January 2005 News at You Can Learn Series

January was a very interesting month here at You Can Learn Series. There were many changes. We changed web hosting companies. We started with the Google Adsense programs and began working with the folks over at LinkShare. We hope the advertising isn't too intrusive and obnoxious.

We added it to help offset the costs of providing you with the information every month. Does it load fast enough for you?

We are getting a terrific amount of traffic every month. People coming with questions on C#, SQL, weightlifting, web business tips, landscaping and gardening. I hope you all are finding what you came to the site to find.

We added an exciting group of articles to our health section called, the Holiday weight loss challenge. It is a blog where I outline the steps I take each day to lose weight. Did I eat right? Did I exercise? Each day, I share comments about the steps I took to reduce my calorie intake. I am hoping you are being motivated to lose weight, too.

We recently signed up to be included in the Alexa toolbar program. Where everytime you view a website, Alexa, tracks visitors to that site. If you have the Alexa toolbar, you will notice each week our traffic rank number gets better and better. By the end of April, we expect to have a number less than 100,000. The lower the number the better. Thanks for your help with this challenge.

Next month we plan to begin to add photos to our weightlifting articles. The photos will show the correct way to do an exercise. This will help those who can't always visualize what they read.

Thank you for visiting our website. If you have questions or would like to see specific articles, feel free to write us. Questions and comments.

Start Your Spring Garden with Seeds

Start your spring garden with seeds. It is almost spring time. Sure there is snow on the ground, but now is the time to begin thinking about starting seedlings. The seeds of today will turn into the beautiful flowers and fruit of the summer.

What is Session State and How do You use Session State?

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Session state is a server side tool for managing state. Every time your web app goes to the server to get the next request, the server has to know how much of the last web page needs to be "remembered" when the new information is sent to the web page. The process of knowing the values of controls and variables is known as state management.

The SQL UPDATE Statement Helps You Keep Your Data Current

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A Powerful Command to change data in rows in a database. The SQL UPDATE statement helps you alter data, refresh data and keep your database tables current with the most relevant, up to date data. The UPDATE statement allows you to qualify the rows you update, to update specific columns and to join tables and update multiple pieces of information from multiple tables.

Grasses are Winter's Flowers, Add Visual Interest to your Garden

Are you looking for winter variety? Grasses provide visual interest in your landscape design for the harsh winters. Your garden may be under snow during the winter, what can you do? Try adding grasses to your backyard garden. Here are a few photos of grasses after this area received 4 to 8 inches of snow. We have already received a few days of below zero temperatures. These grasses have survived winter's toughest components. Imagine the joy you will find when you have native grasses in your backyard.

SEO, SERP, CTR, PPC, What do all these Words and Acronyms mean?

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As you climb the mountain of search engine optimization you will be barraged by SEO terms that are disguised in simple 3 and 4 letter combinations. What do they all mean? Should I know what SEO, SERP, PPC and CTR mean? Are search engine professionals just selling me a bunch of meaningless jargon?

Time to Lose the Holiday Weight?

It's has been two weeks since New Years Day. Are you like me? Have you added a couple of inches around the waist? Has the scale been moving a little higher every week since Thanksgiving? I know mine has. I need to lose weight. I need to diet. I need to make a change. How about you?
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We Arrive in Santiago de Compestela Spain

We walked for Thirty Three days straight

We have arrived in Santiago. We walked for 33 straight days. Some days were 12 milers and as many as 18 miles or more in one day. We reached our destination. We decided not to rush to reach the city. Mary had accidentally banged her knee on the table at the restaurant the night before and it was a little tender.

Day 31 Palas de Rei to Ribadiso

We have walked 31 days to Santiago de Compostela

Today we started early because we had reserved a room at an albergue and we had to get there by 2pm or we lost the reservation. Mary set a blistering pace in the dark morning mist. Sunrise is at 8 am but this morning we had clouds and fog so it was darker than yesterday. The path through the city was okay but then leaving the city it became more difficult.

Three days of walking left in our Camino

We only have 66 kilometers to Santiago

We have walked for 30 days with only 3 days till we reach our destination of Santiago de Compostela. It has been an amazing journey. We are in the Galicia region of Spain known for the rain it receives. Well we are extremely lucky because the weather has been beautiful for walking. It starts out cool in the high 40s but then warms up to the low to mid 70s. With plenty of sunshine.

We arrived in Sarria

Five walking days to Santiago

Today we started late at 8 am. We were almost the last people out of Triacastela walking the Camino.

Ocebreiro to Triacastela

Only 6 days remaining on the Camino de Santiago

We are sitting in a restaurant in the little village of Triacastela on day 27 having tapas. It was a short 12 miles that were mostly down. Tomorrow we hope to go to Sarria.

Views from Astorga Spain

From Leon to Astorga on the Camino de Santiago

We visited Leon, Spain yesterday and then we walked 35Km today. Leon was wonderful. Today we walked in rain for the first time. We went 35 KM yesterday for no other reason than we could.

Walked 17 Miles Today

Today we walked 17 miles on the Camino

Today we are sitting at the albergue in Terradillos de las Templarios. We are at the halfway point in our journey. We have walked over 250 miles or 400 kilometers. I truly didn't think we would be able to do this. Mary has been a real trouper walking through bad knees and the pain of shin splints.

Finished a Third of our Camino Experience

We have walked a Third of the way to Santiago

Today finds us in Ages, Spain only 14 miles from Burgos. We are quite excited that we have managed this distance. We hoped we could but we had doubts especially those first few days where we hurt so much.

The Path to Najera Spain

Eight Days of Walking

We have been walking for 8 days now. It has been interesting, tiring, painful, fun and a real learning experience.

Walking Through the Pyrenees

Walking Through the Pyrenees

Mary and I started our journey to Santiago Spain. The first day we started in Saint Jean Pied de Port in France. The goal was to arrive in Roncevalle, Spain before nightfall.

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