new blog topic entry found on SE - Yahoo vs. Google

April 16th, 2006

Here’s something interesting that I just noticed, I blogged about a new topic (i.e. one that just had two results on both Google and Yahoo) a few entries below and 24 hours later, that topic is easily findable on Yahoo and on Google Blog Search.

However, no love on just the regular Google Web search at this moment.

I’m wondering if Google delays new blog entries being found on the regular Web search until traffic justifies it.

Update: 9:39pm 04/16/2006 - now getting referrers from MSN on the topic in question. Still nothing on Google Web.

Update 2: 04/17/06 Google Web showed the blog entry a full 48 hours after it was posted.

[tags]Google, Yahoo, MSN, SERPS [/tags]

Hot Cross Buns

April 16th, 2006

This Easter Bunny dude is pretty slick, he not only leaves two baskets for my daughter and I, but he also left a few Easter eggs to find and a Sea Monkey kit.

Also, when shopping for some last minute items last night, we found some hot cross buns in the bakery, which reminded me of the nursery rhyme.

Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns
One a penny, two a penny
Hot Cross Buns

meta: Ask.com

April 15th, 2006

cleverhack results


but only a miniscule percentage of visitors ever come from that search engine.

[tags]Search engines, SERPS [/tags]

Google Algorithm and site traffic

April 15th, 2006

Over at WebmasterWorld they’re discussing whether Google incorporates traffic patterns into their results algorithm.

There’s a bit of speculation (say it ain’t so) about the subject, but the question of just exactly how Google uses the Google Toolbar information collects is intriguing. What about returning visitors? Also, another question asked is whether traffic influences Googlebot visitation frequency… on cleverhack, I see Googlebot everyday (and also the Google mediapartners bot which I believe is because of my AdSense ads) and nearly all (like 98% or some such) of my search engine traffic is from Google.

[tags]Google, Google Toolbar, Web page ranking, SERPS [/tags]

information overload

April 15th, 2006

Doc Searls I still read plenty of blogs. What’s different is that I no longer subscribe to specific blogs. Rather, I subscribe to subjects.

I’ve been pondering this idea of “there’s so much information out there, how do I find, organize and rank it in order of accuracy, importance and authority to meet MY needs”.

Janice Kucher-Patenaude

April 15th, 2006

Janice Kucher-Patenaude, longtime Music Department teacher at Montville Township High School, passed away on Thursday, April 13th, 2006 after a long illness. Her husband and daughter survive her.
K-P was one of those unique once-in-a-lifetime personalities and for those of us who were lucky enough to know her during our high school careers, a profound influence. K-P taught us how to stage a good musical, how to breathe properly while in chorus and most importantly, how to develop our personal strengths (even if it was being the chorus attendance taker during senior year). To this day, I still sing along to the Pirates of Penzance.
Thanks, K-P.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 22nd, 2006 at 2pm at the United Methodist Church of New Providence in New Providence, NJ. A benefit concert to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, May 13th, 2006 at 8pm at Drew University in Madison, NJ.

Update: 04/17/06: There’s a great number of folks finding this entry from the search engines. Feel free to comment, and I’ll archive this entry and your comments for the future. Also, if anyone sees an official newspaper obituary, I’d appreciate a link sent to my blog@cleverhack.com address.

Update 2: More details at the Alumni site

Fellow students/alums blogging remembrances:

The other Joy from 1992 blogs

A friend

trimMail gets rebuked

April 13th, 2006

When I read this blog entry by trimMail, I thought something was a bit amiss, (I mean besides the fact some email delivery company was complaining about the problems with Yahoo mailservers).
As it turns out, the discussion on Slashdot has been pretty enlightening. My one takeaway is the comment about Yahoo’s use of greylisting, which from what I know about Yahoo delivery, sounds like it’s on target. Basically, if you act like a probe (like the trimMail mailserver tool monitoring port 25), you’ll get greylisted while if you act like a legitimate MTA and resend later, you shouldn’t have problems.

