Dot Com Pho with Tyler Cruz

John Chow & Tyler Cruz

Tyler Cruz is in town for a “poker vacation” at the River Rock Casino and had time to stop by for some Dot Com Pho before heading back home to the Nanaimo. Normally, we hold Dot Com pho on Saturday but since we’ll all be in Whistler for the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival this weekend, I decided to get an early Pho fix. Tyler wouldn’t have been able to make a weekend meet up anyway.

Tyler got hit by Murphy’s Law during his vacation. His server and all his sites, including his blog, went down on the day he left and they are still down as I write this. Hopefully, Tyler will be able to restore everything when he gets home later tonight.

It was nice to finally meet Tyler. Too bad none of the other Pho attendees (except Greg Morgan) made it to the weekday Dot Com Pho. Something call work got in the way.

I always welcome the opportunity to meet readers and fellow bloggers. Give me a shout if you’re in town. And don’t be like Tyler and lose all your money playing poker against rich Asian players. 😉

43 thoughts on “Dot Com Pho with Tyler Cruz”

  1. Rob says:

    I wish i could be in town.. nice picture though john, looking good!!

  2. Tyler Ingram says:

    So if I am in the area, can I come out for a Dot Com Pho? I’m only like a 20 minute drive!

    1. Tyler Ingram says:

      wait.. let me say next week’s Dot Com Pho – I’m coming! lol

    2. John Chow says:

      Stephen is further away than you are! You have no excuse to not come.

      1. Robert says:

        Does this mean that, if we’re in town and give you a shout out, you’ll put a picture of us on your blog and link to our blog???

  3. Gary Lee says:

    oh . . .a TC siting . . . need to get in on these pho meals!

  4. Stephen says:

    TC’s gained a bit of weight. Business must be good as the Chinese would say. I would have cropped that picture a bit higher though 😈

    Too bad I couldn’t make it. Needed to get my car serviced. I drive it so little these days, I tend to forget. Oh well, next time!

    1. betshopboy says:

      yeah, what’s with the paunch?

  5. steve dowripple says:

    Wow, Tyler needs to cut down on the late night McDonald’s meals. That’s quite the pot on him at such a young age! By the time he’s 30 he’ll need a wheel barrow to get around. Tyler, get on to a healthy diet and low impact exercise routine (even a daily walk is good enough!). Hope your sites are back up soon!

  6. Lori says:

    HUH! I would have never guessed that was Tyler. I LOVE POKER!!!! I wanna play too!

  7. Jolin says:

    😀 You looks like a super star.

  8. Azrael says:

    It must have been terrible for Tyler to loose his blog! 😕

    1. betshopboy says:

      Lose a blog, gain a tummy… 👿

      1. Robert says:

        I visit his blog frequently, and yes it’s been down.

  9. Azrael says:

    Here is a review on JOhn Chow and his blogging influence.

  10. Bummer about your sites Tyler, hope you get them fixed soon and hope you had fun at Dot Com Pho.

    1. Syed Balkhi says:

      yeah I hope he get them fixed soon too.

  11. Gyutae Park says:

    Haha, very cool. Nice seeing the Canadian bloggers hooking up. And Tyler, what in the world happened to your site…

  12. What is Dot Com Pho?

    1. Infogle says:

      as PHO is meant for soup and dot com is internet so its about an internet soup 😉

  13. Shawn Knight says:

    Nice shirt john – I have the same one and I gotta say, its super comfortable. I need to find out who does OCZ’s shirts and hire them for my next batch!

    1. Stephen says:

      I think they are all American Apparel. They make great T-Shirts.

  14. Mike Huang says:

    You mean rich Asian players like you? 😛


  15. Wow, thats a way to convince a 16 year old to come and gamble at a casino! lol

    failureblogger-16 year old blogger

  16. Fitness Site says:

    I hope i meet you soon. 😀

    Yes i see tyler’s blog down since few days, I thought it’s problem with my ip. 🙄

  17. Tyler Cruz says:

    The meetup was fun – John Chow is just like you’d imagine him to be: fun, silly, and nice. I’ve talked with John on MSN almost everyday for over a year so it was certainly good to finally meet him in person.

    It was also nice to meet Greg Morgan, who is really nice as well. Standing next to those two made me feel like a toddler though, they must both be 6’2″!

    As for my “paunch” – haha, yeah, I’ve certainly been eating well lately, although my poor posture doesn’t help things either ;)\

    I hope to have my sites back up and running within several hours…

    1. Infogle says:

      hello tyler it seems like your website is still down ❓

    2. Tyler, if I was one of your advertisers I would be asking myself why you have been down a week. How can you let this happen when running your sites is your only business and only income 😳 . You talk about backups and sysadmins all the time on your blog, I hope they weren’t just fluff posts.


  18. Infogle says:

    i love to add john and other bloggers to my messenger too as tyler said but how to get them…
    hey john.. if you read this i would like to get your msn so that i could share some thoughts with you…

  19. Rob says:

    I’ll come for pho with you. I just dont want to end up in one of those videos 😛

  20. John, where can I get the life size cut out of you for my pho?

    It is unlikely that I will be in the neighborhood soon but, I could use a pho with a celebrity to boost my traffic!

  21. Ashley says:

    I’m new to the site… what is this Dot Com Pho???

    Next time I’m in Vancouver I’ll look you up for sure. I hope you’re not kidding.

  22. Syed Balkhi says:

    If I ever travel that way, I’ll send you a buzz to attend the Dot Com Pho.

  23. Sha says:

    That sucks, but did he get everything back up?

    1. steve dowripple says:

      Sheesh, his server (and thus all his sites and income) been down for >72 hours now I think. This should become a blog post unto itself John, as a lesson to other “webmasters” on what NOT to do. Unbelievable that this server is not back up already as I seem to recall Tyler saying he had paid for this to be a fully managed server. If he has no daily backup routine implemented and has lost all his data it will be a terrible mess for TC.

      I do seem to recall Selma lecturing Tyler about keeping all his eggs in one basket on his blog comments. This seems to drive home that point. I seriously think John should dedicate a series of posts on this very topic (server security and data backup routines) as it is wholly neglected by far too many site owners.

  24. Joe says:

    Looks like tylers getting abit of a belly! 😆

  25. Wade says:

    So um.. John… Can I borrow some of your traffic? I wanna do fun things too 🙂 It would be great to go to all kinds of expos and stuff.

  26. Blogmastr says:

    Where’s his blue jeans and red shirt! Oh no!

  27. Beside you John, everyone looks short!

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