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CloudExplorer profile image design and the true source of its cool inspiration

Updated on April 4, 2014

Inspiration can come from unique technical places today

The full significance of my hubpages profile pic was something of an inspiration for me as a new comer to the world of online everything, social networking, web design, blogging, freelance writing and cloud computing. It's detailed look and appeal originated from a graphical design editing tool known as Wix, its a drag and drop web editor, and it works wonders once you get the hang of using it.

How it all got started

It all began a while back for me while I was a computer tech, and prior to that I was just an ordinary electronics technician & professional calibrations expert in the US Navy, who pretty much had very little computing skills, besides using them for my work details. I didn't even know how to reformat a hard drive, and this was back in 2005.

So in my fear of not fully comprehending the whole computing thing, and since I never really owned a PC prior to that time, I was determined to learn all about it as soon as I purchased my very first desktop. My first computer didn't really last to long without having problems, it caught a virus after the very first 3 months I had purchased it, and I was feeling really crappy about it all. I actually had bought the computer for my ex-girlfriend who had been asking me to buy one, so she could use it to communicate with her friends using peer to peer online video conferencing back then known as Paltalk.

My PC felt like it was getting turned Upside down

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The Virus War's Began

I had paid it no mind, you know the computer catching a little cold and all, so when I decided to begin using it more frequently to do much of my work research, and also to surf the web for random things that would pop up into my mind, so to did the web browser begin sending me popup's. This was quite a shock, and a blow to my new internet addiction to the darn thing. I was so engrossed in discovering some cool entertainment sites at the time, and also was learning new web locations, so I was beginning to get frustrated, but the digital back breaker came when I tried to download some stupid program from a crappy website, why did I do that for, it screwed me up royally after that.

That terrible virus my once beautiful new machine had soon caught, had gotten the best of it finally, and it began breaking down even more, and soon I witnessed the infamous blue screen of death, which was a pretty scary sight to see for the very first time. I became determined to get to the bottom of it though, shorty after my computer began going on the fritz, and I also was very pissed off as well so it motivated me to begin trying to make it work again.

The Blue Screen of Death

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I feared the worst

It took me about two whole weeks to get the darn thing to turn back on and boot up normally, and I was freaking out the whole time, yelling at it and cursing up a storm at times, because I had paid a whopping $600 buckaroo's for it about 3 months before it caught the digital illness.

On this day it finally turned back on, I was so thrilled to actually see it work I was jumping for joy, but I know that was kind of silly because I was a long way from it being fixed. The funny thing is I had no clue about computer viruses back then, or about Trojan's, worms, or any other malicious software.

After getting the windows desktop screen on I began to pray a bit I must admit, I said to god, "God please allow me to find a way to make this work, without me having to spend money to get it fixed & please save this machine." I was begging for a miracle if one was to ever come. It was that kind of feeling that you get when you have strong faith that something good is going to happen for you, but more for the fact that you felt it was an unfair position or predicament you was put in, in the freaking first place.

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To make a very long story short, I had ran into some awesome antivirus software on google that had saved the day. Once I learn to utilize the software, I was over joyed to know that I was back in business, but I had no clue that this very moment would eventfully lead me to becoming a computer repair technician many many years later, in 2010 I opened up my very own online computer repair business, and was amazed at where it all had begun, it was definitely from some very humble beginnings many years back.

It did help though that I had prior technical training in electronics, which was my actual confidence booster to begin learning to take my desktop apart completely, about 1 year later after fixing the virus issues, and from that point onwards I was learning to rebuild them from scratch as well as fully upgrading them. Today I'm happily proud to say that I no longer repair PC's, but it was a great learning experience that lead me to something new entirely.


How I entered the world of the Cloud & my profile was born

Cloud Computing had entered in the computing arena, and many years before I had played catch up, to be able to fully comprehend what it was that was actually going on behind these computer screens. I hadn't the slightest clue about it all, but one day while looking for some cool books at a borders book store, I had found a book with the title, "Cloud Computing".

The word didn't really ring any bells at first, but the whole 'computing' term did appeal somewhat to my curiosity, and since I felt really knowledgeable about computers after learning so much so soon back when I was a Naval Aviator. I decided to give the book a try and I purchased it immediately after skimming through it a bit. Once I got done consuming the entire books informative contents on that very same evening, I was blown away by what I had just learned, and it was the start of my very first explorations into the world of cloud computing, and hence my screen name known as "Cloud Explorer".

The first time I ever placed the screen name into usage, and into online action was about 2 months before I had chosen to join hubpages, and I was using a cool network for collections of web content which was an actual social curation platform. At the time this network was located in France and is given the title Pearltrees, today they are in the United States and in silicon valley California.

People worldwide use Pearltrees to communicate efforts by means of sharing their web favorites with others socially, but with a cool interactive icon like interface, and the storing part is sort of like Delicious, or StumbleUpon. Users can even synchronize their web collections there to share them on facebook and twitter as they see fit, and automatically using a bookmarking tool.


