracing and mesh shading, bringing cutting-edge graphics capabilities like realistic lighting and shadows to Macs. 

The CPUs have received significant upgrades as well, with up to 30% faster performance cores and 50% speedier efficiency cores compared to M1. The Neural Engine is now up to 60% faster, accelerating machine learning workflows. Higher unified memory capacities up to 128GB also enable running bigger ML models and working with massive assets on the go.

Media playback is snappier, too, thanks to a new media engine with AV1 decode support for power-efficient streaming video. The M3 Pro and M3 Max also feature ProRes encode and decode engines for fluid 8K video editing.

Overall, this positions M3 as a significant leap over M1 for mainstream Macs, while M3 Pro and M3 Max represent no-compromise pro-level performance for tasks like 3D rendering, video production, and machine learning development.Interesting facts

  • Up to 92 billion transistors in M3 Max, 37 billion in M3 Pro, 25 billion in M3 
  • M3 Max offers up to 80% faster CPU performance than M1 Max
  • M3 GPU is up to 65% faster than M1 GPU
  • M3 media engine adds support for power-efficient AV1 video decoding 
  • Up to 50% faster Neural Engine compared to M1
  • M3 delivers the same GPU performance as M1 while using half the power
  • Hardware-accelerated ray tracing comes to Mac for the first time
  • Unified memory capacities up to 128GB for large ML models
  • New GPU architecture with dynamic caching improves utilization 
  • ProRes acceleration enables fluid 8K video editing
Apple certainly made a big deal about the release of M3 processors using a brand uncharacteristically new event they have never done - Scary Fast -  a dark and spooky-themed product launch event on the evening of October 30th, 2023, the night before Halloween. 

With the advent of AI and my usage pattern gearing towards running local AI models like Meta's open-source LLAMA on my desktop machine, an M1 Mac Mini, I am more interested in a Mac Studio with M3 Max shortly.  When Apple gets around to updating the Mac Studio lineup with M3 Max,  I will consider an update with max memory configuration and 8TB storage so that I can run some awesome open-source LLMs and multi-model AI engines on my personal and work computers of the future.

I am pretty satisfied with my M2-based Macbook Air, which I don't use too often as I am not traveling or working from an office. So, Macbook upgrades are not in the works any time soon.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Q: What are the key new features of the M3 chips compared to previous M1 chips?

A: The M3 chips bring significant upgrades like a next-generation GPU architecture with up to 40 cores, hardware-accelerated ray tracing and mesh shading, up to 30% faster CPUs, a 60% faster Neural Engine, support for up to 128GB unified memory, and a new media engine with AV1 decode. This enables dramatically faster graphics, AI, video editing, and overall performance.

Q: How much faster is the M3 GPU compared to M1? 

A: Apple claims the M3 GPU is up to 65% faster than the M1 GPU. The high-end M3 Max GPU is up to 50% faster than the M1 Max. Architectural improvements like dynamic caching offer greater efficiency and performance for graphics-intensive tasks.

Q: What Macs will use the new M3 chips?

A: So far, Apple has announced the M3 chips will power the new 2023 MacBook Pro 13-inch and iMac models. Additional Macs like the MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro will likely adopt M3 chips later as Apple transitions away from Intel processors. The M3 allows even thinner and lighter MacBook designs without sacrificing performance.

Q: I have an M1 Mac mini and do video editing and graphics work. Should I upgrade to an M3 model? 

A: The M3 chips bring major graphics and video processing upgrades that can significantly benefit those workflows. The M3 GPU is 65% faster than the M1 GPU, thanks to the new architecture with up to 40 cores and technologies like hardware ray tracing. This can make working with complex 3D graphics and huge video files much smoother. 

The media engine also now supports AV1 decoding for efficient video streaming, and the ProRes engines in M3 Pro and Max enable fluid 8K editing and effects. For demanding tasks like 3D modeling/animation, compositing 8K video, or running huge AI models, the jump from M1 to M3 can be pretty impactful.

