BRB and LOL and ROTFL? WTF? A Look at IM Abbreviations

August 26, 2013

We interrupt our normally scheduled home business blogs to cover something that comes up often: IM or Instant Messaging. Most people are familiar with LOL – Laugh Out Loud or BRB – Be Right Back or TTYL – Talk To You Later. There are many other fairly common (and some not so common) texting acronyms you should at least know about. Maybe for your own texting or maybe to understand what the heck your kids are chatting about. I am often asked about many of these acronyms and the meaning. Here is a quick reference list.

As a regular texter, I think some of these are rarely used, but as with all languages – IM or not – variations exist in geographic regions, age groups, etc. One fairly common one not on this list is SMH – Shaking (Shake) My Head; another is MEH, which is not an acronym, but is rather an IM expression of shrugged shoulders or indifference. “What’s for dinner?” MEH in response is I don’t care or whatever.

* Homepreneurs reviewed this list with a younger friend tonight to make the list as current as possible.


Oh, and WTF is “What The F*** (we don’t say those words because mom may read this). Hopefully this helps clear up some communication issues between tech-savvy kids and parents, or those that just want to know. HAGD! 🙂

While our conversational English is one thing, talking on IM is completely different. In addition to learning certain time-honored etiquette rules while IMing, keep these IM acronyms handy next time you are chatting with friends!

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Domains 101: An Introduction to Custom Domains

August 25, 2013




The Blog

Wasn’t it Shakespeare who once said, “A blog by any other domain would read just as sweetly”?  While it’s true that, as long as you are writing good content consistently, you will find your niche and audience, your site address is an important part of your online presence. A memorable site address is a direct link to your and your readers. Without it, they can’t find you.

When you sign up for a site on, you automatically receive a free subdomain, like Your site is always available through your address and you can use it for free for as long as you’d like. As your blog grows, you may find that you’d like to further customize your site address and replace your * subdomain with your own .com.

To help familiarize you with the world of domains, we’ve crafted up a series of posts for…

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Is Your Website Mobile Friendly

April 18, 2013

The number of tablet computers and smartphones is growing at an  astounding rate.  There are currently about 1 billion smartphones around the world with another billion expected in the next 3 years.  And those are just smartphone statistics!  Add in the tablet numbers and more often than not, people are using mobile devices for work and entertainment.

Is your home or small business website ready for mobile users?  If you want to sell from your site, it better be!  Home and small business need to be flexible, nimble, and ahead of the technology curve. If you are not, competition will be and you will lose sales.

What to do?

Start by reading this article –;siu-container



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How the Internet Works – A Visual Trip

March 11, 2013

What is the Internet?  The origins of the Internet reach back to research of the 1960s, commissioned by the United States government to build robust, fault-tolerant, and distributed computer networks.  Simplified, the Internet is a series of computers, data packets, cabling, and programming.  You type in a request for a website and somehow – after a slight delay – you receive pictures, videos or text.  But how does the Internet really work?  Below is a quick and educational video on how the webpage you requested shows up on your computer.  Very cool.  This is appropriate for anyone, children included.

How the Internet works – with sound.


This is done soooo well, it is definitely worth the minute to watch…….

You will appreciate what goes on behind the scenes.

Absolutely amazing….click on full screen !!.

In future, think differently when the net is slow.

Meet Siri – Homepreneurs New Assistant

February 18, 2013

I recently replaced my cell phone with an iPhone 5.  I discovered “Siri” today, Apple’s voice recognition software.  Most of this post was dictated to “Siri” and then emailed to myself.  I copied and pasted the text from the email to this post  Talk about a major time saver!

Further, since I always carry my cell phone, I can record spur-of-the-moment thoughts using Siri, no matter where I am.  At work, home, taking a walk or riding my stationary bike.  I can also take a picture of a scene and instantly record thoughts for future reference.  This helps record instant impressions and sparks the creative process.  I can write a blog, do homework or work on the next Homepreneurs book anytime I want.

Siri can be used for multiple purposes.  As a home business owner, you can record ideas, meeting notes, impressions of your competition or invoices to pay.  Just push the button to activate Siri and ask her to take a note, send an email or search the Internet.


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Windows 8 First Impression

December 18, 2012

I am typing this post on my new Windows 8 laptop and thought I’d share first impressions.  It is not the tablet version of Windows 8 – the so-called “Surface”.  The prices for the Surface were just more than I was willing or wanted to pay.  I also have a iPad for a tablet anyway and am quite satisfied with that.  My network now has Windows 7, Windows 8, Apple iPad, and a mothballed XP computer as well.

So far, I’m not impressed.  I like Windows 7 and consider it a very robust and usable operating system, probably the best that Microsoft developed.  Not so much with Win 8.  It is definitely a change from the look and feel of all previous Microsoft operating systems.  We are conditioned to use the start menu to launch applications, get to the command prompt (for us veteran users), and generally navigate the computer.  While getting to the start menu is possible, it is not obvious.

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Quick URL Tip for Blank Home Page

December 15, 2012

Are you annoyed by the default home page on Internet browsers?  I’ve wanted to mention this tip for some time, but the subject was off-topic for other posts.  You can enter a simple URL – Uniform (or universal) resource locator, the address of a World Wide Web page – that creates a blank or empty page.  Simply enter “about:blank” in the URL field and hit enter.  This will bring up a blank page – refer to screen shots below.

My Default Home Page in Firefox

My Normal Home Page

Enter about:blank into the URL field and hit <enter>

Enter about:blank

The resulting blank home page

Blank Home Page

This works for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari (Apple), and Chrome (Google).  Much cleaner look and you can set this as a permanent home page, if desired.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.

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