Hubpages profile image

I designed it so that people could eventually identify with my experience on the web , as the true Cloud Explorer, who ventures into it all and shares with others what he locates that's worthy of sharing, giving its name  true meaning
I designed it so that people could eventually identify with my experience on the web , as the true Cloud Explorer, who ventures into it all and shares with others what he locates that's worthy of sharing, giving its name true meaning | Source

Cloud Explorer moves to Hubpages

I learned of hubpages about a full year before I decided to join, and I wish I hadn't just bypassed this cool writers network at first. Mainly because this is a time rated network I do believe, and to become very successful here one must invest a great deal for time & efforts communicating/sharing with others as well.

I chose to fully design and customize my Cloud Explorer profile to represent all of what I had learned in the years leading up to my discovery of hubpages, and its a great deal of many things that amounted in my learning background I've expressed here, that sums it all up. Upon joining hubpages, I knew that I needed to make my presence known, and it was the only thing I could think of before even titling my profile or writing a single hub. So, I then decided to select the exact same profile name I previously used on my Pearltrees location, and it was a union between the two like no other, and I quickly discovered the powers of networking using my new profile to represent my digital works.

This is something I highly recommend for new comers of hubpages to do, when it comes to customizing your online profiles. Make sure that all of your online profiles are the same on each and every network you've chosen to join and build your content into. This will maximize your web presence in itself, because each time you post something, it will need to refer back to the original source from which it came, and your profile image, as well as screen name will become an online identity for people to relate too, as well as identify you by, plus the search engines will also do the same.


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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      I could of used Mike, but there's like a Gazillion of us roaming around on the web, and so there's only one Cloud Explorer. I actually did a google search for the keyword before using it on Pearltrees, LOL.

      I was the first on the planet to use it anywhere, and for that I am super happy and proud of simply creating a unique screen name hehe.

      Thanks TToombso8 for the cool visit, we had fun on FB that other day.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      So, you couldn't just go with "Mike," you had to be special and be a cloud? :) I loved it! :) I wish you continued success, my friend! :)

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Hey Astra, yup yup its my story I been through digitally from computer ignorance to where I am today, I guess it happened all out of necessity.

      I didn't care for owning a pc back before 2005, and I had loads of money to finance a E-Business back then, that's what so ironic and today I'm struggling with it all, go figure right!

      Thanks for the cool comment, and the visit.

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Interesting story behind a good design. Very useful for a company or a business, and a stand-out brand.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Yeah I thought I was too, but then came the internet that done screwed all my previous knowledge all up that I had learned about Q-basic, and DOS and all LOL, and after the web had arrived I kind of stopped using computers a bit especially up in college when it had become addicting to use chat rooms after like the second year the web was open to the public, I just couldn't do it I had to study for my exams so I threw in the towel back then.

      I'm glad I quit using them and then reclaimed the usage and learning of these crazy machines, but the web itself is way to complex even for me to master, I don't think I will ever do something like that. Now I'm stuck with hubpages and a awesome community of cool people to share with including you. This is probably the best thing digitally that has ever happened to me, joining it here on hubpages. I simply love it!

      Thanks for the awesome comment and for sharing as you always do with me Kelleyward, it is truly appreciated by me.

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      6 years ago

      I thought you were born a computer wiz. You amaze me with how much you know and how helpful you are to other hubbers. Hubpages would not be the same without you. I didn't think much about my username here because I was so new to online writing. I wish I had used Kelley Ward because it looks better that way but I'm glad I used my real name. Thanks for sharing your start. Enjoyed it. Voted up and shared! Kelley

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @p10kabhijita for visiting, and for the vote.

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      Abhijit Aswath 

      6 years ago from India

      Loved reading about this journey of yours. Voted up

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Hey @rfmoran, I'm glad you caught on to things, I remember RF as an acronym for radio frequency back in my Navy days, LOL. Thanks man for the visit.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @shiningirisheyes, thank you for visiting, your one of my number one supporters, I owe you for real.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Wow! @cclitgirl, your very last words stand out so much, I love your use of the word "serendipitous". That was so cool, yup creating a online profile image an username can be rather difficult for some of us.

      I'm so glad I had some sort of understanding prior to joining here and on Pearltrees, because it is paramount for web success to stand out above all the rest, as a unique iconic symbol of sorts and I guess the other part of the puzzling equation is producing great content as well.

      Thanks for the cool comment, your was one of a kind indeed.

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Great stuff Mike. When I chose my HP profile name almost five months age I didn't give it much thought so I just put in my Twitter handle. If I could redo it I would use my real name. Thanks for a great Hub. Russ Moran

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Amazing how far you have come with your knowledge. You have certainly made your positive presence known and I thank you.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Wow! Such beginnings! I would have no idea that you didn't know that much about computers not that long ago. You've come a long, long way! You're a guru now! I discovered HP for the first time 7 months ago and not really knowing what I was doing, entered CC (my initials), literature, but the shortened form "lit" and "girl" because I am sometimes woefully unimaginative. Alas, while I don't mind my username, I do wish I had something more creative to reflect my personality better. You nailed it with yours. I always think of you on Cloud 9 - because it's serendipitous what you've done and accomplished. Bravo!


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