Archive for the 'General' Category

Quotes like this make me giggle like a schoolgirl

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Walt Mossberg, the Wall Street Journal’s Technology Reporter wrote the following in his Annual PC Buying Guide article [subscription required] today:

I believe every mainstream consumer doing typical tasks should consider the Mac. Its operating system already contains most of the key features promised for Vista. However, the Mac doesn’t really need a buyer’s guide. It has only two consumer desktop models — the gorgeous iMac and the low-end Mac Mini.

With friends like these, who needs Microsoft? ;-)

[tags]Apple, OS X, The Wall Street Journal, Technology, trolling[/tags]


Sunday, April 9th, 2006

I dunno if it’s something about my blog or whatnot, but when I go to ping Technorati (either via posting or manually), Technorati isn’t indexing my site.

There hasn’t been a Technorati user agent in my site logs in a very long time and this blog’s Technorati detail page is not correct.

I’m curious about the situation more than anything else.

Update 4/23/06: I’ve sent Technorati an email about the situation and now the Technorati bot Technoratibot/0.7 is visiting the site again. So now I can be seen on Technorati with my posts tagged, but my “Last Updated” date is still incorrect. I’ll keep an eye on it. It looks as if my blog data is being updated anyway.

Update 4/24/06: Recieved an email from customer support, my account has been reset so now my incoming link count is inaccurate (or just too recent, your pick) but now I’m seeing the technorati bot at least. Ah well, my curiosity is sated.


Ben Gibbard, can I have your baby?

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Somehow I ended up with a Death Cab for Cutie tour t-shirt tonight.

I’m finally at home after seeing the The Cribs, Franz Ferdinand and Death Cab For Cutie at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ.

I can’t really speak for the Cribs (who had the thankless job of opening) or for Franz Ferdinand, who did a great job live, even with their wanktastic group introduction. However, the Death Cab For Cutie part of the show was just awesome. They played mostly from the newest album,
Plans - with the notable exceptions of opening with The New Year and later playing The Sound of Settling from Transatlanticism. Also, We Laugh Indoors from The Photo Album. We sang along to Crooked Teeth, Soul Meets Body, and I Will Follow You Into The Dark (what a couples song). Unlike the sometimes moodiness of Plans, the show was surprisingly upbeat (no Brothers on a Hotel Bed or Someday You Will Be Loved)…and Death Cab left the stage with the mostly female audience wanting more and a promise to see us again in the fall. Hell, I’d follow them around the country if all of their shows weren’t sold out.

Should I just mention that the audience was mostly female–suburban artgirls with plastic rimmed glasses, wearing old navy and their feminist boyfriends?

Pics to follow later…

[tags] Death Cab For Cutie, dcfc, music, Seattle, alternative, black plastic framed glasses [/tags]

Don’t look at me, my hair is all messy!

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

I feel like the girl at the beauty salon who is in the middle of getting her hair colored and she’s got a smock on with coloring goop and foil in her hair.

Updated WordPress because of the security update and the fact the comment spammers are a little *too* aggressive. I’ve got a few thousand comment spams to moderate for this fancy Akismet system (you don’t see them, but up until now, all of my comments were getting emailed to me for moderation). No wonder why I’m running out of disk space.

The update wasn’t as bad as the last one, all I really need to do is edit the sidebar and create a theme.

A directory of RSS Aggregators

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

A directory of RSS Aggregators

There’s quite a few listed here that I’ve never heard of before. My favorite so far is the RSS Web-based aggregator netvibes, which has the easiest interface to use and works on Safari.

[tags]RSS, Web, Internet [/tags]

Yahoo click fraud analyzed

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Ben Edelman’s paper on Yahoo click fraud.

Interesting, I’ve heard from some of those “advertising” agencies in the past.

[tags]Yahoo, Web marketing, Web advertising[/tags]

Add to Google

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Add to Google

[tags]Google, RSS[/tags]

If you were wondering…

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

a pair of iPod Shuffle earbuds can make it through a trip to the washing machine and dryer. Albeit emerging a little frayed, and they still work.

[tags]Apple, iPod[/tags]

I believe the quote is…

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

“There’s gonna be an opening in the Chevrolet Marketing department pretty soon.”

Just who was the brains behind the idea that the target demographic for a Chevy Tahoe would 1)want to spend loads of cash on a vehicle with poor gas mileage and 2)would enjoy making faux Tahoe commercials online for a contest?

Hint: Chevrolet/GM listening to your customers involves improving your product.

[tags] Marketing, Web Marketing [/tags] March 06 Redesign

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

I believe over this past weekend, unveiled a redesign of their site, changing the two column format for three columns. In addition, some other changes were integrated including many more video offerings and a lighter color scheme with much more use of light gray #CC0000. The main CSS file can be currently found here, and it’s gripping in a Web-design-is-a-passion-kind-of-way read.

I’m not really enthused with the redesign as it doesn’t seem to have enough contrasting colors (I think it’s the light gray background working against the thin fixed size blue and gray fonts). The readability is so poor in that the site is difficult for me to read without manually overriding the font size within my browser. Mind you, I’m online all day at work, and I don’t have a problem with other sites.

Here’s a list of what I don’t like.
-The fact that the left main story image is noticeably *smaller* (306 x 245 on the image I checked) than the hard to ignore ad (336 x280) on the right side. Good gravy, CNN design team, the first impression of the page is that it is unbalanced.
-Like I noted before, the font to background contrast.
-Lightly colored 12px or smaller fixed fonts.
-The horrible make-my-eyes-bleed #fff200 yellow breaking news banner.

Also kinda OT, why does seem not to refresh their stories all that often?

[tags] Web design, Web, usability, CSS, HTML [/tags]

Cargo, we barely knew ye

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

I had a good chuckle over the news that Cargo Magazine is folding.

I heard about Cargo in the past and even had some free PR from them. Let’s just say that a little free PR is better than no PR.

When I was informed of the concept behind the publication, I was a tad bit skeptical about the need for a men’s shopping magazine. Apparently the market agrees.

Do these pants make my butt look big?

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

I happened to take a look at my blog from a Windows machine running IE 6. Apparently the right hand navigation menu is pushed all the way to the bottom of the page. The stupid thing is that the blog validates 99% of the HTML.

Can anyone confirm the issue with IE 6? From what I know, this blog looks fine in Safari, Firefox on OS X, Firefox on Windows.

BTW, my butt is big.