However, the M1 Mac mini is still a competent machine for lighter graphics and video work. If your current workflows are handling well on the M1 mini, upgrading may be optional, especially if you're satisfied with the performance. But for professional media creators and developers pushing the limits, the substantially faster M3 graphics, video, and machine learning capabilities can be well worth the upgrade cost.

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Kabir M.
tag:blog.mjkabir.com,2013:Post/2040157 2023-10-25T07:22:26Z 2023-10-25T15:10:15Z Using Canva to Fix DALL·E 3 Text Mistakes

ChatGPT Plus with DALL-E 3 is a fantastic tool for bloggers like me. I love creating blog cover images using DALL-E 3 by providing the title and summary of my post - the suggested images it generates are remarkable. However, some of my readers and friends have pointed out typos in these AI-generated cover images. 

At first, I was okay with the typos since they demonstrate the current state of AI image generation. However, many people might think the errors were simply a result of my lack of proofreading. I avoided mistakes by using AI tools to check my writing, but generated images were an exception - I just went with what I liked visually, typos and all. Some grammar sticklers remind me of the typos when sharing my social media posts. 

So, I finally started looking for an easy way to solve this issue. My favorite graphics tool, Canva, came to the rescue. I discovered that Canva can now grab text from within images and simulate the font, allowing you to edit AI-generated images effectively. 

Here's a video demonstrating how I'm now using Canva to edit out typos in my AI cover images:

Using Canva to tweak the text, I can keep the fantastic images DALL-E 3 generates while eliminating any minor typos that detract from my blog's polish. It's a simple but effective way to get the best of both worlds!


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Kabir M.
tag:blog.mjkabir.com,2013:Post/2038885 2023-10-21T18:07:25Z 2023-10-23T21:57:29Z Best Donuts in the Country is in Rocklin!


Something about eating a donut with coffee is so American and feels so good. I have stopped eating donuts for the last 5-6 years as I adjust my diet and lousy food habits according to my cruising altitude of age. But when you hear through the grapevine that a local donut shop has hit the jackpot of ratings from Yelp, you want to experience it. Enter Rocklin Donuts & Cinnamon, Rocklin, California. 

Rocklin Donuts & Cinnamon has the classic story of a mom-and-pop store. They moved from Folsom, a town known for its prisons -- The Folsom Maximum Security Prison and Intel Corporation (don't blame me, my college professors told me this 🤣) — and the Folsom Dam. In just one year after relocating, they got so much traction and built an excellent reputation on Yelp that they became Yelp's number-one choice for a donut store in the country for 2023.

I went there today for the first time to grab an assortment of donuts and cinnamon rolls for my family's morning breakfast on a lazy Saturday. There was a line, but it moved fast, and the owners and their employees had beautiful smiles. Knowing it was my first visit, they packed a bag of donut holes and sprinkled donuts for my kids. It is such a beautiful experience that it brightens your morning and makes you want to write a blog post about a donut shop in a technical blog. :) Who cares? It's my blog, and I can write about anything.  

My kids -- 5th and 9th graders -- loved the cinnamon rolls and the classic glazed donuts. We had many other options to try throughout the day, so we will see how they taste, but based on the staples that most people go there for, I can tell you this is a great place. 

Since donuts are not suitable for your health, we won't frequently go there, but when we have guests from out of town, we will bring these donuts and other yummy eats from their shop to entertain our guests for years to come.


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Kabir M.
tag:blog.mjkabir.com,2013:Post/2036230 2023-10-14T06:03:54Z 2023-10-23T21:56:38Z Optimizing Your Website for Performance, SEO and Social Sharing

With the advent of Artificial Intelligence, those who use AI daily are often reluctant to search on Google to go to a specific website. We ask ChatGPT, Bing Chat, Claude, and BARD most of our questions. But this is yet to be the norm in the world. Besides, more and more of these LLMs are getting access to the internet, and they need to access websites. So, humans may not directly consume websites in the future; But our AI assistants will need information to help us, and therefore, creating websites still makes sense. This is because most of the world will not suddenly get access or switch to AI in the next few years.