Target.com being sued over lack of image alt tags

April 13th, 2006

Via Search Engine Journal

Target.com is being sued by the National Federation of the Blind and a college student for some alleged usability issues with the target.com Web site.

Among the problems:

• Lack of alt text [for images]

• Image maps that neither have alt text or a functional equivalent on the page

• requirement for a mouse to perform various functions on the site
The last part is interesting as old design of the target.com Web site only used non-alt-attributed image submit buttons (as many of us who design do) but they also required the submission of x,y coordinates to execute the form submission. The issue is that a keyboard only user could not submit a form (like, say from hitting the Enter key).

Apparently the form button issue has been fixed, but the lawsuit is still being pursued.

More info:Webstandards.org write up on the case

[tags]Web design, SEO, usability [/tags]

Boot Camp, some can’t go home again

April 13th, 2006

While I haven’t blogged at all about Apple’s Boot Camp - while dual booting OS X and Windows XP is a cool idea, I can’t dual boot and yet another “me too” post isn’t going to help adoption anyway, I do have a nit to pick with the problems that some users are having. Namely, the idea that some people would be surprised to have problems with a program that partitions a hard drive.
Unfortunately, I learned the lesson to be very, very careful when I was first playing around with Red Hat 6.1 and Windows 98 back in the day. While a few advised me that I could partition and install using simple directions and dual boot just fine, I was paranoid enough to pony up for System Commander 2000 mainly because I heard that it worked.

The moral of the story? I don’t trust anything that partitions my hard drive since I have no idea how it will boot later. Oh, and I back up my data *before* partitioning.

Update: 04/15/06 - Triple Booting with OS X, Windows and Linux
[tags]OS X, Boot Camp, Windows XP, Old School[/tags]

Quotes like this make me giggle like a schoolgirl

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]

new cell phone

April 12th, 2006

My three year old cell phone began to restart itself intermittently a few weeks ago and I faced the fact that I probably needed a new cellphone. Since I was eligible for the “new for every two” program at VerizonWireless, I decided this past weekend to drop by the local store and see the phones for myself. Basically, I wanted to hold one before committing to it.

I managed to walk out of the store with the cheesy sounding the LG VX9800 - The V. Surprisingly enough, I thought I would walk out of the store with a Motorola phone, but I wasn’t impressed with the Razr or the 815E.

My initial thoughts about the LG is that I like the full keyboard, but I worry about the scratching the outside screen if I ever drop the phone. (My old Kyocera 2235 was built like a tank compared to this.) It feels a little bulky (although when I compared it to an older LG phone, the thickness was about the same) for my petite hands. I like the internal screen, the speakers and the lighted keyboard.

As for usability, I’m still getting used to the menus and specifically I’m still trying to figure out if I can set a one button shortcut to set the phone on vibrate. The vibrate mode is, uh, very attention getting. The Bluetooth feature did sync wonderfully with my PowerBook, although the phone’s OBEX profile (at least with OS X 10.3.9) only supports Address Book/Contact syncing and using the phone as a modem. No file transfer.

As for the other built-in features, I tried the 1.3mp camera at the concert I went to on Saturday night and I have about 35 1280 x 960 full size blurry pics of the stage from the second to last row in section 204 of the Tweeter Center. The phone does record 1 minute bits of sound, and while the sound from the stage wasn’t captured all that well, the phone picked up the chattering fo the audience members around me. I can get a MiniSD card to increase the phone’s memory if I want. Also, the Web browser on the phone doesn’t work with WordPress. Yes, I tried. :-P

I am not a fan of the Motorola made Bluetooth headset over the ear speaker/headset dealie I got with the phone though. It feels small and cheap.

Finally, kudos to the VerizonWireless salesguy who helped me. He didn’t try to upsell me on anything other than what I went in for.

technorati

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.

[tags]Technorati[/tags]