I need spellcheck

May 7th, 2006

Why is it that I can look at a word I wrote for weeks and not realize that I misspelled it?

Radiohead! In! Philly!

May 5th, 2006

Radiohead is scheduled to play Philadelphia the beginning of June. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning.

Unfortunately, the Philly venue is small and there’s no presale tickets available.

If I can’t get tickets tomorrow, only if I could convince someone to go to Bonnaroo with me…

[tags]music, Radiohead, Philadelphia, ticketmaster is evil incarnate[/tags]

Update 05/06/06: Tickets? oh hahahahaha. I was on ticketmaster.com at 10 am this morning. I reloaded and watched when the radiohead tickets went from being not on sale yet to being sold to being sold out in less than 10 minutes online.

What ticks me off is that there were tickets on ebay and stubhub.com *PRIOR* to the 10am sale today. How did these morons get tickets to scalp at ridiculous prices? I was seeing tickets anywhere from $200 to a pair of pit tickets at $1700. No, I didn’t misplace the decimal there.

quickie ecommerce stat

May 3rd, 2006

A quickie ecommerce stat from Marketing Sherpa…44.9% of e-commerce sites saw a 20% increase in order levels in 2005, the rest had a lower growth rate (36.6%) or were flat (12.3%) or were down (5.9%). [Page 3 of pdf].

new blog search engine

May 3rd, 2006

Sphere is a new blog search engine in the same vein of technorati or blogdigger.

The service needs quite a bit of some work, but hopefully it will give the folks at technorati a good run for their money in the future.

[tags]blog search[/tags]

New Apple Ads

May 2nd, 2006

found here. Walt Mossberg is even quoted in one!

Satellite Radio Hack, Continued

May 1st, 2006

Remember that earlier I had posted about how some satellite radio units were broadcasting their signal to cars around them? Well, there has been at least two mentions of the phenomena in the media recently.

The Wall Street Journal, FTC Tunes In on XM’s Marketing, April 28, 2006

Separately, XM said the Federal Communications Commission determined the company’s SkyFi2 radio transmitter doesn’t comply with FCC emission rules, meaning the signal it transmits to a dashboard car radio is often too strong….

Many consumers without satellite radio have reported picking up its signals, presumably from nearby cars using FM modulators to transmit the signals to their radios. “XM’s immediate problem is that unless they are confident that the accusation against them is wrong, they really have to pull the model off the market until the problem is resolved,” says Mr. Tannenwald. “

The Associated Press, Some NPR, Christian Radio Hearing Stern, April 28, 2006

Their favorite stations aren’t broadcasting Stern’s show, which has moved to satellite radio provider Sirius. Instead, poorly installed or defective satellite radio units, which act as mini-FM transmitters, are being blamed…Some of the units use FM signals to broadcast the satellite signal to the car’s audio system, using frequencies low on the FM band such as 88.1, often reserved for noncommercial, religious or educational stations. The signal from the satellite system can sometimes override broadcasts from those stations for listeners in nearby cars.

If (or should I say when) the FCC decides that both XM and Sirius have overpowered FM modulator units, I wonder how these units would ever be recalled. For the record, I’ve only heard the Howard Stern show (i.e. Sirius) overpowering my radio receiver station. Since switching my XM SkyFI receiver station to 107.1 I haven’t had any issues with hearing other people’s satellite radio.

fantasy football, indeed

May 1st, 2006

NFL football would be much more interesting if teams signed accomplished athletes like him. I, for one, will be looking forward to football season this year. ;-)

ecommerce update 4/26/06

April 26th, 2006

Ebay Express. So you get to put all of your new ebay purchases into one shopping cart at a “Buy It Now” price… but you still have to pay each merchant individually…What was the point of this again?

[tags]Ebay[/tags]

ecommerce update 4/24/06

April 24th, 2006

Two things about e-commerce related items.

First, I will show my bias and announce that I love, just love the design of jcrew.com. Clean, simple design that evokes their brand.

Secondly, the New York Times had an article about a new shopping search engine cum wiki powered review site called ShopWiki. ShopWiki is in beta (good grief their crawler has been around for at least the last 6 months) and the idea is that users will posts reviews of products, it is these reviews in addition to the usual shopping comparision site features which is supposed to make this site unique.

Third, I think I may have mentioned this site before, but here’s roosster, a site that aggregates a number of RSS categories, including shopping deals announced via RSS. Roosster deals RSS feeds

referrer spam, 2006 style

April 23rd, 2006

I’ve been seeing this piece of work in my log files recently…

1)Spammer is working around the fact that is “buy-cheap” site could be blocked, so that’s why he’s using the legitimate wizards.com site for the redirect.

2)Spammer is taking advantage of the fact that Wizards.com is allowing outside visitors to the leaving.asp page. In a perfect, logical world, the only visitors going to the leaving.asp page should be visitors who are originating from the wizards.com domain.

3)Check out the “Widows NT” user agent.

4)I thought that I have seen something not too long ago about this phenomena, but I can’t seem to find anything related to this tonight…

IP: 82.146.41.57
[a page on this blog]
Http Code: 200 Date: Apr 23 21:43:14 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 0
Referer: http://www.wizards.com/leaving.asp?url=http://BUY-CHEAP-ADIPEX-ONLINE-order.info
Agent: User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Widows NT)

[tags]site logs, referrer, spamming [/tags]

The circle of life

April 23rd, 2006

Hospital visits to sick relatives, sea monkey hatchlings, talking to friends I haven’t heard from in years and oh my goodness, it’s already late April…

Google Update for 4/18/06

April 18th, 2006

Two Google related items for today…

1) I don’t get the hue and cry surrounding the finding that the Adsense related Google Mediapartners bot is now apparenly indexing for the Google Main Index. See, the thing is that it is hurting folks who thought they were all clever and serving different content to the Mediapartners bot and the Main Index bot, and they are getting smacked with dupe content penalties.

As for the briefly mentioned idea that maybe advertising on Adsense boosts up Google rankings for the URLs… well, it used to at least. Back in late 04/early 05 I was seeing a boost in the number of links listed for a domain in the Google Main Index. What I noticed is that some of the links in the Google Main Index were MFA sites which displayed the ads for the domain.

2) Apparently PDFs of HTML content is not apparently considered dupe content. Not that I would ever offer a copy of content via PDF.

Update 04/23/06: Matt Cutts posts an explanation about the different googlebots, googlebot caching information and Google’s attempts at saving bandwidth. His one statement of “Just as always, participating in AdSense or being in our blogsearch doesn’t get you any “extra” crawling (or ranking) in our web index whatsoever”. Is making me curious though and I commented as such in his entry.

[tags]Google, Googlebot, Webmaster, AdSense [/tags]