Recently, I created my website, mjkabir.com. I had a single-page site for years and never cared much about it. Then, I realized a simple trend on Twitter. People who check out a user's profile page often click on the link in the profile to learn more about the person they are interested in. However, if the link looks long or complex or like their company, people are often reluctant to click on it. 

I used to have cprompt.ai in my profile. I hardly got any clicks on the link. Then I switched to mjkabir.com, and even on the first day of the site launch, I got a subscriber for the newsletter from the profile page's link. People are willing to click on a personal website more than a company website to learn about someone they are interacting with on social media.

As I created this custom website from scratch, I checked off all the best practices and optimizations needed. In this article, I will share the site audit process for performance, SEO, and social sharing so that you can benefit from these tools if you are creating a new site for your personal or business use.

Note: I am not affiliated with any of these tools, so no worries. They are primarily free anyway.

Audit Your Site

Once you have a site created and launched, hopefully in beta mode, you can use many online tools to analyze your site's performance from various perspectives. There are many tools to use, but I will share two here.

PageSpeed Insights

This is a free tool from Google that you can use anytime. Just point to your site's URL and click a button to analyze the performance of your website. It is simple and perfect in its analysis. Here is the site:

https://pagespeed.web.dev

I have created a video showing the scores it gave mjkabir.com, which is very decent, and I was delighted with the results for both mobile and desktop modes.

GTmetrix

I also use this performance analyzer when interested in a  second opinion about my website's performance. Here is their site:

https://gtmetrix.com

As you can see, mjkabir.com also got excellent scores on this tool.

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/mjkabir.com/bMIW9E26

If you are not getting good scores, you can easily dig deeper into the problems and potential solutions with their explanations. Typical oversized items to be mindful of are:

  • Page load time - the number of images, external javascripts or CSS files, or videos can cause your page to load slow
  • Image sizes - if you have a lot of images, be mindful of the time it takes to load. Use lazy loading concepts if possible. 
  • Meta data - make sure you have at least the minimum metadata in the HTML to get good SEO scores
  • OpenGraph data - sharing your site content with social media depends on the OpenGraph settings. We discussed next.

Social Sharing Audit

If you care about people sharing your website's pages on social media and want the embeds to look good, you must pay attention to the OpenGraph elements in your HTML markup tags. Head over to the site below and test your OpenGraph metadata:

https://www.opengraph.xyz/about

You want to ensure your pages have all the relevant OpenGraph metadata entered. Here is what it looks like for mjkabir.com:

 And here is what mjkabir.com links look like when posted on social media. Here is how it will look on 𝕏 (formerly Twitter)

Here is how it looks on Facebook:

As you can see, the link includes a picture from the page, which makes the embed more visually attractive.

Speeding Up with HTTP/2

HTTP/2 is a newer, faster version of the HTTP protocol that powers the web. It was created in 2015 to help pages load more quickly. HTTP/2 allows for better multiplexing of requests, header compression to reduce overhead, and server push of content before it's requested. In basic terms, HTTP/2 enables web servers and browsers to communicate and exchange information more efficiently. This results in faster page loads, less latency, and a smoother browsing experience for users. The transition to HTTP/2 is happening behind the scenes as major websites and platforms adopt it to speed up their services.

Enabling HTTP/2 on your web server is a great way to speed up your page delivery. Here is an example of Nginx configuration to allow HTTP/2:

# Enable HTTP/2

listen 443 http2 ssl; 

HTTP/2 allows for more efficient use of connections and can improve page load speed.

Google Analytics vs Other Options

For analytics, most people default to Google Analytics.  However, the Austrian Data Protection Authority has ruled that transferring data from the EU to the US via Google Analytics is illegal, prompted by 101 complaints filed by privacy group noyb after a 2020 EU court decision invalidated the EU-US data transfer agreement over inadequate protections against US government surveillance. This landmark ruling against the industry standard web analytics tool used on millions of sites worldwide is expected to be followed by other EU countries, aiming to force US tech companies to adapt to EU privacy laws rather than circumvent them. So we do not use Google Analytics on sites that we control directly like this domain or CPROMPT.AI.

There are privacy-focused alternatives you may want to consider instead. I am using Pirsch.io on this site. Here is there link:

https://pirsch.io

There are other options like Plausible from plausible.io which is open-source and lightweight. Even though I am big on open source solutions, I just don't like OSS software that require docker-based installations. Also, for a small price, I can use Pirsch on unlimited websites from the same account. The choice depends on your needs, but it's worth evaluating alternatives to Google Analytics if you want to limit data collection and respect visitor privacy.


There are tons of things you can do to improve performance, availability and reachablity of your web site.  I have discussed only a handful of them that I care most about. However, here is a list of checklist items for a new website launch:

Here are 10 checklist items for optimizing a website for performance and SEO:

  • Backend web server optimization - use scalable web server like Nginx and tweak it for high performance and enable compression to minimize file sizes
  • Optimize images by reducing file size, enabling lazy loading, using CDN networks and adding alt text 
  • Minify CSS, JavaScript and HTML content as much possible. 
  • Enable caching data on the backend and browsing caching on the front end
  • Streamline web fonts and eliminate any unnecessary custom fonts
  • Ensure SEO and OpenGraph required meta data are properly set up
  • Audit site with multiple page speed analysis tools

Hope this was a little helpful for you. Let me know in the comments below if you want to go on more in-depth on these things I mentioned here. I can create a YouTube video on this topic if questions demand it.

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Kabir M.
tag:blog.mjkabir.com,2013:Post/2035090 2023-10-11T01:25:09Z 2023-10-28T07:40:16Z The Evolving Landscape of 𝕏: A Critical Analysis

When Elon Musk acquired Twitter, now rebranded as 𝕏, expectations were high. Although Musk promised improvements, he also cautioned about extensive code issues requiring time to resolve. Months have elapsed, and while updates have been launched, the core algorithms affecting user visibility are inconsistent at best. This has caused considerable frustration for small account holders seeking audience growth. Currently, I hesitate to recommend 𝕏. Nonetheless, I remain optimistic about its potential evolution into a creator-centric platform by 2024 or later. However, A lingering concern is Musk's apparent focus on large accounts, which could skew the platform's development.

Pros and Cons of Using 𝕏

Here is my platform analysis based on personal experience for the last two years.

Pros:

  • Transparency: Musk's takeover has mitigated some of the platform's earlier biases.
  • AI Community Involvement: Professionals and academics in Artificial Intelligence frequently engage on 𝕏, offering timely insights into breakthroughs in the field.
  • Spaces Feature: This unique element provides an additional layer of engagement.

Cons:

  • Algorithmic Inconsistency: The company is in a transitional phase, focusing on internal priorities rather than user experience.
  • Misinformation: Open-sourcing segments of the ranking algorithm have led to widespread, often erroneous, interpretations.
  • API Restrictions: The removal of free API access has rendered many third-party tools obsolete, impeding the work of small businesses and individual entrepreneurs.
  • Bot Control Measures: While aimed at reducing bot activity, the paid Blue Checkmark system and exorbitant API fees have created new barriers for legitimate users.

In summary, while I've found value in social connections on 𝕏, the platform's current instability and focus on large accounts render it a dubious choice for new users. Yet, its future holds promise, provided the concerns of a broader user base are adequately addressed.





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Kabir M.
tag:blog.mjkabir.com,2013:Post/2034879 2023-10-10T15:57:20Z 2023-10-12T17:55:41Z My Mac Workstation - My Experience with the M1 Mac Mini

As a long-time Apple fan, I switched my company to Macs years ago despite having a couple of "anti-Apple" PC employees. 🤣 Thankfully, the pandemic era has crushed the frequent PC vs. Mac flamewars we used to have among staff members. Here is a flyer that was once posted in our front desk by PC loving staff members in our business unit.

Working from home due to the pandemic meant no one saw what you were using or wearing. While I used to swear by MacBook Pros, I recently decided to try a new M1 Mac Mini desktop. 

The Mac Mini impressed me right out of the box. Even the base model felt speedy, thanks to the super-fast M1 chip. I opted for a fully maxed-out configuration for future-proofing since Macs aren't very upgradeable. 

The SSD storage speed blew me away at over 6,500 MB/s write speed! 

Day-to-day use has been a breeze. Apps open instantly, and I can have dozens of tabs and programs running without a hint of slowdown. The fanless design keeps things silent, too. Gaming performance has also been solid, with titles like Civilization VI running smoothly. The only hiccup I faced was some Bluetooth connectivity issues early on, likely driver-related, but a software update has fixed those. 

The Mac Mini has easily handled everything I've thrown at it, from video editing to running multiple virtual machines. The M1 efficiency means it sips power, too - I barely hear the fans even when heavily loaded. I created a couple of YouTube videos documenting my experience, which you can check out below:

While performance has been stellar, I'm eying an upgrade to the new Mac Studio for running heavy machine learning workloads. The Mac Studio M2 Ultra packs up to a 24-core CPU and 76-core GPU, 32‑core Neural Engine, 192GB memory letting me train LLM models locally. Although expensive, the ability to experiment with powerful models without relying on cloud resources makes it tempting!

The M1 Mac Mini has been a superb addition to my Apple fleet. The move to Apple Silicon has lived up to the hype, bringing a new level of speed and efficiency. While pricier than PCs, the combination of hardware and software makes Macs a joy. 


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tag:blog.mjkabir.com,2013:Post/2034867 2023-10-10T15:16:33Z 2023-10-23T21:39:42Z Canva for Entrepreneurs

Creating stunning graphics used to require hiring a designer, but Canva has changed the game. This intuitive platform makes graphic design accessible to everyone.  As a non-designer running a small business, I constantly need graphics for social media and blogging. Our engineering team needs help with even basic visuals. Canva is the perfect solution, allowing us to create anything from social posts to UI elements easily. 

We've been Canva devotees for years. The interface is so simple that I've never had to contact their support. They recently incorporated AI image generation so that you can prompt your way to the perfect graphic with just a text description. For bootstrap entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, Canva eliminates the need for an in-house or virtual graphics designer. The low graphics volume most small niche businesses need doesn't justify the cost. Even heavy Instagram users can now create their beautiful feeds without a dedicated designer.

Things that I often do with Canva include:

  • Creating a simple blog post header graphic
  • Creating a simple video clip for a tweet
  • Creating a UI element for an app
  • Creating social media headers
  • Editing business photos to remove backgrounds and put different backgrounds and text

One of my most exciting uses for Canva is to maintain a virtual whiteboard of tasks in the form of virtual sticky notes and share them with my team. This is not our primary project management tool, but I use it as it helps me visualize a real whiteboard I used to have in my actual office before Pandemic. I will write a detailed post with a video about this feature in the future.

Hailing from Australia, Canva has changed the game. The process from concept to creation is intuitive and smooth. As a non-designer, I find it empowering to generate whatever graphics I need quickly.  I can't recommend Canva enough. This tool has been a game changer for creating great visual content affordably. Every business today needs strong visuals, and Canva makes it achievable for all.

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tag:blog.mjkabir.com,2013:Post/2034768 2023-10-10T07:31:32Z 2023-10-10T21:03:59Z Why I use CleanMyMac X on Mac Mini and Macbooks

Pros of CleanMyMac X:

The biggest thing I like about this tool is that it will:

  • Clean up system junk -- which piles up over time
  • Clean up permission issues 
  • Clean up RAM 
  • Allow you to uninstall hardly used programs
  • Check for known malware

Cons of CleanMyMac X:

Honestly, I haven't found any yet. But I think, indeed, there are some things that I am unaware of. I asked Claude, and it said the following:

- May flag some sound files as junk occasionally 

As a long-term user, CleanMyMac X provides some handy utilities for freeing up disk space, speeding up my Mac, and optimizing performance. I recommend it without reservations.


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