Archive for July, 2007

Updating Blog Posts

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

I often post something, and then a little while later, add some updated information. Other bloggers do this as well, it’s a common occurrence. But I’ve noticed that with Google Reader, some readers never see these updates. Google pulls the RSS feed as a result of a ping being sent when the post is created, […]

Ad Shortage?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Two different sites I’ve visited today, one high profile (YouTube) and the other fairly low profile (sorry Rory) have been showing Google’s Public Service Announcement Ads. Google needs to have an AdSense ad to sell into every AdWords ad spot that’s created on the Web. If they don’t have an ad to put on your […]

Fish Pirate

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

I think we should googlebomb Rory with “fish pirate”.

John C. Dvorak

Friday, July 27th, 2007

I’ve been listening to TWiT for a while – not every episode, but lots of them.  One regular character is John C. Dvorak, an unabashedly cranky geek, and chair of the Cranky Geeks podcast. I just watched a video stream of Cranky Geeks and I must say, John C. Dvorak doesn’t look cranky at all!  He […]

XBox 360: Third Time’s the Charm?

Friday, July 27th, 2007

My XBox 360 is broken. My first one broke on Christmas Day in 2005, and the second one broke just a few months ago in March. First one was three rings, 2nd one was a bad drive. This time it’s something new. It’s actually a problem I haven’t heard of before. The component video output […]

Spammity Spam

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

I have 19231 spam messages in my Gmail Spam folder – which expires messages after 30 days.  Unbelievable. The sad part is there are also about 40 in my Inbox, since last night.

Facebook Shutdown (Sought|Not Sought)

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

It doesn’t even seem to matter anymore if the headline matches the body of the article.  The headline is linkbait – text designed to get you to click on a link to an article – and if it gets you to click, that’s all that matters.  But when you resort to inaccurate link text, that’s […]

Google Referral Ads

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Google’s Referral Ads 2.0 are live now, and they’re an interesting variation on the usual ads.  They’re presented almost exactly like traditional AdSense ads, but the ads that shown up are picked by the webmaster, either explicitly, or by keyword or category.  Although the Recipes site has been up for a while now, Google was doing […]

Subscription rights?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

I don’t use Windows Media Player 11 for much.  I use it to watch the occasional video downloaded from the web, and to look at some of my own videos from my camera.  I don’t buy music or any other content that I would require a license to play in Windows Media Player.  So I […]

Fun with Rogers Home Phone

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

I’m having fun with Rogers these days, trying to get my Home Phone service working reliably. I can’t receive some incoming calls. It’s the “some” part that makes it difficult to diagnose, I suppose, but their process for dealing with this problem has been terrible. The problem is that certain people can’t call my